Every Monday The Carat Soup shines a spotlight on Hidden Gems: extraordinary women in our industry.  This week’s focus is on Oprah Winfrey. A.k.a Oprah (a mononym is ever so fabulous). A.k.a Mama Oprah as she is fondly known in South Africa.


“The Oprah Winfrey Foundation is offering fully funded scholarships to study at New York University.” A superb move to help empower African women who are in public service. Also the reason this week’s hidden gem is Oprah. She is of course incredibly well known yet does lots of philanthropic endeavours anonymously. Dear applicants, good wishes and good vibes!

Click here to read terms and apply.

Applications close 9 December 2019.

Read more (via) below.

It offers women from African countries the chance to study for free at New York University’s (NYU’s) Wagner graduate school of public service — in the hope of supporting Africa-led solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.

The African Women’s Public Service Fellowship — a partnership between Winfrey and NYU — will provide full tuition, fees, housing, travel to and from the United States, and a stipend to cover books and other expenses.

The aim of the fellowship is to “expand the opportunity for African women” who want to change public service in their countries,according to the New York University (NYU).

The opportunity isn’t open, however, to applicants who are looking to fund advanced professional certificates and non-degree programmes, NYU highlights.

To qualify, applicants must also be a citizen and resident in an African country; have a strong academic record; and a proven commitment to public service in their country or around the continent.

The fellowship is applicable to study on these programmes at Wagner: Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy; MPS in Health Policy & Management; Master of Urban Planning, and Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) for Public Service Leaders.

Recipients of the fellowship also must commit to returning to their home countries when the programme ends, with the goal of taking on a leadership position in Africa — where they can “meaningfully contribute to the challenges currently confronting Africa,” the university says.

To apply for the opportunity, applicants must send an essay, a one-minute submission video, and fill out this online application form.

Candidates who make the shortlist will be invited to Skype interviews with the selection committee by mid-February 2020.