Month: February 2021

2021 African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) DAAD ‘In-Region Scholarship Programme

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The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand is seeking applications for MA and PhD scholarships offered by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) as part of its ‘In-Region Scholarship Programme South Africa’. Full scholarships are available for Four MA and Five PhD students accepted for the Migration and Displacement programme at ACMS in 2022 (see detailed DAAD call for applications here).

DAAD will make the final decisions and administer the scholarships. ACMS is in charge of the first phase of the application process, which involves pre-selecting and shortlisting candidates. ACMS will submit the shortlist to DAAD for the second phase of the application process and final decisions.

For the pre-selection, ACMS will use the following eligibility criteria. Applicants:

  • Must be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country (excluding South Africa);
  • Must have completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application;
  • MA applicants must have an Honours degree or equivalent with a total aggregate mark of at least 65%;
  • PhD applicants must have an MA degree with a total aggregate mark of at least 70%;
  • Must have been accepted to study for MA/PhD in Migration and Displacement at ACMS (please see application information here).

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter summarising qualifications, professional experience and reasons for interest in the Migration and Displacement programme;
  • A complete CV;
  • Copies of transcripts and degree certificates;
  • SAQA evaluation (for foreign qualifications);
  • A short research proposal (1500 words maximum) outlining the proposed research project;
  • A writing sample of not more than 10,000 words (e.g., a chapter; article; term paper).
  • Proof of admission or application for admission at Wits/ACMS

Application deadline (pre-selection): 30 April 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2021.

Email all queries and application materials to: naledi.mazibuko1@wits.ac.za

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2021 Full Tuition Business School Economics Division Scholarship at Leeds University in UK

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The University of Leeds is granting a Business School Economics Division Scholarship to high achieving students who are seeking to undergo a degree program at the Institution.

The programme will provide the following study expenses:

  • The award will cover full fees at the University of Leeds standard rate of fees.
  • A maintenance grant at the standard UKRI rate (£15,285 in Session 2020/21).

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should ideally have a first-class or at least a good upper second-class undergraduate degree. Also, they should hold a British Masters degree (or equivalent degree from an overseas university) or an equivalent professional qualification with a minimum average score of 60% (or equivalent), and in an appropriate academic discipline.
  • Applicants must have an IELTS of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course to be valid.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Eligible Countries: International

Type: PhD

Value of Awards: Full tuition fees plus a maintenance grant

Number of Awards: 1

Method of Application: To apply for this application, you should follow these steps;

  • Stage 1 – first of all, apply for a research place of study by completing a study application form.  You will be expected to meet our eligibility criteria for PhD candidates, including the English language requirements if your first language is not English once you have received your student ID number (a nine-digit number) move onto stage 2.
  • Stage 2 – apply for the Leeds University Business School Economics Division studentship by working your way through the application form found here.

For more information, Visit The Scholarship Webpage

2021 Central Bank of Egypt/DFS Lab COVID-19 Innovation Sprint

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The COVID-19 pandemic will likely have lasting effects that will impact the Egyptian economy for years to come. We see startups playing a part in creating the short term – and long term – solutions for this new reality. 

Under the host of the Central Bank of Egypt and in collaboration with the Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA), we have partnered with FSD Africa on a COVID-19 Innovation Sprint that aims to unearth, develop, and refine FinTech solutions that directly address the pandemic in Egypt. 

This design sprint will bring together multiple Egyptian banks and financial institutions that are seeking solutions to help them adapt to COVID-19 together with local and international startups who are rapidly creating the products and services that serve their needs.

Benefits

Under the host of the Central Bank of Egypt and in collaboration with the Financial Regulatory Authority, the startups that are selected to participate in this sprint will work closely with the Egyptian banks and financial institutions. Egyptian financial institutions and banks are increasingly adopting FinTech concepts and collaborating with established FinTech startups to leverage their offerings and overcome unprecedented challenges that appeared during COVID-19 and its aftermath to help consumers adapt to the new norm. Participating startups – as well as the banks and financial institutions that startups will be working with – will also be featured in media and PR campaigns for the event.

If you’re building products addressing the following problem statements, we’d love to hear from you:
Category Problem Statement COVID-19 Barriers Potential Technologies
Remote lending and alternative data Social distancing prevents potential lending clients from delivering documents in person. Requires no touch/in-person collection and validation of data. Innovations in digital assessment and document processing, alternative data, digital lending flows, and e-KYC.
Remote KYC/onboarding Customers would like to sign up for bank accounts or other financial products without having to appear in person – especially in rural areas. Requires no touch/in-person, must identify the client. Also provide and validate necessary information and documentation. Digital ID, biometrics, KBA systems, remote sensors, digital document flows, and other digital onboarding solutions.
Data access for regulators Regulators cannot access financial data quickly to make decisions. Requires faster and more flexible decision-making. Open data APIs, regtech data dashboards.
Digital invoicing and supply chain payments/finance Difficult to send and track digital invoices and facilitate payments, creating financial history and data from MSMEs for lending. MSMEs need credit to survive massive drop in income. Digital invoicing, SME digitization solutions, factoring, merchant discounting, digital supply chain solutions
Cashless payments Payroll, remittances, and other disbursements or remote collections needs to become digitized. Paying employees in cash can be a vector for infection. Prepaid cards, virtual cards, NFC, QR code payments, mobile money, mojaloop, other digital payments.
Queueing and customer service People need to be able to learn about products, resolve customer service issues, and understand loan and other product terms remotely, without queueing in the branch or while queueing in a safe manner. Social distancing makes in person customer service and customer education challenging; and digital channels require new ways of communicating or queueing to assure client needs are met. Full or semi-automated chatbots or IVR that can deal with shared concerns and relay key messages, innovative queueing solutions, other intelligent interfaces or learning programs.
Remote marketing and education Sales, marketing, and customer education channels are largely in-person In-person customer engagement does not work in a pandemic especially in rural areas. Solutions that allow for digital marketing and digital customer engagement – especially through partner organizations
Regulatory interactions Policy makers are seeking innovative and secure ideas to efficiently conduct inspection remotely during and post COVID19 pandemic. Social distancing makes onsite inspection difficult. Also, remote inspections are more efficient and timelier. Regtech solutions allowing remote data inspection and validation.

Application Deadline: February 19, 2021

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Savvy Global Fellowship 2021 Fully Funded Virtual Program

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Application for the 2021 Savvy Global Fellowship Program for Aspiring and Early-Stage Entrepreneurs is now open! Are you passionate about solving some of the world’s most pressing problems through innovation? Have you ever wanted to build a successful impact-driven business, but didn’t know how to? Do you own an early-stage business that you want to grow and scale into new markets and verticals? Are you interested in being part of the new generation of impact-driven entrepreneurs? Then apply now! Savvy is looking for you.

Savvy is a global virtual Fellowship program for passionate and brilliant young individuals seeking to be part of the new generation of impact entrepreneurs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have lost their jobs and are now living in an uncertain world. Savvy Fellowship is equipping these individuals with the necessary knowledge and skill they need to start their own impact-driven business and succeed as entrepreneurs.

The Savvy Global Fellowship for Aspiring and Early-Stage Entrepreneurs, which began in 2020, has so far, received over 30,595 applications from around the world, and has selected 2,572 Fellows from 113 countries. For 12 weeks, no matter what stage your venture is, the Fellowship program helps selected Fellows answer all the relevant questions that they need to kickstart their amazing impact venture, gain early traction, achieve product-market fit, and scale into new markets.

About the Fellowship:
Some of the things you’ll learn as a Savvy Fellow include fundraising for your business, building the right team to execute your business strategies, building buzz around your product or service, achieving product-market fit, scaling into new markets and verticals, and building customer loyalty and retention.

E-Learning: Savvy Fellowship kicks off with a rigorous 12-weeks e-learning experience. As a Savvy Fellow, you will learn everything from ideation to scaling. Some of the things you’ll learn during the program are ‘understanding your customer’, ‘building a product or service that effectively solves their key challenges’, and ‘effectively positioning your solution in the market.’
Assessment: During the 12 weeks of learning, unlearning, and relearning, you can test your understanding by taking our weekly quizzes. The quizzes are a combination of multiple choices, Yes or No, and True or False. Assessments are the best way to identify your strengths and areas of weaknesses. Knowing your weaknesses helps you work effectively on them.
Peer Mentorship: We have introduced peer-to-peer mentorship, which we have found very effective. Our motto at Savvy is: “Be Your Fellow’s Keeper.” So, since all Savvy Fellows don’t have the same level of experience, more experienced and knowledgeable Fellows will help guide the others.
Expert Mentorship: Savvy Fellows get weekly expert mentorship from over 100 renowned experts across various industries. The Fellows are expected to effectively transform all their learnings from the expert mentorship sessions, into meaningful and measurable societal impact.
Post-Fellowship: After 12 weeks, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion to proudly share with your professional network. That’s not all. You’ll still find the Savvy platform useful as we constantly share weekly articles on impact entrepreneurship, personal branding, capacity building, and professional opportunities. So, your Savvy Fellowship account will be useful even after you complete the intensive 12-week virtual Fellowship program.
One of the missions of Savvy is to bring passionate and competent individuals together to build sustainable businesses, or to foster strategic partnerships and collaborations between these individuals. With that said, we encourage selected Fellows to use the Savvy platform to find and interact with other Savvy Fellows, which could lead them to start a business together or forge a helpful partnership.

Eligibility:

– Application is open to aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs around the world.
There is no geographical, ethnic, or academic restriction. We accept new Fellows between the ages of 18 – 40, who can demonstrate in their application their passion to learn and create lasting change in their community (and the world.) However, we consider applicants above the age of 40, with at least 5 years of work or entrepreneurial experience.

Benefits:
Becoming a Savvy Fellow is an exceptional opportunity for you to:

1. Identify your ideal target customer, and build a product or service that exceeds their expectations.
2. Make your product or service stand out from competing or substitute solutions in the market.
3. Draft a solid go-to-market strategy, revenue model, and customer acquisition strategy for your business.
4. Optimize your business operations, delegate properly, and build a winning team to execute your business strategies.
5. Identify the right legal structure for your business, raise capital for your business, and forge strong strategic partnerships that will help you scale your business.
6. Meet and interact with renowned business experts across various industries.
7. Share your experiences with other Fellows, and learn from them.
8. Explore industries beyond your daily work and expand your expertise.
9. Strengthen your work through new connections, skills, and ideas.
10. Join a global alumni network of over 2,500 entrepreneurs, to help you seek innovative solutions to common business challenges.

Method of Application:

Savvy Fellowship have no application deadline. Savvy is a fully-funded Fellowship program, so selected Fellows are not required to pay any fee. You can apply today from https://savvyfellows.com/apply/
For more information about the program, please visit https://savvyfellows.com/about/ or send an inquiry email from info@savvyfellows.com

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