Loughborough Development Trust Africa Scholarship

The Loughborough Development Trust Africa Scholarship will cover 100% of the course fees for your chosen postgraduate taught course for one year (replacing any departmental or Loughborough University scholarships or bursaries you may already have been awarded).

The University will award a limited number of scholarships, and the standards required are very high.

Students will be expected to fund their travel and maintenance costs through other sources. Evidence of maintenance funds must be included in the scholarship application.

The scholarships are being funded through a combination of generous external funding and University funds.

Application process and eligibility criteria

The scholarship application procedure is an open competition. Students may only apply for the scholarship after an offer for a place has been made. Students who are in possession of an offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place on a postgraduate taught course can apply for the scholarship using the application form which is available to download below.

Applications will be initially shortlisted and the final decision on the awards will be made by a selection panel of senior staff of the University. The selection panel will use the following eligibility criteria when assessing applications:

  • Currently domiciled (permanently living) in Africa
  • Evidence of exceptional academic achievement (normally a first-class honours degree)
  • Commitment to return to their home country on completion of their postgraduate programme
  • Evidence of the ability and commitment to making a significant contribution to their home country on their return
  • Full understanding of the costs involved in coming to study and live in the UK
  • Evidence of strong motivation and initiative to secure funds to cover the remainder of the costs involved

Applicants are advised to spend considerable effort ensuring that this application reaches the selectors in a form that is clear, well presented and which reflects their abilities and motivation.


Applications for 2024/25 entry are now open, with a deadline of 14 June 2024.

Please note

Scholarship applications will not be considered unless the applicant is holding an offer or a place at the time of submission (this offer may be conditional or unconditional).

Please do not submit your scholarship application until you have received your offer letter. Applications will only be considered if all parts of the form are completed in full.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.  A confirmation email will be sent when your application has been received. All those applying will be notified of the outcome of their application by email. If your application is shortlisted, you will be given further guidelines on what will happen next.

Any award made to an applicant holding a conditional offer will be subject to those conditions being met in full. Applicants will also be expected to provide evidence of funds to cover their travel, living and maintenance costs and may be asked to pay a deposit towards their living costs as part of the conditions of the scholarship offer.



Applications are now open for the Women for africa foundation learn africa scholarship programme

General requirements

  • Be a woman, and have nationality and residence in an African country.
  • Be enrolled in an African university or have a university degree issued in an African country. For postgraduate scholarships, a Bachelor’s degree is required. The degree required may vary depending on the scholarship applied for (see detailed information on each scholarship).
  • Meet the specific requirements of the scholarship you are applying for.
  • Only one application per person will be accepted.

Technical and academic requirements

  • It is important to read carefully the information showed in the description of the studies you want to take, as well as on the university website (link attached to each scholarship), regarding the academic requirements.
  • The beneficiary agrees to provide the host university with duly legalized, certified and translated copies of her university degree, academic record or any other required documentation. If you are selected, we recommend that you start the administrative process at the time you accept the scholarship, as the procedures you will need to take at the Embassy/Consulate and/or at the Ministries of Education or Foreign Affairs of your country may take long time.
  • The beneficiary must also present a certificate issued by her university certifying that she has a degree that enables her to pursue the requested studies (master or Phd).
  • If you apply for an online scholarship, you must have a computer properly equipped to follow online courses, taking into account the following aspects: Internet connection, web browser, operating system, desktop applications, webcam, Zoom/Microsoft Teams applications etc.

Language requirements

  • Before applying, make sure you have the required language skills. A high level of the language in which the training is delivered will always be required (B2 or C1 depending on the host university). You must prove your language level through the presentation of an official language certificate or through a telephone interview with the university.
  • If you are selected, you will receive a notification email and — probably — a phone call from the Women for Africa Foundation to inform you personally. You will be requested to communicate with the foundation’s staff in the language of the scholarship you have applied for.


Scholarship coverage

  • Online scholarships cover only tuition fees.
  • Face-to-face scholarships cover the following costs:
    • Tuition fees
    • Round trip
    • Accommodation and meals (either in a University Hall or through the provision of a monthly allowance)
    • Health insurance

IT IS NOT guaranteed that scholarships will cover other expenses such as:

  • Re-enrollment fees for subjects failed at the ordinary or extraordinary exams.
  • Internet connection for online scholarships.
  • Costs associated to the issuance of the visa to travel to Spain.
  • The legalization, recognition and translation of university degrees and academic records (the host University will require these documents).
  • The issuance of the certificate once the studies in Spain have been sucessfully completed.
  • Any other daily expenses including, but not limited to, warm clothing, hygiene articles, footwear, leisure, or local transport.
  • Each scholarship is just for a single person; in no case will support of any kind (financial, consular, accommodation, etc.) be granted for potential accompanying family members (children, parents, siblings, spouse, etc.).

    Evaluation criteria

A specialised comittee will make a first evaluation of all the applications based on the following documents:

  • CV
  • Reference letter(s)
  • Motivation letter
  • Language skills
  • Project/concept note (if required)



Applications are now open for the 2025 Queen Elizabeth common wealth scholarship ( QECS ). The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS)  offer a unique opportunity to study a two-year Master’s degree in a low or middle-income Commonwealth country.

Aimed at students who are committed to creating change in their communities, the scholarships are a life-changing opportunity to experience a new country and culture, to broaden horizons, and to build a global network that will last a lifetime.

Through cultural exchange and academic collaboration, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face – both in their home countries and those that host them. As an active part of the Commonwealth network, scholars will help shape its future.

Each year there are two opportunities to apply for QECS – cycle 1 opens in November/December and cycle 2 opens in March/April. You only need to submit one application, but you are welcome to apply more than once if there is another country you are interested in studying in.


  • Fully-funded tuition fees
  • Living allowance (stipend) for duration of award
  • Return economy flights to host country
  • One-off arrival allowance
  • Research Support Grant (on request only; subject to approval)

    How to apply

    1. Look through the list of countries and universities hosting scholarships in this cycle.
    2. Visit the relevant university website for more information on your chosen course using the links included below.
    3. Complete and submit a QECS application for your chosen university/course by clicking the ‘Apply now’ button. Once you’ve clicked apply, you’ll be directed to a log in page. If you don’t already have a myACU account, click get ‘get started’ in the right hand corner of the page to start your application.
    4. Submit an application to your chosen university for admission to your chosen course.


Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) 2024

Under the Global development award competition 2024, the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) is an award program that invites non-profit NGOs and CSOs to submit project proposals supporting (in particular) improved service delivery, and innovative approaches that may be scaled-up through a grant.

Sustainable Climate Action for Human-Centered Development

The award targets projects currently at the stage of implementation being on the ground at least since July 1, 2023, which have a high potential for impact targeting exceptionally marginalized and disadvantaged groups located in developing countries - per the World Bank’s recognition as low-and middle income- countries

The winning projects will receive grants worth US$ 125,000 in total. The two first-prize winners under each theme will receive a grant of US$ 50,000 each. The second prize will receive a grant of US$ 25,000. Additionally, awardees will be paired with a Technical Advisor throughout the entire implementation of the grant.

The awards will be given to organizations whose projects embody an innovative approach to an important development need and hold the greatest promise for:

  1. Responding directly to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, underserved groups to improve their lives aiming at rapid results for improved livelihood;
  2. Supporting initiatives that lead to developing sustainable outcomes through the scaling-up of the project.

Finalists will join a virtual Communications Training before presenting their projects to the jury. The session will take place virtually in mid-April as a satellite event of INGSA2024. Stay tuned!

The last date for submission is May 24, 2024 (6:00 PM Indian Standard Time).




Mandela Rhodes Scholarship 2024 - 2025

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is a life-changing leadership journey.

The scholarship combines financial support with a leadership programme that will challenge you, grow you, and connect you to young African changemakers - just like you.

The leadership development programme

Our programme is built on our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and a belief that leadership begins with inner transformation. We aim to keep Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive by equipping young African leaders with the competence and courage to transform the continent into a place where everyone has equal opportunity to thrive. Our programme is delivered primarily through a series of week-long residential workshops which you will attend during your time in residence.

Financial support

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship offers comprehensive funding for the core costs associated with your studies. It covers tuition for a one-year Honours degree or a two-year Masters degree in any field at a recognized South African institution of higher education. This includes tuition and registration fees, allowances for study materials, research, and medical aid, accommodation and meals, personal allowance and economy class travel to and from your home country to your South African university at the beginning and end of your degree. You will also receive a personal allowance.




Women Peacemakers Fellowship 2024 - 2025


Applications will be accepted March 1 - April 8, 2024. 

For twenty years, the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies has hosted the Women Peacemakers' Fellowship program. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for peacebuilders who focus on gender, peace and conflict to engage in a cycle of learning, practice, research and participation that strengthens peacebuilding partnerships. The Women Peacemakers' Fellowship facilitates impactful collaborations between peacebuilders from conflict-affected communities and international partner organizations. The Fellows also co-create research intended to shape the peacebuilding field and highlight good practices for peacebuilding design and implementation.

Anyone who considers themselves a peacebuilder working to reduce cycles of violence through a focus on gender, peace, and conflict is welcome to apply. People of all genders, including transgender and non-binary or gender-fluid people, are welcome to apply and are eligible for a fellowship. The Women Peacemakers Fellowship program does not consider sex, gender, or any other protected status as part of the application and selection process. Applicants may come from any country, as long as they will be able to travel to the United States for the residency. Applicants must have at least five years of peacebuilding or violence reduction experience and must speak sufficient English to participate fully in Fellowship activities.

Throughout the Fellowship with the Kroc IPJ, selected Fellows will:

  • Learn from and with other Fellows and the Kroc School team;
  • Gain new skills, perspectives, and innovative approaches to peacebuilding
  • Expand their professional peacebuilding networks
  • Drive forward vital peacebuilding research that focuses on shaping practice and policy

Fellowship Dates: September 2024 - July 2025.

Date of Residency at the University of San Diego in the United States: November 9 - November 23, 2024.

The health of our partners and community is our top priority, and the dates and format of the Fellowship are subject to change as COVID-19 conditions change around the world. The intention is to welcome Fellows to San Diego as part of this Fellowship, but it is possible that the Fellowship will be conducted entirely online if it is not possible to travel and gather safely. We will communicate with the selected Fellows to assess health and safety risk.


Become a ONE Africa Champion

Apply to join the 2024-25 ONE Champions programme in Africa. This two-year volunteer programme is ideal for young people aged 18-35 years old, who are passionate about doing more to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases everywhere, want to develop skills in advocacy and understanding of development finance, and are keen to join a global network of people speaking out for global justice.

Eligible Countries: Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC, Ghana, South Africa, Zambia and Egypt.

Sounds like you? Here’s what to expect: 

  • Training to develop skills and knowledge in advocacy, African and global politics and media
  • Joining a group of 100 Champions and a ONE Global Activists network across Europe, Africa and the US
  • Opportunities to represent ONE at events and meet with decision makers
  • Dedicated support to carry out creative and impactful community actions in support of ONE’s advocacy work

This role is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to gain more experience in international development or who wants to develop their skills in bringing about change.

How to apply? 

Before you apply, please read our ONE Champions information sheet and FAQ for more details about the programme.


WE Empower UN SDG Challenge

Launched by the UN Secretary General, President of the World Bank and the Council of Women World Leaders at the UN General Assembly in 2018, the WE (women entrepreneurs) Empower UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Challenge is the first-of-its-kind global competition for women social entrepreneurs who are advancing the UN SDGs and inspiring entire communities to create the world we want by 2030.

The opportunity recognizes their innovative work and provides Awardees with capacity-building training sessions and opportunities to connect with an unparalleled global network to advance their enterprises. This program elevates and showcases the valuable contribution women social entrepreneurs and business leaders can make toward the SDGs and solving the world’s greatest challenges.


  • You must identify as a woman entrepreneur.
  • You must have lead decision-making ability within your entity.
  • Your business or organization must have been in operation for at least three years as of August 1, 2024.
  • You must employ at least three full-time employees or full-time equivalents.
  • Your business or organization must generate a minimum of $75,000 USD in annual revenue. For nonprofit organizations, revenue may comprise donations, grants, and funds raised through various fundraising activities.
  • You must be professionally proficient in English.
  • You must be at least 21 years old by August 1, 2024.
  • You must be available to travel to New York, NY, and participate in all events from September 22 - September 29, 2024, and if necessary, able to participate in a virtual program from August through December 2024.


Applications are open from 12:01 AM United States Eastern Time on Monday, March 11, 2024, through 11:59 PM United States Eastern Time on Friday, April 12, 2024.



Apply Now for the Bellagio Center Residency Program 2025!

What does the Program Offer?

Selected residents will have the opportunity to spend up to four weeks at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy. They will receive room and board, including a private studio for working, and become part of a shared community of up to 15 scholars, artists, and practitioners from around the world. Travel funding is available for those with financial need, and residents will have the chance to join an international network of Bellagio Center alumni.

Projects and Themes:

We are currently accepting applications for the 2025 Bellagio residency, with a focus on two particular themes: Addressing Climate Change and Building Vibrant, Connected, and Resilient Societies. Under these themes, we are seeking leading thinkers and organizations working on solutions to climate change and challenges related to building resilient societies.

How to Apply:

Applications are open now until April 25, 2024. Interested candidates can apply through our website by submitting an application and going through a competitive review process.

PAID Internship -Become a Programs Intern Sub-Saharan Africa for Girl Up(6 months)

Girl Up Africa is seeking four (4) interns to join the programs departmentThis form is designed to collect essential information from applicants. Please complete all sections to the best of your ability.

Girl Up is a girl-centered leadership development initiative working to advance gender justice worldwide. We believe that when girls and women are in positions of leadership, they work to create a more just and equitable world for everyone. Founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010, Girl Up operates a global network of regional affiliates and serves 200,000 girls in 152 countries.


The Programs Interns will,

  • Work under the supervision of and in tandem with Girl Up staff
  • Welcome and support the organizing, advocacy, and fundraising efforts of new and existing Girl Up Clubs, Campuses, and Coalitions in your region
  • Support and/or represent Girl Up in meetings with schools, partners, or other organizations
  • Attend monthly virtual trainings and bi-monthly virtual check-ins with Girl Up staff
  • Respond to all communications and requests from Girl Up staff in a timely manner
  • Plan and execute events, projects, and meetings benefitting your region’s Girl Up community
  • Submit ongoing reports summarizing your activities and achievements
  • Activate at least 5 girl up clubs within your region
  • Sign and always adhere to the UN Foundation’s Youth Protection Policy and Girl Up’s Safety & Security Guidelines.


  • This application is open to identified females.
  • Stipend will be provided for this internship opportunity.
  • The deadline for submission is March 14, 2024.

We look forward to learning more about you and your interest in contributing to Girl Up’s mission! Learn more about Girl Up Africa www.girlup.org/sub-saharan-africa