Scholarships, Fellowships, Jobs, Competitions, and more!

Here are some opportunities specifically tailored to Ayiba readers, brought to you by Ayiba magazine, in conjunction with Opportunity Desk.

Budding Entrepreneurs Programme 2016- Nigeria

Deadline: March 20, 2016

The Young Business Leaders of Nigeria (YBLN) Budding Entrepreneurs Programme is a carefully designed 6-week residential entrepreneurship that trains young people in specific business skills, young individuals with viable business ideas or existing businesses from diverse socio-economic backgrounds will be selected.

This programme is aimed at creating a platform to empower young business minded adults to start their own businesses or further develop or expand an existing business. With the development and success of these businesses, the hope is to have a domino effect of helping other unemployed youths by each business employing at least a minimum of five (5) before December 2017.

The YBLN Budding Entrepreneurs Program would take place over a 6-week period commencing from 3rd September – 16th October 2016. The program will feature academic and personal development content. Subsequently, continuous capacity building, free business advisory support, mentorship and networking opportunities would be offered to participants.


  • Participants should be aged from 18-35
  • Applications from candidates across Nigeria will be accepted but preference will be given to candidates from parts of the country worst affected by the unemployment epidemic in Nigeria.


Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2016 For Developing Country Nationals (Fully-Funded)

Deadline: March 10, 2016

The World Bank Group (WBG) invites applications for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP). Funded by the Japanese government, this is by far, the largest scholarship scheme, which contributes to the World Bank Group’s mission of forging new dynamic approaches to capacity development and knowledge sharing in the developing world. JJ/WBGSP enables mid-career professionals from developing countries to access the latest techniques and knowledge through graduate studies at universities worldwide

JJ/WBGSP scholarship is fully funded by the Government of Japan and provides for the recipient only the following benefits: two-way economy class air travel and monthly stipend.

Applicants must:

  • Be citizen of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow;
  • Not hold dual citizenship of a developed country;
  • Be under the age of 45 on the Application Deadline date;
  • Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to application deadline;
  • Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree;
  • Not be a staff member (which includes consultants) or relative of a staff member of the World Bank Group;
  • Be in good health;
  • Be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in one of JJWBGSP preferred master programs;
  • Submit a completed JJWBGSP application by the Application Deadline date

General Electric Africa Early Identification (EID) Internship – Nigeria

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Apply for the GE Africa Early Identification (EID) Internship! An internship at GE enables you to interact with innovators in your field whilst being mentored by leaders who will develop your potential through hands-on experience that will equip you with the right skills in your chosen career field.

Candidates undertake challenging work activities in their area of discipline under close supervision; network with peers, colleagues and leadership; undertake basic training and development and receive formal developmental feedback. The 12-month internship program combines hands-on experience with training to equip participants with the tools and knowledge to embark on a GE career.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Excellent ‘people’ skills and phone conversation skills;
  • Business, Engineering or Communications Major preferred, others considered;
  • Above Average Grade Performance in College;
  • Proficiency in Excel;
  • Prior Experience using preferred but not required.


Fully-Funded Atlas Corps Fellowship 2016 (USA & Colombia)

Deadline: March 10, 2016

Are you a nonprofit leader? Atlas Corps Fellowship is designed for you! The Atlas Corps Fellowship lasts 6-18 months and is offered three times a year. Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations, develop leadership skills, and learn nonprofit best practices through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series and networking opportunities with other Fellows who are skilled nonprofit professionals from around the world. This prestigious fellowship includes health insurance, enrollment in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing).


  • 2 or more years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • English proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
  • 35 years or younger
  • Apply to serve in a country other than where you are from (U.S. citizens are not eligible for the U.S. Fellowship – check out our Fellowship in Colombia!)
  • Commitment to return to your home country after the 6-18 month fellowship

2017/18 Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (Funding Available)

Deadline: April 4, 2016

The Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) was established to address the needs of South Africans who were denied access to advanced education by the apartheid system. The HSAFP seeks to expand its reach to institutions and organizations across South Africa in a continued effort to draw the broadest possible range of candidates for the program. In addition, the University – reflecting the current South African constitution – has expanded its applicant pool to extend to all South Africans, regardless of ethnicity or race.

Fellowship Award

  • Payment of all tuition for the full period of enrollment at Harvard.
  • Round-trip airfare between the fellow’s home and Boston.
  • A monthly stipend


  • Open to South African citizens in mid-career, that is, individuals in various occupations who have shown considerable skill in their chosen fields and leadership and are expected to benefit from advanced training.
  • Candidates who have just completed, or who have not yet completed, a first degree are not selected unless this degree has been pursued concurrently with, or subsequent to, experience in the workplace.
  • Fellows usually range in age from 30 to 45 years.


YouthActionNet Laureate Global Fellowship 2016 for Young Changemakers

Deadline: March 13th, 2016

The 2016 Laureate Global Fellowship application is now open. The Laureate Global Fellowship is a program of YouthActionNet, a signature initiative of the International Youth Foundation. Made possible by the Laureate International Universities, the fellowship supports 20 young social entrepreneurs each year who apply from countries worldwide.

Now in its 16th year, YouthActionNet supports a global network of 1350+ young leaders who have benefited from programs in our 23 national, regional, and global leadership institutes. The 2016 Laureate Global Fellowship Leadership Training & Retreat takes place from October 5 — 15th, 2016 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Costs including airfare, Costa Rican visa fee, ground transportation, accommodations, and group meals are covered by the International Youth Foundation.


Young social entrepreneurs worldwide who meet these criteria are eligible:

  • Age 18-29 as of October 1, 2016
  • Founder or co-founder of an existing social venture*
  • Have achieved at least one year of impact through the venture
  • Fluent in English

*Applicants must be founder or co-founder of a venture that has not previously participated in the Laureate Global Fellowship.


UNFPA Young Innovators Fellowship Programme 2016 -New York, USA (Fully-Funded)

Deadline: February 22,2016

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is seeking two of the brightest and most ambitious youth globally to be a part the new Young Innovators Fellowship Programme. This opportunity-of-a-lifetime programme covers expenses related to travel, stipend, accommodation and health insurance.

This exciting development opportunity will see two fellows join us at UNFPA Headquarters in New York for a period of one year (July 2016-June 2017). Fellows will undergo leadership training for a period of three months (July-September 2016), before they are placed in a management operations role for a period of nine months, continuing their fellowship in various Headquarters work units such as: Human Resources, Finance, Management Information Systems, Communications, or External Affairs.


  • Demonstrated interest and dedication to development issues established through either volunteer experience, work experience, affiliations with a youth network or NGO, in areas of UNFPA’s mandate
  • Basic understanding of issues of importance to UNFPA and what the organization stands for
  • Working knowledge of English (mandatory: written and oral)
  • Commitment to return to home country to promote International Conference of Population and Development
  • Aged between 18 years to 25 years old as of 29th February 2016

Abel Visiting Scholar Program For Developing Countries 2017 (Funded)

Deadlines: April 30 & August 31, 2016, January 8 2017

The Niels Henrik Abel Board and the International Mathematical Union invite applications from mathematicians professionally based in developing countries to visit an international research collaborator for a period of one month. (In case the length of the visit exceeds one month, the candidate should provide evidence of financial support from the host institution to cover the living expenses beyond the first month).

The program is designed for post doctoral mathematicians in the early stages of their professional careers.   It is designed to offer the opportunity for a ‘research sabbatical,’ a necessary complement to teaching and other academic duties for mathematicians desiring to also sustain a viable research program.

Applicants must

  • hold at the time of application a PhD in Mathematics,
  • be based in a developing country at the time of application
  • hold a position in a university/ research institution
  • Applications from women mathematicians are strongly encouraged.
  • be in the early stages of their professional careers, more precisely: the applicants should
    (i) not yet be of full professorial rank but have a working contract in a university/ college
    (ii) be under 40 years of age at the day of the application deadline.

Bilateral Scholarship Awards for Nigerians to Study Abroad 2016 (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

Deadline: Not specified.

Applications are now invited for suitable candidates for the Bilateral Educational Agreements (BEA) Scholarship Awards. The scholarship offers Nigerians an opportunity to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate studies in one of the countries with which Nigeria has BEA in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

The Federal Scholarship Board of the Federal Ministry of Education Nigeria, processes and implements scholarship Awards received from and granted to countries with which Nigeria has Bilateral Educational Agreements (BEA).

Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) Scholarship Award is for :

  • Undergraduate (UG) studies tenable in Russia, Morocco, Algeria, Serbia, Hungary, Egypt, Turkey, Cuba, Romania, Ukraine, Japan, Macedonia;
    • Undergraduate level – Engineering, Geology, Agriculture, Sciences, Mathematics, Languages, Environmental Sciences, Sports, Law, Social Sciences, Biotechnology, Architecture, Medicine (very limited), etc; and
  • Postgraduate (PG) studies tenable in Russia (for those whose first degrees were obtained from Russia), China, Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, e.t.c. FIELDS OF STUDY
    • Postgraduate level (Masters Degree and Ph.D) in all fields.

RREF MSc African Scholarship 2016/2017 (Full Tuition Covered)

Deadline: July 1, 2016

The Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) is a unique and forward-thinking educational charity, established to support real estate and planning education at the University of Reading.

The Reading Real Estate Foundation Scholarship Programme offers a scholarship for a new postgraduate student from Africa based on academic excellence combined with financial need. Country and Region Specific Awards will consider the domicile for the purposes of this award (not a student’s national citizenship). Country specific awards are only available to students who have not previously studied in the UK.

Full degree tuition fees of chosen Real Estate & Planning postgraduate programme at the University of Reading.

Grameen Foundation Fellowships 2016 (Fully-Funded)

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Applications are now open for the Grameen Foundation Fellowship, a unique opportunity for talented business and technology professionals to gain in-depth, hands-on field experience in the social sector.

Each 12-month field placement is individually tailored to match your skills and interests with the needs of Grameen Foundation and its partners around the world. During their year in the field, our Fellows work with some of the brightest minds in social innovation on projects designed to accelerate the impact, scale and sustainability of some of the world’s most promising organisations committed to alleviating global poverty.

Fellowship placements will likely be in Africa (particularly Uganda, Ghana, and Kenya), Latin America (particularly Colombia and Nicaragua), Asia (particularly India and the Philippines), and the Middle East.

All Fellows receive living stipends,supplemental health insurance and ongoing professional development support. There is financial and logistical support available during any relocation.

2016 David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 31, 2016

The David Oyedepo Foundation scholarship program awards full ride scholarships to qualified individuals who are indigeneous and residents of African countries. The DOF scholars program grants individuals the opportunity to acquire a first degree at Covenant University or Landmark University in Nigeria.

It also grants individuals the opportunity to build up the leadership potentials that are so evidently lacking in the leaders of our today’s society, through the yearly programs and community development initiatives. The scholarship is a need based scholarship, awarded to candidates who have displayed exceptional academic performance at the secondary school level.


The David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship program is open to Young Africans who meet the following criteria:

  • Are citizens and permanent residents of any African Nation;
  • Are between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application submission;
  • Are eligible to receive a Nigerian student visa;
  • Are proficient in reading, writing and speaking English;
  • Have a record of exceptional performance at the secondary school level which is benchmarked by:
    • At least 20 points above JAMB cut off points (for Nigerians only);
    • 80% recorded average or 4.0GPA/5.0 in Secondary/High School Transcript;
    • Already have begun admission applications to Covenant or Landmark University.

100-Year Vision’s Fully-Funded Scholarship for Orphans 2016/17 (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Deadline: February 29, 2016

Ashinaga is pleased to announce its educational support opportunity for young orphaned students in sub-saharan Africa. The “100-Year Vision: Educational Support for Orphaned Students from Sub-Saharan Africa” aims to provide higher education to 49 brilliant students from 49 Sub-Saharan countries, some of which are among the poorest in the world, and encourage them to become leading professionals in their own countries.

This is open to potential candidates: orphaned or bereaved students with academic potential but who cannot afford to apply to university. Ashinaga provides these orphans with a concentrated study camp for six months at its facility, Kokorojuku, in Uganda and Senegal, where they are given dedicated support and assistance with their study of various subjects and languages, as they prepare to apply to highly ranked universities around the world.


  • This scholarship opportunity is open to orphans under 22 years old, who have already received their high school certificate.
  • Are proficient in either English, French or Portuguese.
  • Applicants must have completed 12 years of education (primary and secondary school) within the last two years, or those who will complete 12 years of education by December 31, 2015.
  • Are able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs before attending university.
  • Are willing to contribute to society in Africa after graduating from university.
  • Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.
  • Be in good condition of health and capable of studying abroad.
  • Open to the following students from the following countries : Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Cote ‘lvoire, Gabon, Benin, Mozambique, Senegal, Togo, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Djibouti, Sudan, Burundi, Botswana, Madagascar, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritius, Cameroon, DR Congo, Somalia, Nigeria, Gambia, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde

The Programme For African Leadership (PfAL) at The London School of Economics

Deadline: July 30, 2016

The Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) at the London School of Economics and Political Science is delighted to announce it is making available scholarship funds for bright African students applying to the eligible Masters programmes listed below for the upcoming 2016/17 academic year.

PfAL scholarships are for people who share the vision and values of the PfAL Foundation and as such display a commitment to ethical, authentic and effective leadership in Africa. Beyond the initial award of a prestigious 12-month Masters scholarship, PfAL alumni also benefit from membership of the PfAL network of emerging African leaders. All applicants should be prepared to sign up to the PfAL Leadership Code and commit to active participation in the Network.

Confirmed eligible programmes: