Programme outline

Each year Tekano will select 30 Atlantic Fellows to participate in an inter-disciplinary structured learning programme focused on consolidating leadership for change.

Tekano is inspired by the achievable dream of building a more equal South Africa in which all people enjoy better health and wellbeing. Our name derives from the Sesotho word for “equality” and speaks to our goal of social justice. We aim to foster a body of dynamic, progressive changemakers – working individually and in empowering networks – who can inspire and sustain some of the changes South Africa needs to bridge the enormous gulf between rich and poor and build a healthier nation.

The key to this is a visionary international leadership programme, the Atlantic Fellows, which aims to promote equity on five continents by investing in changemakers. Tekano is part of this initiative and home to the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa, a programme of learning and interactivity for social advocates, progressive professionals and innovators. The programme is designed, above all, to affirm, reinforce and connect leadership for health equity.

The establishment of Tekano and its role in the Atlantic Fellows programme have been made possible by a generous grant of US$45 million from The Atlantic Philanthropies. As Atlantic will make its final grants by the end of 2016, the Atlantic Fellows represent the foundation’s culminating investments in leaders who seek transformative change and greater equity in policies, practices and systems.

Level of study

Non-degree, structured learning programme

Fellows will be exposed to social and health injustices and their causes, as well as to innovative multi-sector efforts to address health inequity in South Africa and beyond. They will use this exposure to stimulate debate and discussion, reflect on what they learn and relate critical theory, analysis and concepts to their experiences.


Space is limited. Deadline for applications has been extended to 31 May 2017. You will
not be considered for the fellowship unless all required documents and the video have been
submitted. All applicants will be informed about the status of their application via email no later than 30June2017.

Who can apply

Tekano seeks to recruit young and mid-career social change advocates, irrespective of citizenship, who are younger than 45 years of age and residing and working in South Africa.

Tekano invites applications both from individuals and from groups of four to five people who are already working together on a health equity issue and are preferably working for different organisations.

Selection of fellows will reflect the reality that health is not determined solely by healthcare systems. Many social, developmental and economic factors play a critical role. Tekano encourage applicants from diverse fields – education, healthcare, housing and urban planning, the arts and media, the law and human rights, and other fields. The qualities they seek are a proven commitment to social justice and the ability or potential to play a leadership role or demonstrate that they are emerging leaders. They also value participatory learning and fellows will be selected who demonstrate a willingness to work collaboratively in teams.

There are no minimum academic qualifications for Atlantic Fellows at Tekano and prior learning and work experience would also be considered.


Participants will be expected to:

• Have full support from their employer to participate in the programme.
• Commit to attending the entire course which comprises six modules that run over a period of one year:
o Module 1:        7 to 11 September 2017
o Module 2:        9 to 13 November 2017
o Module 3:        25 to 29 January 2018
o Module 4:        15 to 19 March 2018
o Module 5:        24 to 28 May2018
o Module 6:        2 to 6 August 2018.

• Participate in fellowship activities between modules including online learning, advocacy activities and group projects, etc.
• Remain engaged with the Atlantic Fellows Programme beyond the fellowship year as an active alumni member.

There are no costs to be paid by successful applicants to attend the fellowship programme. All
travel, accommodation and incidental expenses will be covered by Tekano.


Thabisile White
3rd Floor Isivivana Centre
8 Mzala Street

Tel: +27 87 802 8161

Fields of study

Adult and continuing education

Literacy and non-formal basic education

Application process

To apply, visit the website to access the application form, then submit this along with other required information to

Documents and links


Tekano Fellowship
Call for Fellows
Course Outline
Employer Brief


Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above.