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


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:



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:

To access the application portal, visit:



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:



(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.


  • 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: 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:

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:



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

For information on how to apply, visit



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:

  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:



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:


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

Further details are available at  Contact with any questions

Time for Nigeria’s “Big Men” to Give Back to Society

Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, recently announced that he is offering one undergraduate/postgraduate scholarship to young Nigerians, to cover study within Nigeria or in a foreign institution. The details of the scheme titled “Education Solutions” are available on his website here.

The scholarship scheme has been attracting mixed reactions on social media so far– applause and condemnation in almost equal proportion. Personally, I am very ambivalent about it. While I will not condemn it, I certainly think more can be done to improve education as a whole in Nigeria, through teacher trainings and workshops, provision of books and study materials, advocacy campaigns and so on, rather than giving out one scholarship. To be fair to the former vice president though, he has emphasised that it is a nascent, pilot scheme, and he does own one of the most reputable private universities in the country, the American University of Nigeria.

Ultimately, there is no harm in our former public officials giving back to society. Giving out scholarships through a competitive process that selects the best and the brightest and changes someone’s life positively certainly beats sitting idly about, making self-serving, inflammatory and polarising press statements threatening that “Power Must Return to the North or Else…” or “Power Must Remain in the South or Else…” whilst sitting on a huge mound of fortune that is either frittered away in obscene and vainglorious consumption, or that lies dormant in Swiss Banks, South African hotels, Malibu mansions and Emirati apartment blocks. Call it the lesser of two evils if you must.

Now imagine if more of Nigeria’s “big men” were to invest in education, advocacy, and productive enterprises at home. We probably wouldn’t be begging the Americans, Europeans and lately the Chinese to do OUR work for us: to come establish labour-intensive manufacturing firms on our shores. If only 10% of Nigeria’s $170 billion stashed in foreign accounts (these are 2003 figures, the current figures must be several multiples of this amount) were to be re-invested back home, the tremendous impact it would have on our economy is best left to the imagination.

I have argued severally that a lot of our former public officials need to make themselves useful. It has been 14 years since the transition to democracy. These 14 years have created many former governors, former ministers, former senators, former ambassadors and others who have held influential positions (I haven’t even included the titans of the military era). These are individuals with the resources and the clout to make a direct positive impact on their communities in numerous ways. A few of them have proceeded to establish consultancies, NGOs, think tanks or are still engaged in politics or policy. Some have chosen to retire in peace. Many others have temporarily skulked back into the depths of obscurity, resurfacing occasionally to rally young Nigerians to their ethno-centric, bigoted and self-serving causes.

There are so many productive ways to get involved.

One way is advocacy and enlightenment campaigns on leadership and good governance to ensure people at the grassroots stop selling their votes to the highest bidder.

Another is advocacy and enlightenment campaigns to ensure young women are enrolled and allowed to complete at the barest minimum secondary school education especially in the North East and North West.

A third could be the establishment of profit-making enterprises (if they can’t find competent local managers, they can hire qualified expatriates – there are many!) which will create value and jobs in their communities and make more money for them.

A fourth could be teaching and lecturing in many of our tertiary institutions that are wallowing in the dearth of expertise and learning equipment. Writing opinion pieces on the pages of newspapers is just not enough. Young Nigerians in tertiary institutions will benefit tremendously from the wealth of their experience in public service.

The list is endless. Most of them are influential. Many of them have the resources. Many of them can make a difference.

It is really tempting to dismiss Atiku Abubakar’s scholarship scheme or to question his motive. Indeed, one might even wonder whether the scheme will last beyond the 2014 elections primaries. Nevertheless, society will definitely benefit from more of the well-to-do giving back in useful ways that will make a real difference to people’s lives.

Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities No. 6


University of Twente in The Netherlands offers (Graduate) Masters degree scholarships for students of EU/EEA countries and Non-EU/EEA countries in various fields. UTS awards are limited in number. Students must have undergraduate degree with excellent results and good proficiency skills in English language with requirement of IELTS and TOEFL score. The value of scholarship for non-EU/EEA countries is € 10,000, € 12,500, €20,000, or € 22,500 and for EU/EEA countries is maximum € 10,000.

Deadline for Application: 30th March 2013.

Find out more about eligibility requirements, application procedure and other information at the University of Twente website HERE


Lancaster University Management School offers a variety of scholarships in Business Administration, at master’s level, MBA. The scholarships include the:

–          The Lancaster High Potential Scholarship

–          The Lancaster MBA Director’s Scholarship

–          The Lancaster MBA Scholarship for Women

–          The Lancaster MBA Regional Scholarship

The MBA Regional awards are offered to students from The Americas,  Asia/Pacific, Africa, UK/EU and the Middle East to pursue their studies at Lancaster University. The minimum grant is £3,000

Find out more about eligibility requirements, application procedure, application deadlines and other information at the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) website HERE.


You have to give it to the World Bank, they sure know how to do things BIG! The video below speaks for itself.

If your connection happens to be slow or you are unable to watch the video for any reason, find some information below, extracts from the World Bank website:

The World Bank’s Africa team is looking for two social media interns who are creative, smart, and committed to excellence.These paid interns will join the World Bank’s Africa Communications unit, a team of hardworking professionals, who love Africa and want to see it thrive and grow. If you love Africa and are willing to work hard, come join our team!

Get Started

  • Follow @WorldBankAfrica or @BM_Afrique and tweet your response to this phrase: #iwant2work4africa because…
  • Based on your response and if you make it to round 2, you will be sent a Direct Message with additional instructions

What You’ll Receive:

  • An internship at World Bank headquarters in Washington DC
  • A monthly stipend

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Conceptualizing new ways for the World Bank Africa to engage in social networks
  • Adding a more “social layer” to the World Bank Africa’s corporate websites
  • Helping manage blogs
  • Writing social media press releases
  • Tweeting from @WorldBankAfrica and @BM_Afrique
  • Engaging with fans on the World Bank Africa Facebook pages and Livestream channel
  • Sharing World Bank-produced multimedia, blogs, and other material on social networks

You Should Apply If:

  • You’re a student currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree university program, or the equivalent
  • You have a deep knowledge and understanding of social media tools – including bookmarking, tagging, tweeting, blogging, etc. – and you use them regularly
  • You’re an excellent writer
  • You speak English or French fluently

For more information, contact


For aspiring journalists…. You have to hurry, this is closing very soon!!


The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information.  The Associated Press is offering paid journalism internships for the summer 2013 in eight U.S. cities (including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.) and 10 international locations (including Jerusalem, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, Moscow, New Delhi, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul and Tokyo).

The interns will contribute to AP’s text, video, photos and interactive report for 12 weeks this summer. Interns will attend and contribute to all-format editorial meetings. Assignments will be made by a trainer who will also provide performance appraisals during the course of the internship.

Find out more job description on the AP website HERE


  • Applicants must be:
  1. current full-time students within two years of earning an undergraduate degree (juniors and seniors) or
  2. current full-time graduate students or
  3. students who graduated December 2012 or later.
  • Must be able to show proof of legal authorization to participate in a 12-week internship in the assigned country prior to the start of the internship.
  • Must have demonstrated proficiency speaking and writing in the English language and command of the local language of the assigned country.
  • Good general knowledge of U.S. and international affairs.
  • Good writing skills and the ability to recognize grammatical and factual errors.
  • Relevant coursework or experience in a cross-format environment (text, video, photos, interactive/graphics, etc.) is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of online and social media news venues.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail; able to multi-task and manage projects as assigned.
  • Self-starter with the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.

Submission materials:

  • A 300-word autobiographical essay on this topic: “The Associated Press seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that embodies a wide range of talents, experiences, achievements and journalistic skills. Please describe the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the company as an intern.”
  • A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date).
  • Three to five examples of your work (links to a website of your clips, photos, multimedia work and video are preferred).
  • Two letters of reference, one from a professor or faculty adviser on college/university letterhead and the second from a prior internship or employer.

Deadline for Application: 23rd January 2013 


Scholars for Development

Scholars Hub Africa



Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities No. 1

Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities No. 2

Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities No. 3

Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities No. 4

Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities (No.4)


The OCIS scholarships have been established by the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to allow graduates to pursue study of benefit to the Muslim world. The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford. It was established in 1985 to encourage the scholarly study of Islam and the Islamic world. The Centre provides a meeting point for the Western and Islamic worlds of learning. At Oxford it contributes to the multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary study of the Islamic world. Beyond Oxford, its role is strengthened by an international network of academic contacts.

This scholarship is open to students ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and from Muslim communities, as well as to students ordinarily resident in the following countries in Asia and Africa: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Djibouti, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen Arab Republic countries.

Value: 100% of university and college fees, and a grant for living costs (the rate in 2012-13 was £12,900).

Scholarship Application Deadline: 4 January 2013 for Medical Sciences and Philosophy; 18 January 2013 for all other subjects

Refer to the Oxford University website for application details HERE



“The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are pursuing their degree at universities, universities of applied sciences (‘Fachhochschulen’), or universities of the arts (‘Kunsthochschulen’). Scholarship recipients are expected to have excellent academic records, to be socially and politically engaged, and to have an active interest in the basic values of the foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice.

Application Deadline: 1st March 2013

For application requirements, eligibility and process, refer to the Heinrich Boll Foundation website HERE



United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) opened applications for the 2013 Master’s degree programme in Sustainability, Development and Peace and the PhD programme in Sustainability Science. Application will close on 30 April 2013.  Please note that applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, so that those who need an early decision should apply before 28 February 2013.

All those who need to look for financial support from potential donor organizations are strongly encouraged to abide by this deadline and apply before 28 February 2013.

The scholarships and assistantships available from UNU-ISP are very limited. Only highly qualified candidates from developing countries who can demonstrate the need for financial assistance will be considered for UNU-ISP financial support.

Students accepted into the programmes will benefit from the unique opportunity to study at a global university within the framework of the United Nations.  Both programmes are intended for recent graduates, professionals and practitioners wishing to develop an international career through employment in UN agencies, other international organizations, governments, civil society or private sectors.  Those who expect to receive a required degree before September 2013 may also apply. Interested applicants must submit all application documents through the UNU-ISP online application form.  Visit the UNU-ISP website for further details.



“The objective of the scheme is to provide an opportunity for qualifying students from the three Niger Delta States to further their education in courses that are relevant to the oil and gas industry.

In the three years of the programme, 30 students have benefitted from the opportunity to study at world-renowned institutions.

For the academic year commencing September 2013, SPDC will award up to ten scholarships for one-year post-graduate studies in partnership with three internationally recognised universities in the United Kingdom (UK) – Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Leeds.”

Deadline: February 15 2012

For more information about eligibility requirements and application process, refer to the Shell Petroleum Development Corporation website HERE



1st Prize $10,000 ~ 2nd & 3rd Prizes $5000 ~ 55 country prizes of $1000 available

The EDUCATING AFRICA Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education is a competition initiated by Teach A Man To Fish and generously sponsored by our partner organization Educating Africa. It continues to reward organizations in Africa that use innovative and entrepreneurial techniques to fill gaps in educational services across the continent. The competition is open to all organizations based in Africa working in education, from primary through to tertiary, as well as in non-formal and adult education.

Previous winners have ranged from agricultural training initiatives, to family learning and vocational training, and even targeted international volunteering agencies – we are looking for anything and everything that combats poverty in an innovative, sustainable and effective way, so no matter how large or small your organisation, get in touch!

Eligible projects:

  • They’re entrepreneurial: developing innovative, replicable & scalable approaches to tackling entrenched problems in education; empowering future generations of entrepreneurs
  • They’re sustainable: financially, socially and environmentally; looking beyond donations and subsidies as the primary means of creating positive social and environmental outcomes
  • They create impact: achieving measurable results in terms of educational achievement and economic outcomes for participants and their communities

Application deadline closes on 20th December. 

For further details on eligiblity requirements and the application process, refer to the website HERE

Many thanks to all those who sent emails, suggestions and  links to other such opportunities to include.


Other useful resources:

Scholarships for Development

Scholarship-Positions (Developing Countries)

Scholars Hub Africa


Related Posts:

Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities (No.1)
Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities (No.2)
Scholarships, Funding and Development Opportunities (No.3)

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…