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The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UCT 

Deadline: September 30, 2017

The Mastercard Foundation has partnered with the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide 338 scholarships over 10 years to academically talented yet economically disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa for study at UCT.

The Scholars Program is a $700 million initiative to educate young people – particularly from Africa – to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities. Scholars will receive comprehensive scholarships, academic support, peer mentorship, career guidance, internship opportunities, transition-to-work support and access to a global alumni network.

In order to be considered for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town, applicants must be:

  • Academically talented, must value learning and be driven to complete their education.
  • Economically disadvantaged and facing significant financial barriers to accessing education.
  • Committed to giving back to their own communities .
  • Future leaders committed to embracing ethical leadership to improve the lives of others.
  • Commitment to community service through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities
  • Citizens and residents of a Sub-Saharan African country.
  • Wanting to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level (Masters by research and coursework or research Masters, only). Honours applicants will be considered from 2016.
  • Applying to study in the fields of Commerce, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law or Sciences at the University of Cape Town.
  • All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to the University of Cape Town to be considered for the Scholarship.
  • Preference will be given to ‘first-generation’ students, i.e. those who are the first ones in their families to go to university.

Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Scholarships

Deadline: October 2, 2017

Every year, Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) will fund five scholarships for outstanding individuals from Nigeria and Ghana to pursue the Master of Public Policy degree at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), University of Oxford. AIG Scholars will be expected, upon graduation, to return to their home country and apply their learning experience as change agents in their country’s public sector.

The AIG Scholarships are full scholarships covering fees, accommodation and living expenses.

University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program

Deadline: October 15, 2017

The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program brings early career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor, Michigan for residencies that begin in late August, generally lasting up to six months. Scholars are paired with a faculty mentor during their stay and have full access to the University of Michigan’s resources to further their work on a research project, an academic degree, publications, grant proposal, or other relevant activity.

The program supports the development of the next generation of African scholars by integrating them into international academic networks, and promotes U-M’s international commitment to research and teaching collaborations across diverse disciplines, from engineering to literature to economics.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic quality of the candidate and of the proposed program of scholarship
  • Academic fit of the candidate with others selected in the cycle and with the areas of interest described in the Scholarly Program section below – it is our hope to facilitate scholarly networks
  • Support of the candidate’s home institution

Priority will be given to candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds. Promotion of gender equity in the current class of scholars and in the African academy will also be prioritized. Applicants who already have significant international experience will not be favored.

Women Deliver Young Leaders Program

Deadline: October 30,2017

Women Deliver Young Leaders Program trains, elevates, and empowers youth advocates to catalyze action for gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women — with particular emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights and meaningful youth engagement. The program provides youth advocates with the training and resources necessary to extend their influence and actively shape the programs and policies that affect their lives

Eligibility

  • Individuals between the ages of 15 and 28 can apply. Applicants must have been born between December 31, 1989 and December 31, 2002; this is to ensure Women Deliver Young Leaders are under the age of 30 for the duration of the program.
  • All young people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or national origin are encouraged and welcome to apply.

Rhodes Scholarship 

Deadline: September 30, 2107

The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award supporting exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.The Scholarship includes full tuition, a maintenance stipend, and flights to and from Oxford at the beginning and end of tenure

Eligibility

Applicants:

  • must be a citizen of one of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe and Togo;
  • must have been resident in one or more of the countries listed above for at least ve of the last ten years
  • must have completed an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a Bachelor’s degree) with the highest classication your University awards, eg First Class or Upper Second Class Honours;
  • must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 26th birthday on 1 October 2018. This means candidates must have been born after 30 September 1992 and on or before October 1, 1999;
  • must have a sufficiently high standard of English to meet the English language proficiency requirements (at the Higher Level listed) of the University of Oxford.

African Humanities Program in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda

Deadline: November 2, 2017

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), with financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is offering African scholars an integrated set of opportunities to develop individual capacities and to promote the formation of scholarly networks.

ACLS announces competitions for:

  • Dissertation-completion fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda
  • Early-career postdoctoral fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa

The African Humanities Program seeks to strengthen humanities scholarship in Africa

  • By promoting diversity in terms of gender and historical disadvantage, along with diversity of disciplines, institutions, and regions. Women are especially encouraged to apply.
  • By making research opportunities available to staff at African universities.

Eligibility

  • Dissertation applicants must be doctoral candidates in the final year of writing the dissertation. (No dissertation fellowships are available in South Africa.)
  • Postdoctoral candidates must be scholars who have obtained the PhD within the past eight years.
  • All applicants must be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country residing and working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.

Mo Ibrahim Leadership

Deadline: October 15, 2017

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships form a selective programme designed to mentor future African leaders. The Fellowships offers participants the opportunity to work in the executive offices of either the AfDB (Abidjan), UNECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva).

Eligibility

  • National of an African country
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience
  • master’s degree
  • under the age of 40, or 45 for women with children
  • any additional criteria as set by the host.

Akamai Technology Academy (ATA)

Deadline: August 25, 2017

The Tech Connection is partnering with Akamai Technologies to help underrepresented talent start a new career in tech!

ATA is a PAID train to hire program where you get PAID to learn technology skills on site directly from your new employer Akamai. There are limited seats available for this cohort. ATA is designed to educate and compensate diverse talent (women, ethnic minorities, and veterans) who are interested in a career in technology but may not have previous experience or education in STEM related fields.

Eligibility

Basic qualifications include:
• A four-year degree or military equivalence
• 3.0 minimum GPA
• Interest in a career in technology
• Availability to participate in onsite training in Cambridge, MA, for duration of program

Chevening/Clore Scholarship – Egyptian & South African Citizens Only

Deadline: November 7, 2017

The Chevening Clore Leadership Fellowship is a partnership between the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Clore Leadership Programme, offering mid-career professionals in the arts and culture sector an exceptional opportunity to undertake an individually tailored leadership programme in the UK

The fellowship brings together some of the most creative and dynamic cultural leaders in the UK and beyond for a life-changing adventure – it is an intense personal and professional learning experience unlike any other.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Chevening/Clore Fellowship, you must:

  • Intend to return to the country they were selected from at the end of the period of study.
  • Hold a degree that is equivalent to at least a good UK second-class honours degree or have equivalent professional training and/or experience.
  • Have completed at least five years’ (or higher as required by the Clore Leadership Programme) work, or equivalent experience, by the end of September in the year prior to the academic year for which the fellowship applies (e.g. by September 2017 for courses starting from September 2018).
  • Have not already received or be receiving financial benefit from an HMG funded scholarship or fellowship.
  • Meet one of the minimum requirements in accordance with the main fellowships scheme; OR where agreed, an English language assessment audit will be made based on the applicant’s written application and by observing the Chevening Clore interview
  • Not hold dual nationality where one nationality is British

Full Time Job Openings at LEAP Africa

Deadline: August 21st & 25th 2017

LEAP Africa, one of Nigeria’s leading non-profit organizations focused on leadership development in Nigeria for youth, entrepreneurs and corporate organizations with training programmes and activities across the region is hiring

Are you looking to join a young, vibrant and creative team? If you are result-oriented with strong work ethics and  can commit to leaving out all of LEAP’s values, then you are steps away from joining the right organisation.

Working at LEAP Africa is more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to be a part of team driven by a passion to make a difference in the lives of thousands across Africa. If you want to work in a collaborative environment where opportunities are offered, skills are stretched and excellence is rewarded, you might be what we are looking for. 

  • YouthLEAP Manager
  • eLEAP Manager
  • Program Coordinator YouthLEAP
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Finance & Administration Officer