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Teach for Nigeria Fellowship Program 2017

Deadline: March 17, 2017

The Teach for Nigeria Fellowship program is a 2 year full-time paid commitment in which the most outstanding graduates and professionals are placed to teach in Nigeria’s underserved schools in low- income communities. The Fellowship begins with a six-week residential training program. Here, Fellows are exposed to curriculum, lesson planning, and classroom facilitation and student assessments among other modules, sessions, and keys to successful teaching.


  • Open to promising future leaders who are vision driven and committed to transforming Nigeria through education; and individuals with varied levels of experience including recent graduates, working youth, experienced professionals and entrepreneurs.
  • Applicants must be a Nigerian citizen, hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree by September 2017 and be younger than 35.

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship 2017 at KNUST in Ghana

Deadline: May 12, 2017

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at KNUST provides academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in Ghana and Africa with access to quality and relevant University education. The Scholars Program embodies an array of mentoring and cultural transition services to ensure the scholar’s academic success, community engagement and transition to employment opportunities which will further the goal of social and economic transformation of Africa.

This scholarship provides a comprehensive financial support (full tuition, fully paid on-campus accommodation, learning materials, transportation and monthly stipend)


  • Open to all Applicants with WASSCE or GBCE or ABCE or GCE O’Level or their equivalent Results from an accredited/recognised institution and Certificate Ready and Satisfies KNUST’s Admission Requirements. NO AWAITING RESULTS candidate will be accepted;
  • The Applicant must have Critical Economic Needs;
  • The Applicant must have Proven Records of Leadership and Community Engagement(s);
  • Females and Physically Challenged Applicants shall be given top priority;
  • All Subjects are considered; however, there is Preference for Science Students;
  • The Applicant must be prepared to Go-Back And Give-Back to his or her Community.

GrowthAfrica Acceleration Programme in Kenya and Uganda 2017

Deadline: March 12, 2017

GrowthAfrica is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2017 Acceleration Programme in Kenya and Uganda. The objective of the programme is to scale ventures, make them investment ready and to develop entrepreneurial leadership. They are targeting ambitious, committed and innovative entrepreneurs.

The programme invites applications from ventures that are: scalable and innovative, led by ambitious entrepreneur(s), seeking to grow exponentially, are seeking investments to grow and are in their post revenue (not idea) stage.

Eligibility: Open to entrepreneurs in Kenya and Uganda with a passion to grow their business to the next level.

All Bar None Scholarship to attend One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia

Deadline: April 18, 2017

Applications are now open for the One Young World Summit 2017 taking place in Bogotá, Colombia. On 4 October, young leaders from 196 countries will descend on Bogotá for the One Young World Summit 2017. If you are a leader aged 18 – 30 with a passion for global issues and a track record of making a significant impact in your community, country or organisation, then you could be part of this year’s One Young World delegation.

All Bar None Scholarship: All Bar None is an initiative designed to ensure that outstanding young people from every country in the world are represented at the One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogotá. The scholarship includes the following:

  • Access to the One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Hotel accommodation on a shared basis between 4 October and 7 October
  • Catering which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Transport between the Summit accommodation and the Summit venue.
  • Summit hand-outs and support materials.
  • The cost of travel to and from Bogotá.

Eligibility: You are eligible for All Bar None sponsorship if you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:

  • Are you aged 18-30?
  • Are you a national of one of the 116 countries listed below?
  • Do you have a passion for world issues and evidenced commitment to making a positive change?

East Africa Post-Harvest Technologies Competition 2017

Deadline: February 20, 2017

The East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 (EAPTC-2017) aims to identify scalable post-harvest technologies in East Africa for dissemination. The EAPTC-2017 will select top 50 scalable technologies from successful entries and offer them accelerated training on scaling up and pitching. Twenty five outstanding participants in the accelerated training will be given an opportunity to showcase and pitch to potential partners (development partners, donors, Governments, farmers/traders associations and investors) in a special session during the upcoming East Africa Postharvest Technologies Fair set for May 2017.

The EAPTC-2017 seeks to identify postharvest innovations and technologies that demonstrate potential for scale up and offer practical solutions to challenges of postharvest food loss and waste across agricultural value chains in the region.


  • The EAPTC-2017 participants will be drawn from East Africa Community member states (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda & Burundi);
  • Applications are open to both institutions and individuals of 18 years and above;

UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education For Sustainable Development 2017 -$150,000 USD In Prizes

Deadline: May 2, 2017

UNESCO-Japan is seeking nominations for the third edition of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).  This Prize aims to honour and showcase outstanding ESD projects and programmes worldwide.


This is open to Individuals, institutions, organizations or other entities engaged in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Nominations must focus on a specific ESD project or programme of the nominee.

The Zawadi Africa Education Fund 2017

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Applications are now been accepted for the Zawadi Africa Education Fund  2017. Zawadi Africa Education Fund is a leadership development program that provides university scholarships and leadership development and life skills training to academically gifted but financially disadvantaged African girls, with the objective of developing a pipeline of young African women leaders.

Zawadi Africa takes the students enrolled in the program through a rigorous nine-month period where the student will be coached and prepared to apply to partner schools offering scholarships.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, the following criteria must be met

  • Be a female student in one of these countries: Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Mozambique
  • Have an A or an A- in your KCSE exams.
  • Have undertaken a leadership role(s) in your school and/or community.
  • Have a financially needy background.
  • Should have cleared high school no more than two years before applying to Zawadi Africa.

CIDRZ Global Public Health Fellowship 2017/18

Deadline: March 20, 2017

Are you interested in global public health? Do you have a Master’s degree? Are you interested in working with CIDRZ? Then apply to the Global Public Health Fellowship 2017/18. Established in 2001, CIDRZ is the largest independent non-governmental healthcare and research organisation in Zambia. They conduct locally-relevant, leading-edge healthcare research, strengthen primary health care systems in multiple focus areas, and run a state-of-the-art medical and research diagnostic laboratory. The HealthCorps Fellowship will last for 10 – 12 months; starting in early August 2017.

A modest monthly bursary to cover basic living expenses, local medical services membership, & emergency evacuation insurance.


  • Open to public health, medical, nursing and management graduates who are passionate about global health and wish to gain international exposure;
  • Masters Degree preparation is preferred, however graduates with a bachelor’s degree and substantial experience are welcomed to apply.

Heinrich Böll Foundation International Scholarships 2017 to Study in Germany

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Applications  are now open for the 2017 Batch of the 2016 Heinrich Böll Foundation International Scholarships. The scholarship department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students from inside and outside Germany.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,200 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are pursuing their degree at universities, universities of applied sciences (‘Fachhochschulen’), or universities of the arts (‘Kunst-/Musikhochschulen’).

WMF Empowerment Through Education Scholarship Program 2017

Deadline: April 1, 2017

Applications are open for the Well Mountains Foundation’s Empowerment Through Education (ETE). The ETE provides undergraduate scholarships to developing country nationals to study in their home country or a neighboring country. WMF believes it is important to educate people locally and to encourage WMF Scholars to become change agents in their local communities. A major component of the ETE program is community service. All scholars are required to volunteer for a minimum of 100 hours per year in order to remain a WMF Scholar.


Open to candidates who

  • Successfully completed a secondary education, with good to excellent grades;
  • Will be studying in his or her country or another country in the developing world;
  • Plans to live and work in his or her own country after graduation;
  • Has volunteered prior to applying for this scholarship and/or is willing to volunteer while receiving the WMF scholarship;
  • May have some other funds available for his or her education, but will not be able to go to school without a scholarship.

MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development 2017

Deadline: Ongoing

Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) offers scholarships to Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries. Through tailored leadership development activities, the MINDS Scholarship Program aims to nurture leaders who have a continental development mindset; leaders who will facilitate greater cohesion and cooperation between African countries. MINDS scholarships are applicable to full-time studies of a one or two year Honors or Master’s degree at one of the MINDS preferred institutions. MINDS does not prescribe the course to be studied.


The scholarship will cover some or all of the expenses below, depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded: Tuition,Accommodation and meals,One return ticket per duration of studies, and a fixed stipend


Applicants must

  • Be a national of an African country, residing in any African country;
  • Have been formally accepted by one or more MINDS preferred institution/s to pursue postgraduate studies within the following year;
  • Have obtained at least 70% in each subject/course in the last two completed years of study;
  • Produce evidence of demonstrated leadership abilities or potential guided by the questions/requirements set out in the application form;
  • Submit a complete online application form with the required supporting documentation.

WISE Prize For Education 2017- $500,000 USD Award

Deadline: March 31,2017

Nominations are invited for the 2017 WISE Prize For Education.  The WISE Prize for Education recognizes an individual, or a team of up to six, for an outstanding contribution to education. The achievements of the nominated individual or team should have had a significant and lasting impact upon education at any level and should demonstrate an inspiring and visionary approach.

Nominations will be screened by an expert Committee which will make a pre-selection of no more than 15 candidates whose identities will not be made public. A distinguished international Jury will then consider the nominees and select the Laureate who will be announced at WISE 2017, November 14-16, 2017 in Doha, Qatar.

Eligibility: This award is open to an individual or the team  who has brought about substantial change and improvement to education and made a lasting impact on a significant scale.