2015 Akili Dada Fellowship Program for Young African Women – $1,000 Seed Grant

2015 Akili Dada Fellowship Program for Young African Women – $1,000 Seed Grant

Deadline: December 10, 2014

The Akili Dada 2015 Fellowship applications are open! Akili Dada is a leadership incubator investing in high-achieving young African women from underprivileged backgrounds who are passionate about social change. They’re looking for young women leaders between the ages of 18-35 who are driving transformative change in their communities and are looking to grow their projects to scale and sustainability.

The Akili Dada Fellows program awards year-long fellowships to young women leaders engaged in social change projects of their design.  The  goal of the program is to build the capacity of some of the continent’s most innovative young women changemakers to drive solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing African society. The program serves as an incubator providing financial, intellectual, mentoring, and networking resources to young women as they grow their projects to scale and sustainability.


  • Rigorous leadership training and capacity building
  • Personalized one on one by a cohort of dedicated professional women
  • $1000 USD seed grant
  • Modest monthly stipend
  • Opportunity to grow and scale project


To apply, you must;

  • Be a woman between the ages of 18-35 in the East African Region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi)
  • Be from an economically disadvantaged background.
  • Demonstrate previous leadership initiative and experience.
  • Have been working on your project for at least one year preferably on a full time basis
  • Be able to commit one year to the fellowship program (January 2015-December 2015)
  • Be able to attend trainings every other month for one week in Nairobi

Young women from marginalized communities (women living with disabilities, pastoralists, Arid and Semi-Arid Land areas) are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

  • Fellowship selection is based on the strength of a candidate’s social change project, previous leadership initiative and experience, willingness to learn from peers and more experienced mentors, and a willingness to share their own skills with peers and intended beneficiaries.
  • Fellows must have deep roots in the communities they seek to transform and come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Selection is not necessarily based on past academic performance, as a strategic aim to invest even in those young women who have not previously had access to formal education.

Apply to [email protected]

For more information, visit Akili Dada Fellowship.