Job: Mandela Washington Fellowship Reader

Organization: International Research and Exchanges Board

Closing date: 10 Oct 2017

IREX seeks academic and professional experts to read and score applications for the 2018 MandelaWashington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Over the course of the first four years of the Fellowship, we received over 180,000 applications for 3,000 Fellow slots, so your talents and expertise in helping score applications are greatly appreciated!

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), designed to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. In the summer of 2018, the Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring up to 700 young leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training and will create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

Expectations of Readers
Readers will be responsible for evaluating program applicants based on set guidelines and a scoring rubric for the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Readers will each read 40 applications and may receive a $100 honorarium for their service (please note that US government employees and contractors are not eligible to receive an honorarium). Please note that we are only able to pay readers who have a U.S. mailing address and payments can only be made by check, not money transfer.


Ideal readers are academics and/or professionals with expertise in one of the program’s thematic areas (business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management) or those who have experience working in Africa.

How to apply:

If you are interested in participating as a reader, please complete the application form,, as soon as possible, and no later than October 10, 2017. You will be asked to upload your resume, and we will confirm with you via e-mail whether you are selected to be a reader.

MAB Young Scientists Awards

UNESCO MAB Young Scientists Awards: helping young people help the planet

Since 1989 MAB has been providing young researchers each year with awards of up to US$ 5,000 in support of their research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity. Through the MAB Young Scientists Awards, MAB is investing in a new generation of scientists worldwide because we think well-trained and committed young people are key to addressing ecological and sustainability issues.

The International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) at its 29th session on 12-15 June 2017 adopted the new criteria and conditions for the selection of MAB Young Scientists Award winners in order to address the Lima Action Plan (LAP) for Biosphere Reserves and relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in applications.

The deadline for submission of application forms for the 2018 MAB Young Scientists Awards is 15 December 2017.

Africa Climate Leadership Program (AfriCLP)

The Africa Climate Leadership Program (AfriCLP) is a grants awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary individuals and organizations to build leadership capacity in response to climate change. The awards programme seeks to build local climate change leaders who can shape understanding of the extent and severity of climate-related stressors on African economies and ecosystems, and propose solutions on how countries can build resilience to these impacts. The Programme is funded by IDRC and managed by the University of Nairobi and the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) - University of Dar es Salaam.The program aims to build on these past investments by IDRC to achieve sustainability and impact at scale.

More info at

Call: 2017 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards


The 2017 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards is celebrating the 12th year of recognising individuals and organisations for their excellence, innovation, and bravery in creating positive social change.

Nominations are now open for Youth Activists, Individual Activists, Civil Society Organisations, and the newest category of Brave Philanthropy.

Is there an activist, organisation or donor in your community or country that the world should know about? If so, we want to celebrate them!

Submit your nominations, including self-nominations, now by clicking here.

Nominations close on 21 September 2017.

2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize - Stories in original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil

Open for entry 1 September – 1 November 2017

Awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil.

The competition is free to enter.

Full entry and eligibility rules are available to download here in word format and PDF.

Only one entry per writer may be submitted.

Submit here through the online entry form.

UNU-WIDER PhD Internships

Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme and have shown ability to conduct research on developing economies. Candidates working in other social sciences may apply but should keep in mind that UNU-WIDER is an economics-focused institute. Candidates should be fluent in oral and written English and possess good quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills. Applications from suitably qualified early-career, female, and developing country researchers are particularly encouraged. The programme is especially addressed at researchers at later stages of their PhD.

The PhD Internship Programme is highly competitive and only a limited number of interns can be accepted. In recent years, one percent of all applications were successful.

More info at

Lex:lead Scholarship Competition - 2017

Up to ten (10) US$500 awards are to be made in February 2018
to the top-ranked essays answering this year's essay question:
  • How can banking regulatory law reduce poverty and support economic development?
Registration open 1 September to 30 November 2017 (below);essays accepted from registered candidates 1-31 December 2017. Candidates must have citizenship in an eligible country and be a law student enrolled in studies in an eligible country at the time of award (see Home page for eligibility). Essays must be in compliance with competition rules (see Student Instructions 2017). Submissions from unregistered candidates or received after 31 December 2017 cannot be accepted.

Note that awards are generally payable to the winner's educational institution on his/her behalf and not to the student directly. Funds may also be less any necessary bank conversion fees and/or taxes. Lex:lead will never charge a fee to participate. A Certificate of Participation will be sent to all registered candidates who submit an essay by the deadline.

Claude Moore Charitable Foundation grant for Zimbabwe:US$500 of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation's 2017 funding is to be held in reserve until a Zimbabwean winner naturally emerges through the competition. Note that competition rules will not be modified in favour of any candidate. We look forward to making this Claude Moore award to a student from Zimbabwe very soon!

Register here:

Australia Awards Scholarships – Africa

Australia Awards in Africa comprise of scholarships, short courses and fellowships that aim to support the leadership needs of African professionals as well as effectively focus training on areas most relevant to Africa’s development priorities.

Australia Awards Scholarships

Scholarships for Masters studies in Australia are being offered to eligible African candidates for postgraduate studies commencing in 2019. Applications open 1 Setember 2017 to 15 December 2017.

The following countries are eligible for Scholarships:
To find out more information on the eligibility criteria and application process please go to your country page.

Focus sectors for Masters Awards reflect areas which have been identified as priorities by partner governments and in which Australia is recognised as having world-leading expertise and experience. Current priority sectors include: Agricultural Productivity; Extractives; and Public Policy. Click here to discover what courses are available in your area of interest, at Australian institutions.

Short Courses

Short Courses offers opportunities for short-term post-graduate training delivered in Australia and/or in Africa for up to three months. The training targets experienced employees from African public, private and non-government organisations (civil society) in the following fields: Agriculture, Extractives and Public Policy. Read more about Short Courses here. Applications open 1 September 2017 – 15 January 2018.

The following countries are eligible for Short Courses:
Please navigate to your home country on the Africa map to find out more information about Short Courses as well as information on eligibility.


Australia Awards – Africa: Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Australia Awards – Africa is a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) funded initiative. It is designed to equip Africans with the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to sustainable economic and social development outcomes in their own countries. In addition, Australia Awards – Africa builds long-term, sustainable links between targeted countries in Africa and Australia. The program provides a variety of Masters scholarships, postgraduate short courses and post-doctoral fellowships to Africans in the public, civil society and private sectors in targeted disciplines, that support the home countries’ developmental priorities.

More info at

Applications close 30 November 2017.

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff and other scholars in residence. The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world.

More info at

Deadline: October 1st

International Student Travel Video Contest

International Student  2017 Travel Video Contest is now open! 

If you want to be an international student or are currently one and want to take a special trip, then this contest is for you. Create and submit an original video by October 13th to be considered for our $4,000 grand prize!

More into at

Deadline: 13 October 2017

Facebook Fellowship and Emerging Scholar Award are open to full-time PhD students

The Facebook Fellowship Program and Emerging Scholar Award are open to full-time PhD students (domestic and international) enrolled during the current academic year and studying computer science, computer engineering or a related area. Winners of the fellowship are entitled to receive two years of tuition and fees paid, an annual stipend, and conference travel support. Applications will be evaluated based on the strength of the student's research statement, publication record, and recommendation letters.

Students who are in their first or second year of study and are members of a minority group* that is underrepresented in the technology sector, may elect to be evaluated for an Emerging Scholar Award.

Each Fellow will receive the following benefits:
  • Tuition and fees will be paid for the academic year (up to two years).
  • $37K grant (one-time payment during each academic year).
  • Up to $5,000 in conference travel support.
We are accepting applications from PhD students with research in one of the following areas:
  • CommAI
  • Computational Social Science
  • Compute Storage and Efficiency
  • Computer Vision
  • Distributed Systems
  • Economics and Computation
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Networking and Connectivity
  • Security/Privacy
  • Research Outside of the Above: relevant work in areas that may not align with the research priorities highlighted above.
More info at

Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers in-residence opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff.

Applicants must propose to conduct research at the Smithsonian in one of its areas of research as outlined in the Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS), for a period of three to twelve months, or ten weeks for the Graduate Student Fellowship. Past or current SIFP fellowship recipients are eligible to apply for another SIFP award.

No employee or contractor of the Smithsonian Institution may hold a Smithsonian fellowship during the time of his/her employment or contract, nor may an award be offered to any person who has been employed by or under contract to the Institution in the previous year, without the prior approval of the Office of Fellowships.

Applicants whose native language is not English are expected to have the ability to write and converse fluently in English. All application materials must be presented in English (foreign transcripts may be translated, see below).

Determination of the fellowship category for which to apply should be based on the anticipated academic level at the time the fellowship would begin:
More info at

  • 2018 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: Friday December 1, 2017
  • 2019 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: Monday December 3, 2018
  • 2020 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: Monday December 2, 2019

INTREPiD International Fellowship - 6 fellowship positions are available

Programme description

INTREPiD is a new International Fellowship Programme for talented young researchers in Life Sciences supported by the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and H2020 Marie Curie Actions– People 2016 COFUND Programme. The Programme aims at enabling outstanding junior scientists of all nationalities to develop a competitive research project in life sciences at CRG, thus promoting the transnational mobility and career perspectives of young scientists in Europe.

Fellows will benefit from an exciting international scientific environment and an integrated training programme, including access to state of the art infrastructure , lectures and seminars, specialised scientific and technological courses, complementary skills training and career development activities, postdoctoral symposia and retreats, as well as social activities.
Call deadline : November 19, 2017

International Leader of Tomorrow Award

International Leader of Tomorrow Award winners receive awards proportional to financial need. Financial need is determined by tuition, fees, and living costs, minus the financial contribution you and your family can make annually. A standard needs-assessment is based on the financial information provided by you and your family.

The International Leader of Tomorrow Award can be renewed for up to three additional years of undergraduate study or to degree completion, whichever is less. Your award may be renewed provided you achieve satisfactory academic standing in your faculty, continue to demonstrate financial need, and maintain your Canadian study permit (student visa).

  • To be considered for an International Leader of Tomorrow Award, you must:
  • be applying for your first undergraduate degree
  • be admissible to the first-choice degree you are applying to, including meeting UBC’s English Language Admission Standard
  • have an excellent academic record (at least an “A” average or equivalent standard)
  • be an international student – neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada – and be studying in Canada on a Canadian study permit (student visa)
  • demonstrate a level of financial need that would otherwise prevent you from pursuing a UBC degree
  • be entering a UBC undergraduate degree program from a recognized secondary school, college, or other university

You must be nominated by the high school you are currently attending or recently graduated from, or the college/university you are transferring from. When you are confirmed for nomination by your school, college, or university, your institution must use the International Leader of Tomorrow Award nomination package.
  • We encourage you to submit your application for admission to UBC early. This will ensure that you have an admission decision in time for award nomination consideration.
  • Your nomination package must be postmarked by November 15, 2017.
  • You must complete the online application for academic admission to UBC no later than December 1, 2017.
  • You must meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard by January 31, 2018.
Although you can specify two degree choices in your application for admission, your award consideration will be based only on your first-choice degree.

Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award

The Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award recognizes outstanding international undergraduate students from impoverished or war-torn areas who have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances, and who would be unable to attend university without financial assistance.

The value of the award is proportional to demonstrated financial need and enough to cover tuition costs for your program of study, including living expenses.

The Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award can be renewed for up to three additional years of undergraduate study or to degree completion, whichever is less. Your award may be renewed provided you achieve satisfactory academic standing in your faculty, continue to demonstrate financial need, and maintain your Canadian study permit (student visa).


To be considered for the Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award, you must:
  • be an international student – neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada – and be studying in Canada on a Canadian study permit (student visa)
  • come from a war-torn, or politically unstable region of the world, and/or from an economically disadvantaged region of the world
  • have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances, with no financial means from family or other sources to pursue post-secondary education (neither in your own country because it is unavailable or unattainable, nor outside your country because it is unaffordable)
  • be graduating or have recently graduated from a recognized senior secondary school
  • be applying for your first undergraduate degree
  • be able to demonstrate superior academic achievement (at least an “A” average or equivalent standard) and leadership potential
  • You may be nominated by your secondary school, by a recognized international development agency and its affiliate, or by a registered local or international charitable and not-for-profit organization.
  • A school, agency, or organization may nominate only one student for undergraduate study at UBC’s Okanagan or Vancouver campuses.
  • Once a school nominates a student, no other students from the same school can be nominated by an agency or organization for this award.
Schools, agencies, and organizations must use the nomination form, below.
Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award Nomination Package (434 KB PDF, Download and complete this form).


We encourage you to submit your application for admission to UBC early. This will ensure that you have an admission decision in time for award nomination consideration.
  • Your nomination package must be postmarked by November 15, 2017.
  • You must complete the online application for academic admission to UBC no later than December 1, 2017.
  • You must meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard by January 31, 2018.
Although you can specify two degree choices in your application for admission, your award consideration will be based only on your first-choice degree.


Gates Cambridge Scholarship

A global scholarship at Cambridge University

For intellectually outstanding postgraduate students with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

Zambezi Prize for entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Zambezi Prize raises awareness of entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, encourages the flow of capital to financial inclusion ventures, and advances entrepreneurship and financial inclusion to fuel broad-based prosperity.

  • The venture must help advance financial inclusion.
  • The venture must have a presence in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The venture must have a founder or co-founder that work or plan to work full-time on the venture.
  • If selected as finalists, ventures must have a founder or co-founder to attend MIT’s Entrepreneurship Development Program in Boston in January 2018
More info at

Deadline: September 30, 2017

United Nations/Italy Long-term Fellowship Programme on GNSS and Related Applications

The II Level Specializing Master is a post graduate academic program (taken after a Master of Science program) that provides high quality training. It provides students with professional knowledge and skills needed in the navigation sector.

Applicants should be:
  • nationals of developing countries or countries with economy in transition;
  • duly nominated by their governments;
  • age of candidate should not exceed forty (40) years;
  • should have the academic and professional backgrounds required by the specific fellowship programme (candidates for the MNA programme are required to have completed Master Degree or equivalent (5 years University degree) in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Communication Engineering, Information Technology or related subjects. Other degrees in different technological fields can also be considered by the Master's Programme Commission; and
  • should be able to make professional use of the experience gained in the Programme.
The required documentation must be completed and forwarded to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs by no later than 27 September 2017 11:59 a.m (CEST). Please read the Terms of Participation document for instruction on completing documentation. Required documentation can be downloaded from links below in MS Word and PDF formats.

Complete info at

Google Faculty Research Awards

At Google, we are committed to developing new technologies to help our users find and use information. While we do significant in-house research and engineering, we also maintain strong ties with academic institutions worldwide pursuing innovative research in core areas relevant to our products and services. As part of that vision, the Google Faculty Research Awards Program aims to recognize and support world-class, permanent faculty pursuing cutting-edge research in areas of mutual interest.

Our goal is to identify and strengthen long-term collaborative relationships with faculty working on problems that will impact how future generations use technology. Google Faculty Research Awards are structured as seed funding (up to $150,000 USD) to support one graduate student for one year and are awarded as an unrestricted gift. The award is highly competitive - only 15% of applicants receive funding - and each proposal goes through a rigorous Google-wide review process.

How to apply for a Faculty Research Award

Step 1: Read advice on how to write a good proposal and learn more about our Faculty Research Awards in our FAQ.

Step 2: Ask a Google employee to champion your proposal. A Google champion or sponsor is not required to submit a proposal, but it helps ensure that your proposal is relevant and of interest to Google. The Google champion or sponsor should be:
  • a willing participant
  • considered an expert in your area of research, and
  • familiar with your work.
It’s the primary principal investigator’s responsibility to find a champion/sponsor. These relationships are typically made on the ground at academic conferences and workshops.

Step 3: Write your proposal using the advice mentioned in step 1. If you have a Google champion or sponsor, ask them to provide feedback.

Step 4: Submit your proposal by the deadline.

Step 5: Decisions are announced in February.

Our submission deadline has been extended to October 7th, 2017. Before submitting a proposal, please carefully review all the instructions to the left, including our FAQs and proposal advice. To submit a proposal, please fill out this application form by 11:59pm PDT on October 7th, 2017. Applicants will be notified of decisions in February 2018.


Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship program is the premier program in the world for those dedicated to a better understanding of critical scientific and social issues in global sustainable development. Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellows, often referred to as the EI Fellows, will join multidisciplinary teams of outstanding, committed scientists from across the Earth Institute and Columbia University.

The EI Fellows program provides innovative postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to build a foundation in one of the core disciplines represented within the Earth Institute (i.e. social, earth, biological, engineering, and health sciences), while at the same time acquiring the breadth of cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues related to sustainable development. Specific areas of research include food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. The program offers a unique intellectual surrounding that fosters cross-disciplinary interaction, research and education.

To apply, candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute to the goal of global sustainable development. Proposals may suggest participating in, contributing to, or extending existing multidisciplinary Earth Institute projects. Candidates are also encouraged to develop new, innovative projects that connect Earth Institute expertise. In addition to submitting the application and proposal, candidates are encouraged to identify and contact their desired multidisciplinary mentoring team, i.e. two or more senior faculty members or research scientists/scholars at Columbia University with whom they would like to work during their appointment.

Details about eligibility and the application and review procedures can be found on the Program Information page.

For further questions, please email [email protected].

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) also awards postdoctoral fellowships in the earth, environmental, and ocean sciences. Please visit the LDEO Postdoctoral Fellowship page for more information.

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong in 2009, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong's universities.

Candidates who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in the following eight universities, irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply.
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Lingnan University
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The University of Hong Kong
Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.

Fellowship Award

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$240,000 (approximately US$30,000) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year to each awardee for a period of up to three years. More than 230 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2018/19 academic year*. For awardees who need more than three years to complete their PhD studies, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities. For details, please contact the universities concerned directly.

* Universities in Hong Kong normally start their academic year in September.

Selection Panel

Shortlisted applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the following two Selection Panels comprising experts in the relevant board areas:
Science, Medicine, Engineering and Technology
Humanities, Social Science and Business Studies

Selection Criteria

While candidates' academic excellence is of primary consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account factors as follows:
  • Academic excellence;
  • Research ability and potential;
  • Communication and interpersonal skills; and
  • Leadership abilities.

Iso Lomso Fellowships for early career opportunity for African Researchers

Iso Lomso Fellowships provide an exceptional early career opportunity for Africa’s brightest minds in academia. Iso Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow.

Iso Lomso Fellows will enjoy:
  • a three-year attachment to STIAS during which time they may spend a total of ten months in residence at STIAS to develop and pursue a long-term research programme;
  • the possibility of a residency at a sister institute for advanced study in North America, Europe or elsewhere;
  • funding to attend up to three international conferences or training workshops anywhere in the world;
  • support to convene a workshop with collaborators at STIAS;
  • lecturer replacement subsidy for the fellow’s home institution during residency periods.
The programme is aimed at African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree within the preceding seven years and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa. Candidates should have established a research programme and have completed a post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD programme. All disciplines are considered.

Read the press release here.

Download the applications documents of the 2017 call below:
  1. Download the Iso Lomso Call for Applications 2017
  2. Download the Iso Lomso Application Form 2017
You can help us distribute this call by printing and posting the Iso Lomso Poster on your bulletin boards.

For enquiries, please contact:

Dr. Christoff Pauw
STIAS Programme Manager
Tel. +27 21 808 9331 (w)
Email: [email protected]

Are you ready to scale your tech startup into a thriving, tech company with help from Google?

Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month acceleration program for growth-stage startups from emerging markets. Through this program, startups get the opportunity to collaborate with Google engineers, Silicon Valley experts, and top mentors from around the world. The program offers equity-free support, Google product credits, and an all-expense-paid training in San Francisco.

Are you up for the challenge?

Have you and your team set out to address a real challenge for your home city, country and region? Would you like to join an elite community of startups from around the world? Are you ready to scale your tech startup into a thriving, tech company with help from Google?

If you answered yes to ALL of these questions, we should work together! Apply now for Launchpad Accelerator, currently accepting applications from select countries in:
  • Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda)
  • Asia (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • Europe (Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine)
  • Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay)
Application deadline for Class 5 applications is Monday, October 2nd at 9am Pacific time. We're looking to enter new countries and regions in future classes of Launchpad Accelerator, so if you're not based in one of the countries above, please stay tuned!

Looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher

APOPO is currently seeking inquisitive and motivated Post-doctoral researchers to join our research team conducting basic and applied research with global impact relevant to the scent detection abilities of the HeroRATs.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, biology, or other related field.

Keen attention to detail and a solid track record of original scientific research are required. Candidates with prior experience examining olfactory learning or discrimination behavior in rodents are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will work closely with APOPO’s training and research team at our headquarters in Morogoro, Tanzania where opportunities for research related to our ongoing operations in landmine and TB detection also exist.

Click here for more info.

Deadline: 15 Oct 2017

Job: Policy Advocacy Volunteer - Asylum Access, Tanzania

Organization: Asylum Access

Country: United Republic of Tanzania

Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Policy Advocacy Position Description

Asylum Access Tanzania active seeks applications from well-prepared candidates with impeccable writing skills and a passion for social justice for the Policy Advocacy position. Following an intensive training program in international and domestic refugee law and response, VAs are given the opportunity to engage with asylum law in the Tanzanian administrative system, help refugees assert their full scope of rights, train refugee community leaders and participate in local, regional, and international policy advocacy.

Policy Advocacy Position Responsibilities

Duties may include but not limited to:
  • Assist the Country Director in the implementation of policy advocacy strategy of AATZ
  • Participate in local, regional and global networks to ensure the strengthening of AATZ goals
  • Help in advising governmental and international organisms to apply public policy and meet established national and international standards as well as pressure them to improve and develop new standards
  • Assist in the update and monitoring of the Annual Plan of AATZ
  • Assist on initial setup NETWORKS upon which AATZ is involved.
Required Qualifications:
  • A degree in law or public policy or international studies or human rights or refugee rights or other relevant master’s programs
  • Ability to work with diverse individuals and groups. Candidate should be culturally sensitive
  • Basic working knowledge of Gmail, Google Drive, Ms Office and related tools (Docs, Sheets, etc.)
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting with limited resources
  • Strong research, writing and communication skills
  • Strong initiative and ability to take ownership of projects, manage multiple deadlines, and work effectively with a high attention to detail **
  • This position is based out of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania for the entire duration of the commitment
Hours and duration:
  • This is a full-time, unpaid volunteer position requiring a minimum commitment of 6 months. Candidates with the ability to provide 1-year commitment will be preferred.
How to apply:

Interested candidates can send in the resume, cover letter and a concise writing sample to [email protected] with “Policy Advocacy - Tanzania” on the subject line

Please specify the duration of your availability and the proposed start date in the application. (Example: Available to volunteer for 6 months starting Oct 2017)

Please note that all Asylum Access VA positions are unpaid; we are happy to work with successful applicants to arrange for funding or school credit where available. If selected, VAs are responsible for obtaining their visa and work permit.

Asylum Access takes protection & safeguarding extremely seriously. Employment is subject to our Child & Vulnerable Adult protection standards including where possible, background checks. Adherence to our Safeguarding Policy is mandatory for all staff, volunteers, and interns.

Asylum Access is an equal opportunity employer

Job: Youth Leadership Team - Tanzania, Canada World Youth

Organization: Canada World Youth

Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal, United Republic of Tanzania

Closing date: 01 Nov 2017


The Youth Leadership Team (YLT) is a group of Canadian Volunteers that will work together to strengthen and energise the 12 EQWIP HUBs in Bolivia, Peru, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania or Indonesia. YLTs will work closely with local youth at the HUB to help enhance their connections and entry-points to the project and articulate youth experiences, with the goal of promoting lively, energized, knowledge-driven and youth-friendly spaces. The YLTs will report directly to the Hub Coordinator with technical support provided by the Knowledge and Learning Manager (KLM) and operational day-to-day support provided by the Volunteer Coordinator. Informed and driven by youth experiences and input, the YLTwill work collaboratively by building youth-friendly HUB spaces and by encouraging youth contribution to project knowledge and learning. As a YLT participant, you are a young professional (age 20-24) with a passion for youth livelihoods, learning, monitoring and evaluation.


· Research youth experiences and perspectives through surveys, focus groups and interviews

· Transfer data into information that can be used to improve the youth experience (data processing, analysis, story-writing, infographics, video, newsletters etc)

· Share youth experiences articulated in the research with local stakeholders, project staff, youth, volunteers and other HUBs

· Based on the input and perspectives gathered from youth, develop and implement a plan to offer creative after-hours activities and events that complement their training experience

· Using an evidence-based approach relating to country-context and youth feedback, improve HUB spaces to raise the profile of the HUB and the project to attract youth participants


· Background in social science, international development, business, communications or related field

· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required for this position, including strong writing and oral skills and a collaborative team approach

· Experience working with youth is strongly preferred

· Cross-cultural experience is preferred

· Experience with training or facilitation is an asset

How to apply:

Job: Small & Micro Enterprise (SME) Advisor - Youth Challenge International, Tanzania

Organization: Youth Challenge International

Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal, United Republic of Tanzania

Closing date: 01 Nov 2017


Program participants who have graduated from the EQWIP HUBs entrepreneurship training can receive both financial and non-financial support, including business coaching, additional training and mentoring. The EQWIP HUBs Youth Innovation Fund provides eligible youth support to launch their business ideas. The SME Advisor will collaborate with EQWIP HUBs staff to provide assistance to these youths and will help them integrate key start up business skills and fundamentals, through direct training and coaching. As an SME Advisor, you are familiar with the role of accelerators and the business model canvas approach and have strong skills in finance, accounting and marketing to convert a business plan into an operational and sustainable business. With a passion for social enterprise, international development, participatory learning, coaching and entrepreneurship, you are motivated to support young leaders in their community and help them take their business ideas to the next level.


· Identify areas of additional support and develop new business training modules for entrepreneurs;

· Participate in the Youth Innovation Accelerator workshop and training sessions;

· Support peer to peer collaboration and the development of support networks for entrepreneurs;

· Collaborate with HUB Network members to enhance the enabling environment for youth;

· Collaborate with staff, and volunteers, to assist youth in the administrative and financial procedures as they launch their businesses,

· Support youth in developing creative marketing and strategic plans for small businesses;

· Conduct relevant business training on financial planning, basic accounting and budgeting;

· Provide direct coaching to youth entrepreneurs in business operations;

· Provide recommendations for the overall entrepreneurship program strategy to increase the quality of interventions and the impact on youth.


· University degree in Business Administration, Enterprise development or related field

· 3-5 years of experience in start ups, accelerators, entrepreneurship or business

· Knowledge of creative approaches to marketing

· Awareness of business model canvas approach

· Competence in financial management and financial planning for small businesses

· Strong communication skills

· Understanding of gender sensitive approaches

· Experience working with a multi-stakeholder team

· Overseas work experience and cross-cultural experience are considered an asset.

· Experience in coaching or mentoring and working with youth

How to apply:

Job: Chief of Party/Resident Program Director - Tanzania

Organization: International Republican Institute

Country: United Republic of Tanzania

Closing date: 30 Oct 2017

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI, and demonstrating the core values in their day to day operations.

The International Republican Institute (IRI) is seeking a chief of party (COP)/Resident Program Director (RPD) for the USAID Promoting Accountable and Inclusive Politics (PAIP) program in Tanzania. The program aims to strengthen and support civil society, in particular Tanzanian women and youth, to effectively engage in the promotion of accountable and inclusive political processes. The three interlinked objectives of the five-year program are (1) promote increased citizen engagement and oversight of political and electoral processes; (2) create a more competitive and representative multiparty political system; and (3) increase transparency in electoral administration. IRI’s work will focus primarily on political party strengthening and civic education.

The COP will be responsible for all programmatic, personnel, outreach and accounting matters in Tanzania. In consultation with IRI/Washington, the COP designs and implements a long-range strategy for IRI programs in the country, manages budgets and is responsible for compliance with local laws and /regulations governing current funding. The COP will also collaborate closely with other core partners implementing other components of the program.

Position Requirements
  • Master’s degree in political science, public administration, international development, law, public policy, or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years’ professional experience in development and program management leadership positions in the areas of political party development and elections in a developing country. Experience working with Tanzanian political parties preferred.
  • Demonstrated strategic visioning, leadership and experience working effectively with government institutions, local civil society organizations and development partners;
  • Experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including written and oral English, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Fluency in spoken and written Kiswahili with the ability to represent IRI programming in meetings with the Government of Tanzania and/or local partners conducted in Kiswahili.
  • Tanzanian National or National from an East African or Southern African Development Community (SADC) country
  • Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of the East Africa region.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage staff.
  • Demonstrated experience working with USG funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience in developing and administering program budgets.
  • Ability to prepare, present and negotiate complex and sensitive agreements and/or project proposals with bilateral/multi-lateral agencies and other donor communities.
  • Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor or technical consultant; sensitivity to working in advisory role with local organizations.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet program goals.
  • Willingness to travel within the country of assignment a significant amount throughout the year.
  • Willingness to live and work in a challenging environment.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities
  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on political and related developments in specific countries to provide regional and country analysis
  • Serves as the official senior IRI representative in country, developing credibility with and maintaining good relationships with all relevant stakeholders, including U.S. and foreign diplomats and donor agencies, host-country government representatives, and program partners
  • Participates in the substantive design of new programs and contributes to the development of new program ideas
  • Oversees the implementation of all program activities oversees ensuring consistency with grant work plans and objectives.
  • Establishes, maintains, and develops productive working relationship with relevant stakeholders, consultants, field and DC staff.
  • Oversees all operations related to the IRI field presence, and ensures IRI is in compliance with local laws regarding IRI’s legal status in the country and employment of local staff
  • Supervises local field staff, including participating in the hiring, professional development and evaluation process for these staff. Sets specific goals and provides ongoing performance feedback.
  • Mentors local staff in program development, finance, work plan development and presentation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, business development and knowledge management in their country of assignment**.**
  • Maintains an understanding of donor and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight
  • Understands a grant’s substantive, financial and compliance requirements
  • Oversees the implementation of all program activities in the country ensuring consistency with grant work plans and objectives, reporting weekly to DC
  • Monitors and approve field office budgets and expenses, in collaboration with DC program staff and the Regional Project Accountant, to ensure that expenditures remain within budget allocations
  • Monitors, analyzes and reports to DC staff on political and economic developments, and media responses regularly
  • Ensures adherence to monitoring and evaluation plans, including the monitoring of programs and evaluation/analysis of program results
  • Provides information and contributes to sections of quarterly, semi-annual, final and other relevant reports for funders
  • Anticipates potential problems and trouble shoots project problems and offers solutions and actively takes part to lead resolution of them with creative and immediate solutions
  • Leads business development efforts, including identifying and seeking out potential new or additional sources of funding with real-time costs estimates for proposal budgets, and/or the development of new program ideas, coordinating with DC staff
  • Actively supports IRI’s communication strategy including IRI’s branding and outreach plans on projects assigned, including drafts and updates program summaries and other outreach materials, drafts web stories, tweets, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
How to apply:

Please apply online at IRI's website:

Job: Emergency & Recovery Programme Manager - Tanzania, HelpAge International

Organization: HelpAge International

Country: United Republic of Tanzania

Closing date: 16 Sep 2017

Open to national and international applicants

Based in Kigoma, Tanzania

HelpAge International is a global network striving for the rights of disadvantaged older people to economic and physical security; healthcare and social services; and support in their care-giving role across the generations. In Africa, HelpAge has a network of more than 60 partner organizations. Our vision is of a world in which all older people fulfil their potential to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives.

HelpAge’s strategic aim for its emergency work is that older people are targeted in plans and activities of African governments and humanitarian organisations in emergency preparedness, response and recovery programmes. The Africa Regional strategy specifically aims to ensure that the needs, rights and contributions of older people are responded to and included in the disaster risk reduction strategies and emergency response of governments and humanitarian agencies.

Towards fulfilling this mandate, HelpAge International Tanzania Country Programme seeks to hire an Emergency and Recovery Programme Manager. He/she will be responsible for the design, planning, implementation, management and administration of HelpAge International’s humanitarian programme in the refugee camps and host communities in Kigoma Tanzania. The post-holder will take a leading role in engaging international humanitarian community in Kigoma in the protection and assistance of People with Specific Needs (PSN) including older people in the current chronic crisis and, building the capacity of national staff members and local implementing partners to take the role in humanitarian programming and implementation for sustainability. He/she is a key member of the senior management team in Tanzania and will participate actively in the Country Management and other strategic country meetings.

The successful candidate will have a degree in Social Studies or Conflict Management/DRR or any other related field, technical and managerial experience in programme design, implementation and monitoring of humanitarian assistance programmes in Africa with at least 3 years in the field as well as an understanding of key technical issues in one or more areas of humanitarian protection, livelihoods and food security, health, nutrition and HIV, resilience, disaster preparedness and recovery. Strong interpersonal skills, ability to travel at a short notice as well and communication and advocacy skills are essential to this role.

How to apply:

For a full job description and information on how to apply, please follow this link:

Grant support of up to £8,000 for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research

This grant provides support for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. We recognise that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out research; our grant is designed support you to develop your skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists in the developed world. We support excellent ecological science in Africa by funding services and equipment.

The current round is now OPEN.

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Deadline: Monday, 11th September