Happy 2011!!!

Scholarships, Grants and Events Abroad sincerely wishes everyone Happy New Year! May the coming year be full of high achievemnts, crazy adventures, new impressions, bright emotions, interesting aquiantances, challenging events, and lots lots lots of fun!

Dream, Believe, Dare, Achieve!!!

2nd International Moot Competition on Maritime Arbitration in Odessa, Ukraine

International Moot Competition on Maritime Arbitration is a competition for all law Students from all over the World. This year the moot concerns number of issues at the forefront of economy affairs and challenges in the modern day of Global Commercial Shipping industry in relation to the development of International Trade and commerce which involves maritime transactions.

The facts of this year’s Moot Competition question forces the competitors to considers the appropriate substantives rules which requires to interpret the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA), and the question of whether a foreign arbitration clause in a bill of lading is invalid under COGSA.

Since Maritime Arbitration is an increasingly important aspect of all Country’s legal systems, it is crucial for young lawyers to acquaint themselves with the way the Maritime Disputes are solved through means of Arbitration and revitalizing the shipping industry by making a great use of all the talents and capacities to show that we are great ‘Maritime Lawyer”.

Apart from the Competition The Organizing Committee will give the competitors, Judges and Arbitrators or audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and specific delights of the City of Odessa and to partake of the Excellence provided by the Ukrainian Cuisine.

The application for the Moot Competition will be open till 20 January 2011.

Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to invite your law school to compete in the 2nd International Moot Competition on Maritime Arbitration.

An enjoyable social program accompanies the competition to enable students to meet with senior members of the profession and the maritime industry and to forge contacts with students from other law schools.

Details of the competition, together with the registration form for 2011, can be found at: http://www.cilj.org.ua

Enquiries about registration should be forwarded to the moot’s coordinator, Anthony Kassamali: kassamali.cilj@gmail.com

The Centre for International Law and Justice is the founder and the Organizers of the Moot Competition under the auspicious of National University “Odessa Law Academy” in cooperation with one of the influential law firm in Odessa "Kartuzov & Partners Attorney at Law".

European University Institute Grants for Doctoral Programs

The European University Institute (EUI) prepares researchers for developing and defending a doctoral thesis. 160 research grants are awarded annually by the EU Member States and other European national authorities to successful candidates.

Programme Structure:
* 1st year: Acquire a solid background for the doctoral work; set out the proposed research.
* 2nd and 3rd years: Research, field work, data collection, writing of the thesis under close supervision.
* 4th year: Writing up and preparation for the defence of the thesis. Part of the year may be used for professional or university traineeships or teaching opportunities.

Candidates must have a good working knowledge of English. Spoken and written tests in English (similar to the TOEFL or IELTS test) are obligatory for all candidates who are non-native speakers of English.

For countries where grant agreements are in place the application for admission to the EUI doctoral programme is automatically an application for a national grant.

Exceptions are as follows.  If you apply for a grant from one of these countries, your application to the EUI can ONLY be accepted if you apply also for the national grant by the deadline specified by the relevant grant authority:
* Spain (information forthcoming)
* Latin America (information forthcoming)
* Portugal
* United Kingdom

Admission Requirements  
You must meet the minimum degree requirements set by the national grant authorities by the beginning of the academic year for which you have applied.

- Austria: completion of university studies (Magister-Grad)
- Belgium: maîtrise or master (economics), or licence with distinction
- Cyprus: Ptychion or equivalent degree
- Denmark: kandidateksamen
- Finland: ylempi korkeakoulututkinto/högre högskoleexamen, equivalent foreign degree
- France: DEA (or Master) or equivalent to bac + 5
- Germany: completion of university studies and the qualifications required to study for a doctorate
- Greece: ptychion
- Italy: laurea (vecchio ordinamento); laurea specialistica /Masters (nuovo ordiinamento)
- Netherlands: doctoraal examen or Master’s degree
- Norway: Master’s degree or Cand.Philol, Cand.Polit, Cand.Oecon., Cand.Sociol., or Cand.Jur.
- Poland: Magister, Magister inzynier lub inny równorzedny
- Portugal: licenciatura and qualifications required to study for a doctorate in Portugal
- Spain: licenciatura
- Sweden: kandidatexamen and the qualifications required to study for a doctorate
- Switzerland: licence/diplôme or master
- UK & Ireland: good honours degree (min. Upper Second); preference to those with a Master’s degree
- Latin American countries: licenciatura
- Other countries: diploma equivalent to the minimum qualification needed to study for a doctorate in a given country

Application Procedure: Department of Economics
* CV including a list and brief description of selected advance courses you took
* Degree transcript, preferably in English, issued by your university
* Do nor forget to provide the names of 3 academic referees (referees must submit the references directly to the EUI: ReferenceRes@eui.eu)

Application Procedure : Law, History and Civilization, Political and Social Sciences
* a one-page CV
* a research proposal of 4-5 pages in English or French
* a degree transcript, issued by your university
* do nor forget to provide the names of 2 academic referees (referees must submit the references directly to the EUI: ReferenceRes@eui.eu)

When you have all the materials prepared you can apply online.

Please follow this link in order to obtain further information about the grant. Deadline for submitting applications is 31 January, 2011.

Academic Service
European University Institute
via dei Roccettini 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy
Tel. +39 055 4685 373
Fax +39 055 4685 444

Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Program

Starting from 2002, the Swedish Institute offers a special scholarship program for citizens of Turkey. Its purpose is to support master's level or advanced level studies within selected subject areas at a Swedish Institution of higher education. Since 2002, around 20 Turkish students annually are awarded scholarships for master’s degree studies in Sweden within the Swedish-Turkish scholarship program.
Scholarships are given within the fields of social sciences and environmental studies with priority to the following areas: economics and management, democracy/human rights/gender issues, law, environmental studies, European studies and social issues. In addition to these scholarships, a new scholarship in memory of Anna Lindh was announced during the visit of Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds to Turkey in October 2004: the Swedish-Turkish Scholarship for Human Rights Law in Memory of Anna Lindh.

Turkish students applying to a master's programme in human rights law at a Swedish university are eligible for this scholarship program. Currently, only one programme is available - the Master’s Program in International Human Rights Law. It is taught by Lund University's Faculty of Law in cooperation with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights.

The scholarship covers living expenses for one person during two semesters with a possibility of prolongation, and travel expenses to and from Sweden. To apply, follow the standardized application instructions for master's scholarships below.


How to apply for master’s degree grants

Application for scholarship for master degree studies is made online at www.studyinsweden.se. Application period is 1 December, 2010 - 19 January, 2011. Only a limited number of Swedish master programs will be eligible for scholarships next year. The selection of master programs has been made by the universities and the list of eligible programs are published together with the call for applications on www.studyinsweden.se. The eligible master programs will be within the following study areas: Economics and management, democracy/human rights/gender issues, law, environmental studies, European studies and social issues.
Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Program for PhD and post-doctoral studies in Sweden
Scholarships are given within the fields of social sciences and environmental studies with priority to the following areas: economics and management, democracy/human rights/gender issues, law, environmental studies, European studies and social issues.
How to apply for postgraduate grants, part of PhD or research
Grants are provided for postgraduate studies, part of PhD studies or research. In order to be considered for a research grant you have to be registered at a Turkish university or research institution, and have an invitation from a Swedish university department or research institution. 

The application system is open between 1 December, 2010 - 1 February, 2011.
English proficiency
Swedish universities and university colleges require that skills in English are documented by an international proficiency test (TOEFL – approx. 550 p, computer-based TOEFL 213 p, IELTS, MELAB, Cambridge First Certificate).
Financial conditions
At present scholarships are SEK 8000 (approximately EUR 800) per month for master’s studies, SEK 12000 (EUR 1200) per month for PhD studies and SEK 15000 (EUR 1500) per month for holders of a PhD degree, plus travel grant to and from Sweden. Each scholarship is designed to cover the living expenses of one person only. There are no grants for family members.

The scholarship holder is insured by the Swedish Institute against illness and accidents during the scholarship period.

PhD Scholarships 2011 in Business, Economics, Finance, and Statistics at Bocconi University

Università Commerciale “Luigi Bocconi” PhD School introduces the XXVII Cycle of the PhD programs for the 2011-2012 academic year. A public competition is held for the admission to the following full time PhD programs:
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Economics and Finance
  • Statistics
Courses and seminars are held in English. The course coordinator may allow the students to do part of their research abroad and serve as interns in public and private institutions.

The subjects, duration, minimum number of places and fellowships for each PhD program are listed below:

  • subjects: SECS-P/06 (Applied Economics) – SECS-P/07 (Business Administration) – SECS-P/08 (General Management) – SECS-P/10 (Business Organization)
  • duration: 4 years
  • places: minimum 7
  • fellowships: minimum 7
  • subjects: SECS-P/01 (Political Economy) – SECS-P/03 (Public Policy) – SECS-P/05 (Econometrics) – SECS-S/06 (Mathematics for Economics, Actuarial Studies and Finance) – SECS-P/09 (Financial Management) – SECS-P/11 (Economics of Financial Intermediaries) – SECS-P/12 (Economic History)
  • duration: 4 years
  • places: minimum 10
  • fellowships: minimum 10
  • subjects: SECS/S01 (Statistics) – SECS/S04 (Demographics) SECS-S/06 (Mathematics for Economics, Actuarial Studies and Finance)
  • duration: 4 years
  • places: minimum 3
  • fellowships: minimum 3
A maximum of 9 places and 9 fellowships may also be made available for the most deserving applicants of the three PhD programs. Said places and fellowships will be assigned, according to merit, by a Board composed of a representative for each of the three programs and the Dean of the PhD School.

Applications can be submitted by Italian and non-Italian citizens who:
  • have completed or are completing their graduate studies and
  • have at least a B2 (CEFR) level of competence in English
Graduate qualifications admitted:
  • Italian degrees: two-year or four-year graduate degrees;
  • non-Italian degrees of Italian equivalent standard, recognised as such by the PhD Faculty Board.
Prospective students who have not achieved a degree by the application deadline are also allowed to apply, in which case a conditional offer will be made, and they will have to submit the required certificate by 30th September 2011, or enrolment will not be allowed.

  • Application closing date: 15th February 2011
  • Notification of admission: by 31st March 2011
  • Enrolment of admitted applicants: by 21st April 2011
  • Enrolment of replacement applicants: Within 10 days from replacement communication date
Online applications must be submitted in English by accessing this link: www.unibocconi.eu/admissionphd. In order to complete their application prospective students will have to:
  • register in order to obtain Personal ID and Password;
  • enter the required information in the spaces provided;
  • upload some documents;
  • send some documents by post.
Prospective students are responsible for the information they will upload and for the validity of the certificates they will submit. The University has the right to verify the information and the validity of the documents provided and exclude the students at any time, also after completion of the enrolment procedure.

The online application procedure is available from 15th October 2010. The application closing date is 15 February 2011. This deadline is not negotiable.

Prospective students are allowed to apply for more than one PhD program. Should they apply for more than one program, they will have to use separate procedures, both on line and by post.

Admisson to the programs is decided by the Admission Board, who will evaluate the suitability of applicants. The members of the Board will be appointed in conformity to the University rules and regulations.
The assessment is based on:
  • English language competence (pre-requisite)
  • curriculum vitae
  • academic records
  • international graduate admission tests scores (GMAT/ GRE)
  • statement of purpose
  • reference letters
  • others (e.g. publications)
The assessment criteria are the following:
  • 40 points for applicant’s curriculum vitae and academic records;
  • 30 points for GMAT/GRE;
  • 20 points for statement of purpose and reference letters;
  • 10 points for other submitted documents (e.g. publications).
Minimum total points for admission to all PhD programs: 50 points.

See this link www.unibocconi.eu/admissionphd for detailed instructions.

18th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists ( EAERE 2011)

Paper submission and registrations are now opened for the 18th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. EAERE 2011 will be held on the campus of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, on June 29th to July 2nd, 2011. It is organized jointly by the Department of Economics, Finance and Quantitative Methods (SEFEMEQ) and the Faculty of Economics. 

The conference programme will cover all areas of environmental and resource economics, ranging from topics prevailing in the general debate, such as climate change, Kyoto protocol, energy policy, ETS, green accounting, valuation methods to less publicized and very specialized subjects such as biodiversity loss, waste accumulation, toxic waste disposal, packaging reduction, adaptation to climate change, urban and transportation sustainability. We expect around 700 participants from all over the world, engaged in environment related activities in various capacities - researchers, teachers, students, professionals, policymakers, managers.  

The Conference will be organized, as usual, through plenary sessions, parallel contributed and poster sessions and special sessions.

You are invited to submit theoretical and applied papers in all areas of environmental and natural resource economics for presentation at the EAERE'sconference. All papers will undergo the regular peer review process regardless of the session in which they will be presented. Papers can only be submitted electronically through the conference website at www.eaere2011.org from November 15, 2010, onwards. Deadline for submission of papers is February 01, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 18, 2011.

Student Grants 
A limited number of Conference grants will be available. More information concerning the selection process and access requirements will be made available in due time. Applying scholars whose paper is accepted will however have a preferential treatment in the selection process. Available scholarships will differ according to the degree of expenses they will cover:
  • some scholarships will cover both Conference fees and accomodation and travel expenses
  • other scholarships will only cover either Conference fees or travel and accomodation costs, but not both. 
Limits on allowed travel and accomodation expenses will apply

Participation fees range from 292 to 583 Euros, depending on the registration date, category of the participant, and paper submission. Early registrations are due before 30 April 2011. The registration fee includes: participation in the conference social programme (welcome reception, gala dinner and social event), lunches and coffee breaks during the conference, admission to all scientific sessions, all conference materials. Accomodation should be paid separately.

Further information is available on the conference website: www.eaere2011.org

Contact email: info@eaere2011.org 

Belgrade International Model UN 2011

The United Nations Association of Serbia has been organizing, since the year of 2004, international conference ''Belgrade International Model UN – BIMUN'', simulation of the work of the UN bodies. What BIMUN sets apart is a high level of knowledge gained, modeling with firm rules of procedure based upon the real working procedures of UN bodies, as well as dealing with most live and vivid questions. Having in mind high criteria for participation, special accent is placed on preparation period for participants and the most real simulation. The next BIMUN conference will be organized on 17 – 20 March 2011 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The project team is consisted of successful students of social sciences, best participants from previous BIMUN conferences. During the several month-long preparation period, the team participates in all the aspects of planning and organizing a project. When the conference is finished, best participants work on the BIMUN Plus – a research project. In that sense, BIMUN remains a whole-year activity, a process where a large number of successful young people participates, gaining new knowledge and experience, in a fun and interactive way, in accordance with contemporary educational principles.

Belgrade International Model UN - BIMUN 2011 is international conference, eighth in a row, simulating work of UN bodies on the following topics:

- SECURITY COUNCIL: ''Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction''
- GENERAL ASSEMBLY – II Committee: “The Global Agreement on Climate Change''
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: ''The rights of migrants in Southeast Europe''
- UNESCO World Heritage Committee: “World Heritage and sustainable tourism”
- BIMUN Plenum: ''The UN and the U.S. - a new era of multilateralism''.

The participants of the conference shall be social studies students from all over the world, with emphasis on representatives from Southeastern European countries. In total, BIMUN will host approximately 200 participants from over 20 countries.

The main goal of the BIMUN Project is to have students practically get familiar with mechanisms of international cooperation and basic diplomatic approach: negotiations, peaceful conflict solutions, dialogue, compromise, consensus building, as well as to understand the importance of UN role in contemporary world. ’’BIMUN 2011’’ will be an opportunity for diplomatic debates, with respect multiculturalism and democratic values, but also for acquaintances and connections of young leaders. 

The way of work will unable the participants to present chosen country, different to their own, in the teams of two. Delegations will be formed by the BIMUN Organizing committee. During the preparation period, the participants will be in touch with country delegations from different UN bodies in order to form a common strategy. The working language of the Conference will be English.

The best participants according to the evaluation, will get financial award and an opportunity to participate in ’’BIMUN Plus’’ Project. Also, they would be nominated to participate in ‘’Global Model UN’’.

Participation fee for the ’’BIMUN 2011’’ participants:
- Domestic participants: 4.000 RSD
- Foreign participants: 75 Euros

Application process
Please fill in the application form that you can find here >> and send it to bimun.unaserbia@gmail.com 
Deadline for applications: 31 January 2011

Official website: http://www.bimun-unaserbia.org/

Edinburgh Global Undergraduate Scholarships

Edinburgh Global Undergraduate Scholarships are offered to students who are nationals of countries outwith the EU for undergraduate study in any subject offered by the University. 20 scholarships are available for the 2011-2012 session with each award worth £2,000 per year. Awards are tenable for the duration of the programme of study.

The scholarships are competitive and awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit. They are awarded to students who are accepted for admission on a full-time basis for undergraduate study at the University of Edinburgh. Students already on a programme are not eligible. Applicants must also be nationals of a country outwith the EU.

Completed application forms must be received by Scholarships and Student Funding Services no later than April 01, 2011. Eligible applicants should complete an online application form.

Notification of Award
A University of Edinburgh Selection Committee will meet in May 2011 to select the scholarship holders.
The winners of the scholarship will be announced in late May 2011.

Scholarships and Student Funding Services
The University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
Work: +44 (0)131 651 4070
Fax: +44 (0)131 651 4066
Email: scholarships@ed.ac.uk 
WWW: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/undergraduate/international/global

Summer School 2011 in Wroclaw, Poland

Main theme this year summer school is International Entrepreneurship - a Central European Perspective. The summer school will be held on 02-16 July 2011, in Wroclaw, Poland. If you're looking for an option to spend this summer studying and having fun in international company - this is something for you! It is also a unique opportunity to study entrepreneurship, finance and management  from the Central European perspective and enjoy the summer in the same time.

Summer School Poland is an intensive study and fun program through which students can earn 8 ECTS credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions. Spend a wonderful two weeks with us. Summer School in Wroclaw, Poland - great place to be!

Summer School Poland 2008, 2009 and 2010 turned out to be a very exciting and friendly time for all the students and organisers. We always made up a happy, energetic group of young people from 14-22 countries, 4 continents! Not only was it time of studying and fun, but also of bonding and building friendships that are still lasting.

Application process 
We are waiting for your application until:
  • early applications - 31st January 2011
  • 15th of May 2011, latest for those who are obliged to have a visa in Poland
  • 31st of May 2011, for those who are not obliged to have a visa in Poland
We have a limited number of places, so don't wait, book yourself in now! Late applications will be considered.

How to apply?
1) Complete the appilcation form and send it to us by email (office@summerschool.pl)
2) Attach your CV and a formal photo
3) Wait for the official acceptance from us (within 7 days; we may ask you for some extra documentation or academic reference)
4) Pay the fees (within 7 working days from the application acceptance)

Who is eligible to participate?
  • Undergraduate students of all majors (studying for BA degree) interested in the Summer School theme
  • Postgraduate students of all majors (studying for Master's degree) interested in the Summer School theme
  • recent Graduates
  • with fluent English
  • over the age of 18
Costs and fees 

It's great value for money! The cost of tuition, accommodation, meals and free time activities is only 589 Euro (859 USD).
The price includes as follows:

  • tuition fee
  • study materials
  • student accommodation - 2 minutes walk from the University
  • meals (breakfast and lunch)
  • meetings with businessmen
  • overnight weekend trip
  • social and cultural events
The price does not include:
  • your flights and traveling to/from Wroclaw, Poland
  • insurance (health/ travelling)
At the moment we do not have the possibility to assist students financially or provide scholarships.

Contact at: office@summerschool.pl

Official website: http://www.summerschool.pl

How International Students Can Find Scholarships

Education is expensive, but very often, it’s worth every penny you spend on it as long as you’re able to find the job of your dreams, one that you love and one that pays well. And when you travel overseas to find the best education possible, you know that affordability is going to be a deciding factor in your decision to stay on or return home. While most international students settle for student loans at exorbitant interest rates, there are a few who are savvy enough to research their options and apply for and secure a scholarship. It’s not an easy task to find international scholarships because there are so few of them, but it’s not impossible if you set your mind to it. 
  • The first place to look for international scholarships is in your home country – search for scholarships and low-interest loans that are offered by government agencies, local business organizations, and charitable foundations.
  • Check the sites of international humanitarian organizations for scholarships that promote cultural exchanges between the USA and other countries of the world.
  • If you belong to certain ethnic groups, you may qualify for scholarships that are meant to help and support your community’s progress.
  • International scholarships are also available for students who have chosen certain courses of study, so if your major is one of these, check to see what you have to do to qualify.
  • Some colleges have programs to foster student communities that are culturally, economically, socially and geographically diverse; so they award scholarships to foreign students who meet their standards. Check to see if your chosen school has such a program or if you can gain admission to any other school that does.
  • Some colleges offer international scholarships for exceptional sportspersons or athletes, so if you have the necessary skills, apply for these.
  • Your chances of securing an international scholarship are better at individual schools rather than state universities.
A few tips that come in handy when you’re searching for an international scholarship:
  • If you’re a graduate student, you stand a higher chance of securing a scholarship because there are more available for international students. It’s easier as graduate and teaching assistantships and fellowships are offered to students with proven academic records.
  • However, do remember that some schools may offer fellowships and assistantships only to students in their second year of study.
  • The earlier you start your search, the more likely you are to taste success.
  • You’re not likely to get your student visa unless you’re able to show how you intend to finance your education abroad, so start looking and applying for scholarships early.
  • Scholarships may cover only the cost of tuition; so be prepared to handle the expenses for room, board, books and other miscellaneous items on your own.
  • Check with the financial aid offices of colleges and universities to assess your chances of securing a scholarship before you make an decisions based on assumptions and hearsay.

This guest post is contributed by Debbie Owen, she writes on the topic of online doctorate degree. She welcomes your comments at her email id: debbieowen83@gmail.com.

Competition and Innovation Summer School 2011

Applications are welcomed for the Competition and Innovation Summer School (CISS) that will take place at the International Academy Marmaris (IAM) located in Turunç, Turkey, on May 23 – May 28, 2011. Advanced PhD students and PostDoc researchers are eligible to apply for participation.

CISS offers young interested researchers within the fields of innovation economics, competition analysis and industrial organization the possibility to intensively discuss their dissertation plans or drafts within a peer group of experienced and renowned scholars and other PhD students in a great environment.

Formal lectures every morning, providing students with detailed knowledge on current topics of entrepreneurship, the economics of science and intellectual property rights, empirical competition analysis and contemporary issues in theories of industrial organization. Students’ presentations and workshops on research methodologies and tools – will take place in the afternoon.

Registration fees: 350 €. Fees cover room accommodation, airport transportation in Turkey, lunch and dinner expenses, access to lectures and workshops, and to the materials distributed to participants. Travel and other expenses are not included.

Financial support: Within the limits of the available budget, CISS commits to providing financial support (full coverage of participation fee or travel grant) to students without alternative sources of funding. After the application deadline, successful applicants will receive an e-mail specifying the financial support CISS can provide.

Travel and Accomodation: CISS will take place at the International Academy Marmaris (IAM) located in Turunç which is about 21 km away from Marmaris. Fees include accommodation in a double-room with private bathroom as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner provided at the summer school venue. Free WLAN is available in the seminar building. The venue can be reached via Dalaman airport. Complimentary transportation from/to Dalaman airport to/from the venue will be organized on arrival (SUN, May 22) and departure (SUN, May 29) days.

Application process: please fill out the online application form and attach an extended abstract of the paper that you intend to present, a letter of support from your PhD supervisor and your CV.

Deadline of submission: January 28, 2011

Deadline for acceptance of application: February 11, 2011

K.U.Leuven – Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM)
Susanne Thorwarth / Anneleen Bruylant / Hanna Hottenrott
Waaistraat 6, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Phone: +32 16 325735
Fax: +32 16 326732
E-mail: info@euro-ciss.eu 

Mondi International Scholarships for Studies in Austria

If you are a top-class student either currently at a post-school institution or preparing to enter one in the next year, and are interested to study in Austria, then take a look at our study support schemes currently offered by Mondi Group, Austria (Austrian Student Scholarships). Applications can be made by nationals of African, Asian, Central and Eastern European countries and Austrian citizens.

What is offered:

  • Scholarships are awarded for basic university programs (university degree, bachelor programs), or, in case the students have already completed studies in their home country, for Master programs
  • Support is provided in particular to students who want to take studies in the areas of technology, natural science and economic science
  • The scholarship is granted for studies in Austria. Scholarship holders are expected to complete their studies in Austria
  • Scholarships will not be awarded to students who are already studying in Austria
  • Support for up to 4 years, or for the minimum duration of the respective studies. Scholarships are granted for one year each. The extension of the scholarship will depend on the student’s success
  • Financial support for the tuition fees, living expenses and books of up to € 12.000,- for an academic year (further scholarships will be deducted from this amount)
  • Travel scholarship, if necessary, of up to € 1.000,- per year
  • Advice and support for the scholarship holders in connection with visa, insurance, language courses and search for accommodation
  • The Board of the foundation is exclusively responsible for the selection of students
  • The scholarship holders of the “Austrian Student Scholarship” are not required in any event to work for the Mondi Group after completing their studies
  • Maximum of 40 Scholarship holders (admission of 10 to 14 scholarship holders each year)

Requirements and application process

Applications can be made by nationals of African, Asian, Central and Eastern European Countries and Austrian citizens, who:
  • can furnish proof of being eligible for admission to an Austrian university or a university in their respective country of residence (proof of eligibility for university admission in the country where the school-leaving certificate was issued)
  • are interested in studying at an Austrian university or technical college, or an Austrian school similar to these institutions and graduating from these
  • are not older than 23 years (upon expiry of the application deadline)
Complete application documents must be received by the Austria Student Scholarship of the “Mondi Austria Private Foundation” by not later than May 31st.

The following application documents are necessary to be taken into consideration for an Austrian Student Scholarship:
  • Application letter
  • Resume (including passport photo)
  • Copies of transcripts
  • Personal letter of motivation (Why you think you are the right candidate for the “Austrian Student Scholarship?”)
  • Precise description of the objective of your studies (including curriculum, timeline and a description of the envisaged degree)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors/teachers or employers
  • The application documents have to be sent in English or German

Please go here to read more and apply. 

The Eastern Partnership and the Future of EU Engagement

Chatham House in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, St Antony’s College (Oxford University) and the European Commission invite young specialists from Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) to apply to participate in a new project assessing the European Union’s policy towards its Eastern neighbours. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a two-day programme of events in London and Oxford on 16 and 17 March 2011. Participants will be invited to share their ideas on the future of the EU’s Eastern Partnership with leading experts from across Europe. All travel and accommodation will be covered by the project organisers.


The Eastern Partnership was launched in 2008 at a challenging juncture for the European Union's relations with its eastern neighbours. The Russo-Georgian conflict forced the countries on Russia's periphery to look hard at the regional and geopolitical environment and reconsider the relative attractiveness of increased engagement with Euro-Atlantic organizations. The context has been further complicated by the global financial crisis, which shifted attention in EU member states both inwards, to domestic concerns, and further outwards, to questions of global governance reform.More than ever the EU has to make the case to its neighbours of the importance of open markets and transparent government, and that prosperity and security are best achieved through convergence with EU norms. With Poland, one of the initiators of the Eastern Partnership, assuming the EU Presidency in July 2011, this is an opportune moment for a re-evaluation of EU policy objectives and approaches in the region.


This project aims to provide an opportunity for young specialists and future leaders from the EaP countries, based in think tanks, public administration, the media and academia. The project will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas on EU policy with leading experts and policy-makers from across Europe. Participants will increase their knowledge of EU policy to Eastern Europe and build contacts with specialists from all parts of the continent. One applicant from each EaP country will be chosen to participate in an expert seminar entitled ‘The Eastern Partnership and the Future of EU Engagement’, to be held at Chatham House in London on 16 March 2011. On 17 March, participants will attend a programme of lectures, meetings and discussions on the future of the European Union with international relations experts at St Antony’s College, Oxford University. In addition, one applicant will be invited to write a Chatham House Briefing Paper on the future of the Eastern Partnership. This will be published by Chatham House and made available on the website (see below).


· Citizen of Eastern Partnership country (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine);
· Background in International Relations, Social Sciences or Economics;
· Track record of research on the former Soviet Union and EU relations with Eastern Europe or the South Caucasus;
· Excellent English writing and oral presentation skills;
· Under forty years old.


All successful applicants will participate in a seminar at Chatham House on 16 March 2011 and a programme of lectures and discussions on the EU at Oxford University on 17 March 2011. Applicants may be asked to provide short presentations at the conference, or act as a discussant in panels. Applicants can also apply to write a peer-reviewed Chatham House Briefing Paper (8,000-10,000 words) on the future of the EU’s Eastern Partnership. This will be organised separately on the basis of the applications submitted, and an honorarium will be paid.


Please apply by sending your CV, a cover letter, a publication sample and a proposal for a presentation or research paper on an aspect of the EU’s policy towards its Eastern partners. This can focus on the EU’s policy to a single Eastern Partnership country or the region as a whole. Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words. Please indicate in your cover letter if you would also like to be considered for the Briefing Paper. Applicants to write the briefing paper must provide a broad regional focus in their research proposal.

All travel costs and accommodation for participants will be covered by Chatham House.

Application deadline: 10 January 2011

Please send applications to:
Alex Nice
Russia and Eurasia Programme
Chatham House
10 St James’s Square
London, SW1Y 4LE
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7314 3627

Human Security and Migration Litigation Workshop in London

INTERIGHTS' Europe Programme covering Council of Europe countries within Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union is pleased to invite applications for a strategic litigation workshop on "Human Security and Migration" which will be held in London on 27-28 January 2011. The workshop is open to lawyers and human rights activists engaged in legal advocacy from Council of Europe states, especially those from Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and the Caucasus. To ensure a fruitful in-depth discussion, only a limited number of places will be offered.

Throughout the region, migrants - in particular, undocumented/irregular migrants, unskilled migrant workers, and asylum seekers and refugees – are vulnerable to a wide range of human rights abuses such as ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, servitude and forced labour, denial of access to justice, interference with private and family life, and denial of access to medical treatment and social services.  Moreover, due to their non-citizen (often irregular) status, migrants can be denied or severely restricted in their access to legal redress both in theory and practice.
The workshop's objectives include:

- facilitating cooperation and exchange of ideas and experiences between local lawyers and human rights defenders who are engaged in litigation and other forms of legal advocacy related to human security in the context of migration;
- achieving a better understanding of the nature and scale of violations occurring in this context;
- examining legal strategies to address those violations, including the identification of applicable legal standards and appropriate international, regional and national legal fora;
- increasing the capacity of participating lawyers and NGOs to litigate abuses of human rights in the context of migration at international and regional level, especially before the European Court of Human Rights;
- improving INTERIGHTS' understanding of the legal challenges existing in the field of human security and migration and the ways in which we can participate in addressing them;
- nurturing cooperation between INTERIGHTS and local lawyers and NGOs on the thematic issues identified below.


As an organisation focussing on strategic litigation, we are primarily interested in applications from practicing lawyers who have experience of representation and legal advice in cases involving serious violations of human rights of migrants or victims of trafficking.  However, we also wish to encourage applications from non-lawyers or non-litigating lawyers who are directly involved in protecting the rights of migrants. We shall prioritise applications from lawyers and activists working in Central and Eastern Europe (including Russia and Ukraine), the Baltic States and the Caucasus. In exceptional cases, however, applications from Western Europe could be accepted as well. 

We are especially - but not exclusively – interested in applicants who have an experience of working on any of the following areas:
(a) treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, including issues arising under Articles 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights, such as violations of the right to life, the non-refoulement principle in the context of expulsions and deportations, unlawful detention, ill-treatment in detention, inadequate procedural guarantees for detainees or persons subject to transfer, such as denial of access to a lawyer, and discrimination in the application of immigration rules;
(b) prevention of trafficking and human beings and protection of the human rights of victims of trafficking, including in the context of transit countries and countries of origin;
(c) treatment of migrant labourers/undocumented migrants, especially issues arising under Article 4 (e.g. exploiting their vulnerable position to deny remuneration or provide grossly inadequate remuneration for their work; coercing into work by withholding their identity papers or deliberately failing to regularise their legal status); and Articles 2, 3 and 8 (e.g. poor health and safety standards at work, a lack of access to health care).

To ensure that the workshop reflects current and emerging trends in the identified area and is practical use to the participating lawyers, all applicants are asked to submit the description of a relevant case they have worked/are working on. The workshop's agenda will be shaped by the legal issues arising out of the cases submitted by the selected participants.


All reasonable travel and subsistence costs associated with attendance at the training will be covered by INTERIGHTS.

The workshop will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into Russian. Therefore, it is essential that participants are proficient in either English or Russian.

To apply, please email a completed application form to Arpi Avetisyan, Legal Team Coordinator, at aavetisyan@interights.org. The deadline for applications is Sunday, 12 December 2010

For further information, please contact Yuri Marchenko at ymarchenko@interights.org.

Read more: http://www.interights.org/human-security-and-migration-litigation-workshop

Master of Human Rights and Democratisation in Sydney

Applications are now being accepted for study and for scholarships in the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) (MHRD) in Sydney, Australia. The MHRD is a unique Master degree program in which students undertake a foundational semester of study at the University of Sydney, and then a second semester at one of the four partner universities:
  • Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia)
  • Mahidol University (Thailand)
  • Katmandu School of Law (Nepal)
  • University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Graduates of the course will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific, and will have opportunities to research and examine the application of human rights and democratisation in the field with the partner institutions.

Course Structure

In the first semester at the University of Sydney, students will undertake a foundational course in social science, legal and political approaches to human rights and democratisation. During the second semester students will follow two core units of study complemented by either supervised research, an internship at an in-country organisation specialising in human rights/democratisation or undertake further specialised electives. Students must select one of the four partners universities listed above to undertake their second semester study.


Core Courses
  • Human Rights Norms and Laws (1 & 2)
  • Human Rights and Democratisation Research
  • Dynamics of Human Rights Violations
  • Democratisation: Theory and Practice
  • Critical and Emerging Issues in the Asia Pacific
In the second semester, students will take one of the following options:
  • Internship program
  • Research thesis
Graduates will have both the ability to undertake independent scholarly research on current issues pertaining to human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific and skills to put their academic understanding and practical experience to use in real situations.

Potential Students

We are looking for people who have a strong commitment to or experience on working on issues about human rights and democratisation. The degree will strongly benefit people already working in, or seeking to work in the fields of human rights and democratisation in our region.

Through a combination of academic and practical educational experiences, the objective of the program is to produce graduates who can support ongoing efforts to strengthen institutions dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy and to enhance a regional culture of human rights and democracy. Recognising the critical institutional developments that are taking place both regionally and in particular countries during this time, the program has been set up to ensure that human rights and democracy advocates in the region are well resourced to lead us into the next decades.


34 scholarships, covering course fees and a living and travel allowance, will be offered to outstanding applicants from across the Asia Pacific region. This is made possible with the support of a significant grant from the European Commission.

Scholarships will be available to citizens of Asia Pacific countries. The award of scholarships will be determined by academic qualifications and potential contribution to human rights and democratisation.


Applications are now open. Applications for the MHRD close on 30 April 2011 and are considered upon receipt. Applications for the Human Rights and Democratisation Scholarship close on 10 December 2010

Central European University’s Summer School 2011

CEU's Summer University program 2011 hosts high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary and innovative academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development in the social sciences and the humanities.

The summer school is a meeting place for academics and professionals fro all over the world, eager to look beyond their disciplinary boundaries. During SUN everyone particularly enjoys the exposure to this immense diversity of countries, disciplines, views, and perspectives. Discussions are encouraged and conducted in an atmosphere of tolerance and intellectual curiosity.

Courses involve distinguished international faculty (including CEU professors), and excellent graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals as participants. While application from all over the world is encouraged, continued priority is given to applicants from Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and countries experiencing emerging democracies worldwide. Applicants from these countries, when admitted on merit, will be eligible for scholarship, while those from developed countries will usually be expected to pay fees.

Course offerings cater for the various needs of academic and professional development across a wide spectrum of disciplines. These include anthropology, cognitive science, environmental sciences, gender, media and legal studies, philosophy, political science, public policy, sociology, etc.

The program is unique in its diversity of faculty and student body as well as its academic offerings. It brings together groups of interested individuals to study together intensively for two or three weeks in Budapest coming from an enormously varied geographical, cultural and academic background.

The course list for the summer of 2011 is available at http://www.summer.ceu.hu/. More detailed information about the application procedure, etc. is available on the relevant course pages.

The general application deadline is February 15, 2011 (unless stated otherwise in the announcement of a particular course).

2011 INSEAD Scholarships

INSEAD Scholarships are the most sought-after source of financial assistance. They are limited in number and there is significant competition for each award. These scholarships are granted under various criteria and essentially there are two basic categories of scholarships:
  • Need-based: demonstrate financial need
  • Non-need based: based on either merit, nationality, gender, professional background, leadership abilities, field of previous studies etc.
For all INSEAD scholarships we require applicants to provide accurate details of their financial situation.

All our scholarship applications are on-line except where mentioned in the scholarship description. To submit an application, first follow the Scholarship Guide below and get yourself registered.

Scholarship Guide

Allocation of scholarships by round

Please note the following important information:
  • The majority of scholarship awards will be allocated to Rounds 1 and 2 candidates.
  • Twenty percent (20%) of the funds will be reserved for Round 3 candidates.
  • Waitlisted candidates are encouraged to apply for scholarships within the deadlines indicated below. Your scholarship applications will be reviewed while you are still on the waitlist.
Scholarship applications for Round 1 candidates should be submitted after applicants receive their final admission decisions, whereas scholarship applications for Rounds 2 and 3 candidates should be submitted at the interview stage of the admission process.

The following scholarships will be available for Round 3 candidates:
  • Need-based scholarships: many of the scholarships in this category will be kept aside for Round 3 applicants.
  • Louis Franck Scholarship for candidates from the UK
  • L’Oreal: candidates must demonstrate a capacity for creativity and innovation through diversity and entrepreneurial activity.
Submitting your applications (registration and deadlines)
To access the scholarship application form on-line, you will first need to register. Upon registering you will receive your personal login ID and password to navigate through the scholarship website. Throughout the period that the on-line application is available, you can modify or withdraw your scholarship applications as you please. You can track the status of your on-line application with the help of your scholarship login ID and password.

Applications must be complete and submitted by midnight Central European Time (GMT +1) on the day of deadline. We regret we cannot accept any scholarship applications after the deadlines as the site will be closed.

Notification of outcome
For the December Class, scholarship decisions for Rounds 1 and 2 will be communicated by e-mail by the end of September/early October and for Round 3 by the end of October. For the July Class, scholarship decisions for Rounds 1 and 2 will be communicated by e-mail by the end of March/early April and for Round 3 by the end of May.

Eligibility Criteria
All scholarships have specific eligibility criteria based on a combination of merit and financial need. Candidates will be judged on the quality of their scholarship essays and the degree to which they meet the eligibility criteria. As a part of the merit criteria, the Committee will consider the academic and professional achievements and merit distinctions received. Please note that neither admissions essays nor GMAT results will be considered as part of the scholarship review process.

The group of need-based scholarships is primarily focused on emerging and developing markets. Therefore, when reviewing these scholarship applications, financial need is the main criterion. Please note that a number of supporting documents will be required for the need-based scholarships. You will find these documents listed under the need-based scholarship description.

For your information:
  • 19% of the 2010 classes received INSEAD scholarships for an average amount of €11,200. INSEAD aims to allocate its scholarships funds across the class. Only occasionally is more than one award given to a student.
  • We encourage you to limit your applications to a maximum of 5 scholarships.
  • Scholarship awards are deducted from the last instalment of your tuition fees.
  • Applicants in Rounds 2 and 3 will be encouraged to apply for scholarships after being selected for interviews.
For all INSEAD Scholarships Title and Criteria please click here 

Scholarship application deadlines:
July 2012 (commencing August 2011)
Applications start
Round 1 18 January 2011 11 February 2011
Round 2 18 January 2011 11 February 2011
Round 3 18 April 2011 6 May 201

Research Associateships in Women/Gender Studies 2011-2012

The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, founded as a site for scholarly activity on issues relating to women and gender, invites applications for its  research associateships for 2011-2012 from scholars and teachers at all levels of the educational system, as well as from artists, community organizers and political activists, both local and international. The project is a collaborative project of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Open to feminist scholars, teachers, artists, writers, and activists from the United States and abroad. Associates are provided with offices in our spacious facility, library privileges, and the collegiality of a diverse community of feminists. The Center supports projects in all disciplines so long as they focus centrally on women or gender. Applications are accepted for either a semester or an academic year. During the period of appointment, Associates are expected to be in residence in the Five College area, and to attend weekly seminars and other FCWSRC events. Each Research Associate gives a public presentation on her work and is expected to participate actively in the daily life of the Center. No funding is attached to the Associateship.

Applicants should submit a project proposal (up to 4 pages), curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, and on-line application cover form. Applications received by February 7, 2011 (including letters of recommendation) will receive full consideration.

Submit all applications to: Five College Women's Studies Research Center, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075-6406.

Deadline is February 7, 2011.

For further information, contact the Center at tel.: 413.538.2275, fax :413.538.3121, or by email fcwsrc@fivecolleges.edu.

Young Journalists Competition

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Europe invites young journalists from around Europe interested in socio-economic and environmental issues to take up the challenge to cover Enterprise 2020 in an innovative and creative way. CSR offers participants the opportunity to connect with CSR Europe’s partners in a variety of countries across Europe. The competition is open to citizens of the 27 EU Member States and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. All submissions must be submitted to CSR Europe by e-mail between 28 October 2010 and 31 December 2010.

Participants will also get the chance to speak to member of consortia developing these new joint ventures on CSR issues including enabling technologies for environmental sustainability, demographic change in Europe, new business models against poverty, health literacy, financial capability for Europe’s youth and retirees, and many more.


CSR Europe, the European business network for corporate social responsibility. Enterprise 2020 is the future vision for sustainable and responsible business in Europe. Today’s economic, societal and environmental challenges are driving a profound transformation of our world. Within the next decade, they will increasingly bring into question our current patterns of living, working, learning, communicating, consuming and sharing resources. What will the world look like in 2020? How will trends such as increasing globalisation, demographic change, natural resource scarcity, technology acceleration, global health challenges and social divisions shape business and society? How will they influence the capacity of enterprises to create value that contributes to economic, societal and environmental progress? The competition is organised in partnership with European Youth Press and supported by the Belgian EU Presidency.

Why Participate?

  • The entries will be published on CSR Europe’s website.
  • The 3 winners will be rewarded with prizes of technical equipment for journalists from sponsors.
  • A selection of entries will be published in an online catalogue disseminated to all CSR Europe’s member companies and published on CSR Europe’s website and newsletter.

General Rules and Eligibility

  • Participants must be aged between 16 -30 years.
  • Topics of all entries must be clearly linked to corporate social responsibility and the issues addressed by the Enterprise 2020 initiative.
  • Submissions must be submitted to CSR Europe by e-mail between 28 October 2010 and 31 December 2010.
  • Entries must be written / presented in either an official language of one of the EU Member States, or Croatian, Norwegian, Russian, Turkish or Serbian.
  • Entries must include an English synopsis of a maximum of 300 words for the international jury.
  • Team entries will be accepted provided that all major contributors (e. g. researchers, journalists and editors) are listed and that the team does not exceed 3 people.
  • Previously published entries are eligible.
  • The winners will be chosen by a jury comprising representatives of CSR Europe, CSR Europe’s member companies and national partner organisations, media and the European Commission.
  • CSR Europe reserves the right to use the winning articles for presentation and publicity purposes, and is allowed to reproduce them for the promotion of the competition and its results.
  • Entries will not be returned to competition participants.

In addition, the following specifications must be followed: 

Written Articles

  • Articles must be written in a journalistic style. Academic papers will not be accepted.
  • Articles should not exceed 1500 words in length.
  • Entries can include interviews, documentaries, panel discussions, reports or short stories – formats that are eligible for being aired in radio stations.
  • Format of the radio entry: MP3 or Windows Media file.
  • Entries must not exceed a maximum length of 5 minutes.
  • Entries can include interviews, documentaries, panel discussions, reports or short stories – formats that are eligible for being aired in radio stations.
  • Format of the video entry: Windows Media or Flash video file.
  • Entries must not exceed a maximum length of 5 minutes.
For more information on the Enterprise 2020 initiative, please visit the website http://www.csreurope.org/pages/en/youngjournalists.html