Monthly Archives: January 2014

Call for submissions: 2014 Future News Competition for Young Journalists

Do you want to be the next Jeremy Paxman? Do you have your eye on Christiane Amanpour’s job? Does journalism excite you? Then have we got news for you!

Enter the Future News Competition for a chance to win a fully funded place on an international conference for aspiring young journalists, taking place right here in the UK, in the city of Glasgow.

All you have to do is show us your writing skills…..

Future News, a three-day event starting on 14 April 2014 (100 days before the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games starts!)  will bring together 300 young people from 14 countries across the Commonwealth to:

  • learn key reporting skills from established media and journalism professionals
  • network with the best from the world of media and journalism, and with other aspiring journalists from across the UK and the Commonwealth
  • have the opportunity to participate in news reporting of the Commonwealth games
  • build up your writing portfolio to support your CV.

Your fully-funded place includes accommodation and subsistence. Future News 2014 takes place in Glasgow’s amazing Mitchell Library from 14-16 April 2014.


Are you 16-19?

Are you resident in the UK?

This means you are eligible to enter the competition.

Enter by writing and submitting an essay or a piece of reportage of no more than 500 words answering the question:

‘Who is your hero who inspires you to achieve?’


All entrants need to be able to commit to a 3 day attendance at the full conference and be able to travel to Glasgow.

All entries should be submitted by email via:

The subject of the email should state ‘Future News Competition Entry’

As part of entries each entrant should state in the email:

• Full Name

• Date of Birth

• Home Address

• Contact Telephone Number

• Email Address

Final competition entries should be submitted by Monday 10 February 2014, no later than 5pm.

Only one submission per applicant will be accepted and late entries will not be considered by judges. Future News is aimed at would-be journalists who have not yet entered higher or further education.


All successful entrants will be informed be email by no later than 21 February 2014.

For more information: Future News Competition

Call for Application: Advanced Policy Advocacy & Engagement Training Course for CSOs

WACSI Nex Generation Internship Programme

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) welcomes your application to participate in the Advanced Training in Policy Advocacy and Engagement for civil society actors and policymakers in West Africa. The training aims to develop the capacity of civil society actors in West Africa to effectively engage a broad range of stakeholders to influence policy-making processes of regional governments. This training will provide participants with requisite tools to help civil society organisations (CSOs) hold governments accountable and promote their development agendas. Participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills to produce evidence-based policy papers and to develop and implement policy advocacy campaigns. The course will contribute towards enhancing the role of civil society as an indispensable partner in the promotion of good governance, democracy, peacebuilding and participatory development processes.

Goal: The overarching goal of the training is to build the advocacy capacity of participants and deepen their knowledge and skills in policy engagement, influencing and advocacy, and share best strategies and approaches for required policy influencing in all stages of policy processes in West Africa.

What to expect: This course will help to:

• Enhance participants’ knowledge of public policy networks and processes;

• Enhance participants’ ability to write and use evidence-based and targeted policy papers;

• Build insight into the process of planning an effective policy advocacy campaign;

• Increase participants’ understanding of the policy environment in West Africa and potential entry points; and

• Provide a platform for civil society actors across the region to form advocacy networks and build alliances.

Previous Participants Say…

“This training provided me with skills to write policy studies and briefs. This is a gap that must be closed in the West Africa sub region”. Rev. Fr Evaristus Bassey, Executive Secretary at Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigéria.

Registration deadline: 22 Aug 2014 — Training date: 09 Sep 2014 to 12 Sep 2014

For more, visit

How to apply? Apply online, using the following link…

Application Deadline: Friday August 22, 2014. Contribution Fee: GHS800.00 (Eight Hundred Ghana Cedis) only, payable before September 1, 2014 to be eligible to participate in the training. Two or more participants from thesame organisation will attract a GHS50 discount each.

For more information, please contact

Call for Entries: The BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition 2014

International Radio Playwriting Competition 2013The BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition in partnership with the British Council. Now in its 24th year, the competition has some exciting additions!

There are two first prizes – the best radio play by a writer with English as their first language and the best by a writer with English as their second language. The overall winners will each receive £2000 sterling and a trip to London to see their play being recorded for broadcast on BBC World Service.

We are very happy to run this year’s competition in partnership with Commonwealth Writers again and to welcome our co-producers – The Open University. This has allowed us to introduce another prize – the Georgi Markov prize for the most promising script.

The playwriting competition welcomes scripts from anyone living outside the UK, whether established or new, and encourages writers to use the immense power and accessibility of the medium of radio drama – to tell your story, use your imagination and have your “voice” heard. Reading your plays – and hearing the winning plays on air – is a unique way of hearing what’s happening around the world.

Prize: £2000 for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a first language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broardcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.

Prize: £2000 for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a second language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broardcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.

Do take the time to read the rules and tips below before you send your script.

Marion Nancarrow, Executive Producer, BBC Radio Drama

Neil Webb, Director, Theatre and Dance, British Council

The competition is now open for entries and the closing date is midnight GMT on the 31st January 2014.

To enter, click here

Call for applications:The Open Society Fellowships 2014

The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations. Among these are human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.


Full-time fellows will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be prorated for part-time fellows. The stipend does not necessarily equal the applicant’s current salary. In certain cases, fellows will receive additional financial support to enable them to meet the residency expectation. In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive a project budget. That budget may include expenses such as travel (including airfare and hotel), visa costs, part-time research assistance, conference fees and health insurance.

Fellows are expected to take full advantage of the foundations’ expansive reach and work to bring new people and fresh ideas into the organization’s ambit. Successful projects should push the boundaries of current thinking and carry lessons that can be applied to a variety of settings. Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; innovative public-education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues.

Interested applicants should first download and carefully review the fellowship guidelines HERE and program Frequently Asked Questions HERE


The Open Society Fellowship accepts proposals from anywhere in the world. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject and a track record of professional accomplishment.

Past and current fellows have included journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields. Successful applicants will be eager to exploit the many resources offered by the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with our global network. Ideal fellows are specialists who can see beyond the parochialisms of their field and possess the tenacity to complete a project of exceptional merit. Proficiency in spoken English is required.

The fellowship DOES NOT fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research. This is a fellowship for individuals only; proposals from two or more applicants will not be accepted.

Applicants who are uncertain whether their topic fits within the foundations’ focus areas are invited to submit a brief letter of inquiry, accompanied by a CV, before proceeding with the online application process. That letter of inquiry should be addressed to


Proposals received by February 3, 2014, will be evaluated by June 1, 2014. The following deadline will be August 4, 2014, for evaluation later that year.


Applicants may submit a project proposal or other materials in a language other than English, as long as they also submit an English translation. Certified translations are strongly recommended. Once the initial information has been entered, applicants receive login details and an ID number that allows them to  make additions and revisions to the form until materials are submitted. The ID number should be quoted in any correspondence.

All interested applicants should complete the online application form HERE at and submit supporting materials for consideration. Please read the Tips for a Robust Proposal before applying. Applicants without Internet access may use the form HERE.

For more information: Open Society Fellowship

Call for Entries:United Nations Academic Impact Student Essay Contest 2014

The United Nations Academic Impact invites essay entries from University Students for its Essay Contest 2014.Winners are to participate in a 5 day International Youth Forum in New York and present their work at the United Nations Headquarters on June 25-29, 2014

Essay Topic:

The essay should relate to ideas of global citizenship and understanding and to the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. The essay should reflect your academic, cultural, and national context.

Eligibility Guidelines

  1. Full-time college or university students, 18 years of age or older, can participate in the contest.
  2. An authorized faculty member or university administrator must sponsor your participation in the contest by completing the form under the tab: Faculty/University Reference Form. The university representative must attest that you are a full time student and that you are going to submit an essay in an official language of the United Nations that is not your first language or language of instruction in your primary or secondary education.
  3. Once the reference has been received and confirmed, you will be sent an email with further instructions about how to enter the contest and upload your essay.

How to Enter

  1. Write your essay, according to the eligibility rules and guidelines.
  2. Show your essay to a Faculty Member or University Administrator who can attest to the fact that you have followed the contest rules. Have that Faculty Member or University Administrator complete the Reference Form in support of your participation in the contest.
  3. Once the Reference Form has been received and verified by Many Languages, One World, you will receive further information, and a link where you can complete your application and upload your essay to the contest website.
  4. Complete your application form. Be sure to include your national identity card number or passport number showing your name as it appears on your passport or official documents. Do not submit your photo.
  5. Upload your essay to the contest website.

Selection Process

  1. Step 1: A language specialist will read and score your essay according to a scoring rubric. After February 21 deadline all essays will be scored and the best essays will be passed to the next stage of the competition.
  2. Step 2: These Finalists will be invited to complete a personal interview regarding their essay. This interview will be conducted at a location in your city and you must submit your photo identification. You will be asked a series of questions and your answers will be videotaped. You must sign a waiver allowing the judges to use the videotape to select Finalists. If a local interview cannot be organized, you will be interviewed online using SKYPE.
  3. Step 3: The essays and video tapes will be reviewed by a panel of international judges based on the scoring of Step 1 and Step 2, which include written and spoken language proficiency and the originality and quality of thought in your essay and interview.

Contest Rules:

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with ELS Educational Services, Inc., (ELS) invites students, 18 years of age or older, who are enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college or university, to participate in an essay contest on the theme “Many Languages, One World.”

The essay should relate to ideas of global citizenship and understanding and to the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. Entries of up to 2000 words in length must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the entrant’s first language or language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education. The official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Entries must be uploaded to the website by February 21, 2014. An institutional representative will have to attest that the entrant is a student of the institution, in good standing, and that the essay is in an official language of the United Nations that is not the entrant’s first language or language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education and is the original, unaided work of the entrant.

A panel of judges will decide upon a total of sixty student winners of the competition—10 in each of the six languages. The winners will be invited to New York in 2014 to participate in a series of events between June 25 and June 29, 2014. These events will include a Global Youth Forum on the 10 principles of the United Nations Academic Impact, multilingualism and global citizenship at the United Nations Headquarters, preceded by a preparatory students’ conference. Sightseeing and recreation will also be arranged by ELS.

All winners will be given certificates of participation by ELS, signifying they have won the Student Essay Contest arranged in cooperation with the United Nations Academic Impact.

ELS will pay for roundtrip economy class fares in carriers of its choosing between the commercial airport nearest the winner’s home city and New York, and be responsible for the winner’s travel, room and meals from their arrival on June 25th until their departure on June 29th, 2014. No extensions of stay or early arrivals will be possible. Winners are responsible for all documentation relating to their journey, including passports and visas and the costs related to these, as well as appropriate medical insurance for their journey and stay in the United States.

It is your responsibility to obtain a passport and visa to enter the USA. You will be required to comply with the rules and regulations of participation in the event. Your e- ticket will only be issued to you after we receive copies of your passport and a signed copy of your acceptance of the terms and conditions of participation.

Essay Submission Deadline: February 21, 2014

For more information: ELS Website

Call for Registrations: i-Lead online leadership course by WAGGGS

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For more than 100 years Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has transformed the lives of
over 250 million girls and women across 145 countries. From today, the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting leadership experience will be freely available online to anyone over the age of 16.

i-Lead is our unique, experiential and interactive leadership course, provided through our award winning e-learning platform GLOW (Global learning online through WAGGGS).

The course takes participants through five progressively more challenging modules. Each module contains around seven 20 minute sessions which are self-directed and interactive and which can be done anytime, anywhere. Module 1, i-Discover, explores topics such as cross-cultural communication, emotional intelligence, leadership theory and motivation. Participants are invited to join discussion groups with other students on the course from around the world. Participants don’t have to be Girl Guides or Girl Scouts to take the course and they can sign up at any time.

i-Lead is part of The UPS Foundation and WAGGGS’ commitment to provide leadership opportunities to all. In a recent WAGGGS study among 600 young people worldwide, 70 per cent of respondents thought girls and women face more difficulties than boys and men in reaching positions of leadership where they live. 46 per cent believed that girls and young women are not rewarded in their study and work as equally as boys and young men in similar positions. At the same time, 85 per cent felt that Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting was where they had the most opportunities to learn and demonstrate leadership skills. WAGGGS wants to bring these leadership opportunities to more girls and young women using the latest technologies available.

i-Lead is split into five progressively more challenging modules. Each module contains seven 20 minute sessions which are self-directed and interactive and which can be done anytime, anywhere. You will learn about topics such as cross-cultural communication, emotional intelligence, leadership theory and motivation. Participants can join discussion groups with other students on the course from around the world. You do not have to be a Girl Guide or Girl Scout to take the course and you can sign up any time…

WAGGGS  e-learning courses provide participants with:

  • Extended opportunities with flexible access to learning
  • International discussions around core topics
  • Experiential learning with groups working together from around the world
  • Trained e-facilitators and buddies to support learning and online work
  • Interactive online materials
  • Accessible offline materials
  • A safe learning environment using technology tools and facilitators to protect users

Sign up for i-Lead in five easy steps…

  1. Visit
  2. Register your details for the i-Lead course
  3. Complete each of the seven 20 minute sessions of Module 1: i-Discover, whenever and wherever you want
  4. Join in international discussions with other participants doing the course
  5. Receive your badge and move on to Module 2

Five reasons why you should do the i-Lead course

  1. i-Lead offers you free, flexible and open access to a unique and international leadership course available online.
  2. The course has five modules, which become increasingly in-depth and challenging and support you to progress along a leadership journey
  3. The course is written by experts in global leadership and has been extensively tested with girls and young women around the world
  4. The course is delivered in small and manageable self-directed sessions which are interactive and which you can do as and when you want
  5. You will gain different perspectives from around the world by joining discussion groups with other participants doing the course

How do you qualify to join the programme?

·         You do not have to be a leader already, you may just be interested in developing your leadership skills

·         You do not have to be a Girl Guide or Girl Scout

·         You can be male or female

·         You must speak English, French or Spanish

·         You have to be 16 or over and have access to the internet

What you can expect at the end of the course? 

·         A greater understanding of leadership theory

·         Practical leadership skills you can utilize in your personal and professional development

·         A global perspective on leadership

·         Access to a global network of other participants who have completed the course

if you have any questions, please contact us at

For more information visit: Global Learning Online for WAGGGS

Call for Applications: 2014 Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the Graduate School of Social Sciences , University of Amsterdam, is an intensive four-week summer course, which focuses on the study of sexuality across cultures and is taught by an international faculty team.


The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society will provide students with a unique opportunity to explore the social and cultural dimensions of human sexuality, and to gain knowledge of cutting-edge research on sexuality as conceptualized and practised globally, pertaining to both theory and methodology.

Each year, the SI is comprised of a, multidisciplinary international faculty and student body from a range of social and cultural backgrounds, offering a rewarding and challenging learning experience.  Students engage with faculty and guest lecturers via a specialized program of course modules (twice daily), weekly get-togethers, and informal conversations during daily group lunches.  Students benefit from an exceptional networking opportunity through the sharing of experiences, works in progress, research plans and diverse perspectives.

As the host city for the SI, Amsterdam is an ideal location.  The open atmosphere and small scale of the city offers a refreshing setting for engagement and discussion of sexuality, culture and society.

Alumni Quotes

“The knowledge I walked away with was life-changing and priceless. Not only did I learn new information to take into my practice as a therapist, but I made international professional connections and friends.”

“In my country, we need more young people with fresh knowledge about how to deal with different groups of people. The course provides an in-depth insight into issues about sexuality, which should be an open and liberal discussion in my community.” 


The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society was founded in 1995.

The idea for the Summer Institute was sparked by a collaboration between Dutch and American scholars, during the conference Culture, Sexual Behavior, and AIDS in 1992 (see: ten Brummelhuis and Herdt, Culture and Sexual Risk, New York: Gordon & Breach 1995).

In 1995, the programme was offered for the first time through a cooperative effort between Han ten Brummelhuis of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Bill Leap of the American University in Washington and Gilbert Herdt from the University of Chicago. In 1997, the Summer Institute became part of the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Admission criteria: Minimum: completed Bachelor’s degree
with strong background

in related topics (sexuality,
anthropology, sociology).
Most candidates are enrolled
in a graduate or postgraduate
programme.  Professionals are also welcome.

Programme dates:  13 July-7  August 2014
Academic opening: Sunday 13 July (obligatory)
Housing dates: 11 July – 9 August 2014

Key Pickup: Friday 11 July

Academic Director: Diane di Mauro, PhD
Application due date: 1 April (rolling admissions)
Application fee: €25 (waived if submitted before 1 February)
Tuition fee: Non-credit €2350
Credit €2700
Housing fee: €600 (to be confirmed)

*No rights may be claimed from the information on the website.  All pertinent information will be sent via email to the students directly upon request or acceptance.*

For more information: Visit: University of Amsterdam

Call for applications: World Bank Course on Competitiveness and Corporate Social Responsibility



This course offers ways to address and better understand the basic concepts underlying competitiveness and corporate social responsibility (CSR). CSR is explored from the firm and nation state perspective, allowing for a consideration of the relative responsibilities and challenges of both the private and public sectors.

As a response to the recent global financial crisis, recession, and shifts in political and economic power across countries, governments and the private sector are rethinking the strategy behind their development and growth policies. The result is that countries and businesses are exploring ways to grow and sustain their level of productivity given extant resources. Improved competitiveness at the national, sub-national, and corporate level is seen as a key priority. At the same time, a growing number of countries and companies recognize the development and business benefits of socially and environmentally responsible policies and practices. Emerging evidence supports the idea that developing a long-term corporate strategy based on integrity and social values offers both business benefits to corporations and positive contributions to society.

The World Bank Institute offers the “Competitiveness and Corporate Social Responsibilities” course to explore both conventional and innovative policies, strategies, and actions associated with CSR. Course material offers theory and evidence that can help policymakers and business and civil society executives, through focused and systematic corporate social responsibility interventions, to positively influence national and corporate competitiveness. Also included are the complex dilemmas facing the private and public sectors as they increasingly represent multiple interests and a host of old and new stakeholders. The objective of this learning program is to provide participants with cutting edge perspectives, frameworks, and ideas on how a country or a firm can create and sustain a competitive advantage when demonstrating corporate social responsibility.

Dates: February 03, 2014 – February 28, 2014

Target Audience: Government officials; policymakers; business, development organizations, donor agencies, and civil society executives; and educator

Application deadline:January 27, 2014

Click here to Apply now

For more information: Visit: World Bank Institute

Call for Applications: The 2014 MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program for African Graduate Students

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

The University of California, Berkeley has partnered with The MasterCard Foundation in a collaborative, global network of education institutions and non-profit organizations that believe education is a catalyst for social and economic advancement. The Program aims to benefit 15,000 young people over 10 years, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The future of Africa will be shaped by its young people, including those talented, yet economically disadvantaged students who face significant barriers to accessing quality education. To harness the potential impact of this generation, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program provides next-generation leaders who are committed to the social and economic transformation of their continent with access to quality education by delivering comprehensive financial, social, and academic support throughout their secondary and university education and supports their transition to further study or to the workforce.

To this end,Michigan State University International Studies and Programs is inviting applications from Sub-Saharan Africa graduate students for MasterCard Foundation Scholars program 2014. The main objective of the scholarship program is to ensure that young people are equipped with the skills and competencies needed to spur economic growth and social development in their respective countries of origin.

The scholarship is  open to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree at an African university and are residents or citizens of an African country. Academically qualified, economically disadvantaged, young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent are highly encouraged to apply for MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.


The five main eligibility criteria are:

  • Being a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country – If you have refugee status, are stateless, or have other questions regarding your citizenship, you may still be eligible. Please contact us directly to clarify. This scholarship is not intended for citizens of North African countries.
  • Excelling academically – All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to UC Berkeley to be considered for the Scholarship. An important criteria for admission to the University is demonstrated academic excellence.
  • Coming from an economically disadvantaged background – We aim to admit those from the bottom two income quintiles per country. This Scholarship is designed for those extremely talented individuals who have no other means of acquiring the further education required to help realize their dreams and ambitions.
  • Having demonstrated the will to give back to your community, country, or continent – We are looking for well-rounded students who are engaged in activities beyond the classroom. Some may be directly related to your field of study, but this may also include other issues (social, economic, political) that you are working on and passionate about. Applicants should elaborate on their achievements both in their application to UC Berkeley, and then later on the Scholarship application.
  • Having expressed the desire and intention to return to your home country after completing your studies – We are looking for students who are engaged with and passionate about issues affecting their communities, and who will take advantage of their education at UC Berkeley to better equip themselves with the knowledge and training to address these issues upon return. While important work can be done from abroad, the intention of this Program is to enable Scholars to return home, after forming valuable professional connections through internship and job placement.

Deadline: February 3rd, 2014

For more information and application procedures: Visit UC Berkeley MasterCard Foundation Website

Call for Applications: First Euro-Africa Youth Parliament (EAYP) Conference in Germany

The Youth Bridge Foundation in collaboration with the European Youth Parliament invites young Africans to apply for The First Euro-Africa Youth Parliament (EAYP) will be held in Berlin, Germany from 27th March to 4th April 2014. This event is organized by the International Office of the EYP and the Youth Bridge Foundation (organizers of the annual African Youth and Governance Conference), Accra, Ghana. Over 100 young people from Africa and Europe will gather in the capital of Germany to discuss social, political and economic topics of global relevance and the future of Euro-African relations.

Discussions on the various conference topics will be led by committees that will be set up prior to the conference to conduct detailed research on their respective topics and present on them.

YBF is currently inviting interested Africans to apply for participation in the conference, either as committee chairs or committee members. Please click on links below to apply online or fill applications form and e-mail to, indicating position applied for in the subject line.

Committee Chairs (or Download form)

Committee Members (Participants) (Download form)

Deadline for application is 20:00GMT on 23rd January 2014. Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.