Apply for the 2019 French African Foundation Young Leaders Program (Fully Funded)


Convinced that the young people of Africa and France belong to a single generation and that they bear shared responsibilities in a world in common, the French-African Foundation wishes to identify, assemble and nurture the most promising high-potential talents on the Franco-African economic, political, academic, social and cultural ecosystems, and to support the leadership and management potential of this new generation.

The French-African Foundation has launched the Young Leaders program in response to the immense global challenges which require a new generation of leaders whose ambition is to become true agents of change. In 2019, this program will be held under the double high patronage of the President of the French Republic Mr. Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the Republic of Ghana, Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo.

Selected candidates must show the talent, passion and shared values that have the potential to contribute to transformative change in Africa and in France. This program represents an exceptional opportunity to engage with other candidates as well as with national and continental leaders in the public and private sector.


  • Be between 28 and 40 years old (as of October 31, 2019)

  • Have French nationality or nationality of an African country

  • To speak English fluently is required. Speaking French fluently or demonstrating an interest in learning French is highly beneficial and will be an advantage in the selection process

  • Demonstrate a commitment in the private and public sectors. The application must also demonstrate skills and experience in one of the following fields (industry, public administration, agriculture, health, science, education, technology, culture, art, media, sports, …)

  • Demonstrate inclusive leadership, commitment, and sustained involvement (3 years minimum) that impacts your community, country or sub-region.

  • Present a professional and / or personal and / or associative relationship with France and Africa (at least two of these three points). This connection must be a durable link for at least 3 years.


  • 5 days in Paris from July 7 to 13, 2019

  • 5 days in Accra in October 2019

  • High Level Meetings with Public and Private Sector Leaders

  • Excellent mentoring, training and networking opportunities

  • Media Exhibition

  • Flights and accommodation supported by the program

For more information about this opportunity and to apply, visit the official website here


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