Applications now open: 2023 ASRI Future Leaders Program

Program Overview

The ASRI Future Leaders program, is an intensive, full-time, graduate training programme, that develops young university graduates 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 create change in South Africa. In developing these young people, we enhance their social and human capital in a way that not only accelerates their personal growth but which also translates into increased opportunities in the future. 

This is the fifth iteration of the programme, with the inaugural programme being held in 2016. Graduates of the 2023 ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program, like those who were selected for previous programmes, will 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 R90 000 per graduate (for the full programme including the externship) – which includes the cost of materials, stipends, program and operational costs. 

The program will accept 30 individuals for 2023, and each person will receive a monthly stipend of R3 500 + a data simcard with approximately 20GB to 30GB of data per month while on the programme. There is no financial cost to the participants for being on the program. This is not a job or employment. Being a training programme, the stipend is a monthly allowance meant to cover the costs of travel to and from the training venue and monthly subsistence.

The Program Structure is as follows:

Themes Covered are as follows:

Practical skills developed:

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 in the future.

Academic: Students must have at least an undergraduate degree or diploma (or equivalent qualifications), with additional qualifications being an advantage

Attendance requirement: To be eligible for the program, you must be able to be in attendance (at our premises) from Monday-Thursday from 9am-3:45pm, from February-July

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: 14 Barkly Road, Johannesburg, Gauteng 

Alumni requirements: Upon completion of the program, participants are expected to remain active within the Alumni Network of ASRI. ASRI will provide mentorship and support to our fellows throughout their careers.

Closing dates and interviews

Applications close on Sunday, the 6th of November 2022 at midnight. We will screen and select as applications come in, so don’t wait for the deadline to get your application in. If you do not hear from us by the end of November, 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 from the 7th November to the 3rd December 2022 and the Fellowship program will commence on the 1st of February 2023. If you are asked to attend the interviews, you will be required to bring a copy of your ID, matric marks and university transcripts along with you as proof of your qualifications