The BMGA Fellows Program
The BMGA Fellows Program is a social impact initiative designed to narrow the gender skills gap that exists among female university graduates in Africa. It is a six-month online blended program that provides young women with access to knowledge and resources required to gain fundamental employability skills that strengthen their marketability for a successful career in the 21st Century.
Based on the learnings and methodology from BMGA’s capacity-building program for corporate clients, the program was designed to give academically motivated female university graduates or final year students the unique opportunity to have a transformational learning experience that will play a pivotal role in their personal and professional development. The program enables participants to develop essential skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, emotional intelligence, teamwork among others.
The BMGA Fellows Program is supported by top global institutions such as Sterling Bank, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the African Society of Cambridge University, Emotional Intelligence Skills Group, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Rungas Group, UN Women, Gallup, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), University of Lagos (UNILAG), and University of Ibadan (UI).
They aim to transform up to 10,000 female leaders directly and indirectly in the next five years. Because we apply the transformational domino concept by ensuring that we admit high potential women into the program, we are confident that the BMGA Fellows will go on to transform young women in their respective networks. This will ensure that more women are equipped with skills that enable them to be active contributors to a gender-equal world.
The BMGA Way
Once selected, participants go through an intensive six-month learning experience that utilizes modern technological tools and resources to aid transformational learning. The program consists of 7 modules led by industry experts and professors from top universities across the world. With the use of live classes, TED talks, case studies, and other learning tools, participants are able to gain new insights into the skills required for the next Information Revolution. During the program, participants also actively engage in peer-to-peer mentoring with graduate students in top universities across the world.
Upon graduation, BMGA Fellows are inducted into an active Alumni network and attend periodic meet-ups to discuss pertinent issues within their industries and share inspiring solutions. Fellows also have the opportunity to receive post-program mentorship from senior-level professionals. The BMGA Fellows Program has been designed in a way that holistically transforms each participant into globally competitive professionals.
Who should apply?
The BMGA Fellows Program seeks young women who are passionate about their career development and are willing to impact their communities and the world at large.
The program admits high-potential female Africans, who are final year students or professionals with not more than 2 (two) years post-graduation experience.
Applicants must have graduated top of their class and final year students must have a minimum current CGPA equivalent to 3.5 on a 5 point scale.
Furthermore, applicants must speak, write, and read English with proficiency. They also need to have regular access to the internet.
The Selection Process
Through a rigorous open application process, the selection committee selects high potential young people, who are recent university graduates or students in their final year of university, to participate in an intensive six-month fellowship program.
BMGA’s selection committee utilizes their expertise to review all applications and the decision made by the committee is final.
Reference Letter (less than 1 page) from someone who knows you well to support your application for the program. Please note that the reference letter must be typed in an official letterhead and signed by the referee.