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International Conference on Knowledge Generation, Communication and Management


We invite you to submit a paper/abstract to The SPRING 5th International Conference on Knowledge Generation, Communication and Management: KGCM 2011 (www.2011iiisconferences.org/kgcma), to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, on March 27th - 30th, 2011 ~ Orlando, Florida USA.

The deadlines for SPRING KGCM 2011 are the following (Check the web site for possible extensions or new set of deadlines):

Papers/Abstracts Submission and Invited Session Proposals: December 17th, 2010
Authors Notifications: February 7th, 2011
Camera-ready, full papers: February 22nd, 2011

Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because this selection requires an additional evaluation according to the quality of the paper, assessed by its reviewers, the authors' CV and the paper's topic.

Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.

All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal.

Pre-Conference and Post-conference Virtual sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Registration fees of an effective invited session organizer will be waived according to the policy described in the web page  (click on 'Invited Session', then on 'Benefits for the Organizers of Invited Sessions'), where you can get information about the ten benefits for an invited session organizer. For Invited Sessions Proposals, please visit the conference web site, or directly to
 
http://www.2011iiisconferences.org/kgcma/organizer.asp

Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.

Best regards,

SPRING KGCM 2011 Organizing Committee

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Call for papers 



 

 

Improving the Quality of Public Services

 

A Multinational Conference

 

State University – Higher School of Economics
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

 

Conference date: June 28-29, 2011

Location: State University - Higher School of Economics

Moscow, Russia

The main web page for the conference is:
http://www.umdcipe.org/conferences/moscow/moscowmain.html

Public desire for better services from government is universal, but the approaches taken to improve public services, and the outcomes achieved, vary dramatically from country to country Researchers and practitioners around the world have learned much about the factors that influence efficiency, effectiveness, equity, and responsiveness in public service design and delivery across different contexts.  Lessons emerging from developing and transition countries have potential to shed new light on longstanding questions about public service performance.

In an effort to consolidate these lessons, the Higher School of Economics (HSE), the Russian Federation Ministry of Economic Development, and the University of Maryland School of Public Policy (UMD), in collaboration with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), will hold a conference in MoscowJune 28-29, 2011.  The conference is designed to attract a worldwide audience, including academics and professionals from universities, think tanks, government agencies, the private sector, civil society, and beyond.

Papers are solicited on all aspects of public policy and public management associated with improving the quality of public services at the local, sub-national, national, and regional levels.  Cross-national and comparative papers are encouraged, as are papers that explore the exigencies of public administration in the Russian Federation while advancing concrete proposals to improve public services for Russian citizens.  Papers will be presented in topic-oriented panels with presenters and discussants. 
 

Program co-chairs:

Prof. Alexey Barabashev
Dean, 
School of Public Administration, State University–Higher School of Economics (SU-HSE)

Prof. Douglas J. Besharov
School of Public Policy, University of Maryland (UMD)
Chair, International Activities Committee, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
Co-editor, International Policy Exchange Series, Oxford University Press

Program committee 
Kenneth Apfel, School of Public Policy, UMD
Karen Baehler, School of Public Affairs, American University
Andrey Klimenko, School of Public Administration, SU-HSE
Maureen Pirog, Indiana University; Editor, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Jeffrey Straussman, 
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of    New York (Albany)
Lev Yakobson, School of Public Administration, SU-HSE
Sergey Parkhomenko, School of Public Administration, SU-HSE

The conference agenda is broad. Possible topics for papers include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Reinventing public service design and delivery
  • Measuring performance (using administrative and other data)
  • Governance, leadership, and financing
  • Roles of formal and informal institutions, especially in developing and transition countries
  • Transparency, integrity, and anti-corruption initiatives
  • Collaboration across agencies, sectors, and federal systems
  • E-government
  • Citizen and community engagement
  • Globalization and the role of international organizations
  • Lessons from experiments: Contracting out, public-private partnerships, quasi-markets, specialized agencies, etc.
  • Beyond policy and public management fads:  What works under varying conditions?    

      

Abstract submissions: All abstracts should be submitted online through the APPAM website: https://www.appam.org/conferences/international/moscow2011/index.asp


Abstract instructions: For instructions, please click here.

Deadline: The deadline for abstract submissions is December 13, 2010. 

Language: Please note that English and Russian will be the official languages of the conference. Papers and presentations are expected to be delivered in English or Russian. Simultaneous translation will be provided.
 

Schedule:

13 Dec. 2010

Deadline to submit proposals

10 Jan. 2011

Proposal status notifications

10 Jan. 2011

Early registration begins

4 Apr. 2011

Early registration ends, regular registration begins; papers due for distribution

25 Apr. 2011

Program available online

23 May 2011

Regular registration ends; all additional registrations must be made on-site

27 Jun. 2011

Welcome dinner for paper presenters, panel chairs, and panel discussants

28 Jun. 2011

Opening plenary and keynote address

Registration will be available beginning January 10, 2011 through the APPAM website: https://www.appam.org/conferences/international/moscow2011/index.asp

Early registration will close on April 4, 2011. Regular registration will close on May 23, 2011. After this date, registration will be available on-site at the conference.

Persons in low-income countries: You may be eligible for a waiver of the registration fee. Instructions for applying for a waiver will be available when you complete the registration process

Travel reservations and side trips:  We have arranged for FLYPREMIERCLASS.COM to be available to handle all your air reservations to and from the Moscow conference, and personal excursion tours in and around Moscow.  You can make your travel request via their website at www.flypremierclass.com or you can directly call888.310.6789. As a worldwide service, they are available 24/7.

Hotel accommodations: HSE is coordinating hotel accommodations in Moscow for the conference. To learn more and to make reservations, please click here.

Post-conference publication: Papers from the conference will be considered for publication in the Oxford University Press Series on “Comparative Policy Analysis.” Information about the series is available at: http://www.umdcipe.org/international_policy_exchange_series/aboutseries.html

Contact information: For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website:

http://www.umdcipe.org/conferences/moscow/moscowmain.html

 

Contact Person: 

For inquires about paper proposals, opportunities to support the conference, registration, or administrative matters
Ms. Elena Guseletova
Head of International Office 
School of Public Administration, SU-HSE 
20 Myasnitskaya Street, office 605
e-mail: eguseletova@hse.ru

Tel: 495 628 96 09

 

 

Gates Cambridge Scholarship at University of Cambridge

 
 
The University of Cambridge is normally ranked in the top three universities worldwide. It typically receives over 9,000 applications for graduate study from non-British applicants, approximately 1,700 of whom take up their place at Cambridge. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from outside the UK to study at the University of Cambridge. The programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

 
Eligible

 
* may be citizens of any country outside the United Kingdom.
* may apply to study any subject available at the University of Cambridge.
* may apply to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study:
o PhD (three year research only degree)
o One-year post-graduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, Diploma, MBA etc.)
o MSc or MLitt (two year research only degree)
o MBBChir Clinical Studies (3 year taught degree)
* must be admitted to one of the degrees above at Cambridge through the University's normal admission procedures. The Trust does not admit students.
* must be well prepared for the Cambridge course for which they are applying and must meet all of the conditions for admission specified by the University (e.g. academic, English language proficiency, if required, and any other conditions set).
* must be able to show evidence of high academic achievement, leadership potential, social commitment and a good fit with Cambridge.
* who are already studying at Cambridge are only eligible to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if they are applying for a new course of study (e.g. a one year ‘MPhil only’ student may apply for funding to continue on to the PhD). Candidates already studying at Cambridge who are not applying for a new course of study (e.g. have already started their PhD) are not eligible to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

How Competitive

* c. 7,000 eligible applicants apply for admission and funding
* c. 300 are highly ranked by Departments
* c. 100 are invited to interview
* c. 55 offered a Gates Cambridge Scholarship after interview

Once applicants have applied for admission and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, the Trust asks academic departments in Cambridge to rank their very best candidates. A shortlisting committee then applies the four main criteria of the scholarships to produce a final interview list. Gates Scholars are selected after interview.

 
Contact detail: info@gates.scholarships.cam.ac.uk

 

UNEP Awards

Asian Graduate Student Fellowships

The Asia Research Institute of NUS invites applications from citizens of Asian countries enrolled for a fulltime advanced degree at a university in an Asian country (except Singapore) for consideration for the award of Asian Graduate Student Fellowships. These fellowships are offered to current graduate students doing their Master’s or PhD degrees and working in the Humanities and Social Sciences on Southeast Asian topics, and will allow the recipients to be based at NUS for an ‘in residence fellowship’ for a period of three months. The aim of the fellowship is to enable scholars to make full use of the wide range of resources held in the libraries of NUS and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Scholars will be expected to commence on 3 May 2011, and to make a presentation on their work at the Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies at the end of July 2011.

 
Successful candidates can expect the following benefits:
1) A monthly allowance of SGD1,000.
2) A monthly housing allowance of SGD250.
3) A settling-in allowance of SGD150.
4) A sum of $100 on a reimbursement basis for miscellaneous expenses
5) A one-time round trip travel subsidy by the most economical and direct route on a reimbursement basis upon being accepted for the fellowship.
6) Access to library and computer resources on campus.

 
Applicants are invited to e-mail/facsimile/mail their application forms (CLICK HERE), a 2-page outline of their research proposal in English (this may be accompanied by a longer statement in a Southeast Asian language) to the address below by 15 November 2010. Arrangements should also be made by which at least two letters of reference, one of which is from your principal supervisor, are sent confidentially to the same address by the same deadline.
The 2-page research proposal must include the following details:
1) Whether the data collection or fieldwork stage of the research has already been completed;
2) how the fellowship will contribute to the research;
3) the types of sources to be consulted in Singapore;
4) proposed work plan during the fellowship.
You can look forward to excellent library and internet computer facilities at NUS’ main library (http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/), the library at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) (http://www.iseas.edu.sg/library.html) and the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library (http://www.nlb.gov.sg) to facilitate your research for the dissertation. NUS’ main library has 2 million volumes covering all topics while ISEAS’ library has 200,000 on Southeast Asian topics, half of which are in Southeast Asian languages.

 
Selvi
Asia Research Institute
NUS Bukit Timah Campus
469A Tower Block #10-01
Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
E-mail : arikk@nus.edu.sg
Fax: 65 67791428
 
UNEP is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

 
UNEP SASAKAWA PRIZE
The UNEP Sasakawa Prize recognizes laureates with a proven record of achievement, as well as the potential to make outstanding contributions to the environment consistent with UNEP's policy and objectives. This international award is a partnership between UNEP and The Nippon Foundation.

 
The search is on for the most innovative, groundbreaking and sustainable grassroots environmental initiatives in emerging and developing countries!

 
Nominations for the UNEP Sasakawa Prize 2011 are now open with the theme “Forest for People, Forests for Green Growth”, in support of 2011 as the International Year of the Forests.

 
The winner will receive $200,000 cash prize at an Award Ceremony and Reception to be held in February 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya.

 
We’re looking to recognize and reward the project that has the most significant socio-environmental impact as framed by the theme, such as projects that:

 
* Promote the conservation and sustainable management of forests
* Contribute to a meaningful reduction in carbon emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation
* Maintain forest ecosystems to improve resilience to climate change
* Support pro-poor development, especially among forest-dependent communities
* Conserve biodiversity and help secure ecosystem services

 

 

 
CHAMPIONS OF THE EARTH
The Champions of the Earth Award recognizes outstanding environmental leaders, whether individuals or organizations, that have exemplified inspiration, vision, innovation, leadership and action for the environment. This international award was established by UNEP in 2004.

 
FOCUS ON YOUR WORLD - UNEP INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION
The UNEP International Photographic Competition recognizes artists who use photographs to reflect the diversity of the planet and its people. Started in 1991, the competition aims to showcase participants' talent as well as their concern for our environment.

 
THE SEED AWARDS
The SEED Award recognizes innovation in local, environmentally-responsible and sustainable entrepreneurship. This international award is the flagship programme of the SEED Initiative, a partnership founded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNEP, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN.

 
GREEN STAR AWARDS
The Green Star Awards recognize those who have made remarkable efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to environmental disasters around the world. This international award is a joint initiative between UNEP, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Green Cross International.

 

 

 

CAS Sofia Fellowships

CAS Sofia is an independent Institute with international and multidisciplinary profile. Located in Sofia, Bulgaria, it promotes high-level scholarship in the social sciences and the humanities. In addition to supporting focus-group research, CAS Sofia invites outstanding scholars to pursue their individual research projects during in-residence periods of up to five months. The invited Fellows participate in the intellectual life and the scholarly community of the Centre (Bulgarian and foreign fellows) while working on projects of their own choice. Fellows receive adequate material and intellectual support and can profit from the Centre’s wide international networks, international seminar- and guest-lecturer programme. CAS Sofia assists Fellows in all practical matters concerning travel, residence and research in Sofia.

 

FORMAT

For the academic year 2011/2012 CAS Sofia provides in-residence fellowships of two- to five- month duration to post-doctoral non-Bulgarian researchers. Junior as well as Senior scholars are invited to apply.

 

The selected Fellows are entitled to:

 · A monthly stipend of 700 euro (liable to 10% income tax) to cover living expenses related to the stay in Sofia.

 · Accommodation in Sofia, comprising living quarters and working space. The Fellows will also have free access to the CAS library and electronic resources/databases.

 · Travel allowance (400 euro)

 · Research expenses (100 euro p.m.)

 

DURATION AND CONDITIONS

Candidates must indicate the preferred fellowship duration and its starting date within the following periods:

 

I. 1 March 2011 – 31 July 2011

II. 1 October 2011 – 29 February 2012

 

The selected Fellows will take part in the regular Fellow seminars and the other scientific events organized by the Centre (workshops, conferences, lectures, etc.) and are invited to present and discuss their project in lectures or seminars. The results of their work shall be summarized in a paper (in English), to be published in the electronic CAS Working Paper Series.

ELIGIBILITY

 Candidates should 

· Be non-Bulgarian citizens; 

· Have completed a PhD in the fields of the humanities and social sciences; 

· International research experience (participation in projects and refereed conferences) and publications in peer-reviewed academic editions are strong advantages.

 

WORKING LANGUAGE

 As an international academic institution CAS conducts most of its work in English which is also the language of the presentations of research results. Therefore, a good command of English is highly desirable.

APPLICATION

 The Advanced Academia Application Form and Application Checklist can be downloaded via these links:

Please carefully consider these two documents when preparing your application.

For Junior scholars (up to 12 years after PhD defense) only: two letters of recommendation by scholars familiar with the applicant's academic work should be faxed/mailed/emailed to CAS by the referees. Extensions to this period may be allowed in case of eligible career breaks which must be properly documented (maternity leave, long-term illness leave, national service).

 

All application documents should be presented in English and sent by e-mail to kolarska@cas.bg with a subject entry “Advanced Academia Fellowships”

 

Deadline for applications: November 1

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

* High quality of the candidate’s academic portfolio and publications, participation in international research;

* Innovative research proposal with significant contribution;

* Interdisciplinary and/or comparative approaches are an advantage.

 

SELECTION PROCEDURE

The selection will be carried out by the international Academic Council of CAS based on evaluation of the potential of the candidate relative to his/her career stage and the quality of the proposed project. In some special cases candidates may be invited for an interview. The results will be announced by the end of January 2011 by e-mail and at the website of the institute: www.cas.bg.

 

CONTACT PERSON AND MAILING ADDRESS

Ms Neliya Kolarska, e-mail: kolarska@cas.bg

Sofia 1000, 7-B, Stefan Karadja Str,

Centre for Advanced Study Sofia

tel.: + 359 2 9803704 / fax: + 359 2 9803662

 

Moreinfo: http://www.cas.bg/en/news/call-for-applications-advanced-academia-fellowships-for-international-scholars-1523.html

 

KAAD Scholarships

The KAAD, by its German name in full known as Katholischer Akademischer Auslander-Dienst (the Catholic Academic Support Service for Foreign Students, Germany) has, since long, provided scholarships for young professionals in need of such support from countries around the world.

 

Who can apply?

For the scholarship programme 1 of KAAD you can apply if you:

 

* come from a developing or emerging country in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America

* have a university degree and professional experience from your home country

* want to acquire a master's degree or a PhD at a German university or do a post-doctoral research project (2-6 months for established university lecturers) at a German university

* are a Catholic Christian (or general belong to a Christian denomination). Candidates from other religions can apply if they are proposed by Catholic partners and can prove their commitment to interreligious dialogue.

 

What does KAAD expect from you?

* Above-average performance in studies and research

* The orientation of your studies or research towards permanent reintegration in your home region (otherwise the scholarship is turned into a loan),

* Religious and social commitment (activities) and willingness to inter-religious dialogue

* German language skills before starting the studies (KAAD can provide a language course of max. 6 months in Germany).

 

Interested students and scholars are welcome to fill out this form and send it to Dr. Heinrich Geiger, Head, Asia Department,

Contact detail: Geiger@kaad.de

 

Moreinfo: http://kaad.de/1/scholarships

 

 

FSC Scholarships

The Food Security Center (FSC) is a university center of excellence in development collaboration at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. FSC is one of five excellence centers of the program “exceed – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation”, which is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. FSC’s mission is to make effective and innovative scientific contributions in research, teaching, and policy advice to eradicate hunger and achieve food security in collaboration with partner research and education organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and national and international development and research organizations. Thematically, FSC’s activities deal with issues of sustainable food availability, food access, food use, and food utilization.

 

FSC awards up to 29 scholarships for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers for a pe-iod of 4 to 36 months. The Center wishes to attract outstanding PhD students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing a career in academia or development collaboration. The scholarships aim at increasing

their previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. Fur-

thermore, FSC aims at establishing an active, long-lasting collaboration with the supported research-

ers and their home institutions through an interactive alumni-network.

 

FSC offers three categories of scholarships:

 

1. Sandwich scholarships for PhD students (6 months),

2. Research scholarships for visiting postdoctoral researchers (4 months),

3. Excellence scholarships for FSC-supported PhD program “Global Food Security” (36 months) at

the University of Hohenheim.

 

 

In category 1 and 2, FSC scholarships will support researchers from developing countries to con-

duct their research either at the University of Hohenheim (South – North) or at a national or interna-

tional research institute in a developing country, for instance one of the centers of the CGIAR (South

– South). In addition, there are few scholarships for students and postdoctoral researchers of the Uni-

versity of Hohenheim to visit a research institute in a developing country (North – South).

 

In category 3, FSC is supporting excellent PhD students from developing countries to participate in

the FSC-supported PhD program “Global Food Security” at the University of Hohenheim.The PhD

program will start in September.

 

The application deadline for all scholarship categories is September 30. Selection is carried out

on a competitive basis and the decisions (i.e. invitations) will be communicated up to December 17.

 

Contact detail: fsc-scholarships@uni-hohenheim.de

 

Moreinfo: https://fsc.uni-hohenheim.de/77676.html

 

 

Snorri Sturluson Icelandic Fellowships

Annually The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies invites applications for the Snorri Sturluson Icelandic Fellowships. The Snorri Sturluson Fellowships are granted to writers, translators and scholars (not to university students) in the field of humanities, from outside Iceland, to enable them to stay in Iceland for a period of at least three months, in order to improve their knowledge of the Icelandic language, culture and society.

 

The amount of the Fellowships is based in principle on travel expenses to and from Iceland, plus living expenses while in the country. Should two equally-qualified candidates be under consideration, preference will, as a rule, be given to a candidate from Eastern or Southern Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America or Oceania.

 

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies advertises the Fellowships, handles applications, and assists Fellows during their stay in Iceland, at the conclusion of which Fellows are expected to submit a report to the Institute on how the grant was spent.

 

The Snorri Sturluson Fellowships are awarded once a year. A special three-man committee, comprising representatives of the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, the University of Iceland Literary Institute, and the Writers' Association of Iceland, awards the fellowships.

 

There are no special application forms for the Fellowships. Applicants should submit a brief but thorough account of the purpose of their stay in Iceland, specifying period of stay, as well as details of education and publications.

 

Researchers guide from The Icelandic Centre for Research

 

Applications should be sent by ordinary mail (no e-mail application) no later than 31 October each year to:

 

Árni Magnússonar Institute for Icelandic Studies

Sigurður Nordal Office

P.O. Box 1220

121 Reykjavík

Iceland

Contact detail: nordals@hi.is

Moreinfo: http://www.arnastofnun.is/page/a_inter_snorri_sturluson_fellowships

 

NUS - NGS Scholarship

NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS) welcomes students from around the globe. Students are encouraged not only to integrate different areas of research, but to learn to integrate and interact with people from all backgrounds. Hosting students from over 15 different countries enables NGS to gather some of the best minds in the world, regardless of international borders.

 

The NGS Scholarship is awarded to talented students with an aptitude for innovative, high calibre PhD research.

Terms

 

* Monthly stipend of S$3,200 up to 4 years of the PhD studies, or up to date of graduation, whichever is earlier.

* Payment of full tuition fees up to 4 years of PhD or up to date of graduation, whichever is earlier.

* Other allowances include

1. computer allowance

2. book allowance

3. conference allowance.

* Student must commit to PhD from the outset, cannot exit with MSc.

* No bond

 

 

Eligibility

 

* Opens worldwide.

* Graduates with a passion for research.

* Graduates with at least 2nd Upper Honours, or equivalent qualifications.

* GRE is compulsory for students applying from overseas. Only strongly recommended for graduates from local institutions, e.g. NUS or NTU.

* TOEFL is compulsory (ONLY applicable for applicants whose native tongue or medium of undergraduate instruction is not in English).

 

 

Condition

 

* Students are not eligible for the President's Graduate Fellowship (PGF).

* Award is renewable, subject to satisfactory academic performance of CAP ≥ 3.8 at the end of every semester.

 

 

Supervisors

 

NGS members in NUS and Duke-NUS in integrated research programmes.

Application

 

Click here to apply online*. All supporting documents, together with a printed copy of the application form are to be submitted by post to:

 

NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering (NGS)

Centre For Life Sciences (CeLS)

28 Medical Drive, #05-01

Singapore 117456

 

* ONLY Online Applications are accepted. For instructions and application procedures, please click here.

 

Contact detail:ngsenquiry.nus.edu.sg

Moreinfo: http://www.nus.edu.sg/ngs/NGSS.html

 

 

OSI Fellowships

The Open Society Institute (OSI) works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve its mission, OSI seeks to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI builds alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

 

The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals who are developing innovative solutions to pressing open society challenges. The fellowship program seeks applicants eager to communicate original and provocative ideas to a broad audience, as well as to shape policy and inspire critical debate among activists, intellectuals, decision makers, and the public. The program also aims to sharpen OSI's thinking, question its assumptions, and broaden its understanding of pivotal problems.

 

A fellow's contribution may take several forms. A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Fellows are invited to join the diverse OSI community and bring new people and fresh ideas to the organization. Most fellows sit in residence in OSI offices. They are encouraged to organize and participate in conferences and program events and may be asked to run seminars involving OSI staff and outside colleagues. The Open Society Fellowship is open to journalists, activists, academics, and public policy practitioners from around the world.

 

The Open Society Fellowship chooses its fellows from a diverse pool of applicants that includes journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject area and a track record of professional accomplishment.

 

The fellowship seeks “idea entrepreneurs” from across the world who are ready to challenge conventional wisdom. Successful applicants will be eager to exploit the many resources offered by OSI and be prepared to engage constructively with the global OSI community. Ideal fellows are specialists who can see beyond the parochialisms of their field and possess the tenacity to complete a project of exceptional merit.

 

The Topic of the Project

 

The Open Society Institute works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Among OSI's core areas of concern are human rights, government transparency, the promotion of civil society and social inclusion. Project themes should cut across these areas of interest. Applicants are encouraged to explore this website to acquaint themselves with the panoply of themes and geographic areas that fall within OSI's purview. Below are some possible topic areas that fellows may explore in the coming years:

 

* Global migration and the rights of displaced minorities

* Organized crime, corruption, and state failure

* The economic crisis and its effect on open societies

* Movement-building and state repression in societies affected by climate change

* The impact of new technologies on citizen access to information and justice

* The link between governance, transparency, and economic development.

 

Open Society Fellows are currently investigating the corrosive effect of the global arms trade on democratic institutions, the challenges of community organizing in rural America, and new techniques of outreach and communication with victims of mass atrocity.

 

What these projects share is a zeal for problem-solving, the confidence to test hypotheses against observed reality, and an impatience with conventional or clichéd thinking.

 

Applicants who are uncertain whether their topic fits within OSI's organizational interests are invited to submit a brief letter of inquiry, accompanied by a CV, before proceeding with the online application process. That letter of inquiry should be addressed to: OSFellows@sorosny.org.

The Work Product

 

Successful projects should push the boundaries of current thinking and carry lessons that can be applied to a variety of settings. Applicants should carefully consider the impact they want their work to have and the audiences they wish to reach. They should then think creatively about the activities and work products that will reach these audiences most effectively.

 

Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; innovative public-education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues.

 

Fellowship projects can include photography, outreach and advocacy around documentary film, and other forms of cultural production. Applicants in the arts must demonstrate rigorous and original thinking about the nexus of cultural expression and social change.

Fellowship Expectations

 

At the heart of the fellowship is the Open Society Institute itself. Fellows are invited to join the rich and diverse OSI community, a global network of activists and institutions dedicated to defending civil society and improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable citizens.

 

Fellows are expected to take full advantage of OSI's expansive reach and work to bring new people and fresh ideas into the organization's ambit. The program anticipates that most fellows will spend a portion of their fellowship term at one of the organization's main offices, in New York, Washington, London, Brussels, or Budapest, or at an OSI regional foundation. While in residence, they are strongly encouraged to organize and participate in conferences and program events and may be asked to run a seminar involving OSI staff and outside colleagues. Ultimately, fellows should sharpen the organization's thinking, question its assumptions, and broaden its understanding of pivotal political and social problems.

 

In order to facilitate these interactions, proficiency in spoken English is required.

Fellowship Placement and Term

 

OSI considers applicants from all parts of the world. Most fellows spend a portion of their term in one or more OSI offices. Fellows may work out of multiple OSI offices during their term.

 

Fellows who wish to work on their project in a country in which they do not have citizenship must satisfy and comply with applicable visa requirements. OSI helps fellows obtain necessary visas and covers all associated costs.

 

Fellowships are awarded for one year. In some cases OSI considers requests for shorter or longer durations. Preference is given to applications for full-time fellowships, but OSI also considers applicants who can only work part-time on their projects.

Fellowship Support

 

For a full-time fellow based in the U.S., the stipend ranges from $60,000 to $100,000. For fellows based in other countries, appropriate adjustments will be made to reflect the economic circumstances and costs of living in those countries. Stipends are based on several factors including work experience, seniority, prior earnings, and the proportion of time committed to the fellowship. The stipend does not necessarily equal the applicant's current salary. In certain cases, fellows will receive additional financial support to enable them to meet the residency expectation.

 

In most cases, OSI provides fellows with communications support to convey their work to a broader audience and influence current debates. OSI also integrates fellows into its networks of individual and organizational partners and grantees.

 

OSI may cover additional project expenses such as travel (including airfare and hotel), visa costs, part-time research assistance, conference fees and health insurance. Fellowship expenses should not include operational or programmatic costs, such as employees and physical infrastructure. The purpose of the fellowship is to support individual fellows; therefore OSI will only cover individual expenses.

 

The fellowship does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.

 

Please note that under federal tax rules applicable to U.S. private foundations, OSI cannot support lobbying activities. Projects that include lobbying activities will not be funded. If you're unsure whether your project activities constitute lobbying, please review the Tax Law Lobbying Rules before submitting an application.

Application and Selection

 

All interested applicants should complete the online application form at https://oas.soros.org/oas and submit supporting materials for consideration. Please read the FAQs before applying. Applicants may submit a project proposal or other materials in a language other than English, as long as they also submit an English translation. Certified translations are strongly recommended.

 

Once the initial information has been entered, applicants receive login details and an ID number that allows them to make additions and revisions to the form until materials are submitted. The ID number should be quoted in any correspondence.

 

Applicants may mail their hard-copy materials to:

 

Open Society Fellowship

Open Society Institute

400 West 59th Street

New York, NY 10019

 

Open Society Fellowship Application Form

 

Contact detail: OSFellows@sorosny.org

Moreinfo: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/fellowship

 

 

Erasmus Mundus-UNESCO-IHE Scholarships

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is an international institute for water education that was established in 2003. UNESCO-IHE continues the work that was started in 1957 when IHE first offered a postgraduate diploma course in hydraulic engineering to practicing professionals from developing countries.

 

 

Integrated flood risk management aims to reduce the human and socio-economic losses caused by flooding while at the same time taking into account the social, economic, and ecological benefits from floods and the use of flood plains or coastal zones. The need for the adoption of a holistic integrated approach to managing flood risks has been reflected in the Flood Directive of the European Parliament. Existing Masters programmes on floods offered at EU cover many technical aspects but lack integration. The programme follows the holistic approach and is explicitly designed to cover a wide range of topics - from drivers and natural processes to models, decisions and socio-economic consequences and institutional environment, and is therefore an important advance in water education for Europe.

 

The Erasmus Mundus Masters Course on Flood risk management is offered by the consortium consisting of UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (the Netherlands), the Technical University of Dresden (Germany), the Technical University of Catalonia (Spain) and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). The associated members include European hydraulics laboratories, namely, DHI (Denmark), Deltares and HR Wallingford (UK), and from key national organisations responsible for flood management, including Rijkswaterstaat (the Netherlands). ICHARM (Japan), and three organisations from Bangladesh are associated members as well. All these partners bring their specific complementary expertise in flood risk management to the EMMC, which graduates educated flood risk professionals with a broad vision of the processes occurring in river basins and in coastal zones at different spatial and temporal scales, and who can master the links between systems, processes and natural and socio-economic constraints for all the aspects of the water cycle.

 

During the 2-year programme students start at the Technical University of Dresden, where they complete their first semester with 30 ECTS with courses on hydro-meteorological processes, global change and its impact, flood risk management and GIS. Then the students move to UNESCO-IHE for their 2nd semester with 30 ECTS where they receive courses on modelling for planning, forecasting, control and decision support, hazard mapping, ICT, and fluvial flooding and urban flood disasters. Subsequently, the students move to the Technical University of Catalonia to follow part of their 3rd semester with 20 ECTS with courses on hazards due to flash floods, debris flow, coastal flooding, and climate change. The last part of the 3rd semester is hosted by the University of Ljubljana where students follow courses on spatial planning, and socio-economic and institutional framework of flood risk management to earn 10 ECTS. Each semester provides a number of electives, and there are international fieldtrips. Finally, the students carry out their thesis work (30 ECTS) at one of HIEs or with an industrial partner. Successful candidates receive MSc degrees from the Technical University of Dresden, UNESCO-IHE and the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona.

 

Partners:

 

* UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands (Co-ordinating Institution)

* Technical University of Dresden, Germany

* Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain

* University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Duration: 2 years, starting September 2011

 


Successful students will receive 3 MSc degrees from UNESCO-IHE, TU Dresden and UPC Barcelona. A number of attractive fellowships will be available, which will cover tuition fees and living expenses.

Contact:

 

Dr Biswa Bhattacharya

Hydroinformatics & Knowledge Management

Westvest 7

2601 DA Delft, Nederland

More information

 

Contact detail: b.bhattacharya@unesco-ihe.org

Moreinfo: http://www.unesco-ihe.org/About/News/New-Erasmus-Mundus-Masters-Course-on-Flood-Risk-Management

 

Competency-Based Human Resources Development (CBHRD)

 

The DELTA (Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications) Programme of the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, Italy, has the pleasure to inform you that  the next edition of the distance learning course in "Competency-Based Human Resources Development (CBHRD)" will start the 13 September 2010.

The Programme includes the 2 major programmes:

  • Training of Trainers (TOT),
  • Human Resources Management (HRM)



Please visit our e-learning Campus to obtain additional information under the sections:  General Information
and  
Programmes at the following Web address: http://www.itcilo.org/CBHRD .

If you are interested  to participate, please register, complete the 'Your profile' , select the module you would like to attend and send an e-mail of confirmation to
delta@itcilo.org .

The cost of the modules varies between € 190 and € 600
 (you can consult the exact cost of the module by clicking on  
General Information  ). The participation costs cover access to the selected module plus support services including tutoring, online library, collaborative learning and networking.


Please note that the deadline for enrolling is 31st August 2010.


Best regards,

Silvia Guillen
DELTA Programme
Distance Education and Learning
Technology Applications Programme
International Training Centre of the ILO
Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10
10127 Turin, Italy
Tel.:  +39 011 6936 577 / 761 /659
Fax:  +39 011 6936 469
E-mail:  delta@itcilo.it
URL:
http://www.itcilo.it

 

The 2nd International Conference on Society and Information Technologies

The 2nd International Conference on Society and Information Technologies: ICSIT 2011 (March 27th - 30th, 2011 - Orlando, Florida, USA): http://www.2011iiisconferences.org/ICSIT

If you have any colleagues who might be interested in making a submission to the conference, please feel free to forward this e-mail to them.

Below are the deadlines for ICSIT 2011:

Papers/Abstracts Submission and Invited Session Proposals: September 8th, 2010
Authors Notifications: November 15th, 2010
Camera-ready, full papers: December 6th, 2010

Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because this selection requires an additional evaluation according to the quality of the paper, assessed by its reviewers, the authors' CV and the paper's topic.

All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal.

Pre-Conference and Post-conference Virtual sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.

Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Registration fees of an effective invited session organizer will be waived according to the policy described in the web page  (click on 'Invited Session', then on 'Benefits for the Organizers of Invited Sessions'), where you can get information about the ten benefits for an invited session organizer. For Invited Sessions Proposals, please visit the conference web site, or directly to
http://www.2011iiisconferences.org/icsit/organizer.asp

Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.

Best regards,

ICSIT 2011 Organizing Committee

If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please send an email to
remove@mail.2011iiisconferences.org with REMOVE MLCONFERENCES in the subject line. Address: Torre Profesional La California, Av. Francisco de Miranda, Caracas, Venezuela.

 

2010 Flagship Course on Health Sector Reform and Sustainable Financing 
Washington, D.C. October 18 - November 5, 2010. Application deadline: July 10, 2010

This Flagship Course is offered by the Harvard School of Public Health and WBI. The course introduces a practical framework for understanding health systems and their performance and a structured approach to developing health system reform policies. 

The course is part of WBI's broader Flagship program, which involves partner institutions throughout the world. Since its inception, this program has reached more than 20,000 participants from 65 countries, with more than 80 percent of training provided by regional partner institutes in developing countries. 

A typical day of training is organized into three sections. The first part introduces the policy relevance of the subject, theory, analytical framework, expectations, and hypotheses. The second part involves participants in the case-method of learning, whereby they grapple with the context and facts of real-life implementation issues. The third part involves a course-long group exercise to apply course concepts to a national setting well-known to participants.
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Contact: Sawdatou Wane,
 swane@worldbank.org
 

Micro-Grant Research Fund on Sustainable Urbanization - Call for Proposals

 
 
 

 

The Micro-Grant Research Fund is a new initiative launched by the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Dr. Anna Tibaijuka on 11 May 2010. The Fund promotes innovative research in the area of sustainable urban and regional development leading to the publication of working papers, as part of UN-HABITAT’s Micro Research on Sustainable Urbanisation series. The Fund supports researchers and practitioners to conduct research on sustainable urbanization. It particularly encourages young researchers and those from the developing countries to pursue their research on topics related to sustainable urbanization and human settlements, which include housing and land, economic development and finance, urban planning and management, environmental issues, infrastructure, social development, information and monitoring, disaster and risk management.

 

 

The Monitoring and Research Division (MRD) of UN-HABITAT accepts research applications for financial support from the Fund all the year around. Young researchers and those from the developing countries dealing with sustainable urbanization issues in developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply for grants. Successful applicants are required to produce a research paper to be published as part of UN-HABITAT’s Micro Research on Sustainable Urbanization series. There are two categories of grants. One is young researcher scholarship which is open to those under 35 years old and each young researcher scholarship is limited to a maximum of US$ 5,000. Another is micro research grant which is open to everyone and each micro research grant is limited to a maximum of US$ 10,000.

 

Candidates who apply for either type of micro research grants are required to submit an application package which includes a detailed research proposal, a detailed CV and a support letter from the candidates’ affiliated organizations.

 

The research proposal should be in the following format:

1. Addressing the rationale and importance of the research topic

2. Providing a summary description of major contents of the research topic
3. Proposing an indicative outline of the research
4. Stating the innovation of the research (describing the main innovative aspects of the       research)

 

The Selection Criteria will be based on:

1. The quality of the research proposal
2. Academic qualifications and research experiences of the candidates
3. The geographic distribution of research topics and candidates
4. For scholarships, the applying individual must be sponsored by an academic or  research institution who should confirm in writing that:
  1. The applicant is a currently enrolled student at the sponsoring institution
     
  2. The sponsoring institution has arranged adequate faculty member(s) to supervise the planning, execution and reporting of the research and
     
  3. There are mechanisms in place to ensure the grant provided is used for the intended purpose.
Once the candidates’ applications are approved by UN-HABITAT, the grants to the candidates will be channeled to the sponsoring institutions which will then distribute to the individual winning applicants in their institutions.
The full application materials (including research proposal, CV and support letter) in MS Word format should be emailed to the following email address via attachments:grace.nduru@unhabitat.org  (cc copy to Beatrice.bazanye@unhabitat.org )

 

Academy Scholars Program

Pre- and Post-doctoral Fellowships

Description

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present.
The Academy Scholars are a select community of individuals with resourcefulness, initiative, curiosity, and originality, whose work in non-Western cultures or regions shows promise as a foundation for exceptional careers in major universities or international institutions.
Academy Scholars are appointed for 2 years by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard facilities. They receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas. The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

Terms

The competition for these awards is open only to recent Ph.D. (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Those still pursuing a Ph.D. should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before becoming Scholars; those in possession of a Ph.D. longer than 3 years are ineligible.
Each year four to five Academy Scholars are named for two-year appointments. Scholars are expected to reside in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for pre-approved research purposes.
Post-doctoral Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $48,000, and pre-doctoral Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $28,000. This stipend is supplemented by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage. Some teaching is permitted but not required.
Applications are welcome from qualified persons without regard to nationality, gender, or race.

How to Apply

Applications for the next class of Academy Scholars are due October 1 each year. There is no application form. The following materials are required for a complete application:
  • a current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (include 3 copies)
  • a statement of the applicant's proposed research, including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work—no more than 10 pages double-spaced (include 3 copies)
  • an official copy of each graduate transcript
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a cover letter which succinctly states the applicant's academic field, country or region of specialization, and proposed or actual research topic (include 3 copies)
Please do not staple materials. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.
Finalists will be invited to Cambridge for interviews with the Senior Scholars on Monday, December 6, 2010.

Application materials should be mailed to:
The Academy Scholars Program
Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
1727 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

All materials must be received by October 1. The selection process begins immediately thereafter. Applicants whose materials are late or incomplete are at a disadvantage when considered by theSelection Committee. Announcement of the awards will be made in January.

For additional information contact:
Kathleen Hoover, Program Coordinator
khoover@wcfia.harvard.edu
or
Laurence H. Winnie, Executive Officer
lwinnie@wcfia.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-2137
Fax: (617) 496-9592

  
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Dialogue on the Methodology: Scaling Up Slum Upgrading from Project to Policy

WBI welcomes your comments on its latest urban study, Successful Approaches to National Slum Upgrading and Prevention. Have your say; provide feedback and suggestions to improve this global learning initiative at www.inclusive-cities.info 

The study identifies and disseminates good practices on how to scale-up slum upgrading and prevention through policy reforms and programmatic approaches.
More...
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E-Learning course on Evaluating the Impact of Recession and Government Responses 
September 6 - October 1, 2010. Application deadline: August 6, 2010

 
 
The worldwide recession of 2008-2009 affected the Least Developed Countries in a number of ways: it reduced demand for exports, lowered prices for some commodities, cut the number of tourists, restrained foreign investment, limited the demand for labor exports, and reduced remittances. Governments responded by boosting spending to maintain aggregate demand, widening safety nets, trying to expand credit, and so forth. 

How have households, and especially poor households, been affected during the recession? How have households responded to these shocks? How effectively have government measures cushioned the effects of recession? What techniques are needed to evaluate the effects of recession on incomes and poverty? These questions are frequently asked by stakeholders. 

This course explains how shocks are transmitted from one economy to another, discusses government responses and their possible implications for income distribution and poverty, considers both macro-and micro-level impacts ofglobal recession, and demonstrates how effects can be measured.
 More... 

Contact: Shahid Khandker,
 skhandker@worldbank.org 
or 
Dulce Afzal,
 dafzal@worldbank.org
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India Carbon Market Conclave 2010

 
The fourth annual India Carbon Market Conclave - the largest platform for engaging with the Indian carbon market - will be held on September 8-9, 2010 in New Delhi. The conclave is India's flagship event for conducting carbon business, hearing from climate change negotiators, and gaining visibility in the carbon market space.

Indian project developers and carbon experts meet with international counterparts and carbon buyers to share their knowledge on new developments in the global and Indian carbon markets and to discuss domestic and international policies. 

The World Bank is organizing this through its
 Carbon Finance Assist program which is a part of the World Bank Institute's Climate Change practice. 

For further information and registration

 

 

Senior Fellows Network Criteria and Application

Recruitment for the Synergos Senior Fellows Network occurs annually.

To apply for the Fellowship, candidates should fill out the application available here and send it as attachment by email to seniorfellows@synergos.org along with your CV. The deadline for the application is Tuesday, August 31, 2010.

About the Senior Fellows
The Senior Fellows Network is comprised of distinguished international civil society leaders committed to collaborative efforts that address the underlying causes of poverty and inequity.
 Learn more


Some participants in the 2005 Global Senior Fellows meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Candidates advanced to the finalists round will be contacted by the Program staff before October 1, 2010 to schedule an in-person or telephone interviews. Candidates not advanced to this round will be notified electronically by October 1. Please note that each year, Synergos receives applications from many more well qualified candidates than the program is able to select.

The final decision about admission to the program will be announced by December 31, 2010.

Selection Criteria

Individuals applying to the Senior Fellows Network will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Have a demonstrable commitment to addressing the systemic, root causes of poverty and inequity and present a compelling vision for change in their area of work;

     

  • Have a record of distinguished accomplishment as a leader addressing issues of poverty, equity and/or social justice; currently be in a full-time, senior leadership position of a non-profit, non-governmental organization that focuses on poverty alleviation, social justice or community development;

     

  • Have experience or a demonstrable commitment to working in partnership with other non-governmental organizations, government and/or business to solve complex problems related to poverty or inequity;

     

  • Have a demonstrable commitment to the participation of and accountability to the community they serve, as well as credibility and legitimacy from that community to speak authoritatively about its issues;

     

  • Be committed to developing and enhancing leadership qualities that successfully create and sustain effective working relationships among key partners and stakeholders across society’s sectors;

     

  • Demonstrate personal characteristics suitable for network collaboration;

     

  • Be proficient in written and spoken English.

     

Fellowship Requirements

Fellows are expected to be active in fellowship activities for three years, while simultaneously performing their ongoing professional responsibilities. After the three years, Fellows are invited to remain part of the Synergos Senior Fellows Network and to continue participating in program activities as they are able.

Given the peer-to-peer nature of the Fellowship, it is essential that the Fellows make the necessary time commitment to participate actively in its activities. We estimate the total commitment of time on the part of a Fellow to be 14 days a year in the first three years. The Fellows are expected to:

  • Contribute to the body of knowledge being developed by Synergos to address poverty and increase equity.

     

  • Attend at least two annual global meetings, which usually entail international travel, as well as make a meaningful contribution to relevant regional or thematic affinity groups.

     

  • Be available for at least one peer counseling assignment.

     

  • Participate in our online community and use it to share skills, knowledge and experience.

     

  • Make at least one significant contribution to the advancement of the work of other Fellows through an article, speech, presentation or other forms of knowledge sharing.

     

For More Information

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

You may also contact:
Senior Fellows Program Manager 
Tel +1 (212) 447-8111
Fax +1 (212) 447-8119
seniorfellows@synergos.org

 

JWF Fund

 
The Japan Water Forum(JWF) is pleased to invite grass-roots organizations in developing countries to apply for the Japan Water Forum Fund 2010. We are looking forward to receiving your applications.

 
What kind of grass-roots activities can be awarded the grants?
"Grass-roots activities" are activities planned and faithfully implemented by grass-roots organizations to bring about an appreciable improvement upon the current water and sanitation issues. These activities include various activities such as:
- Introduction of rainwater-harvesting tanks, ponds, digging wells;
- Development of small scale water supply systems;
- Building new toilets and upgrading existing sanitation facilities;
- Prevention of water-related disasters;
- Establishment and encouragement of water-efficient irrigation;
- Solving gender issues;
- Aquatic environment restoration activities.
*It is highly suggested that proposed activities include capacity-building/ awareness-raising programs.
*If your activity is only capacity-building/ awareness-raising program, it may not be selected.

 
The Application form and Guidelines for the JWF Fund 2010 are available at:
»Application form (Word 128KB)
»Guidelines (PDF 78KB)
*Please read carefully Guidelines for the JWF Fund 2010 before you submit the application.
*Please note that the application form and Guidelines have been changed from previous years.

 

 
Please submit a duly filled application form to the Japan Water Forum through e-mail by July 31, 2010.
*Please note that the form must be filled in English. Other languages are not accepted.
*Please note that any applications submitted after the due date are not accepted.

 
For more information, please feel free to contact the Japan Water Forum at jwffund@waterforum.jp

 

 

PhD Fellowships at Bielefeld University

 
The International Graduate College "Stochastics and Real World Models" Beijing-Bielefeld advertises fellowships for PhD students, starting Oct 1st.

 
In the framework of an International Graduate College (International Research Training Group, supported by DFG) we offer fellowships for a PhD program starting October 1 for up to 3 years duration.

 
The program is organized by the Bielefeld University Mathematics Department in cooperation with the Departments of Economics and Physics, the research institutions IMW and BiBoS, and together with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (partner institutions: IAM, AMSS, GUCAS). Doctorate degrees will be awarded by one of the three Departments of Bielefeld University.

 
The interdisciplinary training and research program is oriented towards the study of modern methods in Stochastics and their application in Physics and Economics. A structured course program will enable students to undertake research projects without undue delay. Lectures and courses by visiting scientists, as well as the exchange program with China, will further contribute to a broad and internationally viable education.

 
Graduates (Master level) from the aforementioned three fields with a pronounced interest in Mathematics and its interdisciplinary applications are encouraged to apply.
We are aiming to increase the proportion of female researchers in the college; given
parity with respect to all other relevant criteria, female applicants will receive preferential
treatment in the fellowship awarding decisions.
Candidates with physical disabilities who fulfill the abovementioned criteria are
particularly encouraged to apply.

 
Deadline: August 13, 2010. Post-deadline applications may possibly also be considered.

 
Please submit PDF files of

 
* your completed application form (including the names and contact data two possible referees) along with
* your CV,
* copies of your diplomas and certificates,
* a sketch of your research interests, and
* possibly your written work (papers, theses, etc.),

 
to

 
Prof. Dr. Michael Röckner
Fakultät für Mathematik
Universität Bielefeld

 
Contact detail: roeckner@math.uni-bielefeld.de,
nicole.zimmermann@uni-bielefeld.de

 

 

                                  

 Asia Research Institute-National University of Singapore Fellowships

(Senior) Research Fellowships, One-Year Visiting (Senior) Research Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships

The positions are intended for outstanding active researchers from around the world, to work on an important piece of research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. Up to three months of a 12-month fellowship may be spent conducting fieldwork in the Asian region.

A majority of the positions will be allocated to the more specific areas listed below. However some will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed. Applicants should mention which category they are applying to or if none, indicate “open category”. Applications which link more than one field are also welcome.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

(Senior) Research Fellowships

1. The appointment will be tenable for a period of two years at the first instance, with the possibility of extension for another term of two years (ie. up to a total of a four-year term). Interested applicants should have at least a PhD with a few years of postdoctoral research experience.
2. The fellowship comes with a competitive remuneration and benefits package, depending on seniority.
3. Support for research and fieldwork, and conference attendance (on application and subject to approval).


One-Year Visiting (Senior) Research Fellowship

1. The appointment will have a normative tenure of one year, though shorter periods may be negotiated. Interested applicants should have at least a PhD with a few years of postdoctoral research experience.
2. The fellowship comes with a competitive remuneration and benefits package depending on seniority.


Postdoctoral Fellowships

1. Contract is tenable for a period of one year in the first instance with a possibility of extension to two years.
2. An all-inclusive and fixed monthly salary will be provided.
3. Support for research and fieldwork, and conference attendance (on application and subject to approval).
4. Candidates must have fulfilled all requirements of the PhD within the last 2 years. If you are a PhD candidate at the point of application, you may also apply provided that you are confirmed for graduation between April to September 2011. A letter from your university will be required to confirm your graduation before your proposed start date.

The benefits that the University provides and other information about working in NUS and living in Singapore are available at http://www.nus.edu.sg/careers/potentialhires/index.html. Terms and conditions, according to university guidelines, are subject to changes without prior notice.


AREAS OF RESEARCH FOCUS

1) The Asian Migration cluster explores the issues arising from increased levels of human mobility in the region, both within and across national borders. Mobility of high-level professional and managerial personnel, unskilled labour migration (both documented and undocumented), and human trafficking all raise methodological and theoretical questions and major policy issues, as does the role of migration in urban change.

2) The Changing Family in Asia cluster explores the dimensions of family change in the region, their causes and implications. These dimensions include rising ages at marriage and decreasing non-marriage, declining fertility and declining size of the nuclear family, increase in one-person households and alternative family forms, changing gender roles within families, and changes in family structures consequent on population ageing. These have implications for gender relations, the life patterns of the post-adolescent unmarried, the role of the elderly in the family, child-raising patterns and social policy.

3) The Cultural Studies in Asia is an emerging field of academic research in Asia which is challenging conventional disciplinary boundaries to rethink received knowledge on existing issues and/or to address new topics and concerns thrown up by the rapid changes and impact on cultural practices, brought about by new technologies and the new phase of global capitalism. Focusing on popular cultural practices in contemporary Asia, practitioners in Cultural Studies have re-examined these practices from new angles engendered by multidisciplinary perspectives. They have questioned the very idea of Asia and its current reconfiguration in view of the intense traffic of cultural products and cultural practices, crisscrossing national and cultural boundaries within the continent and beyond.

4) The Religion and Globalisation cluster is dedicated to exploring global reconfigurations of conceptions of “religion” and their diverse manifestations in Asian contexts. Particular attention is given here to the dynamic interactions of secularization and religious revival in the modern period, as well as to related issues of the invocation of authority and tradition in contemporary discourse and practice. In terms of coverage, the cluster works to facilitate studies of significant developments in major established religions such as Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, as well as localised indigenous traditions and new religious movements from any part of Asia, broadly conceived.

5) The Science, Technology, and Society cluster explores techno-scientific institutions, practices, and knowledge-making regimes within Asian societies and cultures. The newest of the ARI research clusters, and thus still building critical mass, we are particularly interested in topics relating to biotechnology/bioscience/ biomedicine and society; interactive and digital media; Asian techno-scientific cultures; interactions between Asian sites or projects and those elsewhere, and science & technology policy. By "Asia" we mean South, East, and Southeast Asia, but are particularly interested in projects with the potential to cross these sub-regional boundaries. Methodologically we are open to a range of approaches, including historical, sociological, anthropological, geographical, and media or cultural studies based initiatives.

6) The Asian Urbanisms cluster provides space for exploration of Asia’s urban diversity. Emerging urban forms, phenomena and experiences within ARI’s areal scope demand empirical documentation and analysis. The cluster also takes regional urban diversity as a resource for wider theorization. The theoretical orientation of the cluster is towards work which: (1)speaks in transformative ways to urban studies debates beyond Asian area studies; and (2)resists the ingrained impulse to refer back to antecedents in North America or western Europe. The cluster is particularly interested in forms of relational, comparative research which de-centre the West as the supposed leading edge of urban transition, innovation and influence. Avenues for such work include (but not limited to): intra-Asian city models and emulation; sustainability and urban lifestyles; natural disasters, conflict and urban resilience; cultures of urban heritage; and religion-related urbanisms.

7) The Open Category. ARI also keeps its doors open to talented people with
exciting ideas and worthwhile projects whose interests may not immediately fit one of the categories. Applications are welcome from across the whole spectrum of the humanities and social sciences, and especially for projects that are innovative and interdisciplinary.
Download application here



Visiting (Senior) Research Fellowship Appointments - ARI Sabbatical Leave Scheme

The positions are intended for researchers whose work focus on Asia and would like to devote the sabbatical term from their home institutions to conducting work in ARI, NUS. Interested applicants should have at least a PhD with a few years of postdoctoral research experience. Applicants are invited to indicate which of the ARI clusters they would like to be affiliated with (see information about clusters below). Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. The position is essentially a writing fellowship, and at least one published outcome is expected. Applicants who do not normally publish in English will be encouraged and assisted to do so.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

As the Visiting (Senior) Research Fellowships under ARI Sabbatical Leave Scheme are intended mainly for researchers who are in active employment of their home institutions, applicants are expected to self-financed. Medical coverage will be provided and travel assistance may be provided where necessary. The benefits that the University provides and other information about working in NUS and living in Singapore are available at http://www.nus.edu.sg/careers/potentialhires/index.html. Terms and conditions, according to university guidelines, are subject to changes without prior notice.


AREAS OF RESEARCH FOCUS

1) The Asian Migration cluster explores the issues arising from increased levels of human mobility in the region, both within and across national borders. Mobility of high-level professional and managerial personnel, unskilled labour migration (both documented and undocumented), and human trafficking all raise methodological and theoretical questions and major policy issues, as does the role of migration in urban change.

2) The Changing Family in Asia cluster explores the dimensions of family change in the region, their causes and implications. These dimensions include rising ages at marriage and decreasing non-marriage, declining fertility and declining size of the nuclear family, increase in one-person households and alternative family forms, changing gender roles within families, and changes in family structures consequent on population ageing. These have implications for gender relations, the life patterns of the post-adolescent unmarried, the role of the elderly in the family, child-raising patterns and social policy.

3) The Cultural Studies in Asia is an emerging field of academic research in Asia which is challenging conventional disciplinary boundaries to rethink received knowledge on existing issues and/or to address new topics and concerns thrown up by the rapid changes and impact on cultural practices, brought about by new technologies and the new phase of global capitalism. Focusing on popular cultural practices in contemporary Asia, practitioners in Cultural Studies have re-examined these practices from new angles engendered by multidisciplinary perspectives. They have questioned the very idea of Asia and its current reconfiguration in view of the intense traffic of cultural products and cultural practices, crisscrossing national and cultural boundaries within the continent and beyond.

4) The Religion and Globalisation cluster is dedicated to exploring global reconfigurations of conceptions of “religion” and their diverse manifestations in Asian contexts. Particular attention is given here to the dynamic interactions of secularization and religious revival in the modern period, as well as to related issues of the invocation of authority and tradition in contemporary discourse and practice. In terms of coverage, the cluster works to facilitate studies of significant developments in major established religions such as Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, as well as localised indigenous traditions and new religious movements from any part of Asia, broadly conceived.

5) The Science, Technology, and Society cluster explores techno-scientific institutions, practices, and knowledge-making regimes within Asian societies and cultures. The newest of the ARI research clusters, and thus still building critical mass, we are particularly interested in topics relating to biotechnology/bioscience/ biomedicine and society; interactive and digital media; Asian techno-scientific cultures; interactions between Asian sites or projects and those elsewhere, and science & technology policy. By "Asia" we mean South, East, and Southeast Asia, but are particularly interested in projects with the potential to cross these sub-regional boundaries. Methodologically we are open to a range of approaches, including historical, sociological, anthropological, geographical, and media or cultural studies based initiatives.

6) The Asian Urbanisms cluster provides space for exploration of Asia’s urban diversity. Emerging urban forms, phenomena and experiences within ARI’s areal scope demand empirical documentation and analysis. The cluster also takes regional urban diversity as a resource for wider theorization. The theoretical orientation of the cluster is towards work which: (1)speaks in transformative ways to urban studies debates beyond Asian area studies; and (2)resists the ingrained impulse to refer back to antecedents in North America or western Europe. The cluster is particularly interested in forms of relational, comparative research which de-centre the West as the supposed leading edge of urban transition, innovation and influence. Avenues for such work include (but not limited to): intra-Asian city models and emulation; sustainability and urban lifestyles; natural disasters, conflict and urban resilience; cultures of urban heritage; and religion-related urbanisms.

7) The Open Category. ARI also keeps its doors open to talented people with
exciting ideas and worthwhile projects whose interests may not immediately fit one of the categories. Applications are welcome from across the whole spectrum of the humanities and social sciences, and especially for projects that are innovative and interdisciplinary.
Download application here

3-Month Visiting (Senior) Research Fellowship Appointments

The positions are intended for outstanding researchers whose work focus on Asia, with a balance anticipated between senior and junior scholars. Interested applicants should have at least a PhD with a few years of postdoctoral research experience. Applicants are invited to indicate which of the ARI clusters they would like to be affiliated with (see information about clusters below). Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. The position is essentially a writing fellowship, and at least one published outcome is expected. Applicants who do not normally publish in English will be encouraged and assisted to do so.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Visiting (Senior) Research Fellowships: This 3-month fellowship comes with a competitive remuneration and benefits package, depending on seniority. The benefits that the University provides and other information about working in NUS and living in Singapore are available at http://www.nus.edu.sg/careers/potentialhires/index.html. Terms and conditions, according to university guidelines, are subject to changes without prior notice.

AREAS OF RESEARCH FOCUS

1) The Asian Migration cluster explores the issues arising from increased levels of human mobility in the region, both within and across national borders. Mobility of high-level professional and managerial personnel, unskilled labour migration (both documented and undocumented), and human trafficking all raise methodological and theoretical questions and major policy issues, as does the role of migration in urban change.

2) The Changing Family in Asia cluster explores the dimensions of family change in the region, their causes and implications. These dimensions include rising ages at marriage and decreasing non-marriage, declining fertility and declining size of the nuclear family, increase in one-person households and alternative family forms, changing gender roles within families, and changes in family structures consequent on population ageing. These have implications for gender relations, the life patterns of the post-adolescent unmarried, the role of the elderly in the family, child-raising patterns and social policy.

3) The Cultural Studies in Asia is an emerging field of academic research in Asia which is challenging conventional disciplinary boundaries to rethink received knowledge on existing issues and/or to address new topics and concerns thrown up by the rapid changes and impact on cultural practices, brought about by new technologies and the new phase of global capitalism. Focusing on popular cultural practices in contemporary Asia, practitioners in Cultural Studies have re-examined these practices from new angles engendered by multidisciplinary perspectives. They have questioned the very idea of Asia and its current reconfiguration in view of the intense traffic of cultural products and cultural practices, crisscrossing national and cultural boundaries within the continent and beyond.

4) The Religion and Globalisation cluster is dedicated to exploring global reconfigurations of conceptions of “religion” and their diverse manifestations in Asian contexts. Particular attention is given here to the dynamic interactions of secularization and religious revival in the modern period, as well as to related issues of the invocation of authority and tradition in contemporary discourse and practice. In terms of coverage, the cluster works to facilitate studies of significant developments in major established religions such as Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, as well as localised indigenous traditions and new religious movements from any part of Asia, broadly conceived.

5) The Science, Technology, and Society cluster explores techno-scientific institutions, practices, and knowledge-making regimes within Asian societies and cultures. The newest of the ARI research clusters, and thus still building critical mass, we are particularly interested in topics relating to biotechnology/bioscience/ biomedicine and society; interactive and digital media; Asian techno-scientific cultures; interactions between Asian sites or projects and those elsewhere, and science & technology policy. By "Asia" we mean South, East, and Southeast Asia, but are particularly interested in projects with the potential to cross these sub-regional boundaries. Methodologically we are open to a range of approaches, including historical, sociological, anthropological, geographical, and media or cultural studies based initiatives.

6) The Asian Urbanisms cluster provides space for exploration of Asia’s urban diversity. Emerging urban forms, phenomena and experiences within ARI’s areal scope demand empirical documentation and analysis. The cluster also takes regional urban diversity as a resource for wider theorization. The theoretical orientation of the cluster is towards work which: (1)speaks in transformative ways to urban studies debates beyond Asian area studies; and (2)resists the ingrained impulse to refer back to antecedents in North America or western Europe. The cluster is particularly interested in forms of relational, comparative research which de-centre the West as the supposed leading edge of urban transition, innovation and influence. Avenues for such work include (but not limited to): intra-Asian city models and emulation; sustainability and urban lifestyles; natural disasters, conflict and urban resilience; cultures of urban heritage; and religion-related urbanisms.

7) The Open Category. ARI also keeps its doors open to talented people with exciting ideas and worthwhile projects whose interests may not immediately fit one of the categories. Applications are welcome from across the whole spectrum of the humanities and social sciences, and especially for projects that are innovative and interdisciplinary.
Download application


ABOUT THE ASIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ARI)

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) was established as a university-level institute in July 2001 as one of the strategic initiatives of the National University of Singapore (NUS). Its mission is to provide a world-class focus and resource for research on the Asian region, located at one of its communication hubs.

ARI engages the humanities and social sciences broadly defined, and especially interdisciplinary frontiers between and beyond disciplines.

INVITATION TO APPLY

Interested applicants are invited to email/post their applications, consisting of:

i) Application form

ii) Curriculum Vitae;

iii) Synopsis of the proposed research project (no restriction on the number of pages);

iv) At least one sample of published work;

v) Ensure that a minimum of two letters of reference are sent to us in confidence via email or post reporting on the applicant’s academic standing and on the applicant’s research project by 30 September 2010.

Closing date for applications is 30 September.

To note for applications via email:

1. You will receive an auto-reply acknowledging receipt of your email/application.

2. If you have already sent in your application via email, kindly do not send the same application via post and vice versa. However, if you wish to send in hard copies of your sample publication(s) you may do so via post but indicate in your email application that the sample publication(s) will be sent via post. Should you wish for your sample publication(s) to be returned, kindly indicate this on the sample(s) and write your name and full correspondence address on it/them.

3. Please keep your email and attachments below 10MB by zipping any large files as emails larger than 10MB will be rejected by our email system.

We regret that only successful candidates will be notified (via email). Candidates who do not hear from the University within 10 weeks after closing date of the advertisement may assume the position has been filled.

Address for submission of applications, reference letters and/or queries:
(1) Email: joinari@nus.edu.sg

OR

(2) Human Resources
c/o Ms Chong Mei Peen
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore
469A Tower Block,
Bukit Timah Road #10-01,
Singapore 259770

Moreinfo: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/appointments.htm

 

The Evaluation Conclave 2010 Making Evaluation Matter 
 
(25 -28 October 2010, The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi, India)

The abstract submission deadline has now been extended to 31 July 2010


Scope
The Conclave is methodologically neutral with multiple approaches and methods (impact evaluation, participatory evaluation, complexity thinking etc) being woven throughout the program.  The COE’s interest is in creating space for different thematic streams to emerge and to encourage groups with an interest in evaluation in particular thematic areas to dialogue and incubate ideas.  That said, some of the streams that will be fostered at the Conclave include:

•    Evaluation of and for health systems strengthening and improved public health 
•    Evaluation
 of and for adaptation to climate change 
•    Evaluation of and for food security and strengthening agricultural systems
•    Evaluation of and for equity, rights, and social transformation
•    Evaluation of and through information and communication technologies for development

Other streams may also emerge as the agenda takes final shape and through substantive inputs from stakeholders and supporters.  These inputs may identify further themes where supporters and stakeholders are keen to incubate and foster ideas and connections at the event.  The COE is open to such inputs and seeking them out.
The conclave is designed to build bridges of theories, ideas and practices across evaluators. Core of event will be plenary sessions, parallel small group workshops led by global and South Asian thought leaders and invited papers sessions contributing to the vision of conclave. 

Important dates
Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2010
Abstract acceptance notification: 31 August 2010
Submission of completed paper deadline: 1 October 2010
Correction of abstract deadline: 30 July 2010

Submissions
CoE invites evaluators to submit papers (abstract; up to 400 words) to be considered for (only oral) presentation in the conclave. The deadline for receiving abstract is 15th July, 2010. The abstracts should be sent electronically to
 abstract@evaluationconclave.org .

(Abstracts submitted by fax or by post will not be accepted), All abstracts must be written in English.
The applicants will be notified whether their papers have been accepted by 31st August, 2010. The authors of accepted papers will be required to submit completed paper by 1st Oct. 2010.


Please read the complete guidelines for paper submission here
http://www.evaluationconclave.org/presentation.php


Regards,
The Evaluation Conclave Team 
 

 

Scholarships at Edith Cowan University

 

 

 
Edith Cowan University (ECU) are identified amongst the best in the world, with many fulfilling critical roles in our society. Their outstanding achievements have been recognised throughout Australia and internationally through awards, grants, scholarships and prizes.
 
 
International Postgraduate Research scholarships at Edith Cowan University are restricted only to those applicants wishing to commencing their studies in either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master by Research.
 
 
The ECU-IPRS scheme is both prestigious and highly competitive. Four ECU-IPRS scholarships are offered each year for tenure at Edith Cowan University. The scholarships provide the recipient with tuition fee and health care cover for the duration of their research degree. In addition, each successful ECU-IPRS recipient will be offered an ECU International Stipend (ECUIS) to meet living costs for the same period.
Application opening date: 1 June
Application closing date: 31 August
 
 
Amount: AUD$25,000 per year (tax free) stipend/living allowance plus tuition fees and overseas health cover paid. Stipend (three years for Doctoral degree or up to two years for Master by Research)
 
 
Eligibility criteria:
 
 
* Academic merit, academic qualifications that are equivalent to either an Australian bachelor degree with first class honours or an Australian Master by Research. Qualifications gained outside of Australia will be assessed to determine how they compare to an Australian qualification.
* Research, significant publication record.
* Must meet Edith Cowan University English entry requirements.
* Must meet international student visa requirements as specified by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA).
* Must not have held an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) scholarship within the two years prior to commencing the ECU-IPRS.
* May not concurrently receive a Faculty Scholarship or other major scholarship.
 
 
Nationality: International
 
 
Applicant information:
 
 
  • Applicants must provide the original or certified copies of academic documentation, including academic transcripts and proof of completion from any tertiary qualification, except for qualifications completed at ECU.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documentation presented in a foreign language is also accompanied by an authorised English translation.
  • An applicant’s research experience will be taken into consideration in the assessment of applications for scholarship. Applicants are required to provide evidence of any research grants received or research that has been published.
 
 
Download:
 
 
Contact detail: scholarships@ecu.edu.au

 

 
 
                                          Call For Papers

We are currently accepting submissions for "2nd BLUE BLACK SEA INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS on POLITICS, ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY: Prospects of Conflict Resolution, Cooperation and Democratization" to be held in Sakarya, Turkey, on October 10-13, 2010. Selected papers from the Conference will be published in an edited book.
Submissions are welcome from politics, economics and other social sciences and related disciplines. We are expecting participation of academics, peace researchers, students, NGO leaders, activists, and other interested professionals from all parts of the world. The conference will also feature several keynote speakers, including: Dru. 
C. Gladney, Guram Markulia, Natalya Ulçenko, Zurab Todua, Sergey Barisoviç Drujulovski, Leila Aliyeva, Deniz Ulke Aribogan (tbc), Nassib Nassible (tbc), Alexander Dugin (tbc).

CONFERENCE THEMES: Black Sea Region in Regional and Global Politics; 
Conflict and Peace in Wider Black Sea Region; The Role of 
International Organizations (UN, EU, OSCE and BSCE); The EU's 
Perspective on the Wider Black Sea Region; Turkish, Russian and US and 
NATO Perspectives on Eurasia; Frozen Conflicts in Wider Black Sea 
Region
; Economic Challenges in Eurasia; Democratization in Eurasia; 
Other Areas of International Relations. Please note that abstracts 
related to topics that are not in direct relation to Eurasian or 
European studies are also welcome.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Each applicant should submit a paper proposal 
in English (max. 250 words) and a brief CV (max. 100 words) explaining 
his/her academic affiliation, and research interests. Abstract are to 
be submitted by e-form before 2 August 2010, Monday. Successful 
applicants will be notified by 16 August 2010, Monday. Final version 
of accepted articles should be submitted by 20 September 2010, Monday.

FEES: Conference Fees are set at 70 Euros payable by bank transfer or 
upon registration for all participants. The fee covers expenses for 
conference booklet, welcoming and farewell receptions, a trip to the 
city and local transportation during the conference. The accommodation 
and travel expenses are to be covered by the participants themselves.

Conference Coordinator:

Prof. Dr. Alaeddin YALCINKAYA, e-mail:
 
alakaya@yahoo.com

Please direct your inquiries to Ismail Numan Telci,
 
numantelci@gmail.com

For a detailed call for paper and further information please visit 
conference website:
 
www.blueblacksea.sakarya.edu.tr

Can Real Exchange Rate Undervaluation Boost Exports and

Growth in Developing Countries? Yes, But Not for Long

Mona Haddad and Cosimo Pancaro In the wake of the global financial crisis, academics and policy makers are questioning the relative merits of export-led growth strategies. Some have argued that many of the conditions responsible for that model’s success are no longer in place. Many developing countries have relied on an undervalued real exchange rate to boost their exports. But global economic prospects are weaker than in the past, and there is greater uncertainty about the advanced economies’ capacity to continue absorbing developing countries’ exports.

The Role of the Real Exchange Rate in Boosting Economic Growth in Developing Countries

 

 

 Synergos Senior Fellows

The name “Synergos” comes from the Greek root meaning “working together.” We address global poverty and social injustice by working collaboratively to change the systems that keep people in poverty. Bringing together influential people and institutions in government, business and civil society with poor and marginalized communities, we help every part of society work together to create sustainable systems change.

The Senior Fellows Network is comprised of distinguished international civil society leaders committed to collaborative efforts that address the underlying causes of poverty and inequity.

Fellows have the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge, and experience through peer-to-peer learning, annual and regional meetings, learning journeys, workshops, and contact with eminent persons. They exchange innovative ideas, models, and tools in the development field, which Synergos distributes to a wider audience. The Fellows also have opportunities to connect and collaborate with other distinguished change makers in the development field aligned with Synergos, including philanthropists and foundations, non-governmental organizations, businesses, governments, global institutions and academics.

Selection Criteria
Individuals applying to the Senior Fellows Network will be selected based on the following criteria:
Have a demonstrable commitment to addressing the systemic, root causes of poverty and inequity and present a compelling vision for change in their area of work;
Have a record of distinguished accomplishment as a leader addressing issues of poverty, equity and/or social justice; currently be in a full-time, senior leadership position of a non-profit, non-governmental organization that focuses on poverty alleviation, social justice or community development;
*Have experience or a demonstrable commitment to working in partnership with other non-governmental organizations, government and/or business to solve complex problems related to poverty or inequity;
Have a demonstrable commitment to the participation of and accountability to the community they serve, as well as credibility and legitimacy from that community to speak authoritatively about its issues;
Be committed to developing and enhancing leadership qualities that successfully create and sustain effective working relationships among key partners and stakeholders across society’s sectors;
Demonstrate personal characteristics suitable for network collaboration;
Be proficient in written and spoken English.

Fellowship Requirements

Fellows are expected to be active in fellowship activities for three years, while simultaneously performing their ongoing professional responsibilities. After the three years, Fellows are invited to remain part of the Synergos Senior Fellows Network and to continue participating in program activities as they are able.

Given the peer-to-peer nature of the Fellowship, it is essential that the Fellows make the necessary time commitment to participate actively in its activities. We estimate the total commitment of time on the part of a Fellow to be 14 days a year in the first three years. The Fellows are expected to:

Contribute to the body of knowledge being developed by Synergos to address poverty and increase equity.
Attend at least two annual global meetings, which usually entail international travel, as well as make a meaningful contribution to relevant regional or thematic affinity groups.
Be available for at least one peer counseling assignment.
Participate in our online community and use it to share skills, knowledge and experience.
Make at least one significant contribution to the advancement of the work of other Fellows through an article, speech, presentation or other forms of knowledge sharing.

To apply for the Fellowship, candidates should fill out the application available here and send it as attachment by email to seniorfellows@synergos.org along with your CV. The deadline for the application is Tuesday, August 31
Moreinfo: http://www.synergos.org/fellows/

CIMO Fellowships

 

The CIMO Fellowships programme is open to young researchers (after Master-level but not post-doctorate) from all countries and from all academic fields.

 

The scholarship period may vary from 3 to 12 months. The monthly allowance is 800-1 200 euros. The scholarship is intended to cover living expenses in Finland for a single person. No additional allowance for housing is paid. Expenses due to international travel to and from Finland are not covered by CIMO.

 

How to apply?

The prerequisite for applying is that the visiting researcher must have established contacts with the Finnish host university.

 

Please note that a prospective student can not apply for a CIMO Fellowship independently. The Finnish university department wishing to host the student applies to CIMO for the grant - in other words, the applicant must be the hosting Finnish university.

 

There are no annual application deadlines in the CIMO Fellowship programme - that is, applications may be considered at all times. However please note that applications should be submitted at least 3 months before the intended scholarship period. Please note that although the application form is in Finnish, Swedish and English the guidelines are only in Finnish since, as stated above, it is the Finnish host department which applies for the grant from CIMO.

 

Application form (Word)

 

Moreinfo: http://finland.cimo.fi/scholarships/postgraduate_studies_and_research/cimo_fellowships.html

 

 

ECO Fellowships

 

Environmental ChemOinformatic (ECO) is a collaborative action of seven groups from five EU countries. It is aimed to prepare a new generation of environmental scientists who will contribute to implementation (but not limited to) of new European legislation on chemical substances (REACH).

 

ECO provides eleven positions leading towards PhD, Long-Term Fellowships, (Early Stage Researchers in EU terminology) and one postdoctoral appointment (Experienced Researcher in EU terminology). Moreover 37 Short-Term Fellowships (Early Stage Researchers in EU terminology) will be appointed.

 

Early Stage Researcher (LTF and STF posts) researchers in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the period of research training, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the initial training activities are provided) irrespective whether or not a doctorate is envisaged. (article III.1 of Annex III)

 

Experienced Researcher means researchers: 1) already in possession of a doctoral degree, independently of the time taken to acquire it or 2) having at least 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) after obtaining the degree which formally allows them to embark on a doctorate in the country in which the degree/diploma was obtained or in the country where the initial training activities are provided. (article III.1 of Annex III). Additional restriction comes from III.3 article of Annex III:

c) Qualifications and research experience

- Experienced researchers as defined in Article III.1, within the first five years of their career in research.

 

Moreover, following restrictions further apply:

 

Nationality Researchers can be nationals of any country other than the country of the premises of the host organization where they will carry out their project.

Exceptions:

* researchers with more than one nationality: can be recruited in the country of nationality in which he/she has not resided during the previous 5 years

* researchers who have legally resided and have had their principal activity (work, studies, etc) in a third country for at least three out of the last four years

 

Contact detail: i.tetko@gsf.de

Moreinfo: http://www.eco-itn.eu/node/1

 

 

 

Gates Cambridge Scholarship at University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is normally ranked in the top three universities worldwide. It typically receives over 9,000 applications for graduate study from non-British applicants, approximately 1,700 of whom take up their place at Cambridge. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from outside the UK to study at the University of Cambridge. The programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
 

Eligible

* may be citizens of any country outside the United Kingdom.
* may apply to study any subject available at the University of Cambridge.
* may apply to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study:
o PhD (three year research only degree)
o One-year post-graduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, Diploma, MBA etc.)
o MSc or MLitt (two year research only degree)
o MBBChir Clinical Studies (3 year taught degree)
* must be admitted to one of the degrees above at Cambridge through the University's normal admission procedures. The Trust does not admit students.
* must be well prepared for the Cambridge course for which they are applying and must meet all of the conditions for admission specified by the University (e.g. academic, English language proficiency, if required, and any other conditions set).
* must be able to show evidence of high academic achievement, leadership potential, social commitment and a good fit with Cambridge.
* who are already studying at Cambridge are only eligible to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if they are applying for a new course of study (e.g. a one year ‘MPhil only’ student may apply for funding to continue on to the PhD). Candidates already studying at Cambridge who are not applying for a new course of study (e.g. have already started their PhD) are not eligible to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

How Competitive

* c. 7,000 eligible applicants apply for admission and funding
* c. 300 are highly ranked by Departments
* c. 100 are invited to interview
* c. 55 offered a Gates Cambridge Scholarship after interview

Once applicants have applied for admission and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, the Trust asks academic departments in Cambridge to rank their very best candidates. A shortlisting committee then applies the four main criteria of the scholarships to produce a final interview list. Gates Scholars are selected after interview.

 
Contact detail: info@gates.scholarships.cam.ac.uk

The OPEC Fund for International Development Scholarship

OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) is pleased to announce that qualified applicants who have obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a Master’s degree are welcome to apply for the OFID Scholarship 2010/2011. The OFID scholarship will be awarded to support one student or candidate for Master’s degree studies. The applicant may be from any developing country, and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s degree studies in a relevant field of development, in any recognized university/college in the world. Through its scholarship scheme, OFID aims to help highly motivated, highly-driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of graduate studies. The winner of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a scholarship of up to US$100,000. The funds will be spread over a maximum of two years, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2010/2011.
 
Application Guidelines
STEP 1: Ensure that you fulfill the OFID Scholarship Award Eligibility Criteria.
STEP 2: Register within the OFID Scholarship Portal by using your email address. Please note you can log into the portal as many times as required.
STEP 3: Fill out the application form. Make sure to save data each time you update your application. Once you are logged in, if the page remains inactive for more than two hours, your session will time-out and you may lose unsaved data. Do not submit your application until you have completed the entire application process!
STEP 4: Upload necessary documents; CV, two recommendation letters, Bachelor’s certificate/transcript, acceptance letter into postgraduate program and essay.
STEP 5: When your application is complete, and all additional documents are uploaded, your application is ready to be submitted. As mentioned previously, once your application is submitted, you can no longer make any changes or upload any more documents.
The application deadline is June 4, 2010. Please do not call or email OFID to see if your application has been received (you will, in any case, receive an automated confirmation) or to inquire about your status. Only the winner will be notified by June 14 via our website at www.ofid.org.
 
I. Eligibility
  • Must be between the ages of 23-32 at the time of submitting his/her application.
  • Must have obtained or be on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree with a Baccalaureate from an accredited college/university, or its equivalent.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 rating system, or its equivalent.
  • Must be matriculated at an accredited university for the upcoming academic year starting August/September 2010, and must maintain full-time status for the duration of the Master’s Degree.
  • Must be a national of a developing country (please see list of eligible countries below)
  • Must select a subject of study that pertains to OFID’s core mission, such as: economics of development (poverty reduction, energy and sustainable development), environment (desertification), or other related science and technology fields.
PLEASE NOTE: Kindly read ALL of the directions below before proceeding with the application process:
1.Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications will be evaluated based on the information provided. Therefore, all questions should be answered as thoroughly as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed on it.
2.OFID will not consider applications received through a third party.
3.Please do not call or email OFID to ask if your application has been received, or to inquire about your status.
4.Please note that only the winner will be notified.
5.All materials submitted become the property of OFID and will not be returned to the applicant.
6.Applicants must complete the on-line application.
7.Within the on-line application, applicants must upload the required documents as listed below in Section III. All materials including the on-line application, recommendations, and other required information must be received no later than June 4, 2010.
 
II. Disbursement of the Scholarship Fund
The terms and conditions of payment will be determined in coordination with the student upon his/her selection in accordance with the following guidelines:
1.The tuition fees, including any supplementary examination fees, as may be required by the academic institution, will be paid by OFID directly to the academic institution. Health insurance will be paid in accordance with the institution’s own standard medical scheme.
2.A monthly allowance to cover living expenses, books and accommodation, will be transferred to the student’s own personal bank account on a quarterly basis.
3.Prior to the start of his/her first year studies, the student will be paid a relocation grant, equal to two-month allowance. OFID will also pay for travel costs from the nearest airport to the student’s place of residence, to the nearest airport to the chosen place of study. Upon completion of the studies, the student will be paid the cost of one-way air ticket to his/her home country.
 
III. Required documents
1.A completed on-line application form.
2.A scanned copy of the last university degree or certificate.
3.A scanned letter of acceptance from your chosen educational institution, confirming your admission, subject of study and duration of the Master’s degree program (must not exceed a maximum of two years).
4.A proof of meeting any prerequisites, including language proficiency.
5.A short essay – of about 500 words in English – giving reasons for applying for the OFID scholarship, explaining your educational goals, and clearly describing how you will use the experience gained from your Master’s degree studies to help in the development of your home country.
6.Two letters of recommendation from professors and/or lecturers at applicant’s present university.
7.Curriculum Vitae (CV).
 
Eligible Countries
* In addition to nationals of OFID Member States (Algeria, Gabon, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, GSP Libyan AJ, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela), nationals of the following countries are also eligible:
Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo DR , Republic of Congo, Cote d’lvoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Asia and the Middle East: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Korea D P R, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Latin America and the Caribbean: Antigua Barbuda, Belize, Barbados, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Grenada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Panama, St. Christopher, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay
Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo
 
Contact detail: info@ofid.org

Second Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum to take place in November

19-05-2010

 

The second Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum will take place on 18-19 November 2010 in Berlin, according to an announcement on the European Commission’s Eastern Partnership webpage.
 
The overall aim of the Forum is “to promote contacts among Civil Society Organisations and facilitate their dialogue with public authorities” in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
 
The announcement said the meeting would give an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved since November 2009 when the initial meeting of the Forum took place and to discuss how the Forum should evolve in the future.
 
The Forum will be open for all Civil Society Organisations irrespective of their participation in the previous Civil Society Forum’s meeting.
 
A call for expressions of interest to participate in the second Civil Society Forum will be launched in May 2010. (ENPI  Info Centre)

 

CESD staff member attended  International Workshop, Economic Freedom of the Southern Caucasus countries

 

Mr. Kanan Karimzada, the staff member of Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), attended International Workshop about Counties of Southern Caucasus in EFW ( Economic Freedom of the World ) hold by New Economic School of Georgia.

Participants from Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan had presentations about Conditions of Economic Freedom in their countries. 

 

 

 Representatives from Countries discussed further economic development opportunities in the region and country cases exclusively discussed by the audience.

 

Scholarships at University of Groningen

 

 

 
The University of Groningen was awarded both the Diploma Supplement label and the ECTS label as the first and only higher education institution in the Netherlands. The labels are a ‘certification’ awarded by the European Commission to those institutions that have properly implemented these two aspects of the Bologna agenda.

 
The introduction of the Bologna system in higher education in Europe comprises various aspects. Issuing a Diploma Supplement and properly applying the ECTS system, including the relevant documents, are services offered to the student, plus they make an international comparison of education systems and certificates possible.

 
The grant is usually awarded for a maximum of 2 years for a Master’s degree programme, and a maximum of 4 years for a PhD. For PhD, part of the research should be conducted in the home country and part in Groningen .

 
The grant covers the tuition fees plus the costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance. It covers expenses incurred in travelling to and from the Netherlands for PhD candidates for a maximum of 4 times. For specific information, please check the rules & regulations [PDF].

 
Eligible candidates
In all cases candidates who are employed and supported by an institute or university in a developing country that has signed a co-operation agreement with the University of Groningen and who receive an income from that institution will be given preferential treatment. Candidates should: be nationals of and have their permanent residence in one of the country’s listed, have a good command of the English language, be in good health so health insurance in the Netherlands can be arranged, be available for the whole period of the fellowship and be able to take part in the entire study programme, have no other means of financing the study in question.

 
Further criteria for approval are: (a) academic excellence, shown by academic performance and may be confirmed by letters of recommendation from university professors; (b) contribution of candidate’s education in terms of strengthening the scientific capacity in the candidate’s home country; (c) perspectives to a long-term linkage between the home institution and the University of Groningen

 
Extra criteria for PhD candidates are: applicant should be employed by a research institute of university in one of the listed countries and receive an income from the home institution, application should be supported by this organization, the University of Groningen must be able to provide an academic supervisor who will be responsible for the scientific supervision of the research

 
Countries of origin:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Replublic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, China, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kiribati, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Moldova, Mongolia, Macedonia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Namibia, Niue, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe, East Timor, South Korea

 
Purposes: Master, Ph.D.
Deadline: Applicants need to meet the deadline of the respective Master’s or PhD programmes. Application forms for Master’s programmes can be found through the websites or Admissions Offices of the respective faculty or Graduate School . Application deadline for the scholarship is 22 February.

 
Application:
Applications for student scholarships can be submitted by students from one of the eligible countries for a Master’s or equivalent programme at the University of Groningen.

 
Master's degree programmes: A step-by-step application guide
1. First the candidate should apply for admission to a study programme at the University of Groningen .

 
2. When the candidate applies for this admission, he or she must indicate on the application form that his/her study performance is excellent and that he/she wishes to be nominated for a Eric Bleumink Fund scholarship.

 
3. If the study programme agrees with the candidacy for a EBF scholarship, they will send a standard application form including the motivation of the candidate to the Board of the Eric Bleumink Fund prior to 1 March. Per studyprogramme only two candidates can be nominated.

 
4. The Board of the Eric Bleumink Fund will take a decision during their meeting in March.

 
5. The studyprogramme and the candidate will both be informed on the decision taken by the Board.

 
6. If a candidate is selected the coordinator and the candidate will have contact on the details of his or her arrival. If necessary he/she can contact the Board of the Eric Bleumink Fund for extra assistance.

 

 

 
PhD programmes
Applications for PhD grants may only be submitted by individuals from developing countries if endorsed by a professor of the University of Groningen and with the support of their home institution / partner university. The application should contain an elaborated research proposal or pre-proposal. The application may also be submitted by the academic supervisor at the University of Groningen or at the home institute in the developing country. The academic supervisor in Groningen participates in one of the Research Schools or Research Institutes of the University of Groningen .

 
More information: For rules & regulations [PDF]. For detailed information regarding the scholarship programme, please contact the office of the Ubbo Emmius Fonds. E-mail:msd@rug.nl, tel. +31 (0)50 363 7597, fax: +31 (0)50 363 7598. Postal address: Eric Bleumink Fund, University of Groningen, P.O. Box 72, 9700 AB Groningen, The Netherlands.

 

 

 

WTO launches 2010 Essay Award for Young Economists

The WTO launched on 2 March the 2010 Essay Award for Young Economists. The Award aims to promote high-quality research on the WTO and WTO-related issues among young economists and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community.

 

Prize

The annual WTO Essay Award consists of a prize of CHF 5,000 to the author(s) of the winning essay. In the case of a co-authored paper, the prize will be equally divided among the authors. The winning paper will be officially announced at the annual meeting of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG), which is currently the largest conference specializing in international trade. The award ceremony will take place in September 2010 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The winning author(s) will receive funding to attend the meeting.

Selection

An Academic Selection Panel is responsible for the selection of the winning paper. The Panel comprises:

·         Professor Jagdish Bhagwati (Columbia University)

·         Professor Robert Staiger (Stanford University)

·         Professor Alberto Trejos (INCAE Business School).

·         Ex officio panel members will include Dr Patrick Low (Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO Secretariat) and Dr Hakim Ben Hammouda (Director, Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation, WTO Secretariat).

Dr Michele Ruta (Economist, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO) coordinates the work of the Selection Panel.

Eligibility

The paper must address issues related to the economics of the WTO (e.g. the design of trade agreements, contingent protection, trade facilitation, the effects of trade agreements, Aid for Trade, the economic aspects of dispute settlement). The author(s) of the paper must possess or be engaged in the completion of a PhD degree and, if over 30 years of age, be no more than two years past a PhD defence. In the case of co-authored papers, this requirement shall apply to all authors. In addition, to be considered for the Award, essays cannot exceed 15,000 words.

Important deadlines

Essays must be submitted by 15 June 2010. The Economic Research and Statistics Division at the WTO Secretariat will shortlist eligible papers by 1 July 2010 and the Selection Panel will take a final decision by 1 August 2010. Only the author(s) of short-listed essays will be notified.

Publication

The winning essay will be published in the WTO Working Paper Series and it is the responsibility of the author(s) to endeavour to secure publication of the contribution in a journal.

Submissions

All submissions should be sent to Aishah Colautti with the subject line “WTO Essay Award”. Submissions should include as separate attachments in PDF format:

1. the essay
2. the CV of the author(s), specifying (i) current affiliation(s), (ii) the academic institution awarding the PhD, (iii) the year (or the expected year) of the PhD, (iv) the date of birth of the author(s).

 

Scholarships at the University of Dublin

The Department of Political Science at Trinity College, University of Dublin, is one of the top Political Science departments in Europe. It is a vibrant, outward-looking department that combines intensive research activity with the strongest commitment to high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. It is a member of the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, one of around 24 schools within Trinity.

A background in a social science will be an advantage but not a necessity. Applicants are expected from candidates with a single or joint honours degree in Political Science, Economics, European Studies, History, Sociology, Business and Law. Other subject areas will also be considered.

The course is of twelve-months duration, on a full-time basis. Teaching starts in the autumn and the M.Sc. concludes with the submission of a dissertation the following September.Applicants must, in addition to the College requirement to provide academic transcripts and two letters of recommendation, provide a motivation letter and one piece of written work (for example an undergraduate dissertation or essay).

Non-EU Applications

Students who have had periods of residence outside the EU are required to provide documentary evidence for their claim for EU fee status. This evidence must be presented with their application.

English Language Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

·         IELTS: Grade 6.5

·         TOEFL: 88 - iBT, 230 - Computer based, 570 - paper based

·         Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C

·         Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are available for the incoming cohort of Masters students that will begin their studies in September. One full-fees scholarship (EU or non-EU fees as relevant to the beneficiary) will be awarded for this Masters programme. The Department will also offer a limited number of partial fee awards. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must first apply to the Masters programme online through PAC and then send their supporting documents to the Galway office specified on the PAC website. In addition to the regular application procedure through the PAC system, applicants who wish to be considered for the scholarships must also fill out the online scholarship application form and email it to polsci@tcd.ie. This online application form must be submitted after the applicant has summitted the primary application the PAC (with the supporting documents). Applicants must submit the online scholarship application form by 1 May to be considered for a scholarship.

Click here to download Scholarship Application

Enquiries may be directed to the Director , Dr William Phelan at phelanw@tcd.ie

Moreinfo: http://www.tcd.ie/Political_Science/postgraduate/ipmscadmissions.php

 

 

UNESCO Fellowships

The fellowships offered under this scheme are of short term duration (6 months maximum) and are intended for specialized training at the postgraduate level. Priority targets are promising and qualified specialists who seek to undertake advanced research or to upgrade their skills and knowledge of state-of-the-art developments in their field of study or work.

Target candidates:

Graduate and Postgraduate candidates for study abroad wishing to:

·         Pursue training;

·         Undertake advanced research;

·         Upgrade skills; or

·         Attend specialized or refresher courses.

Priority attention:

·         Women candidates;

·         Candidates from LDCs (Lest Developed Countries), SIDS (Small Island Developing States) as well as from PCPD countries (post conflict/post disaster) and/or in transition.

Qualifications required:

·         University degree, i.e. at least a B.A. or B.Sc.

·         Be not more than 45 years of age.

Additional qualifications: Applicants must have exceptional merit, and have demonstrated that they possess outstanding potential to contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of their country.

Language proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study.

Field of study: All applications must be closely aligned with "UNESCO's expected strategic objectives and programme priorities" as decided by the 161st and 165th session of the Executive Board (161 EX/Decision 3.6.3 and 165 EX/Decision 8.6 respectively).

How to apply: Completed application form(s) IMP/0023A (x.95) should be sent by 30 April 2010 to the:

Participation Programme and Fellowships Section

7, place de Fontenoy

75352 Paris 07 SP – France

(advance copy)

Fax: 33-1 4568.5503

Email: fellowships@unesco.org

Who submits: The National Commission for UNESCO of the candidate’s country submits the application(s), clearly indicating the order of priority. Applications from individuals will not be accepted.

Duration of studies:

·         Minimum: 1 (one) month;

·         Maximum: 6 (six) months.

Dates of study: Any time between 1st September 2010 and 31 December 2011.

Number of candidatures that may be submitted for each Member State: Two, listed in order of priority. The second candidature will serve as an alternate in case of cancellation or withdrawal of the first.

Programme of study: Candidates should specify the type of study/research programme(s) they wish to undertake and draw up a precise and comprehensive detailed proposal (see “Guidelines” CL/3905 in page 4 of the Annex).

Responsibility for programme arrangements: Priority will be given to well-planned programmes, particularly those for which the necessary contacts have been made in advance with the host institution. Confirmation from the host institution(s) of their acceptance to receive the fellow is indispensable prior to the award of the fellowship.

Host institution and country of study: The host institution’s address, the place of study as well as the name of the contact person (including his/her phone and fax numbers as well as e-mail address), should be clearly indicated on the application form. Countries of study within the same region as that of the candidate’s are highly recommended.

Estimated costs: Applicants should be realistic in compiling their proposed budgets. The estimate should indicate, exclusively:

·         The cost of international and domestic travels for the proposed itinerary;

·         Tuition fees, if any; and

·         Stipend to cover subsistence abroad.

Applications where funds requested are judged to be excessive in relation to the real costs are likely to be awarded smaller grants. With a view to ensuring equitable distribution of funds, UNESCO applies standard rates for stipend and other entitlements.

Maximum cost of fellowship: Entitlements of fellows, including health and accident insurance, are standardized, in accordance with the rules and regulations governing Fellowships Programmes.

In any event, the maximum cost should not exceed US $15,000 to cover either partially or fully expenses related to the study programme. Should the proposed study programme need additional funds, other sources must be sought by the candidate to ensure completion of studies. Written confirmation issued by other funding sources will be required.

Evaluation of applications: UNESCO’s relevant Programme Sector evaluates the technical and substantive suitability of the request. The budget for fellowship is examined and confirmed by the the Participation Programme and Fellowships Section in conformity with the standard rates applied by the entire United Nations system.

Selection of beneficiaries: An Intersectoral Screening Committee, chaired by the Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Cooperation (ADG/ERC), will examine each application with a view to ensuring transparency, equitable geographical distribution, and conformity with strategic objectives and programme priorities as defined in the 35 C/4 and C/5 documents.

Programme Priorities for UNESCO's Five Major Programmes

EDUCATION:

Biennial sectoral priority 1:

·         Supporting the achievement of Education for All in countries in need.

Biennial sectoral priority 2:

·         Providing global and regional leadership in education.

NATURAL SCIENCES:

Biennial sectoral priority 1:

·         Policies and capacity-building in science, technology and innovation for sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Biennial sectoral priority 2:

·         Sustainable management of freshwater, ocean and terrestrial resources as well as disaster preparedness and mitigation.

SOCIAL AND HUMAN SCIENCES

Biennial sectoral priority 1:

·         Responding to critical global social challenges.

Biennial sectoral priority 2:

·         Addressing emerging global ethical issues.

CULTURE

Biennial sectoral priority 1:

·         Protecting, safeguarding and managing the tangible and intangible heritage.

Biennial sectoral priority 2:

·         Promoting the diversity of cultural expressions and the dialogue of cultures with a view to fostering a culture of peace.

COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION

Biennial sectoral priority 1:

·         Promoting freedom of expression and information.

Biennial sectoral priority 2:

·         Building capacities for universal access to information and knowledge.

Click here to download Fellowship Application Form

Moreinfo: http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=17616&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

 

 

CEU Professorial and CEU Visiting Research Fellowships 2010-2011

CEU Research Fellowship is a program for teachers and researchers holding Ph.D. or equivalent, working in Central and Eastern Europe (except EU), former Soviet Union, and Mongolia. Fellows are supported for a research period of one to six months, depending upon the type of research being undertaken. 
The Fellowship program supports two types of Research Fellows: CEU Visiting Research Fellows and CEU Professorial Research Fellows (For academics holding a full professorship). Both types of Fellowship cover travel costs to/from Budapest, accommodation in CEU's Residence Center during the period of the Fellowship, insurance and a monthly stipend. 
This program is publication-oriented and promotes original research. You can find the relevant fields of research, the application requirements and more information on the Special and Extension Programs Website: http://www.ceu.hu/sep/spo/fellowships.html 
The deadline for application is: January 5, 2010

 

CEU Budapest Summer University online application form launched

We are glad to inform you that our online application system has been
launched. It can be reached at
https://apply.embark.com/NonDegree/CEU/10/ 
The Application form and its attachments are to be submitted online.
The general application deadline is February 15. More details can be
found on the specific course web pages.

Best wishes,the SUN-team

CEU Summer University
1051 Budapest, Nádor utca 9, Hungary
http://www.summer.ceu.hu
e-mail: summeru@ceu.hu
tel: (36 1) 327 3811
fax: (36 1) 327 3124 
 

 

Report of the Program Coordinator, Professor Giorgio Dominese,

to the Presidency of YICGG 2009, 3nd Edition

 “Global Governance: Growth and Innovation 2020”

Ilia Chavchavadze State University

Tbilisi, July 12-18

 The 3nd Edition of the YICGG-Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance took place in Tbilisi, as a joint initiative of Tor Vergata University, Fudan University and the Politecnico di Torino, following the MoU signed between the hosting Ilia Chavchavadze State University and the Rome Tor Vergata University, providing also - for exceptional reasons as the YICGG does not provide funding to hosting universities - a financial grant. A previous MoU on YICGG was signed in Shanghai on March 12 by the Representatives of the Rectors of Tor Vergata, Fudan Universities, Politecnico di Torino and by the Coordinator of the CEEUN-Transition World Research Network also on behalf of the Ca’ Foscari Venice, Udine and LUISS Rome Universities.

Attracting considerable international attention because of its unique character and the approach adopted involving and selecting the participants, the aims and scope of the initiative - establishing the research main issues with the partners, evaluating the appropriate format of the YICGG 2009, under the Chairmanship of  the former Coordinators from the Tor Vergata and Fudan Universities, in cooperation with Ilia Chavchavadze State University, with the Coordinator 2009  Nini Gogiberidze

 (http://www.iliauni.edu.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=295&info_id=446 ), under the Chairmanship of the Rector Professor Gigi Tevzadze - were fully achieved.


Visiting Fellowship Program

 Sharing with you a call for Visiting Fellowships which is intended to enable young, bright researchers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia to team up with European think tanks and work on joint policy projects related to the EU’s Eastern Partnership.

 It is part of the Policy Think Tank Bridging Initiative the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of the Open Society Institute (OSI) which is seeking applications for one year fellowships aimed at ensuring that decision making and negotiation processes in the EU vis-à-vis the EaP countries is informed and influenced by independent civil society researchers from EaP countries. 

Under the Visiting Fellowship Program Fellows from independent policy institutes in the six Eastern Partnership countries and Russia will connect with well-established think-tanks in EU countries with a track record of working on EU external relations and a clear interest in Eastern Partnership countries.

·         Every fellowship will be tailor-designed around a specific issue under the Eastern Partnership priority list (people-to-people contacts/visa liberalization, trade and economic policy, cross border cooperation, good governance and democratisation, energy security, environmental sustainability and conflict resolution).

·         Fellows will receive a stipend (see details in the attached call) intened to cover up to 12 months as well as the travel and living costs associated with a 2 month stay at a policy think tank in the EU (Brussels and Member States). The deadline for applications for the Fellowship component (attached call for proposals) is January 29th.

The Policy Think Tank Bridging Initiative (PTTBI) is expected to fill the gap in independent and professional policy analysis on the issues identified as priorities in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) component of the European Neighbourhood Policy. It is designed to raise awareness of EaP country civil society and reform needs among EU institutions, EU decision makers, and governments and policy-making circles in the EU member states. This Fellowship is one of three components of the initiative, the other two being 1) a Policy Research component which will target policy think tanks rather than individual researchers and 2) a Networking and Training component, which will utilise the funds to support the work of policy experts and think tanks involved in the initiative.

 For further information please see the attached Call, budget form and supporting document.

Download Budget  Requirements

 

 

Central-Eurasia-L - Announcement List for Central Eurasian Studies


CONF./CFP– ACES Central Eurasian Studies Conference, Indiana U., March 6, 2010

Posted by: ACES <aces@indiana.edu>

Submission Deadline: 10 December 2009

ACES invites panel and individual paper proposals for the Seventeenth
Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference to be held Saturday, 6
March 2010 on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University.

Graduate students, professors, and independent scholars are cordially
invited to submit abstracts of papers addressing all topics pertaining
to Central Eurasian Studies.  Central Eurasian Studies is defined for
the purposes of this conference as the study of the historical and
contemporary Afghan, Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, Mongolic, Persian,
Tibetan, Tungusic, and Turkic peoples, languages, cultures, and states.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Stephen Dale of Ohio State
University, author of 'The Garden of the Eight Paradises: Babur and
the Culture of Empire in Central Asia, Afghanistan and India,
1483-1530' (Leiden: Brill, 2004).

Submission of pre-organized panels is strongly encouraged.  Individual
papers are also welcome and will be assigned by the Conference
Committee to a suitable panel. All proposals will be subject to a
highly selective review procedure.  Past panel themes have included:
- Islam and Society
- Societies and Cultures of Xinjiang
- Politics, Cultural Identity, and the Intelligentsia in Buryatia
- Romanticism, Modernism, Postmodernism, and Beyond in Hungarian
   Literature, Culture, and the Arts
- Equality and the Economy in Central Asia
- Through the Eyes of the Oppressed: The Russian Imperial Experience
   in Central Asia
- Nationalism and Identity
- Market Building as Nation Building in Central Asia: Entrepreneurs,
   Markets and Morals

Submission Instructions:  Proposals may be submitted via the online
form accessible at: http://www.indiana.edu/~aces

ACES regrets that it cannot provide any funding to participants.

Applicants will be notified of their status before 1 January 2010.
Please remember that the submission of a proposal represents a
commitment on your behalf to participate in the conference.  Any
questions may be directed to the ACES Conference Committee at aces@indiana.edu.

Association of Central Eurasian Students
Goodbody Hall 157
Indiana University
1011 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
USA
Fax: (812) 855-7500
aces@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~aces

 


Call for Papers: Extended Deadline on 13 November 2009

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is
holding its 20th Anniversary Conference entitled "Nation and
Charisma", on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 13-15 April 2010 at the
London School of Economics and Political Science.

The conference will include keynote addresses from leading scholars in
the field:

Lord Desai: "Gandhi and Nehru: Reason and Charisma in Narratives of Nationhood"
Prof. MacGregor Knox: "Mussolini and Hitler: Charisma, Regime and Nationalism"
Prof. Erik Zurcher: "The Ataturk Cult in Turkey"
Prof. Lucy Riall: "Mazzini and Garibaldi"
Prof. David Martin: "Theory and Charisma: Examining Max Weber"
Prof. Elleke Boehmer: "Madiba Magic: Mandela's Outlier Charisma"

The conference will offer opportunities for young and established
scholars from various disciplines to examine the relationship between
nationalism and charisma in a series of panel sessions. Please see
Call for Papers attached for more information. Further enquires are
welcome at asen.conference@lse.ac.uk

Please see the ASEN website http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/ for
more information and to submit your proposal.

Kind Regards,

Margit Wunsch and Dr. Vivian Ibrahim
ASEN 2010 Conference co-Chairs

ASEN
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6801
Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6218


CALL FOR PAPERS

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is
holding its 20th Anniversary Conference entitled "Nation and
Charisma", on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 13 - 15 April 2010 at
the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Must nations have 'founding fathers', and nationalist movements
charismatic leaders? Does nationalism differ in this respect from any
other mass movement? If nationalism is a species of secular religion,
is it also therefore a cult of the hero or heroine? How important is
leadership for the national cause, and what are its effects for good
or ill? These are some of the questions which the ASEN's 20th
Anniversary Conference seeks to address.

The conference will include keynote addresses from leading scholars in
the field, along with opportunities for scholars from various
disciplines to examine the relationship between nationalism and
charisma in a series of panel sessions. Suggested themes include:

* Charismatic Authority and Oratory
* Charisma, Cultural Nationalism and the Arts
* Religious Charisma and Secular Nationalism
* Iconography and Personality Cults
* Popular Mobilisation vs. Elite Manipulation
* Charismatic Leadership from Above and Grass-root Movements from Below
* Political Transformation of Charisma

The first day will explore the theoretical and historical relationship
between nations, nationalism and the concept of charisma. The second
day will address types of political leadership, ranging from right to
left; religious to secular; democratic to authoritarian. The third day
will explore how far charismatic nationalism is a movement from below
or above, and how it responds to the national vision of historians,
linguists, poets, musicians and other intellectuals. The conference
will adopt an interdisciplinary approach focusing on historical,
theoretical, and contemporary aspects of the theme.

The 2010 Conference Committee is now calling for papers to be
presented at the conference. The application is open to any researcher
who is interested in the study of nationalism, and PhD students and
young scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. The abstracts of
the proposed papers should not exceed 500 words and are expected by
Friday, 13 November 2009.

Suggestions for panels and additional themes are also welcome. The
Committee will notify applicants with its decision in December 2009.

Please see the ASEN website http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/ for
more information and to submit your proposal.

Papers submitted to the conference will be considered for publication
in a special issue of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SEN).
Please note that ASEN cannot cover travel and accommodation costs.

Presenters are expected to register for the conference. Further
enquires are welcome at

asen.conference@lse.ac.uk


The Association for the Study of Ethnicity& Nationalism (ASEN),
London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6801 Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6218
 

People To People Scholarships

People to People International offers up to four scholarships of 500 USD for participation in one of three summer courses organised by the Fund for American Studies (TFAS - www.tfas.org).

Applicants

Members and non-members may apply. (Membership in PTPI is preferred)

Applicants must have applied and been accepted to a Fund for American Studies Program when they apply for the scholarship.


TFAS Summer programs

American Institute on Political and Economic Systems, Prague (July 7-29, 2010);

International Institute for Political and Economic Studies, Greece;

Asia Institute for Political Economy, Hong Kong (July 9-31).

More information and deadlines
Please visit www.ptpe.org/tfas for detailed information and application form. Deadline for the scholarship is March 10. Please notice that the application deadline to the TFAS programs is January 31.

Lars Poignant
PTPI

People to People International (PTPI), with World Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri USA, was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 11, 1956 to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.  Today, as a NGO with a U.S., not-for-profit, [501 (c)(3)] tax rating, PTPI has a presence in 135 countries with more than 80,000 families and individuals actively participating in People to People International programs.   Please visit www.ptpi.org for more information
 

 

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