Young African Leaders Programme (YALP) of the EUI School of Transnational Governance (STG) offers young African leaders a singular opportunity to advance their professional work and policy work amongst international specialists and world leaders.
Selected candidates will participate in seminars, training sessions, conferences, and study abroad trips to Europe in the vibrant academic environment of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. This will be a really rewarding experience because of the interactions with the other fellows, the policymakers, and the academic community at the EUI.
The fellowship is a full-time program that is fully financed.
The three-month leadership program is fully financed by a grant of €2,500 per month for each spot. For the duration of their visit, African leaders are required to reside in the Florence region. The program is only available in English. The program is intended for emerging leaders, policymakers, diplomats, and professionals from Africa who are in the middle of their careers and have a high potential for success. These individuals work for national and local governments, regional, continental, and international organizations and development partners, as well as civil society organizations, academic institutions, the media, and the private sector in Africa.
Mid-career professionals and executives who will be under 35 at the start of the program on September 1, 2023, are eligible for the fellowship. On September 1, 2023, women and those with impairments will be given special consideration up until age 40.
Applicants need to be African nationals residing in Africa.
Special attention will be paid to ensuring access to the programme for young people with disabilities and dedicated measures will be foreseen during the fellowship as needed
The Young African Leaders Programme has a duration of 3 months: September to November 2023. During this period, the fellows are expected to commit to the programme full-time.
Fellows must reside in the area of Florence for the duration of the fellowship so that they can take an active part in the activities of the EUI-STG and the fellowship (with the possibility of short visits outside Florence and Italy as part of the programme). The fellowship cannot be carried out remotely/ online.
The basic grant is € 2,500 per month.
Successful applicants who receive other grants or salaries must disclose this to the EUI. The amount of the fellowship will be fixed at a lower rate (minimum €1,750 per month) depending on the amount of the additional income (upon production of relevant supporting documents).
If applicable, family allowances will be added to the basic grant (see below).
A household allowance of up to € 300 per month is paid to a fellow with a partner if the partner lives with him/ her in Florence and on the condition that the partner’s income is less than € 2,000 per month. The sum of income and allowance cannot exceed € 2,000 per month (i.e. if the income is more than € 1,700, the allowance will be paid only to top up to € 2,000).
An allowance of € 200 per month is paid for each dependent child. Fellows are entitled to these allowances if they can declare that they are not receiving any similar allowance from another source, and upon submission of relevant supporting documents (i.e. marriage or partner certificate, or proof of cohabitation in Florence; birth certificates).
For dependent children in full-time education and over the age of 18, a school or university certificate is required. No allowance is paid for dependent children over the age of 26.
The fellowship is not taxed by the EUI. Fellows are, however, required to comply with any other tax provisions which may be applicable to them.
Fellows must have adequate medical insurance coverage during their stay at the Institute. They can either provide proof of their own insurance scheme, or subscribe to the EUI’s private sickness and health insurance scheme at their own expense. See the Cigna Insurance Scheme for conditions.
Fellows (but not their families) receive a contribution towards their travel expenses for the incoming trip from their place of origin to Florence, and for the outgoing trip to their destination at the end of their fellowship. Fellows are responsible for organising their own travel. The subsequent travel reimbursement from Africa to Florence amounts up to €1,200, including both incoming and outgoing trips. Taxi expenses are not reimbursed. Eligible expenses are:
- First-class rail (travel by car is also reimbursed on this basis)
- Economy class air fare
Removal/ Re-installment expenses
There is no provision for removal or installation expenses.
This programme is supported by DG International Partnerships of the European Commission.
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