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World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program 2017

Deadline: November 2, 2016

Application is open for the Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) 2017. The RSMFP provides support to PhD candidates from developing countries working in academic and research institutions in a developing country who seek 6-10 months of funding to conduct PhD research in a World Bank member country other than their home country or country of residence

RSMFP provides up to $25,000 (U.S.) for developing country nationals to travel abroad to conduct development-related PhD research

Eligibility: This fellowship supports PhD candidates from developing country to conduct innovative, development-related, doctoral research under the supervision of a research advisor abroad.

TEDGlobal 2017 Fellowship

Deadline: November 13, 2016

This year, TED is looking for new, extraordinary thinkers from around the world to join the Fellows program at the upcoming TEDGlobal 2017 conference in Arusha, Tanzania. Do you think you have what it takes?

The second major TED conference in Africa, TEDGlobal 2017 will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the continent. All talented innovators in their fields – science, art, technology, entrepreneurship, film and beyond – are encouraged to apply to become a TED Fellow, especially those working on the African continent.

Mandela Magdalene College Scholarships for South Africa 2017

Deadline: December 7, 2016

The Mandela Magdalene College Scholarships were announced in March 1995 when Nelson Mandela, then President of The Republic of South Africa, agreed to lend his name to the initiative. The scheme aims to support South African graduate students of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential who would otherwise be unable to take up a place at Cambridge University.

The maximum award covers:

  • University Composition Fee at the overseas rate;
  • a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student

Eligibility: Open to citizens of South Africa, normally under the age of 35 and normally resident in South Africa who have, or expect to obtain before 1 October 2017, a first class or high second class honours degree or its equivalent from a recognised University;

Scholarship For MBA Program at University of Queensland Business School (Full-tuition)

Deadline: November 30, 2016

University of Queensland  Business School is offering up to two (2) 100% tuition-fee waiver scholarships to outstanding international students commencing the Accelerated full-time (12 month) MBA program (and MBA articulation pathway) in January of each year. The scholarship is available to students who undertake their MBA studies equivalent to Accelerated full-time study as defined by UQ Business School.

Scholarship Worth

The scholarship will entitle the successful applicants to receive a 100% discount on their course tuition fees for the minimum number of units required to complete the Accelerated full-time (12 month) MBA program unless otherwise stated.

African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program 2017 to Study in Canada

Deadline: October 14 and December 31, 2016

The African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program is now open for applications. The ALT Scholarship Program commemorates the late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equity. It supports young African professionals to become leaders in public policy and administration. The ALT Scholarship Program grants full scholarships based on merit to women and men from sub-Saharan Africa to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or public finances in Canada.

The ALT scholarship includes: Return airfare (at the beginning and at the end of the program), tuition fees, monthly living allowances and installation allowance, fixed allowance to cover purchase of books and attend conferences in Canada,health insurance coverage and fees for study permit


You must meet ALL the requirements to be eligible:

  • Be a citizen AND resident of sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Be between 22 and 35 years old (at the beginning of the study program);
  • Have completed a university degree meeting the minimum academic requirements for admission into a Master’s degree in Canada (a minimum average of B [75%] – check equivalencies at bottom of this page);
  • Have a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years of full-time work experience in the public sector, civil society sector or a research institute in Africa;
  • Be fluent in French or English;
  • Meet all the academic requirements of the study program of choice.

Standard Bank Derek Cooper Scholarships 2017

Deadline: April 21, 2017

Applications are now accepted for the Standard Bank Derek Cooper Scholarships 2017. Three Standard Bank Derek Cooper Africa Scholarships will be awarded annually to African students commencing an MPhil programme, also with the aim of enhancing the skills of oustanding African students to enable them to contribute to the future growth of their countries. The successful candidates will have gained a First class or High Second class BA honours degree or equivalent.

The scholarships are full awards that cover: University Composition Fee at the overseas rate;Full maintenance grant for a single person; £2,500 travel and settling in allowance


  • Open to support African graduate students of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential, originally resident in Angola, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
  • Preference will be given to students ordinarily resident in Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and South Africa who have been accepted to undertake MPhils in Economics, Education, Engineering for Sustainable Development, Finance and Management. Applicants to the MBA and MFin are not eligible;

Residential School 2017: Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (Fully Funded)

Deadline: December 15, 2016

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation in association with SOAS and the Centre of African Studies-University of London is organising a one-week Residential School in March 2017 (location and exact dates tbc) on the topic of ‘Governance and Development in Africa’.

The residential school is for 20 participants who are policy makers, academics, researchers or civil society representatives from any African country who will gain, through this training, new ideas and knowledge on the broad issue of governance and development

Eligibility: Applicants should have at least a MSc degree in areas related to Governance or 5 years professional experiences in fields relevant to the theme of Governance and Development in Africa. The official language of the School is English

United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme 2017

Deadline: January 22, 2017

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Government of Japan in cooperation with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) have established a United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies for nationals of developing countries or non-space-faring nations. The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at Kyutech.

Every year this “Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST)” Fellowship Programme will accept up to two students in the Masters course (2 years duration) and up to four students in the Doctorate course (3 years duration).

Eligibility: Applicants should:

  • Be nationals of developing countries or non-space-faring nations (countries without an established substantial capability to develop space technology/launch space objects);
  • Be duly nominated by their institutions;
  • Be born on or after 2 April 1982;
  • Have the academic and professional background required by the specific fellowship programme. Candidates seeking a Master degree are expected to have completed studies ending with a Bachelor Degree or equivalent (4 year university degree) in engineering-related subjects. Candidates seeking a Doctorate degree are expected to have completed studies ending with a Master Degree or equivalent (5 years university degree) in engineering-related subjects. Degrees in different technological fields can be considered by the Doctor Commission; and
  • Be able to make professional use of the experience gained in the fellowship programme.

Africa Internship Academy 2016 – Accra, Ghana (Scholarships Available)

Deadline: October 31, 2016

The People Initiative Foundation has launched the Africa Internship Academy 2016, an Internship Program for young people. AIA aims at training young people to groom them to better package themselves, help them to hone their skills through mentorship programs and prepare them adequately for the job market.

The People Initiative Foundation together with its partners and donor agencies is very happy to announce an offer of a full scholarship to its first cohort of students on their tuition expenses.

  • 50 outstanding students and fresh graduates will embark on a four week journey in Accra, Ghana, the birthplace of Pan-Africanism.
  • Winners of the scholarship will be engage in work Integrated learning environment, which includes mentorships, field trips, attending meetings and some office work.
  • After the four week period, the first batch graduated – the African Internship Pioneering Fellows will be thoroughly groomed to lead and undertake positive change wherever they find themselves.
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to overcome employment barriers and jump-start their careers, while employers ensure their workforce progression now, and for years to come.

Applicants should kindly note that this scholarship offer does not include your travel, transport and accommodation expenses.

Eligibility: Open to students and fresh graduates between the ages of 15 to 25 from Pre-tertiary and Tertiary institutions in Africa with diverse backgrounds of study.

Apply to Coady International Institute’s Leadership Education Programs 2017 in Canada

Deadline: December 5, 2016 and February 13, 2017

Calling all community advocates, civic leaders, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in development with a global perspective! Apply to Coady International Institute, Canada. Coady Institute’s educational programming includes campus-based programs and in-country training with partners. Their campus programs at StFX University in Antigonish include our flagship 20-week Diploma in Development Leadership, spring and fall certificates and other specialty programs.


  • Relevant years of experience and education in community development work,
  • Member of a civil society, government or private sector organization working to create positive social change,
  • Ability to contribute in a participatory learning classroom experience,
  • Potential to improve and expand the impact of your work as the result of attending a Coady program,
  • Commitment to apply Coady learning in your organization and/or community,
  • Commitment to contribute to on-going learning within Coady alumni networks,
  • All instruction at Coady Institute is conducted in English. Proof of English language skills is required.

Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme 2017

Deadline: January 20, 2017

The Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme supports outstanding postgraduate students from developing and emerging economies throughout Africa, Asia and South America. It targets future leaders pursuing diverse careers with a focus on improving food security and sustainability.

Successful applicants must demonstrate that, following their academic studies at Oxford, they are committed to serving the global community through their chosen field of work, including but not limited to: the agricultural industry, development areas, politics and/or law related to food security and/or sustainable agriculture, health care, environmental and water management, economic, public and foreign policy.

The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £14,296). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.