Here are some great new opportunities for Africans, brought to you once again by Ayiba, in conjunction with Opportunity Desk.

AAUW International Fellowships 2017/18 For Women

Deadline: December 1, 2016

Applications for the AAUW International Fellowship Program is now open. The program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


  • Have citizenship in a country other than the United States or possession of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the United States. Women holding dual citizenship in the United States and another country or who are permanent legal residents of the United States are not eligible.
  • Hold an academic degree (earned in the United States or abroad) equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree completed by September 30, 2016.
  • Intend to devote herself full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year
  • Intend to return to her home country to pursue a professional career
  • Be proficient in English.

Recruitment: Andela Kenya Fellow Cohort X

Deadline: September 4, 2016

Dream of using technology to change the world? Join the Andela movement.

Andela is recruiting again! Andela’s 4 year Technical Leadership Program is designed to shape you into an elite software developer. Through your training and work with top global technology companies, you’ll master the professional and technical skills needed to become a technology leader, both on the continent and around the world.

After the four year program, Andela Fellows can be expected to; start technology companies, work directly with client companies as employees or continue to help train software engineers as Andela.

Machel-Mandela Fellows Programme 2017 For Young Africans (Funded)

Deadline: October 15, 2016

The Brenthurst Foundation invites applications from young graduates for the Machel-Mandela Fellows Programme, named in honour of former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel. The Machel-Mandela Fellows programme aims to sharpen the Brenthurst Foundation’s focus on Africa’s burgeoning youth population and helps nurture Africa’s future leaders.

The programme will be available full-time for a minimum of six months and the selected candidate will be expected to take up the appointment in January 2017. The fellow may be from Africa or abroad and will be based at the Brenthurst Foundation’s headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg. Fellows will work directly with and assist the Foundation’s staff on a range of projects and activities, some of which will require foreign travel.


  • Under 30 years of age
  • An Undergraduate or Masters level degree
  • Excellent spoken and written English. African and other languages an asset
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and reliable, a self-starter who requires minimal oversight and management
  • Able to balance deadlines and attention to detail
  • Fluency in all basic IT skills
  • Copy-editing and proof-reading skills an asset
  • A passion for Africa and a keen interest in new thinking and strategies to strengthen Africa’s economic performance
  • Broad knowledge of African politics and economics
  • Familiarity with the work of the Brenthurst Foundation

The Global Leaders Fellowship 2017- George Washington University, USA

Deadline: February 5, 2017

George Washington University invites applications for the 2017 Global Leaders Fellowship . The Global Leaders Fellowship is for incoming graduate students (master’s and doctoral) at the George Washington University who will return to their countries of origin to apply skills learned through their formal education at the GWU.  The fellowship is intended for GW graduate students who will be future leaders in their fields in their home countries.


  • This fellowship is for students who have not studied or worked in the U.S. or other countries aside from their home country.
  • Current GW graduate students are not eligible for this fellowship.
  • Students holding or intending to apply for an F-1 visa and who are from the following countries/regions: China (PRC), Cambodia, Eastern Europe, Laos, Latin America, The Caribbean, Mongolia, Sub-Saharan Africa, U.S.S.R. Successor States & Vietnam

Google RISE Awards 2016

Applications for the annual Google RISE awards is currently open! The Google RISE Awards is an annual grants program for nonprofit organizations worldwide that promote computer science education opportunities. Google RISE – Roots in Science and Engineering – Awards are designed to promote and support Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Computer Science (CS) education initiatives.

The RISE program includes:

  • Capacity building: Access to a 12-month capacity building program that connects awardees with Google expertise
  • Financial support: Grants of $10,000-$25,000
  • Operational support: Customized to the needs of the organization, such as volunteers or pro bono consulting
  • A community of practice: Continued peer engagement through a community of practice connects awardees, alumni, and beyond so that communities around the world can learn from best practices and lessons learned.


Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship 2016/17 – New York (Fully Funded)

Deadline: September 30, 2016

The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar program for veteran and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.

Fellows attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars held at Columbia University in New York City. Program activities include briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and practice, and and a variety of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning. The Fellowship program will be held January, 16-21, 2017 at Columbia University in New York City.


  • Open to outstanding journalists (with at least five years experience) working across all media;
  • Applicants’ work must demonstrate journalistic excellence and a strong track record of covering violence and its impact on individuals, families or communities;
  • Fellowships are open to print, broadcast and digital reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of professional journalism experience are eligible to apply;
  • Approximately half of the Fellows will be based in North America, with the balance drawn from Central and South America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East;
  • All fellowship seminars are conducted in English

Windle Trust Postgraduate Scholarships For African Students 2017/18

Deadline: August 14, 2016

Applications are invited for  2017/18 Windle Trust Scholarships open to outstanding African students. These scholarships will be awarded for pursuing one-year, full-time, taught master’s degree course at partner institutions in the UK. Windle Trust Internationals works in partnership with a number of Universities to offer  these scholarships each year.

A scholarship, in most cases, will cover full tuition fees, maintenance stipends, visa cost and return airfares



  • Country: Applicants should be from the countries of East, Central or the Horn of Africa and be resident in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan.
  • Applicants must be academically qualified to undertake the proposed course with success, and they must meet the normal entry requirements.
  • Applicants must be capable of studying effectively in the language in which instruction will take place.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential, initiative, will and commitment to put what they learn into practice in future for the benefit of their wider community and region

Kofi Annan Fellowship 2016 For Full-Time MBA For Developing Countries

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Applications are invited for the annual Kofi Annan Fellowships for MBA programs. The Kofi Annan Business School Foundation provides fellowships for talented and motivated students from developing countries that allow them to obtain a university degree in Europe at one of the academic partners of the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation. Partner schools are ESMT, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School (Belgium), Hogeschool Utrecht (Netherlands), NOVA SBE (Portugal), Koc University (Turkey) and Business School Lausanne (Switzerland).


  • Applicants must be resident in one of the UN’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs),Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) or Palestine
  • Proof of strong quantitative abilities, whether with a GMAT/GRE or significant mathematics courses during the bachelor’s studies;
  • English Language Requirements: TOEFL scores (95 minimum) or equivalent proof of English fluency.

Canon Collins Trust Postgraduate Scholarships 2016-2018

Deadline: August 15, 2016

Canon Collins Trust seeks to support exceptional individuals who are committed to social justice in Southern Africa and for whom a postgraduate qualification is an essential tool in working to create an open and just society. In early 2015 the Trust revised its South African scholarship awards policy. For the next 3 years they will be offering scholarships only to those studying in three areas:

  • Justice, which includes Law, Economics, Politics and the Environment
  • Education: policy and practice
  • Humanities, which includes Literature, History, Anthropology and the Arts


To be considered for a scholarship under this programme you  must:

  • Be a national of, or have refugee status in, one of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe;
  • Be normally resident in one of the above countries;
  • Be in possession of a good first degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application;
  • Be studying or applying to study at a South African university.

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program- University of Pretoria

Mastercard Foundation are offering funded scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate studies at University of Pretoria (UP).


The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) targets academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged young people in South Africa, SADC and the rest of Africa, who will contribute to the transformation of the continent.


UP is one of the largest and most diverse university in Southern Africa. Currently UP has more than 50 000 students and has become one of the leading higher education institutions on the continent and indeed, in the world.


  • Candidates should be citizens from Sub-Saharan African country.
  • Applicants should come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate financial neediness.
  • Candidates should demonstrate leadership potential and ought to be involved in a giving back project eg. in a community, at school, church etc
  • Academic excellence is paramount and students have to maintain a high academic average at all times.
  • Candidates need to be first time applicants as first year students in the degree programme.

Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarships For Africans

Deadline: October 31, 2016

Miles Morland Foundation (MFF) is currently accepting applications from young African writers for the annual writing scholarship. The MMF Writing scholarships aims to give three fiction writers and one non-fiction writer the financial freedom to complete an English-language book.


  • The Scholarships is open to anyone who had been born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.
  • To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words written in English that has been published and offered for sale.
  • The Scholarships are meant for full length works of adult fiction or non-fiction. Poetry, plays, film scripts, children’s books, and short story collections do not qualify.