Applications OPEN for the African Leadership Academy Class of 2018

African Leadership Academy has now commenced the application season for the ALA Class of 2018 (Our two-year Diploma Program).

As you might already know, we are a pan-African leadership development institution, working with several top institutions and organizations across the continent to identify, develop and connect the next generation of African leaders. Over the past ten years, we have welcomed several thousand young leaders across the continent and around the world to a series of leadership programs including our two-year pre-university (A’level) Diploma, our 10-day and 3-week international summer camps (Global Scholars Program) and our five-day international youth leadership conference (ALA Model African Union).

We work with school heads, educators and leaders of community organizations and youth networks to identify young people aged 15-18 who have demonstrated high leadership potential and passion for creating change in their communities. These might be school prefects, students with exceptional academic ability, top athletes, young entrepreneurs and inventors, future political and diplomatic leaders or social activists. Through a rigorous selec tion process, we are able to admit about 125 promising African leaders each year who join our growing network of changemakers to study at the Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. This year, we have extended our application window to run for six months. Young leaders may apply to the Academy between July 1st 2017 and January 12th, 2018 in three different application windows:

  • Early Decision 1: July 1st – August 31st, 2017
  • Early Decision 2: September 1st – October 30th, 2017
  • Regular Decision: November 1st 2017 – January 12th, 2018

You may either nominate potential candidates or encourage them to apply through We are very proud of the success of several of our alumni who are currently influencing the public, private and non-profit sectors ac ross the continent and gaining recognition for their work. You may read here about the success stories of Malawi’s Ellen ChilembaSouth Africa’s Goodman LepotaGhana’s Julia AgudogoDR Congo’s Joel Baraka and South Sudan’s Majak Ngor Anyieth; just a few of our alumni who are working daily to transform Africa. Should you have any questions, you may contact our team through or +27 11 699 3038.

2 thoughts on “Applications OPEN for the African Leadership Academy Class of 2018”

  1. Thank u so much for inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in the globlal economy.
    Lets keep partnering together to empower young people to own their economic success.
    When ypung people are empowered, educated and healthy, they can realise their potential and are more productive to drive innovations, social change and economic development of Uganda and Africa.

    Empower them, inspire them to unleash their potential!


  2. Bekam Gezehagn

    you are doing something different and great job in powering young.
    thanks for that. it is way that young leader will come to the future world.spatial for future Africa.

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