The International Board of the United Nations is committed to participate in international study and research partnerships that build understanding among people, develop global citizens and leaders, and contribute to the development of nations. Each year, there are over 100,000 United Nations scholarships offered for undergraduate and postgraduate degree studies and for professional development, to citizens of least developed countries (LDCs) including those in Africa. People in all parts of Africa including South Africa, East Africa, and West Africa may apply for the scholarship. International scholarships awarded by the United Nations (UN) provide monthly financial assistance to qualified candidates. The scholarships also give Africans the ability to study and work in any country of their own choice throughout the whole period of the program. Below are some of the many available UN scholarships 2019 for Africans.
AUTM Developing Economies Scholarship
The global network of members of the Association of University Technoloyg Managers (AUTM) covers more than 350 universities, research institutions, teaching hospitals and government agencies as well as hundreds of companies involved with managing and licensing innovations derived from academic and nonprofit research. The scholarships are available to support the professional development of up to five early career technology transfer professionals working in developing countries. One scholarship is reserved for qualifying applicants from LDCs. The support from the AUTM Foundation under the scholarship is to a maximum of US$4,000, with a requirement that the recipient’s home institution guarantees and contributes at least 20 percent of the total cost or event. All eligible applicants must be new to the profession and come from not-for-profit institutions in eligible countries.
Berkeley Law School LDC Fellowship
The University of California Berkeley School of Law LDC Scholarship is available to eligible students admitted to its LL.M. professional track program. The award is a tuition credit of US$20,000, and it is available to students who are citizens and primary residents of one of the LDCs. The Berkeley Law LL.M. professional track program is offered in 10-13-weeks blocks over two consecutive summers. It is offering the opportunity to specialize in Business Law and earn a Business Law Certificate. Scholarships has been awarded to students from LDCs, including Haiti, Nepal, Liberia, Malawi, Bangladesh, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Myanmar.
ESMT Kofi Annan Fellowship
The Kofi Annan Fellowship provides the opportunity for students from developing countries for a 22-month Master’s in Management (MIM) or one-year full-time MBA degree in Berlin, Germany. Applicants from LDCs, LLDCs, and Palestine are eligible. The fellowship has a value of €58,000 for MBA students. Fellows will have a full scholarship from ESMT plus fair compensation for travel and accommodation costs, and program related fees.
Upon return to their home countries, the fellows are expected to contribute to the strengthening of entrepreneurial capacity and the fostering of a stable market economy as an effective catalyst for their country’s development, job creation, and poverty alleviation.
See the ESMT Kofi Annan Fellowship web page.
IPCC Scholarship Program
The IPCC Scholarship Program was established with the funds received from the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award to the IPCC. These have since been supplemented by contributions from individuals and institutions. The aim of the IPCC Scholarship Program is to build capacity in the climate change in developing countries by providing opportunities to young scientists from developing countries to undertake studies that would not be possible without the intervention of the Fund.
Applications by students from LDCs and SIDS researching topics within the fields of study indicated in the ‘call for applications’, are given priority. Visit www.ipcc.ch/about/scholarship to find out more.
IUGA-Funded Research Opportunities for LDCs
International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) offers one basic science and one clinical research grant in the area of urogynecological annually. It has become increasing apparent that due to several socio-economic issues which confront LDCs, the knowledge, training, and tools to complete, submit, and execute a basic science or clinical research study are not always available to individuals from LDCs. In order to ensure that all geographic areas, regardless of socio-economic status, are given a fair opportunity to receive an IUGA-funded research grant, IUGA is offering research grants restricted to only those proposals that are going to be developed in LDCs. Applicants from other geographic areas (not LDCs) may apply for a research grant with a project to be done in a LDC.
Topics may include statistical analyses, technical support (i.e. sonographer), laboratory studies, diagnostic studies (i.e. post treatment urodynamics), mailing and postage for questionnaires or other related material, patient compensation for participating in the study (i.e. meals, travel), computer and other related equipment.
Visit IUGA Research Grant for further information.
OWSD Fellowship for Female Students
With funds provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SISA), Organization for Women for Science for Developing World (OWSD) has instituted a fellowship program for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and LDCs, who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a PhD, at centers of excellence in the developing countries, outside their own country.
The general purpose of the scheme is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries. Visit OWSD PhD Fellowship for more information.
UNESCO and L’Oréal Corporate Foundation seek to recognize women researchers who, through the scope of their work, have contributed to overcoming today’s global challenges. Faced with global challenges such as the acceleration of new technologies, aging populations or the threat to biodiversity, UNESCO and L’Oréal remain convinced that these women researchers will have a major impact on society and lay the foundations for the future. As such, UNESCO and L’Oréal want to contribute to their recognition and provide them with the means to continue their commitment to science with energy and passion.
Each year, the For Women in Science Program highlights scientific excellence and encourages talent through:
- The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, given each year to five outstanding women scientists – one per continent – for the contributions of their research, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society.
- The UNESCO-L’Oréal International Rising Talents. Granted annually 15 promising young women scientists, at the doctoral or post-doctoral level, they encourage international scientific cooperation and the development of cross-cultural networks.
- The L’Oréal National Fellowships with the support of the UNESCO National Commissions, which anchor the For Women in Science programs in countries around the world, while respecting their particularities and specific needs.
In its aim to promote and encourage women throughout their scientific careers, the For Women in Science partnership has also developed a global network of International, Regional and National Fellowship programs aimed at supporting young women who represent the future of science. The program has become a benchmark of scientific excellence on an international scale. It brings visibility to outstanding women scientists and thus provides strong role models to girls and young women considering science careers.
Learn more on the For Women in Science Program web page.