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Columbia University Peace and Social Change Fellowship Program 2020 for Women changemakers (Fully Funded to Nairobi, Kenya)

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Peace and Social Change Fellowship 2019/2020 Program is designed to bring together activists, practitioners and academics to learn from and with each other, strengthen relationships, and exchange ideas with other grassroots women change makers from across diverse contexts and geographies.

This 2020 call for applications is open to African grassroots activists working broadly on the issue of peace and security.

This includes less commonly recognized aspects of peace and security, such as gender-based violence, land rights, economic equity, sexual and reproductive rights, and climate change, among other topics.

The fellowship will begin with a three-day Peace and Social Change workshop that will take place in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2020.

Fellows will be invited to bring two to three representatives from their organizations with them to the workshop in order to increase cross-learning within their respective organizations/movements.

Benefits of the Peace and Social Change Fellowship 2019/2020

All participants will have costs related to travel, lodging, and meals throughout the Nairobi workshop covered.

After the January workshop, the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) program staff will facilitate six months of ongoing communication among the fellowship cohort via webinars and email.

We will also connect fellows with graduate student researchers from Columbia University and The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY).

This team of graduate student researchers will help increase the visibility of fellows’ work and organizations through interdisciplinary research projects based on fellows’ feedback and reported needs.

At the end of the fellowship period, fellows, WPS staff and graduate student researchers will meet for a second gathering in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss and present their collaborative work.

The fellowship is designed for women grassroots activists who:

• Currently work on behalf of an African-based, grassroots-level organization or movement in the area of social justice and social change such as, but not limited to, gender based violence, land rights, climate change, maternal health, etc.
• Currently reside in Africa
• Have a history of movement-building or change-making in their community
• Have some aspect of their work related to the theme of peace and security
• Are available to travel to Nairobi, Kenya in January 2020 and July 2020 for two three-day workshops
• Are interested in collaborating with graduate students from the United States to generate research for movement support
• Are 18 years of age or older
• Are proficient in English
• All levels of experience are invited to apply.

Application Deadline: October 21st 2019

Official Website:

For More Information Visit the Official Webpage of the Columbia University Peace and Social Change Fellowship Program 2020.

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Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship

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Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship application is  now open. See details below on how to apply.

Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship:

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is now accepting applications from academically excellent young Africans for its 2022 postgraduate scholarship award to study at a South African tertiary institution. The deadline for submission of applications for the Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship is 20th April, 2021.

Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Programme is calling for applications. The Scholarship provides full funding for up to a maximum of two years of postgraduate study for an African citizen at recognised South African institutions.

The programme is built on the Foundation’s founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and a belief that leadership begins with inner transformation.

They aim to keep Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive by equipping young African leaders with the competence and courage to transform the continent into a place where everyone has equal opportunity to thrive.

The Foundation’s programme is delivered primarily through a series of week-long residential workshops which you will attend during your time in residence.

Who can apply for Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship

You are eligible if:

  • You are between the ages of 19 and 29;
  • Are a citizen of any African country;
  • Have a first degree with above average academic results (70% or upper second).

Benefits of Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship

The scholarship covers

  • Tuition and registration fees as set by your university or institution
  • A study materials allowance as set by the MRF
  • Accommodation and meal allowances as set by the MRF
  • A medical aid allowance as set by the MRF
  • A personal allowance as set by the MRF
  • Research and conferencing grants can be made available on request
  • Economy-class flights for international scholars from their home countries to their institutions at the start and end of their studies

Selection Criteria

They are looking for young Africans who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership. You must have already assumed leadership and made an impact on your campus or community.

Application Key Dates

  • March: Applications open on Tuesday, 23 March 2021. Candidates can add recommenders on the platform and begin uploading their documentation and working on their personal essays. See ‘requirements’.
  • April: Applications close by the end of Tuesday, 20 April 2021. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted under any circumstances.
  • June: You will be notified by the end of June whether or not you are through to Round Two.
  • July: You will be notified by the end of July whether or not you are through to Round Three.
  • August: You will be notified by the end of August if you are invited for an interview in the Final Round, or if you have been unsuccessful.
  • October: Interviews will be conducted virtually this year. You will be notified by the end of October if you are selected as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar.
  • October-December: Selected Mandela Rhodes Scholars must do their best to secure acceptance at their university of choice, and their study visa for travel to South Africa in January.

How to Apply for Mandela Rhodes Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship

Step 1: Check programme requirements

Step 2: Get your documents ready

  • Recommenders: They require three letters of recommendation as part of your application. Your recommenders must submit their letters through the application platform. Without these letters, you cannot submit your application. Get in touch with three people who have relevant experience of you and insight into your character as soon as possible – even before applications open – to ask them permission and give them time to write their letters. Once you register a recommender on the platform, they will receive an email asking them to log on and upload their letter.
  • Documentation: You will be required to upload certificates of completion for your degrees, transcripts of your academic results, and scans of your ID and passport documents.
  • Essays: You will be asked to write two short essays, one on your personal journey, and one on a specific question relating to our principles.
  • Application for university: You will be asked to fill in your proposed course of study on your application. They do not require proof that you have applied, but they recommend that you apply as soon as possible, and to more than one university.

STEP 3: Apply online!

For More Information Visit the Official Scholarship Webpage Here.

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African Union Continental Essay Competition 2021 for African Youths

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African Union Continental Essay Competition 2021 for African Youths is open for application.  The African Union (AU) is now accepting applications from African Youth of age 18-35 years for its 2021 Continental Essay Competition.

The deadline for the submission of applications for the African Union Continental Essay Competition is 19th April 2021.

African Union Continental Essay Competition 2021

An opportunity for African Youth to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences on the “Leadership for the Africa We Want”, and have their winning entries contribute to the Pan-African Young Leaders Training Manual

Theme: “Leadership for the Africa We Want”

Essays will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Recognition and awarding of winners:

Participation is voluntary. Winners will be awarded a certificate of recognition, featured on the Pan-African Young Leaders Program webpage and their ideas included in the Pan-African Young Leaders Training Manual

AU Continental Essay Competition 2021 Application Criteria and Procedure:

  1. The Essay is submitted by an African Youth of age 18-35 years and who is a citizen of any of the 55 member states of African Union
  2. African Youth residing either in Africa or in the diaspora
  3. The Essay has a maximum of a 1000 words
  4. Young women are highly encouraged to participate in the competition
  5. The Essay is submitted in PDF to the email: essay@youlead.africa
  6. Submit a copy of your national ID or passport
  7. The Essay should be submitted in one of the official African Union languages.

Application Start Date:

  • Continental call for essays starts 19th March 2021

Closing Date

  • Close of entries: 19th April 2021

You may also see other competition for Africa students here.

More Opportunities:

1. Eni Scholarships 2021 to Study in the UK ( Fully Funded ).

2. Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance 2021/2022 Scholarships for Young Africans.

3. Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme | Calling Start-up African Entrepreneurs.

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HEARD PhD Scholarship 2021 – See Easy Way to Apply

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HEARD PhD Scholarship 2021 is open for applications from interested and qualified candidates. See details on how to apply below.

About the HEARD PhD Scholarship 2021:

The scholarship is aimed producing expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy-making or programme implementing entities in Africa, and to pursue additional research priorities.

Eligibility:

Applications are invited from citizens of all African countries. Female candidates and, in the case of South Africa, those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.

Also candidates must:

  • Hold a Master’s Degree in a pertinent subject or a first or upper second class degree together with a track record of professional experience in a health or health-related field.
  • Have demonstrable research experience.
  • Undertake to register for a PhD dissertation (full time) at the University of KwaZulu–Natal (UKZN).
  • Make a commitment to remain on the African continent for at least TWO years after graduation.

To be Taken at (Country): South Africa

Value of HEARD PhD Scholarship 2021:

The value of each scholarship is R540, 000 and will be paid in equal tranches over three years and payments will be conditional on research progress.

Successful candidates are required to be based in Durban, South Africa, for the duration of the scholarship, with the exception of the time during which they may undertake field research elsewhere.

Duration of HEARD Scholarship: 

The HEARD PhD scholarship will be for 3 years.

How to Apply for the HEARD PhD Scholarship 2021:

    • A letter of motivation and CV.
    • An eight to ten-page concept note on one of HEARD’s key thematic research areas: Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights; Gender Equality and Health; Health Governance and Finance; and Health Systems Strengthening.
    • Certified copies of both your academic qualifications and your full academic records. If qualifications were obtained from non-English speaking countries please ensure that an official English translation is included.
    • A certified copy of your ID/passport.
    • Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be academic. The second can be from an individual of professional standing.

Application Deadline:

  • Applications must be submitted to Ms Cailin Hedderwick, PhD Programme Manager (Hedderwick@ukzn.ac.za) by 15 April 2021.

Official Website:

For More Information Visit the Official HEARD Scholarship Webpage Here.

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