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DLI Fellowship Programme (DFP)

Programme Overview

DLI Fellowship programme is a 14 weeks intensive leadership development programme for exceptional, talented, and highly motivated young leaders aged 25-40 that have demonstrated skills as change agents committed to tackling  poverty and injustice in their communities/states/region/countries. The Fellowship programme aims at building the capacities of leaders to make lasting impact in society on a continuous basis. The Fellowship will also provide participants with the national and international network that will improve their ability to influence policy changes leading to long term impact on social and economic development in their respective states/ region or countries.

Each prospective fellow must have a degree, at least 3 years work experience in the public or private sector, which includes running his own business, and must have demonstrated leadership skills and readiness to serve community and society. Fellows are encouraged to remain in their job while participating in the program. The Fellowship program consist of weekly seminars , one on one coaching by established government and private sector leaders, case studies, portfolio community projects, online learning, and visit to selected industries.

The Program design entails 4 weeks pre-reading before commencement of program, 8 weeks of contact/instructions and 2 weeks for personal portfolio projects.

Class size

Each class size will be a maximum of 20 participants.


Call for applications from prospective applicants will commence in February and close on 30th April of every year. Application must be accompanied by 3 referees report. Prospective applicants will be selected from a competitive process and are encouraged to get more details on the DLI website before applying.

Programme Period

September – December every year

Programme Location

Port Harcourt, Lagos and Abuja.

Intended for

Highly motivated young leaders aged 25-40 with a track record of being change agents




12 Weeks


September – December every year

Class size

20 participants