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1. Together for Development: Short course on International Development at UWC Waterford Kamhlaba.

Waterford Kamhlaba, the United World College of Southern Africa in Mbabane, eSwatini, will host a UWC Short Course from December 29, 2018 to January 12, 2019. The course will focus on aspects of international development and bring together 50-60 young people from all over the world for an intense learning journey to experience "UWC in a nutshell." They are looking for young people, aged 16 - 20, who want to make a difference in the world and their community. This could be you or someone you know! Please see the application form here:

Topics covered include:

  • Development theory

  • Social entrepreneurship

  • Development and gender/women’s health

  • Environment and sustainability

  • Arts and creativity

  • Education and youth

  • Activism

Special features of the course:

  • In-depth introduction to eSwatini

  • Projects with the local community

  • NGO visits

  • Theme days key issues in development

  • Project development & management


2. MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at The University of Edinburgh provides full scholarships and transformative leadership training to educate and support bright, young African students with a deep, personal commitment to changing the world around them. In partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, the University of Edinburgh will provide 200 full postgraduate and undergraduate scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities. On top of the scholarship, the Scholars Program facilitates transformative leadership programming to inspire and support Scholars in making change in their communities and countries on their return home.


  • You must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh. It is preferred that applicants apply to this scholarship BEFORE applying to the University.

  • You must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country, whose personal circumstances would make accepting an offer from the University of Edinburgh difficult.

  • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within your community; and

  • You are able to present economically disadvantaged circumstances and be able to show that you lack financial means from family or other sources to pursue post-secondary (university) education in your home country or elsewhere

DEADLINE: 30 November 2018


Ashinaga is a Japan-based non-profit organisation, which provides educational and emotional support to orphaned students. Ashinaga has supported over 100,000 orphans over the last 50 years, and many of its graduates are actively contributing to society in a variety of fields across the world.The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) began in 2014. Its mission is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increasing access to higher education abroad. We support orphaned students who are committed to returning home and initiating change by providing access to full financial support to study at university abroad (equivalent to undergraduate degree), including tuition, room, travel cost and other necessary fees.

The application is open to those who:

  • Have lost one or both parents

  • Have completed 12 years of education (primary and secondary school) within the last two years, or those who will complete 12 years of education by December 31, 2018.

  • Have citizenship and have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

  • Were born after 1st October, 1996.

  • Do not have the financial means to attend university.

  • Are proficient in English.

  • Have an outstanding academic performance at high school and were amongst the top students in their class.

  • Are able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.

  • Are willing to return home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society after graduating from university.

  • Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.

  • Are in good health and capable of studying abroad.

Required Documents for the Application:

This is a list of the documents you will need to submit as part of your application. Applications will open on September 16th so you should start collecting these documents as soon as possible.

  • Copy of national ID card or passport.

  • Copy of term reports / high school transcripts (the last 2 years).

  • Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate**

  • Copy of academic transcripts or diplomas from university/post-secondary institution, if applicable.

  • Copy of death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent's name, or alternative official documentation proving death of parent(s) or orphan status.

  • Copy of birth certificate of applicant.

  • A passport sized photo (3.5cm x 4.5cm)

DEADLINE: 16 December 2018


Minerva Schools at KGI ( is a 4-year residential university based in San Francisco, USA. Minerva offers an innovative undergraduate program that combines a global education with an intensive and interdisciplinary curriculum. All Minerva students study and live in a new city each semester, and graduate with global experience from San Francisco, Seoul, London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hyderabad and Taipei. Minerva students engage with a diversity of people and societies, while gaining access to a wealth of educational resources far beyond those available on a traditional campus.

Minerva offers majors or courses, each with different specializations which students select to focus on:

  1. Arts and Humanities: humanities analyses, humanities foundations, humanities applications, historical forces, philosophy ethics and the law, dynamics of the arts and literature

  2. Computational Sciences: computational theory and analysis, contemporary knowledge discovery, applied problem solving, computer science and artificial intelligence, mathematics and operations research, and data science and statistics

  3. Natural Sciences: theoretical foundations of natural science, research analysis in natural science, designing solutions, molecules and atoms, cells and organisms, earth’s system

  4. Social Sciences: theory and analysis of the social sciences, empirical approaches to the social sciences, designing societies, economic markets, mind and emotio, global governance

  5. Business: brand management, strategic finance, managing operational complexity, new business ventures, scalable growth, enterprise management

Admission is based on merit alone and is determined by Minerva’s own specific criteria, not standardized test scores or generic essay questions. All applications are done online online. Visit to view and begin the application process.

Application Deadlines

Early Action: November 1, 2018

Regular Decision 1: January 15, 2019

Regular Decision 2: March 15, 2019

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