Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 19

THE KNIGHT-HENNESY SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRADUATE STUDIES AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY.

Apply by September 2017 and Enroll at Stanford in September 2018

Each year up to 100 high-achieving students (50 in the first year) who are independent thinkers, display purposeful leadership, and have a civic orientation will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford.

  • Full funding includes tuition, stipend, graduate program and related academic expenses, with additional financial support available.
  • Pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, from PhDs in arts, education, engineering, humanities, or social sciences to professional degrees in business, law, or medicine.
  • Build skills in leadership and communication that will empower you to work across disciplines and to scale creative solutions for complex challenges.
  • Students who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 or later are eligible to apply to the pioneer class of Knight-Hennessy Scholars.

More information about the programme HERE

More information about the application process and eligibility criteria available HERE

 

CHATHAM HOUSE ACADEMY AFRICA FELLOWSHIP

 

Chatham House is pleased to invite applicants for the Academy Africa Fellowship in the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs. More information about the fellowship and the application process, available on the Chatham House website.

 

Citizenship

The fellowship is open to citizens of Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, or South Africa.

Applications will also be accepted from applicants holding dual nationality which includes one of these countries.

 

Education

It is required that the applicant holds a completed BA degree or equivalent, Masters degree with an international focus is preferred.

 

Career

The fellowship is aimed at candidates at the mid-stage of their career and who come from academia, NGOs, business, government departments, civil society or the media. They should possess knowledge of, and an interest in, one of the policy-related challenges laid out in the research topics in ‘Research Topics.’

 

Deadline

The recruitment round for 2017 is between 3 April and 31 May, applications made outside of this period will not be considered. Apply using the online application portal

Remuneration and Benefits

The fellow will receive a monthly stipend of £2,160.  Modest provision is made for the costs of relocation, fieldwork, and possible publication costs.

Length of Fellowship

The fellowship is for a 10-month term from mid-September 2017 to mid-July 2018.

Research Topics

Fellows are hosted by and based in research teams at Chatham House. During the fellowship, the fellow will conduct a research project of their own design which falls within the research topics below.

The parameters for the research topics have been designed in broad terms to allow applicants to devise a project that appeals to their own research interests.

  • Iran’s role in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Africa’s maritime security and development
  • Decentralization and local governance structures in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Cyber security in Africa
  • Access to sustainable energy – governance, incentives and capacities needed to achieve it
  • African perspectives on international law

The Africa Fellowship is a joint initiative between Chatham House and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

More information about the fellowship and the application process, available on the Chatham House website.

 

EDUCATIONUSA OPPORTUNITY FUNDS PROGRAM (OFP) FOR STUDY IN THE USA

“OFP works closely with students through regularly scheduled meetings and seminars to assist them throughout the application process to secure admission and scholarships to attend colleges and universities in the United States. OFP finances the cost of the application process, including registration fees for required standardized examinations and provides free membership to the U.S. EducationUSA Advising Center for its participants. OFP expects a sincere commitment from the students to give their energy and time to the program so that they may achieve their dreams of study in the United States.”

More information available on the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Nigeria Website

There are many determined and talented, low-income students in Nigeria who only require financial resources and access to information to better their educational future. For the 11th year, the United States Embassy, Nigeria seeks to identify academically qualified and highly motivated, low-income students in Nigeria to join the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP).

OFP’s mission is to assist talented and determined, low-income students who are good candidates for financial assistance from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover the up-front cost of obtaining admission.

OFP works closely with students through regularly scheduled meetings and seminars to assist them throughout the application process to secure admission and scholarships to attend colleges and universities in the United States. OFP finances the cost of the application process, including registration fees for required standardized examinations and provides free membership to the U.S. EducationUSA Advising Center for its participants. OFP expects a sincere commitment from the students to give their energy and time to the program so that they may achieve their dreams of study in the United States.

Applicants are welcome from all the states in Nigeria. However, students must be able to reach our offices in Abuja or Lagos on a monthly basis during the program for full participation. Participants will work with our EducationUSA Advisors from June 2017 – August 2018 to try to secure places and financial assistance to begin study in the U.S. in August 2018.

NOTE: ENTRANCE INTO THIS PROGRAM IS NO GUARANTEE OF A SCHOLARSHIP OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STUDY IN THE U.S.

How to Apply

OFP is accepting applications from prospective undergraduates and graduate students.

Send an email to AbujaEducationusa@state.gov or LagosEducationusa@state.gov requesting an electronic undergraduate or graduate application form.

Selection Criteria

The selection of finalists for OFP is highly competitive, given limited funding. We look for applicants with:

  • Strong academic record/ transcript
  • Robust participation in extracurricular activities
  • Involvement in leadership roles
  • Excellent community service participation
  • Financial Need

NOTE:  Undergraduate Applicants– If WAEC results are not available; the student must be currently in SS3. If WAEC results are available, they must be from May/June WAEC.

Students who have already started a University education are NOT eligible to apply.

Requirements

  • Academic Results:
    Undergraduate Applicants
    – Attach a copy of your WAEC “O” Level results (from WAEC website).  Include Cambridge A’Level or IGSCE results if applicable or available.
    Graduate Applicants– Attach a copy of your Final year results and degree results (if available) First Class only (STEM majors preferred).
  • Letters of recommendation:
    Undergraduate Applicants
    : Request a teacher or your school principal to complete a letter of recommendation form, attesting to your character, talent and skills.  Please do not include a basic testimonial that does not talk about you as an individual.
    Graduate Applicants: Provide the details of a lecturer, professor, or Head of Department (HOD) that we can contact to find out more about you.
  • Transcript:
    Undergraduate Applicants
    : Send a scanned copy of your transcript from JS1 to SS3 including your mock and first term results, if possible.
    Graduate Applicants– Send a scanned copy of your transcripts that show a GPA of 4.5 or above on a 5.0 scale. 
  • Essays:
    Write two essays, one from Group A and one from Group B, each of about 250– 300 words. The essay topics will be on the application form you receive. (Essay topics will be found on the form)

Send a scanned copy of any relevant supplementary certificates of achievement

NOTE: Please send all documents to AbujaEducationusa@state.gov or LagosEducationusa@state.gov  as attachments with proper titles e.g. “Femi King Transcript”, “Femi King WAEC” etc

Abuja Address:

EducationUSA Advising Center
Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central District Area, Abuja.
Tel: 09-4614251; 09-4614241
E-mail: AbujaEducationusa@state.gov

Lagos Address:

EducationUSA Advising Center
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Consulate General
2, Walter Carrington Crescent,
Victoria Island, Lagos
Tel: 01-4603801; 01-4603803
E-mail: LagosEducationusa@state.gov

APPLICATION DEADLINE- JUNE 16, 2017

Scholarships and Development Opportunities, No. 18

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2017 GATES CAMBRIDGE FULL SCHOLARSHIP FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDY (MASTERS, PHD) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Gates Cambridge considers applications from citizens from outside the United Kingdom who wish to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. See the eligibility page for details

Deadline: 7 December 2016. Further details are available from the deadlines page.

Eligibility:

Gates Cambridge selects Scholars using four criteria: academic excellence, leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others and a good academic fit with Cambridge. You can read about how we interpret these the  ideal candidate page.

How to apply:Read More »

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No.17

1. THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AFRICAN PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM

 See website and brochure.

UMAPS accepts direct applications from faculty members of colleges or universities in Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, and Uganda.

Faculty members of colleges and universities in all other African countries cannot apply directly to the UMAPS program without first being nominated and invited to apply by a U-M faculty member with whom s/he already has a pre-existing relationship.

Eligibility Requirement

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Scholarships and Development Opportunities No.16

1. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: IZA/DFID SHORT COURSE ON PROGRAM EVALUATION (ALL EXPENSES COVERED)

Organisers: David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA), Maryam Naghsh Nejad (IZA)

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

Date: October 29 – October 30, 2016

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

Notification of Acceptance: July 30, 2016

Deadline for Registeration: August 10, 2016

Event Manager: Dominik Spitza

Online Application Form

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Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 15

Apologies for the long hiatus. Scholarships and Development Opportunities is back

1. WORLD BANK GROUP ANALYST PROGRAMME

The World Bank Group Analyst Program is a new and unique opportunity for exceptionally talented young people with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Through this structured three-year program, you will work in an intellectually challenging and culturally diverse environment within a specific practice, region, or corporate unit in the World Bank Group, which includes the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes. Read More »

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 14

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INTERNSHIP: SOCIAL POLICY FOR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT AT THE UN INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Deadline: 19 July 2015

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Through our work, we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.

UNRISD is now accepting applications for a three-month internship position, starting in August 2015, to assist with the projects “Towards Universal Social Security in Emerging Economies”, “New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South”, and Read More »

Apply: The World Bank Group Analyst Program

From the website:

The World Bank Analyst Program is a new and unique opportunity for exceptionally talented young people with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Through this structured three-year program, you will work in an intellectually challenging and culturally diverse environment within a specific practice, region, or Read More »

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 12

1) NIGERIA LNG Post-Graduate Scholarship Scheme 2015

Applications are now being accepted into the Nigeria LNG Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for entry into Masters Programmes in the United Kingdom in September 2015.

Application form for the scholarships can be downloaded here or click the download tab.  Completed application form, along with an attached coloured passport photograph of the applicant should be submitted via email to nlngpgscholarship@ng.britishcouncil.org.

Criteria for AwardRead More »

Scholarships & Development Opportunities No.11

Scholarships for students from African countries to study Politics and International Relations at the University of Cambridge.

This is available to candidates undertaking either a one-year MPhil in International Relations and Politics, or a three-year PhD in a field related to governance and human rights from 2015.

The scholarships are jointly funded by the David & Elaine Potter Foundation and the Cambridge Trust, the scholarships will pay the full cost of the candidates’ study and living in Cambridge for the length of the course.

Deadline for submission of applications is: Read More »

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 10

(1) THE CULTURES OF RESISTANCE SOAS SCHOLARSHIPS

The Cultures of Resistance Network and the American Friends of SOAS (AFSOAS) are providing two postgraduate scholarships in 2014/15 at SOAS, University of London. Valued at £24,000 per student, the scholarships will be used to help their recipients meet the costs of tuition fees at the overseas rate and also help them meet any additional costs (e.g. transport, purchasing books, research costs) associated with their stay in London. In addition to their £24,000 a-year scholarship, each scholar will benefit from a 20% reduction in their tuition fees and one Cultures of Resistance Scholar every year will benefit from free student accommodation at International Students House (ISH).

The scholarships will benefit people from countries that have been affected by wars and extreme poverty. This program embodies the values of the Cultures of Resistance Network, which seeks to empower and enrich communities—especially those that have been affected by civil wars and foreign military occupation—through the promotion of human rights, justice for victims of war crimes, and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.

Security conditions permitting, scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply their knowledge and skills for the betterment of their societies. In the case of refugees or those fearing repression and censorship in their home countries, we expect that they will seek employment/work/study abroad toward the aim of improving the future of their home country and that of its citizens. We hope that scholarship recipients will pursue careers that, among other things, promote universal human rights, international law, equal justice for all, and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.

Eligibility Criteria:

Although priority will be given to students from Afghanistan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria, the scholarship program is open to students from the following countries/territories:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gaza, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Phillippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, West Bank, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zimbabwe

We encourage applicants from countries that are not on the priority list to explain how their experience of conflict in their home countries contributes to their application and how their anticipated program of study reflects the mission of the scholarship.

In addition to holding (or being expected to obtain) an undergraduate degree at the first class degree level or country equivalent, eligible candidates must have applied to pursue one of the following degree programs at SOAS, University London, preferably four weeks before the scholarship closing date but no later than the scholarship application deadline:

  • MSc in Development Studies with Special Reference to Central Asia;
  • MSc in Globalisation and Development;
  • MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development;
  • MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development;
  • MSc in Development Economics;
  • MSc in Political Economy of Development;
  • MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies;
  • MA in Dispute and Conflict Resolution;
  • MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development;
  • MA in Human Rights Law;
  • MA in International Law;
  • MA in Law, Development and Globalisation;
  • LLM in Dispute and Conflict Resolution;
  • LLM in Environmental Law;
  • LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice;
  • LLM in International Law.

Applications must be received by 17:00 GMT on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

For more information, visit: http://www.culturesofresistance.org/SOAS-scholarship

 

(2) PRESIDENT OBAMA’S YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS INITIATIVE (YALI)

The Washington Fellowship is the new flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program will bring over 500 young leaders to the United States each year, beginning in 2014, for leadership training and mentoring, and will create unique opportunities in Africa to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity, and strengthening democratic institutions.

The Washington Fellowship will:

  • Invest in a new generation of young African leaders who are shaping the continent’s future.
  • Respond to the strong demand by young African leaders for practical skills that can help them take their work to the next level in the fields of public service and business.
  • Deepen partnerships and connections between the United States and Africa.
  • Build a prestigious network of young African leaders who are at the forefront of change and innovation in their respective sectors.

An Unparalleled Opportunity to:

  • Interact with President Obama at a Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C;
  • Participate in a 6-week leadership and mentoring program at a U.S. institution;
  • Meet with U.S. government, civic, and business leaders;
  • Access exceptional internship and apprenticeship opportunities;
  • Expand your business or project through access to millions of dollars for small grant funding; and
  • Join a continent-wide and global alumni network to help you seek innovative solutions to common challenges.

Eligibility Criteria:

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Competition for the Washington Fellowship is merit-based and open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered;
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S;
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa;
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English; and
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries:  Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

For information on eligibility criteria, application procedure and deadlines, visit: http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/washington-fellows/how-to-apply/

To access the application portal, visit: http://www.irex.org/application/washington-fellowship-application-information

 

(3) M.SC IN AFRICAN STUDIES SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

The African Studies Centre is offering full scholarships for the MSc in African Studies for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Find out about the eligibility criteria and application details for each of these scholarships at: http://www.africanstudies.ox.ac.uk/msc-african-studies-scholarships

 

(4) PREPARING GLOBAL LEADERS ACADEMY

(Amman, Jordan 16-22 March 2014)

From the website:

Preparing Global Leaders Academy (PGLA) is a premiere international educational program for the best students and young professionals around the world. Our specific strategy is to help participants maximize their potential and develop leadership and communication skills. The program seeks to prepare aspiring global scholar-leaders with the tools that are necessary for effective leadership in an increasingly complex world.

PGLA is a one week program taking place in Amman, Jordan. Participants will benefit academically and socially as they will work closely with other young leaders from around the world and build everlasting relationships. Delegates will also witness the ancient beauty of Jordan including the Baptism site, Petra (named as one of the Seven Wonders of the World), The Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth and home of the world’s largest natural spa), as well as many other of Jordan’s attractions both natural and manmade.”

Application Form:

A completed application form (please download form below) is necessary to register for the Preparing Global Leaders Academy. A confirmation letter to all applicants will be sent by e-mail upon acceptance of the application. All applicants will additionally be informed by e-mail on the decision of PGLA admission board. This decision will be final and cannot be appealed upon delivery. Information and consent forms will be mailed in February.

Documents:

  • Application form
  • Passport photo (jPEG format)
  • CV (recommended)
  • Letter of Support (optional)

A completed application form with all support documents (optional documents are not required) should be sent to e-mail: admission@pgla-jordan.org with a subject title: PGLA 2014 Application Form. Please note that admission to the academy is made on a rolling basis, therefore, earlier applications will receive priority consideration. Should you have additional queries regarding the admission process or any other concerns related to PGLA 2014, do not hesitate to contact us via email: contactus@pgla-jordan.org.

Scholarships and Program Cost:

The full cost of the program is $900 covering tuition fee, transportation, accommodation and meals.

All participants are responsible for travel arrangements and associated insurance and VISA costs (if needed) to Amman, Jordan. There are also a range of scholarships available.

Application Deadlines:

  • Prospective Delegates from countries that require VISA: January 15, 2014.
  • Prospective Delegates from countries that do not require VISA: February 10, 2014.

To download the application form, visit: http://www.pgla-jordan.org/?page_id=663

 

(5) GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY’S M.Sc. IN FOREIGN SERVICE

Starting in fall 2014, the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) at Georgetown University is offering a full-tuition scholarship for a talented graduate student from sub-Saharan Africa.

MSFS is a two-year, full-time graduate degree program in international affairs. Students will take courses in international relations, international trade, international finance, statistics and analytical tools and history. In addition, students choose an area of concentration such as Global Politics and Security, International Development or Global Business and Finance.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • A completed undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a strong academic record.
  • A TOEFL score of at least 100, or an IELTS score of at least 7.0.
  • Applicants must have completed a course in microeconomics and a course in macroeconomics, or must be able to complete both courses *before* the beginning of the MSFS program in fall 2014.
  • Applicants should have professional experience, ideally in a field related to their future professional goals.
  • Students have an average of four years of work experience before joining MSFS.
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants from: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must submit all required application documents (online application, personal statement, official transcripts and test scores, letters of recommendation). Only students who have applied to the program will be considered for the scholarship.

The application deadline for fall 2014 is January 15, 2014.

For more information on the academic program, visit http://msfs.georgetown.edu.

For information on how to apply, visit http://msfs.georgetown.edu/admissions.

 

(6) TRAININGS & FELLOWSHIPS  IN THE MEDICAL SCIENCES

TDR’s grant and training activities aim to develop strong leadership in health research and decision making, so that high quality institutional and national systems can identify and manage research priorities. Grant opportunities include support for post-graduate academic training, career development, short courses and research.

  1. 1.      TDR advanced postdoctoral research and training grants in implementation research – 2014

The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) invites applications for advanced postdoctoral research and/or training grants from individuals who are nationals of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Two types of grants are offered: strategic support for re-entry and postdoctoral research and training grants for the acquisition of special skills relevant to research, research management or leadership:

  1. Re-entry grants: Research-based mentorship and support (maximum US$ 25 000 per year for up to 2 years) for PhD holders employed and returning to their home institution within 24 months after graduation.
  2. Postdoctoral advanced training and research: including short-term attachments to acquire leadership and research skills related to leadership and research activities not available within the home country or institutions.

For information on eligibility criteria, application process and deadline, visit: http://www.who.int/tdr/grants/empowerment/en/index.html

  1. 2.     TDR postgraduate training grants in implementation research – 2014

The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) invites applications for postgraduate training grants leading to MSc and PhD degrees focused on disciplines relevant to implementation research (such as, but not limited to, epidemiology, social sciences, biostatistics, health economics, health/medical education, health information systems, community and environmental health).

The training may take place in the home country of the applicant, another low- and middle-income country (LMIC), or a high-income country.

Submission deadline 7 February 2014

For information on eligibility criteria and the application process,  visit:  http://www.who.int/tdr/grants/empowerment/en/index.html

 

(7) JUNIOR PROFESSIONAL OFFICERS PROGRAMME (JPO-P) AT THE UNITED NATIONS

The Nigerian government (through the Ministry of Youth Development) is currently sponsoring 37 Junior Professional Officer (JPO) entry-level positions into the United Nations.

For information about available positions, eligibility criteria, application procedures and deadlines, visit: http://www.fmydjpop.gov.ng/page.php

(8) SUMMER RESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP INSTITUTE AT BROWN UNIVERSITY

Applications invited for New Summer Residential Scholarship Institute at Brown University, June 7-21, 2014
THEME: Ethnicity, Conflict and Inequality in Global Perspective

From June 7-21, 2014, Brown University (in Providence, RI, USA) will host Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), which convenes participants from around the world to address pressing global issues through collaboration across academic, professional, and geographic boundaries. Applications are invited from early-career scholars and practitioners, especially those based at institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, to participate in intensive, residential two-week institutes at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. The four institutes are convened by Brown University professors, and feature lectures, seminars, and workshops led by distinguished international guest faculty. This highly selective, residential program gives participants a unique opportunity to interact with their global peers and benefit from Brown University’s world-class campus and facilities.

About ‘Ethnicity, Conflict and Inequality in Global Perspective’:

Co-convened by faculty from Brown University’s departments of Economics and Political Science, this institute offers participants a thorough exploration of the conceptual and theoretical foundations of scholarship that connects conflict, inequality, and ethnicity. Best practices in comparative and interdisciplinary research design, implementation, and exposition will be explored, with a particular focus on the dilemmas of doing justice to context-specific data while producing generalizable insights. Lectures and workshops led by distinguished guest faculty will constitute the core of this institute, to be supplemented by participants’ individual research presentations, and panel discussions on pressing contemporary cases in line with participants’ expertise and interests. Applications are especially welcome from scholars interested in evidence-based policy making.
This is open to scholars and  advanced PhD students from the Global South who work in the area of Ethnic Conflict and Inequality.
Review of applications begins — December 16, 2013. Application closes in mid-January.

To apply for BIARI 2014, please visit https://secure.brown.edu/biari/

Further details are available at http://brown.edu/about/administration/international-affairs/biari/  Contact biari@brown.edu with any questions

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 9

NIGERIA LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE (NLI) FUTURE LEADERS SEMINAR

Nominations for the October 2013 Nigeria Leadership Initiative’s Future Leaders has commenced.

The Future Leaders Seminar is a program for emerging public and private sector leaders aged 25 to 35 years and based in Nigeria or the Diaspora. It is a 3-day residential seminar sessions capped by a dinner and the launch of class projects by the seminar participants. At the end of each session, the participants are inducted Associates of NLI.

The Future Leaders Seminar had its inaugural class in 2007 and to date, with support from First Bank, there are currently 247 NLI Associates in Nigeria and in the Diaspora. The Future Leaders Seminar was designed to define the mission of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) by creating a growing, global network of credible, accomplished community-spirited Nigerian leaders, committed to taking responsibility for driving positive change in Nigeria and Nigerian communities.

Nominations Criteria:

  1. Candidates must be 25-35 years old
  2. They must have exceptio
  3. nal community spirited and outstanding leadership qualities in their fields
  4. They must provide a written essay
  5. They must provide two written references

To Apply:

Visit www.nli-global.org  or www.careerparley.com/nli  to fill the application form. You can also send an email to futureleaders@nli-global.org for further enquiries.

 

MIT-AFRICA EMPOWERING THE TEACHERS
2013-2014 Call for Applications

Empowering the Teachers is a teaching fellowship that enables outstanding young Nigerian and Ugandan faculty in science and engineering to collaborate with faculty at MIT in developing new curriculum and teaching methods.

The program is offered by MISTI together with its corporate partner Total. The director of the program is Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

Description

Empowering the Teachers will select up to twelve outstanding young faculty fellows from the disciplines of electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and mechanical engineering in Nigerian or Ugandan universities to spend a semester at MIT in 2014. Selected fellows will observe instruction in their disciplines and work as a group to prepare innovative curricula and approaches to teaching that can be introduced into their home universities on their return.

During their stay at MIT, the faculty will participate regularly in at least two MIT subjects (including lectures, recitations and tutorials) that correspond to courses the faculty members teach at their home universities. They will attend weekly Empowering the Teachers Fellows Seminar meetings on curriculum development and meet with professors and teaching assistants. Beyond the fellowship semester at MIT, Empowering the Teachers will support online communications, periodic reunions and meetings in Nigeria and Uganda in order to build over time a community of faculty devoted to excellence and innovation in science and engineering education.

The Empowering the Teachers program covers travel, living and instructional materials expenses of the participants. The home universities of the successful applicants will commit to provide paid leaves of absence during the period of the MIT program.

Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration for selection, a faculty member must hold a PhD and teach in a department corresponding to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering at a university in Nigeria or Uganda. Only candidates at the level of Lecturer One will be considered.

Application and selection

To apply, please send as attachments in ONE email to misti-africa@mit.edu:

a)  the completed program application form and

b)  a copy of your current curriculum vitae (please include which coding languages you know how to use)

You will also need to submit your:

c)  Empowering the Teachers Fellowship 2013-2014 Profile via Google Docs: http://tinyurl.com/oyvrcf2

The deadline for applications is Monday, August 5, 2013

More information on the website HERE

 

GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

ELIGIBILITY:

You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:

  • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom.
  • applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge: PhD (three year research-only degree); MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree); or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
  • OR already a student at Cambridge and want to apply for a new postgraduate course. For example, if you are studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to do a PhD. However, if you have already started a course, you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the rest of it.
  • OR already a Gates Cambridge Scholar and want to apply for a second Scholarship. You must apply by the second, international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, shortlisting and interviewing as all other candidates.

Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:

  • BA (undergraduate)
  • BA affiliated (a second BA)
  • MBBChir Clinical Studies
  • Part-time degrees
  • Non-degree courses
  • Courses at universities other than Cambridg

Applications

Applications for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for October 2014 entry will open on 1 September 2013. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Round 1 (US citizens based in the USA) –15 October 2013
  • Round 2 (all other eligible candidates) – 3 December 2013

Find out more information on the Gates Cambridge Scholarships website HERE

 

UTRECHT EXCELLENCE SCHOLARHIPS

The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship offers a number of highly talented prospective students the opportunity to pursue a degree in a selected number of fields at Utrecht University:

International Bachelor’s programmes:

  • Economics and Business Economics
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences at University College Utrecht

International Master’s programmes offered by the following Graduate Schools:

  • Graduate School of Geosciences
  • Graduate School of Humanities
  • Graduate School of Law, Economics and Governance
  • Graduate School of Life Sciences
  • Graduate School of Natural Sciences
  • Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Amount of scholarship

Selected students are awarded a scholarship up to 28 350 euro per year. Students should be aware that the grant is not necessarily a full scholarship, and that it may be necessary to find additional funding to be able to finance study and stay completely. As one of the requirements for being granted a residence permit in the Netherlands, students from abroad must prove to the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Office) that they have sufficient financial means. Read more about the budget the University advises.

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must meet the eligibility criteria in order to be considered for this scholarship. The applicant should:

  1. Not have the Dutch or an EU/EEA nationality;
  2. Hold a non-Dutch secondary school diploma;
  3. Have been admitted to an International Master’s programme within one of the Graduate Schools mentioned above, the Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics or to University College Utrecht;
  4. Hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree (for a Master’s programme) or secondary school diploma (for a Bachelor’s programme), or an equivalent thereof;
  5. Be able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch visa;

Failure to meet one or more of these criteria automatically means the student is not eligible for this scholarship

Application

It is not possible to apply for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship. The selection committee of the programme will select eligible candidates on the basis of the selection criteria mentioned above. The selected candidates will be offered an Utrecht Excellence Scholarship at the latest in May.

Please note that students starting their programme in February are not eligible for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarships.

More information available on the Utrecht Excellence Scholarships website HERE

 

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Scholarships for Development

Scholarship Positions

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 8

 

YOUTH INTEGRITY CAMP FOR ANGLOPHONE WEST-AFRICA

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Transparency International, and other stakeholders, is organizing a 5-day Youth Integrity Camp (PDF) for youth leaders from Anglophone West African countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, the Gambia and Sierra Leone) in Lagos, Nigeria on the 23rd – 27th of September 2013.

The Youth Integrity Camp will bring together youth leaders from business, politics, public sector, civil society organizations, media, university, art, sports and religion, etc in order to:

  • Empower the youth to use their dynamism and innovative minds to promote integrity and public accountability;
  • Provide the youth with tools to enhance their efforts as agents of change in their respective communities as relates to fighting corruption and promoting public accountability;
  • Provide a forum for exchanging innovative approaches, ideas and best practices from the different countries of the sub-region towards improving transparency, accountability and participation in their respective communities.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Membership of a youth association/organisation from the following sectors: sports, music, politics, education, professional, private/public sector, civil society, media, universities and religious bodies/associations.
  • Be between 18-35 years
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Have completed senior secondary school (minimum requirement)
  • Female youth who satisfy the above criteria are strongly encouraged to apply.

Method of Application:

  1. Evidence of membership of a youth association/ organization from the aforementioned sectors, such as a signed letter from a member of the association’s board on the official letter-head of the association.
  2. A current and updated CV (max. 2 pages);
  3. Scanned copy of certificate from highest level of education achieved;
  4. A 1 – page document enumerating motivations and interests in participating; and
  5. A 1- page proposal of a project on how integrity can be translated into action. In the course of the camp, project proposals will be discussed and information provided on how to translate proposed projects into concrete actions. Potential participants are encouraged to consider exploring creative ways of putting a “human face” on the sums of money lost to corruption. The use of research, information technology and available media tools is highly encouraged to paint a “before” and “after” picture of how funds that have been lost to acts of corruption could have been used to transform a local community/state or a particular sector (e.g. health, education, water resources, agriculture etc).

Applications from interested participants are to be submitted by email with the required documents as attachments to the following e-mail addresses. Please ensure that your application is sent to the e-mail address for your country:

Nigeria: youthintegritycamp2013@gmail.com  Ghana: ghana.youthintegritycamp2013@gmail.com  

Liberia: liberia.youthintegritycamp2013@gmail.com  Gambia: gambia.youthintegritycamp2013@gmail.com

Sierra Leone: s.leone.youthintegritycamp2013@gmail.com

The deadline for the submission of applications is Friday, 26th July 2013. The travel, feeding and accommodation of selected applications will be covered by the organizers. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

More information available on the ICPC website HERE

 

MASSIVE ONLINE OPEN COURSES (MOOC) LIST

This is a list of free online courses offered by a wide range of universities around the world. There are courses ranging from Art, Architecture and Design, to Social Sciences and IT. Check it out.

 

FUNDED PHD STUDENTSHIP IN LARGE-SCALE MOBILE PHONE DATA ANALYSIS, THE OPEN UNIVERSITY, MILTON KEYNES

Department of Computing & Communications, Faculty of Maths, Computing & Technology. Available from 1 October 2013, Based in Milton Keynes

Closing date: 22 July 2013

This is a full-time PhD studentship funded by the Open University (OU) and the Orange Labs. The studentship is available for exceptional UK, EU, and overseas applicants. The project is concerned with analysis of large-scale mobile phone data (location traces and communication patterns) to better understand the role of social factors on travellers’ decision-making and mode choice behaviour.

The studentship will be hosted by the Open University, UK, however it is expected that the student will spend approximately 70% of his/her time with the Orange Labs in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.

Requirements of candidate:

  • General interest in social computing, urban computing, and pervasive computing.
  • Strong background in data mining, machine learning, and statistics.
  • Good programming skills in high-level language e.g., R or Matlab.
  • Good command of written and spoken English.

Funding:

Studentship covers tuition fees and includes a stipend (approx. €1,700/month) and funding for research expenses and travel.

If you wish to discuss your application or receive advice on the research project please contact: Dr Santi Phithakkitnukoon, email: Santi.Phi@open.ac.uk or Dr Zbigniew Smoreda, email: Zbigniew.Smoreda@orange.com

To apply, email your CV and letter of interest to:

For more information: http://orange.jobs/jobs/offer.do?joid=33235&lang=en and The Open University website HERE

Scholarships, Funding & Development Opportunities No. 7

YOUNG WOMEN: LEARN TO LEAD!

ORGANISATION: WOMEN IN THE WORLD FOUNDATION

Sign Up For the July 29 Next Generation Leadership Program
July 29, 2013 ∙ Hyde Park, NY

Eligibility: Be smart, between 18 to 25 years of age with lots of passion to do great things.

On July 29, the Women in the World Foundation is holding its first Next Generation Leadership program in partnership with the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center at Val-Kill. There will be exciting seminars, speeches by amazing women and valuable networking opportunities. The program will take place at The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.

There is no fee to attend. Travel and accommodation scholarships are available. A diverse group of participants will be selected by our advisory board.

Only 50 slots are available, so apply now!

Deadline: 15th May 2013

Application Details: Refer to the Women in the World Foundation website

 

THE YOUNG ASPIRANTS LEADERSHIP FELLOWSHIP 2013 (YALF)

ORGANISATION: YOUNG STARS FOUNDATION

“The Young Aspirants Leadership Fellowship (YALF) is designed to educate the youth on the importance of political power and equip young aspirants with practical skills to run for political office in Nigeria.”

 

Program Package:

  • 2 Workshops scheduled for June and November 2013.
  • Good Governance 10-days Learning Visit to a Developed Nation.
  • A Reading & Research Taskforce.
  • A Community Leadership Impact Exercise.
  • Certificate of Participation.

Faculty and Facilitators:

  • Prof Patrick Utomi – Founder of CVL / Politician
  • Prof Dora Akunyili – Former NAFDAC DG / Season Administrator
  • Hon Abike Dabire – Ace Broadcaster / Member National Assembly Nigeria
  • Dr. Yunusa Tanko – Young Politician
  • Sa’ida Sa’ad – Young Female Politician
  • Kim Swann – Fundraising Specialist, Washington DC-USA
  • Prof Larry Diamond – Stanford University, USA
  • Arc Ezekiel Nya-Etok – Social Housing and Politician
  • Hon Ntoyo Nkoyo – Member National Assembly Nigeria
  • Mr. Shehu Sani – Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria
  • Christine Ndungu – Young Politician, Kenya
  • Nentawe Gomiyar – Young Politician Nigeria

Deadline: 30th April 2013

Application Details: Download application form from the Young Stars Foundation website. Complete and email application form with CV, passport photograph and 2 references to top12nig@yahoo.com on or before April 30, 2013. Selected candidates to be announced on 10th May 2013.

Refer to Young Stars Foundation website for more details

 

FOR ENTREPRENUERS: HOW TO FUND A START-UP

ORGANISATION: Online MBA

The link below, leads to a video, sent by a team from OnlineMBA.com. The video looks into the initial phase of seed funding all the way to Initial Public Offer (IPO) or sale. Specifically, it explains the five funding phases for a start-up and how they correlate with a Venture Capitalist’s lifecycle.

Find the video on the Online MBA website.