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USA: Harvard Academy Scholars Program

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present. The Academy Scholars are [read more..]

USA: Yale World Fellows Program

The Yale World Fellows Program seeks applications from mid-career emerging leaders who have distinguished themselves within their own professions, regions, countries, or at an international level. Successful applicants uniformly possess the extraordinary qualities of mind and character that strong leadership requires. Candidates for the Fellowship must demonstrate themselves to be driving forces [read more..]

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Friday, April 30, 2010

UK: Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Brighton (UoB)

Overview

Experienced Researcher (4 – 10 years research experience) position in the context of the Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnership and Pathways (IAPP) Project “CARBOSORB”.
Duration: 12 months.
Starting: September 2010
Location: University of Brighton, Brighton, UK

Program Description

According to the objectives of the project, the person fulfilling the position will contribute to development of novel carbon-based (including nano-carbon) devices for water and effluent remediation.

Principal duties:

- Develop, characterise and evaluate the efficiency and selectivity of a range of novel carbon-based adsorbents and adsorbent containing systems for a range of target trace organic contaminants, using laboratory and field-based methods.

- Engage in knowledge exchange and dissemination activities (including publication of scientific papers) appropriate to the CARBOSORB project.

Skills

- Experience in organic chemistry / geochemistry and/or water remediation, and of quantitative laboratory techniques appropriate to trace contaminant analysis, such as LC-MS, GC-MS.


Research Field

Environmental science - Other

Benefits

- Salary according to the values defined by the general EU Marie Curie terms for an Experienced Researcher (4 – 10 years research experience) position.
- Opportunity to be a key element in the development and implementation of new devices for water and effluent clean-up.
- Opportunity to work within a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary network of leading researchers from various Universities and SMEs across Europe.

Eligible Candidates

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual with a strong background in Chemistry, Organic / Environmental Geochemistry or water engineering and greater than 4 years of experience. Evaluation will be based on the scientific quality of the candidate in accordance with the needs of the project.

Candidates must be in possession of a doctorate degree and have less than 10 years of full-time equivalent research experience. Researchers are eligible as long as they have not resided or carried out their main activity in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months during the last 3 years immediately prior to their appointment under the project. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

How to apply

Applicants must email carbosorb@brighton.ac.uk to apply for for this job. all applicants will be required to complete an application form whihc will be sent to them by email.

Application Deadline: 14/06/2010

University of Brighton

School of Environment and Technology / Faculty of Science and Engineering
Academic
Lewes Road
BN2 4GJ - Brighton
UNITED KINGDOM
email carbosorb@brighton.ac.uk
http://www.brighton.ac.uk/carbosorb


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Germany: Early Stage Researcher (ESR): PhD work on innovative GPR in the frame of SmartEN Marie-Curie EC project

Overview

This PhD work will be performed in the frame of the EC Marie-Curie Initial training Network SmartEN-ITN: http://www.smartEN-itn.eu/. An Early Stage Researcher position is open for foreign (non) German who is in the first 60 month of their research carriers (starting with the date of obtaining a Diploma, Masters degree or equivalent). The aim of the network is to provide a multidisciplinary PhD/ Young Researcher research and training programme in the work package 3 in the area of Wireless Sensor Networks, Sensor-Signal processing, Non-Destructive Evaluation and Smart Proactive Management.

Program Description

This PhD work will be dedicated Non-destructive testing in Civil Engineering (NDT-CE) to the development, set-up and measurements by means of ground penetration radar (GPR). Specific to the tasks in Civil Engineering the optimised antenna frequency will be chosen depending on the targeted scenario of use. Different setups will result in the optimum arrangement. This PhD work will be performed at BAM, Berlin, Germany, in the NDT-CE group under the supervision of the head of the group Dr. Herbert Wiggenhauser, assisted by Rosemarie helmerich. This group is working in the area of NDT-CE since about 20 years.

Research Field

Engineering - Civil engineering

Benefits

Funding acc. Marie Curie Programme incl. monthly living expenses, mobility allowance, carrer exploratory allowance.

We expicitely encourage young woman to apply for this Job opportunity.


Applicants should note that Marie Curie applicability criteria will apply for funding - further details are available at http://ec.europa.eu/research/fp7/understanding/marie-curieinbrief/home_en.htm

Application Deadline: 30/06/2010

Contact us

Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)

Nonestructive Damage Assessment and Environmental Measurement Methods
Research Laboratory
Unter den Eichen 87
12205 - Berlin
Berlin - GERMANY
phone 00493081043272
fax 004930 81041447
email rosemarie.helmerich@bam.de

http://www.bam.de/en/kompetenzen/fachabteilungen/abteilung_8/fg82/index.htm


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USA: For Non US Scholars - the Fulbright European Union Scholar-in-Residence Program

Overview

The purpose of the Fulbright European Union Scholar-in-Residence Program is to strengthen expertise in European Union affairs by bringing to U.S. campuses scholars from the European Union. Proposals are welcome from research and graduate institutions that have established programs in international affairs, business, political science, or other related fields in which the presence of an EU expert would be beneficial.

The European Union Scholar-in-Residence (EU SIR) Program is designed to strengthen expertise in European Union affairs. Through an arrangement with the European Union, grants are available to bring European scholars specializing in EU affairs to U.S. campuses as resident fellows for one term of the academic year. The program is devised for scholars in the humanities and social sciences or in fields where there is an international, comparative or policy component.

The scholars give guest lectures and conduct seminars as appropriate, consult with faculty and students on research, engage in collaborative study, and provide outreach to neighboring institutions and the local community. The resident fellows are not expected to teach regular courses.

Given the distinct purpose of the EU SIR Program, the institutional requirements relevant to the worldwide SIR Program (e.g., seeking institutions that do not often have the opportunity for contact with visiting scholars) are not applicable to proposals submitted for the EU SIR Program. All accredited institutions of higher education with appropriate programs and activities relating to EU affairs that are able to productively utilize a resident fellow are encouraged to submit proposals under this special program.


Application and Guidelines (.PDF)

Project Examples

Examples of projects that were recently funded under the EU Scholar-in-Residence Program illustrate the types of institutions and activities for which the program is designed as well as topics and academic fields.

Individual Institutions

Cornell University hosted a scholar from Belgium whose home institution is the College of Europe in Bruges. She was affiliated with Cornell's Institute for European Studies in the Center for International Studies, where she conducted research and gave lectures on current European Union challenges.


Georgetown University's School of Business hosted a scholar from the United Kingdom. The scholar, a professor of marketing at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, conducted research and gave guest lectures on topics related to investment at the World Trade Organization.

Southwestern University's School of Law in Los Angeles hosted a scholar from Salzburg, Austria. The scholar, an associate professor at the Institute for European Law at the University of Salzburg, conducted research and lectured on international and comparative law.

Scholar Directory

Application Deadline: October 15, 2010

Program Staff

Michael Graf
Assistant Director, Global and Specialist Programs
mgraf@iie.org
Ph: 202.686.4004

Alma Ford
Program Officer
aford@iie.org
Ph: 202.686.6252

Source: http://www.cies.org/eusir/


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USA: the Fulbright European Union Scholar-in-Residence Program for U.S. Institutions

Overview

The purpose of the Fulbright European Union Scholar-in-Residence Program is to strengthen expertise in European Union affairs by bringing to U.S. campuses scholars from the European Union. Proposals are welcome from research and graduate institutions that have established programs in international affairs, business, political science, or other related fields in which the presence of an EU expert would be beneficial.

The European Union Scholar-in-Residence (EU SIR) Program is designed to strengthen expertise in European Union affairs. Through an arrangement with the European Union, grants are available to bring European scholars specializing in EU affairs to U.S. campuses as resident fellows for one term of the academic year. The program is devised for scholars in the humanities and social sciences or in fields where there is an international, comparative or policy component.

The scholars give guest lectures and conduct seminars as appropriate, consult with faculty and students on research, engage in collaborative study, and provide outreach to neighboring institutions and the local community. The resident fellows are not expected to teach regular courses.

Given the distinct purpose of the EU SIR Program, the institutional requirements relevant to the worldwide SIR Program (e.g., seeking institutions that do not often have the opportunity for contact with visiting scholars) are not applicable to proposals submitted for the EU SIR Program. All accredited institutions of higher education with appropriate programs and activities relating to EU affairs that are able to productively utilize a resident fellow are encouraged to submit proposals under this special program.


Application and Guidelines (.PDF)

Project Examples

Examples of projects that were recently funded under the EU Scholar-in-Residence Program illustrate the types of institutions and activities for which the program is designed as well as topics and academic fields.

Individual Institutions

Cornell University hosted a scholar from Belgium whose home institution is the College of Europe in Bruges. She was affiliated with Cornell's Institute for European Studies in the Center for International Studies, where she conducted research and gave lectures on current European Union challenges.

Georgetown University's School of Business hosted a scholar from the United Kingdom. The scholar, a professor of marketing at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, conducted research and gave guest lectures on topics related to investment at the World Trade Organization.

Southwestern University's School of Law in Los Angeles hosted a scholar from Salzburg, Austria. The scholar, an associate professor at the Institute for European Law at the University of Salzburg, conducted research and lectured on international and comparative law.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2010

Program Staff

Michael Graf
Assistant Director, Global and Specialist Programs
mgraf@iie.org
Ph: 202.686.4004

Alma Ford
Program Officer
aford@iie.org
Ph: 202.686.6252

Source: http://www.cies.org/eusir/


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USA: 2 PhD Positions at The Civil Engineering Department at Clemson University

Overview

The Civil Engineering Department at Clemson University, invites applications for two Graduate Assistantship positions for Ph.D. Students, to start August 2010.

The Graduate Assistants will investigate the coupling of Single Phenomena Models into one Multi-Phenomena Model and the application of statistical methods to quantify uncertainty, determine parameter sensitivity and infer parameter values from experiments.

During the course of their graduate education, the Ph.D. students will be expected to acquire relevant skills in:

(1) Effect Screening; (2) Sensitivity Analysis; (3) Experimental Design; (4) Sampling Techniques; (5) Uncertainty Quantification; (6) Model Verification and Validation; and, expertise in (7) Statistical Inference for model Calibration.

Suitable backgrounds for doctoral students to accomplish these tasks in a timely manner must include: (1) statistics; (2) numerical modeling; and, (3) programming experience (e.g., Matlab, Fortran, C, C++, parallel computing, Unix programming and Linux).

Although an M.S. degree is not mandatory, students with prior M.S. degree(s) will be given priority.

Eligibility requirement

Applicants should have good command of both written and spoken English.


Graduate Assistantships will be in the form of a 1/4-time (10 hours per week) teaching assistantship and a 1/4 time (10 hours per week) research assistantship, to provide the students with expertise in both teaching and research in civil engineering.

CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT:

The Clemson University School of Civil Engineering has approximately 50 graduate students and 22 full-time faculty members. The Department conducts research in six key areas: Applied Fluid Mechanics, Construction Engineering and Management, Construction Materials, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering and Transportation Systems.

Interested students are invited to send resumes, statements of professional interests and contact information for three references, to Sez Atamturktur, Ph.D., at:

Sez@clemson.edu

Review Of Applications Begins Immediately and Will Continue Until The Positions Are Filled

Website: http://www.clemson.edu/ce/pdf/CUSIM_Poster.pdf


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UK: the De Souza Trust Goa Scholarship and the Goa Education Trust (GET) Scholarships for Indian Students

Overview

The British Council is delighted to offer young enterprising Goan students the De Souza Trust Goa Scholarship and the Goa Education Trust (GET) Scholarship to study in the UK.

Goa Education Trust (GET) has been conceptualized by the industrious Dempo and Fomento groups from Goa. GET is aimed to provide Goans an efficient medium to pursue the best available opportunities in education, in whatever areas they desire. It will provide scholarships and/or research fellowships etc. to Eligible Students for their post graduate studies in the United Kingdom in all spheres, fields and departments

The De Souza Trust Goa Scholarship funded from the estate of Mr. Diego Frank de Souza aims to provide financial assistance for self-motivated dynamic young people of Goan origin/ those holding Goan domicile to study or train in the UK.

Since the introduction of the scholarship in 1998, several Goan students have successfully completed their studies in subjects as diverse as Media Management, Architecture, Education, Computing & Design, TV documentary, Music Therapy, Fashion Technology, Architectural Conservation and Human Rights, Communication Systems & Signal Processing and Innovation Technology & the law.

What do the scholarships cover?
Full or part tuition fees
Student visa for the UK

Please note: All other costs are to be borne by the students.

Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant should:

- be an Indian citizen with a valid Indian passport and residing in India at the time of applying for the scholarship
- be resident in Goa or born of Goan parents
- be not more than 30 years old at the time of applying for the scholarship
- be a graduate and have excellent academic track record and extra curricular achievement
- have confirmed admission for any academic course of study in the UK for up to one year


Application Guidelines

1. Please register using the email Id that you most frequently use, as all correspondence related to the scholarships will be done on the email id you have registered.
2. You can edit your application as many times as required before you submit it. However, once you click on ‘Submit’ you will no longer be able to make any further changes to the form.
3. On submitting the application form, you will receive an acknowledgement message along with a unique identification number. Please make a note of this for future reference.
4. In addition to the online application, you will be required to courier / post:

- two hard copy Reference letters* (not more than one A4 size page each) (You should submit one academic and one professional reference letter each. In case you are a recent graduate, you may submit two academic references).
- a copy of offer letter/admission letter from the UK institution. Please mention your unique identification number, on the envelope.

Please Note:
Hard copies of the applications will not be valid.
Applications not accompanied by the supporting documents will not be considered.
Please do not send us any other documents other than the reference letters and a copy of your offer/admission letter.
If short-listed, candidates will be requested to submit further documentation.
Short-listed candidates will be invited for personal interviews in Goa in June 2010 and will be required to carry original copies of relevant documents. All costs related to the interviews such as travel and accommodation will have to be borne by the candidate.

Apply now!

Last date to submit complete applications is 31 May 2010, 6pm IST. Please read the Application Guidelines before applying.

For details, please contact:

The De Souza Trust Goa Scholarships
British Council Division
British Deputy High Commission
901, 9th Floor, Tower1, One Indiabulls Centre, 841, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road (West), Mumbai 400 013
Tel: +91-22-6748 6825, 67486739
Email:mumbai.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org


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Vietnam: Full Scholarships 2010 for Vietnamese Students at RMIT International University Vietnam

Overview

RMIT International University Vietnam (RMIT Vietnam) is Vietnam’s first fully foreign owned international university. Operating since 2001 in Ho Chi Minh City and 2004 in Hanoi, RMIT Vietnam delivers Australian degrees which are internationally recognised. Based in Melbourne, Australia, RMIT University is one of the largest and most well-known universities in Australia with over 65,000 students, including approximately 23,000 international students.

To create opportunities for outstanding students to obtain an international university education, RMIT Vietnam is pleased to announce that we will offer full tuition fee undergraduate scholarships that will be granted to Vietnamese national students in 2010.

Amount Awarded

The full scholarship will cover the total tuition fee of an undergraduate program (currently worth at least 360,000,000 VND, including text books) at RMIT Vietnam.

The scholarships will be offered for both our Hanoi and Saigon South campuses.

Selection Criteria

- Applicants must be Vietnamese nationals.

- Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of recent academic excellence at senior high school or university, extra-curricular activities which demonstrate a student's leadership skills and other personal strengths, and recommendations from principals/vice principals/ teachers/community leaders.

- Applicants' average mark at senior high school should be at least 8.0.

- Applicants should have an IELTS score from 5.5 (no band under 5.0); or TOEFL score from 530 (TWE from 3.5) or Internet based TOEFL from 71 (no band under 17); or an RMIT Vietnam Academic English Program placement test indicating eligibility to enter the Advanced English course (Level 6).

- A statement in English from the applicant on why the applicant should receive a scholarship (maximum 600 words).

Benefits and Conditions


- The full scholarship covers tuition fees for a single degree only and may include the tuition fee for English courses (from 5.5 IELTS level up) but does not provide for accommodation, living expenses, travel or other personal expenses.

- RMIT Vietnam reserves the right to contact relevant schools/individuals, and organisations to check the correctness and accuracy of scholarship applications.

- Students are required to enroll in the year in which the scholarship is awarded. The scholarship cannot be deferred. The scholarship is program specific and cannot be transferred to another program unless approval is obtained from the Academic Registrar. Conditions will apply.

- The scholarship will be renewed on an annual basis for the duration of the initial single degree (not double degree) subject to satisfactory performance of the student as determined by the University. Unsatisfactory academic performance will result in the scholarship being withdrawn.

- The University reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship at any time if the student does not observe University rules and regulations or does not progress through programs at the normal full-time rate.

- The University reserves the right to change the scholarship program and the structure of its English and academic programs without prior notice to meet its operational needs.


Application Process and Enquiries

Fully completed application packages must be received by RMIT Vietnam before 5pm, Monday, 24 May 2010. The application should be clearly marked “Application for RMIT Vietnam Undergraduate Scholarships” and sent to:

Ho Chi Minh City

Student Recruitment Department
RMIT International University Vietnam
702 Nguyen Van Linh Blvd.,Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
Telephone: 08 3776 1369; Fax: 08 3776 1399
Email: enquiries@rmit.edu.vn

Hanoi

Student Recruitment Department
RMIT International University Vietnam
2/2C Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound, Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Telephone: 04 3726 1460; Fax: 04 3726 1469
Email: hanoi.enquiries@rmit.edu.vn

RMIT Vietnam is not responsible for applications which are sent by post/courier and do not reach RMIT Vietnam before the deadline.

Selection results are expected to be available one month after the application deadline and only short listed candidates will be contacted. '

Applications are not returnable and incomplete applications will not be considered.


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Japan: For Irish students - Japanese Government Monbukagakusho MEXT Research Scholarship (may lead to a Master's degree or a Ph.D.)

Overview

MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) offers scholarships to Irish students who wish to study at Japanese universities as research students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2010 as follows:

FIELDS OF STUDY

Fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research at Japanese universities.

Keep in mind, however, that a student who majors in medicine, dentistry or welfare science will not be allowed to engage in clinical training such as medical care and operative surgery until he/she obtains a permit from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare under applicable Japanese laws. Majors in traditional entertainment such as Kabuki and classical Japanese dances, or in subjects that seek practical training in specific technologies or techniques at factories or companies are excluded.

QUALIFICATIONS

(1) Nationality: Applicant must have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. This applies at such times to stateless persons, too. Applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application will not be eligible.

Applicant screening will be made at the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General hereinafter referred to as the “Japanese legation”) in the country of Applicant's nationality (except where two or more countries are attended by the same Japanese Embassy/Consulate General).

(2) Age: Applicant must have been born on or after April 2,1975.

(3) Academic Background: Applicant must be a graduate from a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate. A person will be deemed to have academic ability equal or superior to that of a university graduate, if he/she

. has completed or will complete a 16-year school curriculum in a foreign country (or an 18-year school curriculum if he/she desires to enroll in a doctoral course in the field of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, or pharmacy which is founded on a 6-year department or faculty); or

. is or will be aged 22 or older and has taken an individual entrance qualification examination and has been judged by a graduate school as being equal or superior in academic ability to a university graduate (or 24 or older if he/she desires to enroll in a doctoral course in the field of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, or pharmacy which is founded on a 6-year department or faculty).

Note: Eligible applicants include those who otherwise satisfy or will satisfy qualification requirements for admission to a Japanese graduate school. As a general rule, a person who has completed a doctoral course may not apply unless he/she seeks to obtain a degree.


(4) Major Field of Study: Applicant should apply for the field of study he/she studied at the previous university or any related field. Applicant must choose a field on which he/she can receive education and perform research at the university of his/her choice.

(5) Japanese Language: Applicant must be willing to learn the Japanese language, interested in Japan and enthusiastic about deepening his/her understanding of Japan after arriving, and capable of engaging in study and research while adapting himself/herself to life in Japan.

(6) Health: Applicant must be physically and mentally healthy enough to pursue study at university.

(7) Arrival in Japan: Applicant must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2010, or within two weeks of the date set by the receiving university for the beginning of the semester (in principle, in September or October). Travel expenses will not be provided if the Applicant is unable to travel to Japan during this set period.

(8) Visa Requirement: Selected Applicants must obtain a College Student ( ryuugaku ..) visa prior to his arrival in Japan.

Applicants who are already in Japan under a visa other than College Student are required to change it to College Student by the end of the month preceding the start of the scholarship. Applicants who change their resident status to any status other than “College Student” after their arrival in Japan will immediately lose their status as a Japanese government scholarship student.

(9) Scholarships will not be awarded in the following cases:

1: The Applicant is an active member of the military or a civilian employed by the military

2: The Applicant is unable to travel to Japan within the dates set by the receiving university

3: The Applicant was a grantee of a Japanese Government Scholarship in the past will not be selected unless he/she has had at least three years of research or teaching experience after completion of the first scholarship. This exclusion will not apply to a research-student applicant, who (i) as a foreign student in Japan received training in the Japanese language and/or Japanese culture at a university and graduated from it, or who (ii) was a foreign student in Japan under the Japan-Korea Joint Science and Engineering Students Exchange Program.

4: The Applicant is currently enrolled in a Japanese university under the resident status of “College Student,” or if he/she plans to enroll at a Japanese university as a privately-financed foreign student between the time of application for this scholarship and the time the scholarship period is due to begin.

5: The Applicant is already the recipient of a scholarship from an organization (including a governmental organization in his/her country of origin) other than the Japanese government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology MEXT).

6: The Applicant, considered a “future graduate” and selected as such, is unable to graduate within the pre-set date or unable to fulfill graduation requirements.

SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS

(1) Allowance: Under the fiscal 2009 budget, each grantee will be provided monthly with 152,000 yen (Research Student course), 154,000 yen (students enrolled in a Master's program or a professional degree program), or 155,000 yen (students enrolled in a doctoral program) (an additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen may be provided to those undertaking study or research in specially designated regions) .However, these amounts are subject to change depending on the annual budget of each year. The

scholarship will not be paid to a grantee who takes a leave of absence or is long absent from his/her university.

Scholarship will be cancelled for a grantee if

- any of his/her application documents is found to be falsely stated;

- he/she is in breach of his/her pledge made to the Minister of MONBUKAGAKUSHO(MEXT);

- he/she is subjected to disciplinary action, such as expulsion or removal from register, taken by his/her university or the preparatory Japanese-teaching institution;

- it becomes definitive that the grantee will not be able to complete his/her course within the standard course term because of his/her poor academic achievement or suspension;

- his/her resident status of “College Student” as provided for in Paragraph 1-4 of Appendix to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act changes to any other status; or

- he/she is provided with another scholarship(except for a scholarship designated for research expenses).

(2) Traveling Costs

- Transportation to Japan: Each grantee will be provided, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy class air ticket from the international airport closest to his/her place of residence to Narita International Airport (or following the itinerary normally used by the university where the grantee is placed). Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her place of residence to the nearest international airport, airport tax, airport usage charges, special taxes on overseas travel and travel expenses within Japan will be borne by the grantee (the place of residence of the grantee shall in principle be the address stated in the application form). Air travel from a country other than the grantee's nationality will not be covered, nor travel to Japan before April 1, 2010.

If the grantee comes to Japan to obtain admission to a university, he/she will not be provided with traveling cost to Japan.

- Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the last-payment month of his/her scholarship will be provided, upon application, with an economy class air ticket for a flight from Narita International Airport (or following the itinerary normally used by the university where the grantee is placed) to the international airport closest to his/her place of return.

Note: Insurance premiums for travel to/from Japan shall be borne by the grantee. The airport the grantee departs from or returns to must be an airport of the country of his/her nationality.

- School Fees: Fees for matriculation, tuition and entrance examinations at a university will be paid by the Japanese government. If the grantee moves on to higher education as a nonregular student, he/she will pay for entrance examinations.

Application Deadline: Friday 21 May 2010

Sent to: International Section, Department of Education & Science, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 (not to the Embassy)

See Application Guidelines (PDF) for detailed information.

Source: http://www.ie.emb-japan.go.jp/index.html


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British Council IELTS Scholarship for Indian students planning to study at universities overseas

Overview

The British Council is delighted to announce the launch of the British Council IELTS Scholarshipfor Indian students planning to study at universities overseas. In line with its mission to promotethe global sharing of knowledge and ideas, the British Council will select eight students from India, each of whom will receive an award of Rs.3,00,000 towards the cost of tuition fees. Application procedure:

- Take an IELTS test with the British Council and receive your scores.
- Download and complete the application form and go through the FAQs.
- Last date for completed applications is 31 July 2010. You must complete selection Task.
- Forty applicants will be shortlisted. We will notify you via email by 6 August 2010 whether you have been short-listed. Short-listed applicants will be required to make a ten minute presentation on a topic that will be communicated, followed by a brief interview.
- We must receive from the short-listed applicants a letter of acceptance from the university you plan to attend prior to 20 August 2010.
- Failure to submit your letter of acceptance by the 20 August deadline will result in your immediate removal from the short-list of applicants.
- We will notify all short-listed applicants of the final result by email by 31 August 2010.

Eligible Candidates

- Be a citizen of India.
- Begin full time postgraduate study outside India in 2010.
Attend a higher education institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements.
- Have a valid IELTS score, with a minimum band score average 6.5.
- Have taken their most recent IELTS test with the British Council.
- Be able to provide an acceptance letter from the attending institution by 20 August 2010.


Important DocumentsIELTS Scholarship Application FormIELTS Scholarship FAQsAn original hard copy of your application should be sent to

IELTS Scholarship
British Council
British Deputy High Commission
737 Anna Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu – 600002

The complete application must be received by us by 31 July 2010.Do get back for any further clarifications.


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Saudi Arabia: Research Opportunities at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Overview

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), located in Saudi Arabia, is an international graduate-level research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through bold and collaborative research and to addressing challenges of regional and global significance, thereby serving the Kingdom, the region, and the world. KAUST is committed to cutting-edge research in the globally significant areas of Energy, Water, and Food. In addition, KAUST emphasizes research on the Environment and Red Sea, and the discipline of Computational Science and Engineering serves as an enabling technology for all its research activities.

KAUST is located on the Red Sea at Thuwal (80km north of Jeddah). Newly opened in September 2009, KAUST is an independent and merit-based university and welcomes exceptional researchers, faculty and students from around the world. KAUST offers attractive base salaries and a wide range of benefits. Faculty enjoy secure research funding from KAUST and have opportunities for additional funding through several KAUST-provided sources and through industry collaborations. KAUST seeks to hire faculty within Computational Earth Sciences and Engineering in the following areas:

- Computational geomechanics/geochemistry: particular interest in numerical and analytical modeling, and applications to CO2 sequestration and/or enhanced oil recovery
- Potential fields/EM geophysics: particular interest in global and regional gravity and magnetic field modeling and inversion or interests in EM exploration methodologies, to better understand the Earth’s physical behavior.


- Ocean modeling/air-sea interaction: particular interest in global and regional ocean modeling and role of ocean processes in climate variability and change
- Atmospheric chemistry: particular interest in aerosol microphysics and atmospheric chemistry, transport and transformations of optically-active constituents in the troposphere and stratosphere, and their effect on regional and global climate

Eligible Candidates

Applications from exceptional candidates with research interests in other areas of Computational Earth Sciences and Engineering, especially those related to Energy and Water, are also encouraged. An earned Ph.D. in geophysics, engineering, applied mathematics, computational science, or related field, the ability to build a world-class research program, interests in conducting research on interdisciplinary problems in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment, and a strong commitment to graduate teaching and mentorship are required.

Application requirements

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for at least 3 references for an Assistant Professor position and at least 6 references for an Associate or Full Professor position, and should be submitted as a single PDF file via electronic mail to kaust.aea@ices.utexas.edu.

Deadline for application

Review of applications will begin immediately and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

KAUST and The University of Texas at Austin have formed an Academic Excellence Alliance (AEA) partnership to collaborate on research in computational earth sciences and engineering. As part of the AEA, UT-Austin faculty from the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) serve on the KAUST faculty search committee. However, KAUST will be responsible for all hiring decisions, appointment offers, recruiting, and
explanations of employment benefits. The recruited faculty will be employed by KAUST in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and not by UT-Austin. Questions may be directed to Professor Omar Ghattas, Director of the KAUST-UT Austin AEA, at the above e-mail address.

The appointment, promotion and retention of faculty and staff, and all the educational and administrative activities of the University shall be conducted on the basis of equality, without regard to race, color, religion or gender.

Enquiries

kaust.aea@ices.utexas.edu

Source: http://apps.kaust.edu.sa/sites/PSE/Documents/Faculty%20Openings%20in%20ese.pdf


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UK: 20 individual awards worth up to £10,000 for overseas candidates starting a one-year Masters programme, University of Birmingham

Overview

The University is offering 20 individual awards worth up to £10,000 for overseas candidates starting a one-year Masters programme in 2010, plus many region- and country-specific scholarships. Interested candidates are strongly urged to apply. See the Postgraduate Prospectus – scholarships page (opens in a new window)
Departmental bursaries for research degrees and on-campus taught Masters programmes are also available as follows.

Bursaries for IDD on-campus taught masters programmes - closing date 14 May 2010
In 2010-11, IDD will award up to four bursaries to cover 50% of the successful applicants' tuition fees. Selection will be based on academic merit. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please state this on your postgraduate application form and also submit:

Necessary Document

- A covering letter outlining why you are applying and why you should be selected as a bursary recipient
- Your CV
- Two references (at least one of the referees should be able to comment on academic performance). Please note that if you already have an offer of a place on one of the International Development Department programmes, you do not need to re-send these references.
- A short essay, maximum 1500 words, on a topic of your choice related to poverty reduction, development, governance or public sector management


N.B. If you have already applied for a postgraduate course at IDD but wish to considered for the scholarship, there is no need to complete another application form. Please send your CV, a covering letter, two references and essay. Remember to clearly state your name and which course you have applied for.

Applications should be received by IDD’s postgraduate office by 14 May 2010.

For more Information or to send your application please contact:

Debra Beard

The Postgraduate Office
International Development Department
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 5034
Email: d.l.beard@bham.ac.uk

Source: http://www.idd.bham.ac.uk/degree/scholarships.shtml


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Germany: EMGIP (Émigré Memorial German Internship Program) for US and Canadian Students

Overview

EMGIP (Émigré Memorial German Internship Program) offers internship opportunities for US and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are two months long in positions matching the student’s interest and experience. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, preferably with a Sekretariat working for their preferred Ausschuss. In addition to contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament.

Program Objectives

DAAD programs are helping to create goodwill and professional relationships that will help build a solid basis for relations between Germany and North America. EMGIP Internships were founded in 1965 by Professors Louise Holborn and George Romoser with the assistance of many scholars of German affairs, especially in the social sciences and contemporary history, and with the financial and planning aid of various German offices also interested in encouraging the development of future generations of German experts. In view of the contributions of German émigrés, the experiential program was named Émigré Memorial German Internship Program.

Eligible Candidates

Applicants for EMGIP – Bundestag should possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity as well as sufficient knowledge of the German legislative process. Participants should be advanced undergraduates or graduate students in fields such as political science, international relations, law, history, economics or German. PhD students are not eligible. Students must be fluent in spoken German and possess excellent writing skills.

US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. International students who are enrolled in a full time course of study in the US or Canada may also apply. German nationals are not eligible.

Successful applicants must hand in a certificate of enrollment for the internship period to ensure student status in Germany or enroll at the Free University as special students.


Terms of Award

The successful applicant will receive compensation of approximately €1,100 per month from the German Bundestag. Subsidized health insurance is available through DAAD for a monthly fee of about €23. DAAD can help the interns to obtain housing in Berlin (the average rent for a room is €250/month) and make contacts with fellow international interns and German students. Travel expenses are the intern’s responsibility.

Application Guidelines

In order to receive an optimal placement for your internship you should clearly state your particular interests in the essay. The German Bundestag suggests that you choose a two month period between September and mid-December when the Bundestag is in session. Placements during the spring are from May 1st, 2009. Since the spring session ends in late June, placements typically end in early July for the summer break. The Bundestag is not in session in July and August.
Short-listed candidates will be interviewed.

The following documentation is required (one original each, plus four copies):

Application Form

Please type or word-process your application form. The application form is rewritable, so you can fill your answers in directly. Make sure to answer all questions on the form completely. Do not fill in any blanks with the phrase "see attached," even if you must refer to additional material. Do not forget to sign your application.

Résumé

Please submit your résumé in chronological form. This Lebenslauf should be in German. Narrative or paragraph-form resumes are not acceptable. Your name should appear on each page.

Short Essay (in German and English)

The essay should be no longer then 3 pages (1.5 space, pt.12) and should answer why you are interested in the EMGIP-Bundestag Program. You should mention the career goals you hope to achieve by completing an internship in the Bundestag. Please state what your expectations are regarding the character of the internship and what you as an intern have to offer. Give your first and second preferences as to the Fraktion and the Ausschuß you would like to work for and any other relevant interests. Your name should appear on each page.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Submit three (3) original letters of recommendation printed on university letterhead from professors (not lecturers or TAs) at North American institutions in your major and relevant fields of study. The letters can be included in a sealed envelope with your application or should be sent separately to DAAD New York. It is your responsibility that the recommendations get there on time.

Transcripts

Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary studies, including explanations of the grading systems.

DAAD language evaluation form / Sprachzeugnis

This document should be signed by a faculty member of the German Department at your institution or by a Goethe-Institute. We cannot accept Fulbright forms nor can we accept evaluations from teaching assistants.

Please provide your documents in the order listed above and do not staple or bind any of your documents!
Mail your application to:
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
EMGIP-Bundestag
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

FAQs

How much German do I need to know?
German language fluency is important for you to be able to carry out the assignments during your internship. Your writing skills in German must be equally excellent.

How can I prepare for the Internship?
We recommend reading the Zeitschrift fuer Parlamentsfragen www2.politik.uni-halle.de/zparl//index.htm

Application Deadline: September 15, 2010

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Be sure to submit all materials and the correct amount of copies of each by the deadline.
If your application meets the deadline, you will be notified by us if anything is missing from your file.
Please do not call our office, you will receive an e-mail or letter of acknowledgment.

Do not staple or bind any of our documents!

Enquiries?

If you have questions regarding EMGIP - Bundestag, please contact: schenkl@daad.org


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Germany: German Studies Research Grant for U.S. and Canadian Citizens under DAAD Research Program

Overview

This specialized DAAD program offers up to five German Studies Research Grants to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/ program chairs. The grant may be used for short-term research (one to two months) in either North America or Germany.

Program Objectives

The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective.

Eligible Candidates

Master's level graduate students in the humanities and social sciences earning a certificate or working on a project in German Studies may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or program chair. Applicants are expected to have completed a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics, or other fields) at the time of nomination. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college level German language studies.

Grants are restricted to citizens of the US who are enrolled full time at the university that nominates them.

Terms of Award

Research support ranging in value from $1,500 to $2,500 is available to individual scholarship recipients and is intended to offset living and travel costs during the active research phase. Support cannot be provided for stays in Germany in the context of study abroad programs.


Application Guidelines

If possible all parts of the application form should be electronically generated, typewritten, or otherwise neatly printed. Confidential letters of recommendation and official transcripts should be forwarded in sealed envelopes. Please do not staple any of the application materials.

A complete application consists of the following parts:

- Completed DAAD application form
- Curriculum vitae (résumé)
- Detailed description of the research project or the pre-dissertation proposal, including a research plan and itinerary
- Budget statement
- List of German language and German Studies courses taken
- Two letters of recommendation, including one from the professor supervising the German Studies curriculum or the research project
- DAAD language evaluation form ("Sprachzeugnis"). This mandatory part of the application and should be completed and signed by a German Department faculty member
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed

Application Deadlines

Application deadline: May 1, 2010.

Applications postmarked the day of the deadline or earlier will be accepted; those with later postmarks cannot be processed.

Please note: incomplete applications cannot be processed.
Application materials will not be returned.
No reasons for a decision will be given.

DAAD will announce its decision approximately eight weeks after the deadline.

Questions?

If you have questions regarding the DAAD German Studies Research Grant, please contact: thomanek@daad.org

If you are NOT a citizen or student in the UNITED STATES or CANADA, please see:DAAD International


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USA: 2010-2011 Atlas Service Corps fellowship positions in Washington, DC

Overview

Atlas Service Corps seeks nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for their 2010-2011 fellowship positions in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Seattle, WA; Bogota, Colombia; and New Delhi, India. Expenses are paid in this prestigious fellowship program, including a living stipend, health insurance, and training.

Candidates from around the world are placed at outstanding host organizations in the U.S. including Ashoka, Asian American LEAD, Grameen Foundation, International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Population Action International. Candidates from the U.S. are placed at organizations in Bogota like Global Humanitaria and Oxfam GB. In addition to volunteering full time at their host organizations, Fellows are enrolled in a management development training program and join a growing network of nonprofit leaders from around the world.

Eligible Candidates

Applicants must have 3 or more years of experience in the nonprofit sector, a college degree, fluency in English (1 year of experience and Spanish proficiency if applying to volunteer in Colombia), and a commitment to return to their home country after their Fellowship.


Application Instructions

For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit: http://www.atlascorps.org/apply.html and watch a short video about the application process here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx63RKbqoKY. Although we accept applications on a year round rolling basis, we highly encourage you to apply by May 15, 2010 for the Fall class.


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Spain: The International Masters Program (Master of Science, M.Sc.) in Geospatial Technologies at Universitat Jaume I, Department of Computer Language

Overview

The International Masters Program (Master of Science, M.Sc.) in Geospatial Technologies is a cooperation of

* University of Münster (WWU ), Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi ),
* Universitat Jaume I (UJI ), Castellón, Dept. Information Systems (Lenguajes y Sistemas Informaticos) , Spain, and,
* Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL ), Instituto Superior de Estatística e Gestão de Informação (ISEGI ), Lisboa, Portugal.

The three-semester Masters program will enrol up to 32 students per year. Students will attend the first semester in Lisbon or Castellón, the second semester in Münster. The third semester (Master thesis) can be performed at each of the three partner universities. * The first semester offers different learning paths, addressing the previous know-how and requirements of the students. The courses at UJI focus on the provision of know-how in informatics, new media, and GI basics. UNL provides modules in mathematics, data modelling, and GI basics.

* The second semester at the WWU provides basic and advanced courses in GIScience. In addition, courses in additional key competencies (project management, research methods) are provided. Optional for selected courses is the alternative attendance of a summer school, organized by WWU, UJI, or UNL
* The Master thesis in the third semester is closely linked to ongoing research projects of one of the partners. Depending on the resources, students can choose each of the three universities for performing the thesis. In case of not attending a semester at each partner university, the thesis will be supervized or co-supervized by the university not attended so far.

Requirement for applicants

1. Appropriate Bachelor degree in an application area of Geographic Information.
2. TOEFL 500 paper-based or equivalent
3. For further requirements and selection criteria, please see http://www.mastergeotech.com


Funding details

Erasmus Mundus financial contributions for EU students: Financial contributions for the three-semesters Erasmus Mundus Masters Course are

• Monthly allowances of 500 EUR per month, 9.000 EUR in total
• Coverage of tution fees of 1.500 EUR per semester, 4.500 EUR in total
•Insurance package, i.e., health insurance.

The study program requires that students provide appropriate laptop computers. Those students granted by the Erasmus Mundus programm who do not possess an appropriate laptop (>= Pentium 4) must buy one from the ERASMUS scholarship before starting the study program. If necessary, UJI and ISEGI can facilitate the procurement.

Further details, please visit: http://www.mastersportal.eu/students/browse/programme/4723/msc-master-program-in-geospatial-technologies.html


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UK: New Third Sector PhD Scholarship in Performance Management at Cranfield University

Overview

Cranfield School of Management and The Cranfield Trust are working together to support a major research programme on third sector performance measurement. Cranfield is offering funding for a student to study for a full-time PhD under the title ‘Performance Management in the Third Sector’, starting in September 2010.

The course of study will review and map existing practice, develop understanding of the processes and challenges of non-profit performance measurement, and develop tools and techniques for non-profits to embed performance management activities within their organisations.

The PhD will be supervised by Cranfield’s Centre for Business Performance, led by Professor Mike Bourne. The Centre for Business Performance specialises in the design, implementation, use and ongoing maintenance of performance measurement and management systems.

Professor Mike Bourne said of the Third Sector PhD opportunity: “Performance Management is as critical in the third sector as it is in the commercial world. Performance measurement and impact reporting is of growing importance to non-profits and we are delighted to be working with The Cranfield Trust to offer the opportunity for a PhD student to undertake in depth research in this area.”

This investment in voluntary sector management supports Cranfield School of Management’s and The Cranfield Trust’s existing commitments to award scholarship places on Cranfield’s prestigious MBA programmes. For the seventh year, new students have won scholarships on the Executive (part-time) and Modular MBA programmes


Amanda Tincknell, Chief Executive of The Cranfield Trust, said: “Our work with 200 voluntary organisations a year demonstrates the importance of managers developing the skills they need to meet the challenges of service delivery, particularly in this difficult economic climate. Demonstrating the effectiveness of your organisation is vital as competition in the sector, and between voluntary sector and private sector service providers, continues to grow. Having had outstanding scholarship students on the Cranfield MBA programme over the past 7 years we are now looking for an exceptional voluntary sector manager to take up the opportunity provided by Cranfield School of Management to gain a PhD and make a real contribution to voluntary sector thinking in the impact field.”

Amount Awarded

The successful candidate will be registered as a full-time PhD student within Cranfield School of Management for 4 years from 27 September 2010. Full-time fees will be paid by Cranfield in addition to a bursary of £13,500 per year to cover living expenses.

Eligible Candidates

Candidates should, in the first instance, express their interest by submitting a CV setting out their background, any previous experience of research and any further information that supports their application to carry out this particular project. These should be emailed to Wendy Habgood, PhD Programme Manager, e: wendy.habgood@cranfield.ac.uk by 7 May 2010.

Candidates will then be invited to submit a formal application form, which may be downloaded from the Cranfield School of Management website and shortlisted applicants will be invited to an assessment day at Cranfield. The deadline for final applications is 31 May 2010.

For an informal discussion about the project, contact Professor Mike Bourne on +44 (0)1234 754514 . Full details of the PhD programme and a downloadable application form may be found on the website at www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/doctorates

Further information

Cranfield School of Management is one of Europe’s leading university management schools renowned for its strong links with industry and business. It is committed to providing practical management solutions through a range of activities including postgraduate degree programmes, management development, research and consultancy. www.cranfield.ac.uk/som

The Cranfield Trust is a leading provider of pro bono management consultancy to voluntary organisations addressing issues of poverty, disability and social exclusion. The Trust works with a register of volunteers from the commercial sector, many of whom are Cranfield alumni. www.cranfieldtrust.org

Enquiries

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Emily Reed, Media Relations Office, Cranfield School of Management on: T: +44 (0) 1234 754348 or E: emily.reed@cranfield.ac.uk

Press release number: PR-04-10-SOM


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Germany: Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies

Overview

Our primary philanthropic aim is to support excellence and innovation in conflict studies. We seek to fund projects that create effective and pragmatic alternatives for transforming violent political conflict throughout the world. Above all, we emphasise applied approaches with practical value.

We focus on research with these core values:

-Contributes to and improves best practice in the field in new and creative ways
-Produces relevant policy advice for decision makers, opinion formers and policy makers
-Explores and implements concrete practices for studying and transforming violent political conflict
-Examines key concepts, issues, themes and current debates in conflict studies in ways that enhance their practical and theoretical worth

All our grant-making activities are designed to bring research and practice together in new and compelling ways. In particular, we wish to support projects that go beyond the present discourses of conflict studies. We highly value research that can effectively influence how practitioners both think about and do their work. At the same time, it is equally important for us to fund practice-oriented projects that have a meaningful impact on the research agendas of conflict studies. Ultimately, we believe that our combined emphasis on research and practice guarantees both the integrity and worth of the projects we fund.

Who We Fund

We fund qualified individuals, organisations and institutions doing cutting-edge research and reflective practice in conflict studies. On a carefully calculated basis, we take risks to fund projects that otherwise have difficulty acquiring financial support.


In selecting potential candidates, we look for those with a clear capacity to produce innovative research results of the highest quality, delivered in a timely fashion. To ensure this, the Foundation reserves the right to conduct due diligence and may contact candidates at any stage of the application process.

We tend to favour small-scale projects with the potential to create a broad impact. But we also expect budget submissions to be realistic and manageable in terms of project completion. Application for the one-time renewal of a previously successful proposal is encouraged only on a restricted basis.

Once a grant has been awarded, we reach agreement with recipients about monitoring their progress and reporting on the outcomes of their project. While we respect the independence and competence of our grantees, we seek to be rigorous and demanding in the achievement of mutually-agreed goals. This is one way to guarantee the excellence and quality of the projects we support.

There are no geographical limitations to foundation interests, provided projects reflect our philanthropic aims and objectives, meet our funding criteria and follow our application procedures.

Thematic Interests

As a funder, the three thematic interests described below permit us to take a more concentrated approach to what we see as key strategic issues emerging in the field of conflict transformation.

By focusing on these areas, we wish to support action research and reflective practice that identifies and elaborates fresh, creative paradigms for inclusive and integrated approaches that can enhance this field.

These three themes are integral to structural peacebuilding processes, particularly the continued need to extend and develop multi-track approaches to conflict transformation. All are inter-related and mutually reinforcing, thus lending greater coherence to our philanthropic interests.

While the first bears on overall societal transformation after armed conflict, the second takes an inclusive look at the roles and interests of non-state armed groups and the third looks at changing patterns in state and non-state actor constellations.

Grant Statistics

There is no minimum grant request. Awards range from several hundred euro for very small projects, up to a maximum of €50,000.00 for one year on larger-scale projects.
For projects lasting more than one year, we also accept requests for a total funding limit of €100,000.00. The maximum duration of such projects is two years.

Relevant Deadlines

Initial Letter of Inquiry: last Friday in May
Full Application: last Friday in August
(Eligible candidates only)

How to apply

Visit: http://www.berghof-foundation.de/en/grants/how-to-apply/

Contact us

Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies
Altensteinstraße 48a
14195 Berlin
Germany
www.berghof-foundation.de
info@berghof-foundation.de


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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Switzerland: Call for Concept Papers for Regional Cooperation Projects - Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans (SCP)

Overview

Announcement: SCP – Call for Concept Papers for Regional Cooperation Projects in the Western Balkan

Call for Submissions of Concepts for Regional Cooperation Projects in the Fields of Art and Culture

The Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans (SCP) supports regional cooperation projects in the fields of culture and arts in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. The overall goals of the Swiss Cultural Programme are to contribute to the promotion of democracy and freedom of expression, to conflict resolution, to intercultural dialogue and respect for minorities.

The programme fosters regional cooperation through capacity building, empowerment and promotion of cultural initiatives and organisations, which offer innovative and diversified cultural services and products. The Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans invites cultural organisations, initiatives, networks and/or associations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia, both from the non¬governmental and governmental sector, for submission of concepts for Regional Cooperation Projects. The submitted Project Concepts should be aligned with SCP thematic priorities. These include youth, gender equity and the creation of structures for broad cultural participation while taking into account good governance principles -accountability, transparency, non-discrimination, participation, and efficiency.


The project should also:

- Be relevant to the regional context of the Western Balkans
- Have a regional orientation by involving organisations from at least two of the above mentioned countries
- Contribute to the development of culture and arts in the field in which they are operating
- Offer innovative approach and diversified services and products
- Aim at improving the situation in the region by strengthening culture and cultural life as an essential element of a participatory, open and dynamic civil society.
- Aim at involving other donors public or private, bilateral or multilateral as much as possible. A minimum of 25% co-financing is required.

Detailed information on conditions and criteria for this call is available at the SCP regional website www.scp-ba.net, where guidelines and template for submitting project concepts can be downloaded.

Submission: Concepts for Regional Cooperation Projects are to be submitted according to the template available on the SCP website by electronic mail to rcp@scp-ba.net

Application Deadline

Deadline for submission of concepts is Tuesday 15th June, 2010, at 24:00 hrs. Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration. Applicants will be notified by email upon receipt.

The SCP’s Regional Steering Committee will select the concepts to be developed further into project proposals at the beginning of July 2010.

Source: http://www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/albania/en/Home/News/News_Detail?itemID=187771


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KODAK Scholarship Program 2010 for International Students - University Film and Video Association

Overview

For university or college students of film, film production, or cinematography at the undergraduate or graduate levels in a degree or diploma program. Nominations must be made by the school department or program official.

Prizes Awarded in this Worldwide Program (awarded in US or local dollar equivalent)

Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking Category:

Gold: $1,000 cash award and $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant
Silver: $4,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant
Bronze: $3,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant
Honorable Mentions: Two $2,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grants

A Blue Ribbon Jury will evaluate all submitted work and make all final selections. The jury will consist of one individual from Kodak and one from the University Film & Video Association (UFVA), plus a representative from the filmmaking industry. Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, creative and technical ability, communications ability, and range of filmmaking experience. Visual Imagery will count 50%, creative and other technical skills 25%, and the other criteria 25%.

Eligible Candidates

1. Entries must be completed works that communicate a story or theme in some fashion — no clips or short vignettes.
2. Eligible institutions are colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, participating Asia Pacific countries (Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore), participating European countries (Austria, Benelux, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom) and participating Latin America countries (Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela).


3. No more than two nominees per institution.
4. College student nominees must be fulltime undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the 2009 - 2010 academic year and planning to enroll for the 2010 - 2011 academic year in a film school’s degree or diploma program.
5. All judges’ decisions are final.
6. The names of the winners may be published on the website at www.kodak.com/go/motion. Winners agree to allow the free use of their names, photographs and general location for publicity and news purposes in connection with the Scholarships Program.

Personal Data

Personal data received in connection with the nomination is subject to Kodak's privacy policy, which may be found by following
the link at www.kodak.com

DEADLINE & AWARD DATES

Nomination Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by June 14, 2010.
Award Announcement: August 2010 Award Money Available: September 2010

RETURN APPLICATION FORM & MATERIALS TO:
KODAK Scholarship
Michele DeLano
343 State Street
Rochester, NY 14650-0315 USA
585-724-6751
e-mail: michele.delano@kodak.com

For more information, please access our website
at www.kodak.com/go/scholarships.


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Taiwan: The 2010 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award

Overview

The 2010 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award will recognize one individual or organization that has made concrete and significant contributions to the advancement of democracy and human rights in Asia through peaceful means. The laureate will have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the cause of freedom in the region.

Nominations are open to the public. Each nominee must be nominated in writing by at least two credible organizations or individuals from the field of democracy or human rights.

This nomination form has four parts:

I. Basic information
II. Narrative description and justification of nomination
III. Letter of support by second nominator
IV. Supplementary information (optional)

To submit a nomination, please fill out this form and mail it to the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy by post. All nomination materials, including any supplementary documents where applicable, must be received by the TFD no later than June 30, 2010.

Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in the 2010 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award.


Application form is available at: www.tfd.org.tw/docs/2010%20ADHRA%20Nomination%20Form.doc

Contact us

Address: Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (Attn: ADHRA)
No. 4, Alley 17, Lane 147
Sec. 3, Sinyi Road
Taipei 106
Taiwan

Tel: +886-2-2708-0100 ext. 211

Email: award@taiwandemocracy.org.tw


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UK: Marie Curie Research Fellow at Swansea University

Overview

Applications are invited for a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Reproductive Biology Group, School of Medicine, reference 5431, to work on an FP7 Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) project. The aim is to develop and apply techniques to study DNA/protein interactions and histone modifications in human disease samples to identify gene targets and molecular pathways that distinguish the activity of antiestrogens from estrogens in breast and endometrium, The successful candidate will take a lead role in the implementation of techniques including Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and DNA methylation detection to formalin fixed, paraffin-embedded human tissue samples. Further details can be found at http://www.swansea.ac.uk/personnel/Vacancies/Research/PostTitle,45955,en.php.

Program Description

To develop and apply techniques to study DNA/protein interactions and histone modifications in human disease samples to identify gene targets and molecular pathways that distinguish the activity of antiestrogens from estrogens in breast and endometrium, The successful candidate will take a lead role in the implementation of techniques including Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and DNA methylation detection to formalin fixed, paraffin-embedded human tissue samples.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

1. Research Activity as described above.
2. Preparation of work for presentation within interim reports, National and International meetings
3. Supervision of staff-in-training (day to day in the laboratory)
4. Contribution to effective group and laboratory management.


Duties and Responsibilities

This appointment in the School of Medicine has a number of generic objectives common to research appointments. These relate to developing and generating novel research concepts, designs, directions, and outputs in areas related to infertility and gynaecological cancer due to abnormalities in the endometrium. Full details can be found on the job description.

Research Field

Medical sciences - Medicine

Benefits

Salary: £34,000 plus mobility allowance.

Hours: 35 per week. (This is a full time post but applications from individuals seeking part time, job share or flexible working arrangements are welcome.)

Annual leave: 31 days per annum plus Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time staff).

Application Deadline: 27/05/2010

Swansea University
School of Medicine
Academic

- Swansea
UNITED KINGDOM
email personnel.mailbox@swansea.ac


Further information about this fellow can be found at: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/personnel/Vacancies/Research/PostTitle,45955,en.php


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France: Marie Curie PhD position in protein crystallography at Bordeaux University

Overview

X-ray diffraction studies of protein - foldamer complexes in a multidisciplinary research program.

Program Description

Protein-protein interactions are a central issue in biological processes, and represent relevant therapeutic targets for the treatment of many diseases. The design of antagonistic molecules directed towards the disruption of these interactions requires the specific recognition of important protein surfaces. Aromatic oligomers present all the properties (high functionalization, stability and easy predictability of the structure, length flexibility) to reach that point.

The thesis will be devoted to the optimization of the design of quinoline-derived aromatic amide foldamers (see http://www.iecb.u-bordeaux.fr/teams/HUC/), using structural tools (X-ray diffraction, molecular modelling). It lies within the scope of a european multidisciplinary project associating private sector (UCB-Pharma, Belgium) and universities (Bordeaux, Wurzburg). The proteins which will be used as a basis for this study have been chosen according to their therapeutic relevance. They crystallize easily and the interaction geometry between each partner is perfectly known.

The crystallization of the aromatic oligomers tethered to the protein and their structure determination will be led in close cooperation with the private sector, which will imperatively welcome the student during the twelve months of his PhD second year. The chemical synthesis and the evaluation of the physicochemical properties of the studied molecules will be approached by the partner groups.

Research Field

Biological sciences - Other


Eligible Candidates

Biologists and/or biochemists with a background in structural biology are strongly encouraged to postulate. Additional experience in protein crystallography and X-rays diffraction would be an asset.

APPLICATIONS (including CV, research experience, and two names and contact information for references) should be sent to b.gallois@cbmn.u-bordeaux.fr. Successful candidates will be interviewed in Bordeaux early in July and will be expected to join the program in September 2010. If an interview appointment is made, certified copy of school/university certificates and other relevant material must be presented.

Application Deadline: 15/06/2010

Contact Us

Bordeaux University
Chimie Biologie des Membranes et des Nanoobjets (UMR 5218)
Academic
Bât B8, Avenue des facultés
33405 - Talence
FRANCE
email b.gallois@cbmn.u-bordeaux.fr


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UK: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award at Birkbeck College, University of London - Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society

Overview

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award

‘Seeing the sacred in the museum: exploring the significance of religious and secular subjectivities for visitor engagement with religious objects'

Birkbeck College, University of London, in collaboration with the British Museum

The aim of this doctoral project will be to explore the ways in which visitors engage with religious objects at the British Museum, focusing particularly on whether it is possible to identify ways of seeing or engaging with objects that relate more generally to religious and secular subjectivities. Drawing together current research in material religion and museum visitor research, the award-holder will undertake original empirical work that will both add to our understanding of the performance of religious and secular subjectivities in public cultural spaces as well how museum evaluation work might engage in new ways with religious dimensions of visitor experience.

Benefits

The studentship is available from 1 October 2010, and the award-holder will benefit from the wide range of postgraduate support available at Birkbeck as well as from the experience of working closely with colleagues at a world-leading museum. The studentship covers full fees and a maintenance allowance at standard AHRC rates for central London institutions.

Eligible Candidates

Potential applicants should check their eligibility for the award before submitting their application at http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Documents/Guide%20to%20Student%20Eligibility.pdf


Application Deadline

The deadline for completed applications is 1 June 2010, with interviews planned to take place around the end of June. For further details about the studentship (including how to apply), go to http://www.bbk.ac.uk/crcs/postgraduate/BM_CDA_studentship


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UK: PhD Studentship at Imperial College London - Department of Earth Science and Engineering

Overview

Supervisors: Dr Tina van de Flierdt, Dr Dominik Weiss, Dr Mark Rehkämper and Dr Alex Baker (University of East Anglia)

Duration of Studentship: 36 months

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to join the MAss Spectrometry and Isotope Geochemistry Group at Imperial College London (MAGIC) and the Department of Earth Science & Engineering.

In pristine natural settings, continental soil dust is the principal atmospheric source of dissolved Fe in seawater. Recent studies, however, suggest that in areas downwind of major human activity, combustion aerosols become very important. The South Atlantic is bordered by a number of fast-growing urban agglomerations, including São Paulo and Cape Town. The impact of such megacities on marine micronutrient budgets and the potential implications for global change are currently not constrained but may be significant. Hence, it is important to develop a quantitative understanding of how the ocean system will react to increased urban emissions, particularly in the light of variable future emission scenarios.

This PhD project aims to quantify the importance of anthropogenic vs. natural aerosol sources for micronutrient budgets (Fe, Cu, Zn, Cd) in the South Atlantic. This will be accomplished by partnering measurements of provenance tracers (Pb and Nd isotopes) and micronutrient isotopes (Zn, Cd) with laboratory leaching experiments. The project will take advantage of the unique suite of aerosols that will be collected during the UK GEOTRACES cruise in the Southern Atlantic and at the Falkland Islands time-series station, as well as samples collected by others in South America.


Eligible Candidates

Applications for this project are invited from recently graduated undergraduates or MSc students with an interest in chemical oceanography and atmospheric sciences. Experience in mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry and an active interest in multidisciplinary research and a possible future in academia is desirable. The successful applicant will join the MAGIC laboratories, a leading centre of research in the Earth Sciences.

Amount Awarded

The project is funded by the Department of Earth Science & Engineering and offers a tax-free stipend of approximately £15,000 per annum, rising annually with inflation. Due to funding restrictions it is only open to UK and non-UK EU nationals who have spent the previous three years in the UK undertaking education (undergraduate study or masters). Application forms and instructions can be obtained from our website (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/earthscienceandengineering/courses/phdopportunities/phdapplicationprocedure)

or from Ms Samantha Delamaine (E-mail: sam.delamaine@imperial.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 207 594 7339). Further information about the project can be obtained from Drs van de Flierdt, Weiss and Rehkämper (e-mail: tina.vandeflierdt@imperial.ac.uk; d.weiss@imperial.ac.uk; markrehk@imperial.ac.uk).

Applications are accepted until the post is filled


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USA: The Smithsonian National Postal Museum (NPM) Scholarships

Overview

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum (NPM) is pleased to announce, in conjunction with the Confederate Stamp Alliance (CSA), George W. Brett Memorial Scholarship, Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition, National Philatelic Exhibitions of Washington D.C. (NAPEX) and the United States Stamp Society, annual scholarships for the research of postage stamps or postal history leading to publication of the research findings.

The scholarships are available to PhD’s, or doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research, advanced graduate students, and/or other scholars so that the awardee may spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research in the NPM library and other Washington DC libraries on their projects and discussing their work with others. They are available for the research of postage stamps or postal history leading to publication on any topic supported by NPM collection or library, other Washington DC libraries, like the National Archives or the Library of Congress, or in State research libraries as described in the individual announcement.

Benefits

Interested persons, wherever resident, are invited to apply at any time with the deadline being September 1, 2010, for these scholarships for scholarly research of postage stamps or postal history. The annual scholarship, for a sum up to $2,000, shall be a contribution toward expenses for a visit(s) to Washington DC.


Applications accepted year-round with the deadline being September 1, 2010

CSA Scholarship Application Form
George W. Brett Memorial Scholarship Application Form
NAPEX Scholarship Application Form
NPM Scholarship Application Form
United States Stamp Society
Washington 2006 Scholarship Application Form

Completed applications should be sent or emailed to:

Winton M. Blount Chair in Research
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
MRC 570 PO Box 37012
Washington DC 20013-7012

npmresearchchair@si.edu


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Greece: New Master programmes from the International Hellenic University

Overview

In response to the need for competent specialists in the fields of technology and culture and recognising their critical role in the new economy, the International Hellenic University (IHU) has designed two new, specialist postgraduate programmes, starting next October 2010: the Master of Science in Energy Systems and the Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology Systems, offered by the School of Science and Technology.

These new postgraduate programmes, taught entirely in English, are expected to make a significant contribution to meeting educational and training needs and social and economic requirements in the wider region of Southeast Europe. The programmes are designed to provide prospective students with novel and competitive skills for the current job market, as well as innovative research opportunities.

Aim of the programme

The main focus of the programmes is to provide students specialist training, according to their scientific and professional interests. In the first semester of the 12-month programme, students take the core courses considered essential for their area of study. In the second semester, students choose a more specific area of specialisation and can select courses from a range of subjects available for their chosen area of specialisation. During the third semester, students undertake their masters project/dissertation under the supervision of a member of the university’s academic staff on a subject chosen in cooperation with the supervisor.


The teaching staff on the postgraduate programmes comprises academics of international repute from universities in Greece and abroad.

Further information on the programmes of study is available on the website the school (http://www.tech.ihu.edu.gr/). Prospective candidates can also take the opportunity to attend one of the respective information events organised by the university. They are also welcome to visit the university, booking an appointment in advance. The university teaching facilities are located at the 14th km Thessaloniki-Nea Moudania Road (Thermi Bridge).

The application process is now open for the next academic year, 2010-2011. Applicants receive an answer within ten (10) working days of the university receiving their complete application. Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year until places are filled.

The IHU offers a number of scholarships based on a combination of objective criteria including academic excellence, past experience, and financial need.

About IHU

The International Hellenic University (www.ihu.edu.gr) was founded in 2005 (Law 3391) and is the first state university in Greece to offer programmes of study exclusively in English. Three Schools are currently in operation: the School of Economics and Management, the School of Humanities and the School of Science and Technology. The School of Economics and Management already offers three postgraduate programmes of study: the Executive MBA, the MSc in Management, and the MSc in Banking – Finance. The School of Humanities offers a Master of Arts in Black Sea Cultural Studies.

For further information, please contact

Ioannis Konstas
Mob: +30 6972624907
tel: +30 2310 807532
fax: +30 2310 474520
email: i.konstas@ihu.edu.gr
www.ihu.edu.gr


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Canada: Immediate Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate Position at University of Waterloo

Overview

The Emerging Radio System Group (EmRG) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada invites applications from postdoctoral scholar/research associate in the general area of Microwave and Millimetre wave circuits Design for Future Wireless Communication Infrastructure. The successful candidate will join a strong and growing motivated research team to work on the development of novel circuits suitable for RF/Microwave/Millimetre Wave Front-End Modules.

Desired Skills:

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The ideal candidate should have in-depth knowledge and experience in at least one of following topics.

- Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits RFIC (active, passive) and RF-CMOS design.
- Design of High Efficiency Radiofrequency Power Amplifiers
- Nonlinear Vector Network Analysis, Characterization and Modeling; Passive/Active Load Pull Measurements

Strong written and verbal communication skills are beneficial. A strong research and publication record is highly desired.

This position is a one year appointment with an expectation of a one year extension, contingent upon on performance and availability of funding. Applications should include a currentcurriculum vita with contact information for 3 referees. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.


How to apply

Applications and/or further enquiries should be directed to Dr. Slim Boumaiza
Dr Slim Boumaiza
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L-3G1
Phone: +1 519 888 4567 extension 37017
sboumaiz@uwaterloo.ca
www.ece.uwaterloo.ca\~EmRG


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