As part of its annual Young Leader program, the French African Foundation is launching a call for applications to select 100 new young leaders of the promotion 2021 including about 15 candidates from the sports ecosystem. “Sport and Development” will be one of the main themes of this session.


As the youth of Africa and France belong to a single generation, carrying shared responsibilities in a common world, the French-African Foundation wishes to contribute to the emergence of a Franco-African succession, which is able, by its values ​​and means of action, to meet the social, economic and political challenges of its time.

For this 2021 edition, the foundation shares the idea that sport contributes significantly to economic development and has a strong power of inspiration among young Franco-Africans.
The Young Leaders will be brought together for five-day seminars that will take place alternately in France and Senegal. The principal theme is “resilience” given the impact of the current health-care context.

Eligibility criteria

  • Be aged between 28 and 40 years old on 31st of March
  • Be French or national of an African country
  • Be Fluent in English and in French or have a demonstrated interest to learn
  • Demonstrate an engagement across public and private sectors with international experiences
  • Demonstrate applied skills and experiences in any of these fields: manufacturing and industry, services, public administration, agriculture, health, science, education, tech, culture and art, media, sports, community, etc.
  • Demonstrate inclusive leadership, commitment, and a sustained involvement (3 years minimum) that impact your community, country, or sub region
  • Proving a privileged professional and/or personal and/or associative relationship with France and Africa will be valorised.


Criteria for applicants with a background in sports

  • Participated in an international sports competition as athletes;
  • Or an experience of at least 3 years, working in a structure with a link with sport;
  • Or an experience working on a project based on sport as a tool for social, environmental, economic or political development.


Overview of the 2019 edition


Application process

  • Opening of the call for applications: 15th February 2021
  • Closing of the call for applications: 5th April 2021
  • Application submission: online application form to be completed with a short video-statement
  • Results announcement: beginning of May 2021
Do you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply?
Click on the “Apply” button to be directly redirected to the French African Foundation’s website.
Main partners of the program: Agence française de développement, Groupe DUVAL, Meridiam, Société Générale, BAOBAB, Deloitte, Concerto, EgonZehnder, QIMA, ESSEC
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Founded in 2017, the French African Foundation is a Franco-African network which aims to support a new generation of leaders evolving on the economic, political, social and cultural scene in France and in Africa.
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