Do you desire to expand your knowledge in a field but not ready for a four-year academic course and gain hands-on experience? The following fellowship opportunities for African students are open for applications. Note that this list is inexhaustible; it is subject to updates.

1. NDC Financing Fellowship Programme at Frankfurt School in Germany 2020

The Frankfurt School of Finance and Management offers the NDC Financing Fellowship Programme Germany in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: July 31, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

2. Global EdTech Startup Awards for Entrepreneurs Worldwide 2020

The Global EdTech Startup Awards (GESAwards) is the world’s largest EdTech startup competition. Initiated by MindCET (Israel), GESA was co-founded by the Open Education Challenge (EU) and EdTech UK in 2014. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: August 30, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

3. Make it In Africa D4Ag Training Programme for AgTech Start-ups 2020

Make it In Africa Initiative invites applications for the D4Ag Training Programme for AgTech Start-ups looking into integrating their product or service onto a digital platform in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: July 26, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

4. East African Photography Award for Visual Storytellers in Uganda 2020

The Uganda Press Photo Award is inviting applications for the East African Photography Award for Visual Storytellers in Uganda 2020. Worth of Award: Winner takes home Canon EOS RP with an EF 24-105mm lens and other prizes. Deadline: August 1, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

5. International Youth Math Challenge for Students Worldwide 2020

The International Youth Math Challenge invites applications for the international mathematics competition that enables students from all countries to prove their math skills and to unleash their creativity in 2020. This is one of the top fellowship opportunities for African students to explore. Worth of Award: The winners receive certificates and cash prizes worth over 700 USD. Deadline: Sunday 11. October 2020, 23:59 UTC+0. Click here for more details and to apply.

6. Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship for Scholars, Journalists in USA 2020

Wilson Center in the USA invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship for the 2019/20 academic year. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: October 1, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

7. AppsAfrica Innovation Awards for Tech Entrepreneurs in South Africa 2020

AppsAfrica invites applications for the 2020 innovation awards for African startups and businesses. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: October 16th, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

8. $60,000 Sony World Photo Awards for Professionals and Young Photographers 2020

The World Photography Organisation is accepting entries for its annual Sony World Photography Awards 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Professional competition: January 14, 2021, at 13.00 GMT. Open Competition: January 7, 2021, at 13.00 GMT. Youth competition: (December 31, 2020 13:00 GMT). Student Competition:  November 30, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

9. Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award for One Young World Summit in Germany 2021

One Young World is offering the Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award in the Summit holding in Munich, Germany, from 23–26 April 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: July 23, 2020, 9:00 am BST. Click here for more details and to apply.

10. CQI International Quality Awards to Reward Quality Worldwide in the UK 2020

The Chartered Quality Institute invites applications for the International Quality Awards to recognise and reward the contribution of quality professionals, teams and entire organisations across the globe in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: July 31, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

11. Defenders Coalition Human rights Defenders Award in Kenya 2020

The Working Group on Human Rights Defenders in Kenya, which brings together CSOs, the UN and development partners concerned with the protection of HRDs, offers the fifth edition of the HRD Awards on the 27th of November 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: This call CLOSES August 15, 2020, 11.59 P.M. Click here for more details and to apply.

12. Africa Research Excellence Fund Research Development Fellowship in 2020

The AREF Research Development Fellowship (RDF) Programme is open to support African researchers who are working on important challenges for human health in Africa in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: This call CLOSES at 12:00 hours (GMT) on September 23, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

13. TRACE-Alfred Friendly Investigative Reporting Fellowship in USA 2021

The Alfred Friendly Partners in the USA invites applications for the TRACE-Alfred Friendly Investigative Reporting Fellowship in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: September 16, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

14. The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships in the USA for Journalists from Developing Countries 2020

Alfred Friendly Press Partners in the USA invites applications for the 2020 general fellowships open to professional journalists from developing countries. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: August 31, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

15. Radcliffe Institute Fellowship for Scientists and Journalists Worldwide in USA 2021

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Havard University in the USA invites applications from exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists for the 2021 fellowships. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 10, 2022. The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is October 1, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

16. Access Bank Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Competition in Nigeria 2020

Access Bank Plc in Nigeria invites applications for its Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Africa in 2020, a capacity-building initiative which will provide financial grants as well as mini-MBA training. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: August 10, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

17. NED Reagan Fascell Fellowship Programme for Africans in USA 2021

The National Endowment for Democracy invites applications for the 2021/2022 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Programme. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications are due by October 1, 2020, and letters of recommendation are due by October 8, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

18. Fetisov Journalism Awards for Outstanding Reporting Worldwide 2020

Fetisov Charitable Foundation invites applications for the Journalism Award for outstanding journalists from all over the world in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: August 1st, 2020 (23:59 UTC). Click here for more details and to apply.

19. MegaCities-ShortDocs Citizen Film Festival in France 2020(Fully-funded)

The Edition 6 of the MegaCities-ShortDocs Citizen Film Festival in France, in 2020 is open officially for applications from filmmakers worldwide. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: October 15th 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

20. Centre for Democracy and Development Fellowships in Nigeria 2020

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Nigeria is currently accepting fellowship applications for 2021-2022 session. Expectedly, this is one of the top fellowship opportunities for African students to explore. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: They accept applications on a rolling basis. They aim to respond to complete applications within 4 weeks. Click here for more details and to apply.

21. World Future Energy Summit Climate Innovations Exchange for Startups in UAE 2021

World Future Energy Summit offers the CLIX – the Climate Innovations Exchange for startups all over the world as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in 2021. This is one of the top fellowship opportunities for African students to explore. Worth of Award: Full funding.Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: September 11, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply.

22. World Bank Group Mission Billion Challenge 2020(win US$150,000)

The World Bank Group is offering the Mission Billion Challenge for Innovation to Strengthen Inclusion and Empower the ‘Invisible Billion’ in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Submission Period begins on May 27, 2020, at 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) and ends on August 14, 2020, at 11:59 PM EDT (the “Challenge Submission Period”). Click here for more details and to apply.

23. Soraya Salti Social Impact Scholarship for INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme 2020

INSEAD offers the Soraya Salti Social Impact Scholarship for the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme in Singapore 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: They use a rolling admission process to ensure that we have a balanced and diverse group of high-calibre participants. Applicants will be notified by email within two weeks of each round of admissions. Click here for more details and to apply.

24. African Fact-Checking Awards for Journalists in Africa 2020(Win $3000)

Africa Check, a project of the AFP Foundation, invites Journalists from Africa to send in entries for the African Fact-Checking Awards 2020. In a similar vein, this is one of the top fellowship opportunities for African students to explore. Worth of Award: The winner of the award for the best fact-checking report by a working journalist will get a prize of $3,000, while the runner-up will be awarded $1,500. Similarly, the winner of the award for the best fact-checking report by a student journalist will get a prize of $2,000, and the runner-up $1,000. Deadline: July 22, 2020, at midnight GMT. Click here for more details and to apply.

25. Moral Ecology Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers at the University of Virginia in USA 2020

The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia invites applications for the Moral Ecology Fellowships position of Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Colloquy of Culture & Formation in 2020-2021. Worth of Award: Fully Funded. Deadline: Applications and expression of interests are ongoing. Click here for more details and to apply.

26. ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation One-Year Sub-specialty Fellowships 2020

The Internationational Council of Opthalmology in the USA and the Fred Hollows Foundation is offering the ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation One-Year Sub-specialty Fellowships 2020. Worth of Award: Fully Funded. Deadline: September 30, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

27. ICO-Retina Research Foundation One-Year Helmerich Fellowships 2020

The International Council of Opthalmology is currently offering the ICO-Retina Research Foundation Helmerich Fellowships in 2020. Worth of Award: Fully Funded. Deadline: September 30, 2020. Click here for more details and to apply. 

The aforementioned fellowship opportunities for international/ African students provides a good variety to choose from. Learn within a shorter period and gain hands-on experience while you’re at it.

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