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KDSG 2023 Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Program for Nigerian Graduates (Fully-funded)

The one-year Fellowship aims to create a network of high potential young Nigerians who are expected to rise to top leadership positions in the public sector and other spheres of activity over the next decade.

Established in 2018, KIF is an initiative of the Kaduna State Government (KDSG). The Fellowship is named after Sir Kashim Ibrahim, the first post-independence Governor of the Northern Region (1962-1966) who was known for his passion for education and selfless leadership which he demonstrated not only as Governor, but also as a Minister at various times.

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About Kaduna State Government

Lord Frederick Lugard, the Governor-General (1914-1919) of Nigeria, moved the Northern Region's capital from Zungeru to Kaduna. In 1967, Kaduna became the North Central State's capital, created from the Northern Region. By 1976, General Murtala Mohammed gave the state its name. In 1987, the military administration of General Ibrahim Babangida created the state of Katsina from Kaduna. Interestingly, the Nok tribe, one of Africa's earliest civilisations, is located within the area that makes up Kaduna. The state slogan is "The Centre of Learning" because it is home to... read more


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KDSG Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Program


Aim and Benefits of KDSG Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Program

  • A salary and benefits equivalent to that of Special Assistant to the Governor.
  • Accommodation: Boarding (and breakfast) is provided in a nicely furnished one-bedroom apartment for the duration of the Fellowship.

Requirements for KDSG Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Program Qualification

  • Nigerian
  • Age range 25-35 years (MAXIMUM AGE OF 35 WHEN THE FELLOWSHIP ENDS)
  • Graduate from an accredited University
  • Completed NYSC

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Interview date, Process and Venue for KDSG Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Program

Selection Process

  • Applications submitted on the portal before the stated deadline are automatically filtered for plagiarism and grammar. Those who attain the minimum score required (cut-off score) and beyond, make it to the second round of assessments.
  • In the second round, each application undergoes a preliminary strength of argument and further use of English assessment by independent editors and successful applications move to the third round of assessments.
  • In this third level, each application is reviewed by two members of the Steering Committee. They are scored based on use of English, persuasiveness of argument, demonstration of leadership/public service qualities and strength of curriculum vitae (CV) and letters of recommendation. Applicants who meet the cut-off score and beyond are contacted and asked to make video submissions of themselves responding to questions asked.
  • In stage four, the videos are reviewed by the Steering Committee with the best of them being selected for the consideration of the Governing Board.
  • The Governing Board then does the final selection of the required number of Fellows who would form the next cohort of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship.
  • The successful applicants are contacted by the KIF Secretariat and announced by the Governor at an unveiling ceremony.

Documents Required for Application

  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages)
  • Details of two (2) referees.


Application Deadline

March 20, 2023


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Kaduna State Government on kifellow.azurewebsites.net to apply
  • Please note that application for admission to the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship is entirely an online process.
  • There are no paper forms to complete, there is no application fee or any cost to apply.
  • Prior to the specified deadline, you may work on your application at any time and submit it when you are ready. After creating an account and accessing the online application, you can upload materials and request your letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants are required to write an essay based on the relevant essay topic (1000 words maximum), submit a Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages), and details of two (2) referees.

For more details,visit KIF website


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