2017 Chevening UK Government Scholarships for International Students

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Applications are invited for the 2017 Chevening UK Government Scholarships for International Students. This scholarships are available for all International Students

Scholarship description

Chevening is the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders since 1983. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world

Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK

To be eligible for these scholarships, an applicant must,

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
  • Be willing to return to their country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after their award has ended
  • Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK
  • Have at least two years’ work experience (this may be up to five years for fellowship programmes, please refer to your country page for further details)
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 13 July 2017
  • Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 13 July 2017

Applicants are not eligible for a Chevening Award if applicants:

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An applicant is not eligible for a Chevening Award if s/he;

  • Holds British or dual British citizenship (unless applicants are a citizen of a British Overseas Territory or hold BN(O) and are applying from Hong Kong)
  • Is an employee, a relative of an employee, or a former employee (since July 2015) of Her Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK Trade and Investment, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office), the British Council, a partner, a sponsoring UK university, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Has previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship. Chevening Alumni are not eligible to apply for a further scholarship but may be eligible to apply for a fellowship five years after completion of the first award.

Students from Chevening countries can apply for these scholarships. List of Countries are as follows:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bennin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo the Democratic Republic of the, Cook Island, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Korea Republic of, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liberia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montserrat, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Burma Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Island, Republic of Congo, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Southern Sudan, Sri Lanka, St Helena, Suriname, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, UK, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Kosovo, South Caucasus

Note: Chevening accepts English language tests from the following five providers:

  • Academic IELTS
  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • TOEFL iBT
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CEA)
  • Trinity ISE II (B2)

 

The programme provides full or part funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year Master’s degree at any subject at any UK University

A full Chevening Scholarship normally comprises:

  • Payment of tuition fees (see point 1.2.a in relation to MBA fee caps)
  • Economy travel to and from your country of residence by an approved route for you only
  • An arrival allowance
  • The cost of an entry clearance (visa) application for you only
  • A departure allowance
  • A contribution of up to £75 for TB testing, where this is required
  • A travel top up allowance
  • A monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover accommodation and living expenses. The monthly stipend will depend on whether you are studying inside or outside London. These rates are subject to annual review. Stipend payments will be made to you on or around the 21st of the month for the following full month. Where you arrive in the UK or leave the UK part way through the month, the stipend for that month will be adjusted as appropriate.

Note: Changes to the value of a scholarship

  1. a) The value of your Scholarship will differ from the above in the following circumstances:
  • The embassy or high commission offers applicants a part award. This type of award will provide funding for tuition fees (no stipend or other allowance) OR stipend and allowances only (no tuition fees) only. In the case of part awards you will be expected to fund any difference
  • Applicants are offered an award to study an MBA. The Chevening contribution to the tuition fee is capped at £18,000. You will be expected to fund the difference. You may be required to demonstrate that you hold sufficient funding to cover the remaining tuition fee costs
  • Applicant’s Award is sponsored by a partner organisation. Any awards of this type offered may vary depending on the agreement reached with the co-sponsor
  • The FCO reserves the right to reduce a Chevening award or withdraw a Scholarship in instances where Scholars are beneficiaries of other significant awards, bursaries, prizes or earned income
  • All universities are expected to cover at least 20% of the cost of your tuition fees. In cases where a university is unable or refuses to provide such funding, the FCO reserves the right to withdraw the placement and send you to your next preferred choice. Alternatively, you may wish to cover the 20% amount yourself in which case we can continue with the placement at that university. Where this situation arises your programme officer will discuss the options with you

2. Funding additional to a Chevening Scholarship

  • Applicants must not accept any other form of publicly-funded award during your Scholarship and should not normally accept additional funding for purposes already covered by Chevening
  • Applicants must disclose on their application form whether they have applied, or intend to apply, for any other scholarships or awards
  • Where applicants are considering applying for or are offered additional funding after they have been selected, you must disclose this to your programme officer as soon as possible
  • Applicants may retain funding or other benefits not specifically covered by their Chevening Scholarship and may continue to be in receipt of a salary from your past employer during your Scholarship
  • The right is reserved to abate Chevening Scholarships in instances where you are a beneficiary of other significant awards, prizes or earned income
  • Applicants are not barred from taking part-time employment while in the UK but should not accept employment or internship opportunities unless agreed with the Secretariat
  • Applicants must comply with the employment conditions of their visa, university/college regulations, and the conditions of their award
  • Applicants should remember that their academic studies are of paramount importance and should be given due priority
  • In certain circumstances you may be given or seek an opportunity to undertake UK-based employment, or be in receipt of additional funding originating from either abroad or from within the UK during your Chevening Scholarship. In such cases the following rules will apply:
  • Extra income up to an including £3,000 over a 12 month period, will not be subject to a deduction
  • Extra income in excess of £3,000 and up to and including £7,000 will result in a £250 deduction in monthly stipend
  • Extra income in excess of £7,000 and up to and including £10,000 will result in a reduction to half stipend rate
  • Extra income in excess of £10,000 will NOT generally be allowed unless such funding is to cover a Scholar’s contribution where an award is subject to a fee cap or is a part award

How to apply

The mode of applying for these scholarships is through the Online Application System

Application deadline

The application deadline is 8 November 2016. The application timetable is as shown below;

8 August 2016 Applications open at 1200 BST
8 November 2016 Applications close at 1200 GMT
From 9 November 2016 Sifting of applications against eligibility criteria
Mid-November to December 2016 Independent reading committees assess eligible applications
January to early February 2017 Applicants are shortlisted for interviews by the British Embassies/High Commissions in-country
By mid-February 2017 Applicants are notified that they have been selected for interview
6 March to 5 May 2017 Global interview period
Early June 2017 Announcement of interview results
13 July 2017 Deadline for UK university unconditional offers
13 July 2017 Deadline for meeting English language requirement
September/October 2017 2017/2018 Chevening Scholars commence their studies in the UK

For more information and to visit the scholarship website, click here.

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Arizona State University Online Course on Introduction to Sociology

Arizona State University is offering free online course on Introduction to Sociology. This eight-week course provides an understanding of how the formation and longevity of a society is possible when its members are diverse in their values, beliefs, preferences and agendas.

In this sociology course, you will learn about the social processes groups of all sizes follow to form, function and evolve over time. The course will start on August 15, 2016

Course description

downloadArizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access and impact. Arizona State University and edX, innovative leaders in providing unprecedented access to education, have joined forces to create the Global Freshman Academy, offering a unique, cost-effective way to break down the barriers to a quality education

Sociology is about people. Each individual is unique and idiosyncratic. Yet, when we come together for a common purpose, we try to conduct ourselves in a manner that will achieve mutually desired outcomes. Sometimes we manage to achieve this; sometimes we don’t. Sociology is about that process. By understanding sociology and how we interact with each other, you can yield more personal and professional success

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 18 hours/week
Subject: Social Sciences
Institution: Arizona State University and edx
Languages: English
Level: Introductory
Price: Free. Add a Verified Certificate for $50
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on August 15, 2016

Eligibility:

  • Learner must enroll in the Verified Certificate option to be eligible for credit upon completion of the course
  • Learner must abide to all course and academic integrity policies throughout the entire course
  • Learner must receive a passing grade of a C or better in the course

Benefits of taking this course

  • Applicants will learn how sociology applies to your everyday life and helps you better communicate and understand people and your environment
  • This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. Applicants can get a personalized, digital and printed certificate

Learning outcomes include:

  • Basic sociological theories and concepts
  • How sociology applies to everyday life and current events
  • Enhance your critical thinking and writing skills
  • Become more knowledgeable about and accepting of people who look different than you and have differing beliefs, opinions and perspectives
  • Improve your professional and personal communication skills

Instructor include

Lisa Grey Whitaker

Lisa is a Lecturer in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She earned her BA in Sociology from ASU in 1974. her MA and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1975 and 1979, respectively

Requirements

Prerequisites: None

How to join

  • Go to the course websitelink
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started
  • EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses
  • Once you sign up for a course and activate your account, click on the Log In button on the edx.org homepage and type in your email address and edX password. This will take you to your dashboard, with access to each of your active courses. (Before a course begins, it will be listed on your dashboard but will not yet have a “view course” option.)

For further information, enquiry and application, click here

Free Online Course for Creating Job Applications, CVs and Cover Letter

Applications are invited for the Free Online Course for Creating Job Applications, CVs and Cover Letter. This summer the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is offering an open online course, ‘English at Work in Asia: Job Applications, CVs and Cover Letters’

Course description

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is offering the course via renowned online platform edX. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is committed to education and preparing students to becoming global citizens through quality learning and teaching.  It is internationally known for our excellence in professional education and innovative research. This online platform edX provides online courses from the world’s best universities.  EdX courses are open to everyone. All you need is access to a computer with a current browser, an Internet connection, and, of course, a desire to learn

This 5-week course is aimed at both native and non-native speakers of English that helps them to create a compelling CV / résumé and job application. In this free online course applicants will learn from industry professionals and recruiters about how to design effective CVs, résumés and cover letters and how to create a compelling online presence. The course starts on September 12, 2016

This two-part job search course guides applicants on the path to career success. Based on interviews with industry professionals and experienced recruiters, Part 1 helps applicants create a compelling CV / résumé and job application. Part 2 helps applicants interview successfully

This job search course is for both native and non-native speakers of English. Native speakers will learn from industry professionals and recruiters about how to design effective CVs, résumés and cover letters and how to create a compelling online presence. Non-native speakers will also benefit from the English language input that is provided in each week of the course. Part 1 is followed by Part 2, English at Work in Asia: Preparing for a Job Interview, which covers how to succeed in job interviews so applicants trump the other candidates

Course at a Glance

Length: 5 weeks
Effort:  2-4 hours/week
Subject: Job Applications, CVs and Cover Letters
Institution: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and edX
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes.  Add a Verified Certificate for $50
Session: Course starts on September 12, 2016

Benefits of taking this course

This is a free online course. Once applicants have their professional knowledge and gained experience, how applicants persuade others to believe that they are as good as they say other are is the challenge. Our instructors have had a 100% success rate in getting interviews and landing a job in Asia and we hope to share that experience with applicants. The course materials are designed based on university’s expertise as well as advice from accomplished professionals in the business, HR and academic field. Taking this course will bring applicants closer to getting that job. The ocurse also provides Video Transcripts in English.

By the end of Part 1 of the course, you‘ll have learned how to:

  • Design an effective CV / résumé that stands out from other candidates
  • Excel at leadership and creativity throughout your job search
  • Write cover letters that will land a job interview
  • Construct a compelling online presence with LinkedIn and other online tools

Course format

  • Week 1: Excelling at Leadership and Creativity
  • Week 2: Getting your CV / Résumé  Noticed
  • Week 3: Selling Yourself in the Cover Letter
  • Week 4: Creating a Compelling Online Presence
  • Week 5: Completion of Peer Assessment

Instructors include Jessica Xia; English Language Instructor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Bee Dy; English Language Instructor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

How to apply

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started
  • EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses
  • Once you sign up for a course and activate your account, click on the Log In button on the edx.org home page and type in your email address and edX password. This will take you to your dashboard, with access to each of your active courses. (Before a course begins, it will be listed on your dashboard but will not yet have a “view course” option.)

For further information and enquiry, click here 

2016/2017 HKSAR Government Scholarships in Hong Kong for International Students

Applications are invited for the 2016/2017 HKSAR Government Scholarships in Hong Kong for International Students. The Government of Hong Kong is offering scholarships for local and non-local students for the academic year 2016/2017

Scholarship description

These scholarships are available for pursuing full-time degree programmes at participating universities in Hong Kong.

With a view to attracting outstanding local students to advance their studies at home and meritorious non-local students to pursue higher education opportunities in Hong Kong, the HKSAR Government established in 2008 the $1 billion HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (the Fund) to recognize outstanding local and non-local students

The aim of education for Hong Kong is to promote students’ whole-person development and life-long learning capabilities. Education helps to unleash human potentials and enhance people qualities and the competitiveness of the HKSAR. The scholarships are available for pursuing full-time publicly-funded programmes at degree or above levels at the following participating institutions:

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Lingnan University
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and
  • The Vocational Training Council

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following guidelines as follows:

Talent Development Scholarship (TDS): To be eligible for the TDS, students must:

  • Be currently pursuing full-time publicly-funded/UGC-funded undergraduate and postgraduate program
  • Achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent, or
  • Have a recommendation from respective supervisor(s) (applicable for postgraduate research students); and
  • Receive an award in either inter-institution, local, regional or national event within recent three years (from January 1, 2012 – present) in one of the following areas with documentary proof: Sports and games; Music and performing arts; Culture, arts and design; or Innovation, science, and technology.

Reaching Out Award (ROA): To be eligible to apply for the ROA, students must:

  • Be currently pursuing full-time publicly-funded/UGC-funded undergraduate or postgraduate program
  • Achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent, or
  • Have a recommendation from respective supervisor(s) (applicable for postgraduate research students); and
  • Participate in an outreaching activity that is conducted outside Hong Kong in the academic year 2016/17 with proof of admission/enrolment.

Endeavour Merit Award: EMA shall be made on the basis of merits to students with SEN who:

  • Are currently pursuing full-time publicly-funded/UGC-funded undergraduate or postgraduate program
  • Achieve a minimum CGPA of 2.5 or equivalent, or
  • Have a recommendation from respective supervisor(s) (applicable for postgraduate research students); and
  • Are able to provide documentary proof of SEN

Note: Local and international students can apply for the scholarships and would have to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English. Scholarships are provided to study all the subjects offered by the university

Value

  • The scholarship is $40,000 per year for local students and $80,000 per year for non-local students
  • In 2011, the Government injected $250 million into the Fund to extend the benefit to students of full-time publicly-funded sub-degree programs offered by five institutions ( the programmes City University of Hong Kong, the Education University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKAPA and the Vocational Training Council) from 2011/12 academic year onwards.  The scholarship award for these sub-degree students is between $20,000 to $30,000 per year for both local and non-local students

How to apply

Participating institutions will nominate students for the selection by the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund Steering Committee. Interested students should apply for undergraduate study with participating higher education institutions

Application deadline

The application deadline varies from university to university

For more information and enquiry, click here

Free IELTS Preparation Course by the University of Benin

The University of Cambridge is offering a free online course to prepare for IELTS (International English Language Testing System). IELTS is English language proficiency test for non-native English language speakers required by the universities in UK, Australia and New Zealand for admission purposes.

The new five-week course, Inside IELTS: Preparing for the Test with the Experts, is for anyone who wants to study abroad and have English language qualification. This free online course is created by Cambridge English Language Assessment (part of the University of Cambridge), who produce the IELTS test. The course will start on September 12, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length:  5 weeks
Effort: 3 hours per week
Subject: IELTS
Institution: University of Cambridge and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on September 12, 2016

Providers’ Details

Cambridge English Language Assessment is a part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge. Their role is to develop and deliver English language testing, teacher development, and curriculum reform worldwide, as part of the University’s educational mission. They have around 650 staff working in offices in more than 20 countries worldwide and a global network of 2,800 authorized centres who deliver our exams.

FutureLearn is a social learning platform based in the UK and providing free, online courses from the world’s leading educators. They have over 3 million registered learners studying over 6.5 million courses.

About This Course

  • What skills are important for success in the IELTS Academic test?
  • How do IELTS examiners assess your level?
  • What do you need to do in order to improve your IELTS band score?

This five-week course will help you find answers to questions like these.

Why Take This Course?

Applicants will learn about the skills they need for IELTS Academic and beyond, on this free online course from the experts who produce the test.

Learning Outcomes

Applicants will get a clearer idea of what and how to study, both to prepare for the test and to develop your academic English skills. By the end of the course, they will:

  • Understand how IELTS Writing and Speaking are assessed and have an opportunity to share your own writing and speaking with experts and other learners
  • Know more about the different Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tasks in the test and how to do your best in these
  • Understand your own strengths and needs, so that you can get a better IELTS band score and improve your English
  • See how English is used at university, and how this is related to the IELTS test
  • And be able to prepare for the IELTS test in a way that will benefit them beyond the exam

Instructors

Gad Lim

Dr. Gad Lim is Principal Research Manager at Cambridge English Language Assessment. He conducts research on second language learning, teaching, and testing.

Requirements

  • This course is for anyone who wants to improve their IELTS score. It is especially useful for people who want to take IELTS Academic and go to university
  • University has tried to use simple English in the course as much as possible, but we recommend your English is at least level B1 (around IELTS band 4.5 or higher) to take the course
  • The course is aimed at people preparing for IELTS Academic. If you are preparing for IELTS General Training, you will find that some of this course is useful for you, but not all. Of course, you are welcome to join. Speaking and Listening are the same in Academic and General Training, but Reading and Writing are different.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course websitelink
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s))

For more information, enquiry and application, click here

2016 Halmstad University, Sweden, Scholarships for International Students

Applications are invited for the 2016 Halmstad University, Sweden, Scholarships for International Students. The Halmstad University is offering a number of scholarships to qualified students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland. These scholarships are available to pursue master’s programme within any field of study at Halmstad University for the spring semester

Scholarship description

The Halmstad University is a public higher education institution offering bachelor’s and master’s programmes in various fields of studies. In addition, it conducts Ph.D. programmes in three fields of research, namely, Information Technology, Innovation Science and Health Science. The aim of the university is to strengthen the University’s internationalisation and to recruit as many motivated students to Halmstad University’s education programmes

Eligibility

To meet the entry requirements for master’s level (second cycle or graduate) studies, applicant must:

  • Have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from an internationally recognised university
  • Be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent. Check the course/program description(s) for more information about language requirements
  • Students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland can apply for these scholarships

English Language Requirement: If your secondary school qualifications in English are not considered to fulfil this requirement, you must submit the official results from an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS.

English A: minimum limits to fulfil the requirement
IELTS, Academic modules: An overall mark of 5.5 and no section below 5.0
TOEFL, Paper-based: Score of 4.0 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score: 530
TOEFL, Internet-based: Score of 17 of (scale 0-30) in written test, total score: 72

English B: minimum limits to fulfil the requirement
IELTS, Academic modules: An overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL, Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score: 575
TOEFL, Internet-based: Score of 20 of (scale 0-30) in written test, total score: 90

All TOEFL test results must be sent straight from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to University Admissions, the institution code is SWEDEN 3477. Copies are not accepted

Value

The Halmstad University Scholarship covers 25% or 50% of the tuition fee and will be deducted from the tuition fee. The scholarship will not cover living costs and there are no grants for family members

How to apply

International students must send supporting documents directly to University Admissions, after submitting the Application Form. Application must be supported by the following documentation:

  • Certificates and diplomas from previous education at an internationally recognised university
  • Transcripts of completed courses and grades for each semester (including course list)

Application deadline

The deadline for application is 15th August, 2016

For further information and enquiry, click here

2017 Rhodes Scholarships for International Students at the University of Oxford, UK

Applications are invited for the 2017 Rhodes Scholarships for International Students at the University of Oxford, UK. Rhodes Scholarships are awarded for pursuing full-time postgraduate studies. 95 Rhodes Scholars are selected from many countries around the world annually

Scholarship description

The Rhodes Trust is an educational charity whose principal activity is to support scholars selected from 14 constituencies in order to study at the University of Oxford. The Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.  The Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain, and other generous benefactors. Scholarships are awarded to study any courses offered by the University of Oxford at postgraduate level

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to all applicants for the Rhodes Scholarships:

  • Citizenship & residency:Each applicant must fulfil the citizenship and residency requirements of the Rhodes constituency for which they are applying.  Please check the detailed information carefully via the country links
  • Age:Age limits vary between constituencies and range from a minimum age limit of 18 to a maximum of 28 by 1 October of the year following selection. In most constituencies, the age limit is 24 or 25. Please check carefully the specific age requirements for your constituency before applying.  Successful candidates will arrive in Oxford the October following the selection process.  The Scholarship may not normally be deferred
  • Education:All applicants must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree by the October following the election. Academic standing must be sufficiently high to ensure admission to the University of Oxford, which has very competitive entry requirements, and to give confidence that Rhodes Scholars will perform to a high academic standard in Oxford. Individual constituencies may specify a 1st or equivalent.  Some constituencies require an undergraduate degree to have been taken within the constituency of application
  • All applicants must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree by the October following election. Academic standing must be sufficiently high to ensure admission to the University of Oxford, which has very competitive entry requirements, and to give confidence that Rhodes Scholars will perform to a high academic standard in Oxford. Individual constituencies may specify a 1st or equivalent.  Some constituencies require an undergraduate degree to have been taken within the constituency of application
  • Nationality: Students of the following countries can apply for these Rhodes scholarships:

Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India,  Israel, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), SJLP (including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine), United Arab Emirates, United States, West Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Value

Rhodes Scholarships will cover all University and College fees, a personal stipend and one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the Scholarship, as well as an economy flight back to the student’s home country at the conclusion of the Scholarship

How to apply

Applications for Rhodes Scholarships open during the spring and summer of the preceding year. All candidates for the Scholarship should read the information about the Scholarships applicable globally and then proceed to their country-specific page. Online application is not available for applicants to New Zealand.  Please refer to the relevant country page: New Zealand. In broad terms, all constituencies will require the following materials in differing forms:

  • Evidence of academic record / transcript (complete or in progress) of undergraduate degree and any postgraduate study
  • Curriculum vitae/resumé or list of principal activities
  • Personal statement or essay (including, crucially, a clear statement of what the applicant wishes to study at Oxford and why)
  • Evidence of age / birth certificate / passport
  • English Language proficiency (where English is not the first language)
  • Photograph
  • List of referees (usually several are required) who can attest in confidential references to the character and intellect of the applicant, including academic, personal, extra-curricular and leadership achievements (and who should never include people to whom you are related)

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

Applications for 2017 round with different deadlines for each country. Deadlines are: Australia: 1 September 2016, Bermuda: 21 October 2016, Canada: 14 October 2016, China: 12 October 2016, Germany: 14 October 2016, Hong Kong: 23 September 2016, India: 31 July 2016,  Israel: 31 July 2016, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean: 30 September 2016, Kenya: 31 August 2016, Malaysia: 31 August 2016, New Zealand: 1 August 2016, Pakistan: 1 August 2016, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland): 15 August 2016, SJLP (including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine): 30 September 2016, United Arab Emirates: 23 October 2016, United States: October 5, 2016, West Africa: 31 July 2016, Zambia: 10 October 2016 and Zimbabwe: 15 August 2016

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University of Adelaide Online Course on Project Management

The University of Adelaide is offering a free online course on Project Management. In this six-week course, applicants will learn the principles of project management and apply them in their own work and life

Programme description

In Introduction to Project Management, applicants will learn practical ways to use project management skills, whether your project is large or small. The course will start on June 9, 2016

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours per week
Subject: Business & Management
Institution: University of Adelaide and edX
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $50
Session: Course starts on June 9, 2016

Providers’ Details

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia’s third oldest university and has a strong reputation for excellence in research and teaching. The University is known for its dedication to the discovery of new knowledge and preparing the educated leaders of tomorrow. It has over 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first Indigenous winner, and five Nobel Laureates among its alumni community. Currently, there are more than 25,000 students from over 90 countries.

About This Course

Project management is an essential skill-set for many careers and in many contexts in our lives. Introduction to Project Management is an ideal starting point if you need to manage projects at work or at home while not necessarily being a formally trained project manager. It is also suitable if you are considering undertaking a project in the near future and are seeking to learn and apply essential project management knowledge and skills.

To deliver a project successfully, it’s important to start by clearly identifying what the project is, and what its outcomes will be. In the course, we will show you practical ways to explore and understand your goals from the outset of your project, and to consider all the factors that may affect its execution. Step by step you will learn how to plan, scope, schedule, cost and manage your project from beginning to end. Since every project relies on the people who are delivering it, the course also enables you to explore how you can effectively communicate, manage people and employ leadership skills to successfully deliver your own project.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

In Introduction to Project Management, you will learn practical ways to use project management skills, whether your project is large or small. Join us to explore how you can benefit from using project management techniques in your own projects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Core knowledge and applied skills in project management
  • Essential communication skills to help you manage a project
  • An understanding of why today’s projects are more complex

Requirements

None

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course websitelink
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started
  • EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses
  • Once applicant sign up for a course and activate their account, click on the Log In button on the edx.org homepage and type in their email address and edX password. This will take them to the dashboard, with access to each of their active courses. (Before a course begins, it will be listed on their dashboard but will not yet have a “view course” option.)

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2017/2018 Hosei International Fund (HIF) Foreign Scholars Fellowship in Japan

Applications are invited for the 2017/2018 Hosei International Fund (HIF) Foreign Scholars Fellowship in Japan. Beneficiaries of the HIF International Fellowship will carry out non-degree research programs at Hosei University under the direction of and/or in cooperation with Hosei faculty and researchers. Invitations are extended to young scholars from abroad who are, at the least, enrolled in a doctoral degree program. It is expected that joint cooperation and coordination with Hosei faculty will contribute much to the development of the university’s research capabilities

Scholarship description

In 1980, Hosei University in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of its founding, established the Hosei International Fund (HIF) to advance international cooperation in academic research and scholarship. HOSEI University was selected by the Japanese government to receive support under the 2014 Top Global University Project. The following is an overview of their efforts to create a global university with the vision to achieve a sustainable society, as a world-leading country in terms of problem-solving. Research areas include those studies in the humanities, social or natural sciences, or engineering as deemed acceptable by Hosei

Eligibility

Applicant must:

  • Be foreign national (includes stateless person, foreign national currently residing in Japan)
  • Be presently enrolled in a doctoral degree program, hold a doctorate or its equivalent as recognized by the University
  • Have sufficient fluency in either Japanese or English
  • Be no more than 39 years of age as of April 1, 2017
  • Not have been a previous recipient of this fellowship

Value

  • Fellowship Grant: an HIF Fellow can receive ¥300,000 each month
  • Travel Grant and Other Perquisites: an HIF Fellow can receive all or part of economy class transportation expenses for travel to and from Japan. The travel subsidy for round-trip travel is ¥300,000 maximum (or up to ¥150,000 for one-way travel). To receive the inbound travel subsidy, the researcher must be living outside Japan; to receive the outbound subsidy a researcher must leave Japan within 30 days of completion of the research program; an HIF Fellow may receive assistance in his/her research from the research advisor, participate in lectures and seminars, and use other facilities of Hosei University and an HIF Fellow will be provided with shared office space, PC, and a Hosei University network ID
  • Housing:Hosei University will provide, upon request, a furnished apartment. However, the rent (approximately ¥100,000 per month) must be borne by the Fellow. (Note that rental expenses are subject to change)

How to apply

Completed Application Forms should be mailed.

The required components for complete application packet are as follows:-

  • Prescribed HIF Fellowship application form for the academic year 2017/2018
  • Two complete copies of applicant’s book, or thesis considered most significant in his/her academic career (Two copies of the same one. Article of the book/thesis is unacceptable)
  • An abstract for the submitted copy above in either Japanese or English (approximately 2 [ A4 or 210 mm x 297 mm ] pages)
  • One letter of recommendation from the head of the institution with which the applicant is affiliated
  • One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor or instructor attesting to the applicant’s research
  • Official final degree certificate, accompanied by an official translation into either Japanese or English if the certificate is in neither of these languages
  • Certificate attesting to institution presently enrolled in or affiliated with, accompanied by an official translation into either Japanese or English if the certificate is in neither of these languages
  • Certificate of applicant’s Japanese or English ability or a letter from the applicant’s supervisor or instructor attesting to the applicant’s Japanese or English ability if there is neither result nor score of examinations to certify the ability

Application deadline

Application documents must reach the International Office of Hosei University by June 3, 2016

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2016 Webster Vienna Scholarships in Austria for International Students

Applications are invited for the 2016 Webster Vienna Scholarships in Austria for International Students. Webster Vienna Private University is offering scholarships for Austrian and international students. These scholarships are available for pursuing full-time undergraduate and graduate programme

Scholarship

Webster University, a worldwide institution, ensures high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. The scholarship aims at helping students to pay their tuition fees and also support them throughout their studies. Scholarships are offered in diverse fields to help students in upgrading their education

Eligibility

  • A newly accepted undergraduate, graduate, or transfer student (with less than 90 hours of transfer credits) who has a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Applicants must demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and outstanding spoken and written English well above the English as a Second Language level
  • Austrian and international students can apply for this scholarship
  • Applicants should have exceptional grades, as well as strong performance on Webster Vienna’s accepted English proficiency exams (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced Exam)
  • Entrance Requirement: Applicant must be enrolled full-time (24 credits/year undergraduate, 12 credits/year graduate) and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 each semester for renewal

Value

Webster Vienna Scholarships for undergraduate students cover between 10-50% (with no award exceeding 50%) while graduate scholarships cover between 10-25% of tuition for accepted applicants

How to apply

Every accepted student who applies using the Webster Vienna Scholarship Application Form is automatically reviewed for any scholarship which he or she is eligible to receive. Scholarship applications must contain the following documents:

  • Webster Vienna Scholarship Application submitted by the deadline June 15, 2016
  • A 1000-1200 word essay on one of the two topics provided
  • Official documentation (see above & checklist pg.5), officially translated into English if necessary, should be mailed to the scholarship coordinator
  • If emailing (scholarship-at-webster.ac.at) their application, please only submit documents in .pdf or .docx format. University cannot accept zip or .rar formats

Application deadline

The application deadline is June 15th, 2016

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Hong Kong Polytechnic University Free Online Course on Human Anatomy

Hong Kong Polytechnic University is offering free online course on Human Anatomy. This course is intended for anyone interested in understanding more about the human body.

Course description

The overall objective of this course is to explore the structure of the human body through a real life case scenario of stroke from six healthcare professional perspectives. The course will start on June 15, 2016.

Length: 4-8 weeks
Effort:  1-6 hours per week (depending on background)
Subject: Biology & Life Sciences
Institution: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and edX
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $50.
Session: Course starts on June 15, 2016

Providers’ Details

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is offering the course via renowned online platform edX. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is committed to education and preparing students to becoming global citizens through quality learning and teaching.  It is internationally known for our excellence in professional education and innovative research.

This online platform edX provides online courses from the world’s best universities.  EdX courses are open to everyone. All applicant need is access to a computer with a current browser, an Internet connection, and, of course, a desire to learn.

About This Course

Human Anatomy is fundamental to every medical and healthcare professional. However, the science of anatomy and effects of stroke are also extremely useful to anyone interested in understanding more about the human body. In this course, applicant shall gain an understanding of the basic concepts of anatomy and learn to ‘dissect’ the human body with a logical approach through a typical clinical case of stroke.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Throughout the course, applicants will explore the structure of the human body through a real life case scenario of stroke from six healthcare professional perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

  • Effects of stroke on the human body
  • Anatomy of relevant body systems at gross and histological levels
  • Services provided by healthcare professionals for stroke patients
  • Relevant knowledge of anatomy for application of clinical procedures

Course Format

The course structure is as follows:

Module 1: Presentation of a stroke case scenario with a micro movie, case summary and interview with the stroke survivor.

Module 2: General knowledge of human anatomy related to the stroke case, including organs of important body systems, anatomical orientation, skeletal and muscular system, nervous system and special senses, and cardiovascular and pulmonary system.

Module 3: Rounding up the course with six healthcare-discipline specific role play videos and lectures given by visiting professors.

Instructors

John Yuen, William Tsang, Helen Law, Shamay Ng, Margaret O Donoghue, Josephine Lau, Kevan MA Gartland, Roger Watson, Patrick Brennan, Helen Eng, Kit Sinclair and Judi Laprade

Requirements

None

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started
  • EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses
  • Once applicant sign up for a course and activate their account, click on the Log In button on the edx.org home page and type in their email address and edX password. This will take them to dashboard, with access to each of their active courses. (Before a course begins, it will be listed on their dashboard but will not yet have a “view course” option.)

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