Africa Policy Accelerator
About the Africa Policy AcceleratorThe Africa Policy Accelerator (APA) aims to develop, elevate, and connect the next generation of U.S.-Africa policymakers in Washington.
This CSIS Africa Program initiative enables participants to grow their expertise and deepen their professional networks by connecting young individuals from government, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector.
Each month, the APA convenes to discuss current political, economic, and security developments; tackle an enduring challenge or constraint; and showcase professional opportunities and broadening experiences. Most meetings feature an influential policymaker or industry leader who will lead the discussion and share his or her insights on navigating a successful career.
The CSIS Africa Program is seeking a diverse and accomplished cohort of young professionals who meet the following criteria:
- Have at least two years of full-time work experience in a field related to sub-Saharan African politics, security, development, or economics.
- Are based in the DC metro area
- Are under 35 years of age
How to ApplyThe APA is now accepting new applicants for the January-December 2020 term. To be considered, please submit your application by November 29, 2019.
Young professionals based in the DC area and focused on US-Africa policy are welcome to apply by sending the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Recommendation letter
- A brief cover letter that explains what you hope to gain from joining the APA, as well as a discussion topic you would like to explore during an APA meeting.
FAQsIs there an application or participation fee?
No. The APA is a free membership.
What type of time commitment is expected of members?
Members typically meet for an hour once a month (in the evening) at CSIS headquarters. Additional engagements during work hours may occur but are less frequent and optional.
How long does the membership run for?
The membership runs from January to December 2020.
Is the APA open to college students?
If you are a student that meets the eligibility requirements, then you are welcome to apply. However, a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree does not equate to the requirement of a minimum of two years of work experience in a relevant field.