Grants, Fellowship and Internships

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

1. World Bank Summer  Internship 2015

Deadline: January 31, 2015

The World Bank Group Internship is now accepting applications for the Summer season (June-September). The World Bank Internship is offering highly motivated and successful individuals an opportunity to improve their skills while working in a diverse environment. Interns generally find the experience to be rewarding and interesting.


(i) Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and already be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a Master’s degree or PhD) with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity.

(ii) Generally, successful candidates have completed their first year of graduate studies or are already into their PhD programs

(iii) Fluency in English

2. Rice Business Plan Competition

Deadline: February 27, 2015

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. Forty-two teams will be invited to compete in the 2015 RBPC at Rice University. Teams will have the opportunity to meet and network with over 250 venture capital principals, early stage investors, and successful entrepreneurs who will serve as judges for the competition. $1.5 million in prize money with be available with all teams winning at least one cash award.

Eligibility: Graduate students currently enrolled on a full or part-time basis.

3. 2015-16 AIMS Scholarship for Masters’ in Mathematical Sciences – Study in Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, SA and Tanzania

Deadline:  March 23, 2015

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Next Einstein Initiative, is accepting applications for the 2015-16 AIMS Master’s Course. The AIMS Structured Master’s Programme is taught by top international and local lecturers, the programme is supported throughout by tutors who work closely with the lecturers and students. The programme material is purposefully broad, allowing students to learn about a wide spectrum of mathematical topics and their applications before focusing on a specialized topic for their research project.


Open to students of African nationality.

Applicants should hold, or anticipate completing by the start date of the AIMS programme, a four-year university degree in mathematics 

Strong aptitude in mathematics.

4. Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiatives 2015 

Deadline: January 9, 2015

The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative is a dynamic youth-based initiative that brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that have a positive impact on Nigerian society. The Fellowship seeks to develop youth into ethical and impactful leaders by connecting them with mentorship, networking, training and funding opportunities over the course of an intensive fellowship year.

Eligibility: Open to all citizens and permanent residents of Nigeria currently residing in Lagos and Port Harcourt.

5. Google Travel and Conference Grants for Underrepresented People in Technology

Deadline: Varies

Google is currently offering travel grants to underrepresented groups in technology. These Grants are available in North America for all traditionally underrepresented groups in technology (including, but not limited to, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, persons with disabilities, women and veterans) and in Europe for women in technology.

6. Global Change Leaders Program 2015 at Coady International Institute – Nova Scotia (Fully-funded)

January 9, 2015

 The Global Change Leaders Program is a seven-week education program offered by Coady Institute’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership. The 2015 program invites applications from women in developing countries who have demonstrated leadership in a development sector for at least four years but would still be considered an emerging leader. Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship that includes tuition, travel, accommodations, and meals.

Venue and Date: August 24 – October 8, 2015 at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia


Must be a woman

Must possess a minimum of four years of demonstrated leadership experience in a social or economic development endeavour in sectors such as livelihoods or inclusive economic development, food security, environment, access to education and health care, governance, and the rights of girls and women;

Must have great drive and passion for their work, demonstrated through their outstanding contributions in their organizations and communities.

7. Rotary Peace Fellowships 2016 for Masters and Professional Development Programs

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Rotary selects some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to receive fully funded fellowships to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship/field-study expenses.


Proficiency in English,

Proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended

Strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service

Excellent leadership skills

Master’s degree applicants: minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, bachelor’s degree

Certificate applicants: minimum five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, strong academic background

8. “Go Green in the City” 2015 with Schneider Electricity

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Schneider Electric invites business and engineering students to the  fifth edition of Go Green in the City, the global business case challenge for green energy solutions. Open to business and engineering students worldwide.


Applicants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older

Students pursuing a bachelor’s (at least 2nd year), master’s or MBA degree are eligible to compete

9. 2015 World Wide UNESCO Club Youth Multimedia Competition-Fully Funded

Deadline: January 25, 2015

Answer the question: The “Year of Light” focuses on the topic of light and light sciences and its applications; but it is the human curiosity that underlines the vision which brings light to the hearts of humanity. What kind of light-based innovation would you propose to promote sustainable development and meet the needs of a global challenge such as energy, education, agriculture, or health?

You are encouraged to respond by making a 3-minute video, multimedia presentation, written essay, art work or using any method that channels your specific passion and talent to share your answer to the question. Youth (aged 10-24) from around the world can enter the contest.

Courtesy of the Opportunity Desk