Grants, Fellowships, Awards and Internships

1. Action Youth Competition 2015 by World Bank Group and the Wharton School

Deadline: January 31, 2015

The Zicklin Center is now accepting entries for Idea to Action, a youth competition on finance for development sponsored by the World Bank Group and the Wharton School. They invite young leaders to propose innovative ideas about financing the Post-2015 development agenda.

This is open to youth between the ages 18 and 35. 

2. 2015 World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program – Up to $25,000 Awards

Deadline: February 11, 2015

This program provides grants to PhD candidates from developing countries to conduct innovative, development-related, PhD research under the supervision of a research advisor at a host institution abroad.  Fellows must commit to return to their home country when their fellowship ends to complete their PhD and to work. If you are a lecturer or researcher working in an academic or research institution in a developing country, you are particularly encouraged to apply. Open to citizens of World Bank member developing country who are 35 years or younger.

3. The $100 Million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) 2015

Deadline: March 1, 2015

TEEP is the $100 million flagship entrepreneurship program of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, founded by the entrepreneur, respected investor and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu. The mission is to identify and grow 10,000 African entrepreneurs, create 1 million jobs and add $10 billion in annual revenue across Africa over the next decade.

All Africans 18 years and above with Startup businesses operating in Africa are eligible to apply.

4. Applications Open for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2016 (Up to 100,000 Swiss francs)

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Applications are now open for the 2016 Rolex Awards for Enterprise. Change the world with your inspiring project. The Rolex Awards for Enterprise support inspiring individuals who carry out innovative projects that advance human knowledge or well-being. Projects are grouped broadly in the areas of science and health, applied technology, exploration and discovery, the environment, and cultural heritage.

This award is open to anyone over 18 years from any country.

Applications are open to anyone of any nationality, whose ground-breaking project is helping to expand the knowledge of our world and improve the quality of life on the planet.

5. TechWomen Program for Emerging Leaders 2015 – Washington, D.C., USA (Fully-funded)

Deadline: February 10, 2015

Applications are now accepted for the 2015 TechWomen Program, an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The mission of TechWomen is to empower, connect, and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing them access and opportunity to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and become role models for women and girls in their communities.


Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math)

Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four year university degree or equivalent

Be proficient in written and spoken English

Be citizens and permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen, or Zimbabwe at the time of application, and while participating in the program.

6. Human Rights Essay Award 2015

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Interested individuals are invited to enter the Human Rights Essay Award 2015. This is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law . It seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. This year’s topic is “Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law” and participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic.

Candidates must hold a law degree and have demonstrated experience or interest in international human rights law.

7. Sony 2015 World Photography Award $5,000 & Lots More in Prizes – London, UK

Deadline: May 5, 2015

This award is dedicated to supporting and cultivating photographic culture. The annual awards gala and ceremony takes place in London, welcoming an international attendance of industry leaders to celebrate the recognition of the best in contemporary photography.

Open to for amateurs and enthusiasts worldwide.

8. IJP Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme (Bursaries Available)

Deadline: February 15, 2015

The International Journalists’ Programs (IJP) is offering bursary to young Southern African and German Journalists for the IJP Southern African-German Journalists’ Program. 

Open to Journalists between the age of 25 and 40 from Southern Africa (SADC-Member States: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya) and Germany.

9. UNAOC Youth Solidarity Fund 2015 for Youth Organizations (up to USD 25,000)

Deadline: January 12, 2015

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Youth Solidarity Fund (YSF).

The Youth Solidarity Fund awards grants (up to $25,000) to selected projects that demonstrate innovative youth approaches to intercultural or interfaith dialogue. It only supports projects that are entirely developed and managed by youth for the benefit of youth. 

All eligible youth (18-35 years old) organizations are encouraged to apply.