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DAAD Masters in International and Development Economics Scholarship at Germany’s HTW Berlin

Masters in International and Development Economics Scholarship

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) can grant a limited number of scholarships (6-8) to cover living expenses (service fee is waived for recipients of such grants) for applicants from developing and newly industrialised countries. Applicants are selected by the DAAD in cooperation with HTW Berlin. For more information on the DAAD scholarship, please see the DAAD webpage

Who can apply for the DAAD scholarship?

Applicants for the DAAD scholarship must

How to apply for the DAAD scholarship?

Should you wish to apply for a DAAD scholarship, please indicate this in your MIDE application form. You must also

Confirmation of Employment vs. Letter of Recommendation

confirmation of employment is usually issued by HR and confirms the dates of employment with the organisation and the tasks. Possibly, but not in all cases, there will be an evaluation of the skills/accomplishments.

letter of recommendation is a personal assessment from your supervisor that usually includes these three components:

  • A paragraph or sentence that explains how the referee knows this person for how long.
  • An evaluation of the person and their skills/accomplishments. If possible , specific examples should be offered that illustrate the person’s strengths and qualifications. These examples should be brief but detailed.
  • A summary that explains why and to what degree the person is recommended.​
  • complete the DAAD application form and attach it to the MIDE application form. Don’t forget to date and personally sign the DAAD application form.
  • submit a statement of motivation (dated and personally signed) explaining why you are interested in attending a particular postgraduate course with reference to your current employment. Please further describe your development-related motivation and how you intend to make full use of your scholarship and education by taking on social responsibility later in your career.
    Important: 
    When applying for more than one postgraduate course (maximum 3 courses), you have to submit one motivation letter only, i.e. the same for each course, explaining why you are applying for these specific courses and why you chose that priority.
    You do not have to submit a separate statement of motivation for the MIDE programme. Your statement of motivation for the DAAD scholarship will also serve as the required letter of motivation for the MIDE programme.
  • submit proof of at least two years of professional work experience and state your current work situation at the time of application. It is required to submit the following proof: Certificate(s) of employment that include the exact position and period of employment. This/these letter(s) must come on official letterhead, be dated and signed as well as carry a stamp. Letters of appointment, work contracts, pay slips etc. are not accepted as proof of employment.
  • letter of reference from the employer(s), ideally guaranteeing re-employment after completion of the postgraduate course in Germany. This/these letter(s) must come on official letterhead, have a current date and be signed as well as carry a stamp.

If applying to more than one course, please list courses in order of priority in the DAAD application forms and do not change these priorities in the respective application!

Academic reference letters are not required for the scholarship application anymore. Please ignore this section in the MIDE application form.

What are the selection criteria for the DAAD scholarship?

The ideal scholarship holder

  • Works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and,as such, is engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas. Scholarship applications from lecturers and researchers  at universities are subordinated to applications from practioners in the development field.
  • Holds a Bachelor’s degree (normally four years) in a related subject
  • Has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least
  • Two years of related professional experience after the first degree (bachelor)
  • His/her academic degrees are not older than six years.

Selection criteria and procedures for DAAD scholarship recipients ensure that:

  • priority target candidates have proven development-related motivation and can be expected to make full use of their scholarship and education by taking on social responsibility later in their careers, acting as agents of change who stimulate and support development in their personal and professional surroundings (motivation, commitment to development) in their home countries.
  • the candidates have the professional and academic qualifications necessary to ensure suc-cessful completion of the degree programme in Germany (final scores on previous academic examinations, language skills),
  • women and candidates from disadvantaged groups who meet the required academic and professional standards and show proven commitment to development-related issues are especially targeted for programme admission.

What does the DAAD scholarship cover?

  • Living expenses (17 months): 850,00 €/month
  • Study and research subsidy
  • A subsidy for travel expenses (incl. insurance for accident & personal liability) to Germany and back home after the completion of the programme
  • Health insurance
  • Preparatory German Language Course (February/ March).

Are there other sources of funding?

Competition for the DAAD scholarship is very intense, we receive about 250 applications for only 6-8 scholarships that can be granted.

Applicants are thus adviced to also look into other sources of funding, i.e. the employer, the goverment of the home country and other funding organistions. You do have to apply for these on your own, MIDE cannot assist you. A good starting point to search for scholarships is the scholarship databaseprovided by the DAAD.

Please note that HTW Berlin does not offer scholarships for students.

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Discovery Awards for Showcasing Musical Talents in Africa

Discovery Awards

Since 1981, the RFI Discovery Prize has highlighted new musical talents from the African continent.

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

 Over the years, this Prize has contributed to the launch of many artists who have since won over an international audience: Smarty (Burkina Faso) Marema Fall (Senegal) Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), Soul Bang’s (Guinea), M’Bouillé Koité (Mali), Yvan Buravan (Rwanda)… Congolese singer Celine Banza won the 2019 edition of the RFI Discovery Awards .

Its Jury, made up of professionals, is chaired each year by a personality. From Fally Ipupa to Jacob Desvarieux, Youssou N’Dour, Angélique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Kery James or Asalfo, 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 its partners are committed actors with the winner, they offer him professional support and media exposure.

The RFI Discovery Prize is organized in partnership with The French Institute, the International Organization of La Francophonie and Sacem.

Rules to download reglement_prix_decouvertes_2020.pdf

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African Changemakers Mentorship Online Program 2020

Posted by | 02/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020, Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

African Changemakers Mentorship Online Program 2020

African Changemakers

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.

Only completed application will be accepted and processed.
African ChangeMakers Online Mentorship Program Application for Cohort 2, 2020.
    The application opens June 1, 2020.
    The application close July 29, 2020.
    Selected Applicants Notification: October 2020.
    African ChangeMakers Mentorship Program Duration: October – November, 2020
ELIGIBILITY
  •     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.
UEFA Foundation for Children Call for Applications

UEFA Foundation for Children

This call for projects is aimed at any organisation that shares the values of the UEFA foundation and proposes practical measures to help children, in the areas of access to sport, health, education, employment, personal development and supporting vulnerable children.

Applications are invited from organisations anywhere in the world. Support is not limited to projects within Europe.

Eligibility criteria

The UEFA Foundation for Children will examine and evaluate each project.

The final decision on the selection of projects will be taken by the board of trustees in accordance with the foundation’s statutes and ethics code.
Specific conditions relating to funding are provided in the project criteria.

Apply now

To submit your project, click here. The application deadline is 15 August 2020.

Candidates will be notified of the progress of their application by the end of 2020.

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AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens

Posted by | 02/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020, Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens

AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens

Solving Global Crises Requires Young Global Citizens | Deadline for Applications: 28 July

Pandemic. Climate crisis. The need for young global citizens has never been greater. They are driving the changes urgently required to address and solve our shared challenges.

This annual AFS Prize will recognize one extraordinary young person for their commitment to improving the global community with a US$10,000 cash prize, participation at the AFS Global Conference, international recognition and membership in the AFS community of young and active global citizens.

Applications for the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens are welcome until 28 July 2020.

Who can win this prize?

The AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens will recognize one young person for their commitment to improving the global community and whose actions contribute to a more just, peaceful, and tolerant world.

The Prize will be awarded to an individual who:

  • Is no older than 30 years old by October 22, 2020.
  • Is in charge of a project that is currently running or has been completed between January 2018 and January 2020. Both must have already demonstrated success in achieving their stated goals.
  • Demonstrates how their project is successfully addressing a pressing global issue, tackling one or more of the challenges outlined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and what this translates into in real-life impacts.
  • Shows how their project successfully engages others outside their own community/culture and how this aspect is crucial to advancing their work. Projects must rely on intercultural understanding and global competence.
  • Articulates how their initiative has significant potential to be scaled up and extended.#

2019 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens Winner

Luisa Fernanda Romero Munoz, co-founder of Get Up And Go Colombia, won the first-ever AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens in 2019 for advancing peacebuilding in her home country by converting former Colombian armed conflict zones into cultural tourism destinations.

This work directly addresses UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG #1: No Poverty.

Get Up And Go Colombia has impacted more than 20,000 people by helping residents develop transferable employment skills by learning English and working as tour guides, and supporting local businesses.

Get Up and Go Columbia partners with government agencies reintegrating former combatants and providing support services for victims of the armed conflict.

Candidates who fit the criteria can apply for the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens by filling in the application form and submitting it before the deadline. Only one application (focused on one project) per person will be considered.

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