USAID/Southern Africa invites NGOs to apply for Funding: Promoting Inclusive Development

Deadline: 11 January 2016

USAID (United States Agency for International Development) is inviting NGOs across South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia and Botswana to apply for the FY15 Disability Funding to:

  • Increase the participation of people with disabilities in USAID programs/activities;
  • Strengthen the capacity and services of civil society organizations run by and for people with disabilities; herein referred to as Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

Projects may be stand-alone, targeted programs to benefit persons with disabilities, or they can be projects/activities that seek to mainstream persons with disabilities within existing USAID/Southern Africa programs. This Funding Opportunity is intended to solicit applications covering program areas limited to: agriculture and food security; environment; wildlife trafficking and global climate change; gender-based violence; and science, technology and innovation. Capacity building components of these activities for DPOs may include organizational capacity, advocacy efforts, cross-disability coalition building, coordination, and leadership and training. USAID/Southern Africa also encourages applicants to think creatively about how sports activities can be incorporated meaningfully into proposed activities. All proposals must be guided by the values and provisions set forth by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

For more information, visit

SANBio/BioFISA II Mobility Grants : Research Grants of Up to ZAR 30,000 to Address Southern Africa’s Challenges in Health & Nutrition

Deadline: 1 December 2018

The Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is currently inviting applications for its SANBio/BioFISA II Mobility Grants Programme which aimed to address Southern Africa’s challenges in health and nutrition.  It is one of the five Networks under the Consolidated Plan of Action for Science and Technology (African Biosciences Initiative).

The BioFISA Programme is aimed at strengthening the NEPAD SANBio Network and in this second phase it focuses on boosting regional collaboration and networking.

Programme Objective

The SANBio/BioFISA II Mobility Grant is one of the instruments used to promote linkages, knowledge-sharing and collaboration amongst institutions and practitioners in the SANBio Network regionally and internationally and will support the following activities:

  • Regional and international conferences related to the research areas of health and nutrition.
  • Knowledge exchange in specific thematic areas supported by SANBio/BioFISA II.
  • Specific technical training related to current work undertaken by the institution with follow up plans to utilize skills acquired.
  • Mentor and mentee visits (both academic and business development of bioscience start-ups) provided a mentorship plan is in place.
  • Peer-to-peer exchange meetings between different institutions in the SANBio Network.
  • Proposal development (only applicable for shortlisted candidates during the preparation of full proposals the SANBio/BioFISA II Call for Proposals).

Eligible Countries

Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Grants available

  • Individual support grants of up to ZAR 22,000 for regional applications or ZAR 30,000 for an international application will be provided, depending on the particular nature of the exchange or visit.
  • BioFISA II Mobility grant will target to support 50% applications from female applicants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The call for applications is open to all participants from all SANBio Network Member States (mention above).
  • All applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    • Relevance of the activity and contribution towards strengthening the SANBio network.
    • Relevance in terms of thematic areas in health and nutrition supported by SANBio/BioFiSA II Programme.
    • Preferred participation of women and under-represented groups (target of 50%).

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form through the website and submit by electronically.

For more information, please visit Mobility grant.

OSISA has announced a call for grant applications for its 2016 grants program.

Deadline: 31 March 2016

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) has announced a call for grant applications for its 2016 grants program.

OSISA supports innovative programs working towards open society ideals and which advocate for these ideals in southern Africa. The programs it supports will look beyond immediate symptoms and seek to address structural problems that reproduce poverty, inequality, exclusion and discrimination.

For the 2016 strategy year, OSISA invites proposals from civil society, community or state actors from our region for the following programme priority areas: –

  • Human Rights, Access to Justice and the Rule of Law
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Social and Economic Justice
  • Natural Resources Governance
  • Youth Arts and Culture
  • Women’s Rights

OSISA recognizes that there are some emerging and other leading civil society groups and formations such as community-based organizations and social movements operating in our region, which are not formally registered entities. It is willing to consider concept proposals from such unregistered and informal groups and formations that, if approved, may then be further developed into fully-fledged grant proposals for consideration.

OSISA works in 10 southern Africa countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For more information, visit OSISA.

Be a Part of OSISA’s Marginalisation and Inequality Course: A Policy Lens on Social Exclusion and Marginalisation!

Deadline: 17 January 2016

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa is seeking applications for its Marginalisation and Inequality Course that will provide a policy lens on social exclusion and marginalisation, by laying out a theoretical framework for understanding the process by which certain groups are systematically disadvantaged.

The course will be held from the 7 – 18 March 2016 in Johannesburg. Participants must arrive on the 6 March 2016 and cannot leave before the course ends on the 18th at 17h00 pm.

As discrimination occurs in public institutions, such as the legal system or education and health services, as well as social institutions like the household, the course will focus on the ways in which these institutions either challenge or deepen social exclusion.

The course will use a number of innovative mechanisms to facilitate this discussion, to equip policy-makers and those who work to influence policy outcomes and social programmes, with the skills to better identify the drivers of social exclusion, and the mechanisms for addressing it.  Particular emphasis will be on:

  • A human rights framework for protecting the rights of marginalised people and
  • Policies and programmes that seek to address the long-term and systemic challenges that marginalised groups face.


  • Provide a set of skills to improve the capacity of participants to make better policy choices (whether they are in the state or advocating for change);
  • Create a cohort of activists who are conversant with the rights-based approach to inequalities, marginalisation and exclusion.

Eligible Countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

Prospective participants are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Possess an undergraduate degree;
  • At least five years work experience in a civil society or public sector institution;
  • Currently be employed in an area where public policy advocacy is important;
  • Work at middle management, executive or leadership level;
  • English proficiency (as the course will be delivered in English);
  • Be a national from any of the ten countries mentioned above in which OSISA is active.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their application forms with all necessary documents at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Marginalisation and Inequality Course.

Romanian Government Scholarships 2016-2017 for non EU Countries

Deadline: 15 March 2016

Romanian State to foreign citizens through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently inviting applications for the 85 scholarships program for under- and post-graduate studies in Romania.

Scholarship Covers

  • Free-of-charge tuition,
  • Free-of-charge accommodation
  • Financial support
    • 65 EURO per month, for the under-graduate students.
    • 75 EURO per month, for post-graduate students (master degrees and specialization).
    • 85 EURO per month, for post graduate students (doctor’s degree).

Priority Fields

Political and administrative sciences, education studies, Romanian culture and civilization, journalism, technical studies, oil and gas, agricultural studies, veterinary medicine, architecture, music, arts.

Eligibility Criteria

Application open to:

  • Citizens of non EU countries (irrespective of their country of residence).
  • Priority is given to citizens from non EU states with which Romania does not have cultural and education cooperation agreements.

How to Apply

  • Application files submitted by post or directly to the MFA or to the MECS.
  • Applications files should contain documents in English or French language.
  • If the application files contain documents in other foreign languages than English or French, they must be accompanied by authorized translations in one of the following languages: Romanian, English or French. Generally, Romanian universities may require that all enrolment documents should be accompanied by authorized copies and authorized translations in Romanian.

 For more information, please visit Government Scholarship.

WAN-IFRA Women in News Leadership Development Programme: Inviting Women Working for Newspapers or Digital Media!

Deadline: 14 December 2015

The World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is inviting women working for newspapers or digital media to apply for Women in News (WIN) leadership development programme.

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, is the global organisation of the world’s press, representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. It was created by the July 2009 merger of the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry. The two organisations have a 110-year history between them as the global representatives of the world’s press.

The Women in News (WIN) programme provides women media professionals with personalized, high-impact leadership development opportunities with the support of local and international experts. It works with media companies and their high potential female employees to overcome the gender gap in management and senior management positions. The programme equips women media professionals in middle and senior management positions with the strategies, skills and support networks they need to take on a greater leadership role within their organisations.

WIN participants have benefited from individual coaching, media management and leadership skills training, mentoring and networking opportunities to strengthen their skill-sets and help them overcome barriers to advancement in the workplace.

Eligible countries: Botswana, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.


  • One-on-one Coaching to work towards a specific career goal within their media company or to implement a workplace project of their choice.
  • Certified Leadership and Media Management training through a skills development curriculum specifically designed for the WIN programme and delivered by regional experts.
  • Peer Mentoring to allow for exchange of ideas and experiences, and create peer-to-peer support networks.
  • Networking opportunities in national or regional settings to facilitate the creation and expansion of business networks.

Eligibility Criteria

WIN Southern Africa and WIN MENA is open to media women with a minimum of 2 years in a middle management position (editorial or a senior journalist) within newspapers and digital media in countries mentioned above.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

Note: Successful participants will be expected to travel on specific occasions throughout the programme, which runs from January 2016 through to June 2016.

For more information, please visit WAN-IFRA Women in News.

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa: Non Registered Entities can Submit Proposals for Innovative Grant Programme 2016

Deadline: 31 March 2016

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is currently inviting applications for its 2016 Innovative Grant programme. The programmes support beyond immediate symptoms and seek to address structural problems that reproduce poverty, inequality, exclusion and discrimination.

Priority Areas

  • Human Rights, Access to Justice and the Rule of Law
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Social and Economic Justice
  • Natural Resources Governance
  • Youth Arts and Culture
  • Women’s Rights

Funding Guidelines

  • OSISA invites proposals from civil society, community or state actors from Southern Africa, which are not formally registered entities.
  • OSISA will consider concept proposals from such unregistered and informal groups and formations that, if approved, may then be further developed into fully-fledged grant proposals for consideration.
  • Non-registered groups and formations may submit OSISA 2016 Concept Proposal Forms for consideration by OSISA.

How to Apply

To apply, organizations and entities operating and registered in southern Africa need to complete and submit the OSISA 2016 Grant Application Form through the website.

For more information, please visit Grant programme.

UNESCO/Israel (MASHAV) Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2016 for African & Caribbean Countries

Deadline: 1 December 2015

UNESCO/Israel (MASHAV) is currently inviting  applications for its Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2016  to promote human resource capacities in the developing countries through intensive training and to enhance international understanding and friendship among peoples of the world and the people of Israel. The Government of Israel is placing at the disposal of UNESCO a number of fellowships for the benefit of certain Member States (especially the least developed countries) within the framework of the UNESCO Fellowship Programme.

Beneficiaries of these fellowships will be given the opportunity of participating in a variety of training courses in Israel, conducted under the sponsorship of the MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.

Eligible Countries

Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, United Rep. of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Caribbean Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.


UNESCO will cover

  • International travel expenses (at the most economical airfare) within the framework of the 2014-2015 Fellowships Programme.
  • One-time special allowance amounting to US$100.

MASHAV (Israel) will cover

  • Registration and tuition frees.
  • Accommodation (Room and Board).
  • Health insurance and basic medical care (This does not include dental care, glasses, and chronic illnesses).

Eligibility criteria

  • High-level educational staff, at the regional or national level, dealing with the target population, school principals, counselors, supervisors, lecturers at teacher training institutions, and researchers in relevant fields.
  • Be proficient in reading and writing in the language of instruction; (if the language of instruction is not the mother tongue, a certificate of language proficiency must be provided).
  • Be not more than 50 years of age.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online through the website.

For more information, please visit Fellowships Programme.

Peace Revolution Fellowships 2016 for African Young Leaders

Deadline: 1 December 2015

Are you a young African peace activist who desires to overcome the aforementioned challenges? Do you want to unlock the door to your inner peace and self-development to help you in your studies, work and life?  Peace Revolution offers you the opportunity to cultivate a strong peace culture based on the principle of Peace In, Peace Out.

Peace Revolution is currently inviting applications for its Amandla East and Southern Africa Fellowship 2016 in Lilongwe, Malawi.


  • Empower young people with the tools to inner peace, positive thinking and habits through the practice of mindfulness, self-discipline and meditation.
  • Connect young people in these regions and enhance their sense of solidarity, compassion and togetherness.
  • Provide a forum of networking and exchange for future collaboration and partnerships while fostering mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue.

Eligible Countries

Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Djibouti, Comoros, Eretria, Ethiopia, Somalia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Botswana, Seychelles, Lesotho, Madagascar, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mauritius.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be African nationals residing in Eastern and Southern Africa(mentioned above).
  • Be 20-32 years old at the time of submitting the application in order to receive the airfare support. Applicants above 32 years of age will have to pay their airfare to attend.
  • Have completed at least 21 days of the 42-day online self-development program. Note that in order to submit the application form, candidates do not need to have completed the online self-development program.
  • Have good proficiency in written and spoken English language. Those who can speak French will have an added advantage.
  • Be optimistic, be open-minded, show leadership potential, and have a genuine interest in peace building.
  • Be young leaders in local, national or international organizations.
  • Send a recommendation letter from their organizations/institutions.
  • Pay a commitment fee of 100USD before the arrival to the retreat site (by Bank transfer or Western Union).

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online through the website.

For more information, please visit Fellowship in Lilongwe, Malawi.

The Other Foundation’s Call for Grant applications

Deadline: 18 November 2015

The Other Foundation is inviting applications for grants from any individual or organization in thirteen eligible southern African countries to support work that addresses discrimination against lesbian women or transgender people.

To be eligible for a grant you must be:

  • A lesbian woman or a transgender person, or an organization that is led by lesbian women or transgender people; or
    A general LGBTI organization that addresses discrimination against transgender people or lesbian women.

Grant applications will be accepted in all four grant categories listed above. However, the grant period will be a maximum of one year only, ending on 30 September 2016.

The maximum amount for Hungwe / Fish Eagle grants will therefore be R150,000 over 12 months and the maximum amount for Mosu / Umbrella Tree grants will be R300,000 over 12 months.

The thirteen eligible countries from which grant applications will be accepted are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The Foundation has ZAR 1.5 million for grant allocations in this round of grant making. Decisions about which concept proposals will be taken to the second stage of the process, will be made within three weeks of the closing date for the submission of concept proposals.
The closing date for submission of grant concept proposals is Wednesday, 18 November 2015.

For more information, visit the Other Foundation.