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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.

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., 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.


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


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 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




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


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


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.


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.


Biennial sectoral priority 1:

·         Responding to critical global social challenges.

Biennial sectoral priority 2:

·         Addressing emerging global ethical issues.


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.


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




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: 
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 
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
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

 ( ), 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 <>

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:

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

Association of Central Eurasian Students
Goodbody Hall 157
Indiana University
1011 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
Fax: (812) 855-7500


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

Please see the ASEN website for
more information and to submit your proposal.

Kind Regards,

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

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


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 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

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 -


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 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

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 for more information


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