Here are some opportunities for women in Africa and the Diaspora, brought to you by Ayiba in conjunction with Opportunity Desk!

Tech Women-Go-Entrepreneurial 2016 (Up to $15,000 Business Grant)

Deadline: February 14, 2016

Applications are now open for the Tech Women-Go-Entrepreneurial (TWGE). This is a US Consulate funded project aimed at training and developing women who are technologically inclined to solve societal issues through developing technological solutions. This edition is strictly for the Nigerian female.

Scheduled date: March 30th – 14th August 2016


  • Nigerian Females between the ages of 16 and 45 years of age.
  • Must have a business idea delivered through technology
  • Must be highly knowledgeable and interested in technology
  • Must be Tech Savvy
  • Ability to code and develop software is an added advantage

ALC Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women 2016 – King’s College London

Deadline: March 18, 2016

The African Leadership Center (ALC) is now accepting applications for the Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women for 2016/2017. The Fellowship brings together African women at the early stages of their career to undertake a carefully designed training programme in Leadership, Development and Security at the African Leadership Centre (ALC), King’s College London. The Fellowship is a postgraduate non-degree programme, and does not lead to an academic qualification.

Candidates must be female citizens of African countries.

This one-year Fellowship is a fully funded* opportunity, not including any visa application and processing costs. Funds will be made available to the Fellows to cover tuition, subsistence in the UK and Africa, and all travel expenses related to the programme in both phases.


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.


  • 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

The IWMF Fund for Women Journalists will award $230K in grants to women journalists. The IWMF also covers fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.


FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship 2016 (US$10,000 award for Studies)

Deadline: February 26, 2016

FINCAD is now accepting applications for the 2016 FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship. The goal is to encourage and support outstanding women in the field of finance, particularly relating to the use of derivatives in capital markets and/or financial risk management, and give them an opportunity to cultivate their skills and knowledge.

The FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship is an award of US$10,000 to support graduate-level studies.


  • Open to women of any age and citizenship
  • Applicants should be studying Finance in a graduate-level program


Maypole Fund Small Grants for Women 2016

Deadline: January 31, 2016

Do you have an imaginative project for peace with justice, anti-militarism and action against male violence, nuclear issues and environmental safety, women’s social and political autonomy?

Applications are now invited for the 2016 Maypole Fund Small Grants for Women. The Maypole Fund takes an international perspective in supporting women in non-violent and politically expressive projects in subject areas that include environmental issues, among several others. The Fund gives priority to small women’s groups and individual women.

McKinsey & Company’s WomEngineering Workshop 2016 – Europe

Deadline: February 11, 2016

McKinsey & Company’s Operations Practice invites female students and experienced professionals from across Europe to be inspired and make a difference! Are you enthusiastic about engineering and the impact women can deliver in topics related to operations? Could you be passionate about transforming our clients’ operations? If yes, apply for the 2016 WomEngineering Workshop.

In an exclusive 2,5-day workshop in Kitzbühel, Austria from March 3 to 5, 2016, McKinsey offers you – talented women from across Europe – the opportunity to gain insights into the daily work of our Operations Practice consultants as well as to enjoy the beautiful winter landscape of Kitzbühel.


Applications are accepted from talented women based across Europe, who are:

  • Current students working towards a bachelor’s/master’s degree, MBA, or PhD, with an engineering or business background
  • Experienced professionals with work experience in the field of operations.