Opportunities Weekly: Interswitch Internship 2018, Chevening UK Scholarship and More


Opportunities for African students

It’s another week of golden opportunities and we have plenty of them for your grasp.

Meanwhile, how has your week been? Hope lectures is not driving you crazy?

And congratulations to all the amazing students graduating this week. There are special opportunities for students in this categories and others. Check them out.

The YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship 2019


September 12, 2018, | Application opens

October 10, 2018, | Application closes

Who is eligible to apply?

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

Are between the ages of 25 and 35 on or before the application deadline, 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.

Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Nigeria and some other African countries.

Are not alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

For more information, visit the official website of the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

Interswitch Group Internship Programme 2018 for Young Software Engineers

Deadline: Sept 21, 2018

This opportunity is for young, talented and innovative software Engineers.

Interswitch is a Pan-African Integrated Payment company, founded in Nigeria but committed to Africa. We contribute to Africa by facilitating intuitive forms of exchange of value across cultures.

Application Process

Send your resume to gst_careers@interswitchgroup.com with the subject Software Intern before the Deadline.

Chevening UK Government Scholarship Programme 2019/2020

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Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.

Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world.

Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders and influencers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

Applications open on 6 August 2018, closes 6 November 2018.

Apply via your country page here

For more information, visit the official page of the Chevening UK Scholarship Programme

Google News Initiate (GNI) Youtube Innovation Funding 2018 For News Organizations (Up To $250,000

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Funding that is designed to enable innovation in video journalism. Through this program, they will provide selected news organizations around the world with grants to support building stronger video capabilities and innovating with video formats.

Best practices gained from this program will be shared publicly, providing all newsrooms with the opportunity to learn and apply insights as they work together to support the development of long-term, sustainable video businesses.


Grant size will vary based on the application details and may be valued up to approximately $250,000 USD.


Eligible projects must come from publishers, broadcasters, agencies, video creators and production companies that aim to produce news content that is factual, informative, and trustworthy. Collaborations amongst applicants are welcome.

Eligible projects must demonstrate a scrupulous approach to journalistic practices including but not limited to news-gathering, fact-checking, objectivity, balance and ethics.

Eligible projects must focus on building capabilities to create video programming focused on topical news, current affairs and politics in formats that follow YouTube best practices and/or demonstrate a strategy to develop new formats to grow an engaged audience.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate at least a basic level of video production and operations expertise and manage at least one YouTube channel with a minimum of 50,000 subscribers.


They will accept applications from organizations headquartered in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greater China, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Vietnam.


Capability building: Grants should be used to build more sustainable video operations rather than a specific piece or pieces of content. For example, the grant might be used to enhance production facilities, train staff on video best practices or grow teams that will enable your organization to develop that great news format optimized for online video.

Funding should not be used for outsourcing production or licensing content wholesale from third-parties.

Content category: Grants should be used to facilitate the creation of news video, topical news, current affairs and politics.

They are not looking for proposals geared to facilitate the creation of non-video, non-news or verticalized news content e.g. celebrity, sports, technology news. Where rights permit, the video output should be made available globally.

Funding model: Grant size will vary based on the application details and may be valued up to approximately $250,000 USD.

As the application process moves forward, they will work with you to determine the appropriate grant size based on the proposal.

They are looking for proposals where the news organization is equally invested in the success of the project, demonstrating a commitment to building out capabilities.

As such, successful applications will include co-resource investment, which may include staffing or production resources.

Ecosystem sharing: Successful applicants should be willing to showcase the projects and learnings that result from innovation funding, including the publishing of public case studies to be shared with news organizations around the world.

Selection Criteria

Eligible projects will be evaluated primarily against the following criteria:

Innovation: Preferred projects will demonstrate an innovative component and involve or promote the production of original journalism.

Sustainability: Preferred projects will demonstrate a plan for long-term sustainability.

Method of Application

In order to assess applications, they will need information such as:

Company information including headquarters location, URL, number of employees, number of journalists employed

Project description

Project budget and amount of funding requested for all costs associated with the project including where relevant, but not limited to, production team, on-screen contributors and talent, equipment, post-production, graphics, music and music licensing, news footage/archive sourcing and clearance, fact-checking, direct production travel, location/studio, insurance, health and safety and legal costs.

All required information is included in the application form.

Application deadline is October 12, 2018, at 23.59 PST. No applications will be accepted after this date. Successful applicants will be notified by December 1, 2018.

Click Here to Apply.

For more information, visit the Official Website

Application Deadline: October 12, 2018

See previous opportunities: Here

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