Become an

Innovate For Africa


We are looking for leaders to build a brighter future for Nigeria through innovation. 

Applications are now closed for our January 2021 Cycle. Subscribe to learn about upcoming cycles!

What We Are Looking For

All selected IFA fellows for the January Cycle must be able to :

  • Devote around 20 hours a week for in-class Innovation Readiness training in January 2021 as well as additional hours to produce assignments (~10-15 hours).

  • Attend monthly 2 hour professional development after the Innovation Readiness training for the remainder of this 1-year fellowship.

  • Be available to work full-time if matched at a start-up for a subsidized rate of at least (100,000 nairas/month) for the remainder of this 1-year fellowship

  • Have steady internet for asynchronous and synchronous online training as well as possible remote work 

    • Approximately 40GBs per month

  • Pay a small commitment fee that will be returned upon completion of the training.

Growth Mindset

You thrive on challenges and see mistakes as an opportunity to grow and stretch your existing abilities.


You are a motivated self starter who seizes opportunities to continuously learn and contribute in teams.


You have ambitious, long-term goals and will persevere to reach them.

How to Apply

Step One

Online Application

Applications are now closed!

Overview of Application:

  • Short Answer and Background Information

  • ~10 multiple choice questions to learn more about who you are.

  • Long Essay Response:

    • ​Why do you want to be an IFA Fellow? How does it fit with your future goals? What relevant activities or learning have you done up to this point to meet your goal?

    • Describe how you are an innovator and give specific examples. - Why do you want to be an IFA Fellow?

  • Resume - tell us about the work/extracurriculars/creative experiences you've had and what skills you acquired during those experiences.

  • Contact Information of Professional Reference - from a professor or employer who can vouch for why you would be a suitable candidate.

Step Two

Virtual Group Interviews and Individual Interview

Group: Nov 16-20
Individual: Nov 30-Dec 11

A selected few will participate in a virtual group interview, in which we will observe how you work in a team.

For those who excel in the group interview, IFA will invite you to individual virtual interviews.

Step Three

Accepting the Offer 

Dec 14

Let us know if you plan to join us as an IFA Fellow.

Step Four

"Innovation Readiness" Training

Jan 4

Join us virtually for our one-month "Innovation Readiness" training.

Step Five

Match Day

Interview with various employers and begin your placement with intermittent training and support from IFA for the remainder of the year.

IFA's "Innovation Readiness" Program

IFA's "Start-Up Readiness" Program

"Innovation Readiness" Indicators

Fellows will learn the skills they need to succeed in a startup environment in a learning experience crafted by educators and entrepreneurs from MIT and Harvard.

How do we foster these skills?

Real-Life Case Studies

Training is revolved around tackling authentic challenges faced specifically in start-ups.