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Monday 28 August 2023

FUNDED: Apply for this 4th Migration Youth Forum and Youth Leadership & Innovation Award for Migration

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation


In these challenging times, it is important for young people to be engaged and involved in global migration governance. 

This year, youth will join governments, mayors, business leaders, and civil society stakeholders at the GFMD to discuss migration policy priorities and actions. The Migration Youth and Children Platform (MYCP) and IOM – UN Migration are organizing the 4th Migration Youth Forum as a preparatory space for the 14th GFMD Summit. The forum aims to ensure a strong and impactful youth presence at the Summit by exchanging priorities, recommendations, solutions, and best practices.
The Migration Youth Forum is a platform that prepares young people before their participation in the GFMD Summit to deliver a strong, inspirational and substantive youth presence at the 14th GFMD Summit. 
The Youth Forum will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, and online on January 21, 2024, Online capacity-building workshops will be held throughout January to prepare young participants for the GFMD Summit, offering peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities.

The Youth Forum welcomes young people, including migrants, refugees, civil society representatives, researchers, entrepreneurs, decision-makers, professionals, volunteers, activists, and leaders under 31 years old who are committed to working with migrants. Diversity is a priority in terms of gender, age, background, culture, ethnicity, and geography.

 Applications from exceptional youth leaders are sought to attend the 4th Migration Youth Forum and the XIV GFMD Summit. Therefore, preference will be given to applicants with migrant, diaspora, or refugee status, and those experienced in engaging with migration and refugee issues.

Scholarships will be provided for a limited number of in-person participants to cover their trip to Geneva and stay during the Forum and the Summit.  Also, support will be given to candidates in raising funds for participation. Alternatively, self-funded or online participation options are available.

The 2nd Youth Leadership and Innovation Award for Migration will be hosted in conjunction with the Migration Youth Forum. It is a platform to highlight and recognize existing initiatives improving the lives of young people on the move.  The finalists will receive mentorship, seed funding, and participation in the Youth Forum and GFMD process. Young entrepreneurs and leaders are encouraged to apply.


Age Range: Be between 18 and 30 years old (inclusive) at the time of participation at the Youth Forum and the GFMD Summit.

Country: Youth from all countries are eligible to apply.

Thematic expertise: Youth Forum participants must have a track record of relevant leadership, research and/or community impact in the area of migration and development. Preference will be given to youth with lived experience of migration (migrants, IDPs, diaspora, refugees, asylum seekers etc.).

Language: In order to meaningfully participate in all discussions and capacity-building workshops, in-person participants should have at least an intermediate level of English (CEFR B2 level). Online participants should be conversant in either English, Spanish, French, and/or Arabic.

Commitment: Be able to fully commit to actively participate during the Youth Forum and/or GFMD Summit, as well as in any preparatory and post-event activities.

Application Process: Duly fill out the online application form and submit it before the deadline (September 15, 23:59 CET)

(For in-person attendees only) Ability to Travel: Be in a position to travel to the host country (Geneva, Switzerland). This includes having a valid passport, necessary travel documents, and possibly obtaining a visa if required. (Please note: MYCP will be supporting selected applicants in obtaining visas such as through providing them with official invitation letters, accommodation assistance, etc. but MYCP is not able to guarantee the issuance of visas to any applicant)

 Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to become part of the 4th Migration Youth Forum and Youth Leadership & Innovation Award for Migration!

 Apply now and embark on an unforgettable adventure of impact and growth.

Stay connected with KIR Foundation on social media for more opportunities, events, and initiatives that empower youth across Africa!

Monday 17 October 2022

Western Union Foundation Fellowship (Fully Funded Training Plus Seed Funding) Apply Now

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation

Watson Western Union Foundation Fellowship 2022 for next-generation entrepreneurs & community leaders ($25,000 in seed funding).

Are you an entrepreneur or community leader?
Would you like to connect and learn with visioneers like you?
Do you need seed funds & paid training to actualize or upscale your vision?
Then this Fellowship opportunity is for you.

About the Program

The Western Union Foundation and Watson Institute are accepting applications for a fully-funded Fellowship program for next-generation entrepreneurs and community leaders who are from and working with highly marginalized, refugee, and forcibly displaced communities around the globe.

Deadline: November 15

Program Structure

This 16-week-long program is designed to equip these next-generation entrepreneurs and leaders with the skills and experience to increase access to economic opportunity, integrate into their communities, succeed in the evolving nature of work, and transform their communities. Western Union Fellows will have the chance to earn seed funding.

This program offers virtual and in-person components that allow fellows to take advantage of the global cohort while also focusing on creating local impact within their communities. Virtual Programming includes Master Courses, Workshops, Weekly Check-Ins/ In-Person Programming including FellowLed Basecamps and a Fellow-Led Meetup.


$25,000 in seed funding will be distributed among the Western Union Foundation Fellows based on progress and impact throughout the Fellowship.

Selection Process and Eligibility

  • The Western Union Foundation Fellowship is for next-generation highly promising entrepreneurs and community leaders who are from and working with highly marginalized, refugee, and forcibly displaced communities around the globe.
  • Ideal applicants will join with relevant social impact and leadership experiences with proven experience in building community development projects within these communities.
  • Fellows must be able to commit to being part of the 16week program from January 17th to May 5th, 2023. There is a 2-week intensive (20-25 hours per week) followed by a 14-weeks of weekly programming (5-8 hours per week). Fellows will be given a stipend and spend an additional 80-100 hours implementing a 3-day intensive program called Basecamp.
  • They are looking for applicants from the following countries:
• Mexico

• Kenya 

• Austria 

• Brazil 

• Canada 

• Colombia 

• Costa Rica 

• Ethiopia 

• France 

• Germany 

• India 

• Italy

• Jordan 

• Lebanon 

• Nigeria (They can accept Nigerians who are working with the highly marginalized, refugee, and immigrant populations.

• United Arab Emirates 

• Pakistan 

• Peru 

• Philippines 

• Saudi Arabia

• Turkey

• Uganda

• United Kingdom 

• United States 

• Afghanistan and Afghan Refugees


1. Complete the online application: The online application contains 5 short essay questions
2. Your application will be reviewed: Applications will be reviewed within 2-weeks
of submission. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The final
application deadline is November 15th.

3. You will be invited to an interview: Applicants moving forward in the process will be invited to a 20-minute Zoom interview.

4. Enrollment process: We will send out final admission decisions and enrollment agreement within 2-weeks of the interview.

Start Your Application.

Monday 3 October 2022


Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation

Deadline: December 31, 2022

The United People Global Sustainability Leadership Program 2023 (fully-funded training in the US) is now accepting applications for participants. It is the most comprehensive sustainability leadership program available for young adults, 18-35 years old, who want to make the world a better place through their actions.

UPG is a movement based on the commitment to solve problems with what we have, rather than waiting for someone else to step in. Essentially, it is a movement that asserts that everyone can contribute to a more sustainable world. 

UPG believes sustainability includes BOTH the usual "green" issues such as planting trees, recycling waste, managing energy, and protecting the oceans. The other problems that have been at the heart of our societies for many years, such as education, health, employment, gender equality, sustainable consumption, and sustainable production.

Selection Criteria:

UPG is looking for young, determined people from all different paths of life and regions of the world. From well-experienced professionals to freshly graduated students. The selection process considers four factors:

  • Your Profile - this helps us to strive for diversity

  • Your Motivation - they select the most motivated

  • Your Capabilities and

  • The Potential for Impact


  • This program is open to young leaders who are 18 to 35 years old by October 1, 2023. For the duration of the training and experiences, all participants need to be within this age group.

  • In addition to a strong desire to become Sustainability Leader, you also possess strong capabilities, as well as initial ideas you can implement.


  • A free online training course will be offered to all 500 participants
  • Certified as PG Sustainability Leaders upon completion.
  • Training materials, accommodation, subsistence, local transportation, and international flights ( a round-trip flight from the participant's hometown to the US) for the one-week immersion  program


Applications must be completed online; applications that are mailed, faxed, or emailed to UPG will

not be accepted. Click here to apply

For more information, visit UPG Sustainability Leadership.

Monday 19 September 2022

APPLY For The 2022 World Trade Organization (WTO) Postgraduate Internship Program

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation


Internship Summary

  • Host: World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Category: Internships
  • Eligible Countries: All Developing Countries
  • Reward: $60 daily allowance | Training | Mentorship | Medical health insurance
  • Deadline: Not Specified

Internship Details:

  • Assignments given to interns are intended to enhance the individual’s understanding of the WTO and of trade policy more generally.
  • Internships include opportunities in other specialist areas, such as finance, human resources, language services, IT and communications.

The division to which the intern is assigned determines the precise nature of the work to be undertaken.

The following are the areas of work:

  • Trade law
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Trade policy
  • Languages
  • Administration (procurement, finance, human resources)
  • Information, communication and external relations
  • Information management

Internship Requirements:

To be considered for the WTO Internship, you must:

  • Be a national of a WTO member state or a country or customs territory engaged in accession negotiations
  • Have completed his/her undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline and have completed at least one year of his/her postgraduate studies
  • Be at least 21 years old and a maximum of 30 years old during the internship.

Internship Duration and Reward

  • The WTO Internship will run for up to a maximum of six months
  • Interns receive a daily allowance of (over $60) CHF 60 (including week-ends and official holidays falling within the selected period)
  • Medical health insurance coverage

Required Documents

To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents;

  • Application Form to be completed online
  • Statement of Purpose
  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Passport
  • Academic transcript

Method of Application

Candidates should submit their applications through this link.

The granting of an internship does not entail the right to a vacancy in another part of the Secretariat. 

Interns may nevertheless apply for any external vacancies.