2016 UNAOC Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and Europe & North America (EUNA) Fellowship Programme

Applications are invited for the 2016 UNAOC Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and Europe & North America (EUNA) Fellowship Programme

Fellowship description

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) was established in 2005 as a special political initiative of then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, co-sponsored by the Governments of Spain and Turkey

The UNAOC Fellowships aims at fostering intercultural exchange and interfaith understanding by engaging with emerging leaders and young professionals from Europe, North-America (EUNA), the Middle East and North-Africa (MENA).The main objective of the Fellowship Program is to challenge cultural stereotypes and develop cross-cultural partnerships between peoples from different faiths and cultures

These Fellowships provides participants with a firsthand exposure to diversity and with the opportunity to experience cultural immersion while interacting with a wide range of local actors and partners. In 2016, the Fellowship Program will also focus on Education as a tool to prevent radicalization and xenophobia.

This is a two-week fellowships programme. During two weeks, the EUNA cohort and the MENA cohort will visit each other’s region and interact with a wide range of local actors and partners

Eligibility

In order to be eligible applicants must be fluent in English

The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for these fellowships
Call for Applications to candidates from EUNA countries
To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • From the U.S., Canada, or an European country
  • Born between January 1st1978 and December 31st, 1991
  • Fluent in English
  • Be directly involved, at a professional and/or personal level in the field of Education through their work in politics, civil society, media, religious associations, community initiatives, official institutions, academia, think-tanks, arts, and any other fields relevant to the Fellowship Program’s objectives
  • In possession of a passport valid at least 6 months beyond October 2016 (April 2017 and beyond)
  • Available to travel for a period of 18 days in October or November 2016 as scheduled by UNAOC. Final dates will be confirmed 4 weeks before departure
  • Must not have participated in any of UNAOC programs before

Call for Applications to candidates from MENA countries
To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • From the Middle East or North Africa
  • Born between January 1st1978 and December 31st, 1991
  • Fluent in English
  • Be directly involved, at a professional and/or personal level in the field of Education through their work in politics, civil society, media, religious associations, community initiatives, official institutions, academia, think-tanks, arts, and any other fields relevant to the Fellowship Program’s objectives
  • In possession of a passport valid at least 9 months beyond October 2016 (July 2017 and beyond)
  • Available to travel for a period of 18 days in October or November 2016 as scheduled by UNAOC. Final dates will be confirmed 4 weeks before departure
  • Must not have participated in any of UNAOC programs before
  • Candidates from Europe and North America (EUNA) and from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are eligible to apply for these fellowships

How to apply

The mode of application is online. Applicants should fill the online application forms.

EUNA Application Form

MENA Application Form

Application deadline

Fellowship application deadline is June 26th, 2016, to participate in the 2016 edition of the UNAOC Fellowship Program

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2016 NNI Research Fellowships for International Applicants in Nutrition

Applications are invited for the 2016 NNI Research Fellowships for International Applicants in Nutrition. This Nutrition Fellowships will enable young health professionals from developing countries to access postgraduate training through leading institutions

Fellowship description

The Nestlé Nutrition Institute shares leading science-based information and education with health professionals, scientists and nutrition communities and stakeholders, in an interactive way. The Institute provides modern educational and research environments that will enable students and researchers to face current challenges and to focus on knowledge as a principle driving force for development

Fellowship for awarded for such program which include, but is not limited to: learning a specific laboratory technique, statistics, nutrition, etc

Eligibility

The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:

  • Fellowships are available for post graduate qualifications only
  • Fellow has to be affiliated with an academic/clinical institution
  • Potential candidates should submit an application describing their interest in participating in the NNI Research training Fellowship
  • Candidates from anywhere in the world (except USA) can apply for these nutrition fellowships
  • Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there

Value

  • The NNI grant up to 40’000 CHF which can be used to pay course registration fees, round trip travel to the host institution, lodging and living expenses and health insurance coverage for the duration of the course
  • The amount of 40’000 CHF applies for the longer length projects (12 months)
  • A proportion of this amount will be paid to shorter duration projects
  • The NNI grant will be given to the Host Institution which will disburse it to the fellow
  • In no case will any money be given directly from the NNI to the fellow

Note: scholarship can be taken anywhere in the World (Priority consideration for this prestigious fellowship will be given to candidates in junior positions from emerging countries)

How to apply

Applications should be sent by email to NNI-at-nestle.com or by fax to + 41 21 924 2836.

Application Form Link

The application form must be accompanied by the following:

  • Details of their current level of training
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A plan of the proposed training/activity clearly indicating its specific outcomes and
  • Two letters of recommendation (1 from the institution where the candidate is working and 1 from the host institution*)
  • Letter stating intent to return to the home country upon completion of the training program

Note: *Host Institution (Sites) – any scientific institution offering a program in the fields of Maternal and/or Child Health and Nutrition

Application deadline

Application deadline is October 1st

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2016 UNESCO/POLAND Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme in Engineering

Applications are invited for 35 UNESCO/POLAND Co-Sponsored Research Fellowships for applicants from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean. Fellowships will be given to undertake an individual research programme in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering

Fellowship description

Since its creation UNESCO’s mission has been to contribute to the building of peace, poverty eradication, lasting development and intercultural dialogue, with education as one of its principal activities to achieve this aim

The fellowships are offered with a view to promoting human resource capacities in the developing countries and to enhancing international understanding and friendship among nations and the people of Poland

Fellowships are awarded in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering. List of Subjects: Drilling Engineering, Geophysics or Physics, Decision Engineering, Automation in Mining Devices, Mining devices, Transport Engineering, Manufacturing Transport Engineering, Sensor Engineering, Economic Sociology and Economics, Foundry Engineering, Foundry Engineering, Geology, Computer Vision, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Composite Materials, Computer Vision, Geology and Mining, Gas Engineering and Geoturism

Eligibility

  • Hold the Bachelor’s or M.Sc. degrees
  • Be proficient in reading and writing English
  • Be a member of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean

Value

Facilities offered by Polish Authorities

  • Free tuition and access to the university facilities based on the local regulations
  • Accommodation at the AGH UST Student Campus organised for fellows by the UNESCO AGH Chair
  • Monthly allowance of 1350 PLN (1 USD = approximately 3.9 PLN) corresponding to the salary of a local junior research fellow. Thus, all living expenses and accommodation in Poland are to be borne by the fellow with this allowance; and
  • A one especial allowance of 1350 PLN to be paid upon arrival in Poland, this sum will cover different activities related to your stay in Krakow, such as an obligatory medical check-up upon arrival (in accordance with the internal regulations for all students); cultural, historical and/or touristic visits, conferences, workshops, and seminars related to your studies

Note: No provision to finance or lodge family members is made
At the end of the research studies, the beneficiaries will receive a certificate attesting to their attendance at the host institution, this certificate will be given after receipt of the requested reports and financial clearance from the Institution.
Facilities offered by UNESCO

  • International travel expenses: (by the most direct, economical route) from the beneficiary’s country to and from Poland will be covered by UNESCO under its Regular Programme Budget
  • Health insurance for fellowship beneficiaries who are declared medically fit: UNESCO fellowship holders may be covered by a health insurance policy, taken-out by the Organization for the duration of fellowship. The costs of this health insurance is subscribed to and covered by UNESCO on behalf of awarded fellows

Students from the following continents and countries can apply for these fellowships:

Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Asia and the Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam,  Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Vietnam

Europe: Armenia,  Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine

Latin America and Caribbean: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela

How to apply

Candidatures should be submitted by the invited Member States. Original applications in duplicate must be channelled through the National Commission for UNESCO of the candidate’s country and communicated to Mr Stoyan Bantchev, Chief, Participation programme and Fellowships Section, by 30 April, 2016 at the latest (GMT +01:00) to UNESCO mailing address

Required documents are:

  • UNESCO Application Form, all four (4) pages duly completed in English using capital letter (illegible documents will be eliminated from the procedure, hand writing form must include capital letter only)
  • Two photographs attached to the applications (4×6 cm)
  • Certified copies (in English) of Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree obtained
  • UNESCO certificate of language knowledge, duly completed by a relevant authority, if the mother tongue of the candidate is not English
  • Two letters of recommendation from someone related to the candidate’s work, as well confirming the candidate’s qualifications

Application deadline

The application deadline is 30 April, 2016

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2016 Austrian Academy of Sciences Doctoral Fellowship Programme

Applications are invited for the 2016 Austrian Academy of Sciences Doctoral Fellowship Programme. The new doctoral fellowship programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences is an offer for the promotion of junior scientists

Fellowship description

The university provides modern educational and research environments that will enable students and researchers to face current challenges and to focus on knowledge as a principle driving force for development. The purpose of the fellowship is to enable young, excellent doctoral candidates from all disciplines and to carry out their dissertation project within a definable period of time

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this fellowship:-

  • Must be enrolled in a PhD programme at an Austrian university
  • Must meet the requirements for enrolling in a PhD programme at the respective Austrian university
  • Must have received their degree (Diplom/Master) no longer than two years before the year of application
  • Exceptions will be made for applicants who interrupted their scientific work for child care (up to 3 years) or for persons providing proof of military or alternative national service. In these cases, applicants should contact the Office of Awards and Fellowships of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Applicants who have completed their studies within the prescribed minimum length of study and passed their final examination with distinction are considered favourably in the review process
  • It is possible for fellowship recipients to spend up to 12 months at a research institution abroad.
    It is also possible for fellowship recipients to undertake their doctoral thesis within a cotutelle-de-thèse programme according to an agreement between an Austrian university and a university abroad
  • Applicants, who must be highly qualified, are required to submit a research proposal, a reference letter from their supervisor, and certificates ensuring that required facilities for the research project are available, as well as a short description of the chosen institutions of research
  • Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this fellowship

Value

Fellowship provides the following:

  • DOC fellowships amount to 37,000 euros annually before tax
  • A maximum of 500 euros annually may be requested for travel expenses (project-specific travel and accommodation, etc.)
  • A maximum of 1,900 euros annually may be paid for child care
  • Fellowships are paid in yearly instalments either directly to the recipient (“Neue Selbständige”) or to the university / research institution where the recipient is employed

Note the following:

  • Payment will not begin before the actual start of the fellowship
  • Fellowship recipients are permitted to undertake other paid work (e.g. teaching assignment, tutorial), if this activity promotes the achievement of the programme objective – the successful completion of the doctoral thesis – and does not take more than 10 hours per week
  • If the conditions of the fellowship are violated, the recipient is required to reimburse all or part of the fellowship

How to apply

Documents should be sent by regular mail and by e-mail. The Application Form can be gotten here.

In addition to the application for the scholarship, the applicant must submit the following documents:

  1. Application Documents:
  2. Online application form. (Please complete the form in German).
    After applicants have submitted their application documents, the data are stored in the database of the Office for Fellowships and Awards of the OeAW
  3. Tabular CV
  • Publication list (when applicable)
  1. A complete list of their scientific publications including names of all authors, full title, series/journal title, year and page numbers (no abbreviations!). The list should be ordered inversely chronological as follows:
    peer-reviewed journals (incl. accepted and admitted), books, editions, published conference papers, posters.
    Please also state which publications result from their Master’s thesis
  2. Cover letter (max. 2 pages)
  3. Description of medium-term career objectives, the desired impact of the fellowship on scientific career as well as the motivation for the choice of research fields
  • Transcripts  of records for Bachelor and Master studies
  • Reference letter of the supervisor of the doctoral thesis (one copy must bear the original signature),
    and a list of selected publications (max. 1 page) which prove that the supervisor is or has been doing research in relevant fields
  1. Short description of the university institute or research institution where the research for the doctoral thesis is performed
  2. Confirmation of work space
  3. Confirmation by the head of the university institute or the research institution that necessary workspace and infrastructure is provided (one copy must bear the original signature)
  • Submission of all necessary clearance and any permits that are required (e.g. Ethics Commission or Commission for Animal Experimentation)
  • Invitation of the host institute, in case a research stay abroad is planned
  1. Project Description
  2. Abstract (i.e. project summary 1-2 pages)
  3. Project description  (min. 10 and max. 20 pages). The project description must be structured as follows:
  4. Background (description of the problem / status of research)
  5. Specific Aims
  6. Methodology
  7. Work Procedure and Timetable
  8. References
  9. Submission of Documents:
  10. By regular mail
  11. Sign the printed version of the online application form (pt 1) and send it together with two copies of all requested documents (pt 2-12) – printed on one side only – to:

Austrian Academy of Sciences
Department of Scholarships and Awards
Postgasse 7-9
1010 Wien
by e-mail

  • Send all requested documents (pt 1-12) and Master’s Thesis to application@oeaw.ac.at in 4 PDF files.
    File size must not exceed 2 MB each (exception: Master’s thesis).
    Please name the files as follows:
  1. pdf   (= pt 1-10, application documents)
  2. pdf        (= pt 11, abstract)
  3. pdf       (= pt 12, project description)
  4. pdf

Application deadline

Fellowship application deadline is October 1, 2016

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2016 Do School Fellowship Program for Social Entrepreneurs

Applications are invited for the 2016 Do School Fellowship Program for Social Entrepreneurs

The Program invites 20 young entrepreneurs to spend 10 weeks on campus in Berlin (15 May – 24 July 2016) to learn how to launch own social venture. Individuals from around the globe are eligible to apply and they will move on to implement their venture over the course of the next 10 months in their home country, while receiving continued online support via the DO School online platform

Program description

The DO School is a global educational platform dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship, and good business

The DO School’s mission is to make excellent education highly affordable. Through its unique fellowship model every Fellow accepted onto the Entrepreneurship for Good Program receives an automatic scholarship covering the vast majority of the program cost. This is made possible through the support of the Challenger who gives the hands-on innovation Challenge

This is a ten-week programme. Over the ten weeks of the Incubation Phase, Fellows will work on a Challenge posed by their Challenger. This process is supported by their Challenge Lab, a course which offers skills, knowledge and tools necessary to successfully solve the Challenge. The Venture Lab is the second major focus of the Incubation Phase, in which Fellows will work on turning their own venture idea into a viable social start-up plan that is ready for implementation

The program takes place in two phases, the ten-week Incubation Phase on campus (Germany) and the ten-month Implementation Phase in the Fellows’ home countries

Eligibility

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a track record of being passionate about addressing social issues and creating and spreading innovative social change. They welcome applications from people with all educational and socioeconomic backgrounds

  • Applicants should be between 21 and 31 years old. This means on the first day of the program they are least 21 years old and no older than 31. If they are not legally of age in their home country at the time of application, they will have to supply a permission signed by a parent or legal guardian for the application to be valid
  • Successful candidates may come from, but are not restricted to the fields of HR, psychology, intrapreneurship, happyness experts, organisational development, UX design
  • It is central to their mission that Do School offer inclusive educational opportunities to talented young adults. They support them regardless of their socioeconomic or educational background and encourage them, no matter if they are a university student or graduate or don’t have a higher education
  • Since the Business for Good Program is conducted in English, it is required that applicants apply in English and have a good working knowledge of the language
  • Individuals from around the globe are eligible to apply

English Language Requirement: Since the Business for Good Program is conducted in English, Do School require for applicant to apply in English and to have a good working knowledge of the language

Value

A total of 5,000 EUR are awarded to the three most convincing venture plans after Fellows have successfully finished the first 10 weeks in Berlin

How to apply

Applications for the Entrepreneurship for Good Program are always for a specific Challenge and can only be completed during the stated application period of that Challenge. Applications are completed through this Online Application

Application deadline

Applications for the Program can be submitted until 11 February, 2016

For more information and enquiry, click here

2016 VINNMER Marie Curie Incoming Fellowships in Sweden for International Researchers

Applications are invited for the 2016 VINNMER Marie Curie Incoming Fellowships in Sweden for International Researchers. Fellowships are available for undertaking a research project within the Mobility for Growth programme in Sweden

Fellowship description

VINNOVA is the Swedish innovation agency. VINNOVA will strengthen Sweden’s innovation capacity for sustainable growth and social benefit

The call targets international researchers interested in transnational mobility as a career development option, as well as Swedish private or public R&I organisations (as host organisations) which promote and invest in key people and value-collaboration between private and public sectors as a pathway to success

The purpose of this call is to support experienced researcher careers through mobility and international collaborations.

The overall objective is to contribute significantly to private-public or public-public sector collaboration and mobility as well as career development for highly qualified future leaders, in all sectors of the economy, with innovation skills in applied and needs-driven research

Eligibility

  • The call, VINNMER Marie Curie Incoming targets internationally experienced researchers currently working outside Sweden who have a doctorate or at least four years’ full-time equivalent research experience in collaborating with private and/or public sector organisations. For highly experienced researchers (more than ten years’ full-time equivalent research experience), collaboration is optional
  • The call targets international researchers interested in transnational mobility as a career development option, as well as Swedish private or public R&I organisations (as host organisations) which promote and invest in key people and value-collaboration between private and public sectors as a pathway to success
  • The call promotes gender equality, as noted in VINNOVA’s mission statement. Under representation of gender among female and male researchers can be given strategic priority in areas where there is great need to equalise such imbalances
  • The Swedish-based organisation is the applicant and formal recipient of the grant but the researcher should be the project leader for the research project and the main author of the application
  • Current or former VINNMER Fellows may not apply to VINNMER Marie Curie Incoming
  • At the call deadline, the individual researcher must either hold a doctorate (regardless of the time taken to complete doctoral studies) or have at least four years’ full-time (or equivalent) research experience. This may include the research training after the degree/diploma which allowed them to embark on a doctorate in the country awarding the degree/diploma, or in the host country (regardless of whether a doctorate was planned)
  • At the proposal submission deadline, the researcher must not have resided or conducted his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden (the country of the host organisation) for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the call deadline
  • Experienced researchers of all nationalities are eligible for these Marie Curie Incoming fellowships

Value

The grant is intended to fund half the salary of the researcher (project leader) for the duration of the project. It also covers additional relevant and justifiable costs relating to mobility

  • The grant covers: Max. 50% of salary incl. Swedish employment fees
  • The grant may also cover (relevant and reasonable) additional costs relating to mobility: Travel, Per diem, Increased living costs, Extra support for fellows with families e.g. school fees, Training and conference fees, Financial support for PhD students mentored by the researcher in the international organisation to enable mentoring at the Swedish organisation (max. SEK 50 000/year/student for travel costs, subsistence and accommodation) and other relevant costs (to be specified)

How to apply

Applications are submitted electronically through the application service to VINNOVA’s e-Services Portal. The Online Application can be gotten here

Note: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there

Application deadline

The application deadline is 15 March, 2016

For more information and enquiry, click here

KAUST Fellowship for PhD and MS/PhD Program in Saudi Arabia for Fall 2016

Applications are invited for KAUST Fellowship for PhD and MS/PhD Program in Saudi Arabia for Fall 2016. This KAUST fellowship is available for Saudi Arabian and international students

Fellowship description

KAUST advances science and technology through distinctive and collaborative research integrated with graduate education. They are a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia and the world.

KAUST is a graduate research university of science and technology renowned by global benchmarks

Fellowship is awarded in all subjects available at KAUST. Beneficiaries can study at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

Eligibility

Applicants should meet the requirements below:

KAUST requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the IBT (Internet Based Test) or 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The KAUST admissions code is 4107. Only official TOEFL or IELTS scores will be accepted. TOEFL or IELTS scores for tests administered by an educational institution for admission to that particular institution are not acceptable.

A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if the applicant received a degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

KAUST does not require the GRE exam for admission. However, we strongly encourage students to take the GRE general test. A high quantitative score on the GRE will enhance a student’s application. Official test results should be sent directly from ETS. The KAUST admissions code is 4139. The average GRE quantitative score for admitted students is currently 774 out of 800

This KAUST fellowship is available for Saudi Arabian and International students

Value

All admitted students receive the benefits of the KAUST Fellowship which supports students for the duration of their graduate studies. The benefits of the KAUST Fellowship include:

  • Full tuition support
  • Monthly living allowance (ranging between $20,000-30,000 annual, depending on qualifications and progression through degree programs)
  • Housing*
  • Medical and dental coverage*
  • Relocation support
  • *Charges may apply to dependent housing and medical and dental coverage

How to apply

Applications should be submitted Online. There are six components to the KAUST Fellowship application, including:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • University provided official copy of Transcripts / Mark sheets/ Graduation Certificate/ Academic Record from every institution previously attended. A scan of the transcript provided by the university in the native language must be uploaded into the online application form along with the certified English translation. -Transcript must include the university grading scale for all documents submitted. If offered admission, an official final transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions prior to arrival (during the on boarding process) in a sealed envelope by post
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS English language proficiency score (A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if the applicant received a degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.)
  • Official GRE scores (GRE submission is strongly encouraged and will enhance their application, but it is not a compulsory requirement for consideration.)

Entrance Requirements:

English language Requirements: All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English, the language of instruction at KAUST.  Those applicants who are unable to produce a English language proficiency test score or the optional GRE score by the deadline may still apply. However, applicant must submit their scores or upcoming test date including the confirmation/registration code to complete their application and enable it to move forward to the faculty review committee. (KAUST Admissions ETS TOEFL code 4107). (KAUST Admissions ETS GRE code 4139).

Application deadline

Applications for fall 2016 through to February 12, 2016

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2016 OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women from Developing Countries

Applications are invited for the 2016  (OWSD) Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women from Developing Countries; Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC)

Fellowship description

These fellowships are awarded to pursue postgraduate studies leading to doctorate degree in all branches of the natural sciences at a centre of excellence (renowned research institutions/universities) in the South (developing countries) outside applicant’s home country

The general purpose of the scheme is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries

The specific aims of the scheme are to improve access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology for young and talented women graduates from Sub-Saharan Africa and LDCs, to increase the scientific productivity and creativity of women scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa and LDCs and to empower a new generation of talented women to assume a leadership role in science and technology and their application to sustainable development.

List of Subjects: Eligible Scientific fields are Agricultural Sciences; Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biological Systems and Organisms; Medical and Health Sciences; Neurosciences; Chemical Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Information Technology; Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; Physics. Please note that applications from students in the Basic (or ‘pure’) Sciences, such as Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are encouraged

Eligibility

  • These fellowships are open to qualified women science graduates from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (see list below)
  • If applicants are over 40 years of age, they should include a brief explanation of why their research career has been delayed
  • The minimum qualification is an MSc degree (or equivalent), or an outstanding BSc honours degree in the natural sciences, engineering or information technology disciplines
  • Host institutions must be located in a developing country. This must be a different country from the applicant’s home country
  • Applicants must provide a preliminary acceptance letter from at least one host institute. The letter must be prepared based on the sample on page 10 and be signed by the head of department, potential host supervisor or postgraduate studies coordinator
  • Students from eligible countries already enrolled on a PhD programme in their home country can apply for the sandwich option. This gives them access to expertise and resources that might not be available at the home institute
  • Applicants already on site in the host country will not be considered eligible since this implies that they have already secured sufficient funding for their studies
  • The applicant must be willing to return to her own country after completion of the fellowship
  • Accompanying persons are not eligible for support

List of Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Congo Dem. Rep., Congo Rep., Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kenya, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Niger, Réunion, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Western Sahara, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Value

Each fellowship will be offered for up to three years and will cover the following:

  • Travel expenses to and from the host institute
  • A monthly allowance to cover accommodation and meals while in the host country, the amount of which will be determined in consultation with the host institution
  • Refund of visa costs
  • A contribution for medical insurance
  • Attending one international conference/training course during the period of the fellowship
  • On a competitive basis, attending of scientific communication and proposal writing workshop
  • An applicant who has already registered or who wishes to register as a PhD student at her home institute can choose a sandwich option, whereby part of the research programme is undertaken at a host institute in another developing country. In this case the fellowship provides support (travel, accommodation and living expenses) only while at the host institution. The minimum period abroad is six months. The fellowship does not provide support while the applicant is at the home institute. Alternatively, an applicant can enroll as a full-time research student at an institution outside her country, in this case the fellowship will provide support (travel, accommodation and living expenses) for 3 years
  • The host institution will be expected to provide the necessary facilities such as tuition, training, supervision, laboratory supplies etc
  • Accompanying persons are not eligible for support

How to apply

Completed Application Form and other supporting document must be submitted by e-mail

Applicants should complete all parts of the attached application form and enclose the mandatory preliminary acceptance letter from a host institute, and copies of all university degree certificates and university-issued transcripts, which should include grades and courses taken

  • If the applicant is registered for a doctorate degree at an institution in her home country and wishes to pursue part of her research at another institution under a “sandwich programme”, a letter of recommendation from the home institute supervisor must be enclosed
  • Applicants must also submit a research outline for their proposed PhD programme. In the case of sandwich option applicants, the outline must make it clear which parts of the work will be carried out at the host institute
  • Two SIGNED reference letters from senior scientists familiar with the applicant’s studies must be provided. Reference letters must be on letter-headed paper, signed and sent as attachments via email by the applicant directly with the rest of the application or by the referee. In this case, the subject line of the email must contain: OWSD/PG/candidate’s surname. Only signed reference letters can be accepted
  • For sandwich applicants: the two referees must be different from the PhD home supervisor
  • Incomplete, illegible or untidy applications will be evaluated poorly, therefore applicants are requested to make sure the application documents are well prepared and to include all the required enclosures (please see checklist on the last page of the application form)
  • Applications must be clearly typewritten in English, and completed in all parts; regrettably the OWSD office cannot process incomplete and/or illegible applications. Applications will only be acknowledged once processed

Application deadline

Deadline for submission of applications is 31 May, 2016

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2016 Peace, Security & Development Masters Fellowship in Kenya for African Scholars

Applications are invited for the 2016 Peace, Security & Development Fellowships in Kenya for African Scholars. The programme seeks to nurture junior African scholars interested in pursuing a career in Peace, Security & Development and to equip them with the skills necessary to achieve this

Fellowship description

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) was established in Kenya in June 2010 as a joint initiative of King’s College London and the University of Nairobi

This is a fully funded opportunity, not including any visa application and processing costs. Funds will be made available to cover tuition, subsistence in the UK and Africa, accommodation, research-related costs, and all travel expenses related to the programme.  However, successful applicants are expected to find their own accommodation both in the UK and Africa. In the UK successful candidates will be able to apply for University of London accommodation, and they can also make their own accommodation arrangements. Candidates are strongly advised to make all necessary accommodation arrangements well in advance of taking up their positions at King’s College London

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this scholarship:

  • In order to be considered eligible, candidates must have citizenship in an African country
  • Successful candidates must hold valid travel documents prior to acceptance
  • The competition is open only to junior faculty members based in universities in Africa from departments of political science, international relations, history, law, development studies, peace, security and conflict studies, and related departments
  • Candidates need to demonstrate an interest in pursuing careers in the field of Peace, Security and Development. Previous study or engagement with the issues of Security & Development is not required, however candidates must demonstrate a basic familiarity with these issues. Candidates must additionally be able to demonstrate that they are committed to contributing to work on peace and security in Africa
  • Candidates will be expected to have a clear plan on how to utilize knowledge gained in the Fellowship upon returning to their countries and academic institutions
  • Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following values during the application phase: Independent thinking; Integrity; Pursuit of excellence; and a value for all forms of diversity.

African scholars from the following countries are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and  Zimbabwe

Value

This is a fully funded opportunity, not including any visa application and processing costs. Funds will be made available to cover tuition, subsistence in the UK and Africa, accommodation, research-related costs, and all travel expenses related to the programme.  However, successful applicants are expected to find their own accommodation both in the UK and Africa. In the UK successful candidates will be able to apply for University of London accommodation, and they can also make their own accommodation arrangements. Candidates are strongly advised to make all necessary accommodation arrangements well in advance of taking up their positions at King’s College London

How to apply

Entrance Requirements: Applicants do not need to have a previous study or engagement with the issues of Security & Development, however candidates must demonstrate a basic familiarity with these issues. Candidates must additionally be able to demonstrate that they are committed to contributing to work on peace and security in Africa

English language Requirements: Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English

To be considered for the Fellowship, please apply through the Online Application System (Application Form) by 17:00 hrs, Friday 18 March, 2016 and Ensure the following documents are attached in PDF format:

  • A letter of application detailing applicants’ relevant experience and qualifications
  • A supporting statement no longer than 1,000 words, detailing why applicant think that this programme is important and future plans for engagement with peace and security issues
  • 2 letters of recommendation (after they submit names and contacts of referees, they will receive an email asking them to submit the reference using our online system. These references received directly from the Referees must be received by the deadline of 17:00 hrs, Friday 18 March, 2016)
  • Recent curriculum vitae
  • Two writing samples (maximum 3000 words each)
  • Please indicate in application letter, if they have completed the university application (Note that they are required to submit their application to the M.Sc. Security, Leadership and Society, King’s College London, as detailed above by the deadline of 18th March, 2016)
  • Please ensure all documents are attached as PDF attachments when using the Online Application System
  • All supporting documents should be submitted via the online portal. Please note that no email applications will be accepted. If applicants are experiencing problems with the online application portal, please contact us at admissions-at-africanleadershipcentre.org

Application deadline

To be considered for the Fellowship, please apply through the Online Application System (Application Form) by 18th March, 2016

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2016 Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships in Germany for International Applicants

Applications are invited for 2016 Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships from outstanding postdoctoral fellows from around the world to conduct special research at institutes of the Leibniz Association in Germany

Fellowship description

The Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship programme is jointly carried out by the Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V.) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Leibniz-DAAD fellowships offer highly-qualified, international postdoctoral researchers, who have recently completed their doctoral studies, the opportunity to conduct research at a Leibniz Institute of their choice in Germany

The Leibniz Association connects 88 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities. Leibniz institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance

The DAAD is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding

List of Subjects: Humanities and Education, Economics, Social and Spatial Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Natural and Engineering Sciences and Environmental Sciences

Eligibility

At the time of application (date of signing of the application form) applicants for a Leibniz DAAD Research Fellowship must neither hold German nationality nor have resided in Germany for more than six months. Applicants should:

  • Be able to prove their outstanding academic or research achievements
  • Have completed their studies with a PhD or equivalent qualification (no more than two years should have passed since graduation) and
  • Have excellent knowledge of English
  • Fellowship is open for international applicants.

English Language Requirement: Applicants require copy of English language skills certification (e.g. TOEFL 550/213/80, IELTS: 6.0) not more than five years old

Value

Fellowships can be awarded for 12 months and include:

  • A monthly installment of €2,000
  • A combined health, accident and personal liability insurance in Germany
  • A research allowance of €460 per annum and
  • A two-months German language course in Germany (if desired)

How to apply

Eligible applicants should complete the Application Form

Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD online portal are as follows:

  • Application Form
  • Cover page (available in the portal)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Description of the research project (max. 3 pages)
  • Detailed work plan and timeline (max. 1 page)
  • Abstract of the doctoral thesis (max. 3 pages)
  • Copy of the Master degree certificate
  • PhD diploma
  • University certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s) of the Master and the PhD studies (transcripts of records), incl. explanation of grading system
  • Officially recognized English language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) or confirmation of the English language skills by a university teacher of the applicant´s own choice
  • This does not apply to applicants whose mother tongue is English

Documents to be sent to the DAAD application address by post:

  • One copy of the “Application summary”, which is generated in the portal in PDF format and which can be printed out after the online application procedure is completed
  • Two letters of recommendation, which should be written by scholars of the applicant´s own choice: The form of the letter of recommendation has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section “Request reference” after registration and downloaded. Please send the form by email to their referees (senior academics) and ask for the completed reference form to be sent to the application address in Bonn in a sealed envelope. References are confidential and should not be read by the applicant

Application deadline

The application deadline is 16 March, 2016

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Call for Application: 2016 GIGA Doctoral Fellowship Programme

Applications are invited for the 2016 GIGA Doctoral Fellowship Programme. German Institute of Global and Area Studies offers a three-year structured programme for young academics, in which they can pursue their research and professional development, particularly in the field of Comparative Area Studies (CAS)

Fellowship description

The GIGA Doctoral Programme invites applications from prospective doctoral students to join the programme on 1 October, 2016. We strongly welcome international applications

The GIGA promotes the exchange of and collaboration with researchers and the cooperation with leading institutions at the national and international levels. It is a focal point in relevant research networks. Each year, prominent academics from around the world come to the GIGA, thus strengthening the role of Hamburg and Germany in international research collaboration

Fellowships are awarded in the fields of Accountability and Participation, Peace and Security, Growth and Development, and Power and Ideas across multiple levels of analysis

Eligibility

Desired qualifications:

  • An excellent grade point average and a final degree (masters or equivalent) in political science/international relations, economics, history or a related discipline
  • A project proposal that fits with GIGA’s research programmes. Priority will be given to those projects with a cross-regional or a comparative area studies focus
  • Strong command of the English language

Value

Successful applicants are offered:

  • Full integration into the research structure of the GIGA
  • An office space
  • (free) courses on methods and some selected substantive themes hosted by the GIGA
  • Access to all courses by the Graduate School of the WiSo-Faculty at the University of Hamburg and
  • The possibility to apply for additional mobility grants for field work and conference attendance
  • Selected students will further be granted a waiver of administrative fees incurring at German universities from which they will receive their degrees. Please state clearly in your application whether you would like to be considered for this fee waiver

How to apply

Please send your complete application by 1 March, 2016 (Ref.-No. GIGA-14-09), with the relevant supporting documentation (GIGA DP Application Form incl. name and contact details of two reference persons, letter of motivation, CV, simple copies of degrees and academic transcripts (BA, Diploma, MA), proof of English language skills, MA thesis or two pieces of scholarly work, a research proposal of 2000 words max., and proof of funding) and send via e-mail and by post (E-Mail applications are particularly welcome. Please check the size of your email. If it exceeds a maximum of 10 MB split your electronic application)

The reconciliation of work and family life is of great importance to the institute. The GIGA promotes gender equality and actively encourages applications from women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration in those areas in which they are underrepresented

Application deadline

The application deadline is 1 March, 2016

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