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What Next? Vol 3. Take the Leap with these Opportunities this Week

As usual, before the week wraps up and right before the weekend takes us away, we've gone through 'the length and breadth' of the internet and sourced local and global opportunities that can be the next IT thing for you. Dive In!

Atlas Corps Fellowship for M&E and Data Analysis Professionals

Atlas Corps is now accepting applications for a fellowship program that will provide monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and data analysis professionals with the opportunity to develop their skills and expertise at mission-driven organizations in the United States.

Fellows will work with organizations in a variety of sectors, including education, healthcare, environmental sustainability, and social justice. They will have the opportunity to use their skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Framework development
  • Data quality assurance and management
  • Data analysis
  • Data visualization
  • M&E for learning and capacity building

In addition to their work with host organizations, fellows will also participate in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab, a professional development series that will help them develop their leadership skills and network with other fellows from around the world.

The fellowship is open to candidates who have a college degree, are highly proficient in English, are no older than 35, and are committed to applying their experience in their home country or region after the program. Candidates should also have two years of experience using quantitative and qualitative methodologies for M&E and learning.

The deadline to apply is July 30, 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit the Atlas Corps website.


The Atlas Corps Fellowship offers a number of benefits, including:

  • The opportunity to work with mission-driven organizations in the United States
  • The opportunity to develop your skills and expertise in M&E and data analysis
  • The opportunity to network with other fellows from around the world
  • The opportunity to participate in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab
  • A monthly living stipend
  • A phone plan
  • A basic travel health insurance plan

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Atlas Corps Fellowship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a college degree
  • You must be highly proficient in English
  • You must be no older than 35
  • You must be committed to applying your experience in your home country or region after the program
  • You must have two years of experience using quantitative and qualitative methodologies for M&E and learning

How to Apply
To apply for the Atlas Corps Fellowship, please visit the Atlas Corps website and complete the online application.

AYuTe Africa Challenge in Nigeria

Are you a youth-led agritech business with innovative solutions impacting smallholder farmers at scale? If so, the AYuTe Africa Challenge in Nigeria is the perfect opportunity for you. This enterprise development program, initiated by Heifer International and implemented by Wennovation Hub, aims to identify, nurture, and support technology-driven agric-centric enterprises to grow, scale, and thrive.

Program Benefits:
Participants in the challenge can expect to receive the following benefits:

  1. Coaching and mentorship personalized to unpack training into business implementation for the top-5 finalists.
  2. Technical assistance at various levels of the challenge to strengthen the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and the business and financial model of the start-up.
  3. Links to financial and investment opportunities.
  4. Networking opportunities to showcase your solution and meet with investors and other stakeholders.
  5. Cash prize awards totalling $20,000 for the top three winners:
    - Winner: $10,000
    - First Runner-Up: $6,000
    - Second Runner-Up: $4,000

Duration of the Challenge:
The challenge will run for three months, during which three agritech innovators will be awarded the top prizes (winner, first runner-up, second runner-up).

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be aged 18-35 by the closing day of submission to the AYuTe Nigeria challenge.
  • Be a youth with innovative ideas focusing on the agriculture sector.
  • Have ideas that are proven to solve social problems and are implementable, technically feasible, economically sound (affordable), and environmentally smart (eco-friendly).
  • Hold a Nigerian nationality with official ID (national identity card, international passport, or permanent voters' card).
  • Produce financial statements for the venture.
  • Be the founder or co-founder of the enterprise represented in the competition and play an active role in its operations and leadership.
  • Have no criminal record related to corruption, tax evasion, financial impropriety, felony, or other offences.
  • Have the potential for partnership and collaboration with other actors/stakeholders.

The Company Must Have:

  • Been registered/incorporated with the relevant government agencies in Nigeria.
  • The ability to scale and impact a large number of smallholder farmers, with recorded evidence of demonstrated impact on smallholder farmers' revenue and/or operations.
  • The potential for job creation and poverty reduction.
  • Alignment with relevant national policies and international treaties (e.g., SDGs).
  • An identifiable technological innovation that addresses various problems for smallholder farmers, such as productivity, income, labour intensiveness of operations, resilience, and access to information.Strong competitive advantage.

Application Deadline: July 31st, 2023.
To apply, click here.

Pulitzer Center Impact Seed Funding 2023

The Pulitzer Center has announced the Impact Seed Funding (ISF) 2023, a micro-scale grant designed to enrich the perspectives and knowledge of the university community on pressing issues related to rainforest regions and climate change. ISF grants range from US$3,000 to US$4,000 (US dollars), and the projects are expected to be implemented within four months of approval.

Professors, researchers, or groups of students guided by a responsible professor are eligible to apply.

Interested applicants must submit their proposals by August 16, 2023.
For further details and application, visit the Pulitzer Center website.

Internet Society Foundation Introduces BOLT Grant Program for Improving Internet Connectivity

The Internet Society Foundation has launched a new grant program called BOLT (Building Opportunities/Leveraging Technologies) to help improve Internet access and connectivity around the world. The program is designed to support teams of innovators who are working to develop new and innovative ways to connect people to the Internet.

The BOLT Grant Program will award grants of up to $300,000 to projects that meet the following criteria:

  • The project must be focused on improving Internet connectivity or access.
  • The project must be innovative and creative.
  • The project must be sustainable and scalable.
  • The project must be relevant to users and communities.

Projects that are eligible for funding include:

  • The development of new technologies to improve Internet access.
  • The creation of educational and training programs to help people use the Internet.
  • The implementation of programs to promote Internet use in underserved communities.

To be eligible for funding, applicant organizations must meet the following requirements:

  • The organization must be a registered non-profit organization.
  • The organization must have a demonstrated track record of working in the area of Internet connectivity or access.
  • The organization must have a clear plan for how the grant funds will be used.

The deadline for applications is August 18, 2023. For more information and to apply for the BOLT Grant Program, please visit the Internet Society Foundation's website.

How to Apply
To apply for the BOLT Grant Program, please visit the Internet Society Foundation's website and complete the online application form. The application form includes information about your project, your organization, and your budget.

The deadline for applications is August 18, 2023. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts, and the winners will be announced in September 2023.

Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for Mid-Career Professionals

The Commonwealth Professional Fellowships offer mid-career professionals from low and middle-income countries the opportunity to enhance their expertise by working with UK host organizations in their respective sectors. The fellowships aim to provide a platform for professional development and create catalytic effects in participants' workplaces.

The CSC seeks to identify talented individuals capable of bringing about positive change. The program is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination, encouraging a diverse range of candidates to apply.

The fellowships are offered under six development themes, encompassing vital areas of global importance:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security, and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion, and opportunity

The selected fellows will benefit from a comprehensive financial package, including:

  • Return airfare from the fellow's home country to the UK.
  • Reimbursement of the standard visa application fee.
  • Monthly stipend (living allowance) at a rate of £1,944 or £2,397 for those in the London metropolitan area.
  • Arrival allowance of up to £1,061.10, including an element for warm clothing.
  • A maximum of £3,000 per Fellow can be agreed by host organizations for short courses/conferences and travel to other UK organizations as an integral part of the program.

Mid-career professionals from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, with a minimum of five years' relevant work experience, are eligible to apply. Prospective fellows must:

  • Be citizens of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person.
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country.
  • Be employed in an organization they will return to upon completion of the fellowship.
  • Provide at least two references, with one from their current employer.
  • Not have undertaken a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship within the last five years.
  • Not be seeking to undertake an academic research or study program.

The deadline to apply for these fellowships is August 16, 2023.

To apply and to get more information, visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) website.

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