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.
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 (If you are within 35-45 years, you can still apply)
  • 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.
What do you 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

A completed application comprises:

  • If you are shortlisted you 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


We have put a lot of thought into developing the application process to make it as easy as possible for you to respond to our call. We are not looking for perfect answers, we are looking for solutions that reflect belief and conviction. All you need to do is fill in the application form where you can also upload your CV.
We believe this application process will help you articulate your thoughts in a way that is useful even beyond fellowship, and may very well help you present your vision in a way that galvanises the kind of support you need.
All the very best.
Deadline: 28th March 2024, 23:59 pm (WAT)

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:
Your professional experience with your most recent position listed first, and dates of employment
Your 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 you submit the application you will not be able to make any changes. We ask that you carefully review the form before submitting it.

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