Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI) Future Leaders Program 2024

Deadline: 25th of November, 2023

The ASRI Future Leaders program is an intensive, full-time graduate training program 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 also translates into increased opportunities in the future.

This is the sixth iteration of the program, with the inaugural program being held in 2016. Graduates of the 2024 ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program, like those who were selected for previous programs, will go on to become influential and prominent leaders in government and civil society, occupying a variety of positions in non-profit organizations, interest groups, policy institutes, media organizations, the public service, and so forth.


  • The investment made during the program is approximately R90,000 per graduate (for the full program including the externship), which includes the cost of materials, stipends, the program, and operational costs.
  • The program will accept 20 individuals in 2024, and each person will receive a monthly stipend of R3,500 and a data SIM card with approximately 20GB to 30GB of data per month while on the program.
  • There is no financial cost to the participants for being on the program. This is not a job or an employment opportunity.
  • Being a training program, the stipend is a monthly allowance meant to cover the costs of travel to and from the training venue and monthly subsistence.


  • Community and Leadership Experience: Individuals should be active in their community, have some form of leadership experience, and show potential for being change agents 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 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., from the end of January–June.
  • Age limit: 30 years of age.
  • 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, Parktown, 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.

Programme Structure:

  • The fellowship program is 4-months, and fellows are required to be in attendance Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at our offices in Parktown, Johannesburg, from the end of January to the end of May.
  • Upon completion of the 4-month program, there is an optional 3-month work experience placement (externship) at an organization in line with your aspirations and interests, with a further option of a 3-month externship extension for exceptional individuals.
  • Core Tenets: The mission of the program is the building of a social justice mindset, with a particular focus on improving the socio-economic conditions of people in South Africa. The emphasis is also placed on integrity, respect, and tolerance.
  • The Constitution, Governance, Law and Social Justice
  • Leadership
  • Public Policy
  • Understanding Government
  • NGOs and Civil Society
  • Political Philosophy
  • Economics and Development
  • Ethics and Values
  • Communication (written and verbal)
  • Project, Financial and organizational Management
  • Advocacy
  • Microsoft Suite


  • Applications close on Saturday, November 25, 2023, 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 December 16, 2023, 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 Monday, December 4, December to Thursday, December 14, 2023, and the fellowship program will commence on Monday, January 29, 2024.

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