Opportunities for Young Africans (03/11/15)
Scholarships, Grants, Fellowships and more!
Deadline: February 28, 2015
The 2nd round of the Agribusiness Africa Window (AAW) is now open for business applications.The AECF AAW Round 2 will support business ideas in the fields of agribusiness, financial services and value chains which extend across Africa and international markets. Business ideas that qualify for funding must have positive impact on the rural poor: delivering increased employment reduced costs and improved productivity.
- an agribusiness operating, or planning to operate, in an African country.
- a business idea that combines commercial success with a positive impact on hundreds or thousands of poor farmers.
- a business introducing an innovation and planning to do something that has not been done in your country before.
- a business planning to invest, or expand investments, in crop, livestock or aquaculture production, processing, packaging, marketing, or exports.
- a financial institution planning to engage in the agricultural sector, or an information provider for farmers or agribusinesses.
2. 2015 Technovation Challenge For Girls -$20k in seed funding.
Deadline: February 15 (registration), April 23 (submission), 2015
Technovation 2015 is a mobile software development challenge targeted towards girls. The mission of Technovation is to empower young women to use technology to make the world a better place. In 2014, 1,500 girls from around the globe developed 362 mobile apps, making Technovation the largest global technology entrepreneurship programme for girls.
The theme of this year’s challenge is to create an app to address a community problem or issue. Teams will define the community issue as part of the curriculum steps before defining their solution.
- Open to girls worldwide
- Participants must be 18 years or younger
- In addition to the participants, Technovation teams may also include one or more Technovation teachers and Technovation mentors.
Deadline: March 13, 2015
Applications are currently open for the 2015 – 2017 Pershing Square Scholars Program.The Pershing Square Foundation’s gift of £4.5m will endow the scholarships in perpetuity. The University of Oxford has provided a further £3m under the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund, taking the total funding to £7.5m.
The first five Oxford Pershing Square Scholars joined the 1+1 MBA programme in September 2014.
- Strong personal character
- Combined academic and leadership potential
- Experience, aptitude and intention in pursuing a career that addresses global challenges
- A vision on how the oxford 1+1 MBA will allow you fulfill this intention
Deadline: March 25, 2015
The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with ELS Educational Services, Inc., (ELS) invites students, 18 years of age or older, who are enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college or university, to participate in the Many Languages, One World Essay Contest. This contest will decide the winning delegates to be invited to a Global Youth Forum and preparatory conference to be held in New York in July of 2015.
Write an essay (2,000 words or less) related to the post-2015 global development agenda, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the definition of new goals reflecting the imperative of global sustainable development that recognizes, and is enriched by, cultural and linguistic diversity
- Full-time college or university students, sponsored by a Faculty Member or University Representative, and must be 18 years of age or older, can participate in the contest.
- Your participation must be sponsored by a Faculty Member or Authorized Representative at the university you are currently attending.
- Entries must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not your first language and was not your principal language of instruction during your primary or secondary education.
Deadline: March 30, 2015
The City of Cape Town, in partnership with VSO Nigeria and Skillshare International invite young people who are between the ages of 17 and 18 to apply for The Youth Leadership Through Sport Exchange Program (YLSEP).
The exchange program will bring together 16 young people (8 boys and 8 girls) with focus on youth leadership using sport. The project will be residential for both the Nigerian and South African youth participating in the program.
- Aged 17-18
- Actively involved in any sport.
- Positive and realistic commitment to the program
- A genuine commitment to learning – youth leadership and active citizenship
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Self confidence
- Ability to work with others in a team
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Applications are now invited for the Al Qasimi Foundation’s Doctoral Research Grants for the 2015-16 academic year. The Grants encourage scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research toward informing policymaking in the United Arab Emirates. The Grants are open to PhD students from all nationalities studying at an accredited university in the United Arab Emirates or abroad.
- Applicant must be a current PhD student at an accredited university in good academic standing.
- Applicant must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 or IELTS score of 6.5 if English is a secondary language.
- Applicant must have all PhD coursework completed and be ready to conduct the field research component of his/her dissertation.
- Applicant must have a research proposal that is approved (or is in the process of being approved) by the applicant’s advisor and graduate program. The approved proposal should include a literature review and significant detail on research methodology.
The Global Good Fund is accepting applications from social entrepreneurs for our 2016 Fellowship Program cohort. The Global Good Fund Fellowship is a 15-month program supporting the leadership development of young social entrepreneurs across the globe. The Global Good Fund invests in these innovators by pairing them with executives who serve as Coaches, and by providing leadership assessment resources, a network of peers, sector expertise, and targeted financial capital.
- Under 40 years of age (if 40 or older, explain rationale for fellowship).
- Ability to dedicate 15 months to The Global Good Fund Fellowship while remaining in his/her workplace;
- Candidate is committed to social impact and is driving significant change in the his/her industry
- Demonstrated leadership and growth potential
Deadline: March 28, 2015
Finofund has launched a project competition for Nigerians. Competitors will be required to come up with innovative projects that they have been working on. Individuals and teams can also participate.
- Competitors must be Nigerian.
- Competitors must be over 18 years of age
- Competitors must have a valid form of identification such as School I.D card, Voters Card, National ID Card, Driver’s License or International Passport.
- Competitors must be resident in Nigeria.
Deadline: March 13, 2015
InterAction is now accepting entries for it’s 2015 Photo Contest. Each year, InterAction’s photography contest focuses on incredible humanitarian and development work. You are invited to submit your most powerful photos that illustrate innovative, effective and inspiring efforts in international relief and development.
- All entrants must hold exclusive rights to the photographs they submit and by entering are claiming such ownership. If it is determined an entrant has fraudulently claimed ownership of their submission, the entry will immediately become void and ineligible.
- Entries are limited to 3 photos per person.