Apply to be part of the 2020/2021 SADC Cohort

Please note that you will only be accepted onto the programme if you are available, uninterrupted, for all of the seminar dates listed below.

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Tell us about yourself
Will you be available to attend the Apolitical Academy Assessment Day & Weekend Seminars in South Africa?Please check your schedule before committing to these dates
Do you need a visa to attend seminars in South Africa?


Some travel and all accommodation costs for fellows living both inside and outside South Africa will be covered by Apolitical Academy.

For countries that are not exempt from Visas for South Africa, an invitation letter for all Visa Requirements will be sent.

Please ensure that you have a valid passport for your travels.

Please indicate the particular area of the public service in which you hope to work, and why.
Please submit a 3 minute video telling us about yourself, outlining your journey in leadership and telling us about your aspirations for public service. You may wish to consider the following questions:
  • Why do you want to serve in public office and what systemic challenges in your city, country or region do you hope to address through public leadership?
  • Where do you see your leadership journey taking you 3 to 5 years from now?
  • What do you think is the biggest challenge hindering young people from taking up political and government leadership positions in the public sector in Southern Africa?
  • In which area of the public service are you most interested in serving? Please explain why and tell us how you feel your experience/knowledge would  add value to governance in this area?

[Remember that we are interested in who you are and what you have to say - do not worry too much about visual production values - just ensure that your video is clear, audible and well-articulated.

(Please select the unlisted option when uploading your video on YouTube and ensure your privacy settings enable us to view the video)

Apolitical Academy charges an annual enrolment fee for all programme participants; the cost will be communicated with all shortlisted candidates.Please note that fees may be reduced on a needs basis.

Closing date for application 24  Septenber 2020 at midnight (00:00 SAT)

Good Luck!

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