Here are new opportunities for Africans, as presented by Ayiba, in conjunction with Opportunity Desk!

Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance For Young Africans (Class 9)

Deadline: Ongoing

If you know young Africans who could benefit from the feasibility study grants, angel investment, scholarships and internships of our Alliance to start or scale their social and business ventures, please nominate them to join the ninth class of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. The Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance is a network of highly educated young African entrepreneurs from leading universities in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, spearheading social and business ventures across Africa

Eligibility: Open to Africans at any university in the world.


(i) Network with other young Africans around the world
(ii) Scholarships to pursue a masters degree programme or hone entrepreneurship instincts.

(iii) Admitted candidates will attend our ninth annual symposium at Yale and Harvard University and Bretton Woods, April 8-11, 2016.

African Leadership Academy Pre-university Program 2016

Deadline: October 31, 2015

Applications for the African Leadership Academy’s Class of 2016 are now open. African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to enroll the most outstanding young leaders from across Africa and around the world – ALA is not only looking for young people who are smart and and excel in the academic environment, it is looking for young people with the potential to lead and impact the world around them through their courage, initiative and innovation.

The Academy admits between 100 and 125 young leaders from across Africa each year for the two-year pre-university program, anchored on Entrepreneurial Leadership, African Studies, and Writing & Rhetoric. Students also take Cambridge A’level subjects as electives, alongside specialized research classes in the Sciences, Humanities and Creative Arts. The Academy is a boarding school; all students are accommodated and catered for at the Academy’s campus in Honeydew, Johannesburg, South Africa for the duration of their studies.

Eligibility: ALA searches for young leaders across the continent between the ages of 16 and 19. Applicants are selected based on the following criteria: leadership potential, passion for Africa, Academic achievements, Entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to service.

AGCO Africa Ambassador Contest 2015

Deadline: October 30, 2015

Do you have an innovative agribusiness concept you have developed or implemented? Does it benefit smallholder farmers, women or youth? Enter your idea/concept and stand a chance to become AGCO African Ambassador.


  • Minimum age: twenty-one (21) years old.
  • Proof of African origin and valid passport from an African country.
  • Present residence in an African country.
  • Fluent in spoken English & some experience with speaking in front of a large audience
  • Must be available to participate in both Events: International Green Week Fair (January 15-24, 2016) and AGCO Africa Summit (January 18, 2016)
  • Must be eligible to receive a visa to enter Germany during the Event
  • May not be an employee or immediate family member of an employee with AGCO


(i) $10,000.00 cash award at the beginning of the one-year contract.
(ii) Representing your continent for AGCO as an AGCO Africa Ambassador at the International Green Week fair in Berlin, Germany from January 15-24, 2016

And lots more…

2016 Akili Dada Fellowship Program for Young African Women Leaders

Deadline: November 2, 2015

Applications are now open for the 2016 Akili Dada Fellowship program. Akili Dada awards year fellowships to young African women leaders who are driving transformative change in their communities and are looking to grow their projects to scale and sustainability. The Akili Dada Fellowship is an opportunity for young African women running social impact projects and enterprises to learn essential skills and apply those skills to address the challenges faced by their communities.

Akili Dada fellows will benefit from:
(i) Access to a series of seminars from experts in the social change field
(ii) Access to a dynamic network of Akili Dada Mentors, funding partners & social change agents


  • Be a young woman between the ages of 23-30 with strong communication skills in English.
  • Be from an economically disadvantaged background.
  • Have a Social Enterprise (a business with a social impact) or a Social Innovation (an initiative that has social impact).
  • Demonstrate previous leadership initiative and experience.

African Regional Bursary For MBA Studies- University of Cambridge

Deadlines: 2015 (Oct 23rd); 2016 (Jan 6th, Mar 4th & May 6th)

Cambridge Judge Business School will be offering a bursary worth up to £18,000 for a successful African candidate to the Cambridge MBA programme. The School believes that Africa will be an increasingly important region, both economically and politically, and is committed to developing the African talent pool.

Eligibility: The applicant must be an African national and Must meet the usual requirements for the Cambridge MBA.

Careers in Africa Recruitment Summit- Johannesburg

Deadline: October 23, 2015

Are you looking to start a career in Africa? Careers in Africa returns to Johannesburg,South Africato bring the best professionals across all sectors together with the biggest brands. With companies expected to recruit for operations in Southern Africa, East Africa and Central Africa, there will be opportunities for professionals with work authorization for countries across the continent. Over the course of one weekend, networking opportunities, interviews, exhibitions and presentations will lead to career opportunities in Africa for hundreds of talented African professionals.

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from candidates with:

  • Work authorisation for at least one African country
  • An undergraduate degree or professional qualification
  • Availability to attend the Summit in Johannesburg


  • Interview and network with top decision makers.
  • See leading regional companies and multinationals.
  • Talk African business at workshops, seminars and coaching sessions.
  • Secure several offers of work in Africa

Next Generation Fellowships For African Researchers (Funded)

Deadline: November 13, 2015

The Social Science Research Council is offering fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.This program encourages innovative research on peace, security, and development topics, moving the boundaries of scholarship and research by exploring concrete linkages between these themes.

The fellowship award supports 6-12 months of dissertation research costs of up to US$15,000 on a topic related to peace, security, and development.


All applicants must:

  • be citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country
  • hold a master’s degree
  • be enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
  • have an approved dissertation research proposal

2016 Microsoft Imagine Cup Global Students Competition

Deadline: March 16, 2016

The Imagine Cup is a skill-based competition comprised of three competitions. The object of this competition is to create innovative and original software applications. Open to students around the world, the competition spans one year, beginning with national and online competitions, and culminating at the World Finals.

You are eligible for this if you are:

  • at least 16 years of age as of July 31 2015 and are actively enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university (or equivalent) degrees (including home schools) at any time between 1 January 2015 and 31 May 2016; and If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Competition.
  • NOT a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria; and U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran,North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries/regions arenot eligible to participate.

JetWriters Global Essay Writing Contest

Deadline: November 15, 2015

JetWriters is pleased to announce its 2nd essay writing contest. There are 5 topics for this year’s contest:

  1. Essay Writing as a Tool for Developing One’s Literary Voice
  2. Why Is It Important To Learn Storytelling in College
  3. Urgent Reforms Modern Education Needs
  4. How EdTech Can Boost Students’ Creativity?
  5. Do You Need a College Degree To Be Successful?

Eligibility: This contest is open to everyone, no age or geographical limits. Only one submission per participant. No entry fee is required.

StudySearch Lucky Dip Promotional Kit

Deadline: Ongoing

Interested in studying abroad? If yes, here’s a great chance for you to enter our Lucky Dip!

Every week, one student will win the chance to speak with an advisor and receive full support with their study abroad plans, all FREE of charge! StudySearch advisors have studied in different parts of the world, and are there to advice and support you with your plans.

Eligibility: You must be a final year student at high school, undergraduate or postgraduate level, who is planning on applying to universities in the US, UK or Canada for the year 2016/17.

Ashoka & University of Connecticut Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship 2015 program

Deadline: November 1, 2015

Ashoka’s Youth Venture is pleased to partner with the University of Connecticut and its “Study of the U.S Institute” (SUSI Program 2015) to support the Student Leaders from North and Sub-Saharan Africa to be social entrepreneurs. After 5 weeks of intense learning in the U.S., the African students are ready to launch their own social ventures to support the development of their communities. Youth Venture will assist SUSI participants in this process.


  • The challenge is open to all individuals, organizations, and partnerships, including non-profit, for-profit, and public organizations.
  • Entries may should be specific and well-planned, whether they are new ideas or established strategies with proven impact.
  • Entries must be submitted in English.

2016-17 Funded IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program

Deadline: October 27, 2015

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems of interest to IBM and which are fundamental to innovation including, innovative software, new types of computers, technology, and interdisciplinary projects that create social and business value.

IBM Research is paying special attention to the following areas of focus:Technology that creates new business and social value; Cognitive Computing research; Cloud and distributed computing technology and solutions;Fundamental science and technology.

Eligibility: Nominations are welcome for students of all nationalities.