The Brenthurst Foundation: Machel-Mandela Fellows Programme

Deadline: 15 October 2016
Open to: young graduates from Africa or abroad, under 30 years of age
Remuneration: stipend per month and accommodation


The Brenthurst Foundation is inviting applications from young graduates for the 2017 Machel-Mandela Fellows Program. Africans and students overseas are eligible to apply for this fellowship program.The Machel-Mandela Fellows Program aims to be the most prestigious of its kind in Africa. It helps sharpen the Brenthurst Foundation’s focus on Africa’s burgeoning youth population and helps nurture Africa’s future leaders.

The programme will be available full-time for a minimum of six months and the selected candidate will be expected to take up the appointment in January 2017. The fellow may be from Africa or abroad and will be based at the Brenthurst Foundation’s headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg. Fellows will work directly with and assist the Foundation’s staff on a range of projects and activities, some of which will require foreign travel.


  • Under 30 years of age;
  • An Undergraduate or Masters level degree;
  • Excellent spoken and written English. African and other languages an asset;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Enthusiastic and reliable, a self-starter who requires minimal oversight and management;
  • Able to balance deadlines and attention to detail;
  • Fluency in all basic IT skills;
  • Copy-editing and proof-reading skills an asset;
  • A passion for Africa and a keen interest in new thinking and strategies to strengthen Africa’s economic performance;
  • Broad knowledge of African politics and economics;
  • Familiarity with the work of the Brenthurst Foundation.


An all-inclusive stipend per month and accommodation (subject to Foundation policy) will be provided. Other work-related expenses may also be covered subject to agreement with the Foundation.

How to apply?

In order to apply please send your application to Ms Leila Jack at [email protected] quoting “Machel-Mandela Fellow” in the subject line. Your application should contain:

  1. An up-to-date CV with references details;
  2. A covering letter –no more than 500 words, outlining your interest in the position and the skills you can bring to bear;
  3. A writing sample– this can be any piece of work, for example an essay or a published article, of any length, the earliest date you would be able to start, details of where you saw the programme advertised.

The deadline for applications is 15 October 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from us by 4 November 2016 please assume your application to be unsuccessful.

For more information please visit the official call.

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