The French-African Young Leaders Program 2019 is now open for applications. The French-African Foundation has launched the Young Leaders program in response to the immense global challenges which require a new generation of leaders whose ambition is to become true agents of change. In 2019, this program will be held under the double high patronage of the President of the French Republic Mr. Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the Republic of Ghana, Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo.


The creation of the French-African Foundation, and more particularly the organization of the Young Leaders program, is made possible thanks to the support of African and French public and private institutions. This initiative will build on the proud legacy of the Africa-France Foundation, whose highly successful Young Leadership Program in 2017 brought together 20 high-potential talents selected from a highly competitive pool of 569 applicants from 43 countries. 

Selected candidates must show the talent, passion and shared values that have the potential to contribute to transformative change in Africa and in France. This program represents an exceptional opportunity to engage with other candidates as well as with national and continental leaders in the public and private sector.


French-African Young Leaders Program 2019 Details: 

Host Countries:

  • Ghana & France

Host Foundation:

  • French African Foundation

Program Locations:

  • Paris
  • Accra

Program Duration & Dates:

  • 5 days in Paris from July 7 to 13th, 2019
  • 5 days in Accra, October 2019

Program Benefits:

  • 5 days in Paris from July 7 to 13th, 2019
  • 5 days in Accra, October 2019
  • High-level meetings with leaders from the public and private sector
  • Excellent opportunities for mentorship, training, and networking
  • Media exposure
  • Flights and accommodation covered by the French-African Young Leaders program

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be between 28 and 40 years old as of October 31st, 2019;
  • Have French nationality or the nationality of an African country;
  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in French or a demonstrated interest to learn French is highly beneficial and will be an advantage in the application process;
  • Demonstrated engagement across public and private sectors, and across geographical borders. The application must also demonstrate applied skills and experiences in any domain (which could include manufacturing and industry, services, public administration, agriculture, health, science, education, tech, culture and art, media, sports, community,…);
  • Demonstrate inclusive leadership, commitment, and sustained involvement (3 years minimum) that impacts your community, country, or sub-region.
  • Display of a privileged professional and/or personal and/or associative relationship with France and Africa (at least two out of these three points). This connection should be a lasting link of 3 years minimum.

Required Documents:

Documents to download during the application process. Please note that we accept all documents in either English or French. Please use the language that you are most comfortable with.

  • A copy of your passport;
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Submit a video (3 minutes maximum) answering the following three questions:
    • Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
    • Why do you want to join the French-African Young Leaders program 
    • How would you describe your link with France and Africa and what is your vision of the African continent and its relations with the world?

Optional: two letters of reference maximum from people who know you well, and the contact details of two people that we could reach and who could tell us more about you.

How to Apply for French-African Young Leaders Program 2019?

Fill online applications carefully. All questions are mandatory. Please note that entries that do not follow these instructions will be automatically disqualified.

If you have any question or if you need any help, please contact at

Application Deadline: 

  • May 17, 2019


Deadline is May 17, 2019