Innocent Chukwuma African NGO Leadership Transition Fellowship Programme 2023

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Innocent Chukwuma African NGO Leadership Transition Fellowship

The Africa Leadership Transition Fellowship Programme (LFTP) started due to the recognition of the urgent need for an NGO leadership transition programme to aid sector leaders – civil society and NGO leaders – who are considering transitioning out of their positions in creating a supportive infrastructure.

The programme’s chief purpose is thus to help sector leaders prepare and position their NGOs to be sustainable, vibrant, and continue to thrive after their exit from the organisation. It would enable both the leaders and organisations successfully make the shift, and in so doing create spaces for a new generation of leaders in the social sector to not only emerge but also have platforms to apply their creative and youthful energies. Transitioning leaders would develop succession plans within their own organisations, contemplate their personal transition plans, and preserve their knowledge and experience

The objectives of the ICLTFP are to:

  • Contribute to the process of establishing a supportive infrastructure for leadership transition within the NGO/CSO movement in Africa.
  • Promote the creation of leadership spaces for the next generation of leaders in African civil society to grow and strive.
  • Increase the documentation of leadership experiences/reflections and renewal processes within civil society in Africa.


  • Stipend: $3,000 covering living support and associated expenses for one month.
  • Accommodation: one single furnished bedroom either in a studio/one bedroom, or shared apartment with other fellows for one month.
  • Economy class return ticket from home country to host country for in person learning sessions.
  • Visa application fees.
  • Travel Health Insurance


  • Open to a Founder/Executive Director of an NGO in Africa, and from Africa, ‘actively’ seeking to transition away from their NGO/CSO.
  • Must have approval from the board to take a sabbatical from work from March –May 2023.
  • Candidate must be above forty (40) years of age.
  • Candidate must have been in the executive leadership position for at least ten (10) years.
  • Candidate must be a full-time paid staff of the NGO.
  • Medical fitness certified by qualified medical doctor.

Required Deliverables

  • Written Personal Transition Plan
  • Written Leadership Succession Plan for the NGO
  • A book chapter on a topic of choice reflecting topical issues in the nonprofit sector in Africa; the chapter must be between 5,000 – 7,500 words including references


Applications must include the following:

  • Completed electronic application forms
  • Copy of current passport
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation (including one from the NGO Board Chair indicating that the board is aware and approves of the applicant’s participation in the fellowship)
  • 3-5 page (double space, 12pt font with one-inch margins) personal statement that includes, but not limited to, the reason for participating in the fellowship and anticipated fellowship objectives that the applicant seeks to achieve

Click here to apply

For more information, visit ICLTFP.

Deadline: November 11, 2022

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