Here are new opportunities for Africans brought to you by Ayiba, in conjunction with Opportunity Desk!

Fully-Funded Skoll Scholarship For MBA Program at Saïd Business School

Deadlines: October 30, 2015| January 8, 2016| March 18, 2016

Have you started a venture or initiative that is aimed at solving one of the world’s biggest social or environmental challenges? If so, you may be the next Skoll Scholar! The Skoll Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Scholarship provides funding and exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors.


  1. You must have started and grown a social venture that has been running for at least 12 months or have been responsible for leading a major expansion of an existing social venture or programme within that venture.
  2. You must demonstrate some evidence of your need for the Scholarship
  3. You must demonstrate how a business education can contribute to the wider development of the community within which you work.
  4. You must demonstrate evidence of personal qualities strongly resonating with social entrepreneurial leadership.

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program For Africans- University of Toronto, Canada

Deadline: December 10, 2015

Are you a student from Sub-Saharan Africa who has demonstrated academic talent and a personal commitment to giving back to your country, but you face significant economic barriers to higher education? The University of Toronto and The MasterCard Foundation are pleased to offer The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Toronto. This comprehensive scholarship provides talented yet financially disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa with access to relevant university education.

In order to be eligible, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be a resident and a graduating high school student of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. Demonstrate financial need correspondent to that of the lowest two quintiles of your country.
  3. Have very strong academic results within your school system.
  4. Have a record of leadership and extracurricular involvement.
  5. Maintain a strong desire to return to Africa to assist and work towards enhanced regional socioeconomic development.
  6. Be graduating from a recognized secondary school, or have completed the necessary academic requirements.

International Scholars Program For Undergraduate Students- UBC, Canada

Deadline: December 10, 2015

University of British Columbia (UBC) invites nominations for its International Scholars Programs. This program offers two awards: (1) International Leader of Tomorrow Award (2)The Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award.

The International Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes international undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, recognized achievement in fields of endeavour such as the performing arts, sports, debating or creative writing, or external academic competitions and examinations.

The Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award recognizes outstanding international undergraduate students from impoverished or war-torn areas, who have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances and who would be unable to pursue post-secondary education without financial assistance.


  1. For both award, you must be an international student, who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada, and who will be studying in Canada on a Canadian Study Permit (visa)
  2. For Donald Wehrung International Student Award: candidates must be from a war-torn or politically unstable region of the world, and/or from an economically disadvantaged region of the world, and has achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances.

2016 Yale Young African Scholars Program

Deadline: March 31, 2015

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is a high-intensity academic and leadership program designed for African secondary school students who have the talent, drive, energy, and ideas to make meaningful impacts as young leaders, even before they begin their university studies.

YYAS brings together students from across Africa in this seven-day, residential program and helps prepare them for the demanding application process of attending university in the United States. YYAS is an official program of Yale University.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the 2016 Yale Young African Scholars Program, you must be a citizen of an African country and currently attend school on the African continent.

H.J. Heinz Fellowship For Students From Developing Countries

Deadline: Varies

Applications are invited for Heinz Fellowship to undertake master’s degree program in the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) or the School of Nursing at University of Pittsburgh.

Heinz Fellowships are granted to individuals from developing countries who demonstrate potential as future leaders in the public, government, non-profit, or private sectors. The goal is to improve, early in a career, a Fellow’s capacity to contribute to the development of their country and to enhance their understanding of the U.S

Eligibility: The competition for a Heinz Fellowship is open to men and women from developing countries whose record of accomplishment early in their career indicates strong potential for leadership and achievement in business, government, public services, or other relevant professions.

Apply: Global Health Corps 2016-17

Deadline: February 2, 2016

Global Health Corps is currently recruiting for its 2016-2017 fellowship class! Global Health Corps is a community of leaders united by the belief that health is a human right. During this yearlong paid fellowship, GHC fellows work in a range of critical roles within partner organizations on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia, developing as leaders and making an impact every day.

Eligibility: You are eligible for this fellowship if you meet the following requirements

  1. You are 30 years or younger by June 26, 2016
  2. You have an undergraduate degree by June 26, 2016
  3. You are proficient in English

Young Professionals Recruitment Program -ECOWAS Bank

Deadline: November 20, 2015

The ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID)’s Young Professional Program is now open! EBID is an international financial institution owned by the fifteen Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

This program is designed for high calibre young professionals . The selected candidates will be appointed as Young Trainee Professional Staff in the Bank under a two (2)-year fixed term contract.


The citizens of ECOWAS Members States who fulfill the following criteria are invited to apply:

  1. Less than 30 years of age at the time of recruitment;
  2. Masters degree or equivalent qualification in fields related to activities of the Bank in particular, Asset/Liabilities Management, Audit, Communication and Marketing, Corporate Language Services (Terminology processing, Revising, Interpreting and Translating), Finance, Infrastructure, Legal counselling, film production and photography (Bank projects and communication activities), Private Sector Operations, Public Sector Operations, Risk Management or a qualification in any other area that is relevant to the activities of the Bank;
  3. Fluent in English/French/Portuguese with a working knowledge of one of the other two languages.

2016 KPMG Undergraduate & Graduate Internships For Nigerians

Deadline: March 13, 2016

Starting January 2016, KPMG Nigeria will begin accepting application from qualified undergraduate and graduate student for its 2016 Internships. Successful interns get the opportunity to work in a conducive and challenging environment that presents practical insights into various businesses.

As one of the world’s leading professional services firms, KPMG interns are given the opportunity to work in challenging assignments in its Audit, Advisory, Tax & Regulatory Divisions. Excellent opportunities also exist with KPMG Central Services Division (Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Finance & Accounts, ITS and Facilities).

Undergraduate Interns must:

  1. Possess a minimum of 5 credits including Mathematics and English in one sitting at O’levels.
  2. Be currently enrolled in a university.
  3. Have a minimum of second class upper degree grade in any discipline
  4. Have completed at least the second year of university.

Graduate Interns must:

  1. Possess a minimum of 5 credits including Maths and English in one sitting at O’levels.
  2. Have a minimum of second class upper degree grade in any discipline.
  3. Currently undergoing/pursuing a Post Graduate degree program.
  4. Pass the KPMG Graduate Aptitude test.

McKinsey & Company Next Generation Women Leaders Award 2015

Deadline: November 30, 2015

Are you a female student and experienced professional? McKinsey&Company would like to offer you an opportunity to apply for a Next Generation Women Leaders Award! This is your opportunity to learn more about McKinsey and their people and to join an exceptional group of your peers. You are invited to be inspired and make a difference!

McKinsey passionately believes in developing outstanding female leaders!Applications are invited from women based across Europe, the Middle East and Africa who are:

  1. Current students working towards a Bachelors, Masters, MBA or PhD, from any discipline or background
  2. Experienced professionals with any background (e.g., business, technology, marketing)

Opportunity Desk Mentorship Program

Deadline Ongoing

Opportunity Desk is the one stop for all global opportunity, bringing to the table information and reminders about several global opportunities for youth around the world! Due to high demand from numerous users, OD is pleased to officially launch – The Opportunity Desk Mentorship Program! Through the OD mentorship program, users will receive support & advice on their applications to global opportunities.

Eligibility: Every member of our audience is eligible to take part in this mentorship program. However, you have to be applying to any opportunity published on the OD website –

Free IMF Online Course- ‘Energy Subsidy Reform’

Deadline: January 27, 2016

The International Monetary Funds (IMF) is collaborating with edX to offer a free online course on Energy Subsidy Reform, their costs, and the design of a successful reform based on country case studies. This course builds an extensive cross-country analysis, which is reported in the recently published IMF book “Energy Subsidy Reform: Lessons and Implications,” to make recommendations on how to best implement reforms aimed at reducing state subsidies on energy.

Course Prerequisite: Some knowledge of economics would be helpful, but is not required. Some graded assignments require the use of spreadsheets.