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BlackBerry Targets Nigeria’s Best And Brightest Women In Scholars Program













BlackBerry is reaching out to women in Nigeria to urge them to apply for the new BlackBerry® Scholars Program,an initiative designed to inspire womenglobally to enter and develop careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Led by BlackBerry Global Creative Director, Alicia Keys, the BlackBerry Scholars program will offer ten full, four year university scholarships to outstanding female candidates. The BlackBerry Scholars Program is available to women in Nigeria and will provide scholarships to outstanding applicants who are seeking degrees at accredited local colleges and universities in the areas of STEM across Nigeria.

READ: BlackBerry To Launch STEM Innovation Camps For Students

“Women are underrepresented in fields of science and technology, and we feel strongly that it’s time to drive a change,” said BlackBerry Global Creative Director, Alicia Keys. “It’s important to connect the dots for young women in secondary school and university, and show them that careers in science and technology are within their reach. And when women do land these jobs, it’s vital they receive the mentoring and support they need to advance in their careers. I’m proud BlackBerry is demonstrating leadership in women’s education, both in school and in the workplace, and giving back to its most loyal users in such a profound way.”

Applications are now open to candidates in Nigeria, who are interested in the scholarship,and will close at 10pm Western African Time on June 26th, 2013. The scholars will be selected by a panel of inspirational and accomplished women, led by Alicia Keys, who will recruit candidates based on their academic merit and passion for entering the mobile computing industry.

READ: BlackBerry Jam Sessions Continue To Roll Out In Africa

This scholarship program is the first step in BlackBerry’s long-term commitment and multi-tiered strategy to engage young women at every step of their education from secondary school to university, and as they rise through their careers. As more than 55% of BlackBerry customers are women, BlackBerry aims to champion this generation of female leaders as they strive to achieve their ambitions in this highly competitive industry.

For those interested application is now open and will close at 10pm Western African Time on June 26, 2013. For more information about the program, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit You can also join the conversation on Twitter via the hashtag #BBScholars.


YouWin Women:accepting applications till October 28th!

What is YouWiN?

The Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme is a collaboration of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Communication Technology (CT), the Ministry of Youth Development and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development that will launch an annual Business Plan Competition (BPC) for aspiring young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, in line with the Federal Government’s drive to create more jobs for Nigerians. The programme will be implemented in partnership with Nigeria’s private sector, who will be requested to provide funding support.


Objectives of the Programme

The main objective of the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme is to generate jobs by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas that will lead to job creation. The programme will provide aspiring youth with a platform to showcase their business acumen, skills and aspirations to business leaders, investors and mentors in Nigeria.


Specific Objectives of the Programme include:

  • ·         Attract ideas and innovations from young entrepreneurial aspirants from Universities, Polytechnics, Technical colleges, and other post-Secondary institutions in Nigeria.
  • ·         Provide a one-time Equity grant for 1,200 selected aspiring entrepreneurs to start or expand their business concepts and mitigate start up risks.
  • ·         Generate 80,000 to 110,000 new jobs for currently unemployed Nigerian youth over the three years during which the three cycles will be implemented.
  • ·         Provide business training for up to 6,000 aspiring youth entrepreneurs spread across all geo-political zones in Nigeria.
  • ·         Encourage expansion, specialization and spin-offs of existing businesses in Nigeria.
  • ·         Enable young entrepreneurs to access a wide business professional network and improve their visibility.


Please Note!!!

  • ·         YouWiN is an equity contribution to your business. It is therefore NOT A LOAN but a grant.
  • ·         Award recipients will be paid according to the needs of the business and specific mile-stones stated in the business plan.
  • ·         Award recipients must be registered with CAC before disbursement of funds even though they do not need to be registered to apply. YouWiN will support the registration process.
  • ·         Award recipients will operate accounts using their registered companies with any of the participating commercial banks prior to disbursement.
  • ·         Award recipients must sign a grant agreement with the managers of YouWiN before disbursement of funds.

Call for Participation: YouWIN Business Clinics organised by WIMBIZ

As part of our efforts to be the catalyst that elevates the profile and
influence of women and their contribution to nation building, WIMBIZ in
partnership with Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN!)
announces YouWiN! Women; a business plan competition which is an
entrepreneurial scheme borne out of the need to curb the increasing rate
of unemployment amongst Nigerian youth.  This is the second year of the
competition and the focus on women for this round is to increase the
number of women participating in the competition.  Last year, of the 1,200
awardees in the first YouWiN! project, only 18% were female.

About You WIN: YouWiN! stands for Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria. It is an innovative business plan competition aimed at job creation by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas. The first edition of  YouWIN! launched in 2011 and the accomplishments of the 1,200 YouWiN! awardees were celebrated at the Presidential Villa on April 12, 2012. Click here for a list of all the winners.

WIMBIZ is partnering with YouWiN! to mobilise women in the South West and
South-South States of the country. The aim is to expose them to the
extensive possibilities in the Nigerian business environment. The winner stands a chance to win N10,000,000.00! The money is an equity contribution to the winner’s business.


Who can apply: Nigerian female entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-45 wishing to expand their existing businesses or birth a new business concepts.(proof of identity: International passport/Drivers License/National ID/Voters card is required). Interested applicants must have post-secondary school qualification. The  proposed business venture must be within the national borders of Nigeria, and with the intention of employing Nigerian citizens. The  proposed venture must not entail the production or distribution of weapons, alcoholic beverages, tobacco or/and gambling, or any activities in contradiction with the Nigerian constitution.
Minimum academic qualification: OND/HND.
How to apply: Attend any of the business clinics in the State nearest to you from the list below. You will receive assistance with registration and the application process as well as training on writing your business plans to ensure that YouWiN! Women win.

Please save the dates and attend one of the business clinics near you if

you are interested in applying for the competition. The dates for the
business clinics in the various States is below and the venue will be
confirmed at a later date:

•       Saturday 22nd September, 2012 in Lagos, Osun, Ogun, and Ekiti States
•       Sunday 23rd September, 2012 in   Oyo and Ondo States
•       Saturday 29th September, 2012 in Delta, Rivers and Cross River States
•       Sunday 30th September 2012 in Edo, Bayelsa, Oyo and Akwa Ibom States

The business clinic would run and assist candidates through a generic
template for submission of their business plan. The age criteria are 18-45
and N10, 000,000.00 is up for grabs. A minimum academic qualification of
OND/HND is required, it’s of utmost importance that you attend one of the
business clinics.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact Ayomide on
08034946249 or 08033897428 or by email to

Call for Applications: American Association of University Women Fellowship


For more than a century, AAUW has helped more than 10,000 women from more than 132 countries break through barriers and pursue their dreams of obtaining graduate degrees or making an impact in their communities.

Fellowship and grant recipients undergo a highly competitive selection process. Academic excellence, commitment to improving the human condition, and the promise of continued impact are cornerstones of the rigorous criteria. Respected scholars, researchers, teachers, and practitioners review the fellowship and grant applications. These reviewers are either experts in specialized fields of study or community leaders who recognize the power of collaboration at the local level.


International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported.


Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low . The fellowship covers the full time study research.


Questions about applications must be directed to the Iowa City office. Please do not contact the AAUW office in Washington, D.C., or local branches for application information. Please call  319/337-1716 ext. 60, e-mail, or write to the customer service center at

AAUW Fellowships and Grants
C/O ACT, Inc.
101 ACT Dr.
Iowa City, IA 52243-9000

Order copies of the AAUW fellowships brochure that includes general descriptions for each fellowship program.

Deadline: 01 August 2012
Open to: women who are not United states citizens or permanent residence
Fellowship: full fellowship


US State Department Request for Applications: Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewable (wPOWER)

The U.S. Department of State’s (the Department) Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change (S/SECC) and Office of Global Change (OES/EGC) announce a Request for Applications (RFA). This RFA for a program is in connection with an initiative currently called the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER).

The wPOWER initiative when established is intended to advance the Department’s objectives of unlocking women’s potential to combat climate change particularly through promoting women’sleadership in increasing sustainable energy access and related sustainable natural resources management.

This program seeks to meet the following goals:

Build and strengthen markets for small scale clean technologies through linking women toeconomic opportunities and capacity building related to energy access. Directly integrate women into the energy access value chain particularly through entrepreneurship opportunities related to ‘last mile’ distribution; Raise public awareness on the critical role of women in increasing energy access and driving green growth at the local level and Improve data collection and build the evidence base on the economic and environmental benefits of integrating women into the energy access value chain.

This RFA is emphasized on directly integrating women into the energy access value chain (particularly through ‘last mile’ sales and distribution), building and strengthening markets for small-scale clean technologies and increasing energy access in East Africa (includes Kenya,TanzaniaRwanda, and Uganda) and/or Nigeria.

This RFA complements a separate but parallel wPOWER program that is under development inIndia.

With FY 2011 funding, the Department will fund a program that will:

  • Directly integrate women into the energy access value chain, particularly through entrepreneurship opportunities related to ‘last mile’ distribution
  • Provide business and technical training on energy access and related sustainable forest and natural resources management issues
  • Raise public awareness on the critical role of women in increasing energy access and driving green growth at the local level
  • Improve data collection and build the evidence base on the economic and environmental benefits of integrating women into the energy access value chain

Funding Opportunity Number: OES-OCC-12-002

Opportunity Category: Discretionary

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

Expected Number of Awards: 1

Estimated Total Program Funding:

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

Award Floor: $0

CFDA Number(s): 19.017 — Environmental and Scientific Partnerships and Programs

Eligibility requirement:

Eligibility is limited to non-profit/nongovernmental organizations subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code, or similar entities, foreign non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and public international organizations.

Original Closing Date for Applications: Jul 09, 2012

Current Closing Date for Applications: Jul 09, 2012

For more details: Visit

Call for Applications:Youth Workshop on MDGs 5!

Women Deliver and Partners in Population and Development will hold a targeted consultation in 2012, to gather regional perspectives on MDG 5 and the post-2015 development framework. At this invitation-only consultation, to be held Kampala, Uganda, participants will discuss regional progress and the challenges at hand in achieving MDG 5. It will also call for action in prioritizing maternal and newborn health and sexual and reproductive health among the global development goals.

Youth Workshop on MDG 5 and post-2015 Development Frameworks

March 25th – 28th, Kampala, Uganda


The consultations will include a youth workshop comprised of 15 to 20 young advocates, which will center on three activities: advocacy, messaging, and media training. These workshops will inform youth advocates about key issues in maternal health and sexual and reproductive health, including a discussion of the future development framework after the expiration of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The outcomes of these workshops will be incorporated into youth activities at the Women Deliver 2013 global conference.

Women Deliver is committed to making our Regional Consultations accessible to young leaders. To do so, we will offer full conference scholarships, including travel and accommodations, to selected candidates that meet the following criteria:



  • Under the age of 30
  • Able to speak & understand English
  • A citizen of a sub-Saharan African country
  • Willing and able to share lessons upon return
  • Motivated & committed to contributing to meetings
  • Able to travel from March 25th to March 29th, 2012
  • Available for the duration of consultation
  • Access internet regularly
  • Able to engage in post-consultation activities including:
    • o Writing guest blog posts for the Women Deliver website
    • o Joining the WD2013 Youth Working Group, if invited
    • o Disseminating knowledge gained from the consultation

Scholarship recipients will be notified via email no later than February 15, 2012. If a scholarship recipient cannot accept the award, they are required to notify the consultation planner as soon as possible. Scholarships are NOT transferable. Applicant must be present during the entire period of the consultation.

Scholarships will cover: Consultation registration, round-trip travel, visa fees, hotel stay, and a stipend for incidentals and meals. (For travel reimbursement, please maintain actual and valid receipts of all transactions including visa fees, taxi rides, etc.).

The primary language of the consultation is Spanish for the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Consultation, and English for the Africa and Asia Consultations. Translation (English for LAC Consultation, French for Africa Consultation) will be available for the plenary sessions. 



  • Be under the age of 30
  • Work in the health and development field, with a focus on Maternal Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV/AIDS and/or Gender Equality, professionally, scholastically, or on a volunteer basis.
  • Possess a basic understanding of international frameworks such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and/or the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible for this scholarship, Women Deliver must receive your completed application online on or before the deadline of January 25, 2012. Applications are to be submitted to

Download  form>>> Women Deliver Application Form

GoldMan Sachs Women’s Enterprise & Leadership Programme

Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-African University are currently working with Goldman Sachs on an initiative – 10,000 Women, in a bid to empower our Nigerian Women to be successful in their various businesses.

This initiative is the Goldman Sachs Enterprise & Leadership Scholarship for women only. The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative provides scholarships for under deserved women to attend Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management Programme.

We are actively seeking women who qualify for the scholarship to apply before our deadline Friday, 23rd Of September. Please Find more details below.

Every year scholarships are being awarded to women entrepreneurs and this includes a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management (CEM) and follow up services such as business advisory, consulting clinics, networking and mentoring.

Selection Criteria:

-Company Must be owned/managed by a woman
-Should be a functional business (at least 3 months in operation)
– Business must have high growth potential
-High local value will be an advantage

Shortlisted applicants will receive an invitation for an interview by middle of October 2011 which will hold in Abuja.
For more information please contact Adeola on 081911551171 and Nta 0702920198