Applications for the 2nd Cohort of Fellows is now open - please note that the deadline has been extended to 15 September 2018

Please note that all information provided will be treated confidentially and will not be shared with a 3rd party.

The application form link is found at the end of this web page. Please make sure that you read all the requirements below before completing the form. We would recommend an hour to complete the form (if you have all documentation and information available - and it needs to be completed in one session for now)

Tekano_Logo Symbol.JPG



Tekano, founded in December 2016, is an organization based at the Isivivana Centre, Khayelitsha and works towards social justice and health equity. Its name derives from the Sesotho word for “equality” and speaks to our goal of social justice. 

Tekano's mission to foster dynamic, visionary, value-based leaders working both individually and in catalytic communities of learning and action who articulate, convey and act to promote health equity by addressing the social and structural determinants of health. Tekano's programme is built around annual fellowships for mid-career people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who have already shown leadership in addressing the determinants of health equity. More can be read about our Fellows Programme here.

Through the global, interconnected Atlantic Fellows programmes, Fellows collaborate across disciplines and borders to understand and address the root causes of pressing global problems. We are part of the Atlantic Fellows family located in several sites across the world. 

Tekano_Logo Symbol.JPG


 The programme is composed of:

  •  6 modules face-to-face modules, held every two months from January to December 2019.

We have identified three broad competency areas we seek to develop. A cornerstone of our approach is to run the development of these inter-linked competencies as three cross-cutting themes through all six of our contact modules and the inter-modular phase.

The 3 cross-cutting themes are;

 Relational leadership (HEART) - strengthening confidence, self-awareness, ability to engage, inspire and mobilise others, collective leadership skills in relation to self, self to others and self to system

Conceptual capacity (HEAD) - understanding the social context and political-economy of health, knowledge of core health equity determinants, and analytical skills

Advocacy and communication skills (HANDS) - understanding how government works, strengthening innovative strategic planning and advocacy inside and outside of government and practising key advocacy and communications skills within and between government and civil society

  • Inter-modular facilitated learning, making use of an eLearning platform, which will include guided reading, personal reflection, discussion group and webinar engagements (this will require 3 hours per week, ongoing during the fellowship)
  • Applied tasks in the form of an advocacy project
  • Individual coaching sessions (8 sessions) which will be introduced in Module 2. These sessions may be conducted face-to-face or via Skype (depending on geographic location and which medium is most feasible). The objectives for the coaching will be individualized, and will be set by each fellow, based on your own leadership development goals and on your assessment of your needs for building self-awareness and confidence.
Tekano_Logo Symbol.JPG


  • If you are formally employed, a commitment from your employer that you can attend 6 modules face-to-face modules; if you are self-employed, or working in a community structure, a self-commitment that you will attend each module.
  • Ability to spend 4 hours per week on inter-modular activities which will include eLearning tasks on the internet, personal reflection, project work and coaching. You may negotiate this time with your employers, but most of our first cohort of fellows found that this time had to be done after hours. You need to review your work, social and family commitments to ensure that you are able to commit to this time on a weekly basis.
  • Access to internet services. If your employer agrees, you may be able to use internet services at your place of work. However, if you are not able to use work time, you need to be able to access internet services after hours. You will be using the internet, not just to access and download information, but also to engage in discussion groups and webinars, which is why you need access afterhours. Note, if required, you may apply for financial support to access data and a device.
  • Willingness to learn to use internet eLearning platform (you will be inducted into the platform which is fairly user-friendly)
  • Willingness to participate in reading groups and engage actively with peer learning during and between modules
  • Openness to frank conversations about race, class and gender as structural determinants of health inequity


  • Willingness to commit to a code of conduct which details our commitment to creating a brave learning environment which is free from harassment and which is aligned with values of respect, dignity and inclusivity.

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.

Tekano_Logo Symbol.JPG


Applicants must:

  • Be a South African citizen or valid permit holders.
  • Must be between 25- 45 of Age.
  • Have evidence of showing leadership and commitment to social justice in South Africa, linked to health equity
  • Commit to all program activities of the Fellows Programme in 6 modules in 2019.
  • Either be employed or volunteer with a sending organisation/s. Identify and work towards addressing a problem or challenge related to equity or social justice encountered in your field of work, voluntary activities or community (through your sending organisation.

There will be 25 Fellows selected for Cohort 2. Fellows, upon the successful completion of the Fellows Programme, become Alumni.


Applications for Cohort 2


Tekano_Logo Symbol.JPG