2020 Forbes8 Digital Startup Accelerator

Forbes8 Digital Startup Accelerator

Announcing Nigeria’s First Digital Startup Accelerator Program is currently receiving applications.

Forbes8 announces Nigeria’s First Resilience Digital Startup Accelerator program. The free virtual accelerator will welcome 100 top companies from Nigeria.

Founders selected for the program will undergo 4 intensive weeks of digital training to help build and scale their companies for the future. We are looking for experienced companies who are ready to scale.

Applications are now open and close on May 26th. Apply Now Selected companies will be announced the following Friday.

Forbes Magazine is an iconic brand that has graced our business culture for over a century (since 1917). Forbes recently launched Forbes8 – a Netflix for entrepreneurs community platform to provide access to its top business mogul community so we can show you “how to make it” and thrive as a business pioneer today.

Nigeria’s First Digital Startup Accelerator Program hosted by Forbes8 and powered by the Global Startup Ecosystem is making a historic move to train and support Nigerian startups.

The Forbes8 digital accelerator program is open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers.Startups can apply for admission to the Forbes8 digital accelerator on a rolling basis between May 5th- May 26th.

The program is free. No equity ask. No obligation.Accepted companies will have access to live virtual accelerator training for 4 weeks, access to the Forbes8 community and access to $100k in free credits and perks from AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and Sendgrid.


NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Training Programme in South Africa

NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Training Programme

South Africa aspires to produce more doctoral graduates as a means of increasing its global competitiveness, high-level research skills and knowledge production. One way to achieve this is by creating international partnerships and networks between scientists and research institutions, with a focus on training doctoral students.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa has a mandate to promote and support research through funding, human capacity development and the provision of the necessary research infrastructure. In order to realise this mandate, the NRF has made a substantial commitment and investment towards supporting the next generation of researchers to intensify and strengthen African and global networks.

In recognition of the long standing collaboration between South Africa and The Netherlands in education and research, and with the ambition to strengthen postgraduate training while enhancing sustainable collaboration between South African and Dutch higher education institutions (HEIs), an agreement was signed in 2017 between the NRF and Nuffic (Netherlands organisation for internationalisation in education represented locally in South Africa by Nuffic’s Netherlands Education Support Office). This agreement is an implementing arrangement under the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the fields of science and technology between the governments of South Africa and The Netherlands (2015).

Through this partnership between the NRF and Nuffic, doctoral funding will be provided for South African citizens and permanent residents to study full-time in The Netherlands (i.e. single site mode). Institutional level agreements between Dutch HEIs and Partner Institutions in South Africa to enable full-time joint doctoral degrees will also be supported (i.e. split site mode).

In addition, the NRF is implementing a new Postgraduate Funding Policy in 2020 wherein postgraduate funding allocations will be underpinned by the principles of equity of opportunity; representivity; prioritisation; and enhanced access, success and throughput. This Postgraduate Funding Policy gives effect to the Ministerial guidelines for improving equity in the distribution of DSI/NRF Bursaries and Fellowships (2013). Citizenship, age, gender and disability will be considered in the allocation of funding, with transformation of the postgraduate cohort as the core objective. Financial need, is for the first time, included as a criterion for determining the level of funding. To attract and retain a diverse range of students, funding levels will be increased to cover the full cost of study for students who meet required criteria.



The objectives of this funding instrument are to:

  • Strengthen cooperation and internationalisation between Dutch HEIs and Partner Institutions in South Africa through joint supervision of doctoral candidates;
  • Foster sustainable institutional collaboration between South African and Dutch HEIs, contributing to the bilateral research agendas;
  • Promote and advance science, research and innovation;
  • Support the development of a critical mass of globally competitive knowledge-workers in South Africa in prioritised areas;
  • Contribute towards increasing the number and quality of South African postgraduate students in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, the Social Sciences and Humanities; and
  • Effect transformation in the percentage representation of postgraduate students from designated groups, namely black, female and persons with disabilities.

Doctoral Training Modalities

The two modalities of doctoral training that will be funded are:

(i) Full-time doctoral studies at a Dutch HEI, referred to as the Single Site Mode, and;

(ii) Full-time doctoral studies jointly developed and implemented by a Dutch HEI and a Partner University in South Africa, referred to the Split Site Mode and resulting in a joint degree from the partner institutions.

Application Process

Applications for funding for doctoral studies in the 2021 academic year must be submitted through the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/ – NRF Postgraduate Scholarships.  Students must first identify the university where they will be registered for their postgraduate degree before submitting an application to the NRF.

Important Documents:

pdf NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Training Programme in South AfricaNuffic Doctoral Funding Framework 2021

General Application Guide 2021

Cut-off Dates for Submission to the NRF

Closing date for single site applications: 1 June 2020

Designated Authority (DA) Cut-off date for split site applications: 14 August 2020 (Please liaise with your institution regarding their internal closing date)

Please refer to the application and funding documents when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

Call for EANBIT MSc Fellowships 2020 in East Africa

EANBIT MSc Fellowships

The Eastern Africa Network for Bioinformatics Training (EANBiT) is a collaborative network supported by Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (FIC-NIH, USA) under Award Number U2RTW010677 with supplementary co-funding from the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL).

EANBiT has three Universities; Pwani University, Makerere University and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences(MUHAS), and four Research Institutes; International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology(icipe), KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP), Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI hub) and Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).

EANBiT aims to develop a critical mass of practitioners in this region who can develop and utilize Bioinformatics approaches to Biosciences. The focus over the 5-year period of this phase of the project is to enhance bioinformatics training at Masters level and increase the size and quality of the pool of potential PhD students and researchers. We have had two successful fellowship cohorts of students registered at Pwani University and Makerere University which have a very competitive MSc. Bioinformatics course running. MUHAS is preparing to launch their program.

EANBiT will offer 12 highly competitive fellowships for the MSc. in Bioinformatics for the 2020-2021 academic year (up to FOUR at each of the participating universities). The fellowships are to cover a maximum of two years of study, including both course work and the thesis work.


✓ The EANBiT fellowships are open to nationals of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania only.

✓ Applicants must meet each of the separate university admission requirements for the MSc degree.

The MSc Scholarship Package

The network will provide full scholarships for MSc Fellows in the 2020 academic year and will cover the University tuition fees for the entire course, and a stipend to cover reasonable living expenses.


The applicant must submit together with the application:

✓ A comprehensive curriculum vitae including any relevant research work and experience

✓ A one-page letter of motivation explaining why one wants to pursue an MSc. in Bioinformatics

✓ Certified copies of academic transcripts and degree certificate

✓ Contacts of at least two referees

Click here for further Application instructions

Interview - Questions and Suggested Answers

Interview Questions

Managers need to comprehend why you need the job, why you’re really amazing individual for the job, and how well your character will fit into the association. How you answer interview questions addresses will be the key factor in their choice.

It’s not just about the substance of your answers – it’s about the manner in which you answer them. Certainty and energy are especially significant. Getting ready ahead of time for a portion of the inquiries you hope to face will empower you to place in the best execution on the day. Here are a portion of the prospective employee meeting questions you’re destined to confront…

Would you be able to disclose to me somewhat about yourself?

This inquiry, as a rule the opener, beat the rundown of commonplace inquiries questions. It’s unbelievably significant, as you can furnish the questioner with an incredible initial introduction. Arrangement is vital, yet your answer shouldn’t sound practiced. Concentrate on your abilities, attributes and triumphs, and how they make you a solid competitor as far as the set of working responsibilities.

Keep your response to under five minutes. By and large, you should start with a review of your most elevated capability and most prominent accomplishments, before going through your work understanding and giving instances of the abilities that you’ve created. In the event that your work history is restricted, center around the territories of the scholarly community that you’ve most appreciated and how this identifies with the activity.

For what reason did you pick your degree subject?

The business needs to get familiar with your inclinations and your inspirations. There are no correct answers: on the off chance that you had a make profession way as a top priority when you picked your degree that is extraordinary – yet don’t stress if that is not the situation.

Clarify why you’re enthusiastic about the subject, how contemplating it has prompted you to go after this position, and the significant transferable aptitudes you’ve picked up. You need to show that you’re a decent leader, so do whatever it takes not to give the feeling that your decision of degree was minimal in excess of a mishap or that you haven’t thought about how it identifies with the activity.

For what reason would you like to work here?

Exhibit that you’ve examined the job by talking about the abilities and interests that drove you to apply. Draw on what you appreciate – use models from your scholastic, expert or extra-curricular life that propose you’re emphatically propelled and can relate near the association. Discussion about the specific part of the activity ad that tempted you.

Comparable inquiries include:

What do you think about the organization?

What persuaded you to go after this position?

What are your qualities?

Pick three or four characteristics wanted by the business in the individual detail, for example, cooperation, administration, activity and parallel reasoning. Whichever qualities you pick, you should have the option to confirm them with models.

Comparative inquiries include:

How might a companion depict you?

How might you portray your character?

What are three positive things your last manager would state about you?

What are your shortcomings?

You can emphatically outline your answer by picking qualities that you’ve found a way to improve. For instance, self-assurance issues could have recently prompted trouble tolerating analysis – yet advise the questioner that you’ve figured out how to hold onto valuable criticism as it takes into consideration personal development. On the other hand, talk about how you defeated a potential drawback of your most noteworthy quality. For instance, you may have needed to figure out how to adapt to strife in case you’re an extraordinary group laborer.

Never state that you have no shortcomings, that you’re a stickler, or that you buckle down. These are unoriginal reactions that depict you as egotistical, deceptive or ailing in mindfulness.

Comparative inquiries include:

How would you react to analysis?

How might your most noticeably awful foe depict you?

How would you organize your work?

The business needs to realize whether you’re sorted out, can comply with time constraints and can deal with various tasks simultaneously. The most ideal approach to respond to this inquiry is to give instances of times when you’ve shuffled various errands simultaneously and still conveyed them to a high caliber and on schedule. These models can emerge out of past employments, college study or your extra-curricular exercises. Give some insight regarding what techniques you use to monitor your advancement and profitability.

How might you improve our item/administration?

Your insight and comprehension of what the organization wills demonstrate significant. Try not to be excessively reproachful of the item or administration – you need to work there all things considered – yet at the equivalent, don’t state you wouldn’t transform anything. The questioner needs to hear a few thoughts.

Attempt to concoct a couple of things that you think could be improved. The key is to offer a clarification of how and for what reason you’d roll out these improvements. Ensure you center around important zones that you would have some duty regarding on the off chance that you landed the position.

Would you be able to give a case of when you needed to adapt to a troublesome circumstance?

This inquiry is one of the most well known competency-based inquiries questions. It permits the business to evaluate how quiet and dependable you are feeling the squeeze. Blueprint an occasion where you’ve adapted to a surprising issue, examining how you redesigned and dealt with your time. Consider times where you’ve needed to comply with tight time constraints or handle troublesome individuals.

Comparative inquiries include:

Give a case of when you needed to adapt under tension.

Give a case of when you’ve dealt with a significant emergency.

How would you deal with your time and organize assignments?

How would you react to pressure and weight?

What has been your most prominent accomplishment?

Preferably, your answer should prove aptitudes applicable to the activity -, for example, cooperation, activity, correspondence, assurance and association. For motivation, consider when you’ve gotten an honor, sorted out an occasion, discovered some new information or beat a significant dread. Continuously set up a few models.

Keep away from the accomplishment of moving on from college – this won’t recognize you, except if you’ve needed to manage significant troubles, for example, ailment or individual issues.

A comparative inquiry that you might be posed is ‘What are you generally pleased with in your working life?’

What are your objectives?

This is your opportunity to show the selection representative that you’re goal-oriented and expertly decided. Discussion energetically about your reasonable short and long haul targets, putting together your answers with respect to the business, the industry and your aptitudes and encounters.

Framework the different strides to your optimal activity, yet just corresponding to the position that you’re applying for and the organization’s vocation advancement advertising. It’s indispensable that you clarify how your objectives make you important to the association. You could make reference as far as anyone is concerned of significant expert bodies and capabilities, or uncover that you’ve examined the profession ways followed by different alumni.

A comparative inquiry is ‘What do you hope to do in five years’ time?’

What are your compensation desires?

This can be an awkward inquiry to reply, as you would prefer not to underestimate yourself or give a figure so high that you rule yourself out of the activity. On the off chance that you choose to propose a range, don’t make it excessively wide as it will seem like you are keeping away from the inquiry. Rather, limited it down and notice that you’re willing to be adaptable and arrange.

To plan, check whether a compensation or pay run is shown part of the set of working responsibilities and accept that as your beginning stage. At that point inquire about comparable jobs to perceive what the normal pay is over the business or part you need to work in. Employment profiles will give you a few models.

In case you’re as of now in work, you may have been requested your present pay when you went after the position. Since steady movement is generally normal, the business might be amazed if your desires are either underneath or altogether higher than your present compensation.

Do you have any inquiries?

Showing up without any inquiries will give a terrible impression. Anything that you ask should cover the work itself or vocation advancement. Get ready inquiries ahead of time and make sure to pose to questions if the second normally emerges during the real meeting. For certain thoughts, see 7 great inquiries to pose at a meeting.

On the off chance that you need further assistance, college professions and employability administrations give practice talk with meetings. It merits reaching them on the off chance that you are an understudy or ongoing alumni.

How to write a COVID-19 CV that will Get You a Job


This post discusses the useful tricks and suggestions for designing a good COVID-19  CV. What I we mean by COVID-19 CV is basically a CV that is responsive to the disruption caused by COVID-19 such that it can help you get a job during this recession. This article was first posted in Modern Diplomacy, April 7, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has without a doubt presented an extraordinary number of new difficulties to society everywhere throughout the world. Plainly, the most incredulous of them are the ones that show up as dangers to human wellbeing and even life, however they are by all account not the only ones. The whole worldwide economy is presently experiencing significant entanglements and changes that include large organizations and national financial frameworks as well as nearby organizations.

As follows, the vast majority of us who have employments or own a business may confront basic complexities and lose our monetary strength or even the fundamental wellspring of pay. That is the reason a few of us may need to scan for new openings, and a very much created continue is a key component of achievement in such case. So as to guarantee that your CV will arrive at its objective, you may get acquainted with administrations like CraftResumes that have proficient and qualified resume scholars and you should learn present day market’s requests and patterns.

What is a Successful COVID-19-CV or COVID-19 Resume?

Despite the fact that the idea of resume is well recognizable to practically everybody, the readiness of an effective and exceptional one during the pandemic outstandingly contrasts from some other cases. While forcing extraordinary difficulties, COVID-19 causes us to learn better approaches for enduring and succeeding, and it likewise includes another way to deal with CVs.

As a matter of first importance, because of the social separating and isolate, the mechanical part of the resume is critical, together with the visual component. That is the reason the plan of the resume ought to be on point so as to stand out of the businesses and assist you with standing apart of the extraordinary number of other employment searchers. Additionally, the principle accentuation ought to be made on those aptitudes that can be utilized indirectly or on the web. Likewise, it is basic to focus your CV on the circles identified with the occupations that are available in the present market.

Altogether, the characteristics of a successful resume during the COVID-19 pandemic are:

  • a design that’s both functional and outstanding;
  • focus on the skills that can be effectively applied in the current situation of the limited opportunities for the offline outside work;
  • aiming at the jobs that are of the employers’ interest.

Designing a Successful COVID-19 CV

We’ve already mentioned that the resume that can succeed in today’s situation of the COVID-19 pandemic should have a well-thought-out design. It’s not enough for the efficient resume design to be simply appealing as it should also be functional. In other words, it should present the information about your skills in the most convincing way.

Notably, there are numerous ways to reach this aim, including minimalistic layouts, good writing, and an unusual approach to the CV. You may think that the last aspect relates to inserting memes or jokes from popular TV-shows in the resume, but that’s not the case even though it can work. What we mean here is the type of CV that will be able to effectively introduce you to the employers even now, when live interviews can barely be conducted. A video resume is definitely the kind of CV that will do that. What is a video resume? It’s your professional and personal presentation in a video format that can be used for making a bright first impression on a potential employer. Consider it to avoid getting lost in a great number of job seekers that, similarly to yourself, aim at getting a position.

Entering the New Market with your Responsive COVID-19 CV

An effective resume in the age of pandemic not only has to be attractive and appealing but also should be focused on the relevant areas and emphasize those skills and qualities of yours that are needed the most. Apart from the health care related professions that, without any doubt, are the most necessary today, there are numerous other spheres that would use new people. One of them is education that faces significant struggles due to the lack of live communication and a high level of stress. That’s why it may be a good decision for you to take a look at the gaming education sphere.

It makes education more engaging and less stressful and needs new people who are professionals in various fields and can share their skills and knowledge with others. You can also join the educational sphere and try to develop the best assertive technology to improve the educational process for those who are among the least protected groups – individuals with disabilities.