Category: Scholarship

2021 Startupbootcamp AfriTech iNOVO Business Accelerator Programme

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Are you a startup based in Nigeria, looking to scale your business by taking part in one of the most intense virtual 3 month programmes?

Introducing iNOVO by UK-Nigeria Tech Hub Powered by Ventures Platform and Startupbootcamp AfriTech.

This programme will accelerate early stage startups in Nigeria that are solving challenges resulting from the Covid19 Pandemic, specifically in EdTech, AgriTech and HealthTech. We are looking for startups with innovative, out of the box solutions, ideally having achieved some traction and ready to scale.

Through this 3-month online programme, 10 selected startups will receive capacity building, lean startup training, mentorship and support to rapidly scale their products and business models. SBC will provide the complete programme through the Accelerator Squared platform, which provides a rich learning and collaboration platform where founders can engage with the SBC and Ventures Platform team, dedicated Entrepreneurs in Residence, mentors, investors, and industry experts.

Teams will validate their solutions and perfect their pitching skills.  The 3 month programme ends with an online Demo Day which will give each team exposure to a broad audience of investors and corporate and government partners.

Timeline

  • Jan 26: Applications open
  • Feb 24: Applications close
  • Mar 03 – 05: Selection Days
  • Mar 15: Program begins
  • Jun 10: Demo Day

Application Deadline:24th February 2021.

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2021 Fully Funded JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme in Japan

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Jointly organised by the United Nations University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is designed to provide promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research in sustainability in co-operation with host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions.

The UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS, Tokyo) acts as the nominating authority for the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. This fellowship is aimed at candidates who have completed their doctorates in the past six years and also have professional and/or research experience. UNU-IAS will assist in securing acceptance from host researchers for shortlisted candidates.

Fellowships are awarded for a period of 24 months. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (received on or after 2 April 2014) when the fellowship begins, or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before the fellowship begins. Japanese nationals are not eligible, nor are those of dual nationality if one is Japanese. In addition, those who have permanent residency in Japan are not eligible. Those who have previously been awarded a Standard or Pathway Fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan are not eligible.

Terms of the Award

  1. A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
  2. A monthly maintenance allowance of JPY362,000
  3. A settling-in allowance of JPY200,000 (based on JSPS regulations)
  4. Overseas travel, accident, and sickness insurance coverage, etc.

Notes:

  • The amounts of the awards indicated above are subject to change by JSPS.
  • In the case that a Fellow is already residing in Japan before his/her fellowship starts or obtains resident status before his/her fellowship is designated to begin, the above-mentioned air ticket to Japan and settling-in allowance will not be provided.
  • A research grant, “Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research”, is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.

JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2021

Under this programme fellows conduct research relevant to one or more of the main thematic focus areas of UNU-IAS: sustainable societies, natural capital & biodiversity, and global change & resilience.

Research proposals for JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships should relate clearly to one of the specific research areas of UNU-IAS listed below. The proposed research must be policy-relevant and incorporate gender issues within the research agenda:

  • Water and Resource Management
  • Innovation and Education
  • Biodiversity and Society

Application Deadline: February 21st 2021

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2021 Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Germany.

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The promotion of young talent has been one of the founding principles of the FES.

At the time when Friedrich Ebert was elected as the first president of the Weimar Republic, it was almost impossible for talented children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds to study at universities or take part in research programmes. With the foundation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in 1925, the first scholarships were awarded to particularly talented young individuals from a working class milieu who were taking an active part in the young democracy of the Weimar Republic.

To address social disadvantages by supporting students who actively work for freedom, justice and social cohesion in their commitment to social democracy, or will do so in future, continues to be one of the aims of the FES.

Eligibility criteria

The FES supports

  • all academic subjects
  • students from public or state-approved universities and from universities of applied sciences/polytechnical colleges (FH)
  • postgraduate programmes(PhD)

The FES does not support

  • second degree courses
  • study visits outside Germany
  • final phases of academic studies
  • postgraduate courses in medicine

Requirements

For the FES, service to the common good deserves recognition. It is therefore not only the applicants’ academic achievement but their social and political involvement and personal attitudes that play an important part in the selection process.

This year, about 2.700 students and postgraduates will receive a grant from FES.

International Students
The FES also supports foreign applicants who are already studying, or doing their postgraduate studies, in Germany at the time of application. Up to 40 students from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe may qualify for the scholarship programme every year with the exception of those who are already receiving some support from public sources.

Timeline

Please note that the FES can only award scholarships to applicants from abroad who have already enrolled in a German university or have a supervisor for their doctoral studies.

Students are expected to be living in Germany before they apply and have to provide proof of an adequate command of the German language by submitting a language proficiency certificate

  • “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang” passed with at least DSH-2
  • the “Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache” passed with at least level 4,”
  • “Telc C1 Hochschule”,
  • the “Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe II” or
  • the “Zertifikat C 1” of the Goethe-Institut.

– supplementary sheet.

At the time of application, foreign students should be able to submit proof of their initial academic achievements/marks with the exception of those enrolled in Master or other postgraduate programmes.

Applications will be accepted no later than

  • diploma / magister / state examination: by the end of 6th semester
  • Bachelor/ undergraduate programmes: until 3 semesters before finishing the standard period of study (if 6 semesters by the end  of 3rd semester; if 7 semesters by the end  of 4rd semester)
  • postgraduate/ Master programmes: by the end of 1st semester

Since foreign scholarship holders will receive an extensive social and political side programme, German language proficiency is crucial even when the study programme itself (M/B) is carried out in English.

We do not support foreign students from Western European countries at present, but only those from the developing countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Benefits:

Foreign scholarship holders receive:

  • 650 € per month (basic scholarship programme) / 1000 € per month (graduate scholarship programme)
  • 276 € of family allowance, if applicable
  • refund of health care costs
  • any income exceeding 400 € per month will be credited against the scholarship.

Expectations:

FES expects scholarship holders:

  • to participate in extra-curricular seminars and activities of FES campus groups on a regular basis
  • to achieve above-average results in their degree courses
  • to continue and intensify their socio-political commitment.

At the end of each term, a semester report has to be submitted to FES which describes the scholarship holder’s current academic performance and his/her social engagement.

The Procedure

  • duration of application process:
    4-7 months
  • mode of application:

1. self-application

Please use the “Online-Bewerbung” on the Internet – in German only!supplementary sheet

2. individual interviews
In a second step, selected candidates will be invited to two individual interviews. The first interview will be conducted by one of the lecturers from the FES, and the second interview by one of the members of the FES scholarship committee (AWA). Two reports are written on the basis of these interviews and presented to the AWA.

3. discussion and final decision by the AWA
The AWA will eventually make a final decision about your application. The AWA is an independent body composed of university lecturers as well as other persons from the fields of science, politics, art and media. The committee meets at least three times a year. The AWA will discuss every application at great length and then make the final decision.

4. written notification

You will be notified of the AWA’s decision.

Application Deadline: Varying by program

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2021/2022 Fully Funded Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP) for Master’s Level Studies in Sweden

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Do you have the ambition to become a future leader within the sustainable development on a global platform? Then you might be who we are looking for. Global Professionals is a highly sought after, fully-funded international scholarship programme for master’s studies in Sweden.


The SI Scholarship for Global Professionals
 aims to develop future global leaders that will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and contribute to a positive and sustainable development in their home countries and region.

The programme is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It offers you a unique opportunity to develop both professionally and academically, experience Swedish society and culture, and build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden and other scholarship holders. Usually 4-6% of the applicants are awarded a Global Professionals scholarship.

Important information

Criteria

Country of citizenship

You must be a citizen of a country that is eligible for the scholarship programme. Read more about country of citizenship.

Read more about country of citizenshipUniversity admissions

You must be liable to pay tuition fees to Swedish universities, have followed the steps of university admission, and be admitted to one of the eligible master’s programmes by the 9th of April 2021.

Read more about our criteria regarding University Admissions.Other eligibility criteria

There are also other conditions regarding dual citizenship, previous residence and studies in Sweden, and more.

Note: Some criteria for priority SI scholarships differ depending on the home region of the applicant.

Read more about other eligibility criteria.Work experience

You must have a minimum of 3,000 hours of demonstrated work experience.

Read more about the criteria for work experience.Leadership experience

You must have demonstrated leadership experience from your current or previous employment or civil society.

Read more about the leadership experience criteria.Master’s programmes

The master’s studies must be eligible for SI scholarships. We give the highest priority to specific subject areas.

Read more about the eligible master’s programmes.

Benefits

  • SI fully covers your tuition fees to the Swedish university you are attending. This is paid directly by SI at the beginning of each semester.
  • You will receive a regular payment of SEK 10,000 to cover your living expenses throughout the scholarship. This payment is given monthly throughout the scholarship period.
  • Insurance against illness and accident.
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders(NFGL) – a platform to help you grow professionally and build your network while in Sweden.
  • After your scholarship period has ended, you gain membership to the SI Alumni Network. As a member, you get a unique opportunity for continued networking and to further develop yourself professionally. The local networks exist worldwide and currently consist of over 15,000 talented alumni from over 140 countries.
  • For Bangladesh; Bolivia; Brazil; Cambodia; Cameroon; Colombia; Ecuador; Egypt; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guatemala; Honduras; Indonesia; Jordan; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Morocco; Myanmar (Burma); Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Rwanda; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tanzania; Tunisia; Uganda; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe the scholarship also includes a travel grant of SEK 15,000 for the entire study period. This is a one-time payment and does not apply for students already living in Sweden.
  • For Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Turkey or Ukraine. The scholarship also includes a travel grant of SEK 10,000 for the entire study period.This is a one-time payment and does not apply for students already living in Sweden.

The scholarship does not cover:

  • Additional grants for family members.
  • Application fee to University Admissions.

Required documents

You should only submit the required documents listed below in your online scholarship application. We will not consider any other documents than the required ones. You must complete your application in English. Use our forms and templates provided below and complete them according to the instructions both below and in the forms, or else your applications will be disqualified. Kindly note the length limitation for your answers and the documents.

Documents for the scholarship application (2021/2022): 

Motivation Letter Form SISGP_SISSA 2021-2022

CV form SISGP_SISSA 2021-2022

Letter of Reference Form Global Professionals 2021-2022

Proof of Work and Leadership Experience Form Global Professionals 2021-2022

A complete application consists of:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Letters of reference
  • Valid and completed proof of work and leadership experience
  • Copy of your valid passport

Note: Your application will be disqualified if any of the required documents above is missing.

Application Deadline:  18 February 2021

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