We are accepting applications for our 2019 fellowship programme.

Applications are due by 6:59 am SAT / 11:59 ET on 31 January 2019.  

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2019 Fellowship Programme

South Africa and the United States are connected by a shared history of power structures exploiting people based on their race, gender, class and ability. Over the last two centuries, Black liberation activists in these two countries have learned from and inspired each other to build movements that organise people to achieve full equality. AFRE builds upon this rich history of exchange by creating a space for leaders from both countries to find solutions to end anti-Black oppression.

Each year, we recruit 20 high-impact leaders from South Africa and the United States to participate in our 12-month program which fosters knowledge-sharing, relationship-building and collaboration. Our Fellows participate in cross-cultural exchanges and engage in a deep dialogue process with other Fellows to support and strengthen their leadership, capacities and understandings. Throughout the year, they explore the origins of structural racism and the mechanisms through which it operates, participate in collaborative vision and strategy-building for societal transformation and engage with different perspectives and approaches for building a just and equitable world. They also receive customised supports, including access to coaching, expert mentoring and media relations support. The fellowship is designed to fuel multi-sectoral and transnational thinking and action through rigorous learning experiences and additional resources to support the initial stages of Fellows’ projects.


Fellows will receive a stipend of USD $10,000 and will be eligible to apply for project support of up to USD $10,000 during their fellowship year.

Time Commitment

The core of the AFRE fellowship experience is a series of four, week-long learning sessions over the programme year. Fellows will also participate in activities in-between sessions to connect with peers and mentors, as well as at least one intensive institute on a theme related to racial equity during the programme year. Full participation in all fellowship activities is required to maintain the integrity of the programme experience.

The 2019 Programme will begin with an in-person session in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 17–21 June 2019 (not including travel time). Dates for the additional sessions during the 2019 programme will be provided at the interview stage.

Who Should Apply

This programme is for individuals who are committed to achieving equity, have a track record of significant impact, and deeply value dialogue with, and learning from, diverse perspectives and voices as a critical step towards achieving societal transformation. All marginalised and multiply-marginalised people are encouraged to apply. 

Our Fellows share the following traits. They are:

  • Experienced in their field of work (ranging from a minimum of 5 years to more extensive years of experience)

  • Proposing work with the potential for significant impact in eradicating white supremacy and anti-Black oppression

  • Willing and able to navigate and learn from diversity and complexity on a local and global scale

  • Committed to working with and supporting others to achieve individual and collective impact

Successful applicants share our values of ubuntu, integrity, imagination, transformation and justice. They are individuals who are seeking spaces safe enough for meaningful and effective negotiation of sustainable solutions to critical social problems. They bring with them an interest and openness to deep listening and disruption of presuppositions and perspectives. They are willing to engage fully in building connections, vision and strategy with others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds and who have different political perspectives and beliefs regarding how to advance social change.