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ColabNowNow 2019 Open Call

Application Deadline: July 24 2019

The British Council invites young digital creatives to take part in the third edition of ColabNowNow in partnership with Maputo Fast Forward and Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festivals.

ColabNowNow will select 11 digital artists from Africa and the UK to develop cutting-edge digital artworks through collaborative artmaking and storytelling. Applicants will apply with proposed projects which will then be developed with artistic and technical facilitators. Together they will create a collaborative exhibition to be launched on 11 October 2019 at the opening of the Maputo Fast Forward festival.
ColabNowNow has been developed by the British Council as a space for the leading minds in digital art in Africa and the UK to connect, collaborate and learn from each other in a safe, supportive and enabling environment. Do you think you have what it takes?

Eligibility:

A daring artist or storyteller working in a digital medium and living in Africa or the UK
Open to collaborating with other artists/storytellers
Do you want a chance to see your collaborative work shown across Africa, the UK and extensively online?

  • Artists can include but are not limited to: visual/graphic artists, architects, technical artists, programmers/coders, music/sound artists, performers and animators.
  • Storytellers can include but are not limited to: writers, photographers, filmmakers, videographers, bloggers and vloggers.
  • Applications are open to artists and storytellers working in digital media who are aged 18-35.
  • You must live in and have a valid passport from one of the eligible countries.
  • You must be available to travel to Johannesburg 3-8 September and Maputo 2-12 October - including travel time before and after said dates. Full attendance is required.
  • Previous selected ColabNowNow creatives are not eligible to apply.


THE SUPPORT

Creatives will receive artistic and technical support from two facilitators, who will work with the creatives to develop complex collaborative works in both their conceptual and technical forms.
The British Council covers all travel, accommodation, meals and VISA costs.
Artists will be paid a fee of 500 GBP for their participation.
A technical and installation budget is available for the collective use of the ColabNowNow team.

For application VISIT or visit their official WEBPAGE


Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship


It can be difficult for writers, before they become established, to write while simultaneously earning a living. To help meet this need the MMF annually awards a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships, with the aim being to allow each Scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book. The Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa, or both of whose parents were born in Africa.​

Grant:

Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course for twelve months. At the discretion of the Foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction, who require additional research time, could receive an additional grant paid over a period of up to eighteen months.​

Scholar’s Undertaking:

At the end of each month, scholars must send the Foundation 10,000 new words that they will have written over the course of the month. Scholars are also asked to donate to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from the book they write during the period of their Scholarship. This includes revenues as a result of film rights, serialisations or other ancillary revenues arising from the book written during the Scholarship period. These funds will be used to support other promising writers. The 20% return obligation should be considered a debt of honour rather than a legally binding obligation.

Qualifications:

To qualify for the Scholarship, a candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words, written in English that have been published and offered for sale,. This will be evaluated by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF. The work submitted will be judged purely on literary merit. It is not the purpose of the Scholarships to support academic or scientific research or works of special interest such as religious or political writings. Submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.

Scholarship Requirement:

The only condition imposed on the Scholars during the year of their Scholarship is that they must write. They will be asked to submit by email at least 10,000 new words every month until they have finished their book, or their Scholarship term has ended. If the first draft of the book is completed before the year is up, payments will continue while the Scholar edits and refines their work.

Proposed Work:

The candidates should submit a description of between 400 - 1,000 words of the work they intend to write. The proposal must be for a full-length book of no fewer than 80,000 words. The MMF does not accept proposals for collaborative writing or short story collections. The proposal should be for completely new work, not a work in progress, and must be in English.

Biography:

Please also tell us in 200 - 300 words something about yourself and your background. People who reach the shortlist will be asked for further information about themselves and how they propose to write their book.

Fiction or Non-Fiction:

The Foundation welcomes both fiction and non-fiction proposals. We are aware that non-fiction Scholars may need extra time for research, so the Foundation may exercise its discretion to offer non-fiction writers a longer Scholarship period of up to 18 months.

Starting times:

 The Scholars may elect to start at any time between January and June in the year following the Scholarship Award. Their payments and the 10,000-word monthly submission requirement will start at the same time.

Accepted works:

The Scholarships are meant for full-length works of adult fiction or non-fiction. Poetry, plays, film scripts, children’s books, and short story collections do not qualify.

Mentoring:

The Foundation will not review or comment on the monthly submissions as they come in. However, each Scholar will be offered the opportunity to be mentored by an established author or publisher. In most cases, the mentorship will begin after the book has been finished and the Scholarship period has ended. At the discretion of the Foundation, the cost of the mentorship will be borne by the MMF. It is not the intention of the MMF to act as an editor or a publisher. Scholars will need to find their own agents and publishers although the MMF is happy to offer advice.

Residency:

Please note that this is not a residential Scholarship. It is up to the Scholars what their living arrangements are during their Scholarship year.

Important Dates:

Applications will be received between 30th June 2019 and 30th September 2019. Applications submitted outside that period will not be looked at.

 1. A submission of between 2,000 to 5,000 words as a Word document of work that has been published and offered for sale. Please send proof of publication.
 2. A description of between 400 - 1,000 words about the new book you intend to write.
 3. A scan of an official document showing that you, or both of your parents, were born in Africa.
 4. A brief bio of between 200 - 300 words.

For application visit HERE



GOOGLE DEVELOPER LAUNCHPAD ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

Application Deadline: July 26 2019 

Google Launchpad regional accelerators are tailored specifically to their local markets, and provide access to the best of Google – its people, network, and advanced technologies – helping startups build great products. In addition to our accelerators, Launchpad regional initiatives include exclusive events, mentorship opportunities, and training. Keep an eye out for opportunities to participate in over 40 countries around the world.

The program
As part of all Launchpad regional accelerators, startups receive:
  • Equity-free support
  • Access to Google engineers and intensive mentoring from 20+ teams
  • Access to Silicon Valley experts and top local mentors
  • PR training and global media opportunities
  • Close partnership with Google for three months (new classes are accepted twice a year)
  • For top seed-stage African startups


If you are building a great business or product in Africa, for Africa, we should work together! Launchpad Accelerator Africa accepts applications from startups located in Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote D’ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

For application and more info visit HERE



United Nations (UN) Youth Climate Summit 2019


Application Deadline: July 19 2019

The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations, and to engage meaningfully with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time.

This historic event will take place on Saturday, September 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as part of a weekend of events leading up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, September 23.

The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale needed to meet the challenge. It will be action-oriented, intergenerational, and inclusive, with equal representation of young leaders from all walks of life.
Requirements:

Young people between the ages of 18 and 29 are invited to attend the Youth Climate Summit on September 21, and the UN seeks strong participation from young leaders in the Global South.

To attend the summit, interested youth must apply by July 19. Attendees will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to addressing the climate crisis and their displayed leadership in advancing solutions.

Climate leaders under the age of 18 have the opportunity to attend through a nomination process. Organizations interested in nominating young leaders under the age of 18 should email Yassamin 
Ansari (ansariy@un.org) for additional information.

For more information, visit the official WEBPAGE



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