The Young and Emerging Leaders Project (YELP) is an initiative of the LéO Africa Institute, designed to train and orient values of self-advancement, integrity, social responsibility, and socioeconomic transformation.
Applicants must be Africans between the ages of 20-35 and able to show a proven record of leadership in their community.
Applications open early November of each year and run for a period of two weeks. They are then evaluated by the selection committee, and the successful candidates are announced early January.
Your name, age, email address and country of origin. Thereafter, we will require you answer three short essay questions that help reveal your interests, skills and the area you intend to work on during your fellowship. These typically include a personal essay, an essay on your view of a contemporary African challenge and a short proposal on how you will use your fellowship to respond to that challenge.
Assignments are given on a rolling basis and comprise essays. However, these essays are not designed for credits towards the completing the fellowship. Instead they are intended to promote participation in the fellowship class. They may include writing of Op-Eds, participating in public debates and networking sessions.
Progress during the fellowship is determined by participation, response to assignments and successfully completing the project proposal included in the application.