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The Science Communication Hub Nigeria is now accepting submissions from Nigerian secondary school and tertiary institution students for its 2021 National Life Science Competition.

The National Life Science Competition is aimed at inspiring all Nigerian secondary school and tertiary institution students to develop interests in life science courses or solving life science-related societal challenges.

National Life Science Competition Categories
 Tertiary Institution Category: For students in Colleges, Polytechnics and Universities studying any subject.
 Secondary School category: Open to all Nigerian secondary school students
National Life Science Competition Prizes
For each category:
 1st position — ₦100, 000
 2nd position — ₦75, 000
 3rd position — ₦50, 000

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Special Prizes
 The Professor Isa Hussaini Marte Young Life Scientist Award — ₦100, 000
 The Professor Omowunmi Agboola Sadik Prize in Innovation — ₦100, 000
 The Professor Abba Zubair Prize in Multidisciplinary Innovation — ₦100, 000
 The Professor Christian Happi Excellence in Genomics Award — ₦50, 000
 People’s Choice Award (Sponsored by University of Sussex West African Office ) — ₦100, 000
 The NABDA/OFAB Nigeria Excellence in Biotechnology Award — ₦50, 000
Additional Prizes
 Best Student from the Northeast (Sponsored by the Office of Chief of Staff of Borno State Governor) — ₦100, 000
 Yobe SEMA Prize for The Best Student From Conflict-affected Communities of Yobe State — ₦150, 000
 Yobe State Scholarship Board Prize for The Best Tertiary Institution Student from Yobe State — ₦50, 000
 Yobe SEMA Prize for The Best Student Living with Disabilities from Yobe — ₦50, 000
 Alhaji Bukar Maina Prize for The Best Student from Zone C Yobe State — ₦50, 000

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Additional Benefits

 Finalists and winners will receive certificates of commendation.
 Finalists and winners will be paired with experts for long term mentorship.
 Winners will receive training organised by Sprint for Social Good (SfSG) on ‘creativity and innovation’. They will be guided to apply skills learnt to develop their ideas and potential to be the future scientists of Africa and shape socio-economic development.
National Life Science Competition Timelines
Phase 1 (29th March – 30th April 2021)
 Pre-qualification test: Please CLICK HERE to start the test. Participants with the highest score will be contacted with instructions on the next phase of the competition.
Phase 2 (10th May – 7th June 2021)
 Submission of Essays: Qualified participants will be required to submit a 400 – 500 words essay on the role of societies and communities in tackling pandemics. Depending on the discipline or area of interest of a participant, we want to see essays that put clear thoughts on: What can I do as an individual? Historian? Scientist? Medical practitioner? Engineer? Lawyer? IT Professional? Businessman? Government official? Entrepreneur? Innovator? Etc. We believe that all disciplines have their unique ways of tackling pandemics.
Phase 3 (3rd – 4th July 2021)
 Life science pitch to be held online, followed by the selection of winners and award ceremony
How to Participate in National Life Science Competition
 You will need to register with your Name, Email, School, Present level of study and state of Origin. Note: All detail you provide shall be verified. Giving false information will lead to automatic disqualification. The personal data collected will only be used for the competition.
 You can only take the quiz/test once. Duplicate submissions will be disqualified automatically.
 The test duration is 30 minutes. Endeavour to submit within the stipulated time.
 You are advised to ensure that the quality of your Internet is good to avoid disruption.

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Yunus&Youth Global Fellowship Program for Social Entrepreneurs 2021

Applications for the 7th cohort of the Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship Program are now OPEN! For young social entrepreneurs running social businesses aligned with the UN’s SDGs.

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Yunus&Youth Global Fellowship Program for Social Entrepreneurs 2021

Applications for the 7th cohort of the Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship Program are now OPEN! For young social entrepreneurs running social businesses aligned with the UN’s SDGs. They are excited to have you join them to become a part of a growing community of young social business leaders that are leveraging their skills, experiences, and the Yunus&Youth ecosystem to further the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.

The Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship (Y&Y Fellowship) is a virtual, six-month program that is designed specifically for operating social businesses. The program is free, with no fee or equity stake required, and the application season is now open for the seventh global cohort. The relationships that would be built will transform the fellows’ social business and ultimately help promote sustainable global development and economic growth for the world.

In the fellowship program, Y&Y Fellows access training on an online platform, including interactive assignments designed to help Fellows build a strong business plan. The Y&Y team works closely with each Y&Y Fellow to connect them with the specialized tools and training they need. Y&Y Fellows are matched with mentors from Fortune 500 companies, bringing know-how from the private sector. Y&Y offers Fellows the opportunity to learn from top social business thinkers, such as Professor Muhammad Yunus and researchers from prominent institutions. At the end of the program, Y&Y Fellows pitch to a panel of investors with deep knowledge of social businesses. Y&Y Fellows become part of a network of social business leaders, building close ties that last long after their cohort graduates.

What does the Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship include?

  • Online training
    Y&Y Fellows access training on an online platform, including interactive assignments designed to help Fellows build a strong business plan.
  • Tailored to the needs of each Fellow
    The Y&Y team works closely with each Y&Y Fellow to connect them with the specialized tools and training they need.
  • Mentors from Fortune 500 companies
    Y&Y Fellows are matched with mentors from Fortune 500 companies, bringing know-how from the private sector.
  • Insights from top sources
    Y&Y offers Fellows the opportunity to learn from top social business thinkers, such as Professor Muhammad Yunus and researchers from prominent institutions.
  • Final pitch competition
    At the end of the program, Y&Y Fellows pitch to a panel of investors with deep knowledge of social businesses.
  • Global community
    Y&Y Fellows become part of a network of social business leaders, building close ties that last long after their cohort graduates.

Yunus&Youth exists to make the challenge of social entrepreneurship easier. Y&Y was inspired by the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and his belief that companies and entrepreneurs can engage in business models that create real sustainable social impact. People around the world struggle with social problems: some lack of access to safe drinking water while others struggle with unemployment or insufficient health services (to name a few). Here is where social business comes in. These early-stage start-ups drive social change because their founders are close to the problems they’re solving and the communities they’re helping. Like GreenChar in Kenya, where Y&Y Fellow Yina sells affordable charcoal briquettes that reduce the risk of contracting respiratory illnesses. Or Bella Handmade Jewelry, founded by Y&Y Fellow Walaa, which offers employment opportunities to women in refugee camps in Palestine. What makes social businesses unique is that they are for-profit, but they’re not profit-driven—they’re driven by their vision to improve society.

They know that social businesses have the power to improve communities and change the world. But we also know that successfully combining business skills, financial sustainability, and social impact is hard. That is why Y&Y exists. Y&Y started when a group of people from around the world came together in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to connect with leaders in social business. That’s where they saw a huge potential: What if the current generation of business leaders shared what they know with the next generation of social entrepreneurs? A funny thing happens when ambitious young people declare they need help to shape the future. People help. Since that conference in Malaysia, the Y&Y network and team have grown—and it keeps getting bigger.

 Benefits

  • Y&Y Fellows are offered a high-quality experience that includes access to an online training platform, interactive projects, mentoring with Fortune 500 professionals, and access to top thinkers and institutions around the world.
  • The experience culminates in a final pitch competition with a panel of impact investors.
  • The Y&Y Fellowship gives the participants skills they would need to achieve financial sustainability, plan how to scale business, and measure impact.
  • Be a part of an individually tailored online mentoring program with an experienced mentor who will provide professional guidance;
  • Participate in expert webinars with social business professionals;
  • Increase your global network by being part of a global class of exclusively selected young social entrepreneurs;
  • Receive support on focus areas and see your business grow and be taken to the next level.

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 Eligibilities

For previous cohorts, Yunus & Youth received applications from thousands of young social business leaders from all around the world. They expect even more applicants for the 7th global cohort in 2021.

They select Y&Y Fellows using the following criteria:

  • Dedication and commitment to building a social business that solves social or environmental issues aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Currently implementing the social business presented in their application (the program is designed for early-stage, operational businesses, rather than business ideas)
  • Ability to dedicate at least 5 hours per week to the Y&Y Fellowship
  • Interest in contributing to the growth and development of the Y&Y community
  • Holding primary decision-making power in the growth and strategic vision of the social business, typically as a founder, co-founder or managing director
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Between the ages of 18 and 30, with exceptions for outstanding applicants outside that range

Also, they welcome applications from who-

  • Lead innovative social businesses that integrate new technologies, such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, big data, bots, blockchain, Internet of Things, machine learning, and mobile apps
  • Identify as part of a minority group based on their region’s composition (ethnic/racial minorities, women, gender minorities, LGBTQIA+, refugees and displaced people, or people with disability)
  • Lead a social business that focuses on problems faced by members of minority groups
  • Have not yet participated in other support programs for social entrepreneurs

Eligible Regions: Open for All

APPLICATION PROCESS

Apply online through the given link.

Aplication Deadline: June 20, 2021

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2021 UNESCO Clubs Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition

The U.S. Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (USFUCA) is the national body that oversees the presence of the United Nations cultural arm’s grassroots movement in the United States of America.

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2021 UNESCO Clubs Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition

The U.S. Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (USFUCA) is the national body that oversees the presence of the United Nations cultural arm’s grassroots movement in the United States of America.

USFUCA, UNESCO Center for Peace, and World Genesis Foundation are inviting youth around the world to take part in this year’s Multimedia Competition. They believe, incomparable connectivity puts youth in one of the greatest positions to bring much-needed change to the world.

UNESCO’s mission is to mobilize the optimism of youth to respond to an acute world problem to serve others now. In the previous year, enthused participants from over 65 countries submitted over 600 projects in this highly rewarding contest.

 Benefits

  • The three finalists in each age group will receive an official plaque engraved with their name and a certificate.
  • They will have an invitation to UNESCO’s Builders of the Universe Camp held at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, USA. The invitation will include a scholarship for the fee for the camp, food, accommodations, and transport to and from the airport. Airfare is not included.
  • There will be a special ceremony held for contest winners at the camp.
  • The top 9 winners will be recognized and showcased in global events during the year.
  • This is a tremendous opportunity for youth to build leadership skills, learn how the United Nations conducts itself, and meet youth from around the world. Winners will be publicized on July 2021 on USFUCA and UNESCO websites.

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 Eligibilities

  • The participant’s category consists of Juniors ranging from the age of 10-14; Youth – ages 15-19; and Young Adult – ages 20-24.
  • The question for this year  goes,
    ‘COVID-19 has tested Human Solidarity like nothing before. Based on your research, knowledge, and experience, develop and submit, a Multimedia proposal/project that describes the lessons we have learned and how those lessons will shape our future. For example, our future in education, employment, development, or social aspects.’
  • Entrants should respond in English by making a 3-minute multimedia production, 500–700-word written essay, artwork, or any method that channels a specific passion in answering the prompt. (Translations or subtitles for projects not submitted in English do not have to be perfect.)
  • Submission Rules: Make sure your entry follows the submission guidelines prior to submitting:
    • The work has to be relevant to the question.
    • Your work must be original.
    • All participants need to fill out the Submission Form.
    • Please make sure your essay satisfies the following formatting criteria:
      • 12 point Times New Roman
      • Double-spaced
      • 1 inch margins all around
      • 500-700 words in English in MLA format.
    • Videos must be 3-minutes maximum.
    • Images of 3-dimensional art will be accepted. You must complete the 100 word explanation of your work on the Submission Form.
    • 1 entry per person
    • Agree to the terms and conditions of the contest.

Eligible Regions: Open for all.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Apply online through the given link.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

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Apply : The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation-6th Annual Scholarship Essay Competition

The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) has announced its 6th Annual Scholarship Essay Competition.

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The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) has announced its 6th Annual Scholarship Essay Competition. This year’s competition aims to provide a platform that encourages Nigerian university students to think critically and strategically on topical issues that are of vital importance to Nigeria’s sustainable growth and development. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the focus of this edition of the competition is “The Role of Digital Technology in the Nigerian Higher Education System.” NHEF hopes that students from all NHEF Partner Universities to apply and look forwards to receiving your entries.

 Benefits

  • The Grand Prize winner will be awarded ₦100,000, a new laptop, 1 online certificate course*, a 1-year internet subscription** and 1 year of university tuition.
  • The First Runner-up will be awarded ₦75,000, a 1-year internet subscription** and 1 year of university tuition.
  • The Second Runner-up will be awarded ₦50,000, a 1-year internet subscription** and 1 year of university tuition.

*The online certificate course may not exceed $100 on Udemy, Coursera, Alison or EDX.

**1-year internet subscription estimated at 24Gb on the winner’s preferred mobile network.

 Eligibilities

  • This competition is only open to students enrolled at NHEF Partner Universities. NHEF will verify the enrolment of each contestant with the University Registrar.
  • NHEF Partner Universities include Ahmadu Bello University, Bayero University, Kano, Kwara State University, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Port Harcourt.
  • Previous NHEF Essay Competition & Scholars Program beneficiaries are not eligible to participate in this competition.
  • Entries should reflect author’s ability to explore and discuss ideas / ethical concepts and demonstrate the conduct of research with a sufficiently detailed summary.
  • The essay must include a title page, a bibliography, and a scanned copy of the contestant’s current Student ID.
  • The student’s name, university, and registration ID# must appear in the header of each page.
  • The essay must not exceed 2000 words. It must be double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, and contain numbered pages with one-inch margins excluding the bibliography and title page.
  • References in the essay should be included and clearly identified.

Eligible Regions: Nigeria

Application Deadline: May 28, 2021

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Naming convention is as follows: 2021 NHEF Essay Competition – Name of Applicant e.g., 2021 NHEF Essay Competition – Adekunle Ciroma Ahmed.
  • Entries must be submitted in PDF format.
  • All entries must be submitted via e-mail to [email protected] by 11:59 p.m. (WAT) on May 28, 2021.

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