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ODI Fellowship Scheme 2017-2019

Deadline: December 15, 2016

The ODI Fellowship Scheme is now open for applications. The Scheme places young and highly motivated economists and statisticians in public sector posts in developing country governments on two-year contracts. The two streams we are recruiting for are Economics and Statistics. Applicants can apply for either of these streams provided they are suitably qualified.

The ODI Fellowship Scheme is highly competitive and extremely prestigious. ODI Fellows have gone on to make successful careers in the World Bank, the IMF, DFID and a wide range of public and private sector organisations.

Eligibility Successful candidates must have

  • excellent academic qualifications,
  • a sound grasp of applying economic theory to real world problems,
  • an ability to communicate economic ideas to non-specialists,
  • and a willingness to integrate into what are often very different cultural and bureaucratic environments.
  • A master’s degree in economics, statistics or related discipline is required.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation & GDAI/MSc Scholarships for Africans 2017 – SOAS University of London

Deadline: April 30, 2017

The Centre of African Studies is offering MSc/MA scholarships to African nationals as part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.The scholarship provides for fees, visa costs, one return flight, accommodation at SOAS’ students hall and £8000 living cost for the year.

Eligibility: Applicants must be domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub‐Saharan Africa.

University of Glasgow African Excellence Fee Waiver 2017-18

Deadline: December 16, March 16 & June 16, 2017

University of Glasgow is offering scholarships worth the full tuition fee of a one year Masters programme to offer holders from Africa. At Glasgow, eligible candidates will benefit from its extensive  knowledge, state-of-the-art facilities and pioneering teaching methods. Studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally. Eight scholarships worth full tuition fee will be awarded.


This scholarship is open to applicants from Africa applying to all on-campus Masters programmes . Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their application for admission and must:

  • be resident in Africa at time of applying have completed a first degree in Africa
  • demonstrate academic excellence and achieve grades equivalent to a degree equivalent to a UK 2:1 Hons or better

University of Reading’s Felix Scholarships For Citizens of Developing Countries 2017-18

Deadline: January 30, 2017

University of Reading invites applications for the Felix Scholarship.Under the prestigious Felix Scholarships scheme, four Felix Scholarships will be available to well qualified students to pursue postgraduate study (PhD or Masters) at the University, starting their programme in September 2017. The scholarship covers tuition fees at the international rate,provides a stipend (maintenance grant) to cover living expenses (the current level of which is £13,730) and also provides generous allowances for clothes, books and a return flight home. The awards are available (depending on eligibility) for up to 3 years.


This opportunity is open to students with Indian citizenship or citizenships from other developing countries. Scholarships are awarded for any full-time MPhil/PhD programme or Taught Masters programme.

Eligible candidates

  • must demonstrate financial need
  • must possess at least a first-class honours degree from a University or comparable institution
  • must not hold a degree from a University outside your home country
  • must not have studied outside your home country for one year or more
  • are expected by the Trust to return to work in their home country following their study
  • must have been accepted for admission by the University by 30 January 2017 to be considered for shortlisting

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program 2017

Deadline: January 13, 2017

Applications are now open for the 2017 Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center. LAWA was founded in 1993 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, in order to train women’s human rights lawyers from Africa who are committed to returning home to their countries to advance the status of women and girls throughout their careers. The entire LAWA Fellowship Program is approximately 14 months long – from July of the first year through late August of the following year.


You must be a women’s human rights lawyer from Africa in order to be considered. You must hold an LL.B. or other law degree. Preference is given to those who:

  • are currently living and working in Africa, and
  • do not already have a Masters’ Degree.

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program

Deadline: December 31, 2016

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is an international educational and cultural exchange program that brings future leaders to the United States to experience the U.S. educational system, enhance their knowledge, and explore U.S. culture and values. It also affords students the opportunity to share their cultures and traditions with people in the United States.

Global UGRAD will provide a select group of approximately 250 students with scholarships for one academic semester of undergraduate, non-degree study in the United States. Finalists represent diverse disciplines, from architecture to engineering, biochemistry, literature, and education.

Scholarship will cover international travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, a small monthly stipend, and funding for books.


The Global UGRAD Program is open to anyone who is/has:

  • over 18 years of age;
  • a citizen of a Global UGRAD participating country, currently residing in that country; (Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger,Zimbabwe).
  • enrolled as an undergraduate in good standing at any accredited university, public or private, and has at least one semester remaining at their home university at the conclusion of the Global UGRAD program;
  • completed secondary education in their home country;

Yale Young African Scholars Program 2017 (Funded)

Deadline: March 16, 2017

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is a high-intensity academic and leadership program designed for African secondary school students who have the talent, drive, energy, and ideas to make meaningful impacts as young leaders, even before they begin their university studies. YYAS brings together students from across Africa in this seven-day, residential program and introduces them to the demanding U.S. university application process and requirements. YYAS is an official program of Yale University. YYAS is free of cost to all accepted students. Travel stipends will be offered for students from low-income backgrounds.

Summer 2017 sessions will be held in three locations:

  • Rwanda: 27 July – 2 August
  • Ghana: 7 – 13 August
  • Mauritius: 18 – 24 August


  • Prospective applicants must be citizens of an African country and currently attend school on the African continent;
  • Applicants will have two years left before completing high school and be between the ages of 14-18.

Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2017 (Fully Funded)

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Applications are open for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2017. The Initiative’s mission is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increasing access to higher education abroad. They support orphaned students who are committed to returning home and initiating change by providing access to full financial support to study at university abroad (equivalent to undergraduate degree), including tuition, room, travel cost and other necessary fees.

Eligibility: Open to students who have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries; Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Sudan, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritius, Somalia, Nigeria, The Gambia.

Canon Collins Trust & University of London Scholarships For Master of Laws by Distance Learning

Deadline: January 13, 2017

Canon Collins Trust invites applications for scholarships to study for the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and/or the Master of Laws (LLM) by distance learning at the University of London in 2017. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of University of London International Programmes.


In order to be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be in possession of the necessary qualifications required for admission to the programme. Please see here for information on the admission requirements of the university. Note that you do not need to be admitted to the programme before applying for the scholarship, but you will need to apply separately for admission if you are selected for a scholarship.

Canon Collin’s Trust requires applicants for this scholarship to be:

  • a national of, or have refugee status in, one of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • normally resident in one of these countries
  • in possession of the necessary qualifications required for admission to the programme currently employed in full or part-time work;
  • able to commit a minimum of 10 hours to study per week.

Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme 2017

Deadline: January 15, 2017

As the African Leadership Institute’s flagship leadership development programme, the Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme welcomes an elite group of Africa’s highest potential young leaders, representing a wide range of sectors. Offered on a part-time basis over six months, the Programme includes two 9-day Group Learning Modules with an impressive array of distinguished leaders and faculty. These are intensive interactive workshops; one at the historic Mont Fleur conference facility (South Africa), and the other split between Oxford University and London (UK).


  • Open to young leaders in Africa;
  • AFLI emphasizes integrity, strong values and responsibility, courage and a demonstrated ability to lead and inspire;
  • A candidate must demonstrate a commitment to Africa and to serving the greater community. They seek leaders not managers.

Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative 2017 – Lagos, Nigeria

Deadline: December 31, 2016

The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, CYFI, is a dynamic youth-based initiative launched in 2011 by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. CYFI brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that have a positive impact on Nigerian society. Former Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, was a champion of civil liberties, democracy and closer ties between the U.S. and Nigeria.

In addition to working with their team to bring their project into fruition, CYFI fellows have the opportunity to attend various networking events, roundtables and forums on relevant social issues, hosted by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. The year will conclude with an awards ceremony for fellows, where fellows will be inducted into the CYFI Alumni Program

Eligibility: Open to all citizens and permanent residents of Nigeria currently residing in Lagos.

Global Health Corps Fellowship 2017/18 (Fully Funded)

Deadline: January 18, 2017

Are you part of the next generation of global health leaders? Apply now to the Global Health Corps Fellowship 2017/18. The GHC fellowship is a one-of-a-kind leadership opportunity which places you in the real world, amidst real problems. It won’t be easy, but it will be transformational and rewarding.

Through your application, the Global Health Corps wants to understand who you are, what your personal vision of leadership is, what your social justice values are, and how you are working toward them. They also want to understand your perspective on the power of young leaders to change the world, why you want to be a part of the GHC community, and what you will contribute.


Applicants should

  • Be 30 years or younger by June 25, 2017;
  • Hold a bachelor or undergraduate university degree by June 25, 2017;
  • Be proficient in English;

HEA Yale Scholar Program – Fully-funded MBA Program at Yale School of Management

Deadline: December 30, 2016 (HEA Alliance Application) & January 10, 2017 (Yale SOM application)

Are you a young African entrepreneurial leader eager to scale your impact? Apply to the Yale Scholar Program through the prestigious Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. The Yale Scholar Program is a full-tuition plus fees award for Africa’s entrepreneurial leaders wishing to pursue a two year MBA at the Yale School of Management starting in September 2017.

About Harambe

Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance is a platform for highly educated young African social, business and political entrepreneurs, attending leading universities in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Our mission is to capture, inform and engage Africa’s global intellectual capital in the development of Africa.


  • Born in Africa and current passport holders of an African country
  • Exhibited entrepreneurial leadership in their field of interest
  • Two or more years of work experience
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • Candidates must arrange to have official university transcripts, letters of recommendation and standardized test scores arrive at Yale School of Management by the appropriate application deadline