Ayiba Magazine, in conjunction with Opportunity Desk, bring you access to scholarships, fellowships, funding and other opportunities for young Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora.


AAUW International Fellowships Program For Women
Deadline: December 1, 2015
The American Association of University Women is currently accepting applications for its International Fellowship Program. International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

Eligibility
● Have citizenship in a country other than the United States or possession of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the United States. Women holding dual citizenship in the United States and another country are not eligible.
● Hold an academic degree (earned in the United States or abroad) equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree completed by September 30, 2015.
● Intend to devote herself full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year
● Intend to return to her home country to pursue a professional career
● Be proficient in English.

2015-16 University of Michigan (U-M) African Presidential Scholars Program

Deadline: October 15, 2015
The U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program brings early career faculty from universities in Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, and Uganda to Ann Arbor for residencies lasting up to six months. Scholars are paired with a faculty mentor during their stay and have full access to U-M’s resources to further their work on a research project, an academic degree, publications, grant proposal, or other relevant activity. The program supports the development of the next generation of African scholars by integrating them into international academic networks, and it internationalizes U-M by generating research and teaching collaborations across diverse disciplines, from engineering to African literature.

2016 Innovation Prize For Africa -$150,000 USD in Cash Prize
Deadline: October 31, 2015

Are you an African ground breaker? Can you innovate for positive change? Do you want to be part of the growing innovation movement in Africa? Does your innovation boast the “Made in Africa” brand? Enter for the 2016 Innovation Prize For Africa (IPA). The IPA honours and encourages innovative achievements that contribute toward developing new products, increasing efficiency or saving cost in Africa. The prize also promotes among young African men and women the pursuit of science, technology and engineering careers as well as business opportunities with potential of contributing to sustainable development in Africa.

Eligibility
Eligible innovations must be by Africans for Africa. Africans in the Diaspora can also apply if their innovations are of significance for Africa. Entries would be judged based on the following criteria: originality, marketability, scalability, social Impact, scientific and technical specifications.

2015 Kofi Annan Fellowship For Full-Time MBA For Developing Countries (Fully-funded)

Kofi Annan Fellowship support is currently open to eligible applications. This Fellowship provides the opportunity for talented and motivated students from developing countries, who do not belong to a privileged class and lack sufficient financial means, to study management at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin and graduate with a prestigious MBA or MSc from the most international business school in Germany.
ESMT’s one-year Full-time MBA program is a management acceleration program aimed at early to mid-career professionals with at least three years of professional experience.
Eligibility
● MBA applicants should have a bachelor’s degree of any kind, a minimum of three years of professional experience, GMAT, and proficient English skills.
● All applicants should have a willingness to contribute to building the economy and society of their home country with entrepreneurial impetus.
● Applicants must be residents of one of the UN-listed LDCs, LLDCs, or of Palestine.

Ernst And Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Award 2015 (East & West Africa Regions)
Deadlines: August 14th (West Africa) & August 31st (East Africa)
The 5th edition for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year is now open for nominations for East and West Africans. EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. This unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programmes in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.This award seeks to acknowledge innovative entrepreneurs who have created thriving enterprises.
Eligibility
Master Entrepreneur category: A nominee must be a founder/owner (or joint founder/owner), primarily responsible for the recent performance of a company that is at least five years old. Founders of listed companies are eligible, provided the founder is still active in senior management. The nominee must own some equity to be eligible. (Min. 35m USD)
Emerging Entrepreneur category: A nominee must be a founder/owner (or joint founder/owner) primarily responsible for the recent performance of a company that is at least 2-3 years old and the nominee must own some equity to be eligible. . (Min. 5m USD)

2016 WAAW Foundation Scholarships For African Women
Deadline: September 30, 2015

WAAW is pleased to announce its 2016 scholarships for female African students admitted to a University, College or institute of higher learning in Africa. WAAW foundation’s annual scholarship initiative is aimed at supporting need-based African female STEM-focused college education.
Eligibility
● Female students of African origin, living and studying in Africa.
● Currently enrolled in undergraduate B.S.degree program.
● Studying STEM related courses in a University or college in Africa.
● Demonstrable financial need.
● Excellent Academic Record.
● Below the age of 32 years.
● Graduation date is after December of award year.

The 2015 ONE Africa Award- $100,000 Cash Award
Deadline: August 28, 2015
The 2015 ONE Africa Award recognizes Africa-driven; Africa led advocacy efforts that have demonstrated success at community, national or regional level. It aims to recognize, reward, and advance the exceptional work of organisations, founded by Africans and based in Africa, dedicated to helping Africa achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Eligibility
Civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and other groups based in Africa that can demonstrate commitment and success in advocacy to promote the attainment of one or more of the MDGs are invited to apply.

Call for Applications: Programs Internship at iKapture Networks, Nigeria
Deadline: August 15, 2015
Make the next five months of your life rewarding! The iKapture Networks is currently looking for a Programs Intern to work on some of their exciting youth programs especially the six-year old YouthLEAD Program. The program has enjoyed partnership with various organizations and is currently supported by the United States Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF).
Eligibility:
Interested applicants must:
● Be a University Graduate 30 years or younger.
● Have internship or volunteering experience of at least 3 months.
● Have worked with young persons and shares similar passion with iKapture.
● Be willing to commit at least 30 hours a week.
● Be resident in Calabar or willing to relocate (at their cost) and available for the next five months.

The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Program For Global Educators
Deadline: October 30, 2015
Are you a self-driven educator who inspires students with outside-the-box thinking and a true collaborative spirit? The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Program is for you! The MIE Expert program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes.
MIE Experts work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education. They advocate and share their thoughts on effective use of technology in education with peers and policy makers. They provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools for education, and they exchange best practices as they work together to promote innovation in teaching and learning.
Eligibility
This program is open to educators around the world.
● The applicant must be a resident of an African country
● The applicant must be born after 31.12.1975
● French proficiency: oral and written for the position in Rabat, Morocco; or English proficiency: oral and written for the position in Cairo, Egypt

Call For Nominations: The Global Teacher Prize (Prize of US$1 Million)

Deadline: October 10, 2015
Do you know a teacher worthy of recognition and celebration? Are you a teacher worthy of recognition and celebration? Nominations are now open for the Global Teachers Award. The Global Teacher Prize is an annual 1 million dollar award that will be given to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.
The award — the equivalent of a ‘Nobel Prize’ — operates under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. The prize underlines the importance of the teaching profession and symbolizes the fact that teachers throughout the world deserve to be recognized and celebrated.
Eligibility
The Prize is open to currently working teachers who teach children that are in compulsory schooling, or are between the ages of five and eighteen. Teachers who continue to teach, even on a part-time basis are also eligible, as are teachers of online courses. The Prize is open to teachers in every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country in the world.

World Bank’s Free Online Course on Management in Health
Deadline: August 7th, 2015 & February 24, 2016
How to manage a public organization and its staff? How to manage your financial resources? What should I do with my IT system? Health managers of sub-national health sectors around the world are faced daily with these and other types of managerial questions. WBI’s Health System Strengthening Program has developed an online management course applied to the health care system. This course will discuss, in an interactive and facilitated manner, the application of public sector management principles and experiences to health management at the sub-national level in developing countries.
The six modules cover:
● strategic management and planning,
● financing,
● managing people,
● information technology,
● strategic communications, and
● managing change.