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APPLY: AFRICACDC-Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Fellowship Program 2024: Fully Funded Opportunity for Public Health Professionals.

Application Deadline: January 30, 2024

Applications are currently being accepted for the 4th Cohort of the Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Fellowship Programme. The Africa CDC encourages a diverse range of applicants from across the AU Member States. Cohort 4 will introduce a Mental Health track, and Public Mental Health Professionals are particularly encouraged to apply. Additionally, individuals in senior positions within Government Ministries and National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs), especially women, are strongly urged to apply.

The Africa Union Commission, in partnership with the Kofi Annan Foundation, launched the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) – Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme on May 25, 2020, following approval by the Governing Board of Africa CDC in March 2018. Fellows admitted to the program are senior public health professionals from African Union Member States who will contribute to and lead the implementation of a new public health order for Africa. They will also mentor and develop the next generation of public health leaders for the continent.

Eligibility Requirements

Fellowship applicants must:

  • Be citizens of an African Union Member State.
  • Possess a postgraduate degree in a relevant field in public health.
  • Have 10 years of professional experience in any field of public health, including but not limited to one health, human medicine, finance, health economics, health policy, animal health, or environmental health.
  • Be in full-time employment in any area of public health, in a public or private 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 in Africa.


Africa CDC will provide all learning and development materials and cover all costs associated with the fellowship, including travel, daily allowance, and insurance during the residential placements.

Fellowship Details

The Fellowship will support 12 months of high-level professional development in advanced public health leadership, including acquiring skills in health diplomacy, change management, and policy influence. Fellows will be guided by experienced experts from Africa and the diaspora.

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

  • For competent leadership styles that influence and empower others to achieve challenging multidimensional health goals.
  • To frame and develop a viable strategic vision for bold, yet attainable goals for positive health outcomes.
  • For globally competent leadership with attributes such as vision, resilience, flexibility, and efficiency.
  • To navigate the complex environment of public health practice and achieve and maintain a positive impact, including in health politics, negotiation, partnerships, and health diplomacy.

Fellowship Format

The Fellowship will utilize a hybrid learning methodology, including self-directed learning to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) over 12 months. Experiential learning will take place through webinars, keynote lectures, online self-directed study with evaluations, case studies, and an individual leadership challenge project. It will include up to eight weeks of institutional residential placements for all Fellows as a cohort. Fellows will spend the remainder of the training period in their home country, continuing with their regular work responsibilities while also completing assigned courses and implementing the leadership challenge project. Fellows will be paired with experienced mentors and coaches to support their continued learning experience.

How to Apply

Applicants should fill out the application form through [provide the application link] with their personal information and professional background, attaching:

  • A supporting letter from the current employer to confirm employment, guarantee of a position after the fellowship (for at least one year), allowing time to fully participate.
  • Evidence of their commitment to public health on the continent via a personal statement.
  • A leadership project proposal that should be completed within a 12-month period.

All applications should be completed and submitted at [provide the application submission link].


  • Deadline for applications: January 30, 2024.
  • Successful applicants will be informed by April 31, 2024.
  • The fellowship will start on June 1, 2024.

For more information, contact KofiAnnanFellowship@africacdc.org or TirunehA@africacdc.org.


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