AU Digital and Innovation Fellowship Program for African Tech Innovators

Applications are invited for the African Union Digital and Innovation Fellowship.

The fellowship program is a robust fellowship program that identifies and deploys highly competent tech innovators within the African continent to organs within the African Union Headquarters and organs as ‘resident fellows’ to understand the system within those organs; identify challenges within the system and propose solutions to these challenges.


The fellows will be expected to co-create and build innovative tailor-made products and processes that improve the delivery of the African Union’s mandate especially in the context of good governance and citizens engagement. Additionally, the program will seek to facilitate conditions for building the internal capacity of the host African Union organs in the long term.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be based in Africa and must be a National of an African Union member state;
  • Be under the age of 34 prior to the time of application; 
  • Hold a tertiary education degree or its equivalent; 
  • Have the capacity to gather comprehensive information on complex problems or situations, and the ability to evaluate and analyze information accurately in order to identify key issues and proffer solutions;
  • Have experience and technical know-how in designing innovative technology products/solutions; 
  • Be available to travel in late October 2021 to participate in an induction workshop during the AfriLabs Annual Gathering in Abuja, Nigeria; 
  • Be available and willing to dedicate 12 months from November 2021 to September 2022. Fellows will be required to take a break from current obligations and relocate to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November 2021.
  • Applicants who speak more than one AU official language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Swahili) are strongly advised to apply.

Benefits

  • Participate in several capacity building training that will be facilitated by top experts from the African innovation ecosystem.
  • Receive mentorship support from experienced industry experts drawn from the AfriLabs community.
  • Network and benefit from several peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
  • Receive monthly stipends throughout the period of the Fellowship.
  • Embark on several all-expense-paid trips to ecosystem events, onboarding/offboarding, study/learning tour, etc.
  • Attend a grand graduation ceremony where certificates will be awarded to fellows.
  • Be recognized as a fellow/alumni of the African Union Digital and Innovation Fellowship Program.

Deadline: October 4, 2021

Grant Sector:
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Development
  • Research
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