Call for application: AWF Charles R. Wall Leadership Program for Young Africans 2024

he African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is announcing the call for applications for the Charles R. Wall Leadership Program. The program consists of two components — the Charles R. Wall Young African Policy Fellows which is ushering in its third cohort and the Charles R. Wall Conservation Leadership and Management Fellowship which was revamped last year and is ready to take on its second cohort of leaders. Both programs seek to build a unified community of professionals from different sectors that are passionate about leaving an indelible mark in the world through conservation.

The Young African Policy Fellows Program is co-facilitated by AWF and the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) focused on technical and practical policy making skills guided by key International Environmental Governance bodies, especially the Convention on Biological Diversity which is set to hold its 16th conference of the parties (COP) later this year in Columbia.

The inaugural Conservation Leadership and Management Fellowship is an AWF-led trailblazing pan-African leadership program for young African professionals in the conservation sector. With a keen focus on self-leadership, team leadership, and organizational leadership, this program brings together youth from government, NGO, the private sector, and community-based entities that are leading impact in the environment space. Charles R. Wall Conservation Leadership and Management Fellowship, better referred to as the CLMF program seeks to impart the leaders of today with transformational leadership and management skills which will accelerate us closer to the continent’s shared goals.

Requirements for AWF Charles R. Wall Leadership Program

  • A group of 30 (15:15) young leaders will join both programs set to commence in April 2024. The fellowship will prepare participants with tools, resources, and knowledge to lead systemic change that transcends beyond the environmental sector into non-conventional spaces.
  • This is a call to African youth aged 20-35 years to apply for either of the two training programs, which will include virtual workshops and a corresponding physical workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Policy fellows in particular, will have several opportunities to engage in national and international policymaking meetings and conventions while leadership and management fellows will have opportunities to apply the skills learnt through placements in successful conservation organizations and development partners. 

Application Deadline

February 3, 2024

How to Apply

  • Each applicant is expected to submit a motivation letter responding to why the candidate would like to be considered alongside a Curriculum Vitae and reference letter from their university, employer, or any senior person with whom they have worked closely with. An online or pre-recorded video interview may also be part of the recruitment process.
  • Applications will only be accepted online. For questions, please send an email to with the subject line ‘Charles R. Wall Young African Policy Fellows’ or ‘Charles R. Wall Conservation Leadership and Management Fellowship’ depending on which program your query relates to. Kindly note that only successful applicants will be contacted.

For more details, visit AWF website

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