Grants, Scholarships, and more

We are partnered with the Opportunity Desk to bring your attention to conferences, fellowships, competitions, scholarship and funding opportunities all year long.

2015 UN Human Rights Fellowship for Africans- Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline: July 1, 2015

This Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent provides the participants with an intensive learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United Nations human rights system, instruments and mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent.

Each fellow is entitled to a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva;basic health insurance; and a stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.


The candidate must :

  • be an individual of African descent living in the Diaspora
  • have a minimum of 4 years of work experience related to the rights of People of African Descent.

2016 Sony World Photography Awards- $30,000 (USD) in Cash Prizes

Deadline: January 12, 2016

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition and its aim is simple: to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world. Free to enter, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit either their best single shots or series of work.

There are several categories for entries: Professional Competition, Open Competition, Youth Competition, Student Focus & National awards.

* Anyone can enter these competitions.

UNAOC Fellowship Program 2015 For Participants From Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

Deadline: July 10, 2015

The United Nations Alliance Of Civilizations is now selecting emerging leaders and young professionals from the Middle East, North Africa to participate in the 2015 edition of the Fellowship Programme. The objective of this fellowship is to foster intercultural dialogue and interfaith understanding.

10-12 participants from North Africa and the Middle east will travel to Europe and North America (EUNA) for 2 weeks.Participants’ trip will will focus on a specific sub-theme: Migration and Integration.


Participants must be:

  • From the Middle East or North Africa
  • Born between January 1st 1977 and December 31st 1990
  • Fluent in English

2016 Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africans

Deadline: September 20, 2015(tentative)

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals. This opportunity is open to applicants from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland.


  • Each applicant must fulfil the citizenship and residency requirements of the Rhodes constituency for which they are applying.
  • minimum age limit of 18 to a maximum of 28 by 1 October of the year following selection
  • All applicants must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree by the October following election.

Canon Collins/ Graça Machel Scholarships For African Women

Deadlines: July 27, 2015

Canon Collins Trust seeks to support exceptional individuals who are committed to social justice in Southern Africa and for whom a postgraduate qualification is an essential tool in working to create an open and just society. This scholarship support will be provided for a maximum of two years for Masters and three years for PhD. Continued funding depends upon satisfactory progress and academic reports.

Canon Collins Trust will offer these scholarships to successful candidates studying in these areas: (i) Justice, which includes Law, Economics, Politics and the Environment (ii) Education policy and practice (iii) Humanities, which includes Literature, History, Anthropology and the Arts


To apply for a scholarship under this programme you must be:

  • A female national of and normally resident in one of the SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • In possession of a good first degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application
  • Studying or applying to study at a South African university

Barclays Africa Graduate Development Program 2016

Deadline: June 30,2015

Applications are now being accepted for the Barclays Africa Graduate Development Program. Opportunities are available in every country in which Barclays Africa operates – Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

On the programme for 12 to 18 months, you’ll be guided, moulded and trained – building up the skills and experience you’ll need to become a leader for our future. Every step of the way, you will receive training and support to  keep your development on track.


  • must have a postgraduate qualification (minimum NQF Level 8) in computer science, maths, statistics, finance, engineering, business science, informatics, law or risk management.
  • must have a less than 24 months’ permanent work experience (excluding temporary work during your full-time studies).

2015 AfriAspire Fellowship Program for Nigerian Residents

Deadline: July 1, 2015

The AfriAspire Fellowship Program is an Initiative built around year-long social innovation projects that are implemented by selected fellows who are passionate about improving Public Primary Education. The Fellowship Program seeks to develop the Fellows into impactful leaders by connecting them with mentorship, networking and training opportunities over the course of an intensive fellowship year.


  • Must reside in the following  South West Nigerian States – Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun and Ekiti.
  • Must be between 18 – 30 years.
  • Must have exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Must have sufficient experience and skill to manage a team of volunteers.
  • Must be willing to implement Projects that would improve a Public Primary School in their community.

Commonwealth Youth Division hiring Consultants for Youth Development Project

Deadline: July 15, 2015

The Youth Division is seeking to establish a pool of specialists with expertise in youth development, to play a key role in contributing to delivery of strategic outcomes of the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP). The expert pool will be established for a two year period and once included, consultants will be approached to consider specific assignments as required.

Required Qualifications

  • A post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline, or a bachelor level qualification in a relavant discipline with substantial relevant experience.  Expressions of interest will be considered from applicants with limited or no formal qualifications but substantial and exceptional relevant experience.
  • Specialisation in youth issues, in either the development or application of policy, research and/or programmes.
  • A demonstrable track record in involvement with publications or official reports.
  • Experience in working as a consultant, or in an advisory capacity, with national, regional, or international institutions.  This could include contributing to committees and delivery of presentations.

MIT ImpactLabs Summer Workshop 2015 for Nigerians

Deadline: June 27, 2015

ImpactLabs is an initiative launched by students and graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University in 2014.

The theme for this year’s summer workshop is : Health, Sanitation, and Agriculture. During the 2015 summer camp, the participants will gain hands-on experience combining techniques in software and engineering design into real-life technology in health, agriculture and/or sanitation. These projects are expected to be of immediate impact and relevance to a community in Nigeria. Attendance is free!!


  • Applicants must
  • Reside in Nigeria
  • be currently in an academic level anywhere between S.S 1 (high school) and 300 level (university).

All concentrations are welcome.  Applicants with an interest in engineering, computer science, health and business are highly encouraged to apply.

The Fountain 2015 Essay Contest for Writers Worldwide

Deadline: November 30, 2015

Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Fountain Magazine Essay Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “The Defining Theme of Our Age. How do you think history will record the 21st century?”. This contest open to all writers worldwide.

Essay Prompt

What do you think the theme of the 21st century will be?

The age of connections? Rebirth of faith? Clash of civilizations? Age of the internet? Rise of fundamentalism? Interstellar travel? Gender equality? Human trafficking? WW III? Artificial intelligence? Genetics? Cooperation? Competition? Spiritual revolution? Secularism? Values? Ethics? …

Look around and gaze into the horizon. Travel to the future and bring back some news

Enter the Creative Hustle Competition 2015 – Win a fully-funded trip to the UK

Deadline: June 22, 2015

Entries are now open for the 2015 Creative Hustle Competition. British Council Nigeria is calling all Young Creative Peeps! What’s your creative hustle? Here is your chance to find the right track to your future. If you are interested in or pursuing a career in the creative industries then this opportunity is for you. You are invited to participate in the #MyCreativeHustle competition.


  • Entrants must be aged 18 – 30 
  • Participants must interested in or pursuing a career in the creative industries
  • Your creative hustle should be related to any of the following sectors
  • Built/Natural Environment including -Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design and Planning
  • Visual and Creative Arts – Film, Fashion, Music, Animation; Visual Arts Business & Management for the Creative Industries including marketing and advertising; media and publicity.’

Orange African Social Venture Prize 2015 for Social Entrepreneurs (€50,000 in Prizes)

Deadline: September 18, 2015

The Orange African Social Venture Prize showcases entrepreneurs offering innovative products or services that meet the needs of Africans in fields such as health, agriculture, education, energy, industry or trade.  The Group also supports entrepreneurs by offering a variety of support programmes, both to entrepreneurs seeking to create their own company and to mature start-ups.


  • Any entrepreneur (aged 21 or over) or legal entity that has been in existence for fewer than three years may participate at no cost and with no restriction on nationality.
  • Submitted projects must be designed to be deployed in at least one of the 17 African countries in which Orange operates and must use information and communications technology in an innovative way to help improve the living conditions of the populations in these countries.