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Pursue your passion! Give back to the community!

Why Apply?

Who can Apply?

How to Apply?

The IEEE Smart Village Ambassador Program supports talented individuals, who aspire to become Smart Village Entrepreneurs or Volunteers to provide electricity in the most vulnerable communities in the world. IEEE Smart Village provides leadership opportunities and financial support to participate at the IEEE PES Power Africa Conference in Livingstone, Zambia on June 28-July 2, 2016 with an option to attend a Workshop of Smart Village Entrepreneurs from July 3-5th in Kitwe, Zambia.

Be a leader for a new generation!


The Smart Village Ambassador program is built to help you become a leader. What does that mean?


A leaders brings people together. A leader has vision, confidences and integrity. A leader never gives up. A leader is not afraid to take a risk or try new ideas. A leader has compassion and strength. A leader gives back to their community.


The ideal candidate:

  • Is a resident of an African nation

  • Shows huge future potential

  • Has at least 6 months technical project experience

  • Has a history of active involvement in his or her community

  • Has to be adept at written, verbal, and visual communication, including online formats

  • Optionally finished tertiary education in science, engineering, business, economics or other field related to electrification

  • Willing to participate on a IEEE Smart Village documentary

The application package consists of:

  • Filled out application material with signed release form and two essays (see button above)

  • Professional resume

  • One reference letter scanned, with contact information from past or current professional supervisor or mentor

  • If participated in tertiary education: scanned official transcript


Send the final application package to svambassadorapplication@gmail.com

Submission Deadline: April 3rd, 2016


Incomplete or late application materials will not be considered. Selection decision is final, there is no appeal process. For further information please contact smartvillageambassador@gmail.com .

More information about the conference and our generous sponsors:

What is IEEE Smart Village?

The IEEE Smart Village Ambassador Program is about developing leadership, community involvement and global connections.

At the PES Power Africa Conference you will meet with members of the Smart Village Steering Committee that can guide you on how to write a successful proposal to become a Smart Village Entrepreneur.  At the Workshop in Kitwe you will network with a new generation of Smart Village Entrepreneurs that are building and operating successful and sustainable micro-utility business across Africa and India.


What does the program include? - Scholarship up to $1,500 to cover the following fees:

  • Conference and workshop fee

  • Flight tickets

  • Potential visa fees

  • On-site transportation

  • Accommodation

  • Food allowance

  • And participation on unique Smart Village tutorials

IEEE Smart Village stimulates social enterprise by providing renewable electrical systems, start-up training and ongoing support to help poor, energy-deprived communities globally build toward sustainable prosperity.

The goal of IEEE Smart Village is to engage ten Smart Village Entrepreneurs each year, support them with up to $200,000 of funding and help them grow a micro-utility business that will impact a million people with clean electricity, communications and quality education.