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Call for applications: Mentoring Cohort 2020

Posted by | 10/08/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

Call for applications: Mentoring Cohort 2020

Mentoring Cohort 2020

AuthorAID is pleased to announce a new mentoring scheme for 2020. This is a short pilot scheme which will match 10 mentors and 10 mentees, to work together over an initial 6-month period.

We will provide the mentor and mentee with introductions, an orientation session, and guidelines to ensure that objectives and goals are successfully met after 6 months, and hopefully beyond!


Dates: 2nd September 2020 to 31st March 2021


The AuthorAID team will review the applications. Mentors will be matched to mentees according to areas of expertise and interest. Types of mentoring support can include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Using appropriate research methods
  • Performing data analysis/statistics
  • Manuscript writing and publication
  • Choosing appropriate journals for submitting manuscripts
  • Presentation skills
  • Grant proposal writing
  • PhD proposal writing
  • Career guidance

Successful mentees are likely to be applicants who have clearly defined short and long-term goals and can clearly explain how a mentor can help them to succeed, identifying the skills and experience that they need. We are unlikely to select applicants who only need help short term help editing a manuscript.

Benefits for mentees:

  • The AuthorAID team will select and contact a suitable mentor for you, based on your requirements, expertise, and preferences
  • An opportunity to get valuable advice and support from an experienced mentor
  • Improved insight and skills in research outputs/grants; expansion of your networks; possible new collaborations

Benefits for mentors:

  • An opportunity to make a difference to the career of an Early Career Researcher in Africa, Asia, or Latin America
  • Recognition on the AuthorAID website (certificates can be provided if required)
  • Acknowledgements in research outputs
  • The AuthorAID team will be on hand to mediate if you experience any problems.

How to apply

Please apply by completing the following short survey:

Deadline to apply is midday (UK time) on Friday 21st August.

Successful applicants will be introduced to their mentor/mentee in the first week of September and will need to be available for orientation in the first or second week of September.

Women mentors and mentees are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note:

  • As this is a pilot project we will require mentors and mentees to participate in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activities as part of the project. It will be important for you to provide honest and accurate feedback to help us learn how to improve our mentoring support. However, we will not request access to professional communication between the mentor and mentee.
  • Mentors will be expected to follow strict ethical guidelines, including guidelines on research authorship (see the ICMJE authorship guidelines)

Please email if you require any further information or clarification.

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Acumen West Africa Fellowship 2020 for Entrepreneurs in Africa

Posted by | 03/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Acumen West Africa Fellowship 2020 for Entrepreneurs in Africa

Acumen West Africa Fellowship 2020

Applications are open for the Acumen West Africa Fellowship 2020. The West Africa Fellowship will bring together entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and organization-builders from both the public and private sectors who are modeling leadership, and who are hungry to do more.

Practical skills meet moral imagination in this intensive year-long leadership development program designed to equip extraordinary individuals with the tools, mindset, and community to tackle poverty and injustice in their communities. The next West Africa Fellowship runs from January 2021 to December 2021.

Fellowship Curriculum

The Fellowship curriculum is centered around the principles of moral leadership:

Adaptive Leadership: Based on Ron Heifetz’s work, Adaptive Leadership is a practical leadership framework that supports Fellows’ ability to catalyse and embrace the gradual and meaningful process of creating change.
Authentic Voice: Grounded in Marshall Ganz’s life’s work, the Authentic Voice curriculum allows the Fellows to develop the capacity to articulate a hopeful vision, speak across lines of difference, and move others into action.
Good Society Readings: Modeled off The Aspen Institute, the Good Society Readings explore the meaning of a just society, and the moral and historical foundation of social change through text based dialogue
Managing Polarities: Based on Barry Johnson’s work, Polarities aims to cultivate an individual’s ability to lead effectively when opposing but interdependent and equally important values are in tension.
Systems Thinking: Fellows explore the concept of Systems Thinking by working collaboratively on live challenges—enabling them to better understand larger, systemic problems and design more effective interventions.

The fellowship is open to:

Entrepreneurs: Leaders of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations providing critical goods or services to the underserved.
Intrapreneurs: Builders from any sector tackling poverty and injustice from within by shifting the institutional culture—and building new collaborations.
Organizational Builders: Leaders (other than the Founder or CEO) supporting the growth of institutions combating poverty and injustice

The application process consists of these steps:

Apply online by August 6
Complete Stage 2 application between September 7 and September 24
Attend an in-person Selection Conference in mid-November
Fellows are announced in January 2021


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Tony Elumelu Foundation has $5,000 Seed Capital for Your StartUp

Posted by | 05/12/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Tony Elumelu Foundation has ,000 Seed Capital for Your StartUp

Tony Elumelu Foundation Funding for StartUps

Do you have an innovative business idea or currently managing a budding startup? There is good news for you!

The Tony Elumelu Foundation has opened its application portal for the 5th cycle of its $100million Entrepreneurship Programme.

If you have an innovative business idea or a business in existence that is less than 3 years old, apply now on TEFConnect

If you are selected, you will join our current 4,470 TEF alumni and you will receive $5,000 seed capital (no return needed), access to mentors, top-rated business training, access to a network of African entrepreneurs and opportunities for you and your business to share a global stage.


Whitley Awards 2020 Now Open to Ghana & Africa

Whitley Awards 2020 Now Open to Ghana & Africa

Whitley Awards are worth £40,000 GBP in funding to be spent on projects over one year.

Application to the Whitley Awards is open and applicants do not need to be nominated. You can check the eligibility criteria here

Whitley Awards are for dynamic mid-career conservationists who are leading wildlife conservation projects in developing countries.

Winners tend to be nationals of the country in which they are working, and are looking to scale up work that is proven to be effective and would benefit from further funding and profile boost.

To be eligible, projects must involve local communities at the grassroots level and deliver practical action that is founded on science.

Where to Download and complete the application form

Once you have read the eligibility criteria, download the application form, budget template AND application guidance from the links below.

Please note, your application cannot be completed successfully without following the Application Guidance.

2020 WFN WA Application Form

2020 WFN WA Budget Template

2020 WFN WA Application Guidelines

The Application Form is a Word document and the Budget Template is an Excel document, both of which you can save to your computer and complete in your own time.

The Application Guidance PDF also includes information for referees.

Please note the Application Form and Budget Template are only available to download during the set application period (July to 31 October).  

Applications made on out-of-date forms from previous years will not be considered.

You Need to Provide three referees

You need to arrange for three references to be submitted in support of your application.

Details of referee eligibility can be found in the FAQs section of this website. Information on what is required of referees can be found in the Application Guidance.

All references must be submitted independently to WFN by the referee and before the closing date of 31 October 2019.

4. How to Submit your application

Email your completed Application Form, Budget Template, photographs and supporting documents to 

Please ensure all emails are marked with the subject line ‘WA20 application’ and include your name.

Once your application has been received we will send an email to you confirming receipt. Please be aware that this is not an automated process.

We receive a very high number of applications and therefore you may not receive a confirmation email immediately.

Submissions that have multiple attachments of large file size will likely result in delivery failure.

When submitting multiple files and large files (such as photographs), it is best to do this by spreading them out over several separate emails.

This will keep the overall file size of the email low and reduce the risk of delivery failure.

Please make clear where multiple emails have been submitted.

You should send a separate confirmation email with no attachments after submitting your application and supporting images, documents, etc.

Visit Official Scholarship Page Here


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Participate in a 12-month Leadership development program

Posted by | 21/07/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Participate in a 12-month Leadership development program

The Gratitude Network Fellowship is a 12-month leadership development program designed to help social entrepreneurs scale their organizations to the next level and therefore expand their impact. All participants are: 

  • Are matched and meet monthly with a highly-skilled Coach
  • Receive support from Expert Advisors to help tackle operational and execution issues as needed
  • Meet regularly by video with their Fellow Cohort for a leadership roundtable
  • Are invited to topical Growth Webinars
  • Have the opportunity to attend the Gratitude Network’s annual Leadership Summit – a multi-day learning and collaboration event
  • Are given visibility on the Gratitude Network website, Facebook page, email newsletter and various live events
  • Remain a valued member of the Gratitude Network Alumni and family — for future events and ongoing activities

What is the Approach

  • Focus on leadership development to steer growth-stage, social-impact organizations
  • Attend to and assess Key Leadership Areas

Participate in a 12-month Leadership development program 1

  • Offer varied opportunities to connect

Participate in a 12-month Leadership development program 2

  • Provide multiple avenues into networks to support leadership development

Eligibility for the Gratitude Network Fellowship

In order to be considered for the Fellowship, Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Social enterprise is at least one-year old.
  • Social enterprise must have at least two full-time employees (including the Applicant).
  • Social enterprise’s beneficiaries must primarily be children/youth.
  • Social enterprise must be serving children/youth in one of the following categories:
    • Education such as school systems, training of teachers, education technology, and early childhood programs as well as how/what children learn at school or outside of the classroom (e.g. after-school or summer programs).
    • Health and Wellbeing such as addressing children’s basic needs, including poverty alleviation, nutrition, water, safe shelter, disease prevention, mental health, and social-emotional health.
    • Children’s Rights such as protecting children and families from abuse, exploitation, trafficking, incarceration, and other harm, as well as other advocacy.
  • Applicant is committed full‐time to the social enterprise organization.
  • Applicant has strategic decision making power for the social enterprise as the organization’s Founder/Co-Founder, Executive Director, CEO, or similar level role.
  • Applicant will not be receiving formal coaching/mentoring support during Gratitude Fellowship year (2020).
  • Applicant and social enterprise organization are interested and ready to scale the organization.
  • Applicant is able to commit to the time commitments of the Fellowship.

How to Apply

Prior to starting your application, it is recommended that you review the Application Process below as well as the Gratitude Network Fellowship Application Preparation Guide.

  • The Gratitude Network Fellowship application consists of two parts:
    • Part 1 – Preliminary Questions: A preliminary questionnaire designed to confirm alignment with the Fellowship criteria.  Applicants who meet the requirements will be invited to complete Part 2 of the application.
    • Part 2 – Additional Questions: A full length application inquiring more deeply about the applicant and social enterprise organization.
  • For the 2020 Cohort, the deadline to complete Part 1 of the application is August 30, 2019.  The deadline to complete Part 2 of the application (for invited applicants) is September 13, 2019.
  • Invitations to complete Part 2 of the application will be sent throughout the application period.  All Part 2 invited applicants were notified by September 6, 2019.
  • All Part 2 applications will be screened and reviewed by the Gratitude Network Judging Panel.
  • All applicants will be notified of their selection status by December 2019.

Contact Annie Marggraff, Director – Gratitude Network Fellowship, at with any questions.

Click here to apply