2023 Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship

Kaduna State Government introduced its inaugural class of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship (KIF) in August, 2018 with 16 Fellows from all over Nigeria participating in the one-year Programme.

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The Fellowship’s objective is to develop and nurture leadership ability across Nigeria, with specific focus on promising leaders of the future.
This one-year Fellowship aims to create a network of high potential young Nigerians who are expected to rise to top leadership positions in the public sector and other spheres of activity over the next decade.
The overall mission of the non-partisan Programme, as envisioned by Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, is in his words, “to raise the next generation of leaders who will most likely be absorbed into the Nigerian public sector having had a first-hand experience of its workings and challenges”.

Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship comprises of four components, namely:

1. Work Placement
Engagement in the work of Kaduna State Government lies at the heart of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship. Work assignments offer unparalleled experience, working with senior administration officials on ever changing issues and challenges.
Fellows will spend a year as full-time, paid Assistants to senior Government House staff, Cabinet Members and other top-ranking government officials in State Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
a. Job Assignments: Fellows’ responsibilities would range from supporting public service delivery, inter-agency meetings, designing and implementing state government policies, to drafting speeches for government principals to representing their agencies outside Kaduna State. Fellows’ assignments demand a capacity for quick learning and a willingness to work hard, often on issues outside of their area of expertise.
b. Remuneration: Fellows will receive a monthly salary equivalent to that of a Special Assistant to the Governor. Kashim Ibrahim Fellows CANNOT receive compensation from any other source during their year of government service.
2. Education Programme
The mandatory Education Programme serves as an important aspect of the Fellowship as it is intended to augment and enhance the workplace experience. Fellows are expected to fully undertake the Education Programme which would include:
  • Local Government Area tours.
  • Brown Bag Meetings.
  • Speaker Series
  • Domestic trips
  • An international policy trip
  • Workshops and
  • Aspen Institute styled quarterly seminars.
During this process, a balance is maintained between personal development, self-reflection, and the Nigerian context of leadership. The values and ethics of leadership also form a major component of the learning experience.
The Speaker Series under the Education Programme increase Fellows’ exposure to renowned leaders from the public and private sectors. Each class will meet with notable global individuals who will improve and enrich their understanding and experience of public service.
Kashim Ibrahim Fellows are expected to study a range of issues such as education, healthcare, security and transportation, energy, economic development, local governance, and urbanisation. These studies provide participants with an intensive learning and broadening experience on the principles and application of leadership, and an opportunity to explore the issues and specific characteristics of African leadership, as well as the global challenges and dimensions of same.
3. Community Service
Community service is a key component of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship. Fellows have a strong legacy of service to their communities and participate in community service projects throughout their year in Kaduna Metropolis. Fellows will be expected to pursue projects to assist the urban poor, volunteer teaching, mentor students, or participate in the clean-up of local communities etc.
4. Fellowship
Perhaps the most enriching component of the Programme is class fellowship, which often results in enduring friendships and collaborative ventures. Alumni will convene at yearly meetings in Kaduna hosted by the Governor, to eagerly welcome new Fellows into what we hope would be one of the most prestigious networks of professionals and leaders in the State and our nation.
In return for the privilege of participating in the Fellowship year, Fellows are expected to apply what they have learned by contributing to Kaduna State and Nigeria as greater leaders in their respective communities, professions, and in public service. Fellows are expected to return to their former or new occupations more experienced in governance, public policy, and decision-making and better prepared to contribute to state and national affairs, thereby fulfilling the mission of the Fellowship.
5. Eligibility
To be eligible as a 2023/2024 Kashim Ibrahim Fellow, applicants MUST:
Demonstrate some level of public interest orientation.

Selection Criteria Include:

Diversity: The Fellowship will admit Fellows representing diverse gender, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, with varied educational qualifications; working from all angles and with different perspectives to strengthen their communities and civic life.
An established record of self-discipline, punctuality, dedication, respect, hard work, confidentiality, and integrity as Fellows MUST embody the change they wish to see in society.
Commitment to engaging in crucial issues and to making a difference at the State and national level.
Promise of a future career of leadership and notable impact.
Special capacity for critical, creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic thinking.
Ability to efficiently work as part of a team.
Commitment to FULL participation in a rigorous programme of activities and to full-time residence in the Fellows Lodge in Kaduna for the ENTIRE duration of the Fellowship.
Total participation in all Fellowship components (which makes for a very intensive programme) is COMPULSORY and a prerequisite for graduation.
24 admissions are available for individuals who are working to solve important public problems in creative and powerful ways.
Proficiency in English: Fellows must be fluent in spoken and written English as all programmes will be conducted in English.
Applicants must be Nigerian citizens between 25 to 35 years of age WITH A MINIMUM AGE OF 25 years WHEN THE FELLOWSHIP COMMENCES IN AUGUST 2023 AND A MAXIMUM AGE OF 35 years WHEN THE FELLOWSHIP ENDS IN JULY 2024.
Applicants must have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree programme from a recognised University and completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corp programme with relevant certification.
The most important criterion is to have a real commitment to put your new leadership skills into use to benefit your community, State and Nigeria upon the successful completion of the Fellowship.

How To Apply

Do note that application for admission into the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship is entirely an online process. There are no paper forms to complete or mail.
Applications commence on 9th January 2023.
 Prior to the submission deadline of 23:59 on 8th February, 2023, you may work on your application at any time and submit it when you are ready.
After creating an account and accessing the online application, you can upload documents including academic qualifications, a scanned copy of your reference letters or submit details of two referees (either academic or professional) – a link will be sent to their emails for reference submissions.
Any submission including references made after the stipulated deadline will be invalid.

Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship 2023/2024 Application Process

Applicants are required to submit a Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (maximum of 3 pages), an Essay (minimum of 800 words and maximum of 1000 words), and a Personal Statement.
The essay topic is “Mass Migration of Nigerians: Addressing the Japa Syndrome”. Please prepare a paper in your capacity as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that states the effect of mass migration of citizens on the economy and the role of government in mitigating this challenge.
An important part of the application is the Personal Statement (maximum of 200 words) where you have the opportunity to demonstrate your leadership skills and public service orientation, stating what you have accomplished and what your goals are for the future as we want to see people who have had a track record of imbibing change and are looking forward to making change.

Important Notice for Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship 2023/2024 Applicants 

  • Do note that the recommended font style, font size, and line spacing for the essay and personal statement are Century Gothic Normal, 12 and 1.5 respectively.
  •  Applicants are also expected to use well-defined paragraphs for ease of review.

Compensation Package for Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship 2023/2024

  • A salary equivalent to that of Special Assistant to the Governor.
  • Accommodation: Boarding (and breakfast) in a nicely furnished one-bedroom apartment for the duration of the Fellowship.

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For more information visit the official website of Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship 2023/2023 

2023 Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship


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