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2019 Alex Ekwueme Commemorative MSc Scholarship

Posted by | 25th Mar 2019 | Career News, General Advice, Uncategorized

The Faculty of Engineering at Strathclyde, UK invites applications from Nigerians who are looking to acquire a degree program at the University Of Strathclyde, UK .

The value of the award is £5,000 and will be awarded as a contribution to accommodation and living costs during the duration of study at Strathclyde.

Applicants to this scholarship must hold an offer to study a postgraduate taught programme within the Faculty of Engineering from September 2019.

Further Information

The Faculty of Engineering at Strathclyde is delighted to offer the Dr Alex Ekwueme Scholarship for a Nigerian student commencing their postgraduate taught programme in engineering from September 2019.

Dr Ekwueme has a close affiliation with Strathclyde, having obtained his PhD in Architecture from Strathclyde. In 1979, he was elected the first Vice-President of Nigeria.

The value of the award is £5,000 and will be awarded as a contribution to accommodation and living costs during the duration of study at Strathclyde.

Part of the application process includes completing a short application form and providing a personal statement of no more than 500 words that outlines why you believe you are a suitable candidate for the award.

Applicants to this scholarship must hold an offer to study a postgraduate taught programme within the Faculty of Engineering from September 2019.

Eligible Countries: Nigeria

Course Level: Masters

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be Nigerians
  • Applicants must have applied or applying to University Of Strathclyde, UK
  • Applicants must have completed their Undergraduate degree program
  • Applicants must be Fluent in English and Have great communication skills

Method of Application: Applicants are asked to complete the Dr Alex Ekwueme Commemorative Scholarship Application Form, which will be reviewed by Faculty of Engineering staff and one successful applicant will be selected.

Visit The Official Website For More Information

Scholarship Application Deadline: 30 April 2019

The 4th edition of the RB Mavericks Challenge is here, and it’s bigger than ever! Watch the top B-schools from India, Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil compete through 5 grueling rounds for a chance to win the coveted title of RB Maverick 2017.

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The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) (http://www.AfricanInnovation.org) driver of The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) is pleased to announce today the launch of the sixth edition of the IPA awards by calling for applications to the prestigious competition. The competition once again offers Africa’s top crop of innovators a share in a grand prize of US$150 000 and additional scalable entrepreneurial opportunities. Enterprises and individuals that have invested in delivering market-oriented solutions for African-led development are especially invited to take part in the competition.

The call for entries runs for three months starting Tuesday 27 September 2016 with a submission deadline of Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 11:59pm GMT. The IPA is looking for applications in social and economic innovation including manufacturing and service industry, health and well-being, agriculture and agri-business, environment, energy and water, and ICT showcasing ground-breaking innovations. IPA welcomes Innovations beyond the scope of these sectors.

Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl, the IPA Director commented: “We are extremely pleased to officially launch the IPA 2017 edition for African innovators. We strongly believe that investing in today’s home-grown innovations will propel tomorrow’s prosperity for Africa.”

 

Investing in African prosperity

The theme for IPA 2017 is African innovation: Investing in prosperity. In line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 9 which calls on countries to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation, AIF believes that funding streams, investment and resources are critical to obtain a clear value chain for innovation in Africa, contributing to sustainable development.

Walter Fust, Chairman of the AIF Board states: “IPA has demonstrated that African innovation talent is abundant, but funding and resources remain a challenge.  For IPA 2017, we are expanding our outreach beyond innovators to include investors and other key movers and shakers across the innovation landscape to help address this challenge.  To meet this objective of increasing support to individual innovators, makers, training institutions, existing hubs and networks, the IPA will offer sponsorship opportunities to investors and other innovation enablers who can demonstrate their commitment to support the building of more robust African innovation ecosystems.”

 

Why enter IPA 2017?

IPA is a leading platform on the African innovation landscape with a network of 6000+ African innovators spanning 50 countries. Its core goal is to strengthen African innovation ecosystems through its platforms and mobilize a network of innovation enablers, driving business development and cross-collaboration.

Now in its sixth year running, IPA is open to all Africans living in Africa or the diaspora. In addition to the lucrative US$150 000 cash prize, IPA is more than a mere competition. The 10 nominees are featured at the IPA 2017 event, along with lucrative entrepreneurial opportunities such as funding, communications training, active participation in the IPA network of innovators and innovation enablers, publicity in Africa and beyond across major media channels, business opportunities, as well as collaboration with enablers and investors to shape potential innovations for viable business success.

Last year’s winners (http://APO.af/w7LNRg) were selected from nearly 1 000 entries across 46 countries, reflecting the truly Pan-African flavour of the competition. Previous IPA editions were held in Botswana (2016), Morocco (2015), Nigeria (2014), South Africa (2013) and Ethiopia (2012). IPA was endorsed at its inaugural edition in Addis Ababa in 2012 where African ministers at the joint Africa Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) passed a resolution to support AIF to promote innovation-based societies across the continent.

IPA 2017 winners will be announced at an annual awards ceremony in July 2017 (exact dates and country to be confirmed). The Awards bring together innovative talent from multi-disciplinary sectors, as well as media practitioners, investors, innovation hubs and technology parks, government institutions and innovators.

For more details, please check out our brand new IPA website www.InnovationPrizeforAfrica.org and apply for IPA 2017 now through clicking onhttps://IPA.AfricanInnovation.org Watch https://youtu.be/9SR8xVj1guw  for all the information you need on IPA 2017.

The Africa Initiative for Governance (“AIG”) (www.AIGAfrica.org) has today issued a call for applications for its 2017 scholarships for a Masters Degree in Public Policy at the renowned Blavatnik School of Government, the UK’s first school of Government, at the University of Oxford. The call was issued by the AIG Chairman and Founder, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, and Founding Directors, Mrs. Ofovwe Aig-Imoukhuede, Mr. Herbert Wigwe and Dr. Jeya Wilson, ahead of the inaugural meeting of the Initiative’s Panel of Advisors in Lagos, Nigeria. From 2017, the AIG will fund five scholarships each year as part of a new five-year partnership which is based on the shared purpose of building good governance and public leadership.

The AIG is a Foundation established in recognition of the fact that Africa’s poor record of public sector governance is a critical factor preventing the continent from achieving its true potential. The initiative brings together proven private sector innovation, leadership and funding into a private-public partnership to attract, inspire and support future leaders of Africa’s public sector. The AIG believes that the high-calibre individuals trained at the Blavatnik School will drive best practice standards of governance across Africa, ensuring sustainable economic growth and social justice.

The AIG Scholarships will have an initial focus on candidates from Nigeria and Ghana, allowing the students to study for a Master of Public Policy (MPP) alongside classmates from across the globe. The scholarships will be available to those who can demonstrate academic excellence, proven leadership and commitment to public service and who intend to return to the public sector in Africa after completing their studies.

Along with the scholarship scheme will be an academic fellowship scheme. The AIG Visiting Fellowship will also be available from 2017, open to candidates who can demonstrate an outstanding contribution to public policy that has yielded meaningful impact on the public good, and commitment to public service in their country, region and globally. The Fellowship is open to senior officials or practitioners working in or with government and who are resident in West Africa.

Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Chairman of the Africa Initiative for Governance, said: “The AIG Scholarship and Fellowship initiatives are scalable interventions aimed at tackling Africa’s intractable challenge of poor public sector leadership. I am confident that our partnership with Oxford University’s prestigious Blavatnik School will become fertile ground for growing future statesmen and women who will change the African continent for good. I encourage anyone who believes that they fit the profile for these scholarships and fellowships to apply.”

Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, said: “We are deeply grateful to the Africa Initiative for Governance for partnering with us. The Blavatnik School of Government shares with the AIG a clear purpose – to transform government through effective leadership and better governance. The shared programme will enable excellent West African scholars, from all backgrounds, to study for an MPP and will also bring senior practitioners from the region to the School as AIG Visiting Fellows – providing opportunities to help drive transformational public sector leadership across the African continent.”

The AIG Panel of Advisors is made up of eminent personalities selected from across West Africa and will act as the selection panel for the award of scholarships and fellowships, as well as mentors to successful applicants. The Panel will also meet regularly to debate the challenges that Africa’s public sector faces and to conceive and propose solutions with long term impact. The panel is made up of:

  • His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Dr. Enase Okonedo, Dean of the Lagos Business School
  • Alhaji Abubakar B. Mahmoud (SAN), Managing Partner, Dikko and Mahmoud
  • Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Ebi, MFR
  • Mr. Segun Adeniyi
  • Mrs. Yemisi Ayeni
  • Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Databank, Ghana

Biographies of panel members are available upon request. Online applications will open on the AIG website (www.AIGAfrica.org) on Monday, 10 October, 2016.

 

About The AIG Scholarships and Visiting Fellowship:
As part of a 5-year partnership with the Africa Initiative for Governance, from 2017, five fully-funded scholarships (covering tuition fee and living expenses) will be awarded to students who meet the Master of Public Policy selection criteria (academic excellence, strong commitment to public service, demonstrable leadership). Applicants must be resident in Ghana and Nigeria. For academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22, or if there are insufficient applications from Nigeria and Ghana in academic years 2017-18 to 2019-20 other West African nations will be considered. These include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo. Other countries with the agreement of the Benefactor.

About the Blavatnik School of Government:
Founded at the University of Oxford in 2010, the Blavatnik School of Government (www.BSG.ox.ac.uk) exists to inspire and support better government and public policy around the world. We teach current and future public leaders through innovative programmes, conduct deep research into pressing issues facing policy makers around the world, and convene leaders and experts to foster better public policy. With a strong global outlook, we combine insights from a range of academic disciplines and derive lessons from the public, private and third sectors. The school was made possible through a £75 million donation to the the University of Oxford by American philanthropist Leonard Blavatnik.  For more information, visit www.BSG.ox.ac.uk.

About the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG):
Africa’s poor record of public sector governance is a factor that currently prevents the Continent from achieving its true potential.
AIG’s (www.AIGAfrica.org) pioneering initiative brings proven private sector innovation, leadership and funding in a private-public partnership to attract, inspire and support future leaders of Africa’s public sector. With AIG’s continuing support, high-calibre individuals will be able to drive best practice standards of governance in Africa, ensuring sustainable economic growth and social justice.  For more information, visit www.AIGAfrica.org.

Open Andela – APPLY

Posted by | 23rd Mar 2016 | Career News

The Open Andela Bootcamp is an accessible version of the original Andela Homestudy Program. During this program, You will be taught the basics about coding from our home study curriculum. This opportunity will give you and all candidates a higher chance of having a successful career in technology.

It is a 11-week program to introduce You to the practical concepts of Software Development with an eye to help develop your career in the ICT space. This program is made possible by a partnership between Andela and the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Wealth Creation & Employment and Ministry of Science & Technology for sustainable collaboration in technology skill acquisition and employability.

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Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s study, jointly supported by UK universities.

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For developing country applicants: To apply for the JJ/WBGSP scholarship you must be a developing country national, not be a dual citizen of any developed country, hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) earned before 2013, be under 45 years old on the Application Deadline date, and have at least 3 years of recent development-related experience since earning a Bachelor’s degree. Most importantly, you must commit to returning home to your country on graduation in order to use your enhanced knowledge and skills towards your community’s, country’s, or region’s development. Those receiving a scholarship are barred from working at the World Bank Group for three years following graduation from the preferred master’s program.

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The Tony Elumelu Foundation announces TEEP 2016, the second annual round of the Naira 17bn (US$100m equivalent) Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) for emerging African entrepreneurs.

  • In 2015, TEEP empowered 1,000 African entrepreneurs, selected from over 20,000 applicants, with start-up investment, active mentoring, business training, an entrepreneurship boot camp and regional networking across Africa.
  • Entrepreneurs, with an average age range of 21-40, from 51 African countries completed the programme and received $5,000 in seed capital for their start-up businesses.
  • The Tony Elumelu Foundation invested a total of $4,860,000, including $1,405,000 in agriculture; $410,000 in education and training; and $365,000 in manufacturing.  The sector-agnostic programme funded start-ups across a further 20 industries, all based in Africa.

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As part of support to educational development and human capacity building, Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), operator of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/MPN Joint Venture awards annual scholarships to qualified undergraduate students in Nigerian Universities. Applications for the 2015 NNPC/MPN Undergraduate National Scholarship is now open.

GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE

Awards will be made to qualified and suitable students who are currently admitted in Nigerian Universities irrespective of state of origin including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

HISTORY

Since 1974, ExxonMobil upstream affiliates in Nigeria – Esso Exploration and production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL) and Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) have supported the education of thousands of Nigerian students through the Companies’ various scholarship schemes.

Undergraduate Scholarship Awards

This program is funded by Mobil Producing Nigeria, operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/MPN Joint Venture.  Since 1998, a total of 500 undergraduate scholarships are awarded annually. This is a significant increase on the 13 awards offered at inception of the scheme in 1974. The awards are made to suitably qualified students from every state of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).  However, about 62 per cent of the total NNPC/MPN Undergraduate scholarship awards are allocated to students who are indigenes of the operational communities/ States – Akwa Ibom (50%) and Rivers States (12%).  There is also a merit award (10%) to the best 50 candidates in the selection tests. The remaining places go to students from other states including the Federal Capital territory (FCT), based on merit and fair geographical spread. The current scholarship awards are for disciplines in Engineering (Petroleum, Chemical Mechanical, Electrical/Electronics and Civil,) Geology/Geophysics, Medicine, Agricultural Science (and related fields) as well as Computer Science.

Other schemes sponsored by this partnership include the NNPC/ESSO National and International Postgraduate Scholarship Awards. These scholarship programs are amongst several initiatives by the ExxonMobil upstream subsidiary companies EEPNL and MPN), along with the respective partners and co-venturer, to help build capacities of young and brilliant Nigerians and further boost pool of qualified manpower for career opportunities in Nigeria and abroad.

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Applications for the 2016-17 round of Australia Awards Scholarships and Short Course Awards opened on 1 September. Priority areas for applications are in the agriculture, extractives and public policy sectors.

 

Australia Awards, a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa, provide access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni are expected to contribute actively to development in their home countries.

 

Award types include:

  • Australian Awards Scholarships, to undertake higher degree studies in Australia at Masters level.
  • Australia Awards Short Courses, to undertake short-term, targeted professional training courses, in Australia and/or in Africa, in a range of development-focused sectors.

 

 

Check out the full range of short courses available and apply at www.australiaawardsafrica.org