Do you have an idea for building accountability and transparency in your community? Are you developing a new tool for civic engagement or anti-corruption? Apply to join the Accountability Incubator for a chance to receive the support you need to turn your idea into reality!
Application Deadline: 31st October, 2017
Offered annually? Yes
To be taken at (country): Liberia, Mali,Pakistan or Nepal
About the Award: The Accountability Incubator is Accountability Lab’s flagship initiative to provide passionate young leaders with catalytic support to develop and implement low-cost, high-impact solutions for accountability in their communities.
Liberia: natural resource management, specifically issues related to the accountability of mining processes;
Mali: open government, accountability, justice, elections, and SDG16;
Nepal: decentralization, local governance, feedback loops and the accountability of service delivery;
Pakistan: technology for accountability or elections, ICTs to improve service delivery, ideas related to big data, and technologies to achieve SDG16.
Type: Training, Entrepreneurship
Be under the age of 35 at the time of application;
Be a national of and based in either Liberia, Mali, Nepal or Pakistan;
Be willing and able to commit to at least 3 days of training every 3 months in the capital city of your country;
Be committed to working on your idea for at least 20 hours a week until it grows to the point where it is a full-time commitment;
Be dedicated, energetic and willing to help build an emerging global eco-system for accountability.
Number of Awardees: Not specified
Value of Programme:
– Training and Knowledge Building (120 hours of interactive training to build accountability eco-systems)
– Network and Community Building
– Media Outreach and Communications Support
– Seed Funding and Fundraising (Participants are eligible to receive up to $10,000 during the 2-year program)
Duration of Programme: The incubator is a part-time commitment, with trainings every quarter and ongoing support throughout a 2-year period.
How to Apply: Read more and Apply here to join the Accountability Incubator for a chance to receive the support you need to turn your idea into reality!
It is important to visit the Programme Webpage before applying.
The Price Lab at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the 2018/2019 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in Digital Humanities.
Application Deadline: 30th October, 2017
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: All
To be taken at (country): University of Pennsylvania, USA
About the Award: The Mellon Fellow will be affiliated with both the School of Arts and Sciences and the Penn Libraries, and will participate in the biweekly Price Lab Mellon Seminar. The fellow will pursue their own research project, presenting this work at the seminar, while also contributing to team-based projects at the Lab, and teaching one DH course during the year in the undergraduate College. (While the application requires a brief course description, actual specifications of the class will be worked out next spring with the Price Lab’s Managing Director.)
Eligible Fields: The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree. MFAs and other doctorates such as EdD are ineligible. In addition to scholars from the core humanities disciplines, those in related fields such as anthropology and the history of science are eligible to apply. Additional educational background in programming, library sciences, computer graphics, computational linguistics, or other fields relevant to digital humanities research is desirable but not required.
Type: Postdoctoral Fellowships
Awards are available to untenured scholars in the humanities whose PhD must have been received between December 2009 and December 2017.
Applicants from outside the US must be eligible for appointment under a J-1 visa (Research Scholar status); no exceptions will be made, and the Price Lab reserves the right to revoke a fellowship if the recipient is unable to meet this condition.
Number of Awardees: Not specified
Value of Fellowship: The Mellon DH Postdoctoral Fellowships carries an annual stipend of $58,350 plus single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage of any dependents).
Duration of Fellowship: The DH Fellow is required to spend the ten-month academic year (August 2018 – May 2019) in residence at Penn. Fellows have the option to renew the fellowship for a second year if they wish to stay but are not required to do so.
The undergraduate Academic Scholarship at University of Wollongong in Dubai, covers 15% – 50% of tuition fees each semester. The Wollongong Dubai scholarships do not include textbooks, excursions, accommodation, living expenses or any other costs involved in undertaking study.
Application Deadline: 21st January 2018
Eligible Countries: Nigeria
To be taken at (country): United Arab Emirates
Eligible Field of Study: All
Eligibility: Students from Nigeria will have to maintain a minimum of 5As or 4As to be awarded the University of Wollongong in Dubai Scholarships.
In order to retain this Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
Enrol in a minimum of 3 subjects (mandatory) in Autumn and Spring
Maintain a WAM of ≥75 at the end of each semester
Receive no “Fail” (F or TF) grades
University of Wollongong in Dubai Scholarships holders failing to meet the above requirements will no longer be entitled to retain their scholarship and will therefore have to pay the relevant tuition fees in order to continue their studies.
Number of Awardees: Not specified
Value of Scholarship:
25% tuition waiver for 5As qualification
15% tuition waiver for 4As qualification
How to Apply: If you would like to apply for any of the UOWD Scholarships, you should submit an Application for Scholarship form, along with supporting documentation relevant to your chosen Scholarship (academic transcripts, completion certificate(s), awards, referee reports, alumni ID, as appropriate) to the Registrar’s Department. Applications must be received by the closing date (as listed below) and submitted via the Scholarship Form.
What is topmost in the average African’s mind is what their government may be doing wrong. This mentality more often than not, leads to a group of uninspired complacent people who even further bring down the economy.
Standing out from the crowd however are a few individuals who seem to defy odds placed before them, who rise above social negligence and go on to provide solutions and make a better living not only for themselves but also for a larger chunk of the community. These types of people are taking Africa to where it ought to be – at centrestage.
1. Abasiama Idaresit:
Abasiama Idaresit didn’t make any money for the first eight months. He was chased out of a potential client’s office for his outrageous concept. Digital marketing was almost unheard of in Nigeria at the time.
Idaresit approached Baby M, a small business that catered to the needs of new mothers and their babies. Baby M had a network of sales agents who searched for customers on a daily basis to make ends meet. Idaresit finally managed to convince Baby M, his first customer, to give him a chance by offering a money back guarantee if he didn’t give the company a return on investment.
Baby M gave him N40 000(roughly USD250) as payment in advance so that Idaresit could work his magic. In three months Baby M’s revenue grew from USD1000 a month to USD100 000 a month through digital marketing. The business was immediately overwhelmed with orders.
Now Wild Fusion spans three countries and boasts clients like Unilever (Nigeria and Ghana), Vodacom, Diamond Bank, Planned Parenthood and many more African and international clients.
2. Jason Njoku: The founder of IrokoTv was not born into affluence although he was born in England in a family of Nigerian immigrants. He was abandoned by his father soon after his birth and was brought up by a single mother who could hardly make ends meet in the popular district of East London. He succeeded in registering in faculty and making brilliant studies.
After his chemistry diploma of Manchester University, Jason Njoku failed to start up quite a few enterprises. Some of these enterprises included a blog network, a T-shirt business, and a web design company. Jason Njoku said of his journey: “I spent five good years of my life trying everything unsuccessfully”
After many failed business ideas and shamefully moving back into his mother’s apartment, he decided to break into the Nigerian tech industry. He got the idea when he discovered a change in his mother’s television viewing habits. She now watched more Nigerian film content than the British soaps she was used to.
In Africa, Nollywood movies are easy to find; outside of Africa however, was a different story altogether. Movie fans overseas thus had taken to sharing movies on YouTube, chopping them into 10-minute long videos to get around time limits the service [Youtube] then imposed.
Eventually he realized there were opportunities in the TV industry in terms of internet television network, gaining inspiration from Western companies such as Netflix and Hulu. He figured, “Why not capitalize on the market since Africa had nothing like this yet?”
Having grown his business from his bedroom, to a YouTube channel, to a stand-alone venture-capital backed dedicated movie platform, Njoku story inspires a new generation of technology entrepreneurs.
3. Julian Omalla:
Julian Omalla’s entrepreneurial story is a perfect example of not letting adversity bring you down. She began her working life as an employee of her brothers, while at the same time saving her own money to start a business as a small trader.
As a woman, she wanted to show that she could have her own business, too. She was doing well until she became too trusting. She transferred all her funds to her new business partner in order to purchase stock and he just disappeared from his place of business. This meant she was back to where she started. It was to be a hard lesson that was to shape her entrepreneurial journey from that point onwards and she learnt not to put all her eggs in one basket – a strategy that was to become her philosophy for business expansion and diversification in the future.
So, although devastated by what had happened in her first entrepreneurial venture, Julian began again as a sole trader, wheeling fruit in her wheelbarrow to market and saving the proceeds of her sales each day. She managed to save $100, and with that $100 she made an investment. She did a food processing certificate, realising that there was a gap in the market for locally produced fruit juice and canned fruit. Her aim was to start a juice processing business, not just small scale like the market vendors, but a real factory.
Today, Julian Omalla is one of Uganda’s biggest entrepreneurial success stories, and the owner of Uganda’s largest juice processing factory, Delight Ltd, with an annual turn over of US$4m and 45% of the local market. She’s known affectionately as “Mama Cheers” after her popular fruit drink brand, Cheers. Julian now has diversified into a range of other business activities, too, including poultry, a flour mill and bakery, a student hostel for 400, as well as coordinating women’s farmer cooperatives that provide food aid into Sudan. She is also a major employer in the country.
4. Strive Masiyiwa:
Strive Masiyiwa’s story is one full of trials and tribulations, including a battle against the government of Zimbabwe that earned him death threats and, probably, made him flee the country in 2000. But it’s also replete with triumphs.
Born in Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia in 1961, Masiyiwa’s family eventually moved to Zambia where he grew up. Driven by purpose after university education in the UK, he returned home to help build the telecommunications industry in Zimbabwe but that journey was met with opposition from the Mugabe-controlled government, claiming it had a monopoly.
The state telecom refused to grant Masiyiwa a license to cell frequencies, claiming it had a monopoly. That’s when Masiyiwa sued, in 1994. The case went on for five years, and at one point early on, Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court ruled against Econet, leaving, apparently, no chance to appeal.
Today, Strive is the most successful Entrepreneur to emerge from Zimbabwe and East Africa in general. His influence spans Africa and the entire globe.
Also, Econet Wireless is easily Zimbabwe’s most successful corporation with a subscriber base of over 6 million and magnetising investors worldwide. Headquartered in Johannesburg, it has operations in Nigeria, Mauritius and Ivory Coast in Africa. Outside Africa, Econet operates in the UK and China.
5. Edward Moshole:
In 1999, Edward Moshole South African CEO of Chem-Fres products was a cleaner with just R68 in his pocket, but he noticed a business opportunity.
Good quality detergents and disinfectants could make a tough cleaning job much easier, so he started buying quality products in bulk and selling them to his fellow cleaners. He wasn’t satisfied, though. He wanted a business that made and sold its own products. So, he tackled the long and arduous process of creating cleaners and detergents that could pass strict regulations and compete with the best products on the market.
It wasn’t easy, but he kept at it. In fact, he only got his first real breakthrough in 2006 when a supermarket agreed to start stocking his products. Today, his Chem-Fresh products can be found all over Africa, and he counts Pick n Pay as one of his main clients.
These successful African entrepreneurs found one way or the other to break the opportunity ice to eventually start and grow successful businesses. While larger challenges stand in-line waiting for incoming African entrepreneurs, tenacity of purpose will always win.
The idea for Gmail began with 1 Googler. Today it has more than 425 million users and counting. At Google Business Internship, one Googler can make a huge impact, our interns–they are key players in our daily innovation. Apply today.
Application Deadline: 12th November 2017
To be Taken at: By applying to this position your application is automatically submitted to the following locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Copenhagen, Denmark; Bratislava, Slovakia; Prague, Czech Republic; Athens, Greece; Warsaw, Poland; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kiev, Ukraine, 02000; Oslo, Norway; Brussels, Belgium; Helsinki, Finland; Vienna, Austria; Stockholm, Sweden; Dubai – United Arab Emirates; Munich, Germany; Bucharest, Romania; Milan, Italy; Hamburg, Germany; Zagreb, Croatia; Paris, France; Zürich, Switzerland; Moscow, Russia; Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel; Lagos, Nigeria; Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid, Spain; Budapest, Hungary; Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
Eligible Fields: Google Business Internship is typically offered in the following business areas:
GMS Sales and Operations
Large Customer Sales
About the Award: Interns at Google bring questions and build answers. We offer a range of internships across EMEA and durations and start dates vary according to a project and location. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and our recruitment team will determine where you fit best based on your resume.
Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program and maintaining student status throughout the internship. Priority is given to students graduating end of 2018 or in 2019 so please include your graduation date on your resume.
Returning to education on a full-time basis upon completing the internship.
Ability to commit to a minimum of 10 weeks and up to 6 months at Google.
Previous internship experience in Sales, Advertising, Consulting, Analysis, Customer Service, Marketing or related fields.
Number of Awardees: Not specified
Value of Internship:
As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to work on projects core to Google’s business, whether it be Sales, Google for Work, Finance, People Operations (HR), Legal, Trust and Safety, or Marketing. Our intern recruitment team will determine where you fit best based on your CV and the preferences you indicate on the application form.
Our internships expose you to the technology industry, as well as provide opportunities for personal and professional development. From being challenged, to collaborating with a team, join our team to make an impact.
Duration of Internship: duration and start date of internship vary depending on the position.
AWARD is a two-year fellowship to strengthen the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural sciences. The program is intended for women in the agricultural disciplines and related life sciences broadly defined.
Application Deadline: 7th October 2017
Eligible Countries: Women agricultural scientists who are citizens of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, and Togo.
About the Award: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is working toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for the African continent by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. We invest in African scientists, research institutions, and agribusinesses so that they can deliver agricultural innovations that better respond to the needs and priorities of a diversity of women and men across Africa’s agricultural value chains.
The AWARD Fellowship is a career-development program that since 2008 has, through tailored fellowships, equipped top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their science and leadership skills. The fellowship is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and wellbeing of African smallholder farmers
Education: Completed bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.
Discipline: All domains in agriculture and food are eligible.
Priority will be given to scientists working on research to benefit the sorghum and millet value chains, seed systems, and agroecological transitions.
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Award: AWARD Fellows benefit from a two-year fellowship focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity. Following a highly competitive process, the fellowships are awarded on the basis of intellectual merit and leadership capacity.
Duration of Program: 2 years
How to Apply: Find the application form here and for answers to frequently asked questions, please visit: FAQ page
The Brunel University African Poetry Prize works in partnership with the African Poetry Book Fund to provide a platform for unpublished poets in Africa.
Application Deadline: 1st December, 2017
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: African countries
To be taken at: Online
About the Award: The Brunel University International African Poetry Prize is a major annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. Now in its fourth year, this year the Prize is sponsored by Brunel University and Commonwealth Writers.
British-Nigerian writer, Bernardine Evaristo, who is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London, initiated the award in 2012.
The prize is open to African poets, defined as those who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African.
The prize is open to African poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published. Self-published poetry books, chapbooks and pamphlets are exempt from this stipulation.
Only poems written in English are accepted. Poems translated into English are also accepted with a percentage of the prize going to the translator.
The prize opens for submissions from October 1st 2016 to December 1st 2016. Each entrant must submit 10 poems to be eligible, no more and no less.There is no stipulation as to the content of submitted poems but no poem should exceed 40 lines in length.
The poems may have been previously published or won previous awards.
Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.
Under no circumstances will the organisers or judges enter into discussions with entrants who have submitted for the prize.
The prize organisers reserve the right to not award the prize if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified. The organisers also reserve the right to split the prize if they decide that more than one poet is worthy of it.
The judges’ decision is final and they will not enter into any correspondence with entrants regarding their decisions.
Number of Awardees: 10
How to Apply: All entries must be submitted via email only to BUAPP@brunel.ac.uk*.
An acknowledgement will be sent. (Please note that email enquiries about the rules will not be answered.)
It is important to read the Rules and requirements before applying
Visit Contest Webpage for details
Award Provider: Brunel University and Commonwealth Writers.
MTN Foundation is delighted to notify interested candidates that the MTN Foundation Scholarships 2017/2018 is currently going on. Every year, 500 qualified and successful full-time Nigerian students studying science and technology related courses are awarded the scholarship which covers tuition, book allowance and stipends.
In fact, the scholarship is renewed every year until graduation for existing awardees provided they have maintained a minimum CGPA of 3.5 or its equivalent (second class upper/upper credit) while new applications, when advertised, are welcome from full time students in their second year of study.
The students must be in their second year at the time of application, ie they must be of the 2015/2016 admission set.
Applicants from public Universities and Colleges of Education in Nigeria must be full time undergraduates in 200 level/2nd year.
Applicants from public Universities and Colleges of Education must have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) score of 3.5 or its equivalent (2:1)
Applicants from public Polytechnics must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (upper credit) from the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) programme and must have secured admission into the Higher National Diploma programme (HND).
Direct entry level students must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (upper credit) from the OND programme and must have secured admission into 200 level/2nd year in a public University
Field/Area Of Study
Only applications from students studying one of the under listed courses will be considered:
• Agric. Extension and Rural Development
• Agricultural Science
• Animal Breeding and Genetics
• Animal Nutrition
• Animal Production and Health
• Aquaculture and Fisheries Management
• Applied Physics
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer and Electronics
• Computer and Information Science
• Computer and Mathematics
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
• Electrical Engineering
• Electrical/Electronic Engineering • Electronics and Computer Technology
• Electronics Engineering
• Engineering Physics
• Industrial Mathematics
• Industrial Physics
• Information Technology
• Mechanical Engineering
• Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
• Petroleum and Gas Engineering
• Physics Electronics
• Physics/ Computational Modeling
• Pure/ Applied Physics
• Statistics and Computer Science
• System Engineering
Applicants details will be verified and shortlisted candidates will be invited for an assessment test. They will be required to come with 2 recent passport photographs as well as the original and photocopy of the following documents:
Valid Student ID card
Any other means of identification (National ID card, International passport or Driver’s license)
Admission letter from JAMB and institution of study
Admission letter for the HND programmes (For Polytechnic students only)
Application Ends September 2017
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For Application process ensure you CLICK HERE NOW.
The World Bank is delighted to call on individuals for abstract submissions for the 19th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty to be held March 19 – 23, 2018 in Washington, DC, USA.All submissions are to be completed before the stated deadline
The Land and Poverty conference will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. The 2018 conference theme will be: Land Governance in an Interconnected World
Type: Call for Papers/Conferences
Field of Study: Conference priority themes for oral presentations and posters:
New academic research on the impact of land tenure security for sustainable development, equity and prosperity, (results and their policy relevance; new research methodologies);
New rigorous impact evaluations on scalable approaches toward strengthening land governance;
New ways of using spatial data (imagery, drones, mobile phones etc.) to strengthen land governance, sustainable land use, and/or support land administration services in urban and/or rural settings;
Innovations for securing land and resource rights in customary settings, gender, collective action, and role of customary authorities;
Progress with land governance performance monitoring, approaches to (gender) disaggregation, and Sustainable Development Goals;
Requirements for moving from pilots to land administration service delivery at scale: good, cheap, fast and equitable;
Improving resilience and resilience impact of national land and geospatial systems; and seamless, unified and comprehensive geospatial data for enhanced management of landscapes and inclusive land reform;
Modernizing and financing land service delivery and organizations, contribution private sector;
New insights on land governance strategies for conflict prevention and supporting peace agreements;
Fair leverage of land for realizing and financing infrastructure, housing, urban expansion, and public goods;
Achieving responsible large-scale land based investments: lessons learned 10 years on.
To Be Taken At (Country): Washington, DC, USA.
Abstracts should be between 800 and 1,500 words, anonymous, written in American English, and submitted online in Word format. Abstracts less than 800 words will not be reviewed.
Selection Criteria: Abstract selection for presentation is on the basis of a double blind peer-review process. Criteria are
relevance to conference thematic tracks;
evidence-based and methodological appropriateness;
innovative and new;
significance of findings for policy or research agenda; and
clarity of presentation.
More than one abstract can be submitted; due to space limitation only one accepted abstract can be presented by a participant.
How to Apply: Please submit abstract for oral presentation of an individual paper, poster, or MasterClass by October 13, 2017 via Conftool (Please view guidelines on how to create a new user account and submit an abstract).
Deadline: 13th October 2017
Conference registration should be completed by 1st February, 2018.
Full papers should be uploaded by 15th February, 2018.
The British council is delighted to invite applicants for the Creative Hubs Programme for creative hubs in West Africa 2017, all applicants are reminded to ensure that they comply with the eligibility criteria yo avoid disqualification .
British Council’s West Africa Arts Programme #UKWestAfricaArts invites applications from Creative Hubs in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and United Kingdom to participate in a development programme for Creative Hubs from these countries.
For this programme, we define creative hubs as any physical space that connects artists and / or creative entrepreneurs* to each other and to skills, and capacity that strengthens their artistic practice or creative enterprise.
Type: Creative Hub Program
To be Taken in : West Africa
To be selected to join the programme, hubs will:
Have founders or managers that are aged 18 – 35 OR have a demonstrable focus on supporting creative enterprises and / or artists that are aged 18 – 35.
Have been operational for at least 6 months
Have a physical space that brings artists and / or creative entrepreneurs together AND offers them at least two of training, networking, advisory or business support (like incubation or acceleration).
Be located in one of these cities in West Africa: Abuja, Accra, Calabar, Dakar, Enugu, Freetown, Kano, Kumasi, Lagos Port Harcourt OR any location in the UK.
Be available to attend a workshop in Abuja, Nigeria from 4 to 7 December 2017 (Hub Managers or Founders involved in Day to Day management only)
The workshop will be facilitated by Nesta based on the Nesta Creative Enterprise Toolkit and a Creative Hub Toolkit still in development.
Participation in the workshop is free.
There are bursaries available to support participants from outside Abuja with flights, accommodation and breakfast and lunch each day.
How to apply
Please fill in the form by 30 October 2017. Selected Hubs will be notified by 6 November 2017.
Application Deadline: October 30th 2017
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the British Council’s Creative Hubs Programme 2017
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