Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: African Union
  • Funded by: African Union
  • Tuition Type: Full Support
  • Degree Program: Fellowship
  • Scholarship Amount: Monthly stipend, travel, etc
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 28 April, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

Fellows will:

  • Engage in a series of intensive capacity-building workshops led by prominent figures within the African innovation landscape.
  • Gain mentorship from seasoned professionals who are part of the AfriLabs network.
  • Expand their professional circle and engage in numerous peer-to-peer educational experiences.
  • Receive a regular financial stipend for the duration of their fellowship.
  • Go on various fully-funded excursions to key events within the ecosystem, including onboarding and offboarding sessions, as well as educational tours.
  • Participate in a comprehensive graduation event where they will be presented with certificates of completion.
  • Earn recognition as alumni of the African Union Digital and Innovation Fellowship Program.


Applicants must:

  • Reside in Africa and hold citizenship within an African Union member state.
  • Be below the age of 34 at the time of applying.
  • Possess a degree from a tertiary institution or an equivalent qualification.
  • Be capable of comprehensively gathering data on intricate issues, appraising and scrutinizing this information to discern principal matters and propose viable solutions.
  • Have prior experience and technical expertise in the development of innovative technological products or solutions.
  • Be prepared to travel for an induction workshop.
  • Commit to a 12-month period of full-time engagement. This commitment requires fellows to take a hiatus from current engagements and relocate to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Mastery of more than one African Union official language (which include Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swahili) will be considered an asset.

How to apply

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Additional Information

The African Union Digital and Innovation Fellowship Program is an intensive 12-month initiative designed to recruit and position exceptionally skilled technology innovators from across Africa at various units and organs within the African Union headquarters. These individuals will serve as ‘resident fellows,’ immersing themselves in the specific systems of their assigned units, pinpointing data management inefficiencies, and addressing these issues by collaborating on and constructing bespoke, innovative solutions that enhance data handling procedures and contribute to the broader objectives of the AU. A critical aspect of the fellowship is to ensure the longevity of these solutions beyond the fellowship period. This is achieved by bolstering the AU staff’s capabilities within these units, thereby promoting enduring improvements and operational sophistication.

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