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Bertha Center MBA Scholarship (Closing Date 31 October 2012)


Bertha Center MBA Scholarship to drive social innovation

The top business school in Africa, the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, is offering five full MBA scholarships to enable purpose driven people to strengthen their impact. Applications to the scholarship and the MBA programme need to be submitted by 31 October 2012.

The world today faces numerous challenges. Inequality, environmental degradation, dwindling resources and social injustice are but a few of the obstacles that threaten the progress of modern society. At the same time, we are rapidly awakening to possibilities and opportunities for a creative rethinking of current paradigms in how we shape our world and create value.

In response, the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) is seeking to give socially innovative and entrepreneurial individuals a boost and support them in approaching some of these challenges as opportunities. Through the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the school is offering five full MBA scholarships for its 2013 intake.

“The Bertha MBA Scholarships have been established to reduce the financial burden for social entrepreneurs undertaking an MBA at the GSB, to encourage them to take an important step towards becoming more effective in using business and management tools for positive impact,” says Director of the GSB, Professor Walter Baets. The Bertha Centre, launched in partnership with the Bertha Foundation in 2011, aims to instil in managers and young leaders the insights and capabilities to build better organisations in emerging markets. “The Bertha Centre is a place where we convene bright ideas and nurture young talent with the innate desire to do good,” says Director of the Bertha Centre, Dr Francois Bonnici.

The programme equips purpose-driven people to pursue social and environmental initiatives in emerging markets. It is a learning laboratory to strengthen and contextualise personal and professional visions of transformation and equips students with a broad set of capabilities and real life exposure to be effective social innovators and entrepreneurs across all sectors.

An important part of how the Centre aims to achieve these goals is through the newly established Social Innovation (SI) Lab, which is being convened by the Bertha Centre and running through the 2nd half of the GSB MBA year.

“The SI Lab is a pioneering addition to the MBA programme that seeks to support individuals who want to apply their talent, creative and business thinking to reimagine the way the world is run,” says Bonnici.

It offers an integrated platform that threads together teaching, field work and innovative thinking. Throughout the action learning programme, students’ learning and development is supported by expert and practitioner symposiums, group work and individual tutorials with faculty. In its inaugural year in 2012, almost a third of the class has dedicated their MBA to understanding their potential as effective change agents in the SI Lab.

The Bertha Scholarship covers the tuition fees of the MBA programme. The Scholarship Committee is looking for candidates with a strong moral character, strong entrepreneurial drive, a track record of action, leadership qualities, traits of social activism and a commitment to the sustainable development of emerging economies.

Bonnici says: “We know we need more transformational and radical approaches to addressing the huge social and environmental challenges, while still creating opportunities for employment. We also know we need innovative solutions in the non-profit and public sectors to explore sustainable and scalable ways of serving and empowering those most often neglected in our societies. The inspiring efforts to forge new ideas to rebalance society give me a glimpse of what our future might look like, when these become more widely adopted or create value for all citizens.”

The closing date for scholarship applications is 31 October 2012. To apply for a Bertha Centre Scholarship, please contact Nicolette Laubscher at berthacentre@gsb.uct.ac.za or visit http://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/files/HowtoApply.pdf.

To find out more about the Bertha Centre and the Bertha MBA scholarships, please visit http://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/berthacentre.

McKinsey Winter Internship Program 2012

McKinsey Internship

McKinsey Internship

If you approach problems from a lateral perspective, appreciate the power of creative solutions and are a top-performing student in your third year of study – then you are the type of person we’d like to meet. McKinsey & Company offers you the opportunity to apply for a much sought-after internship – Winter Internship Programme from 2-22 July 2012.

McKinsey Winter Internship Program 2012

Winter Internship Opportunities

The Johannesburg Office is proud to offer a Winter Internship Programme that is open to students currently in their third year of study. Our winter interns are allowed to get a firsthand view of what a career with us can provide.

What is the Winter Internship Program?

The 3 week programme runs from 2 July and 22 July and is designed to give you an insight into life at McKinsey. This is your chance to get a firsthand account of the day-to-day working life of a McKinsey consultant including some of the challenges and pressures presented by an actual engagement (our term for client projects).
Because you will work as an integral part of an engagement team with responsibilities and assignments that may include data analysis or client presentations, integrity and discretion will be expected. Experienced consultants will provide you with ongoing guidance and coaching, which is fundamental to how we work.
This programme offers a real chance to meet and work with our people: from the partner who will oversee your progress, to the consultants who will work shoulder-to-shoulder with you, to the ‘buddy’ who will act as an informal sounding board. Successful completion of the Winter Internship Programme may lead to an offer of a full-time role.

Who is eligible?

Winter positions in Johannesburg are open to undergraduates in their penultimate year of study.

Apply Here: http://bit.ly/zfNHrP

Fulbright South Africa Applications open 2012

Fulbright Scholarship

The Fulbright South Africa Post-Graduate Studies Program will be accepting applications for the 2013-14 U.S. academic year until April 20, 2012. This program provides South Africans the opportunity to pursue Master’s or Ph.D. degrees at U.S. academic institutions. South African Ph.D. students can also use this program for a one-year nondegree program to conduct research and/or take courses at a U.S. academic institution. The program is open to South African residents and permanent residents who have a four year Bachelor degree or Honours degree for the Master’s program or a Master’s degree for the Doctoral program. The study grants are competitive and awarded for a period of two years. For more information, please contact Mareka Chabedi at ChabediMM@state.gov or visit our website at http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/postgraduate.html

2012 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Regional Fellowships for Women in Science in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Apply Now

Women scientists who are nationals or permanent residents of any country in Sub-Saharan Africa have until 28 February 2012 to apply for the 2012 L’ORÉAL/UNESCO Regional fellowships For Women in Science in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of the fellowship is to assist women scientists to achieve a PhD degree in all fields of science. Ten fellowships to the value of US$20,000 will be awarded. The age limit for the applicants is 40 years.

Applications can be made on the online application platform beginning January 1st. In the meantime, you can access the information required for the application at: www.ansti.org All questions should be addressed via email to: unesco-loreal@ansti.org or via mail to The Coordinator, ANSTI-UNESCO, UNESCO Nairobi Office, P.O Box 30592, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya.

More Information: http://www.ansti.org/index.php/women-in-science-in-sub-saharan-africa

PDF of Call for Applications: http://bit.ly/lorealcall

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