Kofi Annan Fellowship in Public Health Leadership Program 2021 (Funded)

Kofi Annan Fellowship in Public Health Leadership Program 2021 (Funded)

Deadline: December 11, 2020

Applications are open for the Kofi Annan Fellowship in Public Health Leadership Program 2021. The Fellowship aims to support aspirational public health leaders from Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies to strategize, manage and lead public health programs that will transform public health in Africa.

The Fellowship will support 12 months of high-level professional development in advanced public health leadership that includes acquiring skills in health diplomacy, change management, influencing policy, among others. Fellows will be supported by experienced experts in relevant fields from Africa and the diaspora.

At the end of the program, Fellows would have developed skills:

  • for competent leadership styles that influence and empower others to achieve ambitious multi-dimensional health goals;
  • to frame and develop a viable strategic vision for bold, yet attainable goals for positive health outcomes;
  • for well-rounded globally competent leadership with attributes such as vision, resilience, flexibility and efficiency
  • to steer the complex environment of public health practice to achieve and maintain positive impact; and
  • in health politics, negotiation, partnerships, and health diplomacy.


  • Africa CDC will provide all learning and development materials and meet all costs associated with the fellowship, including travel, daily allowance and insurance during the residential placements. Fellows will be supported to ensure that they have the relevant software for online learning.


Applicants for the Fellowship must:

  • be citizens of an African Union Member State;
  • possess a postgraduate degree in a relevant field in public health;
  • have relevant professional experience in any field of public health, including but not limited to one health, medicine, finance, health economics, health policy, animal health, or environmental health;
  • be in full-time employment in any area of public health, in a private or public institution in Africa;
  • have a good track record or be able to demonstrate the potential for effective public health leadership where they can positively impact the public health outcomes of populations.
  • Africa CDC is an equal opportunity organization; qualified candidates, including women, are strongly encouraged to apply.


All applications must be submitted using the online application
form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applicants
must provide the following required information:

  • A supporting letter from the current employer to confirm employment, guaranteeing that the candidate will be allowed enough time to participate in the Fellowship program and to attend the full eight weeks of institutional residential experience.
  • Letters of recommendation from two reputable professional referees.
  • A personal statement (maximum 500 words) providing evidence of the candidate’s commitment to public health in Africa detailing the following:
    • Their leadership experience and professional attainment
    • Their vision of, and the future impact of effective public health leadership in Africa
    • How they would champion public health initiatives in Africa
    • How their personal and professional integrity would enable them to fully participate and benefit from the fellowship.
  • A leadership challenge project proposal (maximum 750 words) that outlines a potential leadership challenge project they will implement. The proposal should include a title, brief description of the challenge (the what, the who is affected, and the why), proposed strategy for a solution, and the expected outcome.

Completed applications with all supporting documents should be
sent in a single email to: [email protected]
Incomplete applications and applications sent to other email
addresses will not be considered.

For more information, visit Kofi Annan Fellowship.