In conjunction with Opportunity Desk, Ayiba brings you new opportunities for Africans.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship to Study at University of Cambridge (Fully-Funded)

Deadline: December 2, 2015

Gates Cambridge Scholarship application is now open. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

This Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.The programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom.

2016 African Innovations Award

Deadline: November 30, 2015

The African Innovations Award seeks to promote uniqueness amongst African businesses and individuals to raise the bar by inspiring the next generation to be distinct and establish outstanding businesses that can compete internationally.

Entry categories includes: (i) Science and Technology, (ii) Agriculture/Agribusiness (iii)Energy (iv) Healthcare (v) Education

Eligibility: This award is open to any African innovative thinkers between the ages of 18 – 40.

The relevance of this award includes:

  • Recognizing innovation across Africa in key sectors.
  • Encouraging continental solutions & ideas from Africans themselves, hence fuelling AFRICAN INNOVATION.
  • Building a strong African Innovation Eco-system.
  • Increasing the relevance of research and development of various developmental issues on our continent.

2015 Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarships For Africans

Deadline: October 31, 2015

It can be difficult for writers, before they become established, to write and to earn a living outside writing at the same time. To help fill this need the Miles Morland Foundation (MFF) aims to each year award three Morland Writing Scholarships for fiction and one Morland Scholarship for non-fiction. The Scholars will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of one year. In return for this it is expected that the Scholars will pay to the Miles Morland Foundation 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from what they write during the year of their scholarship. During this scholarship, scholars are required to submit by e-mail at least 10,000 new words every month until they have finished their book

The Scholarships were open to anyone who had been born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

2016 African Development Bank Internship Program

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Africa Development Bank Internship. The primary objective of the Internship Program at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is to deepen the Bank’s efforts to advance development within its regional member countries (RMC) through capacity building activities. The Program aims at providing candidates with the opportunity to acquire and develop the ability to work in an international environment, provide the Bank a pool of potential candidates in the future and enhance the visibility of the Bank and its development activities.

Internships shall be performed either at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) or in any one of the Bank’s field offices or Regional Centres.Eligible Interns will be provided with a monthly stipend , depending on the budget availability.

Eligibility: Applicants must be

  • Aged between eighteen (18) to thirty (30) years.
  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s/Master’s level degree program or its equivalent in a recognized public or private institution of higher learning

2016 Mandela Scholarship Funds at Leiden University (South Africans only)

Deadline: October 1, 2016

Applications now open for the Mandela Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund is specially designed for Exchange and Study Abroad students from South Africa who would like to study at Leiden University for one semester. The scholarship will be awarded for a maximum of five months. International travel funds, living costs and insurance will be provided.

Applicants must be:

  • Permanent residents of South Africa
  • Enrolled at a South African University
  • Accepted for a semester program at Leiden University as an exchange or Study Abroad student
  • Willing to upgrade or extend their knowledge in order to make a contribution towards the development of South Africa
  • Committed to returning to their country after their study period at Leiden University

2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open for entry! The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation. This is open to citizens of the Commonwealth Africa region.

Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia. Overseas Territories: St Helena, Tristan Da Cunha, Ascension Island.


  • Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.
  • There is no requirement for the writer to have current residence in a Commonwealth country, providing she/he is a citizen of a Commonwealth country.
  • For regional purposes, entries will be judged by country of citizenship. Where the writer has dual citizenship, the entry will be judged in the region where the writer is permanently resident.

2016 Hilti Mobile App Competition -Win a 5-Day Trip to USA, Malaysia or Liechtenstein.

Deadline: December 16,2015

Hilti Corporation invites applications for the 2016 Mobile App Competition. This competition focuses on mobile app design ideas that will enhance the digital experience of Hilti customers and employees.This is open to students (from both universities and technical colleges) and graduates. The participation of interdisciplinary teams is highly desired.

Competition Topics

  • Topic 1: Mobile app for enhancing the productivity of Hilti’s sales force
  • Topic 2: Mobile app for marketing and/or selling Hilti products
  • Topic 3: Mobile app as a service or product for Hilti customers

The Intel Student Partner Program For Students in Nigerian Universities

Deadline: September 25, 2015

Intel is launching its Student Partner Program! This program aims to advance student education on technology development in three Nigerian universities; the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port-Harcourt; and the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

The Intel Student Partner program is an opportunity for active students to enhance their professional development and soft skills, to meet and collaborate with some of the most interesting people in the region, and to have fun introducing Intel products to their fellow students through holding events on campus.

2016 Bertha MBA and MPhil Scholarships For South Africans (Full & Partial Scholarships)

Deadline: November 13, 2015

Application for the 2016 Bertha Scholarship is now open! The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers up to five Bertha full or partial MBA and MPhil scholarships to students that have met the requirements for these programmes and who are driven by their pursuit of social justice.

The Bertha Scholarships were created to nurture a new generation of social innovators, and to explore entrepreneurial solutions to help solve some of the urgent social, economic, environmental and humanitarian challenges of our time.

The Bertha Scholarships are open to candidates in any field where they have been exploring social and/or environmental impact through innovative approaches.

2016 Unilever Future Leaders Program & Global Internship Program

Deadline: Ongoing

Unilever invites application from students & graduates for its Future Leaders Program and its Global Internship programs. Both programs are available at many Unilever offices around the world. Internships are offered in the following business options:Marketing, Supply Chain,Research & development,Customer development,Finance, Human resources,Information technology.


  • Minimum required qualification – Bachelor’s degree (For future Leaders Program only)
  • All degrees are considered

Ashoka Future Forward Free Online Course on ‘Innovations in Youth Employment’

Deadline: Ongoing

Ashoka is offering a free online course on The Future of Work in Africa: Innovations in Youth Employment. This is a six week online professional development course which will cover both the obstacles and challenges of African Youth employment with a focus on innovative solutions and promising new initiatives. Each week participants will explore models, methodologies and the sectors critical to creating employment opportunities in Africa. In order to create a rich learning experience, the course will be comprised of a select group of program managers, policy makers, fellows and innovators chosen based on their background and work in the sector. Together the goal is to create new connections and generate new ideas for developing a future of work that can advance the social economic status of African communities.

Course Module.

The below themes and topic areas will be covered in the above listed course modules.

  • Technology: How Tech Start-ups are Tackling Corruption, Global Warming, and More
  • Agriculture: Building Wealth by Breaking the Rules of Traditional Farming
  • Education: Classroom Without Walls, Learning and Earning in the Real World
  • Health: How Young People are Driving Excellence in the Health Sector
  • Impact Investment: Measuring Return on Investment & Designing for Scale of Impact

2016/2017 Fully-Funded Clarendon Postgraduate Scholarship to Study at The University of OXford

Deadline: January 31, 2015

University of Oxford invites applications from eligible candidates for the Clarendon Scholarship. Clarendon is one of the biggest graduate scholarship communities at Oxford, and one of the most lively. Clarendon Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and potential to graduate students from all around the world. Scholarships are tenable in all subject areas and are open to candidates who apply for a new master’s or DPhil course by the January admissions deadline.

Whilst there are no quotas by course type, the majority of Clarendon scholars are working towards a DPhil (Oxford’s name for a PhD). Scholarships are also awarded for two-year graduate degrees (such as the MPhil or BPhil) or one-year degrees (such as the MSc, MSt, MBA or MFE).

Ideapod $2000 USD Scholarship For Students Worldwide

Deadline: Ongoing

Ideapod invites students worldwide to enter for its Scholars to Be awarded this scholarship, students must create an idea on Ideapod responding to the question “what will Artificial Intelligence mean for work?” Ideas can be up to 1000 characters long, and can include an image or YouTube/Vimeo video.ip contest. US$2000 scholarship will be awarded for the best idea on the future of work.

Build Your Own Blog New Writer Scholarship 2015 ($4000 Grant)

Deadline: November 29, 2015

Are you a student with ambitions to become a writer? Or perhaps you’re more advanced in age yet still dream about sharing your writing passion with others. Here’s your chance to showcase your writing talent.


  • Anyone at least 16 years of age.
  • Your submitted work (Short story/Poem/Blog post/Any written material you are proud of) cannot be published earlier as part of a printed book (a “book” is defined as having an ISBN), and your submission has not been submitted to any other printed material that may publish this same work).
  • The work must be in English (Your country of residence can be anywhere.)
  • Only single individuals can apply. Submissions from a team of two or more will not be accepted.

Apply: Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit 2015

Deadline: October 10, 2015

Are you a young entrepreneur with an innovative idea that solves a problem? Then apply to participate in the Global Youth Entrepreneurs Summit 2015 in Bangladesh. The GYES 2015 is an event of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is going to be the world’s biggest platform for entrepreneurs. The Summit will take place on November 20 -22, 2015 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Bangladesh. Global Youth Entrepreneurs Summit 2015 Bangladesh (GYES) aims to focus and support the innovative ideas of the youth Entrepreneurs.

Eligibility: The Summit is open to 500 young entrepreneurs between 18 to 35 years of age from around the world.


  • International Delegates (Non Bangladeshi) will be provided accommodation from November 19, 2015 to November 23, 2015 at a renowned hotel in Dhaka.
  • Delegates with top 10 innovative ideas and projects will be Rewarded by DYDF in Entrepreneurship Night.
  • Every delegate will receive a participation certificate and all other conference kits.

Submit Your Bright Idea & Stand a Chance to Attend The 2015 Commonwealth Youth Forum in Malta

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Are you passionate about international development and have an idea that could change the world? Enter for the Bright Ideas talk, and you might be selected to attend the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) in Malta. The commonwealth Youth Programme would like hear young people’s innovative ideas which are driving positive change in their community, country or region through their pioneering solutions to challenges large and small.

Eligibility: Each entrant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Aged between 18 and 29 years. Citizen of a Commonwealth country.
  • Be an individual – group entries are not permitted.
  • Doing great and innovative work in democracy or development, which has created change for a community or beyond.

Call For Projects: Global African Investment Summit 2015

Deadline: October 5,2015

Join the global leaders at Africa’s premier investment Summit for the Power, Agriculture, Financial Services, Capital Markets, Oil and Gas and Critical Infrastructure sectors – and stand a chance to secure your project investments. The Global African Investment Summit is attended by qualified global investors in control of US$235Billion.

The Global Africa Investment Summit is bringing together 6 African heads of state and over 20 ministers to transact on bankable projects requiring investment in Sub-Saharan Africa.This is your opportunity to submit your project and attract legitimate funds directly from the investment community.