Category: Scholarship

2021 U-recycle Initiative African Youth for Environment (AY4E) Fellowship

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Are you passionate about the environment? Are you interested in creating tangible community actions towards tackling global issues locally? Here is an exciting opportunity.

U-recycle Initiative is searching for 6 emerging change agents who are enthusiastic about environmental sustainability and ocean protection, and who through this AY4E fellowship can build their capacity and implement grassroots solutions to address plastic pollution.

“The African Youth for Environment (AY4E) Fellowship” is a comprehensive environmental education and awareness project powered by U-recycle Initiative and funded by a National Geographic Society grant. AY4E focuses on influencing positive behavioural changes towards tackling issues of plastic pollution in Nigeria. The Fellowship empowers youth and high school students across Nigeria with knowledge, skills and tools to begin developing actionable solutions at the grassroots level to combat plastic pollution.

Through our ‘AY4E Fellowship’, we plan to coach 6 young people who will then enlighten and engage over 6,000 high-school students in 6 schools across the 6 geographical zones in Nigeria, through creative environmental education projects.

Highlights of the AY4E Fellowship

LEARN from experts, successful environmental advocates and climate activists through masterclasses on the issue of plastic pollution and how to develop and implement projects.

IMPLEMENT five awareness projects (school eco-talk, environmental club, movie screening, changemakers’ bootcamp and upcycling project) at a high school in your state.

Requirement and Selection Criteria

To be eligible for our cohort of 2021:

  • You must be between the ages of 16-25 years old (should have completed secondary school/high school)
  • Should be Nigerian and should be a resident in Nigeria for the next one year.
  • Should have access to a Laptop and internet connection.
  • Show deep commitment or passion to address environmental issues like plastic pollution
  • Readiness to develop and become a young social impact leader that advances solutions towards addressing environmental issues in Africa
  • Must be an excellent communicator and self-starter who is determined to succeed
  • Must be willing and available to implement 5 environmental education projects (designed and fully-funded by us) at one high school in your state
  • You are a creative, innovative and dynamic changemaker who has or is ready to inspire and educate others to take action for the environment
  • You are passionate about environmental protection, plastic pollution, ocean conservation
  • You should be willing to commit 3-7 hours for (training or project implementation) on selected weeks
  • Good organisational skills with the ability to work independently and under time pressure
  • You have some experience in engaging in environmental awareness, advocacy or community service or may have taken courses or training in themes relating to environmental pollution. Demonstrated ability to organize community service activities is an advantage
Benefits
  • Gain lifelong leadership skills, access mentorship with global changemakers and access unique opportunities that will set you apart. The knowledge gained from this program would be valuable to those interested in environmental sustainability.
  • Win free swag items, goodie hampers, gadgets, movie tickets, and more by completing tasks monthly relating to sub-projects.
  • Earn resume-worthy experience and global recognition.
  • Develop your project management skills
  • At the end of the fellowship in December, the best fellow wins an all-expense-paid 3-days staycation trip to Egypt

This fellowship is brought to you by U-recycle Initiative and supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society.


Details

This is an eight-month fully-funded (April – December) program that provides emerging environmentalists, green enthusiasts, environmental advocates, and climate change activists with a unique opportunity to implement creative grassroots solutions to address environmental pollution.

Application Deadline: March 10th 2021

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2021 SumItUp Competition for Climate Champions & Creatives (trip to Milan)

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The #SumItUp competition invites you to use your authentic voice to present a one minute video reflection or unleash your creativity to present a unique visual infographic  of what happened in one  of the #Youth4ClimateLive Series episodes.

Each sum-up should communicate key takeaways from the episode of your choosing rather than a general summary.

The #Youth4ClimateLive Series has a total of 9 episodes. Each episode looks at climate action through a different angle, whether it be nature-based solutions or youth action, and as such, each episode will have unique key takeaways! All you have to do is pick an episode that resonates with you and… #SUMITUP!

The #Youth4ClimateLive Series is launching the #SumItUp competition with an opportunity for YOU to win a chance to participate in the Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition event in Milan ahead of the 2021 Pre-COP26, as well as have your creative work promoted!

WHAT

#SumItUp is a climate education competition that calls for young creators to peak their mind and share their creative work!

WHEN

The #SumItUp competition will remain open for submissions from now until March 31, 2021.

WHO

If you are a climate advocate or creative young person between the age of 15 to 29, then this competition is for you!

WHERE

The winners of #SumItUp competition will have a chance to take part in #Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition ahead of Pre-COP26 in Milan!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED? It’s simple!

  1. Register and attend the monthly #Youth4ClimateLive virtual events (or watch online at Youth4Climate.Live).
  2. Create a #SumItUp visual representation or video message that captures the essence, ideas, and outcomes of one of the #Youth4ClimateLive Series episodes of your choosing.
  3. Submit & share your #SumItUp on social media using the hashtag!
  4. Click on these shortcuts to learn more about:

Not Sure How to #SumItUp?

Well, imagine you are in a room full of people who haven’t seen any Youth4ClimateLive episodes; your goal is to create a video or infographic that sums up what they need to know from the episode you’ve selected. See below for more inspo!

THROUGH VIDEOS!
A video message aims to convey the main takeaways and themes from the episode through your words. It should be no longer than 1 minute, and can be as creative or simple as you’d like for it to be!

Application Deadline: March 31st 2021

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2021 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development for Social & Environmental Enterprises.

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Are you part of a small and growing eco-inclusive enterprise that continues to deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to your target markets?

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to identify the most innovative and promising locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in developing and emerging economies. Each year, multiple award categories are offered, ranging from country- or region-specific awards to thematic categories.

SEED Award Winners and Runners-up are eligible for participation in our Accelerator and Catalyser programmes, respectively. Our Catalyser and Accelerator support high-achieving enterprises to scale up and optimise their eco-inclusive impacts.

SEED Award Recipient criteria

Enterprises which fulfil the following requirements are invited to apply to be a SEED Award recipient. Please click on each criterion check mark () for more information:

Demonstrate entrepreneurship and innovation

Deliver economic, social and environmental benefits

Have potential to scale-up and/or be replicated in other contexts

Are at early stages of implementation

Have intention and potential to become financially stable

Are a partnership between different stakeholder groups

Are locally driven or locally led

Meet country and/or sector requirements

Benefits

As a SEED Award Winner or Runner-up you will receive a customised SEED Support Package, which includes the tools and guidance required for your enterprise to emerge from the start-up stage and effectively scale-up the positive environmental, social and economic benefits which you deliver to your target markets.

The SEED Support Package is delivered through our Accelerator programme (for Winners) and Catalyser programme (for Runners-Up).

CAPACITY BUILDING

Participate in Business Planning Workshop and receive one-on-one Expert Advisory services on business and financial planning for scale up of eco-inclusive enterprise activities.

GLOBAL PROFILING

Receive multiple opportunities for your enterprise to be profiled at a high-level Awards Ceremony, through global SEED communication networks and via your own SEED Enterprise Profile.

SEED TOOLKIT

Apply SEED Toolkit of collaborative and hands-on design thinking methods to identify enterprise development priorities for funding strategising, stakeholder mapping and impact measurement.

NETWORK BUILDING

Access SEED’s extensive network of established eco-inclusive enterprises, funders, and policy-makers, including previous Award Winners and Ecosystem Building programme participants.

Application Deadline: March 22nd 2021

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The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (Fully Funded to the United States)

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The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission Nigeria invites applications from qualified Nigerians wishing to teach Hausa or Yoruba languages and cultures to American students in U.S. universities and colleges.

The FLTA program is designed to offer young foreign teachers an opportunity to teach Yoruba language and culture to American students in universities and colleges. The program also gives an opportunity for participants to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States by engaging in non-degree studies while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at U.S. colleges and universities. Becoming a participant carries with it a great responsibility. Along with their studies, participants teach language courses, supervise language labs and lead language table discussions. They may also act as resource persons in conversation groups, cultural representatives, attendants in language laboratories, coordinators of extra-curricular activities, guest speakers in civilization courses, head of language clubs, houses, tables and much more.

Grant Benefit:  The grant covers the grantee’s round trip airfare to the U.S., a settling-in allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, health insurance, and tuition scholarship for their coursework. Provisions will be made for participants to attend a Fulbright FLTA Summer Orientation in the United States prior to beginning their program. During the FLTA program, fellows are also invited to participate in special Fulbright enrichment seminar and conference for professional development and networking opportunity.

Note: The grant does not cover travel of family members; hence grantees will not be allowed to travel with spouse and children or relatives to the United States even at their own expense.

Field of Study:  Competition is open to applicants who major in English Language, Education, Hausa, Yoruba, Linguistics and Languages

Eligibility Requirements

To be qualified for this program:

  • Applicants must be citizens or nationals of Nigeria, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the government of Nigeria. He or she must be residing in the country at the time of application
  • Applicants must be graduates who have received their bachelor degrees in English language, Education, Linguistics, Yoruba, Hausa and Languages
  • Applicants must be teachers of English Language or Yoruba or Hausa in Nigerian secondary schools, colleges or universities. Proven years of teaching experience are mandatory
  • Applicants must have the endorsement of their employer
  • Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and high level of English proficiency as demonstrated by a minimum score of 90 in the Internet Based TOEFL test.
  • Applicants must have at least a credit in Yoruba language in WAEC/NECO
  • Applicants must have an in-depth knowledge of Yoruba or Hausa culture and current events in Nigeria. They must have sincere interest in teaching Hausa or Yoruba language and culture to students in the U.S.
  • Applicants must have leadership skills and the ability to motivate students in an emphatic manner
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, creativity, professionalism, flexibility, and a willingness to learn
  • Applicants must be ready to become a cultural ambassador interested in meeting people and becoming part of community events and campus activities
  • Applicants must have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home
  • The FLTA program seeks applicants that have developed a sense of personal integrity and are original thinkers.  Applicants that are found to have plagiarized in their application will be disqualified

Application and Instructions: The application and instructions can be found at  https://apply.iie.org/FLTA2021

  • Applicants should log onto the website, enter an e-mail address and create a password. Please remember this password because it will be used throughout the application process.
  • Applicants are strongly advised to read the instructions preceding the application carefully.
  • All applicants must fill out the application forms completely and attach their supporting documents online (3 letters of references, Curriculum Vitae, academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and writing samples.)
  • Essays should address the program goals and include future plans of teaching English language in Nigeria.

Hard copies of official academic transcripts should be forwarded to our office by regular mail.

For YORUBA Please address the envelope to the Fulbright Program Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

For HAUSA Please address the envelope to the Cultural Affairs Assistant, U.S. Embassy, Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central Area, Abuja

Applicants with specific questions not addressed by the online application instructions may e-mail them to Nigeriafulbright@state.gov

Note: The Fulbright program is a popular program, the Public Affairs Section will ONLY NOTIFY SHOTRTLISTED

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Application deadline: June 1, 2021

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