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ASRI Future Leaders Programme for Young South Africa 2024

The ASRI Future Leaders programme, is an intensive, full-time, graduate training programme, that develops young university graduates for careers in the Civil Society and Government sectors, and therefore recruits individuals who are socially and politically active in their communities. The program seeks to recruit young people who aspire, in different spheres, to create change in South Africa. In developing these young people, we enhance their social and human capital in a way that not only accelerates their personal growth, but which also translates into increased opportunities in the future.

This is the sixth iteration of the programme, with the inaugural programme being held in 2016. Graduates of the 2024 ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program, like those who were selected for previous programmes, will go on to become influential and prominent leaders in government and civil society, occupying a variety of positions in non-profit organisations; interest groups; policy institutes; media organisations; the public service and so forth.

About Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI)

On the 2 April 1694, Sheikh Yusuf of Makassar, the Nephew of the King of Gowa arrived in the Cape Colony to serve his political banishment at the hands of the Dutch East India Company. Sheikh Yusuf’s home became a sanctuary for the slaves of the Cape, and it was from these slaves and political exiles that the first cohesive Muslim community in South Africa emerged. In 2005, Sheikh Yusuf was Posthumously Awarded the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo in Gold, by the President of the Republic of South Africa, for his contribution to the struggle against colonialism. In 1794, the first ...... read more

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ASRI Future Leaders Programme

Aim and Benefits of ASRI Future Leaders Programme

  • The investment made during the programme is approximately R90 000 per graduate (for the full programme including the externship) – which includes the cost of materials, stipends, programme and operational costs.
  • The programme will accept 20 individuals for 2024, and each person will receive a monthly stipend of R3 500 + a data simcard with approximately 20GB to 30GB of data per month while on the programme.
  • There is no financial cost to the participants for being on the programme. This is not a job or employment opportunity.
  • Being a training programme, the stipend is a monthly allowance meant to cover the costs of travel to and from the training venue and monthly subsistence.

Requirements for ASRI Future Leaders Programme Qualification

  • Community & Leadership Experience: Individuals should be active in their community, have some form of leadership experience and show potential for being a change agent in South Africa in the future.
  • Academic: Students must have at least an undergraduate degree or diploma (or equivalent qualifications), with additional qualifications being an advantage.
  • Attendance Requirement: To be eligible for the programme, you must be able to be in attendance (at our premises) from Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-3:00pm, from end of January-June.
  • Age limit: 30 years of age.
  • Citizenship: South African citizenship or permission to reside in South Africa (with the long-term view of staying in the country).
  • Location: 14 Barkly Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
  • Alumni Requirements: Upon completion of the programme, participants are expected to remain active within the Alumni Network of ASRI. ASRI will provide mentorship and support to our fellows throughout their careers.

Application Deadline

November 25, 2023

How to Apply

  • Applications close on Saturday, the 25th of November 2023 at midnight. We will screen and select as applications come in, so don’t wait for the deadline to get your application in.
  • If you do not hear from us by the 16th of December 2023, please kindly consider your application unsuccessful.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. Interviews will be held from Monday 4 December to Thursday 14 December 2023 and the Fellowship programme will commence on Monday 29 January 2024. If you are asked to attend the interviews, you will be required to bring a copy of your ID, matric marks and university transcripts along with you as proof of your qualifications.

For more details, visit ASRI website 

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