Leap Africa Social Innovators Programme and Awards for Young Nigerian Entrepreneurs

Call for Application:
Social Innovators Programme

Program(s) Offered: Ideas, Initiatives
Program Level: Training, Fellowship
Provider: LEAP Africa
Country to Work in: Nigeria

Scholarship Description
LEAP (Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability & Professionalism) Africa and Union Bank has partnered to develop the SIP 2017 to strengthen and advance youth-led change initiatives and entrepreneurship in Nigeria through training and collaborative partnerships that enhance the sustainability and overall impact of these change initiatives.

LEAP’s Social Innovators Programme (SIP) supports creative young Nigerians (Ages 18 – 35) with ideas and initiatives that proffer effective solutions to identified challenges in local communities across the country. These social innovators are highly innovative young Nigerians who are championing social enterprises and improving the lives of community members across Nigeria.

The Social Innovators Programme (SIP) is a one-year fellowship which supports talented young social innovators – youth change-makers – whose ideas and initiatives range from inventing of safe water recycling machines, use of ICT to curb maternal mortality, innovative use of technology to improve food storage for rural farmers, rural economic empowerment through waste recycling among others.

Candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for the SIP Fellowship:
  • Applicants must be Nigerians resident in Nigeria
  • Applicants must be between ages 18 – 35 years
  • Applicants must be Initiators/ Cofounders of the named project/venture/enterprise/ Foundation
  • Social enterprise must be creative, innovative & replicable
  • Social enterprise must be contributing positively to impact local communities and lives of Nigerians in different sectors (E.g Health, Agriculture, Education, ICT etc.)
  • Applicants must be Able to show proof of work done and impact beyond 12 months prior to date of application for the awards. (Initiative must be a minimum of two year in existence)
  • Applicants must establish commitment to sustaining the initiative beyond Fellowship year
Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Participating Institutions
Any named project, venture, enterprise and/or Foundation

Fields of work
The program accepts solutions from all areas as long as it’s innovative, solves a problem and addresses major issues in Nigeria.

Initiatives cover many aspects of society, such as Agriculture, Business and Economic Development, Education, Science and Technology, Health, Law and Human Rights, among others.

Number of awards
Top 20 social innovators will be notified

Sponsorship duration
This is a 1 year fellowship programme

Scholarship benefits
During the fellowship period, selected young leaders are equipped with the personal and organizational leadership skills, networking support, and advocacy needed to strengthen and expand the reach and depth of their projects within their target communities.

They receive training, funding, and professional network support required to strengthen their existing initiatives and enhance their impact and sustainability.

These fellows also join IYF’s global YouthActionNet® community of over 1,100 young social innovators being supported by 21 national and regional institutes like the Social Innovators Programme (SIP).

Method of Application
Applications must be done online. Candidates may apply via the online Fellowship Application Form here. The top 20 social innovators will be notified via email and text message once the selection has taken place.

It is important to visit the official webpage (link to it is below) for complete information.

The last date to apply is Sunday, July 16th, 12:00 midnight GMT +1

LEAP (Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability & Professionalism) Africa is a nonprofit organization, founded by Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli (MFR) in 2002. We are committed to developing dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders.

Application Deadline: 16 July 2017
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Nigerians)

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