AfricaCDC-Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Fellowship Programme 2023 for public health professionals.

The Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme supports aspirational public health leaders from Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies to strategize, manage and lead public health programmes that will transform public health in Africa

The African Union Commission launched the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) – Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme on 25 May 2020 in partnership with the Kofi Annan Foundation, following its approval by the Governing Board of Africa CDC in March 2018.

The aim is to support aspirational Public Health Leaders (Fellows) from Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies to strategize, manage and lead public health programmes that will transform public health in Africa.

Fellows admitted in the programme will be 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, and in turn mentor and develop the next generation of public health leaders for the continent.

The programme targets aspirational leaders with a background in any field of public health including, but not limited to, One Health, human medicine, finance, health policy, animal health, or environmental health. These are leaders who want to acquire advanced skills in leading impactful health initiatives, employing health diplomacy, as well as enhance their ability to develop bold, strategic and achievable goals to propel Africa towards achieving Agenda 2063. If this is your aspiration and you are ready to advance public health outcomes in Africa, you should apply.

Eligibility Requirements

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 10 years of 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 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


  • Deadline for applications: 15th January 2023
  • Successful applicants will be informed by 31st March 2023
  • The fellowship will start on 1 May 2023

How 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 support letter from the current employer to confirm employment, guaranteeing that the candidate will be allowed enough time to participate in the Fellowship programme and to attend the full eight weeks of institutional residential experience.
• Letters of recommendation from two reputable professional referees.
• A personal statement (maximum 400 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
• A leadership challenge project proposal (maximum 400 words) that outlines a potential leadership challenge project they will implement which is feasible to complete with in the 12 month of the fellowship. The proposal should include a title, brief description of the challenge
(the what, the who is affected, and the why), a proposed strategy for a solution, and the expected outcome.
• Completed applications with all supporting documents should be submitted through https://learn.au.int/form/kofi-annan-fellowship-in-public-. Incomplete applications and applications sent over email will not be considered

Application Deadline: 15th January 2023

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