Frequently Asked Questions


Who is the fellowship programme for?

The fellowship is for senior public sector leaders who have significant influence in the implementation of public sector projects or policies at a ministry or government agency.

Will I get a degree after completion of the fellowship?

Participants will be awarded a certificate of participation after successfully completing the 12-month programme. Fellows will not be awarded degrees or any form of academic credential after completion of the fellowship.

Do I need special academic qualifications to qualify for the fellowship?

No. We do not consider academic qualifications in the application and selection process. We are interested in your role and implementation responsibilities in the public sector. You should be either leading or supervising implementation of impactful projects in the public sector.

What projects should candidates submit during the application process?

Eligible implementation projects should be related to solving an identified challenge in the public sector. It should be an approved project an applicant is currently leading/supervising that will last the duration of the fellowship program. This does not include proposed projects that are yet to be approved or scheduled within the applicant’s ministry.

Do I have to quit my job to participate in fellowship?

No, fellows continue to work full time in their public sector roles. The programme is designed to be practical and fellows must apply learnings and skills gained in their jobs.

How much does the fellowship cost?

The programme is fully sponsored by the African Leadership University (ALU). Selected fellows do not have to pay any tuition or participation fees to enrol into the fellowship program.

Will fellows cater for the cost of in-person travel and accommodation?

The full sponsorship for admitted fellows includes travel and accommodation expenses during in-person sessions. ALU will make air travel arrangements for fellows who are not residents in the city in which the in-person sessions will take place.

How many in-person sessions will there be and how many days will it last?

There are four in-person sessions during the duration of the 12-month fellowship, roughly one every quarter. Each in-person session will last between 4-5 business days. (This plan may be impacted by developments in the COVID-19 situation in different countries).

How will online learning be done?

(a) Self-paced learning on our  online learning platform. Content will be available on the platform and fellows can access it on their laptops or smartphones.

(b) Interactive online forums with their facilitators. This will be live discussions with the module facilitators and peers. Facilitators will use this opportunity to discuss the learning content and questions from fellows. Attendance is mandatory, however sessions recording will be made available on the learning platform  for reference.

How many hours will be required to study each week during the fellowship?

The number of hours is dependent on the fellow. The reading content requires 3-5 hours of online self-paced learning each week.

Can someone in the private sector apply for this fellowship program?

The fellowship programme is designed for public sector leaders. However, if you are in the private sector and currently working on a project for the government or ministry, you are eligible to apply for the fellowship. You will need approval and recommendations from your organisation in the private sector and project supervisor in the public sector.

What is the selection process and how long does it take?

The selection process takes between 3 - 4 weeks. The selection committee reviews submitted applications and invites qualified candidates  for an interview. Successful candidates receive an admission letter to confirm their participation in the fellowship program.

Does the fellowship provide funding for projects?

No. The fellowship does not include funding for projects.

Thank you for your interest in applying for the ALU Public Sector Fellowship.

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