2024 ASRI Future Leaders Programme

Wandise Boyd

Are you a recent graduate eager to make a meaningful impact in South Africa? The ASRI Future Leaders Programme offers a unique opportunity for young, passionate individuals to undergo an intensive training program aimed at shaping future leaders in the realms of Civil Society and Government sectors. Designed to nurture and develop socially and politically active minds, this program seeks individuals committed to fostering positive change within their communities.

Programme Overview

Now in its sixth iteration since its inception in 2016, the ASRI Future Leaders Programme aims to equip young graduates with the skills, knowledge, and network required to become influential figures within government, civil society, non-profit organizations, policy institutes, media, and various public service roles. Participants undergo comprehensive training, enhancing their social and human capital, thereby accelerating personal growth and opening doors to future opportunities.

The program’s investment in each graduate amounts to approximately R90,000, covering materials, stipends, program costs, and operational expenses. This intensive, full-time graduate training program lasts for four months, with an optional three-month work experience placement (externship) aligned with individual aspirations and interests. Exceptional candidates may have the opportunity for an additional three-month externship extension.

Programme Structure

The four-month fellowship requires full-time attendance from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the program’s offices in Park Town, Johannesburg, starting from late January until the end of May. Participants will receive a monthly stipend of R3,500 along with a data sim card offering 20GB to 30GB of data per month to cover travel and subsistence costs.

The curriculum encompasses a wide array of crucial subjects including governance, law, social justice, leadership, public policy, government structures, NGOs, political philosophy, economics, ethics, values, and practical skills such as communication, project management, advocacy, and proficiency in Microsoft Suite.

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective candidates must meet specific criteria to be considered for this esteemed program:

  • Demonstrated community involvement and leadership experience showcasing the potential to effect positive change.
  • At least an undergraduate degree or diploma (or equivalent qualifications), additional qualifications are advantageous.
  • Commitment to full-time attendance (Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am-3:00 pm) from January to June.
  • Age limit of 30 years.
  • South African citizenship or permission to reside in South Africa.
  • Residence within Gauteng or the capability to relocate to the specified location.

Closing Dates and Interviews

Applications for the 2024 ASRI Future Leaders Programme close on Saturday, November 25th, 2023, at midnight. Early submission is encouraged, as applications will be screened and selected on a rolling basis. Interviews are scheduled from December 4th to December 14th, 2023, with the program commencing on January 29th, 2024. Candidates invited for interviews are required to bring identification, matric marks, and university transcripts as proof of qualifications.

Apply now and embark on a journey towards impactful leadership and meaningful change within your community and beyond.

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