Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020
The Pan African University Scholarships is an initiative of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. It is a Premier continental university network whose mission is to provide quality postgraduate education geared towards the achievement of a prosperous, integrated and peaceful Africa.
Young, qualified, talented and enterprising applicants from African countries and the African Diaspora are invited to apply to join Masters or PhD degree programmes at any of the following four PAU institutes listed below. Candidates with potential, motivation and who desire to play transformative leadership roles as academics, professionals, industrialists, innovators and entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply.
For Masters Programme Admissions
Candidates must satisfy the following conditions
Maximum age of 30 years for male and 35 years for female applicants
Undergraduate degree from a recognized university, with at least a second class upper division or its equivalent, in a relevant field;
Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts (from university and high school)
Passport or National I.D. card (personal details page)
Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm)
Recommendation letter from ONE of his/her former University lecturers
Names of 3 Reference University lecturers (with email adress and whatsapp number) (*Mandatory)
For Doctoral Programmes
Candidates must meet the following requirements:
Maximum age of 35 years for male and 40 years for female applicants;
A Master’s degree in a relevant field from PAU or any internationally recognized university;
Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts
Passport or National I.D. card (personal details page);
Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm);
Recommendation letters from 2 Professors;
A 3 to 4 page Research Concept Note (tentaive title, research questions, objectives, significance of the research etc…);
Names of 3 Reference University Teachers (with email adress and whatsapp number);(Mandatory);
In addition to these requirements above:
- Candidates may be required to undergo a written/oral examination after pre- selection.
- Candidates for the Master in Conference Interpreting and Translation programmes are required to have excellent knowledge of at least two of the African Union’s official languages (Arabic, English, French and Portuguese).
The Discovery Prize is an opportunity each year to showcase new musical talents from the African continent.
Over the years this Prize has rewarded artists as diverse and talented as Tiken Jah Fakoly (Republic of Ivory Coast I), Rokia Traoré (Mali), Didier Awadi (Senegal), Amadou and Mariam (Mali) or Maurice Kirya (Uganda),.
He now enjoys real notoriety around the world.
Its Jury, made up of professionals, is chaired each year by a personality. From Jacob Desvarieux to Youssou N’Dour, Angélique Kidjo, Passi, Richard Bona, Asalfo and Fally Ipupa, the presidents of the Prix Découvertes RFI bring their support and their experience to its influence.
The winner receives 10,000 euros, a tour in Africa and a concert in Paris.
RFI and their partners are actors committed to the winner and offer him professional support, promotion on their channels, their websites.
The RFI Discovery Prize is organized in partnership with Sacem, The French Institute, the International Organization of La Francophonie and UNESCO
Rules to download reglement_prix_decouvertes_2020.pdf
COVID-19 in Africa
The Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, has a new initiative supporting innovators and young entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to combat COVID-19 in Africa.
The Zicklin Center has issued a call for proposals, open to students and young professionals (ages 18 to 35 years old) from around the world interested in offering innovative ideas for an effective private and public sector response to the pandemic throughout Africa.
Wharton School is an ecosystem partner of the Entrepreneurship World Cup, contributing with knowledge used to help inform and educate participants as well as outreach efforts to foster the participation of its alumni and leading entrepreneurship stakeholders around the world.
The program intends to:
Utilize different modalities to support capacity development and access to knowledge.
Facilitate the creation of multidisciplinary teams by connecting global talent with field experts, policymakers, and key players from the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Provide visibility to innovative solutions at the Zicklin Center at Wharton thus providing additional opportunities to attract strategic partners and investors.
More information is on the Zicklin Center site. Those interested must submit a proposal by September 15, 2020.
Following submission, proposals will be reviewed based on their significance, originality, feasibility, and clarity. Active support and mentorship will be provided, along with feedback and networking opportunities.
May 7, 2020 – The Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School and its many partners are issuing a call for proposals for a new initiative: Building Capacity to Combat CAVID-19 in Africa: Ideas and Innovations from Young Entrepreneurs
The Zicklin Center is launching this Initiative under its pillar: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION and in collaboration with Wharton’s Global Social Impact students club and several other partners. The Initiative is supported by many partnerships, including global and local networks created within the Ideas for Action (I4A) Initiative (https://ideas4action.org/).
The initiative is open to students and young professionals (ages 18 to 35 years old) from around the world interested in offering innovative ideas for an effective private and public sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic in countries throughout Africa.
The objective of this initiative is to encourage capacity building ideas and innovations from young entrepreneurs, within diverse teams, supported by senior decision-makers and experts in international development, academia, and the private sector. All proposals will be reviewed and offered feedback. The teams will also receive support from a dedicated startup accelerator at the Wharton School, and benefit from unique networking opportunities with other young business leaders.
Policy Making and Community Based Projects
We encourage proposals that address four broad issues:
Policy Making: Proposals should offer innovations in improving government and other policy making entities responses to the COVID-19. Fragility, weak institutions, and underdeveloped public health systems undermine the effective response to COVID-19. How can we build capacity for good governance, compliance, transparency, accountability, and responsibility in COVID -19 responses? How should we support entrepreneurship in government and health care institutions so that “locally nurtured” ideas get support from the leading authorities? How should we support idea generation from the middle ranks and front lines of organizations? Given today’s rapid pace of change in health care systems, public-private partnerships are of critical importance. How should we encourage public-private partnerships to generate successful health care innovations?
Start-up: How should we expand the activities of existing start-ups or new ones to address COVID-19 challenges in Africa.
Technology and Big Data: How should we best utilize technology, AI, blockchain, and big data in the search for innovative responses to the COVID-19?
Community-Based Projects: Substantial experience and capacity already addresses critical health care issues in poor communities, not only in Philadelphia but also other large metropolitan areas in the United States. How should we incorporate these lessons in addressing the challenges raised by COVID-19 in Africa.
Why Should You Participate?
Networking: Diverse Teams
By utilizing our networks, including nearly 20,000 alumni participants in the I4A Initiative, we are well positioned to facilitate the creation of diverse teams, in terms of location, expertise, and cultural background. If you need, we can also help you bring new team members. Let us know if you would like to share your initial ideas through our networks, so that we can facilitate access to potential new team members, including local or global entrepreneurs.
Beyond Single Project: Leadership in Shaping the Local Ecosystem – Strengthening and Creating Markets
This is your unique leadership moment – an opportunity to demonstrate leadership not only through proposing specific, innovative projects but to get actively involved in managing the initiative locally. Send us ideas on how to best utilize your local presence to shape the external ecosystem and strengthen and create markets, thus making them more supportive to scaling up and implementing the projects. What are the best ways to improve governance, compliance, transparency, accountability, and responsibility in the local ecosystem?
Capturing Best Practices and Knowledge Exchange
Although the Initiative is focused on Africa, we would like to invite you to share your local knowledge, particularly community based best practices, which may be beneficial for the implementation of proposals in Africa. Of course, we are mindful of the limitations of North to South knowledge exchanges; some of the best practices from countries in Africa could be equally relevant elsewhere, including underdeveloped communities in developed countries.
Capacity Development and Access to Knowledge
Based on our longstanding experience with the I4A Initiative, we will utilize different modalities to support capacity development and access to knowledge, both in person and online. This will include resources available at the University of Pennsylvania and other partners, ranging from access to knowledge, including Knowledge@Wharton and guest lectures, to locally supported Ideation workshops.
To support your idea, we will connect teams with those who work within the field and have years of business, policymaking, and development experience. This will include access to a mentor or advisor, either at University of Pennsylvania, or at other institutions across the world, who can serve as a constant sounding board and also provide referrals for other individuals that each team may reach out to.
Promoting your Work
In addition to providing substantive feedback from our accelerator and experts, opportunities to get new team members, and access to knowledge, we will feature your work at the Zicklin Center and the I4A’s websites, thus providing additional opportunities to attract strategic partners and investors.
September 15, 2020. The proposals will be reviewed and offered feedback on a first come, first serve base, starting from the moment we will receive the proposal. If you need our support in identifying new team members and finalizing your ideas, please contact us and send the summary of your idea ( email@example.com) by June 20.
For more information, including the format of the proposal or the summary of the proposal, please see the Zicklin Center and the I4A’s websites.
When you and your team are ready to submit your idea, please access the submission portal through the link on the Ideas for Action website at https://ideas4action.org
Young Professional Development Program
The OPEC Fund’s Young Professional Development Program (YPDP) is a structured two-year program designed to prepare young professionals from the OPEC Fund’s member countries for a career in global development.
We are currently seeking applicants with a passion for and commitment to international development who demonstrate academic excellence and relevant professional experience.
We especially want to hear from those with the drive and ambition to help developing countries address their most pressing challenges in the quest for social, environmental and economic progress.
What does the YPDP offer?
In short, the YPDP offers training, coaching and mentoring, the opportunity to experience different departments and access to professional networks. The program equips young professionals with the skills and knowledge to meet the minimum requirements for an entry-level position with the OPEC Fund.
The YPDP will enable young professionals to develop an appreciation of how different departments / units contribute to the OPEC Fund’s overall strategic and operational goals. Under the structured talent management program, participants will have the opportunity to contribute to achieving the OPEC Fund’s vision of a world where sustainable development is a reality for all.
YPDP participants spend at least 50 percent of the program in a ‘home’ departement / unit and rotate to other departements for the remainde of their time. This enables participants to broaden their experience and benefit from differing coaching and mentoring styles, while building their professional network.
After participants have successfully completed the two-year program, they may be offered a job at the OPEC Fund, based on their performance and the business need.
To be selected for the YPDP program, applicants must:
- be an OPEC Fund member country national;
- be 30 years of age, or younger;
- hold a Master’s degree;
- be able to demonstrate outstanding academic credentials;
- be fluent in English and proficient in at least one other language;
- specialize in development, engineering, economics, finance, business administration, law, information technology, human resources or any other discipline relevant to the OPEC Fund’s operations;
- be able to work in an international, multicultural and diverse environment;
- understand the OPEC Fund’s mandate; and
- be willing to work with the OPEC Fund in Vienna for a minimum of two years upon completion of the YPDP, if offered a position.
Deadline for applications
The deadline for applications is September 21, 2020. Successful applicants are chosen following a rigorous selection process. Those offered a place on the YPDP are expected to respond within two weeks.
To apply, candidates must submit:
- A YPDP online application form
- A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- An application essay (in Word or PDF format)
- Academic certificates and transcripts.
- Please ensure you meet the minimum eligibility criteria, outlined above;
- Please submit the application essay and transcripts under the ‘Additional Documents’ section in the application form;
- Please submit a valid and current email address. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with new contact details should they change during the application process;
- Answer all the questions in the application form; and
- Please ensure that your application essay adheres to the below guidelines.
The OPEC Fund works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world.
It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade.
The OPEC Fund’s work is people-centered, focusing on projects that meet basic needs – such as food, energy, infrastructure, employment (particularly relating to MSMEs), clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education.
In fewer than 1,000 words, please write an original essay addressing
(i) the potential of development actors such as the OPEC Fund to help developing countries overcome obstacles to social, environmental and economic progress, and
(ii) about how you would hope to contribute to development if you were selected to work for the OPEC Fund.
You may focus on a region or set of countries and / or your area of expertise to formulate your essay.
Please remember, the OPEC Fund will only consider applications from candidates who meet the above criteria and submit an official online application before the deadline of September 21, 2020.
Also, please note that we will only reach out to short-listed candidates.
African ChangeMakers Mentorship program serves as a platform for emerging youth, women, men, teen boys and girls to learn, share, collaborate through mentoring.
We do not believe in one-size fits-all approach, we acknowledge the various specific needs of youth, women, men, teen boys and girls through investing in education, leadership development and life-skills that’s critical in strengthening the vital roles youth, women, men, teen boys and girls can play in building a stronger Africa community, career and business.
African Changemakers Mentorship (#ACMentorship) close the gap of self-development with our powerful support network at every level in life for emerging youth, women, men, teen boys and girls from every background by connecting them to established, skilled, expert and professional’s women and men from different sectors both local or global for knowledge transfer/sharing, solutions-to-problems, self-development, open doors of opportunities and empowerment of a new generation of African leaders.
African Changemakers Mentorship (#ACMentorship) makes a difference in the lives emerging youth, women, men, teen boys and girls by sharpening mindset, developing local and global views, human empathy, leadership, civic engagement and entrepreneurial skills for both personal and career development.
African Changemakers Mentorship program is very flexible with everyone put at the heart of the program development, as we are creating a sense of urgency in youth to step-up to leadership roles in their communities and at the global stage through African ChangeMakers Mentorship program.
As A Mentor: African Changemakers is challenging you to step-up your game in every areas of your life skills, expertise and experience to supercharge your ability and double your efforts to mentor others (youth, women,men, teen boys & girls) in your community, somebody, somewhere helped you and open doors of opportunity for you to get to where you are in life. Why not “PAY IT FORWARD” to others?
As A Mentee: African Changemakers is challenging you to step-up your game and double your efforts beyond in every areas of your life that needs development and improvement by connecting with a mentor at ACMentorship events (either online or face-to-face event) to learn skills, expertise and experience from mentors in your community/country.
- 18 – 23 years old
- A citizen from any of the 54 African countries.
- Training is in English Language – can read and speak in English.
- Have access to internet,data, computer, laptop or mobile device to connect to online program.
- Able to commit a full 3 hours a week to the program.
- Passionate about developing your career and professional skills.
- Passionate about using your skills to make positive impact in your community and businesses.
- Interested in leadership and innovation for Africa sustainable development.
- Can demonstrate leadership and collaborative skills with people.
- Can demonstrate initiative, self-direction, and a “can-do” attitude.