Here are some great new opportunities for Africans, brought to you by Ayiba Magazine and Opportunity Desk.

Africa Business Fellowship 2017

Deadline: November 1, 2016 & December 1, 2016

The Africa Business Fellowship is a partnership between Econet, African Leadership Network (ALN), and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). The program will match young American business professionals with paid 6-month placements in African companies.

The Africa Business Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity for American professionals to gain invaluable insight and hands-on experience in African businesses.


  • Open to US Citizens and Permanent Residents.
  • MBA and/or 4+ years of meaningful business experience
  • Track record of academic achievement and early professional success
  • Strong analytic and communication skills
  • Community-level leadership accomplishments
  • Personal traits that reflect their potential: humility, integrity, ability to engage others, and a long-term vision for their place in the world.


World Bank Women-x Programme For Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Deadline: July 31, 2016

The World Bank is awarding Scholarship to Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria to learn at the Enterprise Development Centre. The Enterprise Development Centre, Pan- Atlantic University in collaboration with The World Bank will : Provide practical Business Education through a blended learning approach (online and in- class training), Help strengthen Female Entrepreneurs network, Offer Mentoring and Create linkages between financial institutions and Female Entrepreneurs.


To be eligible for this program you need to:

  • Own a business in Nigeria.
  • Operate a business in a high-growth sector.
  • Business must be owned/managed by a woman.
  • Should be a functional business (at least 6 months in operation).


Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program 2016

Deadline: July 5, 2016

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by IIE in partnership with the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), the program is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).Fellowships of two weeks to one semester (14 to 90 days) in Africa are available for Diaspora scholars

CADFP is accepting applications from

  1. African institutions
  2. African scholars

Kwanda Art Foundation Photography Workshop 2016

Kwanda Art Foundation (KAF), in collaboration with GIZ – Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and Goethe Institut Kigali are organising the Second PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – that is taking place between August 8 – 12, 2016 in Kigali.

This photography workshop will focus on sharpening the skills of photographers as visual storytellers in understanding the fundamental rules of photography, exploring examples of visionary photographers and in practical hands-on sessions in the field together with the passionate mentors. The five days workshop will consist of theory sessions and practical fieldwork in groups and in individual assignments.

Eligibility: Open to South African photographers with at least 1 years of practical experience


United Nations Young Leaders Initiative for Sustainable Development Goals

Deadline: July 15, 2016

Calling all changemakers, trailblazers and groundbreakers! The United Nations has launched a worldwide search for Young Leaders to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals. This is a new initiative to recognize exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities. Young Leaders will collaborate with UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth to help end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequality

The Young Leaders initiative will showcase the outstanding leadership of young people in putting the world on a more sustainable path. From food to fashion to finance, the Young Leaders will come from many different backgrounds, represent every region in the world and help activate millions of young people in support of the Goals.


  • Open to young people between the ages of 18 -30 (as of August 12, 2016) from around the world
  • Nominees can come from across multiple sectors – from food to fashion to finance (as well as policy, media, civil society, industry, technology, the arts and entertainment).
  • Nominees have the ability to command an audience, influence their peers and inspire their constituents.
  • Successful candidates are exceptional leaders who are spearheading change for the greater good.


WISE Accelerator Program 2016/17- Submit Innovative Education Technology Projects

Deadline: September 8, 2016

Applications for the WISE Accelerator Program is now open! The WISE Accelerator is a program designed to support the development of innovative projects in the field of education. It relies on the expertise of qualified mentors and partners to provide projects with effective strategies and concrete support in order to ensure their development.

Each year, five projects are selected to join the program. These projects are followed for one year, during which time they benefit from tailor-made mentorship to address their specific needs. In addition, the WISE Accelerator serves as an intermediary to connect the selected projects to an international network that creates opportunities to share knowledge and find support from donors and investor

Eligibility- Projects Invited to Apply

All education projects that use or link technology to their DNA are encouraged to apply!

Ideal candidates for the WISE Accelerator will be existing projects at an early stage of development, with the following attributes:

  • Established for at least two years;
  • A significant and growing number of beneficiaries or customers;
  • A record of activities with a product or service that has been successfully implemented and beyond proof of concept;
  • Existing, stable revenues, and new opportunities for growth;
  • A dedicated team, with an established physical space or office;
  • Deep knowledge of the market/educational context and of their beneficiaries’ or customers’ needs;
  • Clear future objectives and motivation to develop further;
  • Good understanding of the project’s current challenges in scaling.

The Bridge Program for Undergraduates at Nigerian Universities (Fully-sponsored)

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Applications for The Bridge Program is currently open. The Bridge program provides  selected Nigerian university students with the winning career and leadership training.

TBP enables fellows by connecting them to the network, skills and resources that will allow them to be globally competitive, business-minded, solution driven, critical-thinkers and most importantly employable. Great emphasis is placed on global peer collaboration, mentoring, networking, career support and internships as the ingredients for success in their leadership, entrepreneurial and intrepreneurial journeys.

An average TBP fellow will spend 2-4 years in the program. The program includes a 4-week intensive summer camp every year. This year the camp will be from July 18 to August 13 in 2016, and we are inviting you to apply.


Open to students (first or second year students) currently enrolled in Nigerian universities.


Imperial College London Studentship 2016/17 (Fully Funded)

The Imperial College London is pleased to welcome applications to the four fully-funded PhD projects for 2016/17 below:

Eligibility: Candidates are expected to hold or achieve a Master’s degree in addition to a Bachelor’s degree at UK Upper Second Class Honors Level


Helmut-Schmidt Programme 2017/18- Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance

Deadline: July 31, 2016

Helmut-Schmidt programme is designed to further qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life.

The programme offers very good graduates with a first university degree the chance to obtain a Master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of their home country. With this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of Good Governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.


  • This is open to very well qualified graduates with a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) who in the future want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries.
  • The scholarships are offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for mid-career professionals. T
  • The scholarship scheme is open to candidates from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East


DAAD Scholarships For Development Related Postgraduate Courses 2017/18 (Funded)

Deadline: September 30, 2016*

Application for the 2017/18 DAAD Scholarships are open! The scholarships offer foreign graduates from development and newly industrialised countries from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognised German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany.


  • This is open to graduates with at least two years’ professional experience
  • Candidates must have a Bachelor degree (usually a four-year course) in an appropriate subject

Future Global Leaders Undergraduate Scholarship 2016- Coventry University

Deadline: July 25, 2016

Coventry University is accepting applications for the Global Leaders Scholarship.  The Global Leaders Scholarship will be awarded to three aspirational international students who can demonstrate their drive and ambition to become international global leaders of the future. Five (5) awards each totalling a maximum of £10,000 are available in this category. Payments will be £3,000 per year towards tuition fees, with a further £1,000 being awarded to students who go on to achieve a first class degree.


In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:


Visiting Senior Research Fellowships for African Women Researchers

Deadline: July 20, 2016

Following the success of 1st Edition, the Women for Africa Foundation (FMxA), in line with its mission of contributing to the development of Africa through its women, is launching the 2nd Edition of SCIENCE BY WOMEN programme, with the aim to promote African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer and to foster the capacity of the research centres in their home countries.

The main goal is to enable African women researchers and scientists to tackle the great challenges faced by Africa through research in health, agriculture and food security, water, energy and climate change, as well as mathematics and economic science.


  • Nationality of an African country;
  • PhD with at least 3 years of post-doctoral professional experience;
  • Contractual relationship with a university or a public or private non-profit organization based in Africa dedicated to significant scientific research in the areas indicated;
  • Excellent academic record and proven track of relevant research experience;
  • Solid working knowledge of English;
  • Proven experience leading a research group;
  • Beneficiaries of first edition are not eligible;
  • Candidates must have already contacted and identified research groups in the host centres.

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program 2017/18- Harvard University

Deadline: September 15, 2016 (creative arts, humanities, and social sciences) & October 6, 2016 (natural sciences and mathematics)

Applications are now open for the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Radcliffe Institute Fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. The Radcliffe Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic.


This fellowship is open to candidates across the world. Eligibility requirements varies with each academic disciplines