Top 20 Yearly International Fellowships/Scholarships Opportunities for African Women

To celebrate International Women’s Day, OpportunitiesForAfricans.com presents a list of top 20 yearly International Scholarships and Fellowships for Women.

 

  1. MILEAD [Moremi Initiative Leadership Empowerment and Development] Fellowship Program for Young African Women

The MILEAD Fellows Program is a long-term leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and thrive in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole.

The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them address issues facing women and girls across communities in Africa.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Moremi Initiative Leadership Empowerment and Development

2. International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation’s Fellowship Programme

Application Deadline: June 1st 2015

Applications are invited for the International Women’s Forum Fellows Program for emerging women leaders for executive development programs worldwide. The fellowship program offers creative and multi-disciplinary training for a total of 20 days at  Harvard Business School and INSEAD campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi (UAE).

In addition to their leadership training, each fellow is matched with an IWF member who serves as her mentor and coach during the program year, a chance for the fellows to garner personal insights and advice from women at the top of their fields

Visit the Official Webpage of the International Women’s Forum

3.   Anita Borg Systers Pass-It-On (PIO) Awards for Female Technologist ( $1000.00 USD)

The Anita Borg Systers Pass-It-On (PIO) Awards honor Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of  women technologists helping one another. The cash awards, funded by donations from the Systers Online Community and others, are intended as means for women established in technological fields to support women seeking their place in the fields of technology.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Anita Borg Systers Pass-It-On (PIO) Awards

4. UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality was launched in 2009 to accelerate implementation of gender equality commitments worldwide. It is the organization’s leading global grant mechanism and multi-donor Fund dedicated to rights-based programming in the two overlapping thematic areas of Women’s Economic and Political Empowerment.

Visit the Official Webpage of the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality

5. Cartier Women’s Initiative Award for Female Entrepreneurs (US $ 20 000 of funding)

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women’s Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards aim to encourage the most vulnerable category of entrepreneurs in their most vulnerable phase: women entrepreneurs starting up.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

6. Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women

WAAW foundation’s annual scholarship initiative is aimed at supporting need based African female STEM-focused college education.

WAAW Foundation awards annual scholarships to students who demonstrate need and prove their status as full time students in a STEM related course in an African University. Recipients will become WAAW Ambassadors in their respective communities.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women

7. African Women in Agricultural Research and Development Fellowships.

The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development Fellowships (AWARD) is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through two-year fellowships.

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development

8. Graça Machel Scholarship for African Women

 we award this scholarship on an annual basis.  

Canon Collins Trust in partnership with the Graça Machel Trust, invites applications for the Graça Machel scholarships for women on a yearly basis, for postgraduate study in South Africa in 2015. Funding will be provided  for up to a maximum of one year for Honours, two years for Masters and three years for PhD.

Continued funding will depend on satisfactory progress and academic reports. The scholarship covers full tuition fees, a stipend towards living costs, and a travel allowance.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Graça Machel Scholarship for African Women

9. Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship Grants for Women in Science.

The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide.

The long-term goal of the program is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing academic careers in STEM disciplines thus contributing to the socio-economic development of their home countries and regions.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship

10. Magaret McNamara Memorial Fund for students from developing countries

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) awards grants to women from developing and middle-income countries to further their education and strengthen the professional and leadership skills they need to improve the lives of women and children.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Magaret McNamara Memorial Fund

11. AAUW International Fellowships for Women to study in the United States of America.

Every year, The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awards fellowships and grants to more than 200 women. The program provides support for one year of graduate or postgraduate study in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Visit the Official Webpage of the AAUW International Fellowships for Women

12.   Google Anita Borg Memorial EMEA Scholarship for Female Students
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Europe, the Middle East and Africa aims to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders in this field.

In her honor, Google is proud to honor Anita’s memory and support women in technology with the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Google hopes to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. Google Anita Borg Scholarship recipients will each receive a financial award for the academic year.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Google Anita Borg Memorial EMEA Scholarship

13. Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship Program (fully Funded)

The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. This program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies.

Women who are interested in this scholarship must apply during first year of graduate studies. Scholarships are granted by Microsoft Research at the discretion of Microsoft.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship Program

14.  FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship Program, Canada ( US$10,000)

FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship Program. The goal is to encourage and support outstanding women in the field of finance, particularly relating to the use of derivatives in capital markets and/or financial risk management, and give them an opportunity to cultivate their skills and knowledge.

The scholarship is open to women of any age and citizenship who are studying Finance in a graduate-level program.

Visit the Official Webpage of the FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship Program,

15. TechWomen Emerging Leaders Program for women in Technology to study in the USA (Fully Funded)

TechWomen empowers, connects, and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities.

TechWomen is an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Visit the Official Webpage of the TechWomen Emerging Leaders Program for women in Technology

16.  Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Prize for Women’s Contribution to Development

The Islamic Development Bank established the IDB Prize for Women’s Contribution to Development in 2006 to draw international attention to the vital role women play in developing their communities and the world.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Prize for Women’s Contribution to Development

17. Women In Business Competition (Business Plan Competition for Female Entrepreneurs)

The Women in Business Challenge – an initiative of ING and BiD Network – is a competition open to women entrepreneurs in emerging countries. Since its creation in 2009, Women in Business has provided support, coaching, visibility and finance to over 800 women heading businesses in emerging markets. 20 finalists have been supported and coached, 5 of whom have been awarded as laureates.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Women In Business Competition

18. She Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme for Young Emerging Women Social Entrepreneurs, Sweden.

She Entrepreneurs is a leadership programme for young emerging women social entrepreneurs in the Middle East, North Africa and Sweden. The programme aims to give the participants innovative tools for sustainable change while seeking to create an active network of women change-makers.

She Entrepreneurs runs for one year, with participants meeting for ten days in Sweden and one week in the MENA region. In between the modules, the participants work on their own initiative locally, coached by group mentors over digital platforms.

Visit the Official Webpage of the She Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme

19. Vital Voices GROW Fellowship Program for Female Entrepreneurs

Vital Voices identifies high potential yet underserved women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are on the cusp of growth as the “missing middle” in the global economy. Based on its experience with women business owners around the world, Vital Voices has launched the VV GROW Fellowship Program, a one-year competitive program to support growth-oriented women business owners to take their businesses and leadership to the next level.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Vital Voices GROW Fellowship Program

20. Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Postgraduate fellowships for female scientists.

Postgraduate fellowships are offered to female scientists by the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South. The Fellowship is offered to women scientists to pursue postgraduate research in a field of the natural sciences.

The OWSD fellowship is awarded to women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to pursue a PhD at a centre of excellence in the South in a field of the natural sciences.

Visit the Official Webpage of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Postgraduate fellowships

 

 

 

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. This is a very useful list – thank you so much. We will certainly post on our website and send to our 4,000+ members.
    Please also note that the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) has been giving PhD fellowships to young women scientists from sub-Saharan Africa since 1997. We give 50 or more fully funded fellowships each year and the women can choose an appropriate institute in another developing country (this could be in another country in Africa, or China, or India, or Brazil for example). We would be very happy to give you more information about this programme. Please contact fellowships@owsd.net or consult our website http://www.owsd.net (in the process of being upgraded). The call for applications opens this year on April 1 2015 and closes on 31 May 2015.

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