Ayiba and the opportunity desk always have you covered with relevant employment and funding opportunities. Here is our newest list:

 1. Global Scholars Program (GSP) 2015 at African Leadership Academy

Deadline: December 15, 2014

This is an intensive, nineteen-day, summer youth leadership development & volunteer abroad program for secondary school students from across the world. Participants in this exciting youth program practice leadership by working in social ventures in the Johannesburg community, learn from ‘fireside chats’ with prominent entrepreneurial leaders in South Africa, build a global network with other young leaders from around the world and discover the history, beauty and diversity of Africa.


(1) Discover: Learn from African activists, entrepreneurs & educators

(2) Explore: Go beyond volunteering & explore leadership in action

(3) Lead: Lead & launch an initiative for a community in need

2. YouWIN! 4 Business Plan Competition for Nigerians – (Win Up to N10million Grant)

Deadline: TBA (Ongoing)

Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN) is an innovative business plan competition aimed at job creation by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas.


(1) male and female entrepreneurs

(2) Be a Nigerian citizen aged between 18 – 45 years (proof of identity: International passport/Drivers License/National ID/Voters card required)

(3)You must have a post-secondary school qualification

3. 2014 Waterloo-Strathmore Mobile Technology Student Competition – Win a trip to Canada

Deadline: December 31, 2014

The Waterloo-Strathmore challenge encourages student teams to provide brief description of the agricultural problem they believe can be alleviated by a mobile-based solution.

The theme for this 1st inaugural competition is:

“To address agricultural issues in sub-Saharan Africa using mobile and social networking technologies.” This challenge is open to all Kenyans on the condition that each team has at least two students currently registered at an East African university.

4. Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation Fund-Grants between £150k-£300k

Deadline: December 7th, 2014 & March 29th, 2015

Applications are currently being accepted for the Mobile for Development Utilities (M4D Utilities) Innovation Funds. With the support of the UK Government, the M4D Utilities Innovation Fund will provide up to an additional £3.2M in grants. Three categories of grants: Seed grant, Market Validation Grants, and Utilities Partnership Grants.

5. St. Gallen Symposium & Wings of Excellence Award

Deadline: February 1, 2015

All students studying at a graduate level or higher are invited to contribute to the world’s most prestigious essay competition.

Enter the essay contest and stand a chance to win the following:
(1) 20,000€ in prizes
(2) Attend the St. Gallen Symposium with all expenses paid for travel, board and lodging
(3) Receive a Swiss luxury watch with personal winners’ engraving

6. Unreasonable East Africa Institute 2015 – Kampala, Uganda

Deadline: December 19, 2014

This program will bring together high-impact entrepreneurs from around East Africa in Kampala, Uganda for five weeks (Jun 24 – July 30, 2015). The goal of the 2015 Institute is to give entrepreneurs tackling East Africa’s greatest challenges an “unreasonable advantage” so they can grow faster and scale to impact over 1 million lives each.


(1) Are the founder or co-founder of your organization 

(2) Are 18 years of age or older

(3) Have at least two people working full-time on your team

7. 2015 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Anyone across the globe over the age of 18 interested in digital or film photography through the microscope is eligible to enter in this competition.

Winners will receive cash prizes up to $3000. All prize amounts are to be redeemed for Nikon photographic, scientific or industrial equipment and accessories at their suggested retail selling prices in the U.S.A.

8. Reach Cambridge Scholarship Essay Competition 2015

Deadline: December 1, 2014

The Reach Cambridge scholarship essay competition is designed for academically excellent high school students and offers them the opportunity to gain invaluable academic experience in one of the top educational facilities in the world.

The essay question for this year’s scholarship competition is:

“In an age of quick & easy global communication, what is the value of face-to-face interaction and learning with other school students from all over the world?”

Reach Cambridge programs are open to students of all nationalities.

9. Standard Bank’s Water4Africa Challenge on “Clean Drinking Water for Africa” – R250,000 in prizes

Deadline: December 11, 2014

The Standard Bank of South Africa invites entries for the Water4Africa Challenge on “Clean Drinking Water for Africa”. The Challenge seeks solutions to make clean drinking water affordable and reliable to all Africans.

The Clean Drinking Water for Africa (“Campaign”) is open to companies; educational institutions; non-government organizations, and individuals who, as of the last day of the month prior to the date of entry, are the age of maturity in their place of residence (18 in most countries, 19 through 21) in a select few.

10. Ghent University Master Grants for Students from Developing Countries 2015

Deadline: May 28, 2015

Ghent University offers Master Grants to candidates from developing countries who wish to obtain a master’s degree at Ghent University. The grants are awarded for the duration of the studies with a maximum of 2 years.

The scholarship consists of an insurance, an allowance of 1000€ per month, an installation fee of 500€ and a refund of the yearly tuition fee with a maximum of 105€.

Applicants below 40 years are preferred.

11. International Essay Contest-Win up to $500

Deadline: February 15, 2014

Essay Title: Education in 50 years: A futurist’s perspective. How do you imagine education of the future? What will it look like? Will technology play an important role to the education process? What will the role of a teacher be? What will a student of the future look like?

Participants must be 25 years and younger.

Courtesy of the Opportunity Desk