Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities (No.3)


The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship promotes educational access and opportunity while enhancing international diversity. Bringing together the best of AU — academic excellence, leadership development, and global engagement — the AU Emerging Global Leader achieves, inspires, and serves with vision. The AU EGL is dedicated to positive civic and social change, and to returning home to improve under-resourced, underserved communities in his/her home country.

The scholarship provides full tuition, fees, room and board for one first-year (freshman) high-achieving international student who will need a visa to study in the United States (preference will be for those who need an F-1 or J-1 student visa). It is renewable for a total of four years of undergraduate study, based on continued satisfactory academic performance. U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents or dual citizens of the U.S. and another country, are not eligible to apply.

To be considered for the scholarship, candidates must be secondary school students (not university students) applying as first-year (freshman) students for the fall (August) 2013 semester.

Deadline for application: 15 January 2013

For more details on eligibility and application procedure, go to the American University’s website HERE


Margaret Mcnamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) is offering women from developing countries grants to support their study in the US and Canada. The scholarship is open students from developing countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada.

Worth of Awards

The MMMF awards grants of approximately $12,000 each; grants are not renewable.  The MMMF also typically invites the recipients to Washington DC to participate in a three day Awards Program organized in their honour. 

A Woman is Eligible to Apply if she:

  1. has a record of service to women and children and a commitment to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries
  2. resides in the U.S. or Canada at the time she submits the application
  3. is enrolled (in residence) at an accredited U.S. or Canadian educational institution for the academic year 2012-2013, and intends to be enrolled for the 2013-2014 academic year
  4. will use the grant toward the completion of her degree
  5. is a national of a lower or middle income developing member country, as designated by the MMMF Country Eligibility List
  6. is not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, permanent U.S. resident or Canadian Landed Immigrant
  7. intends to return to her country (or other developing country) within two years of completing use of the MMMF grant and perform at least two years of service
  8. demonstrates financial need and satisfactory academic performance
  9. is at least 25 years old by December 31, 2012
  10. is not related to a World Bank Group staff member or his/her spouse

There are no exceptions to the MMMF educational grant criteria listed above.

Deadline for application: 9 January 2013

Find out more details on eligibility and application procedure HERE.


The Wadsworth African Fellowships are intended to provide support for African students undertaking study leading to a Ph.D. at a South African university that can provide them with international-level training in anthropology (including biological anthropology and archaeology). Currently applications to the University of Witwatersrand or The University of Cape Town are given priority.

The annual fellowship is $17,500 and can be used towards travel, living expenses, tuition, student fees, insurance, books, research expenses, and any other relevant categories of expenditure while studying at the Host institution. The fellowship is renewable for up to two additional years upon successful completion of each preceding year’s study. A separate application can be made for an additional year of funding to support dissertation write-up.

The deadline for the Wadsworth African Fellowship Program is December 15 and final decisions are made by January 15. Application materials are available 3 months before the application deadline. Applicants must use the most recent application form. They must also submit their application materials using the Foundation’s online submission procedure as well as send two printed copies to the Foundation by regular mail. See the link to ‘Application Procedures’ below for more information.

Find out more details on eligibility, application procedure etc HERE


Cranfield University School of Management is offering two scholarships to Nigerians who are accepted into its MBA programme. The Scholarships are open to successful MBA candidates from Nigeria who want to pursue a full-time MBA at Cranfield School of Management.

Worth of Scholarships: £12,000 towards the tuition fees.

Number of awards: Two

Eligibility: Self-funded Nigerian nationals

The selection criteria for the scholarships will be based on both:

  • Strength of the application: an applicant’s achievements, academic credentials, professional track record and personal merit.
  • The interviewer’s report: an assessment of the applicant’s communication and interpersonal skills, leadership and/or entrepreneurial potential as well as the candidate’s likely contribution to the professional and cultural make-up of the cohort.

Deadline: 20 January 2013

Find out more details on eligibility and the application procedure, on the institution’s website HERE


Students from member states of the African Development Bank are invited to apply for an internship in the bank. The broad objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide students with an opportunity to acquire professional and practical experience at the African Development Bank.
  • Provide the Bank with a pool of potential candidates for future recruitment purposes.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for internship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicants must:

  • Be students, aged between eighteen (18) to thirty (30) years, and currently enrolled in a master’s level degree program or its equivalent in a recognized public or private institution of higher learning. The candidate can apply for an internship within one year of having obtained such a degree.
  • Provide a letter from their school confirming their enrollment.
  • Be citizens of one of the Bank’s member countries.
  • Be fluent in, at least, one of the Bank’s working languages (English or French).

The timing for the 2013 program is as follows:

  • Winter – Session I: Internships starts in January through March 2013. Application period from July 9, 2012 to October 15, 2012.
  • Summer – Session II: Internships start in June through August 2013. Application period from December 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013.

Find out more about eligibility and the application procedure HERE



The Centre for Research on Peace and Development (CRPD) CRPD wishes to recruit a doctoral researcher to work on a project entitled “Making National Citizens: Analyzing the Impact of Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps”.

“CPRD is a multidisciplinary research centre at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Leuven University (KU Leuven). CRPD’s multidisciplinary team conducts conceptual, empirical and applied research with the aim of improving our understanding of the causes of violent conflicts and the challenges of sustainable peace building. For more information on CRPD, please visit:”

Job description

  • To conduct research as part of the research project “Making National Citizens: Analyzing the Impact of Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps”, with the joint aim to contribute to the successful completion of this research project and to obtain a PhD degree in Social Sciences from the KU Leuven
  • The research project will last 4 years and will be conducted under the supervision of assistant professor Arnim Langer.


  • The applicant should have completed a Master’s degree in sociology, economics, political science, developmental studies or any other closely related subject;
  • The applicant should have an excellent academic record: A first class honours degree or its equivalent or an outstanding academic record at Master’s level is necessary (noting that an outstanding Master’s degree can compensate for a moderate first degree performance);
  • The applicant should have excellent analytical and writing skills (any peer-reviewed publications will be an advantage)
  • The applicant should have considerable experience with quantitative research and/or should be able to statistically analyze survey data;
  • Experience in survey research and methodology will be an advantage, as is research experience in Nigeria

Find out more information on eligibility and the application procedure HERE (PDF)



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Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities (No.2)

I received an overwhelming number of email responses to the maiden edition of scholarship, funding and other development opportunities’ series started last week. Some of the messages I am yet to respond to. However, I have to say I am encouraged at the tremendously positive feedback, some with very helpful suggestions for improvement and many others with various other links to so many opportunities to share.

I have to state a caveat though, this is information which is freely available in the public domain and all the links lead to the host institutions’ websites. While the scholarship opportunities cut across a wide range of fields, unfortunately, the (free) training courses are slightly skewed towards the social sciences.



The Chevening programme makes awards to talented individuals who demonstrate the potential to become future leaders, decision makers and opinion formers. Chevening Scholarships are awarded across a wide range of fields; including politics, government, business, the media, the environment, civil society, religion, and academia.

Chevening awards enable Scholars to study a one-year postgraduate Master’s course in any discipline at any UK university. The priority areas in which Scholarships are funded vary from country to country and can be found on the country pages of the Chevening website.  In some countries short courses are also funded, with further details set out from time to time on the relevant country pages of the Chevening website and/or your local British Embassy or High Commission website.

Click HERE for more Information about the Chevening Scholarships, eligibility, selection criteria etc.

Click HERE for details on how to apply in Nigeria.

Click HERE for general details on how to apply, for all other countries.

Deadline Varies by country. Find out HERE. For Nigeria, 14th December 2012.



The University of Ghent provides 10 postgraduate scholarships annually to candidates from developing countries who wish to obtain a master’s degree at Ghent University.

Deadline: 21st December 2012.

Find out more information about eligibility, type of courses etc. HERE on the University of Ghent website



“Clarendon Scholarships are awarded to academically excellent students with the best proven and future potential. The Scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full and a generous grant for living expenses, and are open to students starting a new course at Oxford. They are highly competitive, with less than 3% of graduate offer holders being also offered the scholarship.

In 2012-13, there will be over three hundred Clarendon scholars at Oxford representing more than fifty different countries.

Whilst there are no quotas by course type, the majority of Clarendon scholars are working towards a DPhil (PhD). Scholarships are also awarded for 2-year graduate degrees (MPhil/BPhil/MLitt) or 1-year degrees (MSc/MSt/MBA/MFE).”

“Selection criteria vary slightly depending on the subject area and whether applicants apply for a taught or research degree, but include:

“An excellent academic record is essential: A high first class honours degree or its equivalent (a GPA score of at least 3.7 if the mark is out of 4, noting that most successful candidates achieve a score higher than 3.7) or an outstanding academic record at Master’s level is necessary (noting that an outstanding Master’s degree can compensate for a moderate first degree performance)…”

Find out more about the selection criteria HERE

Deadline for 2013 entry: Friday 18 January 2013

Find out how to apply HERE

Find out more about your Eligibility HERE



The Louis Dreyfus – Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme Scheme supports outstanding postgraduate students from transition and emerging economies throughout Africa, Asia and South America.

The Louis Dreyfus – Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme is part of the Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme which cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing outstanding university graduates and professionals with the opportunity to pursue fully funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford in conjunction with access to a comprehensive programme of leadership development, long-term mentoring and networking.

Deadline for application: 04 January 2013 for Medical Sciences and Politics & International Relations; 18 January 2013 for all other subjects

Find out more information on eligibility and application details on the website HERE



The Scholarship programme is for excellent Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master’s degree programme and for excellent students from all nationalities enrolling in a Master of Law Advanced Programme or MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy.

This Scholarship Programme is for:

  1. Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master’s degree programme starting September 2013 or February 2014 ( All MA, MSc and LL.M programmes as mentioned on the website Master’s programmes in Leiden,  a number of programs have a start date in September only).
  2. All nationalities enrolling in the following programmes starting September 2013 or February 2014 or (programs listed below have a September start date only, with the exception of Adv. Studies in Air & Space Law):
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Air and Space Law
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European and International Business Law
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Tax Law
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law
    • MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy

Deadline for Application: 1 February 2013

Find out more information on the Leiden University website HERE



“The KAAD scholarships are addressed to post-graduates and to academics who already gained professional experience and who are interested in postgraduate studies (or research stays) in Germany. This program is administered by regional partner committees, staffed by university professors and church representatives.”

Who can apply?

For the scholarship programme 1 of KAAD you can apply if you:

  • come from a developing or emerging country in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America
  • have a university degree and professional experience from your home country
  • want to acquire a master’s degree or a PhD at a German university or do a post-doctoral research project (2-6 months for established university lecturers) at a German university
  • are a Catholic Christian (or general belong to a Christian denomination). Candidates from other religions can apply if they are proposed by Catholic partners and can prove their commitment to interreligious dialogue
  • possess German language skills before starting the studies (KAAD can provide a language course of max. 6 months in Germany).

Find out more information from the KAAD website HERE

The application pack for African countries can be downloaded from the website HERE

Deadline for application: 30th November 2012



The Universität Bern offers six Master Grants for the academic year 2013/14 for excellent international students. The grant consists of 1’600 CHF per month for the duration of the Master’s programme (standard period of study).
Application files will be examined by a selection committee. Criteria for selection are academic excellence and the candidate’s potential and motivation.
The Master Grant is offered for all Master’s programmes of the Universität Bern except for “Biomedical Sciences”. Most programmes are in German. Here (the University’s website) you will find the programmes in English: MA Programmes in English (docx, 93KB)


  • applicants must have graduated at the latest by the end of July 2013 with at least a Bachelor’s degree in the desired field of study
  • this Bachelor’s or Master’s degree must be from a non-Swiss university
  • the applicant’s permanent place of residence up to the application must have been outside of Switzerland

Deadline for application: December 2012

Find out more information on the website HERE




The Fellowship Scheme has two specific goals: To provide governments of developing countries with high calibre junior professional economists where gaps in local expertise exist. To provide recent postgraduate economists with practical work experience in a developing country.

The ODI Fellowship Scheme:

  • has worked in 40 countries, concentrating on those most in need;
  • has sent over 900 economists into careers in development;
  • offered 54 two-year awards in 2012 and has 100 Fellows in post; and
  • is partnered with 24 developing country governments and three regional bodies.

The application process for the 2013-2015 Fellowship Scheme is now open. The deadline is 17 December 2012. To apply, please complete the online application form (ODI Website)

Find out more information HERE




“Think Africa Press recently launched a free online educational course entitled, ‘International Law and Africa‘. Bringing together leading academics, legal practitioners and United Nations special rapporteurs, the course is intended to present readers around the world with an understanding of how international law works, how it came about, how it is enforced and monitored, how it affects individuals and groups, and how it shapes the world’s social, political and economic dynamics. In particular, the course examines the impacts of international law and its institutional infrastructure on Africa.”

Find out more from the Think Africa Press website HERE



USIP has a wide range of courses on Conflict Analysis and Prevention. Some are free and can be taken online and others require on-campus enrolment. The courses include:

  • Perspectives on Conflict Prevention
  • Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa: Tools for Policymakers
  • Peace building Organizations and Institutions
  • Understanding Islamic Law

…and so many others.

Find out more, on the USIP website HERE




Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities (No.1)

This blog is starting a new weekly series where scholarships, funding and other development opportunities will be posted here. This is because I usually come across such openings, some with specific requirements for the profile of candidates who can apply, but most times I am unsure of what to do with the information or who to forward it to. I have also been receiving numerous enquiries on how to go about searching for and applying for scholarship opportunities.

I will be posting such opportunities from around the world –  within Africa and outside Africa — covering funding for short courses and degree programs, fellowships, internships, essays and writing competitions etc BUT will NOT include general job openings. I have to state a caveat here, my aim is not to promote or encourage brain-drain. However, education remains a powerful tool for turning the fortunes of societies, and how we choose to use such a tool, after its acquisition, is entirely up to us. I’ve also come to the realization that some of the most qualified people (especially in Africa) have little access to information about these opportunities.

This is the maiden edition, which I hope to continue with every Sunday. So keep a date with this page.

If you have more information or you know of more opportunities you think could be included, general tips or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to contact me HERE


An initiative of the Australian Government, Australia Awards in Africa (AAA) is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduate scholarships each year to eligible African professionals. Nigeria is one of the eligible African countries. If you’re non-Nigerian, then check your eligibility HERE. The available awards are:

Short Course Awards: Targeted professional development courses in a specialised field (Agriculture and Food Security, Public Policy, Mining and Natural Resource, Management , Health)  with a duration of between one and three months. Read more in the PDF brochure HERE.  Australia Awards cover the full cost of tuition fees, training materials, accommodation, living expenses, health insurance for basic medical and hospital care in Australia, and travel within Africa and to and from Australia. Click HERE for full application details.

Deadline for application 30 November 2012

Long-Term Awards: Postgraduate scholarships at Masters and Doctorate level that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university. Read more in the PDF brochure HERE . Australia Awards cover the full cost of tuition fees (up to two years for a Masters-level Award and up to four years for a PhD Award), training materials, accommodation, living expenses, health insurance for basic medical and hospital care in Australia, and travel.

  • Masters (2014 intake): Priority areas include Agriculture/Food Security; Education; Health (including HIV/AIDS); Public Policy (including public sector management, public sector reform, trade, international diplomacy). Find out more information HERE
  • PhD in Agriculture: Find out more information HERE

Deadline for Masters application 13 December 2012

Deadline for PhD application 31 March 2013

NOTE: Australia Awards in Africa targets equal participation by women and men. Applications from women are strongly encouraged, and mechanisms are in place to support women applicants and Awardees.



The University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarships provide scholarships to academically talented international students in architecture, business, economics, education, engineering, and sciences. The scholarship is aimed at students studying for a Master’s degree in the University of Oulu two-year international Master’s programmes. The scholarship is for one academic year and covers the full international tuition fee.

Deadline: 31 January 2013 
Study in: Finland
Course starts September 2013

Find out more details HERE


Chinese Government Scholarship Program is established by the Ministry of Education of P.R. China  in accordance with educational exchange agreements or understandings reached between the Chinese government and the governments of other countries, organizations, education institutions and relevant international organizations to provide both full scholarships and partial scholarships to international students and scholars.

Deadline: January-April 2013
Study in:  China

Degree Type: BSc, MSc and PhD

Course starts: September 2013

See full details HERE


The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) is designed for international students who wants to pursue higher education in Korean Universities. The scholarship supports Bachelor’s (4 years), Masters (2 years), and PhD  (3 years) plus 1 year Korean language course.

Deadline: 15 November/31 March
Study in: Korea
Course starts September 2013

See full details HERE


Commonwealth Scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries are offered for Master’s, PhD, and split-site (PhD) study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following levels of study:

  • Master’s (from 2013, the CSC funds one-year Master’s courses only)
  • PhD
  • Split-site, where the CSC supports one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in your home country

All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development.

You are requested to apply for a course of study at a UK university with which the CSC has a part funding agreement.

Deadline for application: 07th December 2012

Find out more HERE


“The post graduate scholarship program of Nigeria LNG Limited is an overseas programme aimed at supporting the emergence of indigenous experts especially, but not exclusively, within the oil and gas industry. The Scheme is part of NLNG’s Community Development programme which aims to contribute to long-term socio-economic development in its host communities and Nigeria at large.

70% of the Scholarship places will be awarded to students who hail from NLNG Host Communities and Rivers State.

30% of the Scholarship places will be awarded to students from other parts of Nigeria.

The scheme will commence in September 2013 and will support 10 students with scholarships to pursue various studies in Engineering, Geosciences,  Environmental Studies, Management Sciences, Information Technology, Law and Medicine at Masters Level with leading universities in the United Kingdom…”

Application deadline is 12 noon on Friday, 16th November 2012.

Find out more information HERE

More to come…