We have compiled below a list of opportunities that are open to Africans worldwide. Some of the top fully-funded global opportunities include academic fellowships, internships, jobs, incubation and immersion programmes for entrepreneurs, competitions and their likes. These openings have varying degrees of funding and cut across many disciplines. This list will be updated constantly because it is in-exhaustible.

1. TWAS─Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Award 2020

The World Academy of Sciences invites applications for the TWAS─Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Award in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: June 30, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

2. IsDB-TWAS Joint Research and Technology Transfer Grant 2020

TWAS and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) are offering a competitive grant for research collaboration toward the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: June 4, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

3. ITU Innovation Challenges Global Open Competition for Ecosystem Builders 2020

The International Telecommunications Union offers the ITU innovation challenges, a global open competition platform for innovators and ecosystem builders in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: July 31, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

4. Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition for Documentaries 2020

The Third Coast International Audio Festival invites entries for the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: May 25, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

5. Southern Africa Innovation Support BoostUp Programme 2020

The Southern Africa Innovation Support(SAIS) invites applications from entrepreneurs and Startups for the 2020 BoostUP. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: May 31, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

6. National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists 2020

National Geographic Society invites applications for a COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists worldwide in 2020. Worth of Award: The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–8,000 USD. Deadline: This call for proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted until further notice. Click here for more details and to apply. 

7. MIT SOLVE Challenges for Entrepreneurs Worldwide 2020(Win Share in $1.5 million)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology SOLVE in the USA invites applications from entrepreneurs worldwide for the Solver Challenges in 2020. Worth of Award: It covers more than $1.5 million in prize funding for the 2020 Challenges. Deadline: June 18, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

8. iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE Worldwide(win a share of EUR 100,000)

iF Design in Germany invites applications from entrepreneurs worldwide for the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE in 2020. Worth of Award: You can win a share of EUR 100,000 in prize money. Deadline: May 27, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

9. MIT SOLVE Elevator Prize for Community Impactors 2020 (Win US$300,000)

MIT SOLVE invites applications from for leaders, innovators, activists, and risk-takers who are impacting their community for the 2020 Elevator Prize. Worth of Award: This scholarship includes a minimum prize of US$300,000 spread over two years, with potential for additional funding. Deadline: June 29, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

10. She Leads Africa Accelerator for Women-led Startups Programme in Nigeria 2020

She Leads Africa invites applications from early-stage, women-led startups in Nigeria for the 2020 digital accelerator programme. Worth of Award: 3 months of intensive training on business and operational skills, access to a private community of high achieving founders, monthly virtual support group meetings, etc. Deadline: June 20, 2020, at 11:59 pm WAT. Click here for more details and to apply. 

11. MIT SOLVE Good Jobs and Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology SOLVE in the USA invites applications from entrepreneurs worldwide for the Good Jobs and Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge in 2020. Worth of Award: All solutions selected for Solve’s five current Global Challenges will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve. Deadline: June 18, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

12. MIT SOLVE Learning for Girls and Women Challenge in USA 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology SOLVE in the USA invites applications from entrepreneurs worldwide for the Learning for Girls and Women Challenge in 2020. Worth of Award: All solutions selected for Solve’s five current Global Challenges will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve. Deadline: June 18, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

13. Fully Funded International Mathematical Union CDC Abel Visiting Scholar Program 2020

The International Mathematical Union in collaboration with the CDC is inviting applications for the Abel Visiting Scholar Program for the 2020/2021 academic year from mathematicians professionally based in developing countries to visit an international research collaborator for a period of one month. Deadline: Application closes December 31st, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

14. MIT SOLVE Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge 2020 (Win Share in $1.5 million)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology SOLVE in the USA invites applications from entrepreneurs worldwide for the Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge in 2020. Worth of Award: All solutions selected for Solve’s five current Global Challenges will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve. Deadline: June 18, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

15. MIT SOLVE Sustainable Food Systems Challenge 2020(Win Share in $1.5 million)

Another of the top fully-funded global opportunities comes from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology SOLVE in the USA. It invites applications from entrepreneurs worldwide for the Food Systems Challenge Challenge in 2020. Worth of Award: All solutions selected for Solve’s five current Global Challenges will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve. Deadline: June 18, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

16. Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Programme in the USA for High School Teachers 2020

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) in the USA is inviting applications for the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Programme, General Pedagogy track in 2020. Worth of Award: Approximately 170 fellowships to international secondary school teachers from around the world to participate in a six-week non-degree, non-credit academic Programme at a U.S. university. Deadline: Applications are ongoing. Click here for more details and to apply.

17. SheBegan International Scholarship Programme for Women in USA 2020 (All Expenses Paid)

SheBegan Women’s Magazine in the USA is inviting applications for the International Scholarship Programme for Women in 2020. Worth of Award: Health insurance in sponsorship with Sunlife insurance company, Expense on Return flight: US$1600 (Once per anum), Undergraduate degree sponsorship: US$18,000, Master’s/first professional degree sponsorship: US$28,000, Doctoral degree sponsorship: US$26,000. Deadline: The deadline for the selection of the first batch is April 20, 2020, and the deadline for the second batch is June 30, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply

18. DAAD Re-invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders in 2020

DAAD grants open for applications to students, academics and scientists to carry out research and continue their education in Germany in 2020. Worth of Award: Monthly payments of 2,000 euros for assistant teachers, assistant professors and lecturers 2,150 euros for professors. Deadline: October 31, for research stays starting from April
April 1, for Research, stays starting from August. Click here for more details and to apply.

19. Keystone Symposia Scholarship for Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in USA 2020

Keystone Symposia in the USA is offering one of the top fully-funded global opportunities. It is inviting applications for the Scholarship for Students and Postdoctoral Fellows for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills scholarships in 2020. Worth of Award: Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to 1,200USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows. Click here for more details and to apply

20. Pulitzer Center International Reporting Grants for Journalists in USA 2020

Pulitzer Center in the USA is inviting applications for the International Reporting Grants for freelance and staff journalists as well as assignment editors in 2020. Worth of Award: Awards cover reporting costs and are based on reasonable, detailed budgets.Deadline: Applications are ongoing. Click here for more details and to apply

21. Fully-Funded BIM Africa Student Advocacy Programme in Africa 2020

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Africa is inviting applications for the Fully-funded BIM Africa Student Advocacy Programme in 2020. Worth of Award: Advocates of top rank universities would have the opportunity to attend a fully-funded BIM (or Construction related) conference outside their country of study. Deadline: Application is ongoing. Click here for more details and to apply

22. IHS Discussion Colloquia for Graduate Students at Institute for Humane Studies in USA 2020

The Institute for Humane Studies(IHS) in the USA invites applications for the IHS Discussion Colloquia for graduate students in 2020. Worth of Award: IHS provides accepted participants with all meals and shared housing accommodations for the duration of the seminar, based on dual-occupancy with another participant of the same gender. Deadline: Applications are ongoing. Click here for more details and to apply

23. Young Africa Entrepreneurs (YES) Cohort 3 Pre-application in Kenya 2020

Through the Young Africa Entrepreneurs (YES) in Kenya, students get to benefit from one top fully-funded global opportunities. It is inviting pre-applications for the Cohort 3 programme to hold from July to December 2020. Worth of Award: At the end of the 6-months program, 3 fellows will be selected to immediately receive up to 15,000 USD in grants, which is zero-equity funding. Deadline: Applications are ongoing. Click here for more details and to apply

24. Royal Commonwealth Society Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition in UK 2020

The Royal Commonwealth Society in the UK invites applications for the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition to increase youth movement across the Commonwealth and the ongoing climate crisis in 2020. Worth of Award: Past prizes have included certificates, resources for winner’s school, visits to Cambridge University, a trip to London and a week of activities, work experience at international organizations, and having your entry featured in worldwide media. RCS regional and branch offices often hold ceremonies or offer prizes. Please contact your nearest RCS branch after the, to inquire about any activities planned. Deadline: Application close 5 pm (GMT) on June 30, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply

25. NED Grants Programme in the USA for Media Entrepreneurs Worldwide 2020 (Win $50,000 )

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in the USA invites proposals for the NED Grants Programme for projects that advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions in 2020. Worth of Award: NED Grants Programme amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around $50,000. Deadline: Proposal Submission Deadline March 27, 2020, & June 19, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting June 19, 2020, & September 11, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply

26. Peter Drucker Challenge Award for Young Professionals Worldwide 2020

Still on the list of top fully-funded global opportunities is the Peter Drucker Society Europe (PDSE). It invites applications for the Peter Drucker Challenge Award 2020 in Austria open to students and young professionals from all around the world. Worth of Award: You can win a € 1.500 prize, reimbursement of your travel and accommodation costs to attend the Drucker Forum in Vienna, Austria, and a 1-year all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review, depending on how your essay places. Deadline: May 24, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

27. Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism for Journalists in London 2020

The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) is now accepting submissions for its 18th annual awards in international journalism in 2020. Worth of Award: Each award is for $5,000 and will be presented at a prestigious ceremony in London in late September 2020. Deadline: May 31, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

28. Gray Matters Capital coLABS for Social Enterprises in USA 2020(Access up to $250,000)

Gray Matters Capital in the US is inviting applications from early-stage social enterprises for a revenue share investment of up to  $250,000 in 2020. Worth of Award: They provide revenue-share investment capital and seek a healthy return on investment within 3-5 years of investment. Deadline: Application for Prescreen is still ongoing and on a rolling basis. Click here for more details and to apply.

29. Orange Social Venture Prize for Africa and Middle East 2020

The Orange Entrepreneur Club is currently offering one of the top fully funded global opportunities. It is inviting applications for the Orange Social Venture Prize for Africa and the Middle East in 2020. Worth of Award: Various Awards. Deadline: June 05, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

30. Zayed Sustainability Prize for Global Sustainability Pioneers in UAE 2020 (US$3 Million)

Abu Dhabi Government in the United Arab Emirates invites applications for the Zayed Sustainability Prize to reward Pioneers of Global Sustainability in 2020. Worth of Award: Various Awards. Deadline: May 27, 2020, 6:00 PM EST. Click here for more details and to apply.

31. Shark Tank of Wellness Student Global Competition in Israel 2020(Win a Share of $10,000)

The Global Wellness Summit invites applications for the Shark Tank of Wellness Student Global Competition in 2020. Worth of Award: full funding. Deadline: May 31, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

32. FLTA Programme for Nigerians to Teach Yoruba or Hausa in USA 2020

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Abuja is also offering one of the top fully funded global opportunities. It invites applications from qualified Nigerians wishing to teach Hausa or Yoruba languages and cultures to American students in U.S. universities and colleges in 2020. Worth of Award: full funding. Deadline: June 1, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

33. Funding Call for contributions in African Health and Agricultural Development in 2020

Africa-China Reporting Project accepts application for the Call for contributions: African health and agricultural development in 2020. Worth of Award: Funding will be provided at market rates for editorial content production depending on the scope of the proposal from the applicant. The maximum amount available for a multi-part contribution is US$3,000. Deadline: Funding will be allocated on a rolling basis. Click here for more details and to apply.

Top fully funded global opportunities provide international students profound opportunities to make their mark in different sectors of the economy. 

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