• Fully Funded

Call for The Emerging Political Leaders Fellowship 2024 is open now!!! 

The Emerging Political Leaders Fellowship is the flagship Fellowship Program of The Bridge Leadership Foundation. It is a fully-funded, non-partisan Political Leadership development project which nurtures and prepares young Nigerians for leadership at the local, regional and national levels with a view to improving the quality of Nigeria’s leadership pool and the impact of its developmental interventions.

Over the course of a year, Fellows gain access to tailored content delivered by a carefully curated list of Politicians, Development Experts, Historians, Civil Society Leaders, Religious Figures, Advisors and Mentors. The Emerging Political Leaders Fellowships also give Fellows the opportunity to demystify Nigerian politics by pairing them with credible past and serving Politicians through the program’s location-based Internship/shadow program.

Emerging Political Leaders Fellowship (EPLF) is an initiative of The Bridge Leadership Foundation. ​A non-partisan program, EPLF nurtures and prepares young Nigerians for political leadership at the local, regional, and national levels with a view to improving the quality of Nigeria’s leadership pool and the impact of its developmental interventions. The program aims at tackling the deep-rooted leadership problems we have faced as a country by exposing Fellows to the critical knowledge required for them to play in Nigeria’s political arena and thrive while in it.





What does the Fellow stand to gain?

  • Opportunity to be part of political leadership capacity development program on the African continent
  • Access to a high-impact, 6-month political leadership development training
  • Opportunity to have access to, and be trained by a world-class Faculty
  • Group mentorship by credible and seasoned Nigerian Politicians currently serving at various levels across the country
  • One-on-one/group meetings with, and access to influential Nigerian politicians curated across party lines
  • Access to Learning Visits to Key Institutions and Organizations
  • Cost for local air travel, airport transfers, accommodation and feeding for the duration of the bootcamp will be covered (Nigerians in Diaspora will be responsible for their travel arrangements to Nigeria)
  • Opportunity to serve on subsequent Cohorts as Facilitators, Program Ambassadors, Advisory Council members, and/or Mentors
  • Increased visibility within Nigeria’s political space and amongst its most influential stakeholders
  • Social media spotlights across The Bridge Leadership Foundation, Advisory and Faculty member’s handles/pages


​​Who qualifies?

Emerging Leaders:

  • Who are active in mainstream politics in Nigeria
  • With a proven track record of service within a community, region and Nigeria
  • With a demonstrable track record of accountability, integrity, strategy and resilience
  • Aged between 25 and 35
  • Who meets all statutory requirements to run for office at all levels in Nigeria
  • With no criminal record
  • With no ongoing criminal case or investigation with any national or international security body (Such as Interpol, EFCC)

Who Should Apply?

  • Mid-senior level Technocrats
  • Civil Servants
  • Nigerians in Diaspora interested in running for office in Nigeria
  • Technical staff of past or serving politicians (Special Advisers, Technical Assistants etc.)
  • Political appointees (Such as Commissioners, Executive Secretaries etc.)
  • Past candidates of political parties who ran for office at local/state/national level
  • Current candidates/Political representatives of political parties running for office at local/state/national level
  • Grassroots Activists/Changemakers with proven track record of impact in their communities
  • Women, minorities (And other groups prone to discrimination and exclusion) with a track record of service and impact in their communities.
Eligible Regions: Nigeria

Application Process

A completed application comprises:

  • If the fellow is shortlisted, they will be expected to submit a 3-5 minute application video answering the question ‘Why should you be selected for the fellowship and how your vision will catalyze the kind of change Nigeria needs?’
  • An up-to-date CV
  • A completed and submitted application form


  • EPLF has put a lot of thought into developing the application process to make it as easy as possible for the applicant to respond to their call. 
  • They are not looking for perfect answers, they are looking for solutions that reflect belief and conviction.
  • All the applicant needs to do is fill in the application form where they can also upload their CV.
  • EPLF believes this application process will help the applicant articulate their thoughts in a way that is useful even beyond fellowship, and may very well help them present their vision in a way that galvanises the kind of support the applicant needs.
  • Curriculum vitae: The document must be formatted in Adobe Acrobat PDF (pdf), all other file types will not be accepted. 
  • The English language resume should list in order of priority the following:
  • The applicant’s professional experience with their most recent position listed first, and dates of employment
  • The applicant’s educational credentials, including all degrees earned
  • Awards and honors if applicable
  • Publications if applicable (please do not include an exhaustive list)
  • Please do not send CVs longer than 3 pages. Please note that once the applicant submits the application they will not be able to make any changes. EPLF asks that the applicant carefully review the form before submitting it.

Application Deadline: March 28, 2024

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For Further Queries

For further queries, contact them through email at [email protected].
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