Young Founders Programme

The Young Founders Programme is a 6-month fellowship for outstanding young entrepreneurs from emerging markets. It brings together leaders from all over the world, who are united in the pursuit to achieve entrepreneurial greatness.

    • What:
      5-day conference in Berlin / 6 months remote programme
    • Who:
      50 young founders from emerging markets
    • Content:
      Mentoring, Peer Learning, Expert Sessions, Buddy Programme

Selection Criteria

We are looking for entrepreneurs with high potential for impact and growth to become leaders of a sustainable future, with the following criteria:

  • You have recently (in the last five years) started a for-profit company focused on developing or emerging markets;
  • Your company possesses a scalable business model that has ideally generated revenue or secured a first round of external funding;
  • You or your business possesses disruptive qualities that can increase the quality, impact or inclusiveness of the industry;
  • You possess a good working knowledge of English;
  • You are available to attend the digital kick-off conference and can make time to participate in programme activities for the six months.

Application Page: https://forms.zohopublic.eu/westerwelle-foundation/form/JobApplicationForm/formperma/xO28npIPuv0UQSk2oMWzjPNJQyrAyJ9qHus1fxrOQP0

SSA Arts Cultural Exchange Open Call

The call-out is open to artists, cultural professionals, festivals, creative sector researchers working across all artforms/disciplines working with audiences predominantly from 18-35 years.

Applications may only be made in the eligible countries. There is no preference whether the lead partner that applies is in Sub Saharan Africa or the UK.  Partner organisations are seen as mutual applicants.

The grant will be paid to one organisation, however, to ensure equitable distribution of funds between partner organisations, the budget should ensure a split of around 50% / 50% of the grant award between 2 partner organisations, or no more than 60% / 40%.

Diversity: projects working primarily with Women, LBGTQ+ and/or Disabled artists will be favourably scored under the diversity section of the application.

Artforms/disciplines: Literature, Visual Arts, Music, Film (including Gaming, Virtual and Augmented Reality), Theatre and Dance, Architecture, Fashion, Design.

Application Page: https://www.britishcouncil.org/arts/sub-saharan-africa/cultural-exchange

2022/2023 Chevening Scholarships (Masters)

Chevening is the UK government’s international scholarships programme. Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and partner organisations, we offer awards to study in the UK for one year on a fully funded master’s degree course.

Successful Chevening candidates come from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds, but they all demonstrate the passion, vision and skills needed to shape a better world.

There are many benefits to being selected, including fully funded tuition fees, access to some of the best quality education in the world, exclusive networking opportunities, and the chance to explore the UK’s diverse culture.

Apply here: https://www.chevening.org/scholarship/kenya/

Advance Africa Scholarship Program

Access Bank and Udacity are awarding 1,000 scholarships in 2021! Apply if you want to enhance your future career or skill set in today’s most sought-after, in demand tech skills.
Udacity is collaborating with Access Bank, a multinational commercial bank, to empower people in Africa who are interested in learning tech-forward skills to kick-start careers in the banking industry in 2021.
We are proud to provide hands-on learning opportunities in fields such as Business Analytics, Programming, Data Science, Product Management and Digital Marketing. Scholarship recipients will complete a portfolio of real-world projects that demonstrate mastery of highly sought-after tech skills.

Apply: https://emc.udacity.com/c/access-bank-scholarship/catalog


The #NewNarrativesChallenge
Submit your creative videos by 3 September 2021 for an opportunity to win £500.
The #NewNarrativesChallenge is aimed at 18 to 35-year-olds, who are willing to share diverse stories of their countries (Countries of Africa and the UK).

We are looking for creative submissions that tell ‘the other stories’ of countries of Africa and the UK. We would like to see authentic stories that are not often portrayed in the media.

ou must be 18 to 35 years when you apply and be a resident of one of these countries:

Ethiopia, Algeria, Botswana, KENYA, Egypt, Malawi, Rwanda, Libya, Mauritius, England, Scotland, Wales, South Sudan, Morocco, Mozambique, Sudan, Tunisia, Namibia, Northern Ireland, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone.

Video submission can be in any language, but the language needs to be specified in the caption.

The deadline is 3 September 2021 at 23.59 UK time.

Apply on the British Council portal https://www.britishcouncil.org/society/new-narratives/competition

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS)

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan.


Academy Scholars Program

This program is open to all recent PhD recipients and doctoral candidates in the social sciences or law.

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences or law with a command of the language and history or culture of countries or regions outside of the United States or Canada. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present.


Social Innovators Programme Application by LEAP AFRICA

The Social Innovators Programme is our platform for equipping, empowering and showcasing young changemakers with requisite skills and effective tools for building sustainable enterprises. With the support of Union Bank Nigeria and other corporate sponsors, have enabled these young changemakers transition their social change ideas into scalable social enterprises.


Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP)

The WBG YPP is a starting point for an exciting career at the World Bank Group. Young Professionals are recruited from around the world with various academic and professional backgrounds relevant to the World BankIFC and MIGA. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate a passion for international development, graduate education, relevant professional experience, and the potential to grow into impactful leadership roles across our institutions.



Digital Information Systems for collaborative work to end child labour, forced labour and human trafficking

 The fights against child labor, forced labor, modern slavery, and human trafficking include a wide array of stakeholders including different government institutions, such as Ministries of Labour, Education, Social Development, Statistics Offices, protection and prevention programmes, workers’ and employers’ organizations, civil society organizations, among others. Effective responses to end these human rights violations require a great deal of coordination between all these stakeholders.


Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree

Application Link: https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/home/education/scholarships-and-grants/swiss-government-excellence-scholarships.html

Georg Forster Research Award

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presents up to six Georg Forster Research Awards each year to internationally outstanding researchers from developing and transition countries in recognition of their academic record to date. The research award was named for renowned German ethnologist Georg Forster (1754–1794) and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The award amount is €60,000. Award winners are also invited to conduct a research project of their choice at a research institution in Germany in cooperation with specialist colleagues there. The award enables a total stay of between six months and a full year, which can be split into multiple stays. If required, we will provide further funding of up to €25,000 to finance academic collaboration – in particular to cover the costs of attending academic conferences, of material resources such as specialist literature or scientific equipment at the home institution, or of including junior researchers.

Application Page: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/apply/sponsorship-programmes/georg-forster-research-award

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships

Applications for the 2022 Fellowships are open. Apply by 15 October 2021.
Fellowships are open to young professionals, mid-career and new executives from Africa with relevant work experience and a master’s degree.

Eligibility criteria

  • National of an African country
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience
  • Master’s degree
  • Under the age of 40, or 45 for women with children
  • Any additional criteria as set by the host

Application details

University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program

*Previous recipients of the UMAPS fellowship are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants without extensive international experience outside the continent.

All applicants must:

  • Be an early career faculty member who has taught in the higher education system for less than ten years, and who is presently teaching in a college or university in Africa
  • Be employed in an ongoing position at a university or college in Africa
  • Be able to demonstrate support from a home institution with a letter of recommendation from the head of department, dean, or vice chancellor
  • Be able to remain in residence for five months

Apply Here: https://ii.umich.edu/asc/umaps/application.html

Millenium Fellowship

The United Nations Academic Impact and MCN proudly present the Millennium Fellowship. The Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program on your campus to take your social impact to the next level.  Access to world class training, connections, and recognition is just an application away.

The Class of 2021 will be announced on the first week of August and will run this August-November.  The Class of 2022 application is open here and the program will run August-November 2022.  Apply now: early applications are strongly encouraged.

GDAI – PhD scholarship

Applications are invited for Ph.D. studentships focused on the area of state capacities, governance, and bureaucracy for development. This may include projects designed to understand public sector governance capabilities, political settlements, state-business relations, the governance of state-owned enterprises, the governance of development policy design and implementation, and so on. But applications must focus on the public sector/state/civil service, on governance, and on development.

In order to be considered for funding, applicants must first secure an UNCONDITIONAL OFFER for the Ph.D. by applying directly to the SOAS Doctoral School.

The deadline for submission of the application is 31st March 2023.


African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence Pilot Programme | Call for Expressions of Interest

Are you a talented early-career scientist who has already produced excellent supervised work, is ready to work independently, and shows potential to be a research leader? The African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence Pilot Programme (ARISE-PP) Grant is an opportunity for you to further develop your research career and become a principal researcher leading your own grant.

Who can apply?

African researchers who are African nationals with 2-7 years of research experience since completion of their Ph.D., a scientific track record showing great promise, and an excellent research proposal to conduct excellent research in an African university or research institution


Junior Professional Associates (JPA) Program

The Junior Professional Associate (JPA) program is a unique opportunity to gain entry-level professional experience and first-hand exposure to the challenges – and rewards – of international development.

Are you a recent graduate? Do you have passion for and commitment to helping others? Are you looking for a solid, two-year entry-level work experience in a multicultural environment? If so, you may be interested in the the World Bank’s JPA program. ​



The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program and to take advantage of the opportunity to engage actively in the Center’s national mission. The Center awards approximately 15-20 residential fellowships each year. Fellows will be affiliated with one or more of the Wilson Center programs/projects and are encouraged to interact with policy makers in Washington, D.C., with Wilson Center staff, and other scholars who are working on similar research and topics.


The Bank Internship Program (BIP)

The Bank Internship Program (BIP) offers highly motivated individuals an opportunity to be exposed to the mission and work of the World Bank. The internship allows individuals to bring new perspectives, innovative ideas and research experience into the Bank’s work, while improving skills in a diverse environment. In addition, it is a great way to enhance CVs with practical work experience. Internships are available in both development operations and other business units (such as Human Resources, Communications, Accounting, etc.) however, availability during a given internship term is based on business need.


Global Challenges: Law, Policy and Practice, MA; Swansea University

In partnership with Sky, this graduate scholarship initiative will develop the next generation of outstanding, forward-looking, real-world focused leaders in legal scholarship, activism and practice.

For our third cohort, who will commence their studies in January 2022, we are looking for five scholars to study any of the following topics:

  • Digital inclusion
  • Racial injustice
  • Children’s rights
  • Environment and climate change
  • Human rights

If you are accepted onto this master’s programme, you will receive a scholarship which covers the full tuition fee as well as a stipend of c.£15,000 to contribute towards your living costs.
Application Page: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/ma-global-challenges/

Grants to investigate environmental crimes in Africa

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, working with the Henry Nxumalo Foundation and the Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism, is offering grants to journalists to investigate environmental crime in Africa.

The grants are intended to enable and encourage the exposure of environmental crime of any sort and to give journalists the time and resources to do this kind of reporting. Grants will range from $1 000 to $5 000, depending on the scope of the investigation, and the work must be completed within four months.
It will be your responsibility to get the material published/broadcast. Please indicate to us where you intend to publish/broadcast. An expression of interest from the publisher/broadcaster will assist your application.

We will publish on our websites and retain the right to use the material for publicity purposes. Applicants must complete this form: shorturl.at/mABKT

Applicants should also submit a CV, a budget and where possible an expression of interest from a publisher/broadcaster. These should be sent to: GrantApplicantsAfrica@gmail.com

Closing date: August 31, 2021.

OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World

The applicant must be a woman who has received her PhD in a scientific discipline within the previous ten years and whose current scientific research is related to the area of climate action and the environment.

Given that from 2022-2026 the awards will respond to the call for action set forth by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), applicants must demonstrate how their research contributes to the advance of knowledge in the area of climate action and the environment and to achieving the SDG13 (Climate Action), SDG14 (Life Below Water) and/or SDG15 (Life on Land).

The application can include but is not limited to, reference to SDG13, SDG14 or SDG15 sub-targets, e.g.: effective climate change-related planning, protecting marine and coastal ecosystems, halt biodiversity loss, conserve and sustainably use ecosystems, strengthen resilience to climate-related hazards, and more.

Deadline for submitted applications is 28 October 2021 (24:00 CET)

For more application details and guidelines click here: https://owsd.net/call-applications-2022-owsd-elsevier-foundation-awards


For this cohort, we are looking for 5 high-potential ventures that are:

    1. For profit, post product, post revenue business with minimum of 6 months sustained revenue
    2. With an office and operations based in Kenya
    3. Led by a dedicated FULL-TIME founding team
    4. Minimum of 2 years of existence, but not greater than 5 years
    5. At a stage to raise Late Seed or Pre-Series A funding rounds
    6. With a Founding Team committed to fully participate in ALL program activities
    7. The business model and/or product/service must be tech-enabled

* The 2nd cohort of the NINJA Accelerator in Kenya is sector agnostic.
* Applying to and participating in NINJA Accelerator is completely free.

Click here to apply: https://bit.ly/NINJACohort2Application

The Rhodes Scholarships for East Africa

East Africa covers Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi.

There is one Rhodes Scholarship for East Africa each year. The Scholarship for East Africa was announced in 2018 and the first Scholar will arrive in October 2019.

Kenyan citizens are not eligible for the Scholarship for East Africa but should apply instead for the Scholarship for Kenya.

Opening date: 1 June 2021
Closing date: 23:59 Eastern Africa Time, 31 August 2021


Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture Award

Are you a pioneering dance researcher or practitioner with a focus on international exchange and impact? Share your talent and research with the Fulbright community at our Virtual 44th Annual Conference.  Applications for the 2021 Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture will be accepted through August 30, and the awardee will be notified by September 15.

The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund for International Scholarship on Dance provides a dance researcher or practitioner the opportunity to present a major paper or interdisciplinary presentation, based on research or a body of accomplished work, at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference. The 2021 Cohen Lecturer will be selected based on guidelines developed by the late Dr. Selma Jeanne Cohen, dance historian and founding editor of the International Encyclopedia of Dance, whose generous endowment gift supports this lecture program. We encourage interdisciplinary dance scholars to apply.


Ireland Fellows Programme – Africa

The Ireland Fellows Programme enables early to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, with leadership potential, to benefit from a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to capacity building. It offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded one-year master’s level program at a higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland.


Africa Agri-food Development Programme (AADP)

The Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) is a joint initiative between the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Objective of the AADP is to develop partnerships between the Irish Agri-Food Sector and African countries to support the sustainable growth of the local food industry, build markets for local produce and support mutual trade between Ireland and Africa. This will be achieved through supporting eligible Irish companies to build meaningful partnerships with African companies and use their expertise and resources to jointly work on projects which will have a strong development impact.


ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK (IDB2545 – Internship 2021 Quarter 3)

Note: The following internship term will be online. Interns will not be required to report to the office.

IsDB has a variety of opportunities that will provide you with a unique experience and challenge working in development banking. An internship with IsDB is an excellent way to gain practical work experience, learn about your prospective career, and network with professionals from all over the world. Most importantly the IsDB internship gives you the opportunity to help others achieve acceptable standards of living and social conditions.

The purpose of the IsDB Internship is to provide students from colleges, universities, and similar academic institutions with the opportunity to engage in an active learning environment and obtain practical experience to complement their academic learning.