Application Process

Application Cohort 4 is now open. Deadline to apply is February 3, 2019.

New York University’s Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Fundacion Mujeres for Africa are pleased to invite mid-career women from civil society organizations in Ghana to apply to be part of the 2019 Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program (GWSLP).

The GWSLP program offers:

  • Two week-long intensive leadership institutes, one in Ghana and one in New York City facilitated by experienced leadership development academics and practitioners; 
  • Hands-on, interactive workshops, and site visits that offer opportunities for reflection, peer learning, team building, and networking;
  • Opportunity to design and implement an Action Learning Plan to tackle a critical community or organizational need;
  • Expert coaching through the duration of the program and during  the execution of the Action Learning Project; and,
  • Opportunity to join a network of dynamic women leaders in Ghanaian civil society who are contributing to strengthen leadership and social sector organizations in Ghana.  
  • For more information, please review the detailed program components.
  • Please also review the program web page and the draft program schedule.



  • Be 25 – 36 years old.
  • Be a mid-career woman with a minimum of 4 years of work experience in government or civil society. Experience in other fields such as academia, business or journalism is also accepted, as long as they are related to public and social issues, particular to women’s empowerment.
  • Ideal applicants are program coordinators, managers or directors in civil society organizations or are journalists writing and advocating for women’s issues.
  • Be a resident of Accra or the vicinity areas at the time of application.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Be currently employed and must be committed to work in the same organization the year they participate in the GWSLP.
  • Commit to participate in all GWSLP activities, and successfully design and complete an Action Learning project at the end of the program.
  • Have the support of the employer and organization before completing the application.
  • Submit an Employer Endorsement Letter together with the application. The letter should indicate your employer’s endorsement to participate in the program as described above, in relation to the organization vision and mission. 
  • Before submitting this application, it is your responsibility to contact your employer to ensure that they have completed the endorsement letter and that they have endorsed your full participation to attend the training. We recommend you show the program schedule to your employer. 



  • Exhibited leadership: Capability for leadership at work and community; her ability to take initiative, motivate and work with others; and interest in developing her leadership and making a difference in her society.
  • Interest and commitment to social change: Interest in issues of public importance or social change work, the displayed awareness of social realities in her country, and the desire to contribute to social change.
  • Self-starter: Engagement in projects important to her, to judge her capacity to apply program lessons in her organization.