Scholarships, Fellowships, Contests and more

Here are some new and exciting opportunities for Africans, brought to you by Ayiba in conjunction with Opportunity Desk.

Commonwealth Scholarship 2016 to Study at NUS Graduate School in Singapore

Deadline: May 15, 2016

Applications are now invited from eligible students for the 2016 Commonwealth Scholarship to study at the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering in Singapore. The Commonwealth Scholarship is awarded to talented students with an aptitude for innovative, high calibre PhD research.

Eligibility: All students from any Commonwealth countries and meet the NGS requirements are eligible to apply.

This scholarship covers

  • Monthly stipend, up to 4 years of the PhD studies, OR up to date of graduation,
  • Full tuition fee subsidy for 4 years.
  • Other allowances including; computer allowance, book allowance, conference allowance.

Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship 2016 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: May 2, 2016

Mandela Rhodes Foundation (MRF) invites applications for  the 2016 MRF Scholarships. These scholarships are open to all African students who intend to study at one of the numerous South African universities and higher institutions of learning.

The central purpose of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa (whilst also seeking to foster better reconciliation and entrepreneurship) through its various programmes and, to this end, aims to be the leading protagonist in Africa for such endeavours.

MRF does not apply to tertiary institutions on your behalf. Applicants must apply separately to their chosen tertiary institution for the degree they wish to undertake. The Scholarship award is conditional on the applicant being offered a place at the relevant institution.

Eligibility The Scholarship is open to citizens of all African countries


University of Westminster International Postgraduate Scholarships 2016

Deadline: May 3 (September 2016 entry) & October 14, 2016 (January 2017 entry)

University of Westminster is accepting applications for its postgraduate and scholarships programs. These scholarships  are awarded to students from over 50 countries across the world. There are numerous scholarships listed under 4 broad categories; full scholarship, full tuition fee, half tuition fee and part tuition fee awards.

Eligibility: scholarship applicants must be admitted to a postgraduate program at University of Westminster.

Glenmore Medical Postgraduate Scholarship – University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Deadline: May 30, 2016

Applications for the Glenmore Medical Postgraduate Scholarship at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom is ongoing. The scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who is accepted for admission on a full-time basis on an eligible programme. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, the overseas equivalent of a UK first-class honours degree. The scholarship will have a value of £21,200 and will be tenable for one academic year. The scholarship will cover tuition fees of up to £21,200 with any surplus paid as a stipend.

Applicant must have been offered admission on a full-time basis to one of the listed eligible Human Medical programmes. Eligible programmes include: MSc (by Research) Biomedical Sciences, MSc (by Research) Cardiovascular Biology, MSc Human Anatomy, MSc (by Research) Integrative Neuroscience, MMedSci Medical Sciences, MPH Public Health, MSc Regenerative Medicine: Clinical and Industrial Delivery, MSc (by Research) Reproductive Sciences and MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement


PCNAF Young Women’s Scholarship Program 2016

Deadline: April 29, 2016

The PCNAF Young Women’s Scholarship Program is for female Nigerian undergraduate college students in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.  It was created in an effort to help ease the financial burden of students with outstanding academic and leadership potential who are facing difficulties finding the money to stay in school because they have an international student visa. These students are not allowed to seek outside employment to finance their education.  The program provides financial support to young women entering their junior or senior year at a participating college or university.

Upon receiving their scholarships, the scholars will be expected to actively support the mission of Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF) for at least one year. Activities will include:

  • Participating in a leadership development mentoring program.
  • Speaking to students at local schools about the basic education crisis in Nigeria (especially for girls) and the need for educational reform.

Eligibility: Any female college student of Nigerian heritage

Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarships 2016 for Southern Africans (Fully-funded)

Deadline: August 31, 2016

Beit Trust is offering several scholarships to young Southern Africans for postgraduate Masters or PhD programs. Scholarships are taken up at a university in the United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa, for study in a subject of the individual’s choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area.


  • All applicants (except medical and veterinary doctors) must be under 30 years of age on 31 December of the year of application.
  • Some experience of work after completion of a first degree is also desirable.
  • Doctors and vets must be under 35 years of age on 31 December and should have completed 18 months of internship and preferably a one-year rural posting in the relevant country.
  • Applicants who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe
  • Prospective applicants, who must hold at least a degree of class 2.1


Schwarzman Scholars Program 2017/18- Study in China on Full Scholarship

Deadline: June 15 & September 15, 2016

Schwarzman Scholars application is now open. Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one year Master’s degree program based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s top academic institutions. Inspired by the Rhodes scholarship, it is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century.

The Schwarzman Scholars experience is anchored in a rigorous and innovative master’s degree program at Tsinghua University, one of the country’s leading universities. Drawing on the best traditions of Tsinghua and top academic institutions around the world, the curriculum bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and about China’s expanding role in the world.

The program also provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentors network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars.


  • The program is open to students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality
  • Applicants should have obtained an undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.

2016 Women PeaceMaker (Fully Funded)

Deadline: April 25, 2016

Applications are open to become a 2016 Woman Peacemaker. Four Women PeaceMakers are selected each year to participate in an eight-week residency at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, located on the University of San Diego (USD) campus in San Diego, California. Women PeaceMakers collaborate with Peace Writers and a film team to document personal stories through writing, video, and audio recording.

Selected candidates give presentations on their work both at the institute and in the San Diego community. They have opportunities to exchange ideas and approaches to peacemaking and justice, which helps increase their capacity to participate in conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts and in post-conflict decision-making.

Eligibility: Open to women who have been involved in either official or unofficial peace processes and who may be working at the grassroots, national or international level


Youth Enterprise Support Programme (YES-Programme)

This is an ambitious programme  aimed at addressing youth unemployment in Nigeria which is currently over 50%.

The YES-Programme comprises the following:

  • Eight (8) weeks extensive online Entrepreneurship and Business Management training which has the ability to test participants’ understanding and track their progress.
  • Five (5) days in-class Entrepreneurship and Business Management training (5 modules).
  • Technical skills training in partnership with the various technical training and vocational institutes in the country.
  • Financing the businesses by BOI under its SME Cluster initiative in consonance with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s Commodity-based Industrialisation Strategy.


To be eligible for the Competition you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be a Nigerian.
  • Must have a viable business idea within the 40 identified clusters that is operated, or will operate in Nigeria.
  • Must be within the age limits of 18 and 35. (proof of identity: International passport/Drivers License/National ID/Voters card required).
  • Must possess a minimum educational qualification of Ordinary National Diploma (OND).
  • Applicant must be able to carry out the application process online.


Association of African Universities (AAU) Small Grants 2016

Deadline: June 30, 2016

The AAU is pleased to announce the 2016 session of its Small Grants for Theses and Dissertations Programme. In line with the Association’s aim of promoting the core functions of higher education institutions, the Small Grants Programme aims to facilitate timely completion of post graduate research.

Eligibility: Applicants should be post graduate students enrolled in AAU member institutions that are in good standing on payment of their annual subscriptions.


  • Small grants research budgets are limited to USD3,500 for PhD students and USD2,000 for Masters students;
  • Small grants budgets may not include indirect costs (e.g. accommodation, field trips outside the country where the research is being conducted.


Mo Ibrahim Foundation MyAfrica Photo Contest for Africans

Deadline: June 3, 2016

MyAfrica photo contest is an opportunity for photographers of all abilities and ages to capture their vision of Africa through their own lenses. MIF is seeking images that capture Africa in its many diverse settings and communities, depicting what developments, challenges and opportunities could potentially look like over the next 10 years.

There are 3 categories for entries: professional, amateur and under 18s. One winner will be selected from each category, with prizes of $10,000 USD awarded to each of the three winners

Eligibility: Entrants must be African nationals