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Mar 2021

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), in conjunction with LEAP Africa, is pleased to announce a call for application for the NESG Bridge Fellowship. The NESG Bridge Fellowship is a merit-based fellowship jointly designed and administered by the NESG, a private sector Think-Tank and Policy Advocacy Group, and LEAP Africa, a youth-leadership development non-profit organization.

The Bridge Fellowship Programme will admit 50 mid-level professionals between the ages of 22 to 35 who have demonstrated interest in research, public policy, community development, social work, business and/or social entrepreneurship. These professionals would be drawn from the academia, private, and public development sectors and across the six (6) geopolitical zones in Nigeria. They would go through a stringent selection process with two review levels where the review panellists will assess their applications, CVs and Essays written. The selected Bridge Fellows would be matched to the 13 Policy Commissions of the NESG to function in Policy, Research and Leadership.

The NESG Bridge Fellowship is open to all young Nigerians who meet the following criteria:

  • Are between the ages of 22 to 35 on or before the application deadline
  • Are not employees or immediate family members of employees of the NESG and LEAP Africa
  • Can undergo rigorous research training for 15 months and are committed to attending online training and available for mentoring throughout the Fellowship period
  • Are currently employed or self-employed
  • Have at least a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years post-NYSC working experience

Participants would be required to Submit:

  • An Application Form and a cover letter stating your motivation and why you should be selected for the fellowship
  • A 500-word essay sharing your thoughts on a policy issue of your choice related to one of the 13 policy commissions of the NESG and why the issue is vital tfor discussions.
  • A two-minute video briefly describing yourself and explaining the reason for your interest in the Policy Issue written about
  • Any additional document of relevance, not more than three (3) pages, to support your application, e.g., an article with a policy focus or outcomes of a community project or social work.

Application closes on the 7th of April 2021.

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