ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program 2020


The ASRI Future Leaders program, is a civic leadership programme that develops young people 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 drive socio-economic change in South Africa, aspiring for a just, equal and prosperous society. 

In developing you as a young person, we enhance your social and human capital in a way that not only accelerates your personal growth but also translates into increased opportunities in the future. 

Graduates of the 2020/21 ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program are anticipated, in the medium to long term, with ongoing support and mentorship from ASRI, to 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. 

The investment made during the program is approximately R70 000 per fellow, which includes the cost of materials, speakers and facilitators, data, stipends for travel and subsistence (during the externships), administration, programming and operational costs. 

The program will accept 30 individuals for 2020. There is no financial cost to participants of the program. Due to the physical distancing constraints of the Covid19 pandemic, the theoretical component taking place between Mid July and End November 2020 will be delivered online via Zoom webinars and breakaway rooms, while the 3 – 6 month externships will be in person from January 2021 (covid regulations permitting). The costs of data will be covered for participation online along with a subsistence stipend of R1000 per month, while a travel and subsistence stipend of R3500 per month will be paid during the externships.

Program Structure

The online component of the fellowship program is 18 weeks long from Mid July 2020 to End November 2020 and fellows are required to be in attendance (virtually, via Zoom) Monday to Thursday from 9am – 3:00pm.

Upon completion of the program, there is a 3 to 6 month work experience placement (externship) at an organisation in- line with your aspirations and interests. During this time online contact sessions will continue twice a week via zoom.

Core Tenets: The mission of the program is the building of a social justice mind-set, with a particular focus on bettering the socio-economic conditions of people in South Africa. Emphasis is also placed on integrity, respect and tolerance.

Themes covered: Governance, Law and social justice; Leadership; Public policy; Understanding government; NGOs and Civil society; Political philosophy; Economics and development; Ethics and Values, media and communications 

Practical skills developed: Communication (Oped, Press releases, Short Papers, Public Speaking); Project Management, Financial Management, and Organisational Management; Public Policy Research and Advocacy

The eligibility requirements to be considered for the program are as follows:
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

Academic: Students must have at least an undergraduate degree or diploma, with post-graduate or other additional qualifications being an advantage.

Attendance requirement: To be eligible for the program, you must be able to be in attendance -Monday-Thursday from 10am-3:00pm, from Mid July-End November 2020, and Mid January 2021 to Mid July 2021
Age limit: 30
Citizenship: South African citizenship or permission to reside in South Africa (with the long term view of staying in the country)
Location: Online and your closest metropolitan municipality

Alumni requirements: Upon completion of the program, participants are expected to remain active within the Alumni Network of ASRI

Closing date & interviews: Applications will be screened as they’re received, and will close on July 12th at midnight. If you do not hear from us by July 15th 2020, 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 online from and the Fellowship program will commence on the 3 August 2020. If you’re offered an interview, you will be required to email a copy of your ID, matric marks and university transcript. At a later stage we will require a copy of your qualifications.