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2020 Leventis Fellowship for Africa Academics

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The Centre of African Studies of the University of London invites applications from Nigerian academics to take part in a scheme of collaborative research funded by the Leventis Foundation.

Sabbatical at the Centre of African Studies, University of London:

The Leventis Research Co-operation Programme is devised to assist younger scholars develop their research interests in collaboration with their counterparts in London. Applicants are invited to apply to spend three months as visitors of the Centre of African Studies in order to pursue their research in libraries and archives and to participate in the intellectual life of the Centre. The scheme might be particularly appropriate for scholars working up a PhD thesis into publishable form.

To be considered for the fellowship, applicants should send the following documents via email to ab17@soas.ac.uk

  • A complete curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • A statement of current research interests (of not more than 1,000 words) specifying the aims to be achieved during the research period in London
  • One academic reference letter supporting the application (sent directly from the email account of the referee to ab17@soas.ac.uk)

Applications are considered by a Steering Committee in London. Emails will be sent to the applicants informing them of the Committee’s decision soon after the deadline of 31st March. 

Email applications are preferable, but if you are unable to send your application by email, please post it to:

Ms Angelica Baschiera
Centre of African studies
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Deadline for Applications: 31 March 2020

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How You Can Nail Online Opportunity And Scholarship Mentoring

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In 2019, while working hard to secure a prestigious scholarship for a foreign Masters, I reached out to a previous winner of a MasterCard Scholarship for African Scholars at UK, who was studying my intended specialization (Master of Science, Africa, and International Development) via LinkedIn. Basically, I went to the scholarship site of the university, at the alumni page, found his profile which matched what I intended to study and sent a Premium-activated LinkedIn message, asking him to hand-hold me via my application process. This MasterCard scholar had no prior relationship with me, did not know me and we had no mutual friend. In Nigerian Twitter parlance, I was “shooting my shot” in his message box (lol). But somehow, I was really optimistic that he would come through for me. I mean, why not! We were Africans; we both want to better our lives and that of the African continent. What better way for him to demonstrate his commitment to Africa’s development other than by helping another Young African reach the same height as his (premium entitlement, loooool).

After two days or so, he read my message, viewed my LinkedIn profile and IGNORED me entirely. Zero reply. But I continued waiting for his reply even as the submission date approached. One week to submission was when it dawned on me that I would not get any hand-holding and I moved on.

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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships For Foreign Scholars And Artists For The 2020-2021 Academic Year

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Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

One minute introduction to Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Introduction to Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (5 min.)

Types of scholarship

  • The research scholarship is available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (who hold a master’s degree as a minimum) who are planning to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at doctoral or post-doctoral level.
    Research scholarships are awarded for research or study at all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and the two federal institutes of technology. Only candidates nominated by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.
  • Art scholarships are open to art students wishing to pursue an initial master’s degree in Switzerland.
    Art scholarships are awarded for study at any Swiss conservatory or university of the arts. This scholarship is available to students from a limited number of countries only.  

Selection criteria

The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:

a) Candidate profile
b) Quality of the research project or artistic work
c) Synergies and potential for future research cooperation

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