Opportunities for Young Africans

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JA South Africa Youth Enterprise Development Programme 2017

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Do you have a great business idea and dream of becoming an entrepreneur, but don’t know where to start? Mastercard invites out of school, unemployed or self-employed young women between the ages of 18 and 35 to participate in the Junior Achievement South Africa (JA South Africa) Youth Enterprise Development Programme.

Kicking-off at various community centres around Gauteng, Western Cape and Limpopo on February 6, 2017, 260 applicants will be selected to take part in a 20-week programme that aims to empower women to pursue entrepreneurial ventures of their own. By participating in three-hour theoretical and practical sessions two afternoons a week, the budding entrepreneurs will focus on business theory, market research, financial and business management, sales and marketing, as well as the basic steps of computer literacy.

Eligibility: You must be a South African between the ages of 18 and 35 to participate in the programme;

Future News Worldwide 2017 (Fully-Funded)

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Future News Worldwide is a unique partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world’s leading media organisations. It aims to assist young people to develop a wide range of journalism skills and to establish the UK as a global leader in the nurturing of young journalists and media figures.


If you’re a student who’s passionate about journalism,whether you’re a writer, blogger, vlogger, photographer, radio journalist or work in any other kind of media you can apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2017 as long as you meet all of the eligibility requirements below.

To apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2017 you must be:

  • Aged 18-25 on 1st July 2017
  • A registered university undergraduate student (or have graduated within the last year)
  • Dedicated to a career in journalism, in any form
  • Able to travel to the UK for the conference on 6th and 7th July 2017
  • A native speaker of English OR be able to speak English at the equivalent level of

Yale Young African Scholars Program 2017 Launches in New Locations (Funded)

Deadline: March 16, 2017

Application for the 2017 Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is now open! The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is a high-intensity academic and leadership program designed for African secondary school students who have the talent, drive, energy, and ideas to make meaningful impacts as young leaders, even before they begin their university studies. The program brings together students from across Africa in this seven-day, residential program and introduces them to the demanding U.S. university application process and requirements.

YYAS is an official program of Yale University. In 2016, YYAS hosted programs in Ghana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe and welcomed 300 African high school students into its growing alumni network.


  • Prospective applicants must be citizens of an African country and currently attend school on the African continent.
  • Applicants will have two years left before completing high school and be between the ages of 14-18.

Desmond Tutu Master’s Scholarship For Africans at University of Edinburgh (Fully-Funded)

Deadline: April 3, 2017

University of Edinburgh is currently accepting applications for Desmond Tutu Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to a student from Africa for postgraduate Master’s study within the School of Divinity for the 2017-2018 academic session.

This scholarship was set up in 2009 to commemorate the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity conferred by the University on the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu. The scholarship will cover full overseas tuition fee and accommodation within a Church of Scotland flat within Edinburgh and a maintenance allowance of £4,800. The award will be tenable for one academic year.


  • The scholarship will be awarded to a student from Africa who is accepted on a full-time basis for a postgraduate Masters programme of study within the School of Divinity.
  • Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so.
  • The scholarship will be awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit & financial circumstances.

AIMS Co-operative Master’s Program 2017-18 (Full-funding)

Deadline: March 20, 2017

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) welcomes applications for AIMS Co-operative master’s degree scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. AIMS is an academic network that enables Africa’s brightest students to become innovators that advances scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency.

The Co-operative Master’s program is designed specifically to prepare students for work in the areas of big data and IT security. Applicants are requested to choose their preferred area of focus.

All African students receive full scholarships which provide fully for travel, boarding and a small stipend.


The AIMS Master’s and Co-operative Master’s programs are open to all African nationals.

  • Applicants should hold, or anticipate completing by the start date of the AIMS course, a 4-year university degree in mathematics, or any science or engineering subject with a significant mathematics component.
  • An applicant’s record should demonstrate strong aptitude in mathematics, leadership and community service
  • Women applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pauline Graham Scholarship for African Women 2017- Study at London School of Ecomonics (LSE)

Deadline: April 26, 2017

Submit applications for the Pauline Graham Scholarship for African Women. The scholarship targets women who have secured an offer of admission to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Scholarships worth will be up to £15,000.


  • This award is for a female African national, domiciled within an African country or the UK; or a female applicant who is a national of and domiciled in, Iran, Iraq or Lebanon;
  • Applicants must have secured an offer of admission onto a BSc programme at the School.

University of Washington School of Law- TRACE Scholar Program 2017-18 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: February 15, 2017

Applications for the University of Washington TRACE Scholars Program is now open. UW School of Law’s Sustainable International Development Law program is pleased to partner with TRACE International, a leading nonprofit business association focused on anti-bribery compliance, to offer a new LL.M. scholarship aimed at developing exceptional young leaders in the field of anti-corruption who are committed to advancing commercial transparency.

The TRACE Scholar Program will fully fund (with tuition, lodging and travel) an international lawyer from a developing country to pursue studies related to strategies and tools for increasing transparency and reducing corruption.


  • A first degree in law or equivalent
  • Is a national from either a low or lower-middle income developing country (as defined by the World Bank)
  • Will make a commitment to return to applicant’s home country to work for a period of 2-3 years

French Embassy Masters Scholarship Program 2017/18 for South Africans

Deadline: March 24, 2017

The Embassy of France invites students who wish to continue their tertiary education at Masters Level in France to apply for its bursary programme for the academic year September 2017-2018. This programme forms part of the commitment between France and South Africa to establish fruitful partnerships between their universities while building a vast network of academic and professional contacts.

Full bursary includes visa expenses, round-trip flight tickets, social and medical insurance, tuition fees (up to a limited amount) and a monthly stipend for living expenses (partial funding may also be granted).


  • Citizenship of South Africa or Lesotho. International students may apply if they have a previous degree from a South African university;
  • Bachelor’s or Honour’s degree (depending on academic year the student is enrolling for), completed or to be completed by the time the student would depart for France (Minimum requirement is at least a B-degree, i.e. B.Tech, B.A, B.Com, BSc, etc.);
  • At least three selected French institutions of the candidate’s choice.

H.J. Heinz Fellowship For Students From Developing Countries 2017

Deadline: Varies (Before May 2017)

University of Pittburgh will offer the Heinz Fellowships for the 2017-18 Academic year. Heinz Fellowships are granted to individuals from developing countries who demonstrate potential as future leaders in the public, government, non-profit, or private sectors. The goal is to improve, early in a career, a Fellow’s capacity to contribute to the development of their country and to enhance their understanding of the U.S.

The competition for a Heinz Fellowship is open to men and women from developing countries whose record of accomplishment early in their career indicates strong potential for leadership and achievement in business, government, public services, or other relevant professions.

University of Pittsburgh professional schools with potential Heinz support include the

Eligibility: Applicants must have been accepted to a Master’s program beginning the academic year for which they seek the Heinz Fellowship by the GSPH, the GSPIA or the School of Nursing.

Edinburgh Global Online Distance Learning Master’s Scholarship 2017/18 (Full Tuition Covered)

Deadline: June 2, 2017

The University of Edinburgh is offering scholarships to students pursuing any distance learning Master’s program. Each scholarship will cover the full tuition fees over three years.


  • Scholarships will be available for students pursuing any distance learning Master’s programme offered by the University.
  • Applicants intending to study a distance learning PgCert are only eligible to apply if that PgCert is part of a distance learning Master’s program.
  • The scholarship will be awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level or the international equivalent
  • Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh

Microsoft Scholarship Program For Students 2017

Deadline: January 26, 2017 (Tuition Scholarship) May 15,  2017 (Conference Scholarship)

Microsoft awards tuition scholarships and conference scholarships each year to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Recipients for both scholarships will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence, and leadership while working to push the software industry forward.


  • You must be enrolled full time in a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time the application is submitted
  • The scholarship is open to students pursuing Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related STEM degree
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0

York University Scholarships for International Students 2017- Canada

Deadline: February 17, 2017

York University, Canada is offering several scholarships for undergraduate education.

  • International Circle of Scholars Scholarships: $15,000.
  • Global Leader of Tomorrow Award ($20,000 x 4 years): $80,000.
  • International Entrance Scholarship ($35,000 x 4 years): $140,000.


Eligibility for each of the listed scholarship includes

  • Excellent academic record (“A” average or equivalent) and have demonstrated leadership through community service or excellence in the arts, sports or other areas of individual achievement.
  • Leadership and demonstrated skills.
  • To renew – must have a high academic standing (7.80 on a 9-point York scale) in each academic year at York.