APPLY: MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development

logoMINDS offers scholarships to Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries. Through tailored leadership development activities, the MINDS Scholarship Program aims to nurture leaders who have a continental development mindset; leaders who will facilitate greater cohesion and cooperation between African countries.

MINDS scholarships are applicable to full-time studies of a one or two year Honors or Master’s degree at one of the MINDS preferred institutions (listed below). MINDS does not prescribe the course to be studied.

The scholarship will cover some or all of the expenses below, depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded:

  • Tuition,
  •  Accommodation and meals,
  • One return ticket per duration of studies,
  • A fixed stipend.

Individuals with a Pan-African outlook, demonstrated leadership ability and an excellent academic record who wish to study on the African continent, outside their home country are invited to apply for the scholarships.

Eligibility Criteria

MINDS scholarships are awarded to meritorious applicants following a rigorous selection process.  To be considered for a MINDS scholarship, you must:

  • Be a national of an African country, residing in any African country;
  • Have been formally accepted by one or more MINDS preferred institution/s to pursue postgraduate studies within the following year; (Click here to have the full List of Preferred Institutions)
  • Have obtained at least 70% in each subject/ course in the last two completed years of study;
  • Produce evidence of demonstrated leadership abilities or potential guided by the questions/ requirements set out in the application form;
  • Submit a complete online application form (see below) with the required supporting documentation.

Applying for a MINDS Scholarship

MINDS is currently receiving applications from students who commence their studies in 2017. Interested individuals are invited to submit applications as soon as they receive official acceptance from a MINDS preferred university at which they wish to study. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you can submit your application by clicking on the link below. Please have the following documents scanned, saved and ready for uploading. All documents uploaded must be in PDF format. Each attachment  should not exceed 2MB  in size.

  • A copy of the data/ bio page of your passport.
  • A certified academic transcript/ results slip of the last two years of study.
  • A copy of the official acceptance letter from the university. The letter must:
  • Be addressed to the applicant.
  • State the degree which the applicant has been accepted to study.
  • State the academic year at which the degree will commence.
  • State the duration of the course (e.g. one year).
  • A copy of a valid study permit or visa OR proof of application.
  • A detailed CV/ Resume of not more than four (4) single sided pages.
  • Two reference letters (of not more than 3 pages each) addressing the applicant’s demonstration of integrity, their competency and/or potential as a leader and their commitment to the development of the African continent.


Source: MINDS Website

#AddYourVoice : Define priorities for Youth Development in Africa, in 1 min!

The African Union’s theme for the year 2017 is ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth’.

A Demographic Dividend Road Map was developed with the purpose of highlighting the work that needs to be achieved in four pillars:
1. Employment & Entrepreneurship
2. Education & Skills Development
3. Health & Well-being
4. Rights, Governance & Youth Empowerment

In this regard, the African Union Youth Division is kindly requesting that Youth take the lead of this exercice by filling out this short questionnaire in LESS THAN 1 min! Your submissions will enable the African Union Commission to align its activities and programmes around what YOU, the African youth, consider as priorities in 2017 and beyond.

Click here to fill the form

Call for submissions – Get a chance to attend the African Union’s Heads of States Summit in January 2017!

This year, the continent of Africa will be commemorating the Africa Youth Day on November 1st, under the theme: “Promoting youth mainstreaming as a catalyst towards harnessing the demographic dividend.”

ayd-16Africa Youth Day is a day set aside every year to promote the increased recognition of youth as key agents of social change, economic growth and sustainable development in all areas of African Society. It is an occasion to celebrate the youth on the continent, opportunity to contribute and channel youth motivation, energy and creativity towards the achievement of the African agenda. All young people contribute to shaping society to lead it towards political, social and economic renewal.

The purpose of this day is also, to contribute and channel the youth voices, energy and idealism to reinforce the efforts towards the achievement of sustainable development in Africa. The chosen theme will nest on and magnify the preamble to the African Union 2017 theme of the year on “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in the youth.” This theme seeks to extend reflection, actions and initiatives towards reaping this demographic transition. As part of the continent-wide celebrations, the African Union Commission will be marking this day by launching the Youth Mainstreaming Guideline.

This is a call for submission in the form of an abstract/write-up, artistic impression, video, blog around the following four thematic pillars of the demographic dividend road-map:

  • Pillar 1: Employment and Entrepreneurship
  • Pillar 2: Education and Skills Development
  • Pillar 3: Health and Wellbeing
  • Pillar 4: Rights, Governance and Youth Empowerment.

Selected entries will be invited to partake in the 2017 January Heads of States Summit. Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

What and how to submit: Write-ups should be no more than 1000 words. Support your work by sending further evidence such as pictures and/or videos and nomination/recommendation letters.

Kindly note that only high resolution photos and videos will be accepted. Send links to big files (Videos/photos/blogs etc.). Include the following information as part of your submission: Name of your project or your organisation and country or region your work affect, your age and sex. Send your entries directly to: with the “AU Youth Day 2016” in the subject line.

The deadline for submissions is 25 October, 2015.

The African Union Commission further encourages young people and youth organisation across the continent to host activities in their communities and share these events with us to document and upscale where possible to a continental audience. Such activities may include engaging in dialogues on youth participation in decision making processes, showcasing talents among others. This is in a bid to ensure that African youth are at the forefront and continue to strive for their ownership in Africa’s development agenda.

Download the Concept Note here, send you work to the African Union Youth Division and you could be selected to join the celebration in Addis Ababa for the 28th AU Summit in January 2017! Good Luck!

Source: African Union Youth Division Website

Call for Applications: Residential School 2017 – Governance for Development in Africa Initiative


The Mo Ibrahim Foundation in association with SOAS and the Centre of African Studies-University of London is organizing a one-week Residential School in March 2017 (location and exact dates tbc) on the topic of ‘Governance and Development in Africa’.

The annual residential school on governance and development is part of the Governance for Development in Africa programme that we at SOAS run in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

This initiative aims to contribute to and stimulate debate on governance, development, and the relationship between them. About 20 participants from a range of African countries, and representative of the academic, civil society and government sectors, are selected each year to take part in the residential school. Participants will gain, through this training, new ideas and knowledge on the broad issue of governance and development. Applications are now open to and selected participants will come from a wide range of backgrounds.

Criteria: Applicants should have at least a MSc degree in areas related to Governance or 5 years professional experiences in fields relevant to the theme of Governance and Development in Africa. The official language of the School is English.

All costs for successful applicants, including economy flights, visa costs, accommodation and meals will be covered. No per diem.

Application process: Applications should include:

  1. 2 page max CV (including email address for correspondence)
  2. One reference letter (can be emailed directly by referee to
  3. Proposal of max 1000 words outlining research interest and/or professional background and how the applicant will benefit from attending the Residential School.

To be sent electronically to

 Deadline for applications: 15 December 2016

Detailed information, video recordings and participant profiles can be found on the website 

Source: SOAS Website

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Skills Development Forum (YEES-Forum) 2016

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The African Union Commission in collaboration with ECOWAS, the National Agency for the Promotion of Youth Employment in Senegal and YALI are pleased to announce a call for applications to the Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Skills Development Forum (YEES-Forum). The forum aims at bringing young African entrepreneurs to learn, network, share experiences and good practices, motivate each other and showcase their businesses and thereby be an inspiration to one another. The YEES forum is scheduled to be held from the 5th of October to the 7th of October in Dakar Senegal. This forum targets the Francophone Countries and follows the inaugural forum that was held in Kenya in 2014 targeting Anglophone Countries.
The YEES forum is driven by the realisation that interventions focused on linkages will improve the value chain by enabling the flow of critical services through embedded arrangements. In addition to peer to peer linkages, these interventions shall also focus on linking regional competitive youth entrepreneurs to industry champions thus addressing some of the challenges faced by young people, particularly women in business and providing a platform for peer learning. The forum aims to attract entrepreneurs with scalable businesses who are currently employers of labour and are interested in working towards a better Africa.

Participants at the forum will benefit from:

  • Improved business development skills through practical workshops;
  • Collaborative learning and sharing of experiences to increase success rates for business start-ups among young entrepreneurs;
  • Opportunity to identify successful business men or women to act as Mentors for young entrepreneurs;
  • Opportunities to engage with young entrepreneurs in dynamic sectors of the emerging intra-Africa trade including extractives and agri-business.

        The program will include:

  • Training: Training sessions on core business development including building a sustainable financial structure and personal development. The sessions will also introduce participants to various mentoring techniques as well as new tools for effective mentoring;
  • Exhibition: This exhibition will give opportunity to young entrepreneurs to showcase their products and explore new market opportunities. Business development service providers will also be invited to proffer advice to the young entrepreneurs,
  • Field Visits: Participants visit a successful enterprise owned by young entrepreneurs in the host country. This is expected to inspire the participants and serve as successful models for their own enterprise development and management,
  • Experience Sharing: Key business organizations and leaders will be identified to facilitate the forum. The regional entrepreneurship development platform to be established shall provide back stopping for experience sharing, mentoring and business development services.

Date and Venue: The YEES Forum will take place from 5th to 7th of October 2016 in Dakar Senegal.

Theme: ‘Enhancing partnerships for 21st Century Skills: youth as job creators, not job seekers.’

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to Citizens of African Francophone Countries;
  • African youth between the ages of 15 and 35. Women are strongly encouraged to apply;
  • Must be able to speak and work in at least one AU working language (English, French, Arabic or Portuguese).

Participation Cost: Young entrepreneurs can sponsor themselves to this workshop and there is also a limited number of scholarships available to entrepreneurs. Please indicate if you will be interested in sponsorship while applying.

Interested participants are therefore requested to express their interest in participating in this forum by applying via the following link: on the 12 September 2016 by 11:59pm (EAT).

For further information please contact:

Ms. Diana Diallo | Department of Human Resources Science and Technology | African Union Commission | Email:

Mr. Nicholas Ouma | Department of Human Resources Science and Technology | African Union Commission | Email: 

Facebook: @africa.youth
Twitter: @AUYouthProgram

ZAYRAH Africa: Call for PIONEERS!

17747_517165498352116_656722182_nZAYRAH Africa is a volunteer-involving Youth development Agency, created in March 2012 with aim to alleviate poverty amongst young people in Africa by promoting good governance that advance Africa development Agenda. More specifically, ZAYRAH Africa conducts programs based on and advocacy around the provisions enshrined in various regional policies, treaties and protocols that promote Youth rights (and human at large), Youth empowerment and their full participation into the continent development. Headquartered in South Africa, ZAYRAH has expanded its programs and activities to Tunisia, Benin and is currently working towards establishing offices in Kenya and Mozambique as part of its institutional development strategy. Since its inception, ZAYRAH has expanded to Benin and Tunisia where programs have being implemented using youth empowerment tool such as volunteerism and active citizenship to foster governance and youth participation in the countries development.

As part of its 2013-2016 strategic plan, ZAYRAH Africa will, by end of this year 2016 open its last 2 offices: 1 in Nairobi to cover, spearhead and coordinate activities in the 18 African English speaking countries and 1 in Mozambique for the 6 Lusophone countries (Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Angola and Equatorial Guinea). As ZAYRAH is working on its new strategic plan 2017-2020 and in transition to a new leadership, the organisation is calling for few volunteers to join its team.


  • Two (02) Digital Youth experts Online Youth Volunteer to help in the marketing, branding and web design to (re)built ZAYRAH Africa’s website.
  • Three (03) ZAYRAH Officers (Youth volunteers) to work for ZAYRAH in Nairobi, Kenya Office to spearhead, coordinate and implement programs and advocacy strategies in the constituency.
  • Three (03) ZAYRAH Officers (Youth volunteers) to work for ZAYRAH in Maputo, Mozambique to spearhead, coordinate and implement programs and advocacy strategies in African Lusophone countries.

 For what?: Under the supervision of the Institutional Development Manager and ultimate direction of the Executive Director, The Country Officers (4) of each new office will coordinate activities in their jurisdiction, will participate in the Board of Directors’ meeting and advise on programs to implement annually in their scope of work area. The Head of Offices will lead a team of 3 plus volunteers for their programs, will spearhead the advocacy and programs, and lead everyday activities. The Country Officers, as pioneers will be to (1) ensure that their entities are legally registered in accordance to their home country’s policies, by end of December 2016; (2) conduct a short research on Youth development policy in their country. The online Volunteers (2) are to help ZAYRAH build a new, smart, friendly-usable and interactive website as well as design new branding materials. The online volunteers will work from October 15th to December 15th.

Profile of candidates?

  • Dynamic Students/recent graduates or any young African aged between 24 – 29,
  • No previous experience is mandatory, as ZAYRAH Africa seeks to empower its members on the learning-by-doing basis,
  • Interested in volunteerism and willing to build career in international development with focus on human security and/or human rights;
  • Team player with a global mindset, culturally sensitive with values of integrity, active participation.
  • Creative, Passionate about and willing to create sustainable future for generations to come through a sustainable organization that works for and with young people to help achieve Agenda 2063 vision,
  • Available to work 10 hours per week on ZAYRAH’s programs / activities,
  • Knowledge of African Union policies and previous experience in any youth organization are desirable.
  • Knowledge and ability to work in English is preferable.

When and how?: Interested candidates are to apply by August 28th. Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted for interviews scheduled to take place early September 2016. Final decision will be made by end of September and new team members will be expected to assume duty on October 15th (for everyone), after an e-meeting is convened by the Board of Directors to welcome newbies. Non-selected applicants might be given priority to volunteer on program/project of their interest, sanctioned by a certificate of end of service. TO APPLY CLICK HERE

Contact Information:

Go and like ZAYRAH Africa Facebook page : For more queries, please drop and email to Mr. Octavio Diogo, ZAYRAH’s Institutional Development Manager, , or

Apply Now: African Union Volunteers – 7th Cohort Recruitment (2016)

(The author of this blog is sharing this opportunity because he is an AUYVC Alumnus. Read his experience here)

yvc-new-smallThe African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa. The program aims to deepen the status of young people in Africa as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the AU Vision of ‘the Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Continent driven by its citizens. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.

Young African Professionals are recruited to serve for a period of 12 months as AU Volunteers in an AU Member States other than their own. The next intake of volunteers for deployment in 2017 will be 02nd – 22nd August 2016.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants have to meet the following criteria:

  • Citizen of AU Member State or African Diaspora;
  • Age 18 – 33 years;
  • Has a post-secondary certified qualifications (TVET, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  • Available to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
  • Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
  • Is proficient in at least one official AU language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);
  • Has at least one year verifiable volunteering experience and one year professional work experience.

Eligible Fields of Qualification: For the next intake of AU Youth Volunteers, the following fields of qualification and expertise are required: Accounting, Agriculture, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Diverse Natural Science Fields, Economics, Education, Environmental Management, Human Resources Management, Human rights, International relations, Journalism, Law, Political Science, Gender studies, Space Science, Statistics, Translation/Interpretation.

Application Process:

  1. Register on the AU-YVC Database (
  2. Read carefully the information on the website
  3. Build Your Profile
  4. Attach the following:
    • Scanned copy of identity page on your passport
    • Highest qualification degree
    • Letter of Recommendation
  5. Submit application (latest by 22nd August 2016 midnight Addis Ababa time – GMT+3)

 *Late applications and applications that do not contain all requested documents will not be considered. *THOSE WHO HAD APPLIED BEFORE ARE REQUESTED TO RE-APPLY.

Recruitment Process:

  • 23rd August – eligibility Check;
  • 15th September: Successful applicants will be notified;
  • 15th October – 01st November: AU-YVC pre-deployment training;
  • 2017: Deployment of trained volunteers.

Volunteer Entitlements:  For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission and partners will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training and cost of their deployment. On deployment, the African Union Youth Volunteers receive the following:

  • Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment
  • A modest monthly stipend
  • Health insurance cover
  • Separation allowance on successful completion of twelve months

More Information: For more information, please contact Ms Prudence Ngwenya (Head of Youth Division); Mr Daniel Adugna (AU-YVC Program Manager)  ,,