Here are some opportunities for women, brought to you by Ayiba and Opportunity Desk:

Silicon Valley & Girls in Tech Internship Programme (Female Software Engineers Worldwide)
Deadline: Ongoing
Girls in Tech and the Silicon Valley Internship Programme (SVIP) have partnered to provide a unique opportunity to work at a fast paced start-up in Silicon Valley for a 1 year paid internship under a J1 visa.
Successful candidates will work full-time with the engineering teams of sponsoring start-ups and develop their entrepreneurial skills through a structured program of hackathons and events run by GIT & SVIP to help them develop their ideas into companies by the end of the year. At the end of the program, the students will return to their home countries hopefully bringing back a little of the entrepreneurial secret sauce from the Silicon Valley.


To apply, you need:
● To be female and to have graduated from a software engineering degree or related discipline before August 2016.
● To be able to demonstrate an ability to code in at least one software language.
● To be comfortable to speak English in a work setting.
● To be willing and able to move to Silicon Valley for one year.
● To have the desire to learn about entrepreneurship and build a business alongside a full time role as a Developer.

TechWomen Program for Emerging Leaders (Fully-Funded)
Deadline: February 1, 2016

TechWomen invites applications from women professionals for the 2016 TechWomen Emerging Leader program! This is a five-week program thats brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program.
TechWomen empowers, connects, and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities.

● Be women with, at minimum, 2yrs full-time professional experience in the STEM fields;
● Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four-year university degree or equivalent;
● Be proficient in written and spoken English;
● Be citizens and permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe at the time of application and while participating in the program;
● Be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa;

2016 Vital Voices GROW Fellowship for Women Entrepreneurs
Deadline: January 31, 2016
Vital Voices invites applications from women business owners for the 2016 Vital Voices GROW Fellowship. The VV GROW Fellowship is a highly competitive one-year accelerator program for women owners of small and medium businesses. The program includes customized business skills training, technical assistance, leadership development, and access to networks to grow their businesses and increase their leadership impact.
Through global and regional online and in-person trainings, fellows focus on strategy and long-term business value paired with action-oriented plans. They amplify their role as leaders in their businesses and their communities to create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth and produce wider social benefits.

Vital Voices seeks applications from women business owners from Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa, who:
● Own a business that has been in operation for at least 3 years,
● Employ at least 3 full time staff, and
● Generate at least USD $40,000 in annual sales

2016 APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

Deadline: February 15, 2016
The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsors a research internship program for undergraduate women. The goal is to encourage women students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering.The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor.

● Must be female with sophomore or junior standing at a U.S. college or university
● Must be majoring in chemistry, physics, materials science or engineering, computer science or engineering, chemical, electrical, mechanical engineering, or biology, if it has an emphasis on one of the other areas listed
● Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
● No citizenship restriction.

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund For Women From Developing Countries

Deadline: January 16, 2016
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) awards education grants on a competitive basis to exceptional women from developing countries who have financial need and are committed to working to empower women and children. The MMMF USA/Canada grant program is now accepting applications from eligible candidates. Eligible students are those from developing countries studying at an accredited university in the United States or Canada.


Women applying for the MMMF grant must meet all of the following criteria:
● Demonstrate a commitment to working to empower women and children in developing countries.
● Demonstrate financial need.
● Intend to return to a developing country within two years of completing degree or intend to remain in developing country at least two years to work towards empowerment of women and children.
● Are 25 years old at time of application deadline.

2016 MasterCard Foundation Scholarship For African Women (Wellesley College, USA)
Deadline: January 15, 2016
The Mastercard Foundation is pleased to announce its 2016 undergraduate Scholarship funds for African women,tenable at Wellesley College, USA. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a $500 million global initiative to educate and develop next-generation leaders who will contribute to social and economic progress. The Program enables young people from economically disadvantaged communities to complete quality secondary and tertiary education, and make successful transitions to further education or the workforce in their home regions. Over the next 10 years, the Program will select 15,000 Scholars, primarily from Africa, who will be unified by a common philosophy of change and ethical leadership.
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.


Open to all African women!
Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Fellowship Program 2016/17
Deadline: Ongoing

Microsoft is pleased to announce that applications for the 2016-17 Women’s Fellowship is currently open! The Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowship provides funding to a select list of academic universities that will each award a US$20,000 fellowship to one woman who is interesting in pursuing a PhD and in need of financial assistance.
● The fellowship includes US$20,000 for the 2016–2017 academic year.
● $18,000 of the fellowship will be applied toward tuition costs, and $2,000 will be allocated toward travel allowance and fees for attending a conference in the fellowship recipient’s field of study.
● The fellowship is awarded to recipients for one academic year only and is not available for extension or renewal.