Enter the Global Innovation Competition 2016 #GIC2016

Deadline: October 4, 2015


The GIC is open to applicants from around the world with inspiring ideas. If you have an idea or proven concept for a project that uses innovative technology to improve the relationship between government and citizens in Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Indonesia, the Philippines, Liberia, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mozambique, Uganda and Nigeria, you are invited to apply.

The themes for the competition this year support the goals of the Open Government Partnership and the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on accountable, and responsive governance.


The competition offers up to 15 finalists the chance to meet together in Accra for a week of networking and mentoring. Finally, the teams will pitch their ideas at a live event that decides who will be the competition winners and win a grant from a £450,000 prize fund.


A GIC grant is awarded to applicants with particularly innovative ideas, either proven or to be developed should they win.
• The applicant must prove they will implement the idea/proven concept in a Making All Voices Count country.
• Anyone is welcome to apply, companies, government actors, non-profits, for-profits, NGOs, individuals etc. This also includes applicants from the GIC’s inaugural year.
• An applicant can apply with as many ideas/proven concepts as they wish, however only one application per entity can qualify for the second round.
• The Making All Voices Count countries are: Bangladesh, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Application Process

To apply, read GIC 2016 Manual and FAQ

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Apply for the IRO Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Belgium

Deadline: November 9, 2015


Send in applications for the IRO Doctoral Scholarship Programme. As one of its contributions to development cooperation, KU Leuven offers scholarships every academic year to exceptional students from developing countries to course their PhD in the largest university of Flanders, Belgium . The programme is organised and managed by IRO, the University’s Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation. Over the past ten years, the Doctoral Scholarships Programme has supported over a hundred PhD graduates . KU Leuven is the oldest university of the Low Countries.


The IRO Doctoral Scholarships are only granted for programmes with a maximum duration of 48 months and, if needed, for one pre-doctoral year as a preparation for the doctoral programme.
• The scholarship includes the stipend of EUR 1,415 per month for doctoral students or EUR 1,000 per month for pre-doctoral students.
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• The applicant must be a citizen of one of the countries on the OCDE DAC table that are considered as: Least Developed Countries, Low Income Countries or Low Middle Income Countries;
• The applicant may not possess a citizenship from an EU country. The applicant may not posses a long-term EU residence permit;
• The candidate’s latest master’s degree must have been awarded no more than ten years prior to October 1, 2016 (including the ongoing calendar year);
• The candidate must hold an academic qualification at least equivalent to a high distinction. Degrees obtained with a final score equivalent to second class second/lower division will not be taken into consideration;
Excellent academic quality of the research project , focusing on the development relevance of the proposal;
• The candidate must demonstrate a development-oriented motivation;
• The candidate must be supported by a local co-promoter at the candidate’s home country to ensure embeddedness of the research within the country’s context;
• The candidate must be supported by excellent recommendations from relevant referees.

Application Procedure

• The candidate must follow the application procedure.
• Please make sure to fill up the application form with the following instructions:
  • First name and last name as written on the passport;
  • Status: Doctoral Programme (diploma contract) or Predoctoral programme;
  • Academic year: If you apply between September and October 2015, you must select 2015 – 2016; Starting from November, you must select 2016 – 2017;
• Is this application also intended as a scholarship application? Yes;
• Name of the scholarship agency: IRO Doctoral Scholarship.

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