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About Michael Ukwuma

Michael is a Project Manager with years of experience in nonprofits and managing startups. He shares what he has learnt over time with like-minded persons. He gives classes to persons who plan a future in the nonprofits sector or as entrepreneurs.

How to Create the Winning CV

Introductory Story

I graduated in the year 2009 and that was the year my problems began. Like most of my peers, I had no idea what a Curriculum vitae was. Isn’t that an irony? That one should graduate from school which prepared me to go and get a job, and never at any time was I taught how to develop the right first impression. At least that’s what a CV should be – a first impression. In my job-seeking ignorance, I nursed the dreams of clinching that juicy job position in a reputable firm. So the one thing I was not taught became the on thing every employer wanted to see.

So I started like most of my peers. I went to a Cyber-cafe and had the technician, whom I was better qualified than make a standard CV for me. It is funny now how I review hundreds of CVs and I see what was my CV in 2010. Standard CVs cannot get you beyond its true level – Standard.

What is a CV?

Curriculum Vitae means a brief account of one’s life and work. It is originally a Latin expression which literally stands for “course of one’s life”. A Curriculum Vitae is a representation of who you are. It is like your professional life’s story – in summary. All of your education, employment experience, skills, accomplishments, publications, grants, awards and other personal information including referees must be included. In a nutshell, a CV should contain all of your life’s outcomes.

CVs were born in the 15th Century and have evolved over the years. From a simple card that listed a person’s skills to a document that has to be masterfully rendered to impress potential employers. From paper documents, we now have IT-based systems where people can create and grow their CVs in real-time.

A CV is a living document. This implies that it is not cast on stone and should be updated from time to time. It is thought that every year without an update in your CV is a measure of stagnancy and should keep you further down the job lines. However, many human resources experts believe that the real issue is a lack of skills to adequately articulate one’s learning and life’s outcomes. In this article, we shall attempt to look at why CVs are important, what should be in a CV and how to conduct life outcome-harvesting. Finally, we shall conclude with streamlining a CV to suit a specific employer.

Why are CV important?

A CV is the first impression of you to your future employer. It’s an irony that many people graduate from higher institutions without ever taking a class on how to develop a CV. If schools are actually preparing individuals for the workplace, then CV development should be in the Curriculum. Anyways, a good CV will make a good impression and while this does not guarantee a job, it could get an interview. Most people do not realize that their CVs are not a reflection of who they truly are. Some may know this but are not sure how to improve on this situation.

Truth be told, the destiny of bad CVs is the trash can! Your sole responsibility is to ensure that your CV stays away from trash cans. A bad CV can be detected from the very first page. Factly, the first few lines of your CV will tell if you know what you are doing or not. With tough competitions for job positions, most people who are very qualified will not get a chance at their dream jobs because of their ‘standard’ CVs.

What Should be in your CV?

Before I commence the usual rundown of CV sections, it’s important to note that every organization or job position requires a different set of information. One CV is not good enough for every job application. In fact, no organization wants the exact same skillset for employees even if they will work in similar job roles. So, you must master the art of recreating your CV every time a new opportunity opens up. Most people will not be submitting their CVs in person and maybe stick around to explain any sections that are unclear. Hence, any items that are not good enough are thrown away.

The problem is not often what we don’t include in the CV, its what we do include and mostly, how we write. A CV could be tall but employers would rather have a summary in a few pages. Hence for each CV component, a few tips on how to better it will be provided. The components are as follows:

  • Contact information
  • Academic history
  • Professional experience
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Awards and honors
  • Professional associations
  • Grants and fellowships
  • Publications and presentations
  • Licenses and certificates
  • Volunteer work
  • Personal information (Optional)
  • Hobbies and interests (optional)

Contact information

The first and simplest thing on your CV is the name and that is where the problem begins for many people. How should a name be written? The most acceptable international Standard is to use the First Name – Last Name format. My first name is Michael and my last name is Ukwuma. Middle names should be written in between. In my CV, my name has to be written as Michael Ukwuma. Readers would consider whatever you put at the end of your name as your last name.

Other notable information that must appear in this section are your Permanent address, a phone number, and an email address. If any of these informations are not available, then a proxy can be used. But do well to indicate that you can be reached via those means. An alternative email or phone number can be included if there is a history of difficulty in reaching you.


  • It may be better to state 2 and not more than 3 names in the CV in order not to get the recruiter confused about how to address you.
  • Do not use abbreviations while stating your name in your CV.
  • If the recruiter has interests in other Social Media Handles, please provide them.

Academic history

All records of academic achievement has to be included here. It is advised to begin with the most recent achievement. These must be presented in reverse chronologic order, that is, if you have a doctorate degree, include it first and others.

Be sure to name the institution(s) that you attended. Also, remember to state the date of the award. Desist from including academic qualifications that you do not have at the point. It is shocking to find CVs with advanced degrees such as a Masters or Doctorate enlisted while the program is ongoing. Never do this unless the institution to which you apply indicated interests in knowing of any ongoing academic programs.


  • Keep academic records tidy and simple using a table or some other easy to read templates
  • Maintain the same reporting format for all academic achievements in this section
  • Include the country where your institutions are located. Recruiters might want to know this.

Professional experience

Professional experience refers to any jobs, whether fulltime or parttime where you worked for at least 20 hours weekly. What counts is not the number of jobs you have been involved in, it is the results you achieved in each workplace that counts.

The purpose of this section is to show prospective employers what they stand to gain when they recruit you. If a person is applying to a marketing position, he needs to emphasize the results that show them as good with sale, communication, negotiation and relationship management (these are for learning purposes and do not reflect the qualities of a good marketer).

Therefore, it is not enough to state; “I taught Biology to School Children aged 7 for 5 years” or “I worked in the electronics department of a sales store for 5 years. These only states the actions you took and not results. It may be better to state: “During the 5 years I taught Biology, 300 students studied with me without a single failure and 100 distinctions, the most recorded in the School’s history within that timeframe” or I beat my sales target by 50 percent annually in the 5 years I worked in the electronics department”. The last set of experiences shows a track record of success.


  • State only job positions that are relevant to the post you aspire to. This creates a connection.
  • Unconnected positions can be streamlined by identifying achievements that fit with expected roles and responsibilities in the prospective position.
  • State a most 3 achievements in each job position
  • Gaps between jobs should be explained

Qualifications and skills

This section has to be concise and straight to the point. You may have other qualifications that are not academic but professional. For instance, a Proficiency Certificate in Management awarded by the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) or the Human Rights Educator Certificate awarded by the Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education should be cited here. Name of Certificate, awarding institution and date should be written.

Skills are characteristics and competencies that you already possess at a prolific level. They could be IT Skills, interpersonal skills, technical skills, etc. It is also alright to state your proficiency level in each skill using high, intermediate or low. However, it is best to state only skills you are quite proficient in. Many CVs list skills that the applicant is neither conversant, not proficient in. This must be avoided at all costs


  • Identify skills that the employer desires and reflect them in your CV (assuming that you possess them.
  • Do not include a skill or qualification that is not relevant to the role to which you apply.

Awards and honors

Every person gets an honor or wins an award at a time in their life. Honors could be knighthood bestowed by the Queen, King or the Pope, or maybe just a title given by peers for being a great sport. Awards can be due to a wide range of reasons including academic achievement, sporting achievement, social skills or for any other reason. The key thing here isn’t to list all awards and honors but to identify those which agree with the position to which you apply. For Instance, If you apply to an academic position, religious honors may not be as important as academic awards.


  • Keep it simple and straight to the point.
  • State the title of the award/honors, awarding body and date.
  • Include only awards that align with the position sought.

Professional associations

This is the point where you list all the professional bodies to which you belong. They may be local, national, regional or international organizations. It is expected that to be informed, one needs to belong to closed groups of professionals which provide training opportunities for their members. Note that it may be wise to skip this section if you do not belong to any relevant or related professional bodies. For instance, listing a religious body for a tech position may do harm to your application. However, a job in a religious establishment may find religious body membership attractive.


  • List professional bodies, type of membership and the year of induction
  • If you are an executive/founding member of any of the bodies, it could be useful to state this too.
  • Include the most relevant professional bodies first.

Grants and fellowships

Grants are funds that you are given to conduct a project which could be research, studies or community development. They could be given by an individual or an organization. However, fellowships are mostly related to studies which may be academic or professional. While grants put funds in your hands and lets you manage it, fellowships present opportunities and apply the funds pay for your studies.

The significance of grants and fellowships is that it demonstrates your trustworthiness. People invest in you because they see your potentials for greatness. If you have received a grant or fellowship, be sure to include them no matter how little they are.

Disclaimer: Please do not list all the cash gifts you have received. Gifts are not grants because you are not required to account for gifts. All grants and fellowships demand reports and a full account have to be presented for each.


  • List grants/fellowships, awarding institution or entity and period (dates)
  • Start with those that directly relate to the job you are applying to
  • State the most important and recent awards if you have loads of grants
  • Except you are applying to grant writing position, no not include more than five (5) awards.
  • It is okay to skip the section if you have not won a grant or fellowship.

Publications and presentations

Many professionals write for journals and make other forms of publications. Publications can be academic or professional. Depending on your field of work, these may be required. Keep a list of publications using the appropriate referencing styles. Be sure to include the name of authors, year of publication, title of publication, forum where it was published and any other relevant information such as volume, issue, page number.

Most professionals make presentations at conferences and other formal fora. These presentations can also be included in the CV. They are referenced similarly to publications.


  • Care must be taken not to include all publications if they are too many. Publications should not take more than half a page except if you are submitting the CV to a publishing company for an academic institution.
  • Prolific writers should cite their most important publications or the most recent ones.

Licenses and certificates

In order to operate in certain fields, certain extra certifications and licenses are required to operate. This exists across professions. Examples include medical license and driving license. A license is often renewable. Professional bodies of programmers, Project Managers, and all others provide internationally recognized certifications for persons who meet certain standards. If the job applied to requires a specific certificate or license, be sure to include it.


  • Avoid including irrelevant certificates or licenses. Example: A medical license will be useless in a CV submitted to a Pizza Delivery or Courier Services Company.
  • Never cite certificates that you don’t possess.
  • Licenses cited in a CV has to be up-to-date.

Volunteer work

Volunteerism is a requirement in many climes now. There are many reasons why recruiters desire individuals who have volunteered elsewhere for employment. Some of these reasons include experience, knowledge, and skills gained. If a person already volunteered in a similar organization, the transition period during which they get acquainted with how the organization functions reduces. For admission into higher institutions and work in some organizations, it may be a requirement. Therefore, ensure that every time you volunteer for a project, you get some contacts and documentation to show that this happened.


  • List your volunteer experiences starting with the most recent ones
  • State those most relevant to the job position to which you are applying
  • Volunteer experiences can be a single day event or a month-long experience.

Personal information (Optional)

  • Personal information in a CV can be disruptive and therefore, it is important to limit what information you provide.
  • Nationality, gender, and date of birth could be provided.
  • Other personal information such as marital status, name of spouse, sexual orientation, name of children and all similar stuff should not be in your CV.

Hobbies and interests (optional)

  • These are not trendy anymore but it’s alright to include few hobbies and interests
  • These are optional and many recruiters may not be interested in reading about interests that are not relevant to the work.
  • If you must cite interests, make them fascinating and not counterproductive.


  • References are organizations or people who know about your work history and can give a good word in support of your application.
  • It is best if they have professional connections/relevance to the position to which you apply. Example: if you apply to an academic position, a professor or academician would be better suited to give as reference. If you apply to a technical roles (driver, plumber, etc), a Professor would not be a good reference except he has used your services.
  • Many recruiters request two references: professional and academic. Professional references refer to people you worked with while academics refer to a teacher from your higher institution. Others may want only past employers only. All that is important is that you provide what the recruiter requires if the have references as a requirement.

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How to format your CV

 Formatting is important when developing your CV. A poorly formatted well-written CV may not get a chance. On the flip side, a poorly written well-formatted CV might survive an initial screening. Here are some tips to help you format your CV adequately:

1. Font type and size

  • Make the letters legible and easy to read. Font sizes should be at least 12 points
  • Helvetica, Arial, Geneva appear easier to read. But if a specific font has been suggested by the recruiter, be sure to use it.

2. Be mindful of margins

  • Margins should neither be too large or too small. A good rule is to keep your margins between 1–1.5 inches.


3. Utilize your space effectively

  • CVs can unduly long depending on your years of experience.
  • Use bullet points for lists like publications, skills or awards…
  • Separate the various sections using headers: use levels of heading if your word processor allows it (make headings bolder, larger or underlined).
  • Make important concepts such as name and job titles bold to make them distinct.

4. Proofread

  • Review your CV to ensure correctness of spelling, grammar, and syntax. A clean, error-free CV increases readability and demonstrates professionalism.

How to prepare a sustainability plan for you project

Sustainability refers to the continuation of a project’s goals, principles, and efforts to achieve desired outcomes. What this really means is not merely finding the resources to continue performing the project activities beyond the grant period, it is that the positive effects achieved by the project remain in among beneficiaries. Thus, the project should have empowered the beneficiaries, their communities and the systems that affect them to function optimally to holistically meet the development needs.

The project team must produce a suitable written sustainability plan which will provide a road map to guide the team and partners who will work in the project. Including a well-written sustainability plan can also strengthen the prospective funders’ and partners’ buy-in and understanding of the efforts needed to keep the project operating and improving. A sustainability plan can help identify what resources are necessary to sustain the project, encourage the development of partnerships and support collaboration, and help define progress and the necessary action steps needed to ensure long-term success after the grant ends. Engaging in sustainability planning gives you an opportunity to map out how you can maintain valuable projects and innovations in a changing environment.

There are 6 Key Steps in the Sustainability Planning Process. They are as follows:

  1. Clarify the project goal.

    Every planning pertaining to the project must begin with the goal. The need to ensure that project goals are met need no overemphasis.


  1. Determine what to sustain.

    The main things to sustain are the outcomes of the project, not activities or funding. The focus at this point should be results-based. So the impacts, outcomes, outputs of the project must be identified. The factors that ensure their sustenance must be identified. For instance, if a project aims to increase knowledge of tuberculosis among students in community X through sensitization workshops. What has to be sustained is knowledge.


  1. Build collaboration.

    Partnerships and linkages with similar organizations is a great approach to sustainability. When the project life cycle is complete, partners will still be on the ground. Continuing with our earlier example; potential partners in this project could be the school authorities or the schools’ management board or even the ministry of education. Once identified, they can be approached and persuaded to buy-in to the project.


  1. Choose your desired sustainability strategies and methods.

    Strategies for sustainability will vary from project to project. In our case, we could decide to develop sensitization manuals which will be available in the libraries for students to read or mainstream tuberculosis awareness in an already existing subject area or modify the teaching curriculum. It is obvious that the more powerful your partners the better the chances of creating stronger strategies and methods.


  1. Develop action steps for sustainability.

    Develop a step by step action plan on how to achieve the identified strategies. The plan has to be as realistic as possible. This plan is what is included in the proposal.


  1. Document and communicate your sustainability successes.

    In the course of project execution, it is important to record and document every success and challenges too. These should be shared with funders and partners alongside other reports.

Atlas Corps: Inviting Global NGO Leaders for Fellowship in U.S

Deadline: 15 August 2019

Atlas Corps is currently inviting mid-career professionals from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the United States.

Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to social change in 12-18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing), an international flight, and health insurance.

All applicants must be aged 22-35 and must have 2-10 years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/social sector, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, English proficiency, commitment to return to applicants home country after the fellowship.


Fellows – but not their dependents – receive:

  • Program-related international travel
  • Program-related domestic travel Basic health insurance that covers new injuries and illnesses
  • Monthly stipend for basic living expenses (shared housing, food, local transportation, and a phone plan)
  • Documentation (DS-2019) that enables the Fellow to obtain a J-1 visa.
  • Placement at a Host Organization
  • Participation in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (leadership development training series)

Eligibility Criteria

Two or more years of relevant experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • English proficiency (oral, writing, reading).
  • Age 35 or younger.
  • Commitment to return to applicants home country after the 12-18 month Fellowship.
  • Commitment to living on a basic stipend that only covers food, shared housing, and local transportation.

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Deadline – September 15th, 2019


The Awards are:

1. The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation, for written media (including online media). The prize is for print and online coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Elizabeth Neuffer, The Boston Globe bureau chief at the U.N., who died while on an assignment in Baghdad in 2003.

2. The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize, sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, for broadcast (TV & Radio) media. The prize is for broadcast coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain, who died while on an assignment in Haiti in 2004.

3. The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for coverage of Climate Change. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of sustainable and equitable management of natural resources and the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three main categories: climate change, biodiversity, and water.


Important Information For Applicants:

  • Coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies is specified in each category; the committee welcomes coverage of all issues particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, peacekeeping operations and nonproliferation, including the elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
  • Work in print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online coverage must be published between September 2018 and August 2019.
  • The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will consider the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists. Special attention will be given to the originality of daily coverage and breaking news from U.N. Headquarters. Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome.
  • Entries can be submitted in any of the official U.N. languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian) however a written transcript in English or French is necessary to facilitate the judging process.
  • Each candidate can submit to no more than two (2) prize categories, with a maximum of three (3) stories in each. Joint entries are accepted.
  • Electronic files and web links uploaded to the online Entry Form are required.
  • Electronic entries are mandatory
  • All entries must be received by September 15th, 2019

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Nominations Open for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award

Deadline: 30 June 2019

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The Suqia is the UAE’s water Aid Agency and they are accepting nominations for its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award. This award supports research and development of new and innovative technologies that produce, desalinate and purify water, using solar energy. It supports the global position of the UAE in developing solutions for challenges that are faced by poverty– and disaster-stricken communities worldwide.

The Award encourages leading corporations, research centres, institutions and innovators from across the world to compete in finding sustainable and innovative solar-energy solutions to the problem of water scarcity.

Award Categories & Eligibility Criteria

The Award has three (3) main categories that target pioneering organisations, research centres, individuals, educational institutions, and innovators from all around the world to motivate participants to come up with innovative, solar-powered solutions with the aim of producing clean drinking water:

  1. Innovative Projects Award: The project must clearly demonstrate the use of solar energy to produce safe drinking water in line with World HealthOrganisation (WHO) guidelines, along with innovation in production capacity, technical limitations, disinfection systems, operation or maintenance requirements, while also improving efficiency and cost effectiveness.
    • Small Projects Award: In addition to the category description, the project must have a capital expenditure (CAPEX) of USD 3 million or below.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the company/organisation directly.
      • Prize Value: $240,000
        • 1st Place: $120,000
        • 2nd Place: $72,000
        • 3rd Place: $48,000
    • Large Projects Award: In addition to the category description, the project must have a capital expenditure (CAPEX) over USD 3 million.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the company/organisation directly.
      • Prize Value: $300,000
        • 1st Place: $150,000
        • 2nd Place: $90,000
        • 3rd Place: $60,000



  1. Intended Applicants:Governmental, semi-governmental, private and non-governmental organisations.

Additional Requirements:

  • The organisation should be a legal entity, with a registered trade license and bank account. Please also attach a copy of the company/organisation trade license or equivalent when submitting applicants application.
  • The project should be scalable, and eligible for impact investment.
  1. Innovative Individual Award: The individual applying to this category should present an innovative technological solution aimed at addressing water scarcity, exclusively using solar energy to produce safe drinking water in line with World Health Organisation (WHO).
    • Distinguished Research Award: In addition to the category description, the applicant shall have attained outstanding achievements of lasting significance for sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources, with at least 10 years of contribution to the water industry or academia research, with a focus on solar powered water innovation.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the individual applicant.
      • Prize Value: $40,000
    • Youth Award: In addition to the category description, the applicant must be between the ages of 15 and 35, and have conducted solar powered water projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance, and relevancy to water issue(s) locally or globally.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the individual applicant.
      • Prize Value: $20,000
    • Eligible
      • Intended applicants: Individual applicants
  2. Innovative Research and Development Award: The project must be developed and executed in-house with the aim of extracting safe drinking water from natural sources in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines purifying the product water from possible anthropologic and natural pollutants, while relying exclusively on solar energy. It has two type of Awards:
    • National Institutions Award: In addition to the category description, the application must be submitted by the project team and endorsed by the research / educational / corporate / non-profit institutions within the UAE that is sponsoring the project.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the sponsoring institution/entity directly.
      • Prize Value: $ 200,000
        • 1st Place: $100,000
        • 2nd Place: $60,000
        • 3rd Place: $40,000
    • International Institutions Award: In addition to the category description, the application must be submitted by the project team and endorsed by the research / educational/ corporate / non-profit institutions outside the UAE that is sponsoring the project.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the sponsoring institution/entity directly.
      • Prize Value: $200,000
        • 1st Place: $100,000
        • 2nd Place: $60,000
        • 3rd Place: $40,000
    • Eligible
      • Intended Applicants: Individuals or teams from non-profit, educational and academic institutions and research centres that are independent or annexed to governmental or semi-governmental organisations.
      • Additional Requirements:
        • The project or innovation should be in testing stage, with measurable results from prototyping or pilot testing for at least 3 months.
        • Please attach a Letter(s) of recommendation from the organization(s) endorsing the project when submitting applicants application

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Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2019 Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum

Deadline for registration: 31 August 2019

UNESCO has launched the annual Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2019 under the theme “MIL Citizens: Informed, Engaged, Empowered” which will be celebrated from 24 to 31 October this year.

The Global MIL Week 2019 Feature Conference, the Ninth MIL and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference, will be held from 24 to 25 September 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden, under the same theme as Global MIL Week 2019.

The Feature Conference will be followed by the Global MIL Week 2019 Youth Agenda Forum, an event designed by and for youth. It will be held on 26 October 2019 at the same venue as the Feature Conference.

These two Feature Events are co-hosted by the County Council Region Västra Götaland and the University of Gothenburg. The events will benefit from the synergies with the 2019 Gothenburg Book Fair (link is external) taking place around the same period, which is the second largest of its kind in Europe.


What is Global MIL Week

Global MIL Week is a major occasion for stakeholders around the world to review and celebrate the progress achieved towards “MIL for all”. It is a cap and aggregator for MIL-related events and actions across the world leading up to this Week. Together with its Feature Events, Global MIL Week promotes MIL connections and policies across countries, stakeholders, development issues, disciplines and professions.


Who can Participate?

Global MIL Week and its Feature Events are for everyone – civil society, local government officials, policy makers, academics, and other city actors alike. Join the Feature Events as speakers or participants, come and set up an exhibition of your work, and celebrate with us through organizing local events online or offline.


Registration link
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Nasser Leadership Fellowship

Gamal Abdel Nasser Leadership Fellowship


Nasser Fellowship is the first (African-African) fellowship to target young African executive leaders with diverse operational disciplines within their communities, as well as one of the critical mechanisms of empowerment of the African transformational leadership endorsed by the African Union’s Agenda (in text) in order to stimulate and promote African values through self-reliance, solidarity, hard work, collective prosperity, building on the African successes, experiences and best practices for the formulation of the African model of transformation and development. The Fellowship is also one of the mechanisms of “harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth” in conjunction with the assumption by Egypt of the presidency of the African Union in 2019.

The Fellowship was named after the late leader Gamal Abdel Nasser as he is one of the most important leaders of the African continent and one of the most unique leading models. He was nicknamed “Father of Africa”, Nasser is a pure African model, and a political and historical example of transformational leadership.

What are the objectives of the Fellowship?

– Implement the recommendation of the 2nd Pan African Youth Forum on the Education Sector which is called #1Millionby2021 .
– Transfer of the Egyptian experience in national institution-building.
– Create a new generation of young African transformational leadership whose vision is in line with the orientations of Egypt’s presidency of the African Union, and which is committed to serving the objectives of African unity through integration.
– Hold a meeting of the most influential African leaders at the continental level through the implementation of the necessary training, skills enhancement and application of strategic visions.

What are the target groups?

The Fellowship targets 100 young African executive leaders:
– (50% males, 50% females)
– (Decision-makers in the Government Sector, Executive Leaders in the Private Sector – Civil Society Activists – Heads of National Councils for Youth – Faculty members at Universities – Researchers in Strategic Research Centers – Members of Trade Unions – Journalists and Media Professionals … etc).

What are the target countries?

– Member States of the African Union

What is the timeline of the Fellowship?
– Two weeks (from 8 to 22 June 2019).

What are the selection criteria?
The applicant must be a non-Egyptian African and non-resident in Egypt.
– Passport valid for 6 months after the end of the Fellowship.
– English speaking proficiency (Speaking, Reading and Writing).
– Experience in field work.
– The applicant shall have the nationality of an African Union country or African Diaspora.
– If you get chosen, an appointment will be set for an interview (via Skype).
– An email will be sent if you get accepted.

Financial terms:
1- The Ministry of Youth and Sports shall bear accommodation/subsistence costs of the delegations.
2- The Ministry of Youth and Sports shall bear the costs of the tourism program.
3- The Ministry of Youth and Sports shall bear the costs of internal transfers.
4- The participant shall bear the cost of the international round-trip ticket.

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Alfred Fried Photography Award (€10,000)


The Alfred Fried Photography Award is now open to young people who are 14 years old or younger. The Award recognizes and promotes photographers from all over the world whose pictures capture human efforts towards a peaceful world and the quest for beauty and goodness in our lives. The award goes to those photographs that best express the idea that our future lies in peaceful coexistence.


Top 5 photographers will be awarded the Alfred Fried Photography Award Medal. The Peace Image of the Year will be awarded €10,000. The winning picture will be on display for one year at the Austrian Parliament and will be included in the permanent art collection of the Austrian Parliament. (click here). 

Award Ceremony

All winners will be invited to Vienna to the award ceremony at the Austrian Parliament on 12 September 2019.

Deadline : 2 June 2019


IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowships in Mathematics in 2019 for Students from Developing Countries

The World Academy of Sciences – TWAS has released the call of the IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship program in support of postgraduate studies, in a developing country, leading to a PhD degree in the mathematical sciences.
Professional mathematicians are invited to nominate highly motivated and mathematically talented students from developing countries who plan to complete a doctoral degree in a developing country, including their own home country. Nominees must have a consistently good academic record and must be seriously interested in pursuing a career of research and teaching in mathematics.


Eligible Countries

This could be the country of citizenship of the student, the country of residency and the country where the study will take place must be contained in the list of Developing Countries as defined by IMU for the period 2016-2019. They include: AlgeriaArgentinaArmeniaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbados,BelarusBelizeBeninBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBrunei,BulgariaCameroonCape VerdeChileChinaColombiaComorosCosta Rica,CroatiaDominicaEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaFijiGabon,GeorgiaGhanaGrenadaGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHondurasHungary,IndiaIndonesiaIranJamaicaJordanKazakhstanKenyaKosovoKyrgyzstan,LebanonMacedoniaMalaysiaMaldivesMauritiusMexicoMoldovaMongolia,MontenegroMoroccoMozambiqueNicaraguaNigerNigeriaOmanPalau,PanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPolandRomaniaRussiaSaint Lucia,Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSao Tome and PrincipeSenegalSerbia,SeychellesSierra LeoneSolomon IslandsSouth AfricaSurinameTajikistan,TanzaniaThailandTogoTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistan,UgandaUkraineUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamZimbabwe. List of developing countries can be found here.


Eligibility Conditions

The nomination form must be completed by a nominator. Students cannot apply themselves for the fellowship. All applications must be made online and cannot be modified after submission. Nominators must be Professional Mathematicians and must have a good knowledge of the student.


Conditions for the Nominee (Student)

The student must either
A) come from a developing country

B) be pre-accepted into a doctoral program in the first academic year after the time of selection in a university or research institution which is based in a developing country from the following list.

C) already be enrolled in a doctoral program in a university or research institution which is based on a developing country from the following list. See list above.

There is no age limit for the student.

Nomination for women students is strongly encouraged.

Apply here

Expenses that can be covered by the fellowship

The fellowship covers the period of the doctoral program (4 years). The following costs up to a maximum of USD 10,000 per year can be covered by the grant: full tuition, accommodation, travel expenses to the host institution and basic living expenses.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2019 Central European Time (CET, Berlin).

Apply here