It is not uncommon for women to experience a career break (e.g., for family reasons). However, some women who experience career break find it hard to return to their career paths especially whereby the break extends for a longer period. This problem is particularly common in low income countries. 

Because there is often little or no targeted assistance for these women, career break contributes to the underrepresentation of women at the upper echelon of their chosen career ladder. Indeed, irrespective of gender, prolonged breaks after undergraduate studies also make it harder to access postgraduate opportunities.

Since returning to a career path often requires showing evidence of continuous learning, the ZNF initiated a scholarship specifically to encourage interested individuals to take advantage of online learning. This scholarship, now in its second year, is for women who have experienced career break and seek to undertake online learning as part of their efforts to return to their career path.


  • N75,000 each to at least 3 awardees. 


Applicant should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Nigerian female and resident in Nigeria
  • Be a graduate of any Nigerian higher institution (NYSC completion is not a requirement)
  • Has experienced a career break of 1 year or more (please explain this clearly in your statement of need)
  • Already has a laptop, tablet, or good mobile device for studies


  • January 1 – Application opens
  • March 1 – Application closes (11:59 pm Nigeria Time)
  • May 15 – Applicants informed about the review decision and interview invitation where applicable
  • June 1-20 – Interviews
  • August 1 – Announcement of the successful candidates

Documents Required for Application

  • 1-page personal statement describing your education, work experience, motivation, and future career goals
  • CV (not more than 3 pages).
  • Statement of need (max 1 page). This statement should cover why you need the scholarship and the nature/cause of the career break but without going into any sensitive/confidential information that you would ordinarily not wish to discuss.
  • List of prospective online course(s)/training to be pursued including the website link(s)
  • . A letter of recommendation from a lecturer in the applicants’ former undergraduate or MSc department or a senior staff from a former/current place of work/NYSC (whichever is applicable – only one letter is required).
  • Unofficial transcripts from undergraduate or a scanned copy of undergraduate certificate/diploma as proof of study completion.

Method of Application

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For More Information,

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2024.