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.
The residential Bootcamp serves as a melting pot for Fellows to network, immerse in Nigeria’s federal political ecosystem, meet key decision-makers and present their capstone projects to several panels of seasoned Politicians and Technocrats.
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 45
Who meets all statutory requirements to run for office at all levels in Nigeria
With no criminal record
With no ongoing criminal case/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 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 a pioneering program on political leadership 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
One-on-one 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
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 programs 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, Mentor and Faculty members 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 what about your vision is so compelling?’
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.

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