Mo Ibrahim Foundation/SOAS Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI) Residential School 2020 (Fully Funded)

Applications are open for interested and suitably qualified candidates for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation/SOAS Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI) Residential School 2020 (Fully Funded). The full application details for the Nedbank Graduate Internship Programme can be accessed below.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation/GDAI Residential School

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. It was founded by Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese billionaire businessman and philanthropist, who founded the telecommunications company Celtel International in 1998. Ibrahim is the chairman.


Applications are open for the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI) Residential School 2020. The annual residential school on governance and development is part of the Governance for Development in Africa programme that they at SOAS run in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

This initiative aims to contribute to and stimulate debate on governance, development, and the relationship between them. The residential school is for 20 participants who are policymakers, academics, researchers or civil society representatives from any African country who will gain, through this training, new ideas and knowledge on the broad issue of governance and development. They welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds.


  • All costs for successful applicants, including economy flights, visa costs, accommodation and meal, will be covered. No per diem.


  • Applicant should be from an African country;
  • Applicants should have at least an MSc degree in areas related to Governance or 5 years professional experiences in fields relevant to the theme of Governance and Development in Africa;
  • The official language of the School is English.


Applications should include:

  • 2 page max CV (including email address for correspondence)
  • One reference letter (can be emailed directly by the referee to
  • Proposal of max 1000 words outlining research interest and/or professional background and how the applicant will benefit from attending the Residential School

To be sent electronically:

Angelica Baschiera
Centre of African Studies
SOAS – University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

How to Apply

Interested persons should visit GDAI – Residential Schools.

Deadline: November 30, 2019.


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