Extra scholarships for graduate classes, Hewlett Foundation, MIT

Extra scholarships for graduate classes

Masters degree in development economics, income-based, first courses online, no barriers to entry, MIT (US university) https://micromasters.mit.edu/dedp/

We have an exciting new scholarship opportunity for those of you who were born in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Hewlett Foundation has recently offered to provide scholarships to learners from the region who demonstrate a strong interest in the program. All learners, old and new, are invited to apply for the chance to receive a scholarship from the Hewlett Foundation that will cover the costs of up to two courses for the summer semester.

Learners selected for this scholarship will gain all the benefits of being a paid learner, including accessing private webinars, direct access to the MIT teaching assistants, and the community forums, with job opportunities and advice from your fellow learners. If you are interested, please complete an application form soon. We will select learners on a rolling basis until the payment deadline of July 13, but recommend that you enroll quickly, as the summer semester launches on June 5.

It is particularly wonderful to have the opportunity to take these often challenging courses with a friend, so this is a great opportunity to alert your peers and colleagues from Sub-Saharan Africa about the opportunity to get involved with this program. This is also an opportunity to gain financial support for completing all five courses in time to apply to the Blended Master’s program, and earn a Master’s degree from MIT that could be fully sponsored by the HewlettFoundation. The applications for the Blended Masters program will open at the end of the upcoming fall semester (December 2018), and thus we urge you to seize this scholarship opportunity to enroll in (up to two) MicroMasters courses this summer, in order to be able to apply for the Blended program.

If you have any additional questions about this opportunity after reading over the application instructions, please reach out to us at micromasters-support@mit.edu. We look forward to reading your applications and witnessing the growth of this robust community of learners from Sub-Saharan Africa!

Programme details

Data, Economics, and Development Policy MicroMasters

The MicroMasters credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy equips learners with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing developing countries and the world’s poor. Through a series of five online courses and in-person exams learners will gain a strong foundation in microeconomics, development economics, probability and statistics, and engage with cutting-edge research in the field. The program is unique in its focus on the practicalities of running randomized evaluations to assess the effectiveness of social programs and its emphasis on hands-on skills in data analysis.

More at https://opportunities254.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/masters-degree-in-development-economics-income-based-first-courses-online-no-barriers-to-entry-mit-usa/

 

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Khan Academy Breakthrough Junior Challenge: Small competition physics math science for teenagers (13-18)

Only a few weeks left to enter the Breakthrough Junior Challenge! Don’t miss your chance to win a $250,000 college scholarship.
To enter, create a short video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way.
Anyone ages 13 through 18 is eligible. In addition to awarding a college scholarship to the winner, the Breakthrough Junior Challenge will give the winner’s teacher a $50,000 prize and the winner’s school a new $100,000 science lab. The winner also will be invited to an awards ceremony where the prize will be presented in front of superstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.
Good luck—we can’t wait to see your video!
Onward,
Sal and the Khan Academy Team
P.S. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2018, so don’t wait—enter now!
Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Full scholarships to MIT development economics programme

For African learners

Apply here.

We have an exciting new scholarship opportunity for learners who were born in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Hewlett Foundation has recently offered to provide scholarships to learners from the region who demonstrate a strong interest in the program. All learners, old and new, are invited to apply for the chance to receive a scholarship from the Hewlett Foundation that will cover the costs of (up to) two courses for the summer semester.

African learners selected for this scholarship will gain all the benefits of being a paid learner, including accessing private webinars with MIT faculty, direct access to the MIT online tutors, and the community forums, which offer job opportunities and advice from your fellow learners. If you are interested, please complete an application form soon. We will select learners on a rolling basis until the payment deadline of July 13, but recommend that you enroll quickly, as the summer semester launches on June 5.

It is particularly wonderful to have the opportunity to take these often challenging courses with a friend, so these scholarships offer a great opportunity to alert your peers and colleagues from Sub-Saharan Africa about the opportunity to get involved with this program. This is also a useful opportunity to gain financial support for completing all five courses in time to apply to the Blended Masters program, and earn a Master’s degree from MIT that is fully sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation. The applications for the first cohort of the Blended Masters program will open to all students who have completed the entire credential by this December (at the end of the upcoming fall semester), and thus we urge you to seize this scholarship opportunity to enroll in MicroMasters courses this summer, so as to be able to complete courses in time to apply for the Blended program.

Tuition scholarships for students admitted to African Leadership University, Kigali

The Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme

African Leadership University (ALU) is proud to partner with the Graça Machel Trust and the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS) to launch the Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme, a landmark scholarship that will celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the greatest African leaders of the last century – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, fondly known as Madiba.

President Mandela firmly believed in the transformative power of education and its ability to bring dignity, self-actualization, and prosperity to Africans. Throughout his presidency and after, he dedicated much of his efforts to ensure that children from all walks of life had equal access to education, regardless of their economic background. The objective of the Mandela Centennial Scholars Programme is to honor President Mandela’s legacy and carry forward the important work he began in education by identifying 100 outstanding young Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend ALU. These students will benefit from a scholarship and unparalleled opportunities for leadership development.

January 2018
Public announcement of scholarship

15 May 2018
Deadline to apply for scholarship

July 2018
Public announcement of Scholars

September 2018
Students begin studies at ALU in Kigali, Rwanda

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Call for abstracts: International Conference on Terrorism & Violent Extremism

International Conference on Terrorism and Violent Extremism – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Theme: Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies

http://horninstitute.org/conference/

HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies (hereafter, the HORN Institute) invites researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts for presentation at the international conference on terrorism and violent extremism on the theme, Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies that will be held in Nairobi (Kenya), 24 -26 April 2018.

Important dates

First Call for abstracts opens: 9 January 2018

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 5 February 2018

Criteria for submission of abstracts.

The abstracts should cover one of the following topics:

  1. Preventing and countering violent extremism
  2. Radicalization and de-radicalization
  3. Globalization of terrorism
  4. Political and religious extremism
  5. Conflict dynamics in the Gulf & wider Middle East, & impact of the same on Africa
  6. State responses to terrorism
  7. Media and terrorism
  8. Terrorism financing
  9. Maritime security
  10. Protecting critical infrastructure
  11. Gender and terrorism
  12. Terrorism, trauma, and counselling
  13. Terrorism and human rights
  14. Cyber security
  15. Rehabilitation and re-integration of ex-combatants and returnees
  16. Global trends in terrorism and violent extremism
  17. Select case studies: Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, Yemen, Syria, and any other.

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Masters degree in development economics, income-based, first courses online, no barriers to entry, MIT (USA)

https://micromasters.mit.edu/dedp/

Data, Economics, and Development Policy MicroMasters

The MicroMasters credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy equips learners with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing developing countries and the world’s poor. Through a series of five online courses and in-person exams learners will gain a strong foundation in microeconomics, development economics, probability and statistics, and engage with cutting-edge research in the field. The program is unique in its focus on the practicalities of running randomized evaluations to assess the effectiveness of social programs and its emphasis on hands-on skills in data analysis.

The program is co-designed and run by MIT’s Department of Economics and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a global leader in conducting randomized evaluations to test and improve the effectiveness of programs aimed at reducing poverty. It is intended for learners who are interested in building a full set of tools and skills required for data analysis in the social sciences, understanding the problems facing world’s poor, and learning how to design and evaluate social policies that strive to solve them.

Learners who successfully complete the five MicroMasters courses and their corresponding in-person exams will be eligible to apply to MIT’s new blended Master program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy. If accepted, students will earn MIT credit for the MicroMasters courses, and will be able to pursue an accelerated on-campus Master’s degree at MIT.

How the DEDP MicroMasters works

dedp-hiw1.png     Take five online courses on edX.

dedp-hiw2.png     Pass a proctored exam for each course at testing facilities around the world.

dedp-hiw3.png     Earn a MicroMasters credential from MITx!

dedp-hiw4.png     On completion, you may apply to the Master’s program at MIT!

Pricing

The cost of courses in this program varies depending on your ability to pay. You can start by auditing classes for free and upgrade at a later point. Learn more about course pricing.

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Who should enroll?

  • Policymakers and practitioners from governments, NGOs, international aid agencies, foundations, and other entities in the development sector
  • Academics and evaluators looking to re-tool and apply data-driven perspectives to social and development programs
  • Students interested in pursuing admissions to graduate programs in development economics, public policy, political science, or related fields
  • Social entrepreneurs, managers and researchers in the development sector

What you will learn

  • To identify and analyze the root causes of underdevelopment using principles of economics
  • To interpret the findings of empirical research that evaluates the effectiveness of anti-poverty strategies, policies, and interventions
  • Practical knowledge on how to design and implement rigorous randomized evaluations and other econometric methods of evaluating policies and programs
  • Tools of comparative cost-effectiveness analysis for informed policy-making
  • Fundamentals of microeconomics, development economics, probability, and statistics
  • Hands-on skills in data analysis using the R programming language

Evolution of Democracy in Africa Students-Led Conference (HIPSIR)

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) Hekima University College is organizing and hosting a one day Students-Led Conference on October 19, 2017, on the theme: Evolution of Democracy in Africa: to explore in-depth from a scholarly angle the issue raised above under the following sub-themes:

§ The election process
§ Separation of power
§ Social, economic and human rights aspects
§ External influences and dynamics
§ Is democracy resolving or refueling conflicts?
§ Is democracy a utopia and are there alternatives?