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

Fully-Funded ECOWAS Fellowship Programme for Masters & PhD.

Deadline: October 14, 2015

The Association of African Universities (AAU) is pleased to announce the 2015 maiden edition of the ECOWAS Fellowship Programme for Masters and PhD (EFP) under the sponsorship of the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS). The Programme seeks to promote capacity building within the ECOWAS 15-member countries by providing full fellowships for training and education for nationals of ECOWAS member states in higher education institutions of ECOWAS. The ECOWAS Fellowship Programme (EFP) is a full scholarship intended to cater for each fellow’s costs of living, tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research


  1. The Programme is open to qualified nationals (including graduate students, researchers, lecturers, and staff) of ECOWAS member states who will be admitted for Masters or PhD degree programme at any one of the following three universities: (a). University of Lagos, Nigeria, (b). University of Ibadan, Nigeria, (c). Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal
  2. A good first degree (at least second class upper division or its equivalent) is required for Masters degree programme. An MPhil degree or its equivalent is required for PhD programme.

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund For Women From Developing Countries

Deadline: January 16, 2016

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) awards education grants on a competitive basis to exceptional women from developing countries who have financial need and are committed to working to empower women and children. The MMMF USA/Canada grant program is now accepting applications from eligible candidates. Eligible students are those from developing countries studying at an accredited university in the United States or Canada.

Women applying for the MMMF grant must meet all of the following criteria:

●       Demonstrate a commitment to working to empower women and children in developing countries.

●       Demonstrate financial need.

●       Intend to return to a developing country within two years of completing degree or intend to remain in developing country at least two years to work towards empowerment of women and children.

●       Are 25 years old at time of application deadline.

●       Demonstrate satisfactory academic performance.

African Rethink Awards For Startups(Cash Prizes & Round Trip Ticket to Paris)

Deadline: October 9, 2015

Land of Africa Business (LAB) invites applications for the Africa Rethink Awards for startups. The goal of this award is to identify, analyze, favor and promote the development of young entrepreneurs’ startups, may they be African or from the African diaspora, whose actions try to respond efficiently to the issues related to societal, economic, social and environmental development in Africa.

The African Rethink Awards are open to any startup matching the following criteria:

  • To have been existing for less than two years;
  • To be carried by a less than 30 year-old entrepreneur from Africa or from the African diaspora;
  • To implement a CSR policy;
  • To have a products/services performance;
  • To have an innovative products/services.

African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program 2016 to Study in Canada

Deadline: November 2, 2015

Applications are open for the African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program to study in Canada. The ALT Scholarship Program commemorates the late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equity by supporting young African professionals to become leaders in public policy and administration. The ALT Scholarship Program will grant scholarships to young African women and men to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or public finances. This scholarships will be awarded based on merit to young professionals from sub-Saharan Africa

The ALT scholarship includes: Return airfare (at the beginning and at the end of the program),Tuition fees,Monthly living allowances and one time installation allowance,Fixed allowance to cover purchase of books and attend conferences in Canada,Health insurance coverage,Fees for study permit.

Candidates must meet all the eligibility requirements:

  • Be a citizen and resident of sub-Saharan Africa
  • Be between 22 and 35 years old (at the beginning of the study program) and be fluent in French or English
  • Have completed an undergraduate university degree (4 years of university) with a minimum average of B (75%)
  • Have two to five years of work experience in the public sector, civil society sector or research and academic institutions in Africa.

2016 Reach Oxford Undergraduate Scholarships

Deadline: Mid-January 2016

Oxford University is currently accepting applications for its Reach Undergraduate Scholarships. A number of Reach Oxford scholarships (formerly Oxford Student Scholarships) are offered to students from low-income countries who, for political or financial reasons, or because suitable educational facilities do not exist, cannot study for a degree in their own countries. The university is unable to consider any scholarship applications from students who have not been offered a place at Oxford.

Eligibility: Applicants must be nationals of countries who receive official development assistance from the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Facebook Fellowship Program for Domestic & International Students 2016

Deadline: November 1, 2015

Facebook is offering a fellowship Program to full-time PhD students (domestic and international) enrolled during the current academic year and studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area. The Fellowship term extends for 2 academic years.

Eligibility: This is open to full-time PhD Students in any of the fields listed above


  • Tuition and fees will be paid for the academic year(s) 2016-2017 and 2017-2018
  • $37,000 yearly grant
  • Paid visit to Facebook HQ to present your research
  • Opportunity for paid internship

Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2016

Deadline: November 18, 2015

This award seeks innovative and scaleable technologies or initiatives that are contributing to one or more of the eight following Global Goals for Sustainable Development: No Poverty, Zero Hunger Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production, and Climate Action.The search is on for young innovators aged 35 or under that have begun to address the challenges at the heart of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Eligibility: The competition is open to individuals from any part of the world.

  • Applicants, or the the founder on whose behalf the applicant is applying, must be 18-35 years old at the time of entry.
  • Entrants are required to be the initiative’s founder, co-founder, or equivalent.

Human Rights Poetry Award 2015/2016

Deadline: November 20, 2015

The Universal Human Rights Student Network (UHRSN) based in Vienna, Austria is organizing its very first human rights poetry contest. Given the plights refugees are facing on a daily basis and the current widespread media coverage of the so-called “refugee crisis in Europe” this year’s theme is Refugees and their message to Europe”.

The goal of this poetry award is for participants to express themselves by sharing their message with Europe, subsequently, urging leaders and citizens alike to take action and ensure that the human rights of refugees and asylum-seekers are upheld and that conducive conditions for legal entry procedures for people in need of international protection are established.

Eligibility: This is open to everyone.

Shell Idea360 Global Competition For Students

Deadline: December 15, 2015

The Shell Idea 360 competition now open! Shell Ideas360 is a global ideas competition for students to develop ideas that tackle the pressures on the world’s Food, Water and Energy resources.

This competition is open to:-

(i)anyone who is, or will be, the higher of 18 years of age or the age of majority.
(ii) anyone who is is currently studying (and is officially registered to continue studying until at least 01/12/2015) as a full time or part time undergraduate or postgraduate, excluding those studying for Phd or MPhil degrees, at one of the recognised, degree awarding universities or other equivalent higher education establishments set out on the World Higher Education Database.

2016 Draper Hills Summer Fellowship Program- Stanford University

Deadline: November 18, 2015

The Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development Program (DHSFDD) is a three-week academic training program that is hosted annually at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. The program brings together a group of 25 to 30 mid-career practitioners in law, politics, government, private enterprise, civil society, and international development from transitioning countries. This training program provides a unique forum for emerging leaders to connect, exchange experiences, and receive academic training to enrich their knowledge and advance their work.

Stanford will pay travel, accommodation, and living expenses for the duration of the three-week program for applicants


  • should be mid-career professionals working as policy-makers, academics, legal professionals, social entrepreneurs, business entrepreneurs, and leaders of civil society organizations.
  • should play important and influential roles in their country’s political, economic, and social development.
  • should have demonstrated professional and personal achievements in a relevant sector of democracy, development, and the rule of law.
  • must be at least 28 years of age at the start of the fellowship in July 2016.
  • should have at least ten to 12 years of experience to qualify for the fellowship.