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Part 2: Create Brilliant Presentations

Ellie Danak : December 2, 2018 3:39 pm : Blogs, Career Development, Learners

In the previous post, we talked about using your voice and body to your advantage when you are presenting. But that’s not the whole story! Once you have found your voice and presentation style, you need to focus on the content of your presentation.

Being able to structure and tailor your presentations is an incredibly useful skill to have – it will serve you well in job interviews, academic presentations and whenever you want to engage with and inspire others. We hope that the tips and ideas below will encourage you to practise creating varied and exciting presentations that hook your audiences and keep them listening!

To use PowerPoint or not to use PowerPoint…

Let’s face it – PowerPoint is a bit of a Marmite-thing in the world of public speaking. Some people love it, some hate it. However, slides can be very helpful if you use them well to grab your audience’s attention. Or if you want to distill your message to a few bullet points. So, our advice is not to avoid using PowerPoint, but making sure that you use it for a good reason. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your presentations:

  • Avoid overcrowding your slides with lots of text: they will be hard to read and instead of listening to you, your audience will be busy trying to decipher the tiny text.
  • Have a strong image or a couple of strong bullet points and expand on them in your speech
  • Use a simple font such as Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman (no special effects!) and make sure it is legible (font size 24-32 at least)
  • Don’t just read out what’s on the slides – they are the icing on the cake. Remember that your speech is the cake!
  • Have a backup plan – technology is fantastic but it can fail you a few seconds before you go on stage. So, always have a backup plan. In the worst case scenario, you can always share your slides with the participants via email later.

The power of three

Rehearse delivering your message in three key points. If there was just one thing you wanted your audience to remember, what would it be?

To learn how to do this, try this exercise:

  1. Draft a one-minute speech about something you are passionate about and include the following:
  • Introduction: who you are and what you want to speak about
  • Your key message: three main points
  • Finish: summarise and include a call to action/ include a practical outcome
  • Stay focussed on your message!

2. Record yourself, note what went well, and what you could improve on.

3. Do it again! Do it better.

Hook your audience

Ask yourself why you are doing your presentation and for whom, then adapt it to your audience. There is no such thing as boring content, and there are lots of ways in which you can make statistics and facts exciting. Here are our tips and don’t forget to check out the additional resources at the end of this post:

  • Have a strong opening: tell us a story, use a great image, a chart or graph, or ask a thought-provoking question. Behind every statistic, there is a fascinating story waiting to get out. For example, if you need to deliver a presentation about levels of water pollution in a specific area, tell us what its impact is on the individuals and wildlife. Tell us what this area might look like 50 years from now if we do not take action. Then incorporate numbers and statistics into your presentation.
  • There are many ways to tell a story: you can take your audience on a journey towards resolving a problem or overcoming a difficulty or you can ask them to imagine a different world or way of doing things.
  • Positive language: do not put yourself down. Never begin a presentation by saying: ‘ I know this is boring, but…’
  • Whatever style and story you choose: keep it relevant to your audience.
  • Stick to your main points and do not overrun!
  • Give your audience something to take away: a call to action, an interesting fact or idea.

Try again

Even if your first attempt at presenting does not go well, do not despair. We think it is good to be bad at something because it gives you an opportunity to get feedback and learn from your mistakes.

Now practise re-drafting your content. Go back to your basic one-minute speech and try to improve it:

  • Introduction: who you are and what you want to speak about; find a hook (an interesting ‘Did you know that…’ fact, or ‘Imagine a world where…’)
  • Your key message: three main points; expand each point with no more than three additional ideas, and take your audience on a journey. For example, this was the issue, this is what I have tried/done, this is the outcome.
  • Finish: summarise and include a call to action/ include a practical outcome. Leave your audience with something to remember.

Now, compare this content with the previous one and see which one is more engaging. Next, make it a three-minute speech and try to use images or quotes. By building on your content slowly and re-working it, you will become more confident about your topic and create a memorable experience for your audience.

Happy presenting!

Listen to this: Viv Groskop’s podcast How to Own The Room. All you need to know about brilliant public speaking.

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Reflect: now that you have read this article, take a few minutes and jot down answers to the questions below. This will help you remember the most insightful points and put together an action plan that works for you:

  • What inspired you?
  • As a result, what do you want to do more of?
  • And what do you want to do less of?
  • What will you do next to achieve these goals?


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Part 1: Become a Confident Public Speaker

Ellie Danak : November 17, 2018 8:00 pm : Blogs, Career Development, Learners

Even the thought of standing in front of a crowd of people, whether it is 5, 50 or 500, and presenting your ideas is enough to get anyone’s heart racing and tongue twisted. But the good news is that public speaking is a skill which means you can always get better at it.

The slightly less good news is that there is no silver bullet that will make you a confident presenter overnight. The only way to make progress is through deliberate practice with lots of feedback and self-reflection. So, do not avoid it!

The great news is that there are lots of tools and strategies out there that can help you become a better speaker. Here, we have included a few that you can try out for yourself. In Part 2 of this short blog series, we will focus on structuring your speeches to keep your audience engaged.

Before you go on stage, consider this:

Who is your audience? Are you delivering a presentation to your peers, tutors or strangers? Reflecting on your audience will help you define what style is suitable for your presentation: formal, informal or somewhere in-between.

Where will you be presenting? Do you know the room layout and acoustics? Have you used a microphone before? If not, find out if you could visit the site and practise before your event.

Start at the beginning: your breath is your most valuable tool. It really matters how you breathe. If you learn how to make the most of your breath, you will feel in control of your emotions and anxiety. Try this:

• Stand up and place your palms on your stomach just below the rib cage.
• Breathe in through your nose and feel your ribs expanding with air.
• Pause for a couple of seconds.
• Breathe out slowly through your mouth, and repeat a couple of times. Try to focus only on your breath and nothing else.

Use your voice: have you ever wondered how your voice works? Are you aware of it? Your voice is your instrument, and like with playing any instrument, it takes practice to learn how to use it well. And it can be fun to discover your full vocal range while singing in the shower, reciting poetry and doing these fun warm-up exercises.

Body language: whether you have to present standing up or sitting at a table, make sure you stay grounded. Feel your feet on the floor, and make your body work for you, not against you! Reflect on what kind of impression you want to make on others. Do you like to use your hands a lot? What does your body language say about you? Relax your shoulders, stop crossing your arms and be yourself. And do not forget to smile.

Slow down: when you inhale you have time to think, so remember to close your mouth and breathe in from time to time.

Channel your nerves well: your enthusiasm will shine in your presentation.

Prep: there is no way round this. If you want to be a more confident speaker, you need to work on it. Use any opportunity you have to speak to your friends, speak up in tutorials, and in front of the mirror.

Find your public speaking heroes: do you know anyone who can captivate their audience? Reflect on why they are so charismatic and what you could learn from them.

Reflect: it only takes a minute! After each speech or presentation find somewhere quiet and reflect on what went well and what you would like to improve next time. Jot down a few ideas and smile. You did it!

If things go wrong: we all have been there and had to cope with technical problems or our minds going completely blank in the middle of explaining a very complex concept. What’s best to do when that happens? Take a deep breath and see what you can control. Can you improvise without your PowerPoint? Mind gone blank? Ask the audience a question and get them involved to give yourself a short break.

If English is not your first language…

We appreciate it may be stressful to even consider delivering a presentation in a foreign language but with a bit more work, everyone can be a public speaking superstar:

• Most people worry about their accent, but if you really think about it then you will realise that we all have an accent and this is what makes us different and interesting. So, instead of worrying about having the ‘wrong’ kind of accent aim for clear pronunciation.
Rehearse lots and lots: while walking, doing the dishes and brushing your teeth. Instead of memorising your speech, try to express your ideas in various ways so that you feel confident on the big day.
Record yourself: if you cannot get feedback from anyone, try recording your speech and listening back to it. Create a checklist to assess yourself. Is your pronunciation clear? Do you sound engaging when you talk about your ideas? Are you projecting your voice?
Pesky words: it is ok to admit that you may struggle with some words. If some are difficult to pronounce, especially when you feel nervous, can you replace them with easier ones? Check your understanding of any tricky words and terminology too.
Build your confidence by expanding the vocabulary within your field: read books and articles on the topic and listen to interviews with experts.
Enjoy the experience and do not worry about making mistakes. As long as your audience stays engaged, you are doing well!

While we are putting together Part 2 of this series, take your time to practise and watch this space!

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Reflect: now that you have read this article, take a few minutes and jot down answers to the questions below. This will help you remember the most insightful points and put together an action plan that works for you:

  • What inspired you?
  • As a result, what do you want to do more of?
  • And what do you want to do less of?
  • What will you do next to achieve these goals?
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Tips For Tutors: Practical Strategies for Working with Feedback

Ellie Danak : November 4, 2018 10:14 am : Career Development, Learners

In our previous article, we offered advice on how to make the most of the feedback we receive from others. Here, the focus is on providing a practical guide to successful feedback practices for academic staff members who also have teaching responsibilities.

How do you know your teaching is effective?

There are many ways in which you can assess how effective your teaching methods are: your students not dozing off in your tutorials and good essay marks are some of them. But is it enough for you to know you have made their learning experiences stick?

Why do you need feedback from students and how can you get it?

Most higher-education institutions have formal processes in which they collect student feedback and analyse it. This often happens at the end of a course, programme or academic year, and means that students complete surveys and questionnaires that capture their experience. However, there is no need to wait until the end of your course to assess how the students have responded to your teaching.

Here are some tried and tested ideas we have put together so that you can get some meaningful feedback from your students:

Get creative – as a quick icebreaker, ask your students to list the most interesting ideas/concepts from the previous sessions – they can record these on a flip chart and present back to the group. Alternatively, they can draw a mind map or you can go round the room asking for a summary from each individual (just watch your time!).

Over to them – this is another favourite! Split your students into smaller groups and ask them to teach back various concepts/ideas you have been covering with them. That way you will see whether they have understood various concepts correctly and you can learn something from them.

Surveys – you can run more formal and informal surveys to get more detailed feedback on your teaching methods. Your institution may govern this. However, if you prefer more regular feedback from your students why not split a flip chart paper into these categories (use as many as you want)and ask your students to add comments: What went well today? What could I improve on? What would you like to see more of in my tutorials? What would you like me to do less of?

One-minute lectures – at the end of your tutorial/lecture ask your students to spend one minute writing down their personal and anonymous answers to one or two questions, such as:

– What was least clear in this session?
– What was the main point of today’s tutorial?
– What are the most important questions remaining unanswered for you?

Collect the scraps of paper with the responses and respond to them at the start of your next session. It is an easy and quick way to get insight into what has worked/ is still unclear.

Make your feedback count – help your students learn from your feedback

This is about the feedback students receive after an assessment. It is important to make it meaningful and get it right so that they can really benefit from the time you have put into assessing their work. It is not just about giving marks, but also supporting your students’ academic journey. Boud and Molloy (2013) suggest that feedback used solely by teachers as part of the assessment process is not enough anymore. With students becoming more engaged in co-creating their learning, the shift is towards more creative and participative ways of providing feedback.

Here are a few ideas from The Higher Education Academy to get you started:

Become a ‘feedback SNOB’ – encourage your students to reflect on feedback in a more productive way:

o   Strengths – what they do well and should continue doing
o   Needs – what they need to improve on before the next assessment
o   Opportunities – things they missed/got wrong and should pay more attention to next time
o   Barriers – what could prevent them from improving

 Ask your students to self-assess their work and then compare with your mark – this can be useful if you want them to understand the marking criteria. You can also facilitate peer-led assessments and feedback to offer your students as much opportunity as possible to practice both giving and receiving feedback.

Get them to act on your feedback – encourage your students to keep self-reflective logs of the feedback they have been receiving. They could use simple headings such us: What I Did Well, What I Need to Improve, Next Steps

Comments first, marks second – often students are so blinded by the marks that they ignore or forget to engage with and reflect on the attached feedback comments. Can you try to give them feedback first and encourage self-reflection to promote a growth mindset before disclosing the mark?

Reflecting on what one really hopes to achieve with feedback is an important part of a teaching practice. Think about what it means to you to be part of your students’ academic experience. What can you do to make sure they leave the university as more reflective and successful learners?

The best thing about the strategies listed above is that they are easy to adapt to your needs. Try them out and let us know how you get on!

Read this:
Feedback toolkit
Top tips for providing students with meaningful feedback
• More feedback tips here and here

Watch this:
What students say about feedback 


David Boud & Elizabeth Molloy (2013) Rethinking models of feedback for learning: the challenge of design, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 38:6, 698-712, DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2012.691462



Let’s talk about feedback

Ellie Danak : October 21, 2018 10:27 am : Career Development, Learners

Imagine a world where the members of a famous football club or an iconic film star had no one to advise them on how there were doing whether on a football pitch or in front of the camera. We would never witness some of the most memorable moments in sport’s and film’s history. These stars have one thing in common: throughout their careers, someone has offered them feedback, which they have taken on board and learned from.

The same applies to you. Whatever career you pursue, you will be consistently offered feedback that you will need to reflect on and put into practice. Easier said than done as sometimes things get personal and emotional – this is where we can help you ask for, receive and use feedback to your advantage.

In this article, we will define what feedback is and why it is important. We will have a look at different types of feedback that you can come across, both at university and at work and will offer you some tips for how to respond to it. Finally, have a look at the recommended links which will help you deepen your knowledge in the Read This, Watch This, Try This, and Reflect sections.

A brief definition of feedback

We define feedback as helpful information offered by an individual (your tutor, manager, parent, coach, etc.) about something you have done or said or written. It could be corrective information or encouragement, an alternative strategy to tackle a problem or a clarification of ideas (Hattie and Timperley, 2007).

So, feedback occurs because of your actions or performance and will include information about what someone expected of you and how you performed against these expectations.

You can then use this information to learn, improve and make better-informed decisions. You will know what you do well and where you need to put extra work. Everyone can benefit from considerate and helpful feedback, not just Premier League footballers or Hollywood stars!

What’s in it for me?

Without feedback, you might find yourself feeling at sea, unsure of what and how to improve. It would be like receiving back a graded essay without a single comment – not very helpful for any future assignments. So, here are a few reasons why it is good to welcome (even the difficult) feedback into your life:

1. It’s out there, it’s free (most of the time) and you decide what to do with it – people like giving others’ feedback, and it is up to you to reflect on what you have just heard or read. Pick what’s useful and reflect on what you find less helpful. Think about how you can use it to your advantage and run with it. Feedback will help you increase your self-awareness and see what impact your behaviour and actions have on others.

2. It will help you plan your life/study/career journey – through well-provided feedback you can figure out where you are going and what your goals are, ‘how you are going’ and ‘where to go next’ (Hattie and Timperley, 2007).

3. It will help you become a better communicator – in any interaction where you receive feedback, you will need to listen actively to understand the meaning behind the words. It is not always easy, but the more you do it the better you get at it – it’s like learning to ride a bike – once you get over the initial wobbles, the sky is your limit. But… remember that you can always get better!

4. It is part of your lifelong learning – yes, even when you have left your ‘formal education’, it is not the end of your lifelong learning. There may be no more official tests and exams, but to improve and grow in your future roles you will be required to stay motivated and keep developing your skills. It will help you feel actively involved in everything you do.

Not all feedback is the same

Feedback can come in many guises. Here are examples of what you may come across:

• One-to-one feedback with a tutor or manager
• Feedback from your peers and colleagues
• Informal impromptu feedback on for example post-it notes
• You may be asked to write a self-evaluation or reflection on progress in a graded assessment at university or an appraisal form at work
• Written comments on a piece of work
• Feedback on a group’s performance where you need to think about what applies to you
• Online surveys

Remember: Any feedback, whether you give or receive it, should be clear, specific, timely and objective, never personal.

What to do with it?

Well, it is up to you how you ask for feedback, and what you take on board. We have, however, a few helpful suggestions worth trying:

  • Don’t take it personally – well-meant feedback is objective and specifically focussed on a particular area of your performance and behaviour. Reflect on what you can take away from it so you perform better next time. Build on the positive comments and address the critical ones.
  • Practise asking for feedback – try asking specific questions, like ‘What is the one thing I could do better in this presentation?’ or ‘How could I improve my essay structure?’
  • Be prepared to listen and learn – feedback is not about judging, but helping you grow and develop so listen carefully to the meaning behind the words. Reflect on the comments and the main points from the feedback and put them to use by writing or agreeing on an action plan.
  • Know your triggers – if you take feedback comments personally then it may be helpful to self-assess yourself first (be honest!) against, for example, your tutor’s marking criteria and compare your score with that awarded by your tutor. See where you differ. Why is that? How would you comment on this essay if you were your tutor?

Last but not least

If you are interested in finding out more about feedback, click on the links to the resources below:

Read this:

Feedback at work
Tips for giving and receiving instant feedback
Feedback – a guide for students in higher education

Watch this:
3 rules to spark learning
How to use others’ feedback to learn and grow

Try this:
Assess yourself
More personal assessment

Reflect: now that you have read this article, take a few minutes and jot down answers to the questions below. This will help you remember the most insightful points and put together an action plan that works for you:

What inspired you?
• As a result, what do you want to do more of?
• And what do you want to do less of?
• What will you do next to achieve these goals?


Hattie, J. and Timperley, H. (2007). The Power of Feedback. [pdf] Review of Educational Research, pp.81-112. Available at: [Accessed 11 Oct. 2018].

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Jacqueline Akello’s Advice For Starting Your Career: The First Step

Mary : August 24, 2018 1:49 pm : Career Development, Learners

Professors Without Borders is committed to empowering students through education. Through our summer school programs in Sierra Leone, Thailand, Uganda, and India, we help students develop the skills that they will need to pursue jobs within their chosen career field.

In the final part of our career advice series, we asked Jacqueline Akello, the Pioneer University Secretary for the African Rural University in Kagadi, Uganda, to share her advice for searching and applying for jobs.

Please enjoy the following article from Jacqueline.

High school leavers join university or college with big dreams. Each one believes that having the college degree or diploma shall earn them a comfortable job in life. In the first few months before going to college, there are so many possibilities a freshman sees of life. In fact, they often think the adults just do not get it. Once they start the freshman year, there is a lot of catching up, a lot of socialization and the management of newly found freedom. There are no parents to decide by what time you should be home, done homework or sleep. Parents hope you can make responsible choices.

The world is an open ground for exploration. For some, the dreams die as fast as they came. Others nurture and water their dreams.
Indeed it is an open ground for exploration. What should be most important is that what are you exploring at? If it is that dream job you want, explore the possibilities that can earn you the experience to get to that job even while at university/college. Now how does one get to know the job opportunities while at college?

Know your primary choices in life. The primary choice is that which against all other choices are made. For example, if you want to be the most successful rolex (chapatti rolled with omelet and other fillings) trader in the region, what would you do? What must you choose to do to make it? What is involved in the making, pricing, what are the different flavours people like, what varieties must you have, what would make a customer comeback to purchase? All these guide one’s decision making.

Your associates matter. Whom you associate with is important to guide you in the choices that you end up making. Associating with staff of the college can enable you know the openings available. Perhaps a professor would want a research assistant. They are willing to mentor and train. These are short term opportunities. Assuming you want to be a statistician, you want to be as close to research associates as possible to give you opportunities to learn the tools of your trade while you get paid for it.

Ask the college Dean or Administrator. The Administrator and or Dean of any college always has a broader understanding of emerging needs. They shall always guide or recommend you. Notice boards often have leads, follow-up assume you are the first to read it. Volunteer if need be.
Business opportunities within the college. Your fellow students may be willing to purchase items or services from you. A number of college students have provided services such as graphics design, organize events, photocopy services etc. So many of these business opportunities are readily supported by the college students who become your clients and undertake free marketing for you. You must be willing to sacrifice a little pride. For some, such services are developed into full time jobs after college.

Participation in sports activities. Sports is often taken as a recreation engagement. All sports have rules and involve people. Soft skills extremely important for employment are developed through sports. People management, management of success and failure, time management, goal setting and strategizing etc. While it may not be an obvious linkage to employment, it provides experience useful in employment.

Whatever strategy you choose to take, remember, the skill and experience you learn from it shall be your stepping stone to the next level.

Many thanks to Jacqueline for her incredible insight. We hope that “The First Step” serves a useful resource as you begin your job search! Make sure to visit the Career Development Page to find advice and tips for how to start your next job search.

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The First Step: A Guide to Searching and Applying for Jobs in Thailand

Mary : August 6, 2018 3:49 pm : Career Development, Learners

Welcome back to The First Step, PROWIBO’s job search series. Through these articles, PROWIBO aims to present advice on searching and applying for jobs in Sierra Leone, Thailand, and Uganda. We hope these articles can serve as resources for the students of all of PROWIBO’s summer school programs.

In Part Two, we cover searching and applying for jobs in Thailand. We asked Sipim Sornbanlang, PROWIBO Asia Representative and Programs Coordinator, to give her advice for searching and applying for jobs.


Getting Started

When starting a  job search, it is important to stay organised and focused. At first glance, starting to look for a new job can seem overwhelming. However, it is very easy to conduct your job search online. “Searching online is the most convenient way for young people nowadays,” says Sipim. One website that may be particularly useful is JobThai. On the homepage, you can view JobThai’s most popular and most recent job adverts. Moreover, you can use JobThai’s search engine to browse for jobs by industry, category, and province. In addition to posting job adverts, JobThai offers users the chance to design and store their resumes on the website. However, if you are having difficulty finding a job online, Sipim suggests that you consult newspapers. “Sometimes jobs advertised in English newspapers like Bangkok Post, The Nation, etc. are more interesting and challenging,” says Sipim.

During the initial stages of your job hunt, it is important consider how you will present your resume and cover letter to a potential employer. Sipim suggests that resumes and cover letters should be as concise as possible. Remember that these documents present an overview of your skills and qualifications, so do not  overload the documents with too much information. Moreover, Sipim suggests that you maintain a professional tone throughout the documents. Remember to include a professional email address with your first and last name and, depending on your comfort level, include a professional and recognisable photo of yourself.


Skill Development

When applying for jobs, it is important to reflect on your own skills and abilities, so you make sure that you apply for jobs that reflect your skill set. Think about your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to soft skills, such as communication skills and time management and industry-specific skills, such as data processing. Skill development is a lifelong process. You can and should always make time to learn new skills and/or improve  your current skills. If you are unsure where to start, two key skills areas are language skills and IT skills.  “English communication is a plus when you are searching/applying for jobs,” says Sipim. It may also benefit you to learn another language aside from English, such as Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, and/or French. Moreover, Sipim stresses the importance of IT Skills and applications, especially Microsoft Office. Furthermore, Sipim  believes that individuals may also want to familiarize themselves with design skills. “I think having skill in multimedia or graphics can be very useful such as Photoshop, Video editing, etc. But this depends on which kind of organization you are working with as well,” says Sipim.


Work Experience

In a competitive labour market, it is important for candidates to stand out among other potential applicants. A great way to stand out is to have work experience in your chosen field. There are many ways to gain work experience. You can start by looking for volunteer opportunities and activities in university. Sipim also recommends applying to be an intern. Working as an intern will allow you to familiarize yourself with the industry and it provides great opportunities for networking. “According to my experience, many students could get job offers from organizations they intern after they graduate,” says Sipim. It is important to pursue as many work opportunities as you can. These opportunities not only help to advance your professional development but also help you understand how well you cope with problems and teamwork.


Interview Preparation

Throughout your job search, it is important to dedicate time to prepare for job interviews. To begin your interview preparation, think about how you would like to present yourself to your future employer. Sipim stresses the importance of being respectful and humble when first applying for jobs. It is also important to consider how to dress professionally  in order to create a good first impression. Finally, you should take adequate time to research the history and background of the organisation. “Do your homework about the organization you’re applying, study it well and give them good reasons why you are matched their requirements,” suggests Sipim. Potential employers will appreciate you taking the time to get to know the organisation.


Many thanks to Sipim for her helpful insight. Stay tuned for Part Three, where we will discuss searching and applying for jobs in Uganda. Make sure to visit the Career Development page to find advice and tips for how to start your next job search. To learn more about PROWIBO, please visit our website.



“” JobThai. Accessed July 20, 2018.

Weicht, Rebecca. “Education Systems Can Stifle Creative Thought. Here’s How to Do Things Differently.” World Economic Forum. Accessed August 20, 2018.


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The First Step: A Guide to Searching and Applying for Jobs In Sierra Leone

Mary : August 3, 2018 10:23 am : Career Development, Learners

Professors Without Borders is committed to empowering students through education. Through our summer school programs in Sierra Leone, Thailand, Uganda, and India, we help students develop the skills that they will need to pursue jobs within their chosen career field. In “The First Step”, Professors Without Borders will present advice on searching and applying for jobs in Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uganda. We hope that these articles will serve as resources for our past, present and future students.

We asked PROWIBO program alumni and research associate, Mucktarr Raschid and PROWIBO Project Coordinator for Sierra Leone and research associate Yanoh Jalloh to share their advice for searching and applying for jobs in Sierra Leone.


Getting Started

Sometimes the most difficult part of a job search is the initial research phase. While looking for job posting can be overwhelming, there are resources that you can use to make sure that you are proactive and productive. Finding out where to look for a job posting is key. Mucktarr suggests that you begin your job search by looking either in local newspapers or browsing social media platforms. “Newspapers are a key tool for searching for job applications in Sierra Leone,” says Mucktarr. However, both Mucktarr and Yanoh emphasise the importance of using social media to conduct  job searches and research job opportunities. They recommend students utilise social media platforms, such as Facebook to browse for job adverts and applications.

Moreover, you can utilise platforms, such as Whatsapp to come across job opportunities. “Some organizations send out job postings through their networks on WhatsApp [and] sometimes people send a job description to a group or their contacts and it gets forwarded. You can’t really do anything special to receive these job postings but once can always be on the lookout,” says Yanoh. Furthermore, Yanoh suggests that individuals browse the Freetown announcement job forums on Yahoo to look for job adverts.

In addition to social media, Yanoh recommends visiting the job search website Launched in 2014, aims to “lower the search cost and barrier to information for both job-seekers and employers, providing basic labor market information to them and a centralised meeting point wherein the two groups can interact.” Additionally, the site publishes articles offering advice on writing an effective resume  recruiting and hiring candidates, and ways to increase your productivity at work.


Skill Development and Work Experience

According to Raschid, “skills and experience are fundamental in nipping a job, so it is advisable for one to constantly make relentless efforts to improve your abilities and competencies.” Raschid recommends that individuals work first on developing good working ethic and develop good habits, such as punctuality as early as the interview process. In addition to soft skills, Yanoh recommends to work on developing greater computer literacy. This includes have a good understanding of Microsoft Suite. At the least, it is useful to have a good understanding of Microsoft Excel as many businesses in Sierra Leone use in many of their daily operations.

Moreover, it is attractive to employers if you have experience in  data evaluation and know how to extrapolate data as well as evaluate and present data sets.

In addition to investing in skill development, Mucktarr suggests individuals try to gain as much work experience as possible.  Start by looking at volunteer opportunities with organisations (NGOs, nonprofits, for-profits, etc.) or government institutions. Getting your foot in the door is crucial as  “you might be a priority for consideration if there is a vacancy in the organisation,” says Mucktarr.


Other Avenues

Mucktarr recommends that individuals explore all forms of employment, including self-employment. There are many possibilities for small business ventures in Sierra Leone. Individuals with a passion for starting their own business should begin by researching their area of interest and drafting a sound business plan. Moreover, Mucktarr recommends that individuals base their venture on their access to start-up funding.

It is important to be persistent and vocalise that you are actively looking for job opportunities. “In Sierra Leone it is very much about who you know, how you know them, and knowing them at the right time. If people know you are  in the job market, they will consider you when opportunities come up,” says Yanoh.


Many thanks to Mucktarr and Yanoh! Stay tuned for Part Two, where we discuss tips for searching and applying for jobs in Thailand.



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Weicht, Rebecca. “Education Systems Can Stifle Creative Thought. Here’s How to Do Things Differently.” World Economic Forum. Accessed July 15, 2018.


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Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Action Planning

Mary : July 17, 2018 3:09 pm : Career Development, Learners

Conducting a job search can be overwhelming. Luckily, Action Planning is a great way to stay organised and focused during your job search.

What is Action Planning?

The University of Kent’s Careers and Employability Service defines action planning as “a process which will help you to focus your ideas and decide what steps you need to take to achieve particular goals that you may have.” It is a cost-effective way for you to transform your aspirations into actions.

How do I create an Action Plan?

  1. Prioritise your interests. Think about the aspects of a job that are the most important to you, such as the starting salary, the available benefits, length of commute, hours, type of workload, etc.
  2. Set S.M.A.R.T. short term and long term goals. It is important to set goals for yourself. These goals should be specific, measurable, attainable and time bound. When developing these goals, think about where you want to be professionally and/or personally in the short and long term.
  3. Develop Action Steps. Action Steps are the specific actions that you will take in order to achieve your goal(s). It is important to make sure that your action steps are realistic and specific. The more clear you are, the easier it will be for you to complete each step. Action steps can include submitting a certain number of job applications each week, attending a career workshop, and/or developing a new skill.
  4. Monitor your progress keeping in mind your target dates. Record everything you do. This will help you stay organised throughout the process. If you’re struggling to stay on top of your Action Plan, try to speak with a career advisor. Remember,  you can always make changes to your Action Plan.

Why should I create an Action Plan?

Job searching is a self-regulated process. Even if you are a motivated individual, you should take time to think about your goals for personal and career development. What type of career do you want to have? Moreover, action planning helps to increase your productivity during your job search.In April of 2018, the World Bank conducted a study to determine the effect of action planning on job search efficiency for unemployed youth in South Africa. Participants attended career counselling workshops and were asked to complete weekly action plans. The study found that participants who made weekly action plans “received 24% more responses from employers and 30% more job offers, and were 26% more likely to be employed at the time of follow- up” in comparison to those did not complete weekly action plans.

If you need some inspiration when formatting your Action Plan, check out these templates from the World Bank, and  


Happy planning! Make sure to check out Prowibo’s Career Development page for more articles on how to make the most out of your job search.


Broad, Wendy. “The 5 Minute Career Action Plan.” Headspace National Youth Mental Health Network. Accessed July 10, 2018.

-“Career Planning: Career Development Action Plan.” University of California Berkeley Human Resources. Accessed July 13, 2018.

-Carranza, Eliana, and Svetlana Pimkina. Overcoming Behavioral Biases in Job Search: The Value of Action Planning.Issue brief. April 2018. Accessed July 14, 2018.

-Coleman, Rachel. “Simple Strategies That Work for Job Seekers.” Governance for Development. June 29, 2018. Accessed July 14, 2018.

-“MIT Global Education & Career Development.” Make a Career Plan | MIT Global Education & Career Development. Accessed July 14, 2018.

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Academic Funding Opportunities for African Youths

admin : February 28, 2018 11:27 pm : Career Development, Learners

Here are 12 excellent opportunities for funding for African Youths!

1. Merck 350 Research Grants (up to EUR 350,000) Deadline: August 15th, 2018. Get funding to work on challenging research topics at the occasion of Merck’s 350th anniversary. Merck is all about Science and Technology. Check out this link: Merck

2. Africa Women Development Grants 2018 – $50,000 – Deadline March 7th 2018. The Africa Women Development Grants invites applications from African women’s organizations under it’s main grants programme. African Women’s Development Fund

3. UNAOC – United Nations Alliance of Civilizations – $25,000 – February 16th 2018 – Youth Solidarity Fund application – United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

4. Misk Grand Challenges – Up to $100,000 Grant for Young Innovators World Wide – Deadline – May 14th 2018 – Via the Misk Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Misk Foundation مؤسسة مسك الخيرية

5. IITA Research Fellowship on “Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa” – Up to $10,000 – Deadline – February 28th 2018 –

6. Tanzania Sudden Opportunity Grant – Up to $200,000 – Deadline – Dec 31st 2018 – Voice

7. For Further funding opportunities, grants, scholarships, stay tuned on:

8. UK Network for funding organizations in International development, rolling deadlines, form $5,000-$500,000:

9. Open society initiative of East Africa – Open Society Foundations

10. IDEX Global Accelerator Fellowship 2018/2019 – for aspiring social entrepreneurs. Deadline – March 15th 2018 – IDEX Fellowship

11. Global Change-makers Youth Summit 2018 – 18 to 23 years old –  Fully Funded to Switzerland – Global Changemakers

12. All Bar None Scholarship to attend the 2018 One Young World Summit in The Hague, The Netherland (Fully Funded) – Deadline – 2nd April 2018 – One Young World

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Interview Tips that will Help you Land the Job!

admin : February 17, 2018 9:02 pm : Career Development, Learners

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the interview stage of your job hunting process! Now what do you do? Before you let the nerves kick in, check out this list of interview tips that will help you land the job!

Practice, practice, practice!

It can be very helpful to hold practice interviews with a friend or colleague before you go to the actual interview. This way you can practice responses to typical job interview questions and answers that will set you apart from the rest of the candidates. Make a list of concrete examples you can use to highlight your skills. A great way to do this is to construct a list of the job requirements and match them with your experience. When you provide evidence of your past success, it is a great way to promote yourself! Make sure you also have a list of your own questions ready to ask the employer.

For examples of the most commonly asked interview questions, follow this link.

Not sure what types of questions to ask the employer during the interview? Have a look at this comprehensive guide.

Research the Company.

Researching the company is part of the preparation process before the interview. Employers want to make sure you did your homework and understand what the company does and the industry that they work in. You need to be prepared for the question, ‘What do you know about this company?’ It is important to do research so that you can showcase and relate what you’ve learned about the company throughout the interview process. Take some time to visit the company’s official website and write down any key information you think may be useful during the interview.

Get Ready ahead of Time.

It is never a good idea to wait last minute to pick an outfit, print out a copy of your CV or find a notebook and pen. Make sure you have one great interview outfit ready so you can be prepared to interview on short notice without the stress of deciding on what to wear. The night before the interview make sure you have everything ready, your outfit is neat and appropriate for the type of company you are interviewing with. Bring extra copies of your CV and always bring a pen and paper for note taking as well as questions and information you prepared for the interview.

The Balance has a great article about appropriate interview attire for all different types of interviews.

Be Early!

Being early for an interview is crucial in the selection process as it shows that you are reliable and punctual. Make sure to arrive five to ten minutes early. If needed, take some time the day before to find the interview location to ensure you know exactly how long it takes to get there and where to go. Being early allows you to visit the restroom, inspect your outfit and calm your pre-interview nerves.

Stay Calm.

It is important to stay as calm as possible during the interview. Try to relax and remember that your body language shows as much about you as your answers to the questions. If you have properly prepared, it will be evident in the confidence you exhibit. If you feel flustered, take a minute to relax. All interviewers have been in your shoes at one point and understand that it can be very nerve-racking! Ensure to maintain eye contact with the interviewer(s), be active and listen to the entire question before you answer.

Here are some great tips for avoiding job interview stress and to help calm your nerves.

Share your Knowledge.

Make sure to relate what you have researched about the company when you are answering questions. When you speak about your career accomplishments, match them to the job description for the position you’re applying for. Use examples from your research such as, ‘From the research I did, I noticed that your customer satisfaction ratings improved when you implemented your new software system last year. I am familiar with the latest technologies from my experience at X-Company developing software.’ This is your time to shine and match the company’s requirements to your expertise!

Follow Up!

Make sure to always follow up with the interviewer(s) with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. If you forgot to mention any important details during the interview, this is also a time to include them. If you were interviewed by more than one person, do not send out a mass email, but rather send a personalised note. Make sure this is done within 24 hours of your interview.

Now that you know the top tips for a successful interview, start preparing and researching and relax! You’ll do great!



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Tips for Teachers

admin : January 17, 2018 11:48 pm : Career Development, Learners

This section on Career Development is not only useful to the students and alumni of Prowibo, but also to our teachers. Have a look at this inspiring article on tips for teachers written by one of Prowibo’s Research Fellows, Gabriel Inchausti.

Citizens of Solidaryland are known for their kindness and pro-sociality. One example will offer proof: their rate of organ donors is above 90%. The figure is seven times higher than their neighbours’ (the citizens of Egoland). Solidarylanders like to help others and they know the biggest way to do it is by giving the gift of life: donating to those who need it.

But what about Egolanders? Are they as cold, heartless, and individualistic as those figures suggest? Is it that they don’t care about others at all?

A small trick helped Solidarylanders to achieve such impressive rate of donors: all of them are automatic donors, unless they explicitly declare so. Can that seemingly innocuous fact be that important? Definitely!

Richard Thaler, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics , coined the term ‘nudge‘ to refer to those little elements in the context of a decision that have big impact in its outcome. We are not optimal, rational machines that make decisions always in accordance to our own benefit or our beliefs. We are just humans, and as Solidarylanders, we can use some help in the context to improve our decisions.

We know that education is very important. We are willing to put a considerable dose of effort to fulfil our academic goals. However, we rely on our human condition to make the right choices when the moment comes: Should I work now and finish this essay, or can I leave it for the weekend? In the end, my deadline is only next Tuesday. This is not an easy decision, and its outcome is not necessarily related to a specific academic mindset.

Professors can greatly improve the impact of their teachings if they become ‘choice architects‘. Lectures and course structure can have more effect if professors strategically place “cues” that condition students’ academic decisions in a good way.

Here a few suggestions:

Master the Deadlines.

Do students deliberately decide to rush during the last couple of days to finish their essay? Definitely not! But procrastination is one of the most difficult forces that students fight.

Although they know they tend to procrastinate, and they self-impose deadlines, they fail in building an effective mechanism to enforce their plan. Students may benefit more from externally imposed deadlines. (Ariely & Wertenbroch, 2002)

Help your students by splitting complex tasks into smaller ones with strict interim deadlines.

Build Habits.

We rely heavily on routines, in particular those that are proposed to us. Sometimes students build the proper ones, but sometimes they don’t. It is not enough to set how much time they should allocate each week in studying for a subject. They need to go one step forward. They need to specify when, where, and with whom.

The more specific the plan, the bigger the chances for them to follow it. As odd at it may sound, consider incentivising the first steps of your students’ plan. Incentives work great for short sprints and can be very useful when trying to build a routine.

Should your students earn credits just for showing up every Monday morning at 8 AM with their group? It may not be a silly idea.

Embrace the Golden Minute.

Other Nobel Prize in Economics, Daniel Kahneman said: “Our mind has a useful capability to focus on whatever is odd, different or unusual”. That useful capability can turn into something that is not always helpful, but professors can use it in benefit of their student.

Leave the last three minutes of your lectures for students to write what they have learned, what was most surprising in  your class and ask them to choose something they learned to tell to others.

These three questions activate  a mechanism that helps in retaining concepts. The “saying-is-believing” effect, (Hausmann, Levine, & Tory Higgins, 2008) refers to the influence in a communicator’s memories that has the process of tailoring a message for an audience.

When you ask your students to choose a single salient concept and to tell it to others they care about, the chance of them to fix it, increases.

Fight the Curve of Forgetting

Humans tend to forget, but they do it following a systematic pattern: we forget exponentially. Studies regarding the way we handle memories refer to the idea that the process of forgetting is linked with our growing inability to retrieve pieces of information stored. Memories appear to be gone because we can’t recall it, not because we lose it. (Anderson, Bjork, & Bjork, 1994) Mnemonic rules are tools to help in the process of information recovery.

Remind your students about the key concepts of your lessons the day after your lecture. Do it again in ten days. And do it a third time within a period of one month. This can help students  strengthen the “recalling procedures”, thus making the learned knowledge more available.


(1) Master the deadlines, (2) Build Habits, (3) Embrace the Golden Minute, and (4) Fight the Curve of Forgetting. These techniques won’t alter the beliefs of your students about the importance of education and the relevance of your lectures, but they will help them engage in behaviours consistent with high academic performance.


Anderson, M. C., Bjork, R. A., & Bjork, E. L. (1994). Remembering can cause forgetting: Retrieval dynamics in long-term memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 20(5), 1063–1087.

Ariely, D., & Wertenbroch, K. (2002). Procrastination, Deadlines, and Performance: Self-Control by Precommitment. Psychological Science, 13(3), 219–224.

Hausmann, L. R. M., Levine, J. M., & Tory Higgins, E. (2008). Communication and Group Perception: Extending the `Saying is Believing’ Effect. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 11(4), 539–554.


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Top Tips for Writing an Outstanding CV

admin : January 11, 2018 5:54 pm : Career Development, Learners

When it comes to looking for a job, a great CV is a necessity. Get it right and you will land an interview in no time, however, get it wrong and it will be difficult to score an interview.

This guide will provide top tips for writing an outstanding CV for 2018 and beyond.

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Exam Study Tips

admin : October 27, 2017 11:16 am : Career Development, Learners

Stressed about an upcoming exam? Take a look at these exam study tips written by our Uganda Team Leader, Ena!

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Tips to Aid in your Job Search

admin : October 24, 2017 1:13 pm : Career Development, Learners

Regardless of the field you’re in, applying for a new job can be stressful. Filling out numerous applications and then playing the waiting game is an experience nobody enjoys. Receiving emails stating you have not been shortlisted for the position can be disheartening and leave you feeling frustrated in your search.

However, what if we told you that there are a few secrets to help you find the best jobs and land an interview? This post will provide you with the important tips to aid in your job search.

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Give your Referees the Treatment they Deserve!

admin : October 2, 2017 4:07 pm : Career Development, Learners

When applying for university, scholarships or jobs, many times you are asked to provide references to ensure academic standing or the level of professionalism you demonstrate. Great references are very valuable, so why do we treat our referees so poorly? This post will present 5 tips on how to give your referees the treatment they deserve!

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Top 10 Tips for Applying for Scholarships

admin : September 26, 2017 9:07 am : Blogs, Career Development, Learners

Applying for scholarships can sometimes be stressful and confusing. But have no fear, we’ve got you covered! Here is a list of our top 10 tips for applying for scholarships.


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Free Software for Students

caro : August 11, 2017 1:41 pm : Career Development, Learners

Software that is useful for students, all free, all online. Most of these need to be downloaded, but once done you can often use them offline.

I want to….

… write an essay


… add references to my essay

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Free Software for Research and Teaching

caro : August 11, 2017 1:38 pm : Career Development, Learners

Software that is useful for educators, all free, all online. Most of these need to be downloaded, but once done you can often use them offline.

I want to….

… write an article


… add references to my article

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Online Courses for FREE

caro : August 8, 2017 12:58 pm : Career Development, Learners

These courses are free but you are charged in you want to receive a certificate.

Coursera offers financial aid to students who want the official verification certificate and can’t afford it.

This is a fabulous help for curious students or those struggling with a course. Click the below links, chose your class, build your degree!


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Do you want to study Law? Free online courses.

caro : August 11, 2017 1:25 pm : Career Development, Learners


These courses have been cross-referenced against law degrees from top universities. If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

A Law Student’s Toolkit

English Common Law: Structure and Principles
University of London

An Introduction to American Law
University of Pennsylvania

International Law
Université catholique de Louvain

Introduction to International Criminal Law
Case Western Reserve University 

International Humanitarian Law
Université catholique de Louvain

International Investment Law 
Université catholique de Louvain

Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

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Do you want to study Global Politics and Development? Free online courses.

admin : September 19, 2017 9:48 am : Career Development, Learners


These courses have been cross-referenced against Global Politics and Development degrees from top universities. If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

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Do you want to study an MBA? Free online courses.

caro : August 11, 2017 1:19 pm : Career Development, Learners


These courses have been cross-referenced against MBA degrees from top universities. If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

Finance for Non-Finance Professionals
Rice University

Financial Markets

Maths Essentials for MBA Success 
Imperial College London

International Business Environment
University of London

Accounting Essentials for MBA Success
Imperial College London 

Corporate Financial Policy
University of Michigan

Project Risk Assessment
University of Michigan 


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Do you want to study health? Free online courses.

caro : August 11, 2017 1:32 pm : Career Development, Learners

LIST OF COURSES to study health.
If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

Essentials of Global Health

Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview
University of Geneva

Global Health Diplomacy
State University of New York

Global Health Policy
University of Tokyo

International Women’s Health and Human Rights
Stanford University

Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics
University of Cape Town

Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
Emory University

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Our Teaching Tips

caro : August 1, 2017 9:41 am : Career Development, Learners


Click here for the teaching primer pack by Richard Adams.

Our lecturers have all been trained using this philosophy to best engage with students using the latest available research and technology. Please feel free to adopt, adapt and send us feedback.

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Where to find scholarships

caro : July 27, 2017 12:51 pm : Career Development, Learners


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Scholarships in China

With the improving relations between China and Africa and the development of China, more and more African students want to study in China. Many Chinese universities offer scholarships for African students who want to study in China to ease their financial pressure.

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK

Scholarships in Italy
The Università Cattolica Africa Scholarship and is offered by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) in Italy. The scholarship is part of its mission to foster relationships with developing countries developed the Africa Scholars Program for students, both citizens and residents, from the African continent. The UCSC Africa Scholarships program aims to enable students to study selected Masters degree programs taught in English at UCSC’s Milan, Piacenza and Cremona Campuses. Cattolica offers scholarship opportunities for 1-year English-taught specializing Masters as well.

Scholarships in Finland
If you’re interested in studying in Finland the link below provides information on scholarship opportunities in Finland for international students, as well as financial advice and the application process for university study at all levels.

Scholarships in Sweden
The Swedish Institute, a government agency, and several Swedish universities offer a range of scholarships each year for international students and researchers wishing to go to Sweden. There are also scholarship competitions and other scholarship opportunities provided by private institutions and foundations.


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Scholarships for Women from Africa

caro : August 18, 2017 12:36 pm : Career Development, Learners

With many education foundations and charities working to increase opportunities to higher education, there has been a rise in the number of scholarships available for African women

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) provides scholarships for African women in sub-Saharan Africa working within agricultural science.

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship program is a fellowship that provides training for African women to become human rights lawyers within their home country. It places an emphasis on advancing gender equality in the African legal system.

Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship Scheme is specifically for female African students pursuing master’s or PhD programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and education science at an African university.

NYU Wagner Public Service Fellowships for African Women offer scholarships for African women wishing to pursue careers in public service within their home countries.

Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women is a joint initiative of King’s College London (UK) and the University of Nairobi to train African women in conflict, security and development.

Zawadi Africa Education Fund provides scholarships for African women to study in Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya or the US.

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Scholarships for African candidates

caro : July 27, 2017 1:36 pm : Career Development, Learners

International Scholarships for African students
A list of current opportunities including helpful links and advice.

The Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship is being offered by Carleton University in Canada to African students looking to pursue undergraduate as well as graduate programmes for the 2017/2018 academic year.

The MasterCard Foundation in partnership with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture is inviting MCF –at- RUFORUM Scholarship applications for Ugandan and Kenyan students for the 2017/18 academic year. The scholarship is available for bachelor and master programmes.

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) is offering partial scholarships to 10 students interested in studying Masters in Monitoring and Evaluation and Master of Science in Computing.

International Health Sciences University has organised Scholarships for Ugandan Students. These scholarships are available to pursue Bachelor, Master and Diploma programme. The aim of the scholarships is to produce graduates of responsible character with the necessary knowledge and skills for professional and national leadership.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides postgraduate training in a field with strong relevance to national development aiming at university staff development and public sector demand of academically trained personnel to nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) is now accepting applications for Rhodes Scholarship for West African students for the academic year 2018-2019. The Rhodes scholarship is administered by the Rhodes Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom and is a postgraduate award that seeks to support exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

The Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme is for Masters and PhD level African students with special circumstances. It caters for study across the globe.

Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund provides graduate scholarships for African scientists to gain financial assistance for a master’s degree in subjects related to disease control in Africa. Successful scholarship candidates can study at London’s Institute of Tropical Medicine, the London School of the Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or Nagasaki University in Japan.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are international scholarships for African students within the Commonwealth to study a Masters degree by distance learning from selected universities in the UK and worldwide.

Opportunities for Africans is a listof scholarships for study at all degree levels. It also has jobs listings.

The Beit Trust Scholarships provides international Masters degree and PhD scholarships for African students from Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe to study in the UK, Ireland or South Africa at a leading university.

Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarships offers international scholarships for students from developing countries (including African nations) to gain funding for university at home and abroad.

Women Techmakers Scholars Program is a scholarship programme for women from Africa (as well as Europe and the Middle East) to study computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field at any study level at a university in one of the aforementioned regions.


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