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DAADHelmut-Schmidt-Programme (Masters Scholarship for Public Policy and Good Governance) Call for applications 2021

Helmut-Schmidt-Programme – DAAD

The Helmut-Schmidt-Programme for Master’s Scholarship in Public Policy and Good Governance has a current call for applications for the 2020-2021 season targeting developing countries.

Helmut-Schmidt-Programme Objective

This programme is designed to further qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of good governance and to prepare them in a practice-oriented course for their professional life.

Very good graduates with a first university degree get the chance to obtain a master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance to the social, political and economic development of their home country.

The knowledge and experience acquired in Germany should enable the scholar- ship holders to later contribute to the establishment of democratically ori- ented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social tensions.

With this programme, DAAD intends to support the good governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.

Who Can Apply

The scholarship programme is open to graduates from developing countries (see list of countries) in the field of social sciences, political sci- ences, law, economics and in public administration.

Target Group for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme 

The programme is open for very well qualified graduates with a first univer- sity degree (bachelor or equivalent) who want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries or regions.

It is offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for mid-career professionals.

What is fundable?

• Scholarship of monthly 850 € for selected master´s programmes at German institutions of higher education listed below.
• The study programmes are usually starting in Sep/Oct 2021 and are taught in German and/or English.
• contributions to health insurance in Germany
• appropriate travel allowance
• study and research subsidy
• monthly rent subsidy where applicable
• allowances for spouses and/or children where applicable
• 6-months-German language course from April 2021 up to the end of September 2021. The language course takes place at selected in- stitutes in Germany and usually not at the universities of the selected master´s programmes. The language course is compulsory also for those who attend a master´s course taught in English.

Due to its blended-learning-concept the following special conditions are laid down to finance the study programme “Analysis and design of social protection systems”:
• During the online semester in your home country or another developing country DAAD provides a sur-place-rate of 500 EUR.

  • Allowances for spouses and/or children are not applicable, as far as the programme includes study-phases in Germany and in your home country.

The scholarship holders are offered a special tutoring at their host institutions financed by DAAD. Furthermore, the scholars are invited to participate at different networking events.

DAAD-scholarship holders within the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are ex- empted from tuition fees.

Requirements for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme 

Main DAAD selection criteria:
• Academic degree with far above average results (upper third)
• language skills (every university has different language proficiency requirements)
• political and social engagement
• a convincing description of the subject-related and personal motiva- tion for the study project in Germany
• expected benefit when returning to the home country or region

Most recent university degree should be obtained in the last six years
prior to the application for the scholarship.
Applicants who have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline are not considered as eligible.

All master´s courses have further additional requirements that must be fulfilled by the applicants in any case.

Application Processes

Applications must be submitted in German or English.

Please indicate that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt- Programme (Master’s scholarships for Public Po-licy and Good Gov- ernance).

You are allowed to submit your application for up to two master`s courses

listed below.

 Step One

Fill in the DAAD Application form for Research Grants and Study Scholar- ships (annex 2) only once making clear which study course is your first and which is your second priority.

Step Two

Write a single letter of motivation for both university courses you choose, justifying your first and second priority choice.

Step Three

Send the DAAD scholarship form together with the letter of motivation and accompanied with the necessary documents listed below to the two universities of your choice. Do NOT send it to DAAD.

Documents Required

The necessary documents are:

  • DAAD Application form for Research Grants and Study Scholar- ships (hand-signed, but electronically edited)
  • Hand-signed and dated motivation letter (one single letter for both universities) containing a precise description of the applicants’ aca- demic/professional and personal reasons for choosing those mas- ter´s programmes and universities (two pages maximum)
  • Hand-signed and dated full curriculum vitae including information about the precise field of your studies, your political and social en- gagement and, if applicable, description of job experience
  • Copy of acquired Academic Degrees (certified translation if neces- sary, please attach an explanation of the grading system)
  • Copy of the transcript of records (certified translation if necessary)
  • Recent language certificates (German and/or English)
  • One letter of recommendation, signed and recently dated by your university professor or current employer, supplemented by an official letterhead, and stamp (not in a sealed envelope)

If applicable certificates of employment to support relevant profes- sional experience mentioned in your CV by documentary evidence

Application Deadline

The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1st to July 31st, 2020.

Please submit only legible copies of your documents.

Please consider that illegible documents can lead to a formal rejection.

In case your application has been sent to more than two universities or if non-specific priorities are given your application will not be ac- cepted.

Applications sent to the DAAD will not be forwarded to the respective course/university. They become property of the DAAD and will not be re- turned. The applicant has no right to claim for reimbursement.

In case your application is sent to more than two universities or if non-specific priorities are given your application will not be accepted.

Only complete applications can be accepted.

If you fail to follow the given procedures, you will be excluded from the application process.

Selection Process

In October/November 2020 a selection committee consisting of university professors and DAAD representatives meets and suggests potential candi- dates for a DAAD scholarship.

Afterwards the suggested candidates are contacted by DAAD to upload their complete application to the DAAD Portal.

Important: Make sure that you have a copy of each document of your application ready, as those documents (as PDF files) have to be up- loaded to the DAAD Portal in case you are suggested for a DAAD scholar- ship!

The selection process will be finalized. All applicants will be informed at the end of the selection process – approx. by the end of December 2020.  

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Global Good Fund Fellowship 2020 Open to Applications

Global Good Fund

The Global Good Fund identifies high-potential leaders and accelerates their success through a year-long, virtual Fellowship focused on leadership development.

We support global social entrepreneurs with proven methods, such as executive mentorship, leadership coaching, and access to capital, to accelerate their growth and impact.

We believe investing in leadership development is the best tool for enterprise growth and achieving global good.

Since 2013, our signature Global Good Fund Fellowship has developed 105 entrepreneurs who are now accelerating their enterprise growth in 30 countries and beyond.

Over 2,400 high-potential entrepreneurs from more than 100 countries applied for one of 12 Fellowship positions in 2018. Together, we build a strong and sustainable community around the world to generate more global good every day.

Following a rigorous 3-stage process, selected Global Good Fund Fellows embark on a structured 12-month journey of experiential learning, leadership development coaching, and executive mentoring that leverages proprietary leadership development tools and methods honed since 2013.

At our core is The Global Good Fund 360 MIRROR – the first evidence-based leadership assessment created specifically for social entrepreneurs.

Our proven leadership development tools and services are also available to individuals, social enterprise organizations, NPO’s and impact-driven corporations.

Become a Fellow

The Global Good Fund creates a better world by investing in society’s most innovative entrepreneurs.

Our application process is selective and highly competitive, but also inclusive, constructive and engaging.

We are accepting applications for the 2021 Fellowship from Monday, May 18 – June 30, midnight ET

Who we are looking for

The Global Good Fund Fellowship is for innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders of positive social impact organizations.

This program is for emerging leaders, entrepreneurs who are 40 or under, with diverse ethnic, religious, economic, geographic and gender experiences.

Ideal entrepreneurs are in a leadership role, and are dedicated full-time to their organization that’s over 1-year-o

Selection Process

We want fellows who are fully able to commit to us and our program. We want fellows who seek mentorship, who are eager to be coached and posses a growth mindset.

Social entrepreneurs who are scaling their enterprises and looking to develop leadership skills to best drive their businesses and teams to success.

Application Process

Phase I: Preliminary Questionnaire
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020

Phase I consists of a preliminary questionnaire that is reviewed for alignment with Fellowship criteria.

In order to be considered for the fellowship, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

*Enterprise that the candidate leads is at least one-year old;

*Enterprise must have at least one full-time employee in addition to the candidate;

*Candidate is under 40 years of age (if 40 or older, explain rationale for joining fellowship);

*Candidate should not be currently receiving formal coaching/mentoring support;

*Candidate has to be in a position where s/he has decision making power.

Candidates who meet the requirements will be invited to participate in Phase II of the application process.

Phase II: Comprehensive Application
Submission Deadline: August 10, 2020

Phase II of the application has a video and written component.

You will be asked to record a short that addresses the following topics:

– Your motivation to set-up your enterprise
– The mission and objectives of your enterprise
– The reasons why you and your enterprise are unique
and address a specific problem more effectively than other enterprises.

You will provide written answers to questions that assess your leadership, the enterprise, and social impact.
Each candidate’s video and written application will be reviewed and scored on a 1-5 scale, 1 being the lowest score and 5 being the highest score. Candidates with the highest cumulative scores will advance to Phase III.

Phase III: Interview
Scheduled October 1 – October 31, 2020

Part III of the application consists of a 30-minute video interview. Candidates will be required to invite 1 attendee to their interview. This must be someone who knows the candidate and their work. It can be a colleague or a community member impacted by their work. Both the candidate and attendee are expected to be present throughout the interview.

Finalists will be notified about their selection results by December 2020.

For more information please contact


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Research and Innovation Action on COVID-19

Posted by | 18/05/2020 | Global Funding Opportunities, Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Research and Innovation Action on COVID-19

Research and Innovation Action on COVID-19

Failure to translate research findings into policy and practice prevents research from achieving maximum public health benefit.

Despite substantial investment by public and private partners in the development of new prophylactics, diagnostics and treatments of poverty-related diseases (PRDs), these interventions may not reach their target populations or be used to their full potential.

This is particularly the case in resource-poor settings such as sub-Saharan Africa, where health systems are either weak or not adequately prepared for the delivery and uptake of new or improved products and interventions and the monitoring of their effectiveness, safety and adherence.

Therefore, concerted efforts by multiple stakeholders are needed to maximise the uptake of new or improved products and interventions in order to ensure that these innovations achieve their full potential in real-life clinical and community settings.

The purpose of this call for proposals on  Research and Innovation Action on COVID-19  is to support distinct strategic actions which are part of a large-scale programme of development cooperation actions. Projects should focus on research to maximise the uptake of products and health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa.

This may include actions to: enhance the uptake of research findings or products and interventions; provide evidence to translate findings into policy guidelines and clinical practice; improve implementation, delivery and roll-out of interventions to increase population coverage, acceptability and adherence; improve the monitoring of product safety post-marketing and surveillance; pragmatic clinical trials evaluating interventions under real-world clinical care settings.

The projects should be implemented in conjunction with development cooperation initiatives that are supported by national and/or international development cooperation initiatives and/or other funders, including relevant WHO initiatives where appropriate.*

Due to the extraordinary global crisis of COVID-19 that is also affecting African countries, this topic should also be considered by applicants.

Applications from multidisciplinary consortia involving public and/or private legal entities are particularly encouraged. The study(ies), which may be interventional or non-interventional in design and which must take place in sub-Saharan Africa, should be presented in detail and with clear justification for the proposed methodology and approach.

Community engagement in design and implementation of the study(ies) is highly encouraged. Proposals must include a clear, credible plan of the pathway to achieve clinical practice and policy change or increase the uptake within a defined timeline. The proposals must relate to products, technologies or concepts that are already licensed, commercialised or otherwise approved.

Proposals should leverage major support from other funders and must present the large-scale programme of actions in its entirety and clearly describe: the actions in the large-scale programme for which EDCTP2 funding is requested; the actions to be supported by other funders; and how the financing from other funders is ensured.

The large-scale programme of actions must be of a sufficient scale and ambition to justify EDCTP2 support in combination with financial (cash or in-kind) support from other funders. Ideally, at least half the cost of the large-scale programme of actions should be supported by funders other than the EDCTP Association, such as national and/or international development cooperation initiatives and/or other funders (such as EDCTP2 Participating States, relevant WHO initiatives or other third parties), in order to ensure complementarity and increase the impact of the results of EDCTP2-funded activities. The action should start no later than 1 October 2021 and must be completed before the end of 2024.

Expected impact
Projects funded under this call for proposals should:

  • Enhance the sustainable implementation, coverage, availability, accessibility, acceptability and effectiveness of products and interventions in endemic areas in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Contribute to change in policy and clinical practice at the national, regional and/or international level
  • Increase collaboration with development partners, including increasing leverage of funding from development cooperation initiatives
  • Contribute to the achievement of SDG3 ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’
  • Contribute towards the reduction of the burden of PRDs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Proposals that leverage major support from other funders, in particular financial contributions from national and/or international development cooperation initiatives will be considered to have a higher impact.

A proposal/application will only be considered eligible if:

  1. its content corresponds, wholly or in part, to the topic/contest description for which it is submitted
  2. it complies with the eligibility conditions for participation set out below, depending on the type of action:
    • At least three legal entities. Two of the legal entities shall be established in two different Participating States (European Partner States)** and one of the legal entities must be established in a sub-Saharan African*** country. All three legal entities must be independent of each other.
    • ‘Sole participants’ formed by several legal entities (e.g. European Research Infrastructure Consortia, European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation, central purchasing bodies) are eligible if the above-mentioned minimum conditions are satisfied by the legal entities forming together the sole participant.

***The following sub-Saharan African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic People’s Republic), Congo (Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


IsDB US 0 million Transform Fund Call for Innovation 2020 for COVID-19

Transform Fund Call for Innovation 2020

The IsDB Group is coordinating a wide-ranging response to the impact of COVID-19. It has set up a Strategic Preparedness and Response Facility which will oversee a response package.

The facility will focus on emergency preparedness to curb the spread of the COVID-19, minimizing the socio-economic impact of the pandemic especially on poor communities, and building the resilience of our Member Countries in responding to outbreaks and pandemics.

We recognise our Member Countries need the necessary tools to be more resilient to epidemics and pandemics as well the ability to quickly recovery economically. These tools and interventions will have long-term benefits beyond a specific pandemic event.

One of the many issues this pandemic has shown us, is that our survival depends on how much we keep investing in science, technology and innovation.

The IsDB has a longstanding commitment to harnessing the powers of STI as a means to unlocking global development challenges.

Our US $500 million Transform Fund, launched in 2018, invests in early stage innovative ideas and the scaling of innovations by providing seed money for innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs and institutions that need initial funding and growth capital to develop their ideas.

We are pleased to announce the IsDB Transform Fund Call for Innovation 2020 will focus entirely on supporting our Member Countries long-term preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Call will operate in addition to the IsDB Group’s other wide-ranging initiatives coordinated by our Strategic Preparedness and Response Facility.

Open from 1 April 2020, the Call for Innovation will identify, encourage and reward innovative proposals that will benefit local communities focused on the following:

1. The application of advanced technology

such as IoT, Big Data blockchain and Artificial Intelligence to track and monitor the spread of COVID-19 and other emerging Infectious diseases for improved diseases surveillance systems and patient care;

2. Innovative health supply chain management systems

powerful search engine of medical supplies, new Biosafety Laboratory Level-3 Design technology and biocontainment;

3. Development of Low-cost rapid tests and screening methods

such as Point-of-Care rapid tests, molecular tests and diagnostic test quality, for early detection, diagnostic, treatment and prevention solutions including vaccine production for COVID-19 and future emerging highly infectious diseases;

4. Capacity building interventions

targeted at improving operational capacities of health care providers in the field epidemiology and infection control management of highly pathogenic cases, such as training, deployment of software applications, awareness campaigns, service delivery or research centres.

The Fund will look for applications specifically linked to tackling COVID-19 in relation to the following six UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Zero hunger

  • Good health and welbeing

  • Quality education

  • Clean water and sanitation

  • Affordable and clean energy

  • Industry, Innovation and infrastructure

The categories of application are:

  • New Ideas with Proof of Concept, Funding Opportunity: Grants ranging from US$ 50,000-100,000
  • Capacity Building in Science, Technology and Innovation Funding Opportunity: Grants ranging from US$ 100,000-150,000
  • Scaling up of Innovative Projects, Funding Opportunity: Equity Participation up to US$ 300,000
  • Commercialization of Technology Funding Opportunity: Equity Participation up to US$ 1,000,000

Through Transform, innovative ideas will be translated into real development solutions that will address development challenges and empower the communities and youth in particular to realize their full potential.

Linked to the Engage hub, Transform will accelerate science, technology and innovation led solutions that drive economic and social progress in the developing world.

Official Funding Opportunity Page.

Click here for a full list of funding opportunities in Ghana and Africa

ITU Innovation Challenge 2020 Open to Applications

ITU Innovation Challenge 2020

The ITU Innovation Challenge 2020  will be taking place amid a global pandemic caused by Covid-19.

This has resulted in stress on value chains and countries’ readiness for a digital economy, significantly affecting social conditions worldwide.

Global supply, production, consumption and delivery chains are disrupted. Traditional economies are struggling, as industries have not been digitalized and infrastructure is inadequate to cope with current stress levels.

Policy-makers and innovators worldwide are under pressure. Their communities must embrace a digital economy so that a semblance of normalcy can be maintained in these uncertain conditions.

Therefore, the overall theme of this year’s challenges is Rethinking the digital economy’s value chains during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The challenge is a global open competition platform for innovators and ecosystem builders to present their ideas and projects, empowering them to transform their communities into thriving digital societies.

Three opportunities to win

  1. Digital change-maker challenge: For innovators with ideas that create digital impact in their communities.
  2. Ecosystem best practice challenge: For ecosystem builders with good practices that nurture an enabling environment for innovators in their communities.
  3. Women in technology challenge: For innovators with digital projects that create impact for women in their communities.