Key selection criteria1. Previous participation in the African Youth and Governance Conference.2. Applicants should be Africans and resident in Africa & Africa living in the Diaspora. 3. Participants should be between the ages of 18 and 35 years as of August 2017.4. Participants will be selected based on the written motivational statement and short essays.5. Participants should have good research, writing and public speaking skills. 6. Participants should be affiliated with a youth focused organization/institution such as academic/educational institutions, research institutions, NGOs, CBOs, etc.7. English & French will be the sole languages of communication in official sessions of this event so applicants should have a good command of the English or French language.