Opportunities This Week: 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (£5,000) & More

You are welcome to explore this week’s great opportunities. Feel free to browse through the opportunities and apply where needed.

Facebook Fellowship Program 2020 (Receive $37K Grant & Visit Facebook HQ)

Applications for the 2020 Facebook Fellowship program are now open.

The Facebook Fellowship Program is designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering at an accredited university.

The program is open to students in any year of their PhD study and supports talented students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups. Applications are evaluated based on the strength of the student’s research statement, publication record and recommendation letters.

Winners of the Fellowship are entitled to receive two years of tuition and fees paid, a stipend of $37,000 each year and up to $5,000 in conference travel support.


Tuition and fees paid for the academic year (up to two years/four semesters)

$37K grant (one-time payment during each academic year)

Up to $5,000 in conference travel support

Paid visit to Facebook headquarters to for the annual Fellowship Summit


To be eligible:

Applicants must be full-time PhD students currently involved in on-going research who are enrolled in an accredited university in any country

Students’ work must be related to one or more relevant disciplines (see research areas below)

Students must be enrolled during the academic year(s) the Fellowship is awarded

Eligible Regions:

Open for All.

Deadline: October 5th, 2019

To apply, click here

World Youth Forum 2019 in Egypt (Fully Funded)

Applications are now open for the World Youth Forum 2019 in Egypt!

World Youth Forum is a platform built by promising youth. It sends a message of peace, prosperity, harmony, and progress to the entire world. It engages youth from around the globe in an enriching set-up, allowing them to exchange views and recommend initiatives to decision-makers and influential figures.African youths attending a forum

The forum is a chance for you to engage with top policymakers, network with promising youth from the region and the world that are determined to make our world a better place for everyone.

The forum was first held in November 2017 where it engaged youth globally in an enriching set-up, allowing them to exchange views and recommend initiatives to decision-makers and influential figures.

Since then, it has become a chance for youth to engage with top policymakers, network with promising youth from the region and the world that are determined to make our world a better place for everyone.

The Forum is attended by a wide range of participants, including and not limited to heads of states and government, international young leaders, inspiring youth in various fields, prominent international figures and youth groups from around the world.

The forum is open to all youth of all nations that believe in their power of making changes and aim to become influential within their communities. If you are interested, please apply as per the instructions. It has a main annual event held in Sharm El-Sheikh, in addition to multiple other events throughout the year.

Location: Egypt


Round from your nearest EgyptAir hub, are FULLY FUNDED by World Youth Forum, including the domestic flights within Egypt.

Accommodation during the event is FULLY FUNDED by the World Youth Forum.

Hotel transportation is provided from and to the airport.

World Youth Forum offers you a variety of options to allow you to seize the upmost level of experience during your participation throughout the year.

You can attend the events as An Attendee, A Speaker, A Model participant, A Workshop participant and many more depending on the event.


Open to dedicated promising youth with a real passion to solve a problem and come up with initiatives for a better world.

Young leaders who have personal, professional and educational experience related to the event-discussed topics.

All nationalities are welcome to apply, however, please note that some events will be restricted only to specific regions given the topic discussed.

Registration on the website gives you the chance to apply to attend multiple events throughout the year. However, registration does not necessarily guarantee your attendance as this depends on a number of factors:

Number of applicants received

Qualifications of the applicants and their relation to the theme of the event.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Deadline: November 10, 2019

Click here to apply:

2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Win £5,000)

Registrations are now open for the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize!

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories are written in the original Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish.

If the winning story is in translation, the translator receives additional prize money. The competition is free to enter. Please read the rules below before entering, and then submit your story via this form.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation. It is run by Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation.

The prize covers the Commonwealth regions of 1. Africa, 2. Asia, 3. Canada and Europe, 4. Caribbean and 5. Pacific. The international judging panel comprises one judge from each of the five regions. Please note that while the entries will be judged regionally, all judges will read and deliberate on entries from all regions.

The final selection will be judged by an international judging panel; experienced readers will assist the named judges in selecting the long list.

Location: Online


  • There will be five winners, one from each region.
  • One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner.
  • The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000
  • The remaining four regional winners will receive £2,500.
  • If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money.


  • Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country – please see Section 5 for the list of Commonwealth countries – or stateless persons currently residing in a Commonwealth country.
  • The Commonwealth Foundation will request verification of citizenship status before winners are selected. Entries from citizens of non-Commonwealth countries are not eligible.
  • For regional purposes, entries will be judged by country of citizenship. Where the writer has dual citizenship (of two Commonwealth countries), the entry will be judged in the region where the writer is permanently resident.
  • There is no requirement for the writer to have current residence in a Commonwealth country, providing that they are a citizen of a Commonwealth country.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or over on 1 November 2019.
  • All entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Commonwealth Foundation which will exercise its judgement, in consultation with the prize chair, in ruling on questions of eligibility. The ruling of the chair on questions of eligibility is final, and no further correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entries from previous overall winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize are not eligible. Entries from previous regional winners are eligible.
  • Entries from current members of staff at the Commonwealth Foundation are not eligible.
  • Entries must be unpublished and remain unpublished in any language until 1 May 2020.

Entry Rules

Entries, including those in translation, must be made by the original author.

Entries will only be accepted via the online entry form.

The deadline for receipt of entries is 1 November 2019 (11.59pm in any time zone).

Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

The story must be the entrant’s own work.

The story must be original work and should not have been published anywhere, in full or in part, in any language, before 1 May 2020. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.

Entries previously submitted to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize are not eligible.

Entries should be submitted in English, with the following exceptions: entries from Commonwealth citizens who write in Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish and who do not have an English translation of their story, may submit their stories in the original language.

English translations of short stories written in other languages are eligible if submitted by the writer (not the translator) and provided that the translator is also a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

Simultaneous submissions are eligible as long as the entrant informs the Commonwealth Writers immediately should the story be accepted for publication elsewhere or be selected for a prize.

Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 5,000 words maximum (not including the title).

Entries should be uploaded in a PDF document. Please save your document as a PDF and use the title of the story as the file name. Please note that the story must not be saved as ‘Commonwealth Story’, ‘Short Story’ or any other generic title.

If it is not possible to save the entry as a PDF document, it may be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document, with the file name in the same format as above. The first page should include the name of the story and the number of words.

The author’s details should be included on the entry form. They must not be given anywhere on the uploaded document.

All entries are judged anonymously.

Where applicable, the translator’s details should be included on the entry form.

All entries should be submitted in Arial 12-point font and double line spacing. All pages should be numbered and include a header with the title of the story.

There are no restrictions on setting, genre or theme.

The story should be adult fiction and must not have been written for children alone.

Entrants agree as a condition of entry that the prize organisers may publicise the fact that a story has been entered or shortlisted for the Prize.

Worldwide copyright of each story remains with the writer. Commonwealth Writers will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning stories (the overall winning story and the four regional winning stories) in an anthology and for promotional purposes.

The overall and regional winners will be expected to take part in publicity activities including social media where possible.

The overall and regional winners will be expected to undertake a mutually acceptable programme of regional outreach activities to develop and promote Commonwealth Writers.


Open to Nigeria and other regions.

Visit their official website to apply

Check Previous opportunities still open here


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