Here are some opportunities for Africans brought to you by Ayiba, in conjunction with Opportunity Desk:

The $100 Million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) 2016 For African Startup businesses

Deadline: March 1, 2016

TEEP is the $100m flagship entrepreneurship programme of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, founded by the entrepreneur, respected investor and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu. This programme is designed to:

  • Identify 10,000 African startups and entrepreneurs with ideas that have the potential to succeed
  • Grow the businesses through business skills training, mentoring, access to seed capital funding, information and membership in our Africa-wide alumni network
  • Create businesses that can generate at least 1,000,000 new jobs and contribute at least $10 billion in new annual revenues across Africa

TEEP accept applications from all across the continent, from various sectors including but not limited to; Agriculture, ICT, Housing,Media,Education,Transportation,Textiles and Manufacturing.

The programme will support selected entrepreneurs through the 7 Pillars of TEEP, a framework that includes:Start-up Enterprise Toolkit, Mentoring,Resource Library, Boot Camp  & Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum, Seed Capital Funding & Alumni Network.

The Programme is open to all Africans with Startup businesses operating in Africa who are aged 18 years and above, and who must not be considered a minor in their country of residence.

Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program 2016 for Teachers Worldwide – United States (Fully-funded)

Deadline: April 15, 2016

The US Department of State through IREX invites applications for the 2016 Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA). TEA is an intensive six-week academic program that brings outstanding secondary school teachers from around the globe to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States.

TEA consists of a six-week non-degree, non-credit customized academic programs, including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and instructional technology. Participants work closely with U.S. teachers in secondary schools while teaching students. TEA alumni are eligible to apply for small grants to implement self-designed projects that benefit their home schools and communities.

(i) Be current secondary school-level, full-time teachers in a school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population;
(ii) Have five or more years of classroom experience in TEA teaching disciplines: English, EFL, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or special education;

Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) Africa 2016

Deadline: January 24, 2016

The call for application for the 2016 Swedish Institute Management programme (SIMP) Africa is now open. Do you want to be a part of an international network of emerging leaders focused on responsible leadership and sustainable business practices? Join the Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) Africa.

This is a unique executive management programme focusing on successful and sustainable businesses and building on corporate responsibility. It offers a combination of theory and practice, including advanced business-related problem-solving, seminars and meetings with prominent experts in the commercial, political and cultural fields, as well as company visits.

Eligibility: Candidate must be citizen of Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda or Zambia and be a resident of one of the selected countries.

Must-Attend Business Events/Conferences For Students

Deadline: Ongoing

If you are interested in networking, self-development, learning what is trending in the world of business and meeting inspiring people, check out these events.

This list includes:

  1. Africa Business Conference 2016-Harvard Business School, Boston, MA (February 26-28)
  2. World Business Dialogue 2016 -Cologne, Germany (March 16-18)
  3. GLOBAL CONFERENCE Startup Grind 2016 – Silicon Valley (February 23-24)
  4. Starting Point Entrepreneurship Conference 2016 -St. Mary’s University, Canada (February 17-19)
  5. Global Young Leaders Conference 2016 – USA, China or Europe. (June-July)

And lots more…

IWMF Reporting Trip to South Sudan and Tanzania 2016 – Up to $230k Fund for Women Journalists

Deadline: February 12, 2016

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is now accepting applications for its first ever reporting trip to South Sudan and second reporting trip to Tanzania. This opportunity is part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, created in 2014 and designed to support women journalists committed to pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established narratives of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region.

Six women journalists will be selected to report on development and humanitarian issues in South Sudan. Concurrently, another group of six journalists will cover stories related to conservation in Tanzania. Both trips will take place May 1-14, 2016.

All Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation about the African Great Lakes region and focus countries. Fellows then depart for about one week of in-country independent reporting from South Sudan or Tanzania, where they will have the opportunity to network with local journalists, collaborate with international peers, and meet with sources and discover sites relevant to their reporting.

Eligibility: Applicants must be affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least 3 years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media. All nationalities are welcome to apply

University of Ontario Institute of Technology Global Leadership Award (Fully-Funded)

Deadline: March 31, 2016

University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada invites applications for its 2016 Global Leadership Award/scholarship (GLA). GLA recognizes international secondary school applicants with strong academic and leadership abilities. The GLA scholarship is one of UOIT’s most prestigious entrance awards. Valued at $72,000 ($18,000 a year for four years)


(i) This is open to international secondary school students entering an undergraduate program at UOIT on a study permit, and are currently studying outside of Canada.
(ii) Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not eligible for the GLA

Global Youth Leaders Program 2016 at Coady Institute, Canada (Scholarships Available)

Deadline: March 18, 2016

The Global Youth Leaders Certificate is a three-week education program offered at Coady Institute. This program enables young development practitioners from developing countries to strengthen their leadership capacities in order to contribute to innovation and change in their organizations and communities.

The Coady International Institute ignites leadership that inspires collaborative efforts to address challenges, discover opportunities and create sustainable development at the community level. Participants engage in learning that is grounded in real-world experiences and focused on Coady’s core thematic areas. Through a shared learning environment with others from around the world, participants are exposed to a range of experiences and the beginnings of a potentially lifelong network of support.


This program is targeted to young leaders (20-30 years old) from developing countries who are working on development issues

The Geneva Challenge 2016 – International Contest for Graduate Students

Deadline: July 31, 2016

The Graduate Institute, Geneva is now accepting entries for the 2016 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students. With the generous support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, the competition aims to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives.

In 2016, the contest is to discuss The Challenges of Urbanisation.

The idea is to gather contributions that are both theoretically grounded and offer pragmatic solutions to a relevant international development problem stemming from an interdisciplinary collaboration between 3 to 5 enrolled master students from anywhere in the world.


(i) Participants of the ADG Contest must be enrolled graduate students at the time of their registration.
(ii) Participants must gather in teams of 3 to 5 graduate students who are able to contribute from at least two different disciplinary perspectives to the submitted analysis

Call For Applications: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy 2016/17-South Africa

Deadline: February 15, 2016

Admission applications are now open for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, located in South Africa is a female boarding school founded in January 2007 and located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The academy was founded by Oprah Winfrey with the goal of providing educational and leadership opportunities for academically gifted girls from impoverished backgrounds.


  • Academic talent with leadership potential
  • South African Citizen or permanent resident
  • Total family household income of less than R12,000 per month
  • Currently in Grade 7, 8 or 9

New Zealand Development Scholarships For Africans 2016-17

Deadlines: April 15 (Paper Application) and April 30 2016 (Online Application)

Starting February 1, 2016, New Zealand Aid Programme will  accept applications for the Africa Development Scholarships. These scholarships are offered to eligible Africans who are motivated to make a difference at home. The scholarships include financial support for tuition, living costs while in New Zealand, and airfares.

New Zealand Development Scholarships are available for the following qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
  • Masters Degree (1 – 2 years)
  • PhD (up to 3.5 years)


  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing your scholarship.
  • Eligible countries: Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.