The Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme has been officially launched today 31st of August, 2021, can authoritatively confirm.

While details about the programme are not yet clear to all and sundry, teeming readers of and other well-meaning Nigerians have kept sending in mails bothering on getting a clearer perspective about the scheme, so as to fully maximize the opportunity. Sequel to this development, we (analysts at naijabusiness) decided to put up this educative piece.

What is the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme (NJFP)

The Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme is a 12-month, on-the-job youth empowerment partnership initiative between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  

The Fellowship seeks to bridge the gap between young graduates and organizations human resource demands on the job market by connecting talented Nigerian youth with local work opportunities.

Specifically, it is pertinent to note that the programme seeks to place 20,000 skilled Nigerian graduates under the age of 30, into jobs in the private and public sectors nationwide. The jobs will last for 12 months and will be fully paid.

The goals of the program include; improving employability, building useful career and leadership skills in young graduates, connecting employers and potential employees.

Why the programme?

As earlier implied, the programme seeks to tactically combat the surging unemployment rates. Recall that by the end of 2020, Nigeria’s unemployment rate rose to 33.3% against 27.1% recorded in the second quarter of 2020 (Q2 2020), implying that about 23,187,389 Nigerians remained unemployed during the period.

While labour market exerts attributed this surging figure to a lot of factors, empirical evidences seems to suggest that some sort of advanced requirements from applicants or in most extreme cases, the limitation of entry-level opportunities, have played a critical role in worsening the spate of youth unemployment. This is so because some of the young graduates lack the pre-requisite skills or experience to land their preferred jobs.

In view of this, the NJFP seeks to bridge this gap by offering young graduates the opportunity to get real-life experience that will be valuable to them, whether they are retained subsequently in their placement centers or not.

This fellowship is open to all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion or gender.

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To be an eligible fellow, you must;

  1. Be a Nigerian citizen.
  2. Be a fresh graduate (Bachelor’s Degree) from any discipline and graduated not earlier than 2017.
  3. Be at most 30 years old.
  4. Not currently engaged in any employment.
  5. Have completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) OR have a certificate of exemption from the NYSC.
  6. Demonstrate interest/commitment in chosen career field.
  7. Demonstrate interest/commitment to contributing to Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
  8. Have excellent time management and a professional attitude.
  9. Have good verbal and written communication skills.

On the other hand, to be an eligible host organization, you must;

  1. Provide up-to-date regulatory documentation including CAC-Certificate of Registration
  2. Provision of official letter of interest detailing a clear understanding of the objectives of the NJFP and commitment to supporting the program by accepting fellow placements.
  3. Provision of clear descriptions of available role requirements.
  4. Agreement to provide mentorship support to fellows through dedicated sessions with existing experienced professional within their organizations.
  5. Agreement to abide by the guidelines of the program and to sign a code of conduct.
  6. Have non-discrimination policies on gender, ethnicity, religion and disability status, as well as policies against sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse (PSHEA).
  7. Have no criminal records or conviction or any affiliation with proscribed organizations ie, terrorists, drug traffickers, illicit trade, child labour. gathered that an applicant won’t be able to choose which organization he or she wants to be deployed. However, a prospective fellow can choose a preferred location for work placement (this is not guaranteed).

Deadline for application gathered that the application form will be opened by 6th of September, 2021, and will close on the 20th of October, 2021.

How do I apply?                

To apply for this scheme, prospective applicants are urged to visit the official website of the Programme: or click HERE