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GBSN-INSEAD Africa Faculty Fellowship

The 4th Industrial Revolution and the pandemic have changed the way we work and live and has brought on a new normal in Africa and across the globe. Education is an essential tool to equip us to mitigate the challenges we will face.

In its effort to promote the continual improvement in quality learning and research across business schools in Africa, GBSN and INSEAD

are joining forces to offer a GBSN-INSEAD Africa Faculty Fellowship designed for educators who are committed to advancing the quality of their learning and teaching. The Fellowship is designed to support African faculty members from GBSN member schools to further develop their teaching practice. During the Fellowship, the Fellow will work with an INSEAD Faculty member(s) to develop a teaching resource or tool that can be brought back to their home institution and used in the classroom.

Through the Fellowship’s experience, activates and deliverables, they will help advance the quality of business and management education in their respective country. This fellowship is open to one faculty member from an African business school that is a member of GBSN and will take place in the academic year 2022.

Terms of the Fellowship

Beyond pursuing their own projects, the Fellows will be expected to attend research seminars and workshops, to sit in on class sessions at the invitation of faculty, to interact with faculty, administrative staff, and students, and to serve as a guest speaker in class if requested. This experience should be seen as an opportunity for both personal and institutional development. Upon returning home, the Fellow will be expected to share their learnings, strategies, and teaching tools with their home institution, and to maintain a relationship with the INSEAD Africa Initiative. Finally, the Fellow will be asked to write a follow-up report about their experience with the GBSN-INSEAD Fellowship, highlighting key learnings and activities. The report will be published on the GBSN website, and possibly on relevant INSEAD websites.

  • Time and work will be spread across 12 months
  • Majority of the Fellowship work will be conducted virtually
  • Potential for on-campus visit with sponsoring Faculty on INSEAD’s campus (Fontainebleau or Singapore). Travel is subject to COVID-19 restrictions and availability.
  • Other ancillary expenses such as food and local transportation may be covered by INSEAD, under specific mutual agreement between INSEAD and the Fellow.

Academic Supervisor

  • Vinika D. Rao

    Executive Director, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, Gender Initiative & Africa Initiative; Director, Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia; Adjunct Professor,
    Singapore Management University

Selection Committee

  • Mark Stabile

    Professor of Economics; The Stone Chaired Professor in Wealth Inequality; Academic Director, The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre for the Study of Wealth Inequality Hoffmann; Global Institute for Business & Society Deputy Academic Director
  • Ithai Stern

    Associate Professor of Strategy; The Akzo Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management
  • Vinika D. Rao

    Executive Director, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, Gender Initiative & Africa Initiative; Director, Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia; Adjunct Professor,
    Singapore Management University
  • Prashant Yaduv

    Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management

The Application Process

Applicants must be active faculty with the potential for – or actual duties of – academic leadership at a GBSN member school on the African continent. Professors of all academic fields of business and economics are welcome to apply. 

Candidates for the Fellowships should submit the following documents in support of their application:

  1. An expression of interest and proposal of personal objectives, activities, and desired project deliverables (e.g., research working paper, teaching tools, course syllabus, simulations, etc.) during the visit to INSEAD
  2. the completed application form and a current curriculum vitae
  3. a letter of support from the Dean or Director of their institution. The letter should explain the suitability of the candidate for the Fellowship and how the institution expects to benefit from the Fellow’s engagement with INSEAD.

A selection committee of INSEAD faculty members, put together by the INSEAD Africa Initiative, will review each submitted application package and shortlisted candidates will move onto the Interview Phase.

Virtual Interviews

Virtual interviews will be scheduled with the selected top applicants. The interviews are designed as a way for the INSEAD Africa Initiative Selection Committee to learn more about the applicant’s background, research, experience, desired learnings and objectives during the Fellowship as well as scheduling, timeline and availability. A major part of the selection will consider how the applicant plans to bring back value and implement the Fellowship deliverables across its home institution. 


The goal is to begin Fellowships within the academic year. Timelines are part of the discussion during virtual interviews. Other key dates and deadlines are outlined below.


MARCH 31Application DEADLINE
APRIL 4 – 8Virtual Interviews Conducted with Top Applicants
APRIL 8 – 29INSEAD Selection Committee Application Review Period
May 2Selected Faculty Fellow Announced


Contacts for this fellowship can be found below.


Nicole Zefran


INSEAD Africa Initiative

Jean Lim


About INSEAD Africa Initiative

The INSEAD Africa Initiative (IAI) marks another step in INSEAD’s long and rich relationship with Africa. As Africa progresses on its journey of economic, societal and environmental progress, Business is playing a key role in driving that transition. The Africa Initiative aims to develop and disseminate the best of business thought leadership, teaching and research on this vast and diverse continent of 54 countries, great linguistic and cultural heritage, unique values and natural resources, and incredible ingenuity and flair for innovation. We believe that business has tremendous potential to be a force for good in Africa, aided by leaders who value social impact and are committed to the UN Sustainability Development Goals to drive these positive changes.

We believe that sound business education will be the engine for creating such leaders. With a core mission to bring together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society, INSEAD has a crucial role to play. Our faculty already conduct research and teaching on management practices on the continent, and our alumni, both in Africa itself and around the globe, will help us enhance our engagement with Africa.