Open Government Fellowships for African Citizens  

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Open Government Fellowship Program for African Citizens; The Code for Africa and Open Knowledge invite applications from African candidates for the Open Government Fellowship program.

The major purpose of the program is to empower the next generation of leaders in field of open government. The program seeks to identify, train and support the next generation of open government advocates and community builders.

The six months program will be held from February to July 2015 as pilot.

Successful fellows will be provided with a monthly stipend of $1,000, a $2,500 travel fund and a $3,000 project fund.

Additionally, they will receive in-kind support such as access to Code for Africa workshop space in their Citizen Labs in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa & Tanzania and access to similar spaces through Code for Africa affiliates in Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, etc.

The fellows can also get on-going technical support from Code of Africa team during the course of the program.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must belong to an African country.

The following countries are highly encouraged – Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal, Tunisia, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Applicants should be engaged in community. This should be clearly mentioned in the proposal.

Assessment Criteria

  • Existing engagement in the Community (past and present).
  • Vision for the Fellowship & expected outcomes.
  • Engagement strategy of the proposed local open government community.
  • Project Proposal describing how the candidate plans to utilize $4,000 micro-grant in her/his project.

    In the application form, applicants will be required to tick mark the three strongest skills among the following – data analysis, policy analysis, political advocacy, impact assessment, communications, event & workshop facilitation, research, investigative journalism, data collection, data extraction (web scraping, PDFs), topical expertise (elections, extractive industries, education, etc.), community building, programming/coding.

    They will have to describe one advocacy or campaigning strategy that you have used to get access to government information/data.

    For more information and African fellowships application details, please visit; Open Government Fellowships for African Citizens

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