Apply to be an AU Youth Volunteer in 2018!

The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa. The program aims to deepen the status of young people as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, ‘The Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Continent driven by its citizens. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.

Young African professionals are recruited to serve for a period of 12 months as AU Volunteers in an AU Member State other than their own. The next intake of volunteers for deployment in 2018 will be from the 11th – 31st of July 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants have to meet the following criteria:

  1. Citizen of an AU Member State living on the continent or the Diaspora;
  2. Aged between 18 – 35 years;
  3. Have a post-secondary certified qualification(s) (TVET, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  4. Available in 2018 to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
  5. Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
  6. Is proficient in at least one AU working language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);
  7. Has at least one year verifiable volunteering experience and one year professional work experience.

Volunteer Entitlements:

For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission and its partners will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training.

On deployment, African Union Youth Volunteers receive the following:

  1. Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment
  2. A modest monthly stipend
  3. Health insurance cover
  4. Separation allowance upon successful completion of twelve months service

How to Apply

Click here to apply! Deadline for submission of applications is Monday, 31st July 2017 at Midnight GMT+3

Please note:

  1. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered
  2. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified
  3. Candidates who had applied in previous years are and still meet the eligibility criteria are encourage to re-apply

Go to the Official Page for more

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Write for Africa Essay Competition 2017

Radiant Initiative for Africa Essay Contest, “Write for Africa” aims at creating awareness on the career opportunities available to young, talented writers, to find creative writers and place them on internships in organizations where their writing prowess will be harnessesed, nurtured and prepared for higher opportunities. All entrants are expected to tell their own stories, motivate others and to show the world who they really are through their submissions.

The topic for the essay is My Life, My Words (Non Fiction).

What to gain

  • The top three prize winners will be given an Amazon Kindle, Color Printer and writing pak respectively
  • Three winners will be selected to participate in a 6 months paid internship;
  • Winners will be put in contact with with influential writers who will serve as mentors to them, providing wider exposure for their creative work, providing them access to national and international support networks of fellow young writers and change makers.

Who can apply?

  • Young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 29;
  • Candidates willing to travel to Abuja if selected for the face-to-face interview and be willing to take the 6 months paid internship placement.

How to apply

  • After completing the online registration, send essay to radiant4africa@gmail.com. Essays must not exceed 1000 words and the font type should be Times New Roman (size 14).
  • Submissions must be received by midnight of July 20, 2017. The shortlisted essays will be notified on July 30, 2017.

See more here.

7th FEMRITE Regional Residency 2017 for African Women Writers in Uganda (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 15th July 2017

FEMRITE is delighted to announce the call for submissions for the 7th Regional Residency for African Women Writers which will be co-hosted with Karavan, a Swedish literary magazine, with support from the Swedish Institute.

The 10-day writing residency will take place, in Kampala, in February 2018. The 10 selected writers will re-work their submitted manuscripts, participate in peer reviewing of work(s)-in-progress, receive feedback from mentors, participate in a public reading, share information on writing, and work with selected schools to start reading and writing projects.

Requirements

Any African woman writer who lives on the continent, is working on a novel or memoir manuscript, writes in English and hasn’t published more than one book, can apply.

Benefits

The residency will cover your return air ticket, accommodation, and meals for the period of the residency.
What you need to submit:

  • An extract from a novel or memoir manuscript that you would like to re-work during the residency (Maximum 5000 words)
  • A short story for publication in the residency anthology (minimum 3000 words)
  • Biography (150 words or less)
  • A passport-size photo

Send the documents as .docx attachments. (Use Times New Roman font, size 12, 1.5 spacing.)

Do not include illustrations.

FEMRITE will notify successful applicants by 30th August 2017.

For submissions or further inquiries, please send an email to info@femrite.org and copy to info.femrite@gmail.com

See more information here

​UONGOZI Institute Leadership Essay Competition 2017 for Young Africans ($USD 2,000 Prize & Funded to Johannesburg, South Africa)

Application Deadline: Tuesday, 14th July, 2017
African citizens between the age of 18-25 are invited to submit an essay for this year’s Leadership Essay Contest organised by the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute).

The essay contest aims to provide a space for the youth of Africa and the next generation of leaders in the region to contribute to important discussions on leadership.
The essays should respond to the following question:

“If you were a leader, what would you do to ensure that peace and security is achieved and sustained in Africa?”

The essays should be no more than 2 A4 pages long. The format shall be of single spaced, Arial font size 11, and sent as a Microsoft Word document.

Essays will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, use of language and appropriateness to the contest theme.

All essays must be written in English.

Eligibility

Applicants must be African citizens between the age of 18-25 currently residing in Africa.

The selected winners will be required to travel to Johannesburg on 23 August, 2017, therefore valid identification and travel documents will be required for this purpose.

Prizes

A grand prize of USD $2,000 will be awarded to the overall winner of the essay contest. A total of five winners will be selected. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the second to fifth place winners.

The top 5 winners will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, to receive their awards at a prize giving ceremony to be held during the Africa Leadership Forum Dinner Gala on 24 August, 2017, which will be attended by senior leaders from across Africa in the public, private and civil society sectors.

The overall winner will be asked to read the winning essay at the event.

How to Apply

Essays should be submitted by email to: submissions@uongozi.or.tz .

Applicants must also submit a written statement of originality and ownership of intellectual property rights.

The final deadline for submission will be Tuesday, 14 July, 2017 (5pm GMT). The top five finalists will be notified via email by the first week of August. Feedback will not be provided on individual essays.

Get more information here

Apply to the African Leadership Academy 2017 Class

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African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to enroll the most outstanding young leaders from across Africa and around the world – ALA is not only looking for young people who are smart and and excel in the academic environment, they are looking for young people with the potential to lead and impact the world around them through their courage, initiative and innovation.

Young African leaders aged 16 – 18 are strongly encouraged to apply.

Download application form in English.

Application form is also available in Arabic, Portuguese and French.

Get more information here.

Call for Articles by the African Youth Corner

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The African Youth Corner (AYC) is pleased to announce its Call for articles. This is an opportunity to lend your voice to the world on pertinent global matters as it applies to Africa. Articles should highlight Africa’s peculiarity in practice, growth pattern, challenges and prospects. Experience sharing is highly encouraged.

Selected Topics

Articles should be on any of the following topics:

  • Women and Girls Rights;
  • Education;
  • Technology in Africa;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Climate Change and Environment;
  • Democracy and Governance.

Eligibility

Open to everyone.

How to Apply

  • Attach article (as attached .docx or .PDF), minimum of 250 words and send to africanyouthcorner@gmail.com with the subject as “Your Name, Article Topic, Country”
  • Articles should be written in English.
  • Give a brief description of yourself in not more than 50 words. Type this in the body of the mail and include your social media handles.

Selected articles will be published on the African Youth Corner Website. Authors will be duly informed and acknowledged.

Join other young Africans on the AYC Facebook Page.

Applications for YALI RLC East Africa Cohort 10 & 11 is on!

Deadline: May 17, 2016

Applications for YALI RLC East Africa Cohort 10 and 11 are now open. The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the statistics: nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.

Selected participants will engage in innovative leadership training across three tracks of study: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, and Public Management by immersing themselves in a 12-week format (three weeks of residential learning on-site at the Center in Nairobi, eight weeks of virtual distance learning via technology from your home country, and a final week on-site at the Center in Nairobi for wrap-up and presentations). During the program, participants in their chosen track will be required to contribute individually and in teams to an interactive and experiential education course through project-based development and achievement.

Who can Apply?

Open to young East African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are 18 to 35 years of age at the time of application submission,
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Burundi, Central African Republic. Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda,
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are eligible to receive any necessary visa to Kenya, and
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English.

Selection Criteria

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications:

  • A demonstrated leadership in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
  • Active engagement in public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • Strong social and communication skills.
  • An energetic, positive attitude.
  • A demonstrated knowledge, interest, and professional experience in the sector/track selected, and
  • A commitment to apply leadership skills and training to benefit your country and/or community after the program.

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

How to Apply!

You need to first Sign Up to submit application.

See the FAQ or go to YALI East Africa for more information.

Apply for Internship Programme in Germany

Deadline: November 15, 2015

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The Internship Programme of German Business offers young graduates and students the possibility of a three to six-month long internship at leading German companies . The interns gain an insight into corporate culture in Germany and are acquainted with modern management and work organisation.

Following their stay in Germany, the interns return to their respective home country and are able to contribute the newly acquired knowledge and skills there. The experience and contacts established will strengthen the economic development of their home countries and promote bilateral relations with Germany as well as economic relations within the region. Thus, this programme and the associated alumni network make an important contribution towards regional reconciliation, intensified economic relations and create a cross-sectoral network of young, cosmopolitan professionals in the region.

Benefits

The interns receive a scholarship that is financed from the funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The participating German companies make available both the required management capacities as well as the internship placements. Furthermore, the companies cover the cost of accommodation and health insurance for the interns or pay a monthly allowance;

• Prior to the internship, there is a common introductory programme held in Berlin with the aim of bringing together the interns with the relevant stakeholders in politics and industry, thus preparing them for their stay in Germany;

• During their stay in Germany, scholarship holders have a possibility to attend appropriate language course in order to improve their command of German language, whose costs are also covered by the Programme.

Eligibility

Students of higher semesters and postgraduates
with first job experience can apply.

• Their field of studies should have a focus either on economic finance, engineering, journalism or agriculture.

• The applicants should generally not be older than 30 years.

• A very good command of German and/or English is required.

• Applicants from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are called to apply.

Application Procedure

Get information on how to apply here.
• Before you fill in the online application, you should prepare the following documents:
– Letter of motivation (1-2 max.pages in German or English);
– Curriculum vitae (in German or English);
– Portrait photo (in a common graphics format, e.g. JPG), a separate document;
– Scanned transcript of records (overview of the courses and marks, issued by your faculty);
– Translation of transcript of records (German or English translation, there is no official translation required for the online application stage);
– Other scanned documents available (e.g. language certificates for German or English, references, diplomas).
– You may upload the documents in Word, PDF or graphics formats.

Click here for more information.

Enter the Global Innovation Competition 2016 #GIC2016

Deadline: October 4, 2015

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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.

Prizes

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.

Eligibility

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

Visit Official Website.

Apply for the IRO Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Belgium

Deadline: November 9, 2015

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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.

Scholarship

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.
• See more.

Eligibility

• 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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