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Duke & BMF Leadership Fellowship Program 2020

Thank you for your interest in the Duke & BMF Leadership Fellowship Program at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Fuqua is pleased to offer a fellowship for members of the Black Management Forum for the May 2020 program. In order to participate in this program, you will be required to be in Durham, NC, USA, from 18 – 23 October 2020.

This fellowship covers tuition, instructional materials, accommodation, all meals and supplemental activities. Fellowship winner will be responsible for half of the round-trip airfare.


How to Apply

The Duke & BMF Leadership Fellowship application must be completed and submitted electronically with all the required elements below. You do not have to complete the online application for the Duke MBA or the 18 – 23 October 2020 session of the Duke Leadership Program. Applications should be placed into an electronic file and emailed to

For details on the process for submitting recommendation letters, please see the appropriate section below.

You must electronically submit a 1-page business resume. The resume should contain your education and employment background with a detailed description of your job responsibilities and management experience. The employment section should also include locations, titles, and dates, starting with your most recent job. The education section should include dates of attendance and degrees received.


Required Essay

The Duke & BMF Leadership Fellowship Program (LFP) is designed to help business professionals reach their leadership potential. This unique program offers a comprehensive approach to leadership and draws on research from many fields, including organizational behavior, sociology, psychology, and political science. The LFP will provide insight into your personal leadership style and a framework to develop it in an intense and supportive environment.

Share with us what makes you a dynamic leader by answering the following questions. The essay should be no more than one page in length.

  1. Describe a work situation or challenge in which you demonstrated effective leadership and discuss the outcome;

  2. Describe your vision for your career and how LFP will help you reach your goals;

  3. What would you like to bring back (skills and knowledge) to your company and country.


We require one letter of recommendation from your immediate supervisor or partner.

Please ask your supervisor to submit a short essay, no more than one half page in length, that answers the following questions.

  1. Describe your relationship with the applicant and the applicant's current position.

  2. Why do you want the applicant to attend the LFP and do you support his/her attendance in the program?

  3. What would he/she gain from the experience?


The recommender should send the letters directly to Duke Corporate Education ( The subject line should have "Duke & BMFLFP Fellowship [Last Name]" with your family name inserted for [Last Name]. Please note that an application is not considered complete until we have received the recommendation.


A subset of applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview by phone. An interview is not required in the initial stage of the application.


Please note that neither the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or an official transcript is part of the application.

When to Apply



Application Deadline
(all materials including recommendation letter)

29 May, 2020

Fellowship Winner Notified

31 July , 2020

Admissions Criteria

We consider several factors when evaluating an application and they are taken into consideration from a holistic perspective. We are looking for participants who we believe will be successful in the program and who will add significant value through their professional and academic experience.

  • Bachelor’s Degree
    We admit applicants with a variety of backgrounds, but a bachelor’s degree is required for the fellowship. This should be included on your resume.

  • Work Experience
    For this fellowship, we are accepting applicants with a minimum of 5 years work experience, including management experience. This should be included on your resume.

  • Recommendation
    Your letter of recommendation is important because it provides an independent view of your leadership skills. Your letter must also confirm employer support of time away from work during the program, May 31 – June 5, 2020

  • IT Connectivity
    Applicants must have regular online access in order to participate in the Duke Leadership Program, as communication and content are distributed online.

  • Permanent Resident in South Africa
    All applicants should hold permanent residency in South Africa.

  • BMF Membership
    Applicants must be paid up BMF members.

  • Essay
    The essay is mandatory and is an opportunity to share your perspective directly with the admissions committee.


Admissions Checklist

Each applicant is expected to submit a complete application package by 29 May 2020

From you, a file containing:

  • Current, 1-page professional resume

  • Essay

From your supervisor, an email (in correct format) containing:

  • One letter of recommendation