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Apply: YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship 2019

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2019, the Fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2018, Fellows represented a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Twenty-five Fellows identified as having a disability, and 51 percent of Fellows were women.

About the Fellowship

U.S.-based activities

Leadership Institutes: Each Mandela Washington Fellow takes part in a six-week Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university in one of three tracks: Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management. The intensive model includes linkages between academic sessions, site visits, professional networking opportunities, leadership training, community service, and organized cultural activities.

Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit: Following the academic component of the Fellowship, the Fellows visit Washington, D.C., for a Summit featuring networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Professional Development Experience: Seventy selected Fellows remain in the United States to participate in a four-week Professional Development Experience with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and governmental agencies that relate to their professional interests and goals. The PDE is designed to give Fellows practical training and the opportunity to learn transferable skills, expand their professional networks, and apply concepts learned at their Institutes to real-world situations in the U.S. context.

Africa-based activities

Upon returning to their home countries, Fellows continue to build the skills they have developed during their time in the United States through support from U.S. embassies, four Regional Leadership Centers, the YALI Network, and customized programming from USAID, the Department of State, and affiliated partners. Through these experiences, select Mandela Washington Fellows have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentoring, networking and training, and support for their ideas, businesses, and organizations. Fellows may also apply for their American partners to travel to Africa to continue project-based collaboration through the Reciprocal Exchange Component.

2019 Application Information

The 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship application is open September 12-October 10, 2018!

Timeline

September 12, 2018 – Application opens
October 10, 2018 – Application closes
December 2018 – February 2019 -Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates
Late March 2019 – Applicants are notified of their status
May 2019 – Visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations for finalists
Mid-June 2019 – Fellowship begins in the United States

Application and Selection Process

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by independent readers. Following this review, chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.

Eligibility

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants ages 21-24 will be considered.
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.
  • Are not employees or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. Government (including a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, USAID, and other U.S. Government entities).
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English. Applicants who are deaf should consult the Application Instructions for more information.

Selection criteria 

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

  • A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business, or civic engagement.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • Strong social and communication skills.
  • An energetic, positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, interest in, and professional experience in the preferred sector/track.
  • A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home.

For more Information and how to apply visit the webpage

Click here to submit your application

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) Fellowship Program 2018

ICC Fellowship for Young Leaders ($CAD 4,000 & Funded to Toronto, Canada). The ICC Fellowship provides a special opportunity for young leaders from around the world to make a change in their own community through the creation and implementation of projects on inclusion and citizenship. Launched in 2016 as the 6 Degrees Junior Fellowship, we have welcomed 22 fellows from 11 different countries into the program. These outstanding young people were chosen based on their dedication to fostering inclusion and building citizenship in their respective communities.

The newly renamed ICC Fellowship will run from September 2018 to May 2019. Select ICC Fellows will be invited to attend 6 Degrees Toronto in September 2019, based on their performance during the fellowship period.

Eligibility

  • The ICC Fellowship program is designed to support young leaders and is therefore open only to individuals under the age of 30 (born on or after September 24, 1988). As part of our commitment to inclusion, the ICC encourages applicants from all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, gender expressions, and marital statuses.
  • The ICC welcomes applicants working on inclusion and citizenship from all backgrounds and fields, including active community members, artists, academics, policymakers, educators, and corporate professionals.

Requirements

Each ICC Fellow will be required to:

    • Design, implement, and execute a project that advances inclusion and relates to the theme of “Technology and Citizenship”;
    • Attend ICC Fellowship and 6 Degrees events in Toronto from September 23 to 26, 2018;
    • Be an active member of the ICC community, participating in ICC events, and offering project support when possible;
    • Serve as ICC ambassadors in championing inclusion and active citizenship.
    • Participate in regular check-ins with ICC staff about the status of their project; and
    • Submit a final summary report on their project, detailing the results and impact.

     

Benefits

  • The ICC Fellowship provides young leaders the opportunity to connect with a larger network of individuals who are working to foster inclusive societies and promote active citizenship globally. It provides them with resources and support to run a project in their own communities.
  • Each ICC Fellow will receive a $4,000 (Canadian dollars) grant to support their project dedicated toward inclusion.
  • ICC Fellows will also participate in ICC Fellowship and 6 Degrees events in Toronto from September 23 to 26, 2018. (All travel and accommodation costs will be covered. ICC regret ICC is unable to cover other travel-related expenses, such as fees for passports and visas.)
  • ICC Fellows will also develop their leadership capacity in an environment that welcomes risk-taking, vulnerability, and innovation, and build their global professional network with peers who share their dedication to building inclusive societies and promoting active citizenshi

Application Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-04:00).

Click here to apply for the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) Fellowship Program

 

Apply: Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) Social Impact Fellowship 2018 for Social Entrepreneurs

The GLG Social Impact Fellowship leverages GLG’s learning platform to help top social entrepreneurs answer their organization’s critical strategic and operational questions, at no cost. Through the two-year Fellowship, ambitious and visionary nonprofit and social enterprise leaders learn in tailored interactions with experts across GLG’s membership and with each other.

Requirements:

  • Fellows are leaders with strong records and visions for their organizations. They have great teams and do something innovative that’s likely to scale. They are personally committed to learning, excited to grow professionally, and articulate ambitions for their organizations’ growth which GLG is positioned to support.

Benefits:

  • Each year of the Fellowship begins with an in-person convening at GLG’s offices in New York City or Austin. At the convening, Fellows learn how to use the GLG platform, meet the people of GLG and each other.
  • October 9–10 in the GLG New York office. Participation is mandatory and GLG will cover all associated expenses
Fellow Selection Criteria:
1. Nonprofit or social enterprises

GLG recognize that both nonprofit and market-based solutions make big impact in the world. A for-profit organization must be mission driven at the very core of its work. Typically, enterprise-operating budgets have been under $500,000/year. For-profit organizations will be asked to disclose ownership structures.

2. Funding
The operating budgets of our Fellow organizations have varied from $1M up to $15M. The most important consideration is that there is an established financial structure to support scale. While we recognize that funding is always a concern, GLG look for organizations
beyond the point at which funding is a critical barrier to growth.
3. At an inflection point and pursuing scale
GLG look for organizations no longer in early development stages and whose leadership is ready to pursue ambitious growth. These organizations have proven the concept of their impact, and implemented their program at initial sites. During the two-year fellowship, participating organizations will be scaling significantly and seeking expertise to build mature operations and informed strategy.
4. Average three to five years in operation
5. Employ a minimum of five full time staff
6. Established leadership supporting key strategic planning and execution
7. CEO/Founder committed to leading through the Fellowship
The Fellow must understand GLG’s value, can articulate use cases, and be open to GLG and our Council Members as thought partners. They must be relentlessly focused on impact, excited about learning, and open to feedback. This requires that they has developed a team and habits that allows for strategic thinking in pursuit organizational growth.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2018

For further information and to apply click here

 

British Council: Future Leaders Connect Programme

British Council is seeking applications for its Future Leaders Connect Programme with an aim to provide future leaders with skills and international networks which will improve their ability to make or influence policy changes, leading to long term impact on the social and economic development in their countries and beyond.

The project is being undertaken to support the development of future policy makers in key countries, aiming to help them become exceptional leaders. The Programme is run by the British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN, United Kingdom.

As a part of the programme, those who are selected will be required to travel to the UK from 22 October – 1 November 2018.

Benefits:

The costs of travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the British Council and the programme is fully accessible. For those who do not gain one of the exclusive places on the programme, applicants will be invited to be part of the Future Leaders Connect Community where applicants can access a range of free online professional development policy and leadership resources.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Programme is open to individuals of the participating countries who meet all the criteria listed below. The participating countries are: Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, UK and the USA.
    To meet the Eligibility Criteria, listed below, Participants must;
  • Be aged between 18 and 35 years old on the 13 May 2018.
  • Be able to speak English at IELTS level 6 or equivalent (Generally applicants have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings.
    Applicants can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.)
  • Hold a passport valid for at least 6 months from November 2018.
  • Be based in one of the participating countries. In this case, being ‘based in’ means that applicant currently live in this country at the time of applying and applicants have a long term commitment to that country. their policy vision for change needs to match the country applicants are applying from.
  • Be available to travel to the UK for 11 days around the time of 22 October and 1 November 2018.

Deadline: 13 May 2018

Click here to apply.

For more information, please visit webpage

Apply: Alibaba Group eFounders Fellowship 2018

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative. When Jack Ma visited Africa in 2017, he saw a continent facing many of the same challenges that Alibaba had managed to overcome in the last 15 years in China. eCommerce operations flanked by payments, logistics, tourism and big data platforms are starting to take shape and create value in unique markets across Africa and the rest of the developing world.

As a Special Advisor to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Jack recognized that by applying ideas from China’s most innovative businesses to their own ventures, participants will have the opportunity to innovate in their home countries. With this opportunity in mind, the eFounders Fellowship was created to find and empower 1000 platform builders who can leverage Alibaba’s experience in China.

Course Objectives

✓ Identify and select high-potential entrepreneurs who can become industry champions and builders of a new e-commerce ecosystem in their country;
✓ Empower the participants to not only apply the gained knowledge in their home countries but also mobilize and inspire others to embrace the new economy paradigm;
✓ Create a local community of e-commerce champions who can support one another and continue to nurture the development of their ecosystems to ensure a measurable and sustainable impact within their markets.

Application DeadlineMay 4th, 2018 (2pm China UTC+8)

Program ScheduleJune 19th – 29th, 2018

Location: Alibaba Xixi Campus – Hangzhou, China

Class Size: There will be 40 places available

Requirements:
• Under the age of 35;
• Entrepreneurs in the digital and technology space operating open platforms related to eCommerce, Logistics, Fintech, Big Data or Tourism;
• Authentic, open-minded and altruistic leaders of the new economy;
• At an inflection point in their careers;
• Looking to move from success to significance with integrity, vision and drive;
• Founders or co-founders of an officially registered digital technology venture in a country in Africa;
• Female entrepreneurs are strongly encouraged to apply.

The course will consist of a structured series of classroom workshops and lectures, site visits and a business hackathon and will primarily be held at Alibaba Group Headquarters in Hangzhou with site visits in other cities in China.

Upon completion of the course, participants are expected to make a commitment to share knowledge gained with their communities.

While the course tuition, accommodation and meals will be covered for selected candidates, participants will be expected to apply and pay for their visa application and travel to and from Hangzhou, China. A letter of support for a visa request will be provided by UNCTAD to facilitate the visa application process. Once in China, the Alibaba Group will arrange lodging and transportation during the course.

Deadline:  May 4th, 2018 at 2 p.m. China time (GMT+8)

To apply, click here

For further information visit the webpage
Should you have any questions, please write to unctadyouth@unctad.org .

International Youth Foundation YouthActionNet’s Laureate Global Fellowship for Young Social Entrepreneurs 2018

Deadline: March 6th, 2018

The Laureate Global Fellowship is a pioneering youth social entrepreneurship program working to redefine how young people lead change.

Launched in 2001, the fellowship invests annually in twenty extraordinary young leaders whose social ventures are transforming how age-old challenges are addressed in their communities and countries. Fellowship applicants earn their spot in this renowned cohort through a rigorous selection process including evaluation by a panel of peer leaders and executives from distinguished global institutions.

Sponsored by Laureate International Universities, the Laureate Global Fellowship is one of YouthActionNet’s 23 national/regional youth leadership institutions worldwide, whose fellows shape our network of nearly 1700 youth driving change in over 90 countries.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Young leaders ages 18-29 who have founded or co-founded social ventures with at least one year of impact are eligible to apply to the fellowship.
  • We encourage applications from youth representing all countries, genders, education levels, races, religions, and social impact areas. We believe the diversity of experiences across fellows in each cohort is a vital factor in shaping the open-minded learning community that’s central to our approach. Meet the 2017 class.
  • While measures of success such as existing impact, innovation, and community mobilization are important, we also consider applicants’ capacity for self-reflection and ability to contribute positively to a collaborative learning environment. Learn more about the qualities YouthActionNet looks for in young social entrepreneurs.

Benefits:

In-person Retreat

Laureate Global Fellows begin their fellowship experience at a week-long, in-person retreat where they are challenged to step away from the demands of daily work in order to see themselves, their work, and the world with new eyes.

During the retreat, Fellows develop their leadership through the following lenses:

  • Individual: Fellows explore their leadership capacities, strengths, and weaknesses, and define their sense of purpose.
  • Groups: Fellows learn how to collaborate effectively, work toward common goals, and motivate teams to high performance.
  • Ventures: Fellows critically examine their social change solutions and find ways to sustain their impact.
  • Systems:  Fellows consider how their work connects to larger systems and issues.

Retreat sessions are conducted using an experiential, peer-to-peer learning methodology that equips fellows with the necessary tools and frameworks to apply what they’ve learned

Yearlong Support:

Over the course of the fellowship year, fellows gain access to opportunities for needs-based personal and organizational development, including:

  • One-on-one coaching and individualized support
  • Virtual learning sessions
  • Personal and organizational assessments
  • Peer coaching groups

Fellowship for Life

Beyond the fellowship year, YouthActionNet provides fellows with learning and networking opportunities, facilitates access to resources, and helps position our fellows as credible experts in their fields. Fellows join our growing network of nearly 1700 changemakers in over 90 countries who have participated in YouthActionNet fellowship programs.

Timeline

APPLICATION OPENS – February 6th

  • Applicants must complete written and video portions of application, and supply two reference contacts

DEADLINE TO APPLY – March 6th

  • Applications must be submitted by March 6th, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT

APPLICANTS NOTIFIED OF STATUS – June 29th

  • All applicants will be notified of their status by mid-June 2018

LAUREATE GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND RETREAT – October 2018

  • Those selected as Laureate Global Fellows must attend the entirety of the training and fellowship retreat
  • Costs including airfair, visa fees, ground transportation, accomodations, and group meals are covered by the International Youth Foundation

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this opportunities, kindly visit the link below to apply:

Click here to apply for the Laureate Global Fellowship

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