What We Do

  • Catalyze Philanthropy
  • Convene Talent
  • Leverage Alumni Network
Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship

In 2018, we partnered with the Jim Ovia Foundation to establish the Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship. This groundbreaking endeavor aims to educate young Africans to lead the continent. In collaboration with our university partners, we provide comprehensive academic scholarships that propel the pursuit of innovation-driven careers.

EADB-AAI STEM Scholarship

Since 2015 the East African Development Bank and the Africa-America Institute have provided scholarships under the EADB Math, Science, Technology and Engineering University Scholarship Program to attend Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Future Leaders Legacy Fund

In 2014, we launched the Future Leaders Legacy Fund (FLLF) to sponsor full-tuition scholarships for first-generation, undergraduate students. Through FLLF, we aim to shift the life and career trajectories for highly competitive students who would otherwise be unable to attend university without scholarship funds. With the help of African universities, individual donors, AAI alumni and corporate sponsors, we help realize the higher education aspirations of emerging African scholars.

State of Education in Africa

Since 2014, the Africa America Institute has hosted the State of Education in Africa Conference in the United State, Nigeria and Kenya. The Conference brings together educators and program developers, policy makers and advocates, students and innovators to explore distinct opportunities for transforming higher education in Africa.

Transformational Leadership Program

Founded in 2007, the Transformational Leadership Program (TLP), represents our longest running initiative. TLP provides leadership development opportunities for African nationals working in areas of service delivery. Originally piloted and supported by the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF), we now fully sponsor TLP with the support of AAI donors. In 2016, we enhanced TLP’s impact with e-learning and blended-learning models that increased access for African NGO leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Africa Illuminated

The historic role of Africa in human history and the contributions of Afro-descendants to civilization are rarely included in the powerful narratives that shape our sense of self. Africa Illuminated uses intellectual rigor to bring the the African diaspora together around the ties that bind. The goal is to illuminate new narratives, based on real history, and create an opportunity to celebrate the power and brilliance of the legacy of Afro-descendants.