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NEW: Opportunities For Young Africans

May 3, 2015

Software Development Teaching Fellowship at MEST Ghana (Fully-Sponsored)

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is looking for candidates with a passion for teaching and a strong background Web and Mobile technology and/or entrepreneurship for a one-year assignment, teaching programming to aspiring software entrepreneurs in Accra, Ghana. MEST provides training, investment and mentoring for aspiring technology entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa.


  • Experience building applications in an agile language and framework such as: Ruby, Rails, Python, Django, Javascript, node.js, Meteor, Java and Android, iOS plus

Apply to Speak at the UN General Assembly Session on Climate Change 2015 – New York, USA

Deadline: May 17, 2015 and May 12, 2015

Are you or do you know a young person from a developing country with an inspiring story about climate action? The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is searching for a dynamic young speaker to address the opening ceremony of the UN General Assembly Session on Climate Change 2015. In addition, two other candidates are invited to participate in panel discussions during the meeting.


  • are a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf;
  • can address the relevant topics and guiding questions in the event concept note (link above);
  • would be a compelling public speaker;
  • are available to be in New York on 28-29 June 2015 and for travel if necessary;
  • have a visa for travel to New York, or are able to obtain one within 2 weeks for travel to New York.

2015 CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards & CNN Journalism Fellowship

Deadline: May 11,2015

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Competition is the most prestigious and respected Award for journalists across the African Continent. Established in August 1995, its objective is to reinforce the importance of the role of journalists in Africa’s development and to reward, recognize and encourage journalistic talent across all media disciplines.


  • The Competition is open to African professional journalists, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa.

Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship For Africans (Funded)

Deadline: June 8, 2015

Stanford Graduate Business School invites Africans to apply for its fully-funded 2015/2016 Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship. The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program pays for tuition and associated fees (approximately US $145,000) for citizens of African countries with financial need who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB. Stanford will award up to eight Stanford Africa MBA Fellowships annually.

Selection Criteria: Merit, Commitment to developing Africa, Financial need

Funded African Graduate Fellowship at The American University in Cairo

Deadline: December 15, 2015

The African Graduate Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for bright, highly motivated African students interested in pursuing a master’s degree at AUC. Each year, fellowships are offered to nationals of African countries (not including Egyptians) for full-time study (nine credits or more) in any of the graduate programs offered at AUC.


  • Non-Egyptian African nationals.
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a minimum overall rating of very good, an overall grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
  • Satisfy AUC graduate admissions requirement.
  • Submit an International TOEFL iBT exam score or an IELTS exam score meeting the cut-off scores for AUC graduate admissions.

Wellcome Trust Master’s Fellowships in Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Deadline: August 19, 2015

This fellowship is aimed at building sustainable capacity in areas of research that have the potential for increasing health benefits for people and their livestock in low- and middle-income countries. Research should be aimed at understanding and improving public health and tropical medicine of local, national and global relevance.


  • be a national or legal resident of a low- and middle-income country, and hold a first degree in subject relevant to tropical medicine or public health (clinical or non-clinical). See list of low/middle income countries;
  • be at an early stage in your career, with limited research experience, but have a demonstrated interest in or aptitude for research;

2015/16 African Prize for Engineering Innovation- £25,000 Grant

Deadline: June 29, 2015

The Royal Academy of Engineering invites application from ambitious and talented sub Saharan engineers for its Engineering Innovation Prize. This prize aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa.

Engineers from all disciplines are challenged to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges,highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development.


  • Applicants must have developed (or co-developed), or be in the process of developing (or co-developing) a new technological innovation. See full list of eligible countries.
  • Applicants should have the ambition to take a leading role in creating a new business to commercialize this innovation.
  • Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible
  • Applicants should have achieved the development of, and be in the early stages of commercialising an engineering innovation that:(i) will bring social and/or environmental benefits to country/countries in sub-Saharan Africa;(ii) has strong potential to be replicated and scaled up; (iii) is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan which has strong commercial viability


Youth Impact Workshop 2015 – Accra, Ghana

Deadline: May 29, 2015

Youth Impact Workshop is an entrepreneurial leadership program for young people aged 16-20. The workshop is dedicated to equipping Ghanaian youth with skills which will enable them create and develop solutions to address community challenges, plan for their implementation and learn how to communicate these ideas effectively.


  • Be between the ages of 16 and 20 as at the start date for the workshop
  • Be living in Ghana
  • Be able to cover their own cost of transport to and from the venue
  • Be able to communicate in English with reasonable fluency, as this will be the primary language for communication during the workshop
  • Be able to avail themselves at the venue for the entire duration of the workshop
  • Apply: applying will enable the recruitment committee select best candidates

Bright Young Minds Summit 2015 – Johannesburg, South Africa

Deadline: May 13, 2015

Young people from across Africa are invited to apply to attend the 2015 Bright Young Minds Summit. The 2015 BYM summit will take place from July 16 until July 20 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The summit brings together 100 young leaders to teach and inspire each other and, most importantly, act together to design practical solutions to social challenges with a social impact.


  • Summit applications are open to 20-32 year olds that are African or living in an African country.
  • Applicants are selected based on the demonstration of their commitment to action and social impact.
  • Even though the summit focuses on very practical up-skilling, a rich diversity of delegates, including artists, engineers, scientists, consultants, public servants, civil leaders and more will be selected.

UNESCO ANESI’s Student Exchange Programme – Nairobi, Kenya

Deadline: June 30, 2015

UNESCO Nairobi is accepting applications for the 2015 ANESI’s Student Exchange Programme. In the framework of the Earth Science Education Initiative in Africa, UNESCO has facilitated the setting up the African Network of Earth Science Institutions (ANESI) to promote high quality research and training through collaboration and partnership among Earth science institutions.

This call targets: (i)Young Earth science postgraduate students (MSc and PhD) willing to participate in a specific course or to use a research facility in another African institution; (ii) African Earth science institutions willing to host students from other African countries for a specific course


  • Be a citizen of an African country;
  • Be a current MSc or PhD student in an African institution;
  • Be endorsed by the home institution
  • Have identified the host institution

Source: Ayiba Magazine

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