A generation equipped with research and policy advocay skills
A new cadre of young visionary leaders
About the NESG Bride Fellowship
The NESG Bridge Fellowship was initiated in the year 2019 by the Board of Directors to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES#25).
The NESG, in collaboration with Leap Africa, launched the NESG Bridge, with the goal to equip a new cadre of young visionary leaders with leadership, research and policy advocacy skills to contribute to policy reform in diverse policy areas.
Objectives of the Programme
1. To increase the number of young leaders with the competencies to actively
participate and influence policy development and good governance
2. To have the fellows implement social impact projects
3. To have a pool of competent young leaders to deploy as fellows to the Ministry
when requested for
4. To have them support the NESG Policy Commission, roundtables, PPDs as
The beneficiaries of the Bridge Fellowship Programme were 25 mid-level professionals between the ages 23 to 39 who have demonstrated interest in research, public policy, and community development, social work, business and/or social entrepreneurship. These professionals were drawn from the academia, private, and public development sectors and cut across the six (6) geopolitical zones in Nigeria. They went through a stringent selection process with 2 levels of review where the review panelists (consisting of NESG PC Leaders and a TSC member) assessed the applications, CVs and Essays written. The top 40 out of 317 applicants were interviewed by a panel chaired by Mr. Niyi Yusuf (CEO, Verraki Ltd) to select the final 25 fellows.
The fellows have been enrolled into an eighteen (18) month fellowship, during which they will develop leadership, research and policy advocacy competencies; participate in policy research and advocacy, as well as implement social impact projects. Furthermore, they will be provided networking and mentorship opportunities and will be engaged in a Policy Commission, Community of Practice, Roundtables, Summit and various NESG Committees during and after the programme. Fellows will conduct their policy research and advocacy activities in line with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group’s (NESG) 13 Policy Commissions and Round table.
At the end of the Fellowship Year, these 25 Bridge Fellows would form the first set of Alumni of the Bridge Fellowship and enter fully into the project to act as support and Mentors for the incoming set,