The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) are delighted to announce the call for the 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). As innovators/entrepreneurs are not highly profiled on development agenda, IPA acknowledges and encourages their endeavors. The prize honours and encourages innovative achievements that contribute toward developing new products, increasing efficiency or saving cost in Africa. The prize also promotes among young African men and women the pursuit of science, technology and engineering careers as well as business opportunities with potentials of contributing to sustainable development in Africa.
The aims are to:
- mobilize leaders from all sectors to fuel African innovation
- promote innovation across Africa in key sectors of interest through the competition
- promote science, technology and engineering as rewarding, exciting and noble career options among the youth in Africa by profiling success applicants
- encourage entrepreneurs, innovators, funding bodies and business development service providers to exchange ideas and explore innovative business opportunities.
IPA anticipates contributing to the following outcomes:
- increased commercialization of research and development (R&D) outputs in Africa
- increased funding of start-ups, adoption of new and emerging technologies and accelerated growth of an innovative and dynamic private sector; and
- increased economic activity and African led development that results in lasting impact.
The 2013 IPA recognizes innovative breakthroughs that unlock new African potential in the following five priority areas
- Environment, Energy and Water
- Health and Wellbeing
- Information Communications Technologies (ICTs)
- Manufacturing and Service Industry
Only innovations by Africans for Africa are eligible to enter. Africans in the Diaspora can also apply if their innovations are of significance for Africa.
The 2013 IPA will consist of three Prizes, which will be given following the criteria outlined below:
A. The first Prize of USD100,000
B. The runner-up Prize of USD25,000
C. The special Prize for Social Impact Innovation of USD25’000
D. Nominees: This is a group of the IPA finalists who will be invited to the final face-to-face interview and to the Award ceremony. All nominees will receive certificates, and the IPA team will work with them to mobilize in-kind support to facilitate next steps for their innovation.
Deadline: 31 October 2012.
MORE INFORMATION/ HOW TO APPLY/ CRITERIA FOR ENTRY/SUBMISSION available HERE
For decades, the Mexican cultural diplomacy has worked in different successful programs, such as the human capital training through scholarships for academic degrees awarding and research work performing in different areas of knowledge.
The Directorate-General for Educational and Cultural Cooperation, through the Academic Exchange Department, designs and manages the Ministry of Foreign Affairs´ Scholarship Program for Foreigners. The scholarships of the Mexican Government present two programs: the scholarship for academic studies and the scholarship for special programs.
The scholarships for academic studies are offered to take complete programs for Specialization, Master´s or PhD Degrees, and Postgraduate Researches. Likewise, the offer includes academic mobility for Bachelor´s and Postgraduate Degree. On the other hand, the scholarships for special programs are offered to take short-term fellowships addressed to Visiting Professors, Researchers in Mexico´s issues, Media Contributors, Art Production Fellowships, etc.
Scholarships are offered to study
- Specialization Studies, Master´s and PhD Degrees;
- Medical Specializations;
- Postgraduate Research;
- Postdoctoral Fellowships;
- Bachelor´s Degree and Postgraduate Mobility;
- Art Production Fellowships;
- High-level Conferences;
- Fellowships for Mexicanologists;
- Media Contributors Fellowships; and
- Fellowships for visiting professors.
Neither scholarships for preparatory courses nor scholarships to take direct PhD Degrees (programs comprising Master´s and PhD Degree), distance, open, and virtual learning programs will be granted.
- Have Bachelors´, Master´s, or PhD Degree Certificate, according to the requested scholarship degree. Enclose copy.
- Have a minimum GPA of 8 on a 0 to 10 scale, in the last academic year. If the scale is other than the stated, it is important to present its equivalence.
- Acceptance letter of the intended study program proving the duration and the start and end dates of the program, or proof of the approval process, signed by a competent authority of the Mexican host institution, in letterhead and with handwritten signature
- Meet all the requirements requested by the higher education institution.
- Have the official application from his/her Government, in case of academic scholarships. (Form)
- The mobility scholarships require having an academic acceptance letter from the host institution and also an official letter from the home institution stating the approval of the subjects’ course credits that will be taken in Mexico.
- If the applicant speaks other language than Spanish, he/she must add a proficiency in Spanish language certificate, issued by a University or Educational Institution that proves it.
- Enclose the application form among the deadlines
- Meet the document and specific requirements
For detailed information about the requirements please click HERE. To see which countries are eligible to apply go HERE. Note that the information provided in some of the links first are in Spanish and then in English.
Stipend amount is $ 7,479.60 Mexican pesos (equivalent to 570.794 USD) for mobility scholarships for Bachelor´s, Specialization, Master´s Degree or Research, and for Spanish language and Mexican culture studies. Stipend amounting $9,349.50 Mexican pesos (equivalent to 713.493 USD), is for scholarships of PhD Degree or Research, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Medical Specializations and Sub-specializations, Expert, Artists, and Visiting Professors Fellowships.
For any questions that might concern you please contact the following address:
Av. Juárez #20, Piso 7, Col. Centro.
telephone: (55) 3686-5100
fax: 3686-5359 y 3686-5342
For more information please visit the link
3. Education, including education on sexual and reproductive health
4. Citizenship and protection of rights
5. Political inclusion
What is ISFiT?
ISFiT – The International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway is the world’s largest student festival with a thematic focus. About 450 students from all over the world attend the festival. The themes have changed over the years, but have always been related to social and political topics with international relevance.
World figures often attend ISFiT and past speakers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former Director-General of WHO Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Dr José Ramos-Horta, Professor Wangari Maathai and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Desmond Tutu. Using modern technology, former US president Bill Clinton has relayed his thoughts about the global significance of ISFiT to plenum ceremonies at the festival.
As students are the future leaders of the world organizers believe that their voices should be heard and international networks established. Thus, the purpose of ISFiT is to be a meeting place for discussion and debate, an arena where ideas are born, friendships are made and valuable lessons are learned. The festival aims at fostering inspiration and being a starting point for international cooperation amongst students. ISFiT is a non-profit festival.
If you are interested in participating in ISFiT 2013, you must fill in the following form by the 30th of September 2012. Please note that you have to be at least 18 years old and a student at the time of participation. Make sure that all your personal information is correct, and that you write your name as written in your passport.
Selected participants will have covered cost for food and accommodation. Note that ISFiT has a limited amount of money to offer for travel support, therefore applicants are encouraged to search for alternative ways to finance their travel. Please be aware that travel funds are only meant to cover travel expenses to and from Trondheim and your city of residence.
You can apply on line HERE
Applications will be read after the 30th of September, and those who are selected to participate will receive an invitation by e-mail. Instructions on how to obtain a visa and other formalities, will be given to the invited students. Due to limited capacity not all applicants will be invited.
Deadline for submitting the application is the 30th of September 2012.
For more information please visit this link
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grant-making institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.
The Berlin office is seeking an energetic academic, ideally, pursuing a degree in Political Science or International Relations, preferably with a focus on immigration and integration, or another related field. The internship will focus on gaining in-depth knowledge of the foundation. S/he will assist GMF Immigration staff in Berlin and Washington, DC.
The objectives of the internship are, primarily, to provide interns with an opportunity to gain practical work experience to supplement their academic program for future work in a field related to the GMF’s mission; and to work in an international environment on political issues in order to gain experience working in a mutual learning and knowledge sharing environment with world experts.
Key Areas of Responsibility
- Research and provide logistical support for GMF’s immigration event series;
- Conduct background research on immigration and integration issues in Europe and the United States; and
- Assist on various administrative tasks, as needed.
The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications:
- Candidate pursuing a graduate degree in International Relations, Political Science, or another related field.
- Excellent organizational skills combined with the ability to work well under pressure.
- Excellent communication and writing skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of small team.
- Fluency in English and proficiency in German language skills require
Start and Length of Internship
Preferred starting date: September 3, 2012
Preferred length of internship: A minimum of 3 months (preferably 6 months) full-time
Pay rate: 400 € per month
Please note that Non-EU-citizens will need to apply for the required residence title/visa.
To be considered for this position, please forward cover letter and current resume (as one document) by applying here. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only contact candidates of interest.
GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The deadline for application is 28 July, 2012.
For more please visit here
The Bayer Young Environmental Envoy (BYEE) Programme is a global project which is a partnership between Bayer and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the area of youth and environment. It creates a unique opportunity for aspiring environmentalists (aged 18 – 24) to share ideas and exchange experience with youth from 18 countries during a weeklong study trip to Germany that will take place from 4 to 9 November 2012. Join now! The theme is “ Youth and the environment.”
The theme encourages young aspiring environmentalist (aged 18 – 24) to share ideas and exchange experiences with youth from 19 countries during a weeklong study trip to Germany that will take place from 04 to 09 November 2012, plus R5 000 awarded towards the winners’ environmental projects. The candidates might be:
- Undergraduate level
- Graduate level
- High School Students
How to apply:
- In no more than 1,000 words, write a comprehensive summary of an achievable environmental project that is being carried out in your community.
- Include key objectives of the project and the crucial resource requirements that will aid eventual success.
- Consider some of the practical solutions that various sectors of society are already doing.
- Incorporate how your project proposal adds value to existing environmental efforts in your community.
All completed entries must be accompanied by a valid address and day time mobile contacts. Project proposals must be typewritten in English and double-spaced. Hand written entries will not be accepted. Project proposals which are adaptations/upgrades of already existing projects are acceptable, but the entry will be judged solely on the basis of new elements introduced and their added value. While the project proposal should be the applicant’s own concept, the project itself may be carried out by any number of people, with the applicant taking a significant role in its implementation.
All applications should be submitted by July 31st, 2012. Entries should be submitted through e-mail at email@example.com. Hard copies can be hand delivered to Bayer (Pty) Ltd, 27 Wrench Road, Isando, Johannesburg. Block A, Corporate Communications division. Or post to BYEE, PO Box 143, Isando, 1600.
For more please visit the official website.
Individuals from all African countries are invited to apply for admission to study for the Master’s Degree (LLM) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
The LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa is a regional co-operation initiative presented in partnership by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the faculties of law at:
Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia)
American University in Cairo (Egypt)
Catholic University of Central Africa (Cameroon)
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique)
University of Ghana
Makerere University (Uganda)
University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
This premier course, the only one if its kind, focuses specifically on human rights as seen from the African perspective. The course is presented full time over one academic year (two semesters) that runs from the end of January to early December and comprises eight modules. The first semester is spent at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, studying the following modules:
Module 1: Methodology of human rights research, education and advocacy
Module 2: Democratisation in Africa
Module 3: International and comparative human rights
Module 4: Human rights in Africa
Module 5: Introduction to the South African legal system and Bill of Rights
Module 6: Human rights in the field (Field trip)
At the end of the first semester, the class is divided into seven groups, each of which spends the next five months at one of the partner universities where they complete the following two modules and/or internships:
Module 7: Accredited courses
Module 8: Dissertation
Instruction is by way of formal lectures and practical exercises. The lecturers are some of the most prominent human rights experts in the world. Emphasis is placed on classroom participation and there is ample opportunity for informal interaction between the students and lecturers. Students can make use of extensive library facilities and have 24-hour access to computers.
A substantial part of the course is dedicated to the use of the Internet in research on human rights law. The medium of instruction is English, of which students must have a good working knowledge in order to follow lectures and participate fully in class discussions and practical exercises.
Students who did undertake their studies in Englsih are required to write the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Upon admission to the programme advanced English is provided for students from non-English speaking countries and French is taught to students from English speaking countries. Students who are fluent in both English and French study Portuguese.
Admission is on a competitive basis and bursaries are available.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants must be in possession of a first degree in Law (LL.B, licence en droit or licenciatura em direito) and should submit the following documentation by post (no electronic applications will be accepted):
1. Letter of motivation (a one-page letter stating why you would like to do the course)
2. CV (a two-page curriculum vitae (including your full particulars: name, address, telephone, fax and e-mail)
3. Transcript (detailed academic record showing subjects taken and marks obtained)
4. Degree certificates (certified copies of all degree certificates)
5. Letters of recommendation (two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation/support)
6. Financial application (a one-page letter detailing your financial position and indicating why you would need assistance)
7. English proficiency (if undergraduate studies were not in English proof of your proficiency)
8. Photo (a recent colour passport photograph)
ONLY THE INFORMATION REQUESTED ABOVE IS REQUIRED. THERE ARE NO APPLICATION FORMS TO BE COMPLETED
Please note: All documents must be typewritten. Please ensure that all documents are submitted together. There are no application forms to be completed.
Deadline for receipt of applications for the 2010 class is 31 July 2009.
Applications should be directed to:
The Coordinator, LLM (Human Rights & Democratisation)
Centre for Human Rights
Faculty of Law
University of Pretoria
Republic of South Africa
For further enquiries:
Tel: +27 (12) 420 4754
Fax: +27 (12) 362 5125
Fax: +27 866 887 666
For more please visit this link
The World Development Movement is a leading UK campaigning organisation which wins positive change for the world’s poorest people. Their cutting edge campaigns have global reach and include food speculation, the green economy and climate justice.
They are looking for a highly motivated and organised person with experience of research and analysis to support their campaigns, and the ability to manage public events for WDM, to join their busy teams for one year maternity leave cover.
This role supports two teams. In their policy and campaigns team (3 days a week), you will play a key support role, assisting with research and analysis of information, and the effective communication of their campaigns to supporters and the wider public. In the network team (2 days a week), you will work with the senior officer on WDM’s events, as well as supporting the network more generally. You will also provide administrative support to the teams, and share core administrative tasks with the other assistants in the organisation.
You must be a well-organised individual, with experience of work in the voluntary sector. If you have the skills and experience they are looking for, and can demonstrate a commitment to global justice then its you they are looking for.
Salary: £24,883 plus non-contributory pension
Closing date: 1pm on Monday 30 July; interviews will be held on Monday 13 August.
The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) is looking for young, motivated,results-oriented and persons with proven writing ability for a year’s internship programme.
Qualification and Person Specification
The interested applicant
1. Should hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree and must have completed school recently
2. Must have a demonstrated writing ability
3. Must be ICT savvy
4. Must be able to work under pressure
5. Must be a team player
6. Must be able to work with minimum supervision
7. Must have good interpersonal skills
Mode of Application
Interested applicants should send their CVs and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org copied email@example.com or drop them at the office of IDEG, EastLegon, not later than July 31, 2012. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.
LEAP’s Annual Abridged Youth Leadership Programme is here again.
Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa is a nonprofit organisation,
which is committed to developing dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders.
Given thier conviction that young people can and should serve as change agents in their communities,
LEAP offers its Summer Youth Leadership Programme for young people across Nigeria to increase
their capacity to transform their communities.
About the Summer Youth Programme
LEAP’s Youth Leadership Programme is modeled after international best practices and emerging lessons
from Ford Foundation’s youth leadership efforts across the globe. The objectives of the leadership
programme are to:
Support youth through the process of “looking within” to take stock of their current skills, talents
and inclinations as well as their dreams and visions for the future.
Expose youth to the concept of leadership, and offer them some tools and skills for effective
Encourage youth to commence change projects in their communities in order to test and apply
what they have learnt through the training programmes, as well as to improve the lives of others.
Programme cost: N25,000 for five days. This cost covers programme materials, light refreshment and
lunch. All participants get a certificate of participation upon programme completion.
Date: July30 – August 3, 2012
Venue: LEAP Africa’s Office Lekki Lagos (full address stated below)
Programme topics include: The Act and Art of Leadership, Developing your Life’s Mission and Vision,
Goal Setting, the Tower Game, the Trust Walk, Leadership for Change, Building Self Confidence,
Creativity, Patriotism/Social Responsibility, Time Management, Networking, Negotiations,
Communications and Moral Ethics. LEAP utilizes case studies, games, interactive exercises and multimedia
to enhance the life and leadership skills of its youth.
Youth between the ages of 15 and 25 who are passionate about community service and have a strong
commitment to developing their leadership skills. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Asuquo Asuquo (for application forms) at LEAP Africa’s Office located at 13 Omorinre Johnson Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria. Tel: 234-1-270-6541/2 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions or concerns contact Asuquo email@example.com or call 08186449102