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Global Fellows: Africa

Expand Your Global Reach

Expand Your Global Reach

As we invest in transformative global experiences for our consultants, we’re excited to launch our new Global Fellows: Africa program.

If you want to work in Africa, the Global Fellows: Africa program ensures that will be part of your Bain experience. As a Global Fellow, you’ll join any global office as a consultant with the benefits of two home offices, spend an immersive week in Africa during your first year, and embark on a short-term transfer to Africa after your first year.

On your transfer, you’ll fully experience our business in Africa from our home base in Johannesburg, while joining case teams serving the entire continent. Alongside our transformational casework, you’ll find non-profit client work, private equity work, social entrepreneurship initiatives, and pro bono efforts with Bridgespan.

Global Fellows is a highly selective program. It is currently open to MBA students graduating in 2022 or 2023 with existing ties to Africa or a demonstrated commitment to working in Africa.

What to Expect as a Global Fellow

What to Expect as a Global Fellow

As a Global Fellow, you’ll join a cohort of incoming consultants across the globe with a shared passion for working in Africa. Each of you will receive:

  • A short-term transfer to Africa after your first year
  • An opportunity to be part of the Bain Africa community on day one
  • A weeklong trip to Johannesburg during your first year
  • Global casework driving impact across the continent
  • Social impact experiences
  • Generous relocation support

Casework

Opportunities to join cases teams serving Bain Africa’s diverse client portfolio, including multinational organizations, JSE Top 40 firms, state-owned enterprises, financial investors, non-profits, and companies driving economic development across the continent.

Mentorship

Mentors in your first Bain home office and in Bain Africa to help build and maintain a global support system from day one.

Community

Membership in a community of other Global Fellows with opportunities to connect via social events and experience-shares. Additional support from Blacks at Bain (BABs) and Blacks at Bain South Africa (BABSA).

Our Bain Africa Flagship Office

Our Bain Africa Flagship Office

Johannesburg, South Africa

Bain opened its Johannesburg office in 1997, serving a broad range of clients across the continent’s largest, most rapidly changing sectors. Completing projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa, our consulting and pro bono work supports the continent’s broad transformation agenda.

Bain South Africa is committed to contributing to the betterment of local society, particularly in efforts that improve social and economic conditions of those in need.

Frequently asked questions

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    Since space for this program is limited, Global Fellows: Africa is currently open to MBA students graduating from business school in 2022 or 2023.

  • How do I apply?

    If you are a current Summer Associate applicant interested in becoming a Global Fellow, please take two actions:

    1. Join our mailing list to formally express interest in Global Fellows.

    2. Apply for the Summer Associate position through the standard Bain application process driven by your MBA school (school deadlines apply).

    Once we've received both of these items from you, we will follow up directly about next steps. They will include submitting a short written interest statement explaining your ties or commitment to Africa and, for some candidates, a separate experiential interview.

    If you are an incoming Consultant in the class of 2022, please reach out to your primary recruiting contact. 

  • Will Bain support work authorization?

    Yes, we will provide support for securing work authorization.

  • Will I have to pay for relocation?

    No, we offer generous relocation support for your transfer. We will also fully sponsor your weeklong trip to Johannesburg.

  • Are there any language requirements?

    As a Global Fellow, you must be fluent in English, but there are no additional language requirements.

  • How long is the transfer?

    We expect most transfers will be six months long. A longer-term or permanent transfer is also an option.

  • How quickly can I transfer after starting at Bain?

    After joining any Bain office as a consultant for at least 12 months, you can initiate your transfer to Africa, provided you are in good standing at the 12-month mark.

  • What happens at the end of the transfer?

    We expect most Global Fellows will return to their first home office. But if you are interested in permanently staying in Africa, that is also an option.