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Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK 2016

Deadline: November 19, 2015

These scholarships are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. The scholarship provides 12 months’ support towards completion of a full-time taught postgraduate qualification and up to 36 months’ support towards completion of a three-year full-time doctoral postgraduate qualification at an eligible UK university.


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2016
  • By October 2016, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)

The Afya Bora Fellowship in Global Health Leadership 2016-17 (Fully-Funded)

Deadline: December 15, 2015

Applications are invited for 2016/17 Afya Bora Fellowships. The Afya Bora Fellowship in Global Health Leadership works to fill an identified gap in training for African and U.S. health professionals. This innovative 12-month fellowship will prepare African and U.S. health professionals to lead and manage major health programs in African countries. The 12 month training program has 2 components: (1) A eight-week Core Curriculum, plus four distance learning modules (2)Two four-and-a-half month assignments to sites, such as Ministries of Health, NGOs, etc. in partner African countries.

There are 20 positions available for health professionals interested in a 12-month fellowship (starting July 2016) in one of the African partner countries (Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda).

In order to be eligible to apply all applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a citizen of US, Kenya, Botswana, Uganda, or Tanzania and
  2. Meet one of the following education requirements
  • Medical applicants need to have a M.D. or MBChB with a MMed, MPH or Masters degree in related field.
  • Nursing applicants need to have a Masters degree in Nursing, Public Health or a related field (PhD preferred), or substantial work experience.
  • Other Public Health professionals (those without a clinical degree) must have an advanced degree in Public Health or a related field

TED 2016 Fellowship Program

Deadline: September 20, 2015

The TED2016 Fellowship application is now open! TED is looking for the next generation of innovators who have demonstrated remarkable accomplishment and outstanding potential to positively affect the world.

Twice a year, the TED Fellows program opens applications to find a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers. The TED Fellows program is an international fellowship program designed to nurture great ideas and help them spread around the world.

In addition to impressive accomplishment, fine character and a good heart are two very important traits they look for in a every potential TED Fellow.

  • Applicants should be over age 18 to apply.
  • Individuals from all around the world can apply but applicants from across the five target regions — Africa, the Asia/Pacific region, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East are encouraged to apply.
  • English proficiency is a requirement.

Eisenhower Fellowship – 2016 Africa Program in the United States (fully-funded)

Deadline: October 15, 2015

Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Africa Program taking place in the United States from October 2 – November 18, 2016.

This is an international program that brings a total of two dozen outstanding mid-career Fellows to the U.S. for an intensive program. Over a seven-week period, each Fellow receives an intensive, individually-designed program in his or her professional field. The program begins and ends with group leadership development seminars in Philadelphia. During their travels, Fellows identify specific projects they will undertake upon returning home.


  • Eisenhower Fellowships seeks a diverse mix of applicants, ages 32-45, from a wide range of professional sectors.
  • Successful candidates demonstrate in their application that they think strategically and have demonstrated the leadership and management skills needed to realize their goals.

Apply to Attend the Thinking School Africa 2015

Deadline: October 17, 2015

Thinking School Africa is a youth innovation program designed to increase the hunger and capacity of African youths to think, innovate and create world class solutions that solve real local problems in Africa. It comprises a 5 days youth innovation module in Abuja, followed by a 6 months innovation incubation fellowship and concludes with an innovation exhibition in Lagos.

This is open to African youth between 15 and 35 years passionate about inventions and homegrown disruptive innovations.

British Ecological Society Grants For Ecologists in Africa (Estimated £10,000 Grant)

Deadline: September 11, 2015

Applications are invited for British Ecological Society grants from ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. The BES recognises that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out ecological research and this grant is designed to provide them with support to develop their skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists in the developed world.

Applicants must:

  • be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands,
  • that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank categorization
  • have at least an MSc or equivalent degree
  • be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centres, NGOs, museums etc.) that provides basic research facilities

World Economic Forum’s Global Leadership Fellows Programme

Deadline: Applications accepted all year round

World Economic Forum is looking for outstanding individuals to take part in its unique Global Leadership Fellows (GLF) Programme. The programme combines an intensive work and learning experience that runs in collaboration with Partner universities. In addition to holding a full-time position as a senior community manager at the Forum, successful Fellows also receive an Executive Master in Global Leadership.

There are several GLF openings at the following locations: Geneva, New York, Beijing and Tokyo.

Applicants must :

  • possess a broad intellectual background with a Master’s degree (or equivalent). More information can be found on the career section of our website (www.weforum.org/careers), under the positions marked “Global Leadership Fellows”.
  • be within the ages of 28 and 38

Call For Nominations: 2015 Africa Award For Entrepreneurship

Deadline: Ongoing

African Leadership Network is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship. Dubbed the ‘Oscars of Entrepreneurship in Africa’, this prestigious awards program identifies 13 of the leading entrepreneurs in Africa each year. AAE was established in 2007 by the Legatum Group to recognize business leaders who demonstrate innovation, profitability, and business excellence while serving as role models to inspire Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs in Africa. ALN creates and strengthens relationships between these leaders to encourage intra-African trade, investment, and collaboration.

Over the last 7 years, AAE has attracted over 7,000 applications and awarded over $1.8 million in prizes to 35 entrepreneurs in the following categories:

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award – Awarded to a senior African business leader who has served as an entrepreneurial icon for several decades and has left an enduring legacy of success in Africa.
  2. Transformational Business Award – Awarded to a notable business with revenues greater than USD 50 million
  3. Outstanding Mature Business Award – Awarded to a business with revenues between USD 5 million and 50 million
  4. Outstanding Growing Business Award –Awarded to a business with revenues between USD 500,000 and 5 million
  5. Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award –Awarded to an organization with revenues between USD 150,000 and 2.5 million that is addressing a social problem for communities in Africa

2015 Original iPhone Film Festival

Deadline: September 1, 2015

The 2015 Original iPhone Film Festival is now open for entries!Films shot with an Apple iOS device, including iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, are eligible for a prize. This is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Prizes: Apple iPad Air, Manfrotto Mini LED lights, iStabilizer products, iOgrapher Media Cases, Rode Smart Lav+ mics and other great gear!

2016 MasterCard Foundation Scholarship For African Women (Wellesley College, USA)

Deadline: January 15, 2015

The Mastercard Foundation is pleased to announce its 2016 undergraduate Scholarship funds for African women,tenable at Wellesley College, USA. Wellesley College, known worldwide for its academic excellence, educates women who will make a difference in the world. The MasterCard Foundation is providing funding for a total of nine MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Wellesley over the next few years.

This scholarship is open to any African female student who is seeking tertiary education at Wellesley College.The MasterCard Foundation Scholars selected for the Program are:

  • Academically talented: They value learning, and are driven to complete their education.
  • Economically disadvantaged: They face significant barriers to accessing education.
  • Committed to giving back: They apply what they learn to improve their communities.
  • Future leaders: They are committed to embracing ethical leadership to improve the lives of others.

Important note: Even if you are not awarded this scholarship, Wellesley is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted international citizens who have applied for financial aid during the admission process. Its purpose is to support highly qualified candidates who could not otherwise attend Wellesley.

Fully-Funded Commonwealth Professional Fellowships For Developing Countries (Round 3)

Deadline: September 14, 2015

This fellowship supports mid- career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to spend a period of time with a UK host organisation working in their field for a programme of professional development.

Applications are encouraged from a wide range of professional, charitable, public, and private sector organisations based in the UK. Priority will be given to applications with practical relevance in the following broadly-defined areas: Agriculture/fisheries/forestry, Economic growth,Education, Engineering/science/technology,Environment, Governance, Public health


  • Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees or British protected persons
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (See list).
  • Normally have at least five years’ relevant work experience in a profession related to the subject of the application, by the proposed start of the Fellowship.

United Nations Regional Courses in International Law for Africa, Asia, Latin America (fully-funded)

Deadline: Ongoing

Applications for the 2015 United Nations Regional Courses in International Law are currently being accepted. The Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs organizes the United Nations Regional Courses in International Law for Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Regional Courses provide high-quality training by leading scholars and practitioners on a broad range of core subjects of international law, as well as specific subjects of particular interest to the countries in a given region. In addition, the interactive nature of the training allows the participants to share experiences and exchange ideas, which promotes greater understanding and cooperation on legal matters in the region.

  • Candidates must have a legal background with professional experience in the field of international law.
  • The selected participants are required to submit a medical certificate of good health and to certify that they are able to attend the entire course period.
  • The 2016 Regional Course will be conducted in English. Fluency in spoken and written English is required.

Chevening Masters Scholarship to Study at any UK University 2016/2017

Deadline: November 3, 2015

Applications for the 2016/2017 Chevening Scholarships to study in the UK are now open. Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with strong academic backgrounds who also have demonstrable leadership potential. The scholarship offers financial support to study for a Master’s degree at any of the UK’s leading universities and the opportunity to become part of an influential global network of 44,000 alumni.

To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country.
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship has ended
  • Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a post-graduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK
  • Have at least two years’ work experience
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 14 July 2016