Estonia Scholarship: Postgraduate Diploma program International Relations and European Integration

In the academic year 2017/2018 Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers full scholarships for young diplomats and civil servants to participate in the Postgraduate Diploma program International Relations and European Integration taking place at the Estonian School of Diplomacy in Tallinn, from September 2017 until May 2018.

The person applying for the scholarship:

- comes from a country eligible for ODA (see
- is not older than 35 years (when applying);
- has at least a BA degree;
- has very good command of English (speaking, reading, writing skills are required at the level of advanced);
- is currently employed by their country's/territory's foreign or civil service and has been working there for at least one year;
- is highly motivated to learn about international relations and related disciplines. Priority will be given to the candidates strongly motivated to continue their professional careers within the service of their respective country/territory;
- is hard working, co-operative and ready for cross-cultural study environment.

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Application must reach ESD by June 9, 2017 at the latest.

2017 Global Freedom Exchange Program for Anti-Trafficking Leaders

Capitalizing on the expertise of international leaders throughout the world, the Global Freedom Exchange is a partnership between Vital Voices, Hilton Worldwide, and Heineken that leverages leadership to end sex trafficking. This program seeks to engage emerging and established women leaders who are on the forefront of global efforts to prevent and end sex trafficking, particularly as it relates to and impacts children.

Each year, the Global Freedom Exchange convenes a select group of women leaders from countries around the world with the goal of providing participants with specific knowledge, skills, and relationships that will benefit their professional development and the communities they serve. Over the past four years, the Global Freedom Exchange has involved a total of 87 women leaders from 38 countries who have developed unique, effective approaches to address human trafficking in a two-week experiential, interactive, learning and networking program in the United States.

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The online application will be open until 11:59 PM (EST) on May 19, 2017.

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation Youth Assembly Scholarship

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation recognizes that meaningful youth participation in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires empowering young people, especially those who are furthest behind. Therefore, the Foundation seeks to provide a merit-based scholarship opportunity to a deserving youth to attend the Youth Assembly at the United Nations in New York. This opportunity is only the beginning of the Foundation’s growing efforts to make the Youth Assembly an open and inclusive platform for youth coming from all socioeconomic backgrounds.


A fully sponsored delegate place to attend the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations in New York. The scholarship winner will also be given the opportunity to speak at the podium during the conference.

  • Access to the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations in New York
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Transportation between the conference venue and other side events
  • The cost of travel to and from New York

The following criterion will be evaluated:
  • Candidates must be aged between 16 - 28 years old
- Academic achievements, which may include:
- Academic GPA or average, honors and awards
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Professional achievements
  • Involvement in school-based activities, which may include extracurriculars 
  • Involvement and impact in the community, which may include volunteer services, self-led projects, social action, and advocacy
  • Financial need

Individuals must submit the online application and all other required documentation by May 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m E.S.T (NY, U.S Time). Applications will be shortlisted by Friendship Ambassadors Foundation for an online interview. The Foundation will select one winner to attend the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly on May 15, 2017.


For inquiries, please email [email protected]

UNESCO-UNAM / Jaime Torres Bodet Prize in social sciences, humanities and arts

The creation of the Prize was approved on 27 October 2014 by the 195th session of the Executive Board of UNESCO. Awarded every two years, the Prize is intended to reward the efforts of a person, group of people or international institution that has contributed to the development of knowledge and society through art, teaching and research in social sciences and humanities. It is meant to promote pioneering initiatives that may contribute to the development, diffusion and consolidation of the values of humanity.

The Prize was inspired by the life from one of the founding members of UNESCO and Director-General of the Organization from 1948 to 1952. Eminent poet, novelist, essay writer and diplomat, Jaime Torres Bodet was graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He struggled for international social justice and against illiteracy. He promoted the reconstruction of the educational system, reinforced the importance of the Organization in the world, encouraged the access of women to education, and supported cultural development as a condition for international peace.

The winners of the Prize receive a monetary award of 50,000 US dollars. This Prize highlights the close links between UNESCO and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Call for Candidates - 2017 Edition

UNESCO invites Members States in consultation with their National Commissions, and non-governmental organizations maintaining official relations with UNESCO and active in a field covered by the Prize to submit nominations for the UNESCO-UNAM Jaime Torres Bodet Prize in Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 2017.

Deadline for the submission of candidates : 30 May 2017.
Who is eligible?

Candidates are required to have made an outstanding contribution to the development of knowledge and society through art, teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities. The application file should include (a) the attached nomination form duly completed in English or French; and, (b) supporting documentation on the work carried out by the candidate.
How to submit your nomination

Nominations for the Prize should be submitted, no later than 30 May 2017, by filling out the nomination form in either English or French.

Nominated candidates may be individuals, groups of people or international institutions. No self-nomination will be considered.
Download the Nomination Form
Send it, duly signed and stamped, to

Pedro Manuel Monreal Gonzalez
Executive Secretary of the UNESCO/UNAM Jaime Torres Bodet Prize
Social and Human Sciences Sector - UNESCO
7 place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP FRANCE
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 38 62
E-mail: pm.monreal-gonzalez(at)


Xl Africa is looking for 20 digital startups seeking to raise between $250K and $1.5M in funding

  • Your startup is for profit and registered
  • Your team consists of at least 3 people
  • Your team is based in one of the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • You have a very strong management team
  • You have a digital product or service available on the market right now, with demonstrated tangible traction and evidence of revenue
  • You have potential to achieve scale
  • You are seeking investment capital in the range of $250K – $1.5m
  • While there will be exceptions, mostly likely your startup has already received investment capital, structured as either debt or equity, or received grants from donor organizations.
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Application deadline June 12, 2017

CODESRIA 2017 Gender Institut: Feminist Scholarship, Universities and Social Transformation in Africa

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, CODESRIA, invites applications from academics and researchers from African universities and research centers to participate in the 2017 session of the Gender institute, which will take place in Dakar, Senegal from June 12-23, 2017.

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Application Deadline: 15th May 2017

Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition

Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC) derives its name from Singapore’s founding prime minister, who developed the country’s defining business plan bringing the Asian city onto the global stage.

It is this spirit of intelligence, entrepreneurship, innovation and ambition the competition enshrines as it invites the brightest minds from the world’s most entrepreneurial universities to come together to tackle the challenges of the 21’st century.

Global Platform

The competition is a platform for Singapore to engage with the global innovation & entrepreneurship community, and showcase our innovation capability and ambition to the rest of the world.

This year participants are invited to propose innovative technology/data centric products and services that address the opportunities and challenges a smart city faces in the following areas:
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Submission Deadline Friday, 16th June 2017

Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship

The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program pays for tuition and associated fees (approximately US $160,000) for citizens of African countries with financial need who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB. Stanford will award up to eight Stanford Africa MBA Fellowships annually.

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Application is available online between 24 April - 7 June 2017

Call for applications: Young Champions of the Earth

Young Champions of the Earth is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists.

If you have a big idea to protect or restore the environment; if you have a vision for a more sustainable future; if you have a strong track record of instigating change; if you are unafraid of failure; and if you believe in a bright future for our planet, then you just might have what it takes to become a Young Champion of the Earth.

What do the Young Champions receive?
  • Six Young Champions of the Earth are selected every year, one from each global region (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and West Asia). Each winner receives the following: 
  • US$15,000 in seed funding;
  • Attendance at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, December 2017, and the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 2018 (all expenses paid);
  • An introduction to over 100 environment ministers at the Champions of the Earth Gala Dinner;
  • Publicity and recognition through online and global media;
  • Access to high-profile mentors and customized training in communications, project planning, financial management, etc.
  • Participation in an intensive, one-week entrepreneurship course in Europe in the first quarter of 2018 (all expenses paid).
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Call for participants: Academy for African Urban Diversity

The AAUD supports a new generation of scholars in the humanistic social sciences pursing research that advances knowledge about mobility and urban diversity in Africa. We welcome applicants from all social sciences disciplines, including but not limited to anthropology, contemporary history, sociology, political science, economics, human geography, urban studies, and planning. We also encourage applicants from other disciplines who engage expressly with urban theory. Applicants should have completed data collection by the time of the academy, and be in the initial phase of the write-up period. While we push for theoretical engagement, projects should be empirically grounded.

  • Must be currently enrolled in a PhD program.
  • Must have completed an extended period of empirical research not more than 12 months before the academy begins and is expected to submit a completed dissertation within 12 to 18 months of the first Academy date.
  • Ability to converse and write in English, the academy language
  • Must be willing and able to travel to South Africa and Germany on the academy dates
The AAUD provides all travel related costs for those selected to attend.

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Applications will be accepted until 14 May, 2017.

Job: Grants Coordinator - Tanzania

Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 23 Jul 2017

Background/IRC Summary:

IRC Tanzania's current sectors include Gender-Based Violence, Child Protection Youth and Livelihoods, Reproductive Health, Community-Based Rehabilitation, Education, and Mental Health. The Grant Coordinator will assist in the development of all proposals, be responsible for tracking, coordinating the development, and submissions of all donor reports. In coordination with Deputy Director for Programs (DDP) she/he will contribute to program design and monitoring and evaluation initiatives, fundraising and developing new programs in refugee camps (in Western Tanzania), in host and urban settings (Dar Es Salaam and Kigoma Region).

Job Overview/Summary:

The Grants Coordinator reports to the (DDP) and is a member of the senior management team and participates in the country program's strategic planning processes. The Grants Coordinator will supervise 1 Senior Grant Manager based in Dar Es Salaam and 1 Grant Manager based in Kigoma region.

Major Responsibilities:

Grants & Compliance
  • Work with the Senior Grant Manager and Grant Manager to ensure that reports to donors are submitted on time; that reports are coherent and accurate (proposal, interim or final report)
  • In coordination with DDP, Field Coordinators and the Grant Manager, organize Grant Opening and Closing meetings, as well as monthly/regular grants review meetings which include representation from each unit (finance, programs, logistics) and ensure proper follow up of issues raised
  • Monitor and support the use of grants management tools such as FM01, BvAs, procurement planning and activity plans amongst program teams to ensure accurate tracking of implementation and timely alerts to potential challenges/obstacles
  • Coordinate with IRC-UK and IRC NY, monitor implementation of program to ensure they are in accordance with donor and IRC internal requirements and act as focal point in all communications with IRC Regional Unit and IRC UK office on Grants management issues, including sharing of monthly grant tracking updates.
  • Maintain proper records of all Grants and sub-grants.
  • Act as focal point in facilitating proposal and donor report reviews and approvals by technical advisors and other relevant persons at HQ (including maintaining OTIS).
  • Act as custodian of documentation of institutional knowledge and program activities in coordination with relevant sector supervisors and coordinators.
  • Train and support program staff on donor compliance, report writing, project and budget monitoring, record keeping, and Grants management.
Proposal Development
  • Work with DDP, Field Coordinators, Grant Manager based in the field, Technical Coordinators to support the process of quality proposals and the development of new projects and funding proposals
  • Assist the DDP to align new proposals to the country Strategy Action Plan ( SAP)
  • Liaise with NY grants units, technical units and IRC UK to ensure proposals meet internal standards, apply are donor compliant
  • Visit field sites in order to work directly with program staff on the development of proposals and to regularly visit IRC program activities
Fundraising & Visibility
  • In coordination with DDP cultivate donor relationships nationally and for specific target regions
  • Track upcoming opportunities by priority sector
  • Develop a communication and visibility strategy and support preparation of materials such as brochures and newsletters.
  • Support development of external communication tools as relevant for donor visits/meetings on IRC Tanzania as a whole and IRC Tanzania programs in particular
Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline, Masters degree preferred.
  • At least three years experience working in humanitarian or development programs; regional experience preferred.
  • Previous experience working with international non-governmental organizations in the area of grant management previous experience in working with European and US public donors.
  • Previous successful experience developing projects and writing proposals to donors International experience with experience in Africa.
  • Skills and Abilities: Strong proposal writing and budgeting skills, IT proficiency, excellent communication and writing skills, good interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team setting, ability and willingness to travel to remote areas, and ability to prioritize high volumes of work to meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communications skills; Swahili a plus
How to apply:

Please follow this link to apply: