The Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme (fully funded & open to all Africans)

Apply for the fully funded Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Pogramme. Apply Below.


The African Union Commission, in collaboration with the Kofi Annan Foundation, launched the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) – Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme on May 25, 2020. This groundbreaking initiative aims to empower senior public health professionals from African Union Member States with advanced skills and competencies to strategically manage and lead transformative public health programs across the continent.

Program Overview

The program, approved by the Governing Board of Africa CDC in March 2018, targets aspirational leaders committed to implementing a new public health order for Africa. These leaders will play a crucial role in mentoring the next generation of public health professionals. The remarkable progress of the program is evident in the graduation of 39 Fellows from over 20 AU Member States, with 20 more currently in training.

Achievements and Impact

The alumni of the Kofi Annan Fellowship have demonstrated tangible impact by leading national programs, replicating leadership initiatives in their institutions, and even assuming governmental ministerial positions. The ripple effect of this visionary program is undeniable, with fellows actively shaping the future of healthcare across the continent.

Cohort 4 Application

The application for the 4th Cohort of the Fellowship program is now open, with a submission deadline of January 30, 2024. Africa CDC encourages diversity in applications from across AU Member States. Cohort 4 introduces a Mental Health track, inviting Public Mental Health Professionals to apply. Women in senior positions within Government Ministries and National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) are also strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can download the prospectus in their preferred language (EnglishFrançaisPortuguês, عربي) from the official website. The application deadline is January 30, 2024. Testimonials from Steering Committee Members highlight the program’s impact and significance.


Testimonials from Steering Committee Members

Anna Osei-Kofi

“The Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme is truly a world-class initiative, designed to meet the needs confronting African health leaders today.”

Dr. Claire Bayntun

“The vision for the Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme is to strengthen skills and networks to achieve transformational public health leadership across Africa.”

Martin Muita

“In my 20 years of leading very large public health programs, I constantly recognized the critical importance of Leadership skills in effective implementation.”

Dr. Alex Coutinho

“Leadership can be a challenging and lonely journey. The Kofi Annan leadership program contributes to the vision of reflective leadership for the African Public Health System.”

Dr. Ebere Okereke

“It’s been a privilege to have been part of this program, and I highly recommend it.”

Testimonials from Participants

Dr. Issaka SONDE

“Il est merveilleux de voir comment ce programme façonne les futurs leaders de la santé publique en Afrique.”

Dr. Christie Divine Akwaowo

“The Kofi Annan Leadership Program has been a deeply reflective, self-discovery, but richly rewarding experience for me.”

Saloshni Naidoo

“I am proud to call myself a Kofi Annan Fellow, and I would encourage all who want to develop as leaders in Public Health in Africa to complete this program.”

Fellowship Details

The Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme is a one-year program that includes:

  • Up to eight weeks of institutional residential placements
  • Continued learning through online sessions and individual projects
  • Mentorship and coaching support

Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be citizens of an African Union Member State
  • Possess a postgraduate degree in a relevant field in public health
  • Have 10 years of professional experience in any field of public health
  • Be in full-time employment in any area of public health in Africa

Fellowship Selection

Selection to the Fellowship will be done by an independent committee comprising experts from the African Union Commission and Africa CDC, emphasizing equal opportunity.


Africa CDC will provide all learning and development materials and meet all costs associated with the fellowship, including travel, daily allowance, and insurance during the residential placements.

Contact Details

For more information related to the Fellowship, please contact:

Important Dates

  • Deadline for applications: January 30, 2024
  • Successful applicants informed by April 31, 2024
  • Fellowship starts on June 1, 2024


The Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme is a world-class initiative that empowers African public health leaders to drive transformative change. By fostering leadership skills, the program contributes to the establishment of a new public health order for Africa, aligning with the vision of Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply and become part of this impactful journey toward a healthier and more resilient Africa.

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