Commonwealth Professional Fellowships support mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to spend a period of time with a UK host organisation working in their field for a programme of professional development. Fellowships are typically three months but can be between one and six months in length, and can include limited time for attendance at short courses or conferences, as well as visits to other organisations.
Programmes must have demonstrable development impact in the Fellow’s home country and the Fellow must be able to show how the knowledge and skills they will gain during the Fellowship will be disseminated after their return home.
Organisations in any sector in the UK can apply to host a Professional Fellowship. A broad selection have done so over the 10 years since the scheme was established. Organisations previously selected to host Professional Fellows
Prospective host organisations might find it helpful to read about previously successful programmes:
- Information leaflet
- Case studies
- An information event for current and prospective hosts was held in February 2011 – further details and presentations
Key features of Professional Fellowships
- Applications must come from an organisation in the UK willing to set up a programme and host the Fellow(s), or have the agreement of a separate organisation in the UK to act as the host (if the latter is the case, a letter will need to be supplied at the time of application to confirm the agreement).
- Organisations wishing to nominate a Fellow or Fellows will need to set up a suitable programme and identify the Fellow(s) themselves. A programme can include time spent within their own organisation, learning from colleagues in a structured manner and undertaking project work which meets their learning objectives, as well as time spent at other organisations within the UK and at conferences and a limited time on short courses.
- Funding can be given for programmes of between one and six months (though typically for three months). Justification is required for awards of more than three months.
- Applications are sought for programmes within the broadly defined fields of agriculture/fisheries/forestry, economic growth, education, engineering/science/technology, environment, governance, and public health.
- Organisations can apply to host up to six Fellows in one year.
- Fellows must be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons and must be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
- Fellows must normally have at least five years’ relevant work experience in the field within which they wish to undertake the Fellowship.
- A Commonwealth Professional Fellowship covers the living expenses for the Fellow as well as a return airfare to the UK. It also provides £800 funding support to the host organisation, with a budget of up to £3,000 available for attendance at conferences, on short courses, and other eligible costs.
- Commonwealth Professional Fellowships are not for academic study or research of any sort. However, academics can be nominated for programmes of professional development in academic management.
Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 2013 prospectus – includes full details of the scheme and terms and conditions
University of the People is still accepting applications for its tuition-free courses as well as scholarships to cover examination costs. The UoPeople is a leading provider of tuition free education with students from more than 135 countries all over the world who are receiving quality tuition-free education.
University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s only tuition-free, non-profit, online, degree-granting academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. Based on the principles of e-learning and peer-to-peer learning, coupled with open-source technology and Open Educational Resources, UoPeople is designed to provide access to undergraduate degree programs for qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints.
UoPeople is approved to operate by the State of California and is approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to award degrees.
University of the People offers the following four degree programs: Associate (2 years) and Bachelor (4 years) degrees in Computer Science, and Associate and Bachelor degrees in Business Administration.
With a convenient virtual web address, the University of the People is accessible anywhere a computer and Internet connection exists.
As an online university, all classrooms, correspondences, books and materials are found entirely online with University of the People. So long as you have access to an internet connection, meet the admission requirements, and are admitted, you may study at UoPeople conveniently from within your home country.
Eligibility to Apply:
University of the People is open to students in need of higher education. In order to apply to University of the People, notarized/official proof of high school completion, 18 years of age or older and English proficiency (as all studies are in English) are the only requirements.
The admissions application process consists of two parts.
- Part 1 takes place online and requires an applicant to fill out personal information and respond to essay questions.
- Part 2 takes place offline, and consists of sending all of the required documents to UoPeople’s Office of Admissions by post.
- Once UoPeople receives the complete application, it will be processed for the next available term. There are five terms a year with UoPeople that you may apply to.
English Language Requirements (TOEFL or IELTS)
University of the People was created to open the gates to all qualified individuals around the world.
If you are unable to send an IELTS or TOEFL certificate, UoPeople will still consider your application. If you are accepted at UoPeople, you will become an Accelerated English student, which means you will automatically be registered for the course ENGL 0101 English Composition 1. You will then be required to pass the course with a grade of C or above in order to continue on to your desired undergraduate program.
Cost to Attend:
University of the People is a tuition-free university. UoPeople students will never be charged for their educational instruction, course materials or annual enrollment. UoPeople has succeeded in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education. In order to remain sustainable, UoPeople asks students to cover an application processing fee ($10-$50), as well as the cost of processing exams at $100 per end-of course exam. There are no other fees. If you are unable to pay all or part of this amount and you are accepted at UoPeople, you may apply for a scholarship.
Scholarship: There are various scholarships available to cover the above costs in case you cannot afford it. For information on all scholarships offered at UoPeople, please visit:http://www.uopeople.org/groups/scholarships
Deadlines: The university operates five (5) terms per academic calendar. The deadlines to apply for the University of the People 2013/2014 admission are listed below.
Term 1: July 18, 2013.
Term 2: October 3, 2013.
Term 3: December 12, 2013
Term 4: February 27, 2014
Term 5: May 8, 2014
You may see important dates, including the Admissions to the University cut-off day (when all documents need to have been received to be considered for a specific term) on the 2013-2014 Academic Calendar (click to see details) .
To start your application, go to the home page of the university website and click on the “Apply!” in the center of the homepage screen. Go to the website by clicking here.
Africa is at the forefront of significant global economic growth and opportunity. Stanford Graduate School of Business is excited to contribute to the region’s human and economic development by educating leaders committed to making an impact on the continent.
The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program pays for tuition and associated fees (approximately US$140,000) for citizens of African countries with financial need who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB. The Fellowship was created to reduce the financial barrier for African citizens to pursue an MBA at Stanford GSB. Up to eight fellowships will be awarded annually.
Within two years of graduation from Stanford GSB, Stanford Africa MBA Fellows are required to work in Africa for at least two years in a professional role that contributes to the continent’s development.
This pilot program was launched in 2013, and is expected to run for three to five years.
Application Process and Timeline
1) Apply to Stanford MBA Program in either Round 1 (2 October 2013) or Round 2 (8 January 2014).
2) Receive an offer of admission in Round 1 (11 December 2013) or Round 2 (26 March 2014).
3) Apply for need-based financial aid by the deadline date. After reviewing financial aid applications, Stanford GSB will notify you if you are selected as a Stanford Africa MBA Fellow.
4) Confirm enrollment in Stanford GSB and accept the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship.
5) Matriculate in, and successfully complete, the two-year Stanford MBA Program.
6) Within two years of graduation from the Stanford MBA Program, return to Africa. Work in Africa—in business, government, or a non-profit organization—for at least two consecutive years.
Fellowship Eligibility and Requirements
Stanford Africa MBA Fellows will be selected based on the following criteria:
1. Admission to Stanford MBA Program
The initial qualification for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship is earning admission to the Stanford MBA Program. We consider you for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship only after you have been admitted to the Stanford MBA Program..
To earn admission, you must display the same criteria as all Stanford MBA program applicants: intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions. To learn more about the requirements and qualities we seek in candidates, please read the MBA Program website.
2. Commitment to Developing Africa
You must be a citizen of an African country. Dual citizens are eligible for the fellowship as long as one citizenship belongs to an African nation. Permanent residents of Africa who are not citizens of an African country are not eligible at this time.
You must have completed, or be in the final year of completing, your university studies. If you studied at an undergraduate or graduate institution in Africa, we especially encourage you to consider applying for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program. Citizens of countries in Africa who studied in countries outside of Africa remain eligible for consideration.
Stanford Africa MBA Fellows must return to work in Africa, within two years of Stanford MBA graduation, to work for a period of at least two years. Stanford MBA students pursue a wide variety of careers as alumni: you will be prepared to succeed in organizations of every size and description. As a Stanford Africa MBA Fellow, we expect you to contribute the management and leadership skills you learned at Stanford to developing the African economy. As such, our expectation is that Stanford Africa MBA Fellows will be committed to African organizations with significant operations and impact in the region.
3. Financial Need
To determine your financial need, you must complete Stanford’s financial aid process after you are admitted. All Stanford MBA students, regardless of citizenship, are eligible for financial assistance based on your demonstrated financial need. Stanford GSB provides need-based fellowship to MBA students without regard to citizenship. For international citizens, Stanford GSB offers a loan program that does not require a US co-signer. *
The financial aid application process requires information about your assets and income. You will need to provide copies of your tax returns and other documentation. Information about the application process is available on the Stanford GSB Financial Aid Office website.
Stanford Africa MBA Fellows receive financial support for the cost of Stanford MBA tuition and associated fees for the full duration of the two-year course of study.
If you are admitted to the Stanford MBA Program but are not selected as a Stanford Africa MBA Fellow, you remain eligible to receive financial aid based on the need you demonstrate in your financial aid application. Your award will typically include a combination of fellowships and loans.
*Please note that citizens of Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Libya Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Zimbabwe may need to discuss their loan options with the Financial Aid office.
For more information: Stanford GSB in Africa
The community development and education support department of the Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria Limited is inviting qualified 100Level Nigerian students for the 2013 scholarship examination/aptitude test.
To be eligible, interested students must:
1. Be a Nigerian
2. Be a 100L student in a university in Nigeria.
3. Have a minimum of 5 O’level credit passes, including English and Mathematics.
Those who should not apply:
1. Children of Addax staff/workers.
2. Students currently under any other scholarship scheme.
How to apply/submit application
To qualify for consideration, applicants must submit an application with the following information
(b) Other names
(d) Functional email address and phone number
2. And attach scanned copies of original:
(a) Admission Letter into institution with information of course of study, year of entry and duration
(b) SSCE/GCE O’level certificate
(c) Evidence of state of origin / local Government
(d) School ID card or National ID or Driver’s licence or international passport.
Application without all these credentials will be rejected.
Addax Scholarship Aptitude Test
An aptitude test for all applicants will be conducted at the following centres at a later date that shall be communiated to shortlisted applicants. Applicants should indicate their preferred centre for the test on their application
Submission of completed application
All application should be submitted with scanned copies of credentials through the following email address
CRL1@addaxpetroleum.com for applicants whose preferred test centre is Abuja.
CRL2@addaxpetroleum.com for applicants whose preferred test centre is Lagos
CRL3@addaxpetroleum.com for applicants whose preferred test centre is Owerri
CRL4@addaxpetroleum.com for applicants whose preferred test centre is Port-Harcourt/Calabar
All application closes on
Closes by Friday 17th May, 2013.
The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) offers fellowships to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines as defined by Title XII. Borlaug LEAP was developed in conjunction with the Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) but operates as a separate program. The Borlaug LEAP is part of the US Government’s Feed the Future 21st Century Leadership Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development.
The Borlaug LEAP Fellowship supports engaging a mentor at a United States (US) University and at a Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) system center to support and enhance the thesis research and mentoring experience. Awards are made on a competitive basis to students who show strong scientific and leadership potential, have a well coordinated proposal between their home university, a US university mentor, and the CGIAR mentor, and whose research is related to a strong research and support project within the host country. Emphasis is placed on work that has relevance to the national development of the student’s home country.
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFAs)
Applications are requested for sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the US Government’s global hunger and food security initiative – FEED THE FUTURE. The focus region is sub-Saharan Africa. All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and the research strategies of the Feed the Future Initiative are admissible. The administrative due date for applications is: JUNE 14, 2013. Applications must be RECEIVED BY JUNE 14, 2013 to be considered for fellowships beginning September 15, 2013 through September 14,2014.
Download your 2013 LEAP Application form!
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, in partnership with three of the world’s most influential multilateral organisations has launched the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships programme. Working with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) the Fellowships Programme will help to prepare the next generation of outstanding African leaders by providing them with unique mentoring opportunities.
The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Programme is a selective Fellowship that prepares the next generation of outstanding African leaders by providing them with unique work opportunities at the most senior level of prominent African institutions or multilateral organizations, whose mandate is to improve the economic and social prospects of Africa. The Fellowship allows talented individuals to increase and enhance their professional capacity, with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries thereby creating a pipeline of future African leaders. The Fellow will work with the Bank for this purpose, for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months, and the Foundation will finance the costs associated with the position on the following terms.
Established in 2006, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation aims to support good governance and great leadership in Africa. The Foundation works to:
- Stimulate debate on good governance;
- Provide criteria by which citizens and governments can measure progress;
- Recognise achievement in African leadership and provide a practical way in which leaders can build positive legacies on the continent when they have left office;
- Support aspiring leaders for the African continent.
Duties and responsibilities
The Ibrahim Leadership Fellow will take leadership guidance from the President, the Chief Operating Officer and/or a designated Representative. Administratively, the Fellow will be assigned to the Bank’s Strategy Department (STRG). With this guidance, the Fellow will contribute to the design and implementation of strategic assignments that will increase and enhance their professional and leadership capacity, with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries. The Fellow will be also responsible to:
- Advise on and develop strategic initiatives to advance the Bank’s mission and objectives;
- Plan, develop, and implement strategies for generating resources;
- Conceive, develop and promote innovations in Bank development policies;
- Review activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives and revise objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions;.
- Undertake other duties as assigned.
- The Fellowship is for young professionals, mid-career, and new executives. He/She shall be national of an African country, residing anywhere in the world;
- He/She should not be an active, non-active, retired, or separated staff member of the Bank;
- He/She should not have close family relations with an active or non-active staff member, such as mother, father, sister and brother.
- Government officials, active military personnel and political party leaders are not eligible;
- Under the age of Forty (40) years or Forty-Five (45) years for women with children;
- Hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Economics, Engineering, Social Sciences, International Development, Business Administration, Finance, Banking or any discipline relevant to the Bank’s business: such as outstanding academic credentials, relevant work experience, strong communication skills, demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with others ;
- Have at least 8 years work experience relevant to the Bank’s activities;
- Demonstrate proven leadership and consultative skills;
- Experience in strategic planning and execution ;
- Knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and change management;
- Enhanced skills in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures;
- Experience in formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures;
- Ability to develop financial plans and manage resources;
- Ability to analyze and interpret financial data;
- Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government and to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community;
- Ability to motivate teams and simultaneously manage several projects;
- Interested candidates shall send an application for becoming an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow along with their curriculum vitae providing details of education and relevant experience.
- Candidates interested in the World Trade Organization announcement are requested to apply to AfDB.
- Applicants will only be considered if they submit electronically fully completed application (Personal History Form (PHF) a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV)) indicating date of birth and nationality, their academic transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
- The Bank’s Human Resources Department will carry out an initial vetting of applications to develop a short list of ten (10) applicant files to be sent to the Foundation for further reduction to three (3) candidates presented to the President of the Bank (or his designate) for final selection. The applications will be examined by an Evaluation Committee. Only applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are being considered for interview will be contacted.
Deadline: July 31, 2013
ABOUT THE TRAINING
We are living at a critical moment in human history, facing social and environmental challenges like no generation before, and a profound opportunity to remake our world. Watch this inspiring short video to learn more.
Our generation’s calling is clear: to create a thriving, just, and sustainable world that works for all, we need to take bold and systemic action; and to be effective, transformational leaders we need 21st century skills – skills we can all learn together.
Whether you’re new to social change or you’re experienced and wanting to learn new approaches, the Generation Waking Up Summer Leadership Training will support you in creating the change our world needs now.
This training will offer you skills and tools to:
- Develop leadership capacities for creating personal, interpersonal, and systemic change
- Facilitate the WakeUp – a powerful 2 to 3 hour interactive, multimedia social change tool that ignites young people into inspired action
- Organize your campus & community to engage in shared learning, community building, and collaborative action
Young people ages 16 – 30 interested in bringing innovative social change skills & tools to your community, school, or organization. (We recommend you attend this training with 1 – 2 people from your school or community if possible.)
EarthRise Retreat Center (45 minutes north of San Francisco, California)
$950 - Includes all meals, lodging, and program materials. Does not include travel or ground transportation.
Scholarships and fundraising support available to make this training accessible for all. Please do not let money hold you back from applying. A scholarship application can be found on the training application.
ABOUT GENERATION WAKING UP
Generation Waking Up is a global campaign to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world. Through our innovative programs, we empower young people with the skills they need to thrive as a leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, and global citizens in the 21st century. Learn more about our work at: www.generationwakingup.org
WHAT WILL THIS TRAINING BE LIKE?
Each day of the training consists of a morning, afternoon, and evening session. Sessions are interactive and engaging, and include presentations, small group conversations, experiential activities, role-play, games, and creative expression. Each afternoon also includes free time for connecting with others and spending time in nature.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
This training provides foundational skills and tools for being a changemakers in the 21st century including:
Self-Awareness * Personal Vision & Values * Mindfulness * Creativity & Self-Expression * Critical Thinking * Empathy & Authenticity * Giving & Receiving Feedback * The Power of Story to Inspire Social Change * Exploring your Life Purpose * Healthy Living & Well-Being Practices * Emotional Intelligence * Compassionate Communication * Public Speaking * Group Facilitation * Shared Leadership * Generating Collective Wisdom * Anti-Oppression & Collective Liberation * Community Organizing * Movement Building * Ecological Awareness * Global Citizenship * Systems Thinking * Creative Problem-Solving * Social Entrepreneurship * New Media & Social Networking * Goal-Setting and Project Planning
HOW WILL YOU BE SUPPORTED AFTER THE TRAINING?
Each participant will leave the training with a clear action plan for applying their learning back at their school and in their community. Every participant will receive follow up support from a GenUp staff member, will be part of an ongoing “peer support group,” and will work with a coach to achieve their goals and continued development as a social change leader. This ongoing network of young changemakers will be supported by an online community platform and tools for sustaining connection and collaboration.
FILL OUT THE ONLINE APPLICATION TODAY. Applications are due by May 31st or until spaces are filled, so sign up today!
QUESTIONS & CONTACT INFO
Please contact Joshua Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-380-0913 with any questions or needs.
The Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship conference is created by Montgomery West Africa for young women entrepreneurs to meet, exchange best practise and receive first-hand knowledge from Nigeria’s finest and most successful female entrepreneurs. It is also a chance to mingle with financial organisations, government agencies in women empowerment and SME development with interests in women empowerment and entrepreneurship.
Date: Thursday 20th & 21st June 2013
Venue: Eko Hotel in Lagos.
The WOWe conference promises to be “an exciting mixture of presentations, chat show lively question and answer sessions, insightful speaker interviews and interactive panel debates – this event is fun, lively but informative – designed to educate, inspire and entertain. WOWe will furnish delegates with their roadmap to financial inclusion, economic independence, business growth and success.“
Speakers at the conference are:
• Abiola Wuraola: CEO & Founder – Management Transformation
• Abudu Mo: Moments with Mo
• Aisien Elohor: CEO & Founder, Beth Model Management Agency
• Atta Sefi: Author & Publisher, Everything Good will Come
• Nwoko Chichi: Director, Hey! What’s ON
• Kumahor Enyo: Managing Director, Thoughtworks Africa
• Oshinowo Nike: CEO, AOE Events & Entertainment
• Obih Ruth: CEO, 3Investment Ltd
• Wali-Abdurrahman Fatima: CEO, The Filmo Group
For contact and more information email: email@example.com or call – +2348145999475; +234808597848
For more information about the Conference: visit: http://wowenigeria.com/
Are you pioneering a neighborhood-level project so awesome that you think it should happen everywhere?
The Global Neighborhood Challenge: A Pop-Up Fellowship with GOOD’s Global Citizenship Project is looking for five community innovators from around the globe with creative and scalable projects that strengthen the social fabric of their communities.
The five global fellows will come to GOOD HQ in Los Angeles for a pop-up fellowship to elevate and expand their work in order to create more equitable and successful neighborhoods.
The pop-up fellowship will include a collaborative workshop to create a community innovation toolkit, participation in an evening of programming highlighting the fellows’ work, and partnership with the GOOD Local Los Angeles Chapter to test out just how well their projects can be reborn in a different city, culture, and community.
Call it globally-networked hyperlocalism.
Applicants are encouraged to participate in the first inaugural Neighborday, a global event to celebrate neighbors, blocks, and the spirit of Neighboring.
- Photos are optional, but if submitted, they should be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format, at least 570 × 345 pixels and no larger than 10MB.
- Submissions must be in English, applicants must speak English.
- If you have any questions, please review these FAQs or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries will not be displayed during the submission period. A panel of judges will select the winning submissions, and those will be displayed after the selection process.
RULES & REGULATIONS
- This Challenge is open for submissions from 3 April, 2013 at noon PT to 30 April, 2013 at noon PT.
- Only individuals who are 18 and over are eligible to apply.
- A panel of judges will select the winning submissions.
- The selected projects will be featured on this page.
- The chosen fellows will win a week at GOOD HQ in Los Angeles.
- Read all the rules.