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

Oxford Graduate Scholarships for International Students in UK- (Over 1000 Fully-Funded Scholarship Available)

Deadline: January 8 or 22, 2015

There are over 1,000 full graduate scholarships available for courses starting in 2016-17. Full scholarships will cover your course and college fees and provide a grant for living costs. For over 70% of Oxford scholarships, nothing more than the standard course application is usually required. If you fulfill the eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered. The vast majority of Oxford scholarships are awarded to applicants who submit their course application by the January deadline

You will be considered automatically for these scholarships if:

  • You are applying to start a new graduate course;
  • You submit your course application by the relevant January admissions deadline;
  • You are subsequently offered a place after consideration of applications received by the deadline;
  • Your application is not placed on a waiting list or held back after the January admissions deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March admissions deadline; and
  • You meet the eligibility criteria.


2016 Human Rights Essay Awards

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Entires are being accepted by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for its Human Rights Essay Award 2016. The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. To apply for the Human Rights Essay Award, candidates must choose a subject pertaining to the topic: Extractive Industries and Human Rights.

Participants will have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the substantive law relevant to the field. International human rights law can be understood to include international humanitarian law and international criminal law. The essay has to be a legal article written in English or Spanish.

Candidates must hold a law degree and have demonstrated experience or interest in international human rights law. Past Winners cannot submit essays in future competitions.


The King Baudouin African Development Prize 2016/17

Deadline: March 15, 2016

The 2016-2017 call for nominations for the King Baudouin African Development Prize is open.The King Baudouin African Development Prize rewards outstanding contributions of individuals or organizations in the development field in Africa. The Prize spotlights innovative initiatives which improve quality-of-life and empower local communities to take development into their own hands.


●       The Prize is worth 200.000 Euros and is awarded every other year.

●  particularly with the main agents of development, such as the United Nations and its agencies, the World Bank, the European Union and a number of bilateral development agencies, the world of foundations and international NGO.


World Merit – 1Life Fully Lived Challenge for Entrepreneurs 2016 (Win a trip to Philadelphia)

Extended Deadline: January 15, 2016

The 1Life Fully Lived – World Merit “The Most Inspirational Entrepreneur in the World” contest is now open for entries. They are looking for “The Most Amazing Entrepreneur in the World.” You can win a fully funded trip to Philadelphia to attend the 1Life Fully Lived conference May 21-22 and you will also inspire a global community to set up their own projects too!

This is open to any entrepreneurs who has overcome obstacles and is running a profitable venture


2016 Hot Jobs with StudySearch (Full-Time Positions in Lagos)

Deadline: Ongoing
Are you passionate about education? Fast-growing edutech StudySearch is looking for intelligent, self-motivated individuals to join its Lagos based team. StudySearch is a fast paced, venture backed startup with a mission is to empower African students to make the best decision about their education and their future.

There are four available positions: Business Development Associate, Customer Experience Manager,Growth hacker / Digital & Social Marketing and Software Engineer (Full Stack)

Rewards: You’ll get an awesome experience working with super intelligent, friendly people. The freedom to explore your ideas, create projects and develop your skills. Salary and equity are based on individual experience and contribution.


Scholarship to attend 21st International AIDS Conference 2016 – Durban, South Africa

Deadline: February 16, 2016

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) Scholarship Programme is now open. The 21st International AIDS Conference 2016 is scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa from 18 to 22 July, 2016. The scholarship supports the attendance of individuals who intend to disseminate the information and skills acquired at AIDS 2016 to their organizations and communities and who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend the conference.

Scholarship applicants will be able to request a full or partial scholarship.

A full scholarship may include:

  • Registration fee for the conference (include access to all sessions and exhibitions);
  • Travel (pre-paid airfare at the lowest fare available, from the nearest international airport);
  • Accommodation (shared in a budget hotel or dorm for the days of the conference);
  • Modest daily living allowance for the duration of the conference (18-22 July 2016).

A partial scholarship includes any combination of the above.


2016 Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships ( $15,000 Fund)

Deadline: February 15, 2016 (New Applicants) and March 1st, 2016 (Returning Applicants)

Applications are now open for the Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships. These fellowships are intended for scholars and students with citizenship in a developing country who wish to obtain an advanced degree from an institution outside the student’s home country


  • Fellowship is open to Human origins scholars from developing nations seeking advanced degrees (M.A./M.S. or Ph.D.).
  • Candidates enrolled in a M.A., M.S., Ph.D. or equivalent program related to the study of human origins or evolution can apply.
  • Candidates should have financial assistance from the host institution.
  • Candidate should be ready to return and work in their home country upon completion of training.


AFRIKA KOMMT! Fellowship Program for Future Leaders 2015–2017

Deadline: February 10, 2016

Applications are now open for the 2015-17 AFRIKA KIMMT! Fellowship Programme, an initiative of German Industry for Future Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa. At the heart of the AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship program is an eight-month practical training in a leading German enterprise benefiting both, fellows and partner companies – a classic win-win situation.

The program fellows benefit through

  1. gaining first-hand practical experience in a leading German enterprise
  2. being exposed to leadership concepts and management techniques in practice
  3. becoming acquainted with working processes and business culture in German enterprises
  4. extending their international management competencies
  5. initiating networks of cooperation partners between Sub-Saharan Africa and German companies

Candidates need to fulfil the following formal eligibility requirements:

  • University degree in a relevant subject (please see individual company profiles below)
  • Postgraduate degree (e.g. MBA) an advantage
  • Two to five years of relevant work experience
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Basic knowledge of the German language an advantage
  • Not older than 35 years and physically fit
  • Female candidates are welcome


Google RISE Awards 2016 for Organizations (Up to $25,000 grant)

Deadline: February 19, 2016

Google is now accepting applications for the next cycle of RISE Awards. 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.

These efforts reach K-12/pre-university students, with an emphasis on girls and minorities who have historically been underrepresented in the field. With this award program, Google aspires for students from all backgrounds to be creators and not just consumers of tomorrow’s technology

RISE Award recipients receive:

  • Grants $10,000 to $25,000 USD
  • Access to global network of CS partners
  • Learning resources from Google experts and volunteers

Eligibility: RISE awards are limited to not-for-profit organizations with charitable registration status or a fiscal sponsor from one of the eligible countries.


Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (US$20,000 Cash + Benefits)

Deadline: Varies (based on locations)

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a for-profit business while attending college of university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for GSEA Finals. Qualifying competitions are held in cities and countries worldwide, with the 2016 Global Finals competition will be held in Bangkok, Thailand.


  • You must be an undergraduate (bachelors) student at a recognized university or college for the current academic year and enrolled in school at the time of application.
  • You must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of your company and principally responsible for its operation.
  • Your business must be structured ‘for-profit’ and have generated US $500 or received US $1000 in investments at the time of application.
  • Your company must have been in business for at least the past six consecutive months.
  • You should not have been one of the top six finalists from any previous year’s GSEA Global Finals Competition. *