Master in Strategic Project Management

The Masters in Strategic Project Management (European) course offers a balanced programme of professional training at postgraduate level informed by the most recent research in the field over a 16-month full-time study period.

An internationally recognised multiple degree is awarded by each University in the consortium of three top European universities:
•Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK
•Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
•Umea University, Umea, Sweden

MSPME is one of over 100 selected by European Commission within the Erasmus Mundus (EM) Programme for the academic year 2010-2012. Scholarships will be granted in accordance with EM Action 2 call for students from Third-Countries and Europe. Selection is competitive and based on academic performance and credentials.

Admission criteria
• Excellence of the candidate: outstanding achievement in the applicant’s first degree. The minimum admission qualification is a high-quality Bachelor degree (or an equivalent academic degree) of minimum three years duration and 180 ECTS credits in a cognate discipline.
• Language ability: for non-native English speaking applicants a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required (e.g. TOEFL 600, IBT 100 or 250 computer-based). A language policy exists for students with a slightly lower level of English (e.g. IELTS 6.0) who wish to apply; they are encouraged to take advantage of the pre-sessional English language course at Heriot-Watt University.
• Student motivational statement and relevance of the Masters Course to a student’s professional experience to date and future career aspirations.

Required documents
•Curriculum vitae.
•Certified copy of the university qualification (i.e. degree certificate) plus officially certified translation into English if appropriate.
•Certified copy of the full academic transcript issued by the competent academic authority plus officially certified translation into English if appropriate.
•Proof of level of English (please note this MUST be included with the application if your first language is not English unless the language of instruction in your first University was English (in which case you should include a certification from your University to that effect).
•Two signed letters of recommendation on offical instution letterheads
•Copy of ID e.g. passport
•Motivational statement

ALL the application documents are required to be officially translated plus photocopies of the original documents.

Further information is available from:
Postgraduate Secretary
School of Management and Languages
Esmée Fairbairn Building
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh, EH14 4AS
Tel: +44(0) 131 451 3284
Fax: +44 (0) 131 451 8336

Global Youth Essay Contest 2010

Raise Your Voice, Share Your Ideas, and Get Involved in Democracy! Submit your essay on democracy, and win an opportunity to attend one of the largest global gatherings of democracy leaders!

The World Youth Movement for Democracy (, a youth network of the World Movement for Democracy (, is pleased to announce the launch of its Global Essay Contest. Fifteen semi-finalists (3 in each region: Asia, Central/Eastern Europe & Eurasia, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa) will be announced on Human Rights Day, December 10, and will have their essays published on the WYMD Web site. Two global winners will be invited to participate in the upcoming Community of Democracies Ministerial Meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July 2011. (


Democracy has been practiced in different ways and in different contexts. We believe there are core universal democratic values and aspirations that we all share, which transcend our differences, even though we live in different cultures, speak different languages, and eat different food. The purpose of this essay contest is to highlight personal engagement in democracy by promoting critical thinking about the role of young people in democracy and to connect youth with broader democracy movements. The questions posed below for this essay contest aim to challenge youth to write about their perspectives on democracy and their understanding of democracy activism, particularly their own.

Essays are required to address one or more of the following questions:

1. In what ways have young people contributed to democratic participation in your community? Highlighting some of the strategies and tools they have used, what difference have their efforts made?

2. New media and social networking are increasingly becoming popular tools for community organizing. In what ways have you and/or your organization been using new media for democracy promotion? How effective has it been and what challenges have you faced in using these tools?

3. What practices, do you think exemplify human rights activist protection or violation in your country that is not openly recognized? What do you think are the justifications for this and how can it be either replicated, in the case of a good example or stopped, in the case of a bad example?

4. What new factors can youth activists bring to longstanding human rights issues in your country? How have these issues been addressed in the past?


Please submit your essay by World Youth Day for Democracy, 18 October 2010, via email attachment as a Word document. The format must have 1’’ margins, double spaced, Times New Roman font, and size 12 font. Please make sure to clearly designate, in the body of your email, your full name, age, gender, physical address, and phone number, to the relevant regional email address listed below. Do not enter your name or other details on your actual essay. Essays can be submitted in Arabic, English, French, Russian, or Spanish, and the essay must be no more than 2,000 words. Authors must be no younger than 18 and no older than 30 years old before October 18).


* August 12, 2010 – Launch of the Essay Contest
* October 18, 2010 – Deadline for the essay submission
* December 10, 2010 – Announcement of 15 Semi-finalists
* January 2011 – Semi-finalist essays posted on WYMD Web site
* February 2011 – Announcement of 2 Global Winners
* July 2011 – Global winners attend Community of Democracy Ministerial Meeting

Review Process

The submitted essays will be reviewed by regional committees each of which will determine three regional semi-finalists. The semi-finalists will be announced on Human Rights Day (December 10). If needed the each of the regional committees will also translate 3 semi-finalist essays into English to post on the World Youth Movement for Democracy Website. Essays will be evaluated based on: Composition; Clarity; Creativity; and Practicality.

* Essays must be based on your own personal experiences and must be your own original work. Please do not use outside sources without citing properly.


The Two Global winners will be announced and provided with a sponsorship to cover travel and othere expenses related to their participation in the Community of Democracies Ministerial Meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July 2011. (

The 15 Semi-Finalists (3 from each region) will be announced and their essays will be posted on the World Youth Movement for Democracy Web site.

Contact Information:
Cecilia Andersen
Fax: +1.202.378.9889
Website: WYMD

Red Cross Young Reporters on Humanitarian Action Competition

Through its Young Reporters on Humanitarian Action Competition, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is inviting young journalists to discover for themselves what is happening in the field, and in particular, how young people are dealing on a daily basis with the reality of armed conflict or other situations of violence.

Entrants must be aged between 18 and 25 and have proof of a previous or an especially-tailored humanitarian communication project. The four best entries will win a one-week mission to ICRC delegations in Georgia, Lebanon, Liberia and the Philippines where they will have the chance to interview young people affected by armed conflict or other situations of violence. With the guidance and coaching of an ICRC communication specialist, selected candidates will produce a news report on their mission - n print or film - to be published and/or shown in a variety of media outlets. The finished products will be presented during a ceremony held in Geneva, Switzerland, around 8 May, 2011.

Entries should be sent no later than 1 October, 2010 and winners should be available for a one week mission to an ICRC delegation (January or February 2011), as well as a trip to Geneva to present the finished product (May 2011).

Call for Entries to Young Reporters Against Poverty (YRAP) Competition

The European Journalism Centre, with the support of the European Commission's EuropeAid Co-operation Office, is calling on young journalists to enter the recently launched 'Young Reporters Against Poverty (YRAP)' competition, the first Europe-wide competition for journalism students passionate about development issues.

Submit a written article or short radio broadcast in your native language on 'EU development assistance' between 20 September and 29 October 2010, for the chance to win one of 33 live reporting spots at this year's European Development Days in Brussels.

Watch the professionals at the hands-on training workshops, and your live report from the EDD could bag you a place on the winners' press trip to Africa! 

Eligible applicants must be aged between 18 and 30 and studying journalism in one of the EU’s 27 member states during the academic year 2010-2011.

A World Without Walls 2010 - International Conference in Berlin

"A World Without Walls 2010" is an international conference on peacebuilding, reconciliation and globalization in an interdependent world being hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy that will explore the potential for cultural diplomacy and soft power in building peace and supporting reconciliation in different regions of the world. The Conference will take place in Berlin on 6-10 November 2010.

The program will consist of lectures and seminars held by leading figures from international politics, academia, international development, and civil society, as well as debates and panel discussions. In addition to attending the academic components, participants will have the opportunity to experience Berlin’s rich cultural landscape and network with each other through a series of cultural and social events. The event is scheduled parallel to the historic international celebrations taking place in Berlin on November 9th, commemorating 21 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Participants will have the unique opportunity to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall on the streets of Berlin.

There is a general consensus that the process of globalization is creating a world in which individual nation states are increasingly interdependent. National approaches to issues including crime, healthcare, immigration, tourism, trade and investment, and climate change are therefore increasingly dependent on the policies and approaches of neighboring states and international partners. Despite this growing interdependence, there remain a large number of conflicts across the world with deep-rooted historical experiences, from political conflict at the international level to violent conflict at the sub-national level. The de-escalation of these conflicts requires creative thinking and new approaches that take into account both the history of the division and the evolving global context within which it is set.

“A World Without Walls 2010” will consider new approaches to peacebuilding and reconciliation that have emerged over the preceding decade, focusing in particular on the use of soft power and cultural diplomacy. The program will then move to consider lessons learned from individual case studies, looking in detail at the examples such as Northern Ireland and Rwanda. During the final part of the conference, contemporary examples of conflict from different regions of the world will be considered and the potential for cultural diplomacy and soft power to play a role in their de-escalation will be discussed.

The Conference is open to academics, diplomatic and political representatives, civil society practitioners, journalists, young professionals and students and other individuals with an interest in international relations, cultural studies, and global politics.

Participation Cost
The participation cost for the "A World Without Walls 2010" is €195, which should be transferred by individuals after they have been accepted.

As a not-for-profit organization the ICD is able to book accommodation for your time in Berlin at preferred rates. For example, we are able to book accommodation for participants in the hotel "Motel One" on the Berlin Ku'Damm, a short distance from the ICD conference facilities.

The ICD is able to book this accommodation for the following preferred rates:

1. Single Room: 59 Euros per night, including breakfast.
2. Double Room (to be shared with another participant): 37 Euros per night, including breakfast. 

Apply now!

Semester in Washington Politics

The George Washington University, a top university for politics and policy in the heart of Washington, DC, is now offering a unique opportunity for international undergraduate students to experience an up-close view of the nation's capital - how political decisions are made, how power is wielded, and how government is run. Through GW's Semester in Washington Politics program, students study with top practitioners, meet with key decision-makers and groups who shape U.S. policy, and learn by doing through professional internships in and around Washington. 

Semester In Washington Politics offers a full-time, 12-credit undergraduate certificate in applied politics. The certificate program coincides with SIWP's highly regarded flagship program. Designed to appeal to a wide range of students, the undergraduate certificate program offers international students a unique behind-the-scenes look at political systems in the United States. The certificate program consists of 12 credits (four 3-credit classes, or three 4-credit classes). Students participate in SIWP's two flagship courses (described below) and have time remaining for electives and unpaid credit-bearing internships. Students live and learn on campus, in the heart of the nation's capital. 

PMGT 101: Legislative and Electoral Processes explores how political decisions are made in the electoral and legislative arenas and how advocates can successfully influence those decisions as they seek to elect people to public office, move public opinion, or implement a legislative agenda.

PMGT 107: Practicum in Political Management offers a “current events” focus in which students work with a practicum leader drawn from Washington’s professional community as they develop strategic plans to accomplish a specific goal. This may take the form of electing a United States senator or seeking congressional passage of legislation.

PMGT 192: Tutorial in American Politics and Elections examines selected topics in applied politics in the context of the students' professional internship experiences and core coursework. Students meet weekly in seminar and online for directed discussion.

PMGT 187: Internship Credit
Students who wish to use the internship for credit enroll in this course.
The program is open to any undergraduate student who wishes to earn an undergraduate Certificate in Applied Politics from GW. In addition, international students who meet the minimum eligibility requirements listed in the next section are eligible to apply.

Prospective international students who wish to study under the F-1 or J-1 visa/immigration sponsorship of The George Washington University must register for and complete at least 12 credit hours. Prospective international students who are already in the U.S. in an immigration status that permits part-time study may, if they wish, participate in the SIWP flagship program earning fewer than 12 credit hours.

Admission decisions are returned soon after a receipt of application, but international students are strongly encouraged to apply early. 
  • Online admission application (including essay)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all university academic work
  • A current resume
In addition, international students must submit: 
  • TOEFL scores (recommended score of 600 or higher)
  • Visa Request and Financial Certificate
  • Bank letter (must be notarized)


The deadline to apply for the spring semester is November 15th.  The deadline to apply for the summer semester is March 15.  International applicants are encouraged to apply early.

The $45 application fee to the Semester in Washington-Politics program is waived for any applicant referred by an Education USA Advisers:


Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives

For a better and deeper understanding of the interdependent recent history of (the center of) Europe, the International Visegrad Fund offers ten research fellowship grants annually in the Open Society Archives at Central European University, Budapest on a competitive basis to support scholars who wish to conduct research in the holdings of OSA, and whose current research projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the Fund and OSA. The grants of 2000 euro are designed to provide access to the archives for scholars, artists, and journalists, and to cover travel to and from Budapest, a modest subsistence, and accommodation for a maximum research period of two months.

Fellows are free to work on the project of their choice; however, in the academic year of 2010-2011, applicants with one of the following topics might enjoy advantage over other applicants:
  1. Representations and interpretations of World War II and/or subsequent wars in Europe;
  2. The complicated relationship between historiography/history writing and propaganda.
Successful candidates are expected to work on their projects, give a presentation at the Central European University within the framework of the Visegrad Fund Fellow Lecture Series, and produce a final grant report (in text or in audio-visual format) in English, which will be posted on the OSA/Visegrad Fund website.

Applicants, preferably but not exclusively, from a V4 country, may be researchers, students after their first degree carrying out research, or artists, journalists, academics, or others who have already started their project that is relevant for the holdings at OSA.

Application procedure
Please submit the following to OSA:
  1. Application letter in English (should specify expected period of stay and preferred dates).
  2. Research description/plan in English (about 800 words; should indicate relationship between the current research topic, the chosen collection in the OSA holdings and your research, the intended use of text based or audio-visual research results, etc.)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  4. Names of two referees with contact address.
The Application letter, C.V., and Research description/plan and Referees’ contact information can be sent by email to Katalin Gádoros (gadoros@ceu.huThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

There are no deadlines in the research fellowship grant program. Applications are considered as they are received by the Selection Committee, which normally meets four times a year. Final notification is usually within three months of the date of submission.

Grant award procedure
The grants administration is carried out by the OSA Grants Administrators. The Call posted on the OSA and the IVF website is updated each year on February 15. Applications are sent to OSA via e-mail, checked for formal critera (application letter, research proposal, CV and names of 2 referees), then receipt of arrival is sent back to the applicant via e-mail. There is no application deadline.

The Jury meets four times a year to pass a decision which is then approved by the Council of Ambassadors:
  • July 15 (scholarship period between September and December) - Council of Ambassadors at the end of July
  • October 15 (scholarship period between December and March) - Council of Ambassadors at the end of October
  • January 15 (scholarship period between March and May) - Council of Ambassadors at the end of January
  • April 15 (scholarship period between May and July?) - Council of Ambassadors at the end of April
Members of the Jury are representatives of
  • the International Visegrad Fund
  • the Open Society Archives
  • CEU History Department
  • CEU Political Sciences Dept
  • CEU Press
OSA does not host Grantees in July and August but there may be exceptions on an individual basis.

The Jury will check the applications against the following criteria:
  • its relevance to the topic(s) identified in the call
  • the academic merits of the proposal
  • the novel and innovative character of the proposal
  • the involvement of the OSA holdings in the research
  • the eligibility of the candidate
After the decision is reached and approved by the Council of Ambassadors, the proposals with the names of successful candidates are posted on the OSA website. At the same time the Grants Administrators contact each successful candidate via e-mail.

Grants are paid in two installments: 75 per cent prior to or right at the beginning of the grant period, 25 per cent after the Grantee has given his/her final presentation at the CEU and has submitted his/her final report and this has been approved by all members of the Jury. The Grantee has a maximum of ten days to submit his/her final report to OSA after the end of the research period. The Jury has five days to approve or ask for improvements. After the final report has been approved, the last 25 per cent of the grant is paid out to the researcher and the report is posted on the OSA website.
For more information please click here.

6th Global Conference on Pluralism, Inclusion and Citizenship

6th Global Conference on Pluralism, Inclusion and Citizenship will be held on 11-13 March 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. With this multi-disciplinary project we seek to explore the new developments and changes of the idea of pluralism and their implications for social and political processes of inclusion and citizenship in contemporary societies. The project will also assess the larger context of major world transformations, such as new forms of migration and the massive movements of people across the globe, as well as the impact of the multiple dynamics of globalisation on rootedness and membership (including their tensions and conflicts) and on a general sense of social acceptance and recognition. Looking to encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand what it means for people, the world over, to be citizens in rapidly changing national, social and political landscapes.

Application and paper submission

Papers will also be considered which deal with related themes. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday, 1st October 2010. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 4th February 2011. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract. E-mails should be titled: Pluralism Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Venue and Accommodation

The March conferences are being held at the 5 star Mamaison Riverside Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. Conference accommodation is also being offered at both hotels.

Registration Fee

The cost for attending the conference is £245. This includes:
* conference registration fee
* a copy of the eBook
* discounted entitlement to an edition of hard copy themed volume(s) arising from the meeting
* access to the discussion group, blog and conference project initiative support materials
* Fridayafternoon tea break
* Friday wine reception
* Saturday morning coffee break
* Saturday two course lunch
* Saturday afternoon tea break
* drinks in the conference room
* Sunday morning tea break
* Sunday two course lunch
* Sunday afternoon tea break
* drinks in the conference room

All registration and accommodation costs are to be paid by Friday 14th January 2011.

Joint Organising Chairs:
Alejandro Cervantes-Carson
Hub Leader,
Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Rob Fisher
Network Leader
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom

International Conference EastLink'10: The Way to Knowledge Economy

Interested applicants are invited to take part at the international conference “EastLink 2010: The Way to Knowledge Economy”, which will be held on 20-21 October, 2010 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. EastLink'10 is an international conference held to overlook cooperation and to present opportunities and possible partnership for the development of Knowledge Economy. We believe that this conference will enhance the science and business cooperation and form a creative approach for the development of Knowledge Economy in our countries. The Conference will bring together scientists, technology transfer professionals, policy makers and businesses to establish or reestablish the knowledge and technology based cooperation for a better science, a better business and a better future.

The concept of “EastLink'10: The way to knowledge economy” cooperation is based on EU Eastern partnership policy and the new Central Asian cooperation strategy. The main goal of “EastLink'10” is to recreate and create new links of science, research and business cooperation in post-Soviet geopolitical area with the aim to strengthen competitive positions in global economic area:
  • to rebuild science cooperation on the basis of previous mutual scientific projects;
  • to create new scientific projects based on market accessibility and commercialization;
  • to integrate science and research infrastructure;
  • to explore mechanisms for financing scientific projects and commercializing innovations.

Sharing of knowledge accelerates innovations for countries and regions
Euro-integration processes in the context of science and innovation development, have created two separate geographical areas:
  • new EU members that have an opportunity to act in mutual EU research area with the use of open markets
  • CIS and EU “Eastern Partnership” countries create more than 200 mln. consumer markets and have rich intellectual and natural resources, but limited access to the EU scientific and research structure.
The experience of the CEE countries in euro-integration processes and in EU scientific and research areas can create political, cultural, and social bridges between East and West scientific markets, thus help to expand and transfer technologies and avoid isolation of science/technology potential.

Building innovative capacity
The conference will focus on policies and programs on how to promote cross-border alliances, stimulate knowledge transfer to/from foreign markets, and attract skilled labor. We will also review how these challenges have and are currently being addressed in various countries. Examination of these issues are placed within a broader conceptual framework that stresses the importance of building strong endogenous innovative capacity as a pre-requisite for successful participation in global knowledge economy.

Breaching of barriers
However, whilst there are benefits to be had from participation in global knowledge exchange, there are also many barriers that e.g. public authorities can help address to ensure participation at an optimal level. These include lack of information about potential partners, language and cultural barriers, governmental regulations on labor mobility, costs and difficulties obtaining specialist finance, as well as lack of capacity to adopt new technologies because of weakness in areas such as skilled labor, entrepreneurial vitality and networks.


We kindly invite scientists, researchers, business leaders, policy makers and those who are interested in innovation development, projects and technologies. Join us to get the information, network with qualified people, gain new skills and access new resources for joint projects and ideas on Knowledge economy development!

Follow the instruction and fill in the online registration form, which takes only 5 minutes for entering the required data. After finishing the registration you will see the confirmation page of successful registration.

Conference fee is dependant on the registration date:
  • Early bird rate 80 EUR till 15th September
  • Regular rate 100 EUR from 16th September till 17th October
  • On-site rate 120 EUR 18th October 17:00 p.m. (Lithuanian time)

Conference fee includes:
  • Participation in the conference
  • Food and beverage during conference time
  • Social events – a joint dinner on Wednesday evening
  • A Package of all conference presentations
  • Hopefully nice weather and definitely good mood!
Post -Conference activities - Matchmaking Event and presentations of five Lithuanian Integrated Science, Studies and Business Centers; free of charge for registered conference members.

Regarding VISA issues - do not forget to refer to the EastLink conference, it might foster some procedures for getting a visa to Lithuania. For more help regarding visa, please contact conference team office as soon as possible.

Conference team office

Tel.: (+370 46) 390856
Mob.: (+370) 676 24465
Fax.: (+370 46) 310462

Erasmus Mundus European Master in Tourism Management

Erasmus Mundus European Master in Tourism Management (EMTM) is a two-year world-class integrated programme aimed at qualifying graduates to deal with the huge challenges in contemporary tourism.

Tourism is a total social and economic phenomenon, which calls for a holistic approach to tourism education where broader aims of the industry and society are explicitly addressed in tourism curricula. The European Master in Tourism Management (EMTM) provides students with a far-reaching and integrated understanding of the multiple disciplines and paradigms concerned with the subject which are bound together through the framework of sustainability.

The EMTM is a fully integrated two-year joint European programme promoted and tailor-made by three university partners: The University of Girona (Spain), known for its research and pursuit of teaching excellence in tourism product innovation and destination management; the University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), internationally recognized for its research and education in the field of sustainable tourism development; and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), renowned for its excellence in tourism policy design and tourism environmental management and economics. The medium of instruction is English.

Admission criteria
* Completed university Bachelor or Master degree/s (=180 ECTS credit points or more) in the field of: tourism, economics, business administration, geography or other related fields in the social sciences and humanities.
* Excellence on obtaining the university degree/s (the average grades must be A or B).
* English language proficiency proved by TOEFL with at least 230 points (computer based) / 575 points (Paper-based test) / 88 points (Internet-based Test), IELTS at grade minimum 6.5 or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with minimum level C. An English proficiency certificate is not required in case the applicant comes from English speaking country or if the applicant has been instructed in English to obtain the first degree.

Erasmus Mundus Category A scholarship are awarded to students selected by EMTM consortia, who are nationals of a Third Country (all countries outside the EU Member States, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland).

Category A scholarship
* 1,000€ Euros per month for two years (24,000Euros)
* 8,000€ for mobility
* Tuition fees which are paid by the EU to the EMTM coordinating institution.

More info and application:

Best PhD Thesis Award in Central and Eastern Europe

UniCredit & Universities Foundation has launched the first competition for 6 CEE Best PhD Thesis Award  aimed at all young PhD graduates from the 19 Eastern European countries belonging to the geographical scope of  our Group (Group geography except from Italy, Austria and Germany).

The prizes will be awarded to 6 outstanding doctoral dissertations in economics, political economy, banking or finance on European integration issues. Two prizes will be assigned to dissertations on migration, two will be assigned to dissertations on development and demography, while the last two are unrestricted (to be assigned to any other topic).

The 6 best dissertations will receive € 5,000 each and will be published in the Working Paper series of the Foundation.

The conditions for participation are as follows:
1. Applicants must be citizens of one of the 19 CEE countries of UniCredit Group is geography (except Italy, Germany and Austria).
2. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in economics, finance, political and social sciences in any accredited European or non-European university
3. The PhD dissertations must have been examined within the 18 month period up to 30 June 2010 (i.e. from 1 January 2009 up to 30 June 2010).

The PhD dissertations must be written in English and sent in PDF format. Candidates may only apply online, using the application form available on this website by the next few days. Applications must be sent by the deadline of December 31, 2010.

For any further information click here or contact UniCredit & Universities  Foundation at
Via Broletto 16 – 20121
Milano – Italy.
Tel.+39 02 8862 8039/2668.

Training Course "Transnational Youth Initiatives"

Training course "Transnational Youth Initiatives" aims to improve international co-operation and consequently increase the quality of Transnational Youth Initiatives. The training course will be held on 23 – 28 November 2010 in Arnhem, Netherlands. This training course is aimed at enabling the participants to develop and realise an Action 1.2 Transnational Youth Initiatives from Youth in Action Programme.

The specific objectives of the course are:
1) To acquire project management and communication competences for international activities;
2) To develop an understanding of the principles of networking;
3) To learn about the YOUTH in Action Programme and the “Quality criteria of Action 1.2”;
4) To share and transfer experiences of activities undertaken in the local community;
5) To create a space for contact making and finding potential partners for Transnational Youth Initiatives;
6) To develop an action plan for creating a Transnational Youth Initiative project.

Young people, Youth leaders, Youth workers who:
* are resident in one of the YOUTH in Action countries (27 EU countries + Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey);
* have experience in local projects, ideally ex-beneficiaries of local youth initiatives;
* have an idea to develop into a Transnational Youth Initiative project;
* are motivated and have the possibility within their organization to set up a Transnational Youth Initiative project after the training course;

Sending costs (travel costs, insurance) can be covered by the National Agencies sending participants to the training course (please check with your NA). Hosting costs (accommodation, food, program activities, and local transport) will be covered by the hosting National Agency.

Application procedure
To apply the applicants need to create an online account and register directly through the SALTO-YOUTH online system.

The application deadline is 4th October 2010.

Training course co-organised by the Dutch National Agency and SALTO Participation.

European Master in Global Studies

The European Master in Global Studies is a two year’s Master and divided into four phases (two winter and two summer terms). The Course is modularised and integrated: all students are supposed to study at year one at one of the European partner universities (London School of Economics, Roskilde University, University of Leipzig, University of Vienna, University of Wroclaw) and for the second year at a different European partner university. Furthermore European students have the possibility to spend one semester at the non-European partner universities.

* A bachelors degree or recognised equivalent from an accredited institution in Social Sciences or Humanities
* A sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in chosen field
* Very good academic performance
* Excellent English skills
* Furthermore we do appreciate if applicants have at least a basic knowledge of German

Erasmus Mundus, the EU Commission offers scholarships to selected highly qualified students:
* This scholarship covers for the complete tuition fees;
* Category A scholarships (applicants for non- EU member states) include a single travel allowance of € 8,000 and living allowance of € 1,000 per month;
* Category B scholarships (applicants from EU member states) include a single travel allowance of € 3,000 and living allowance of € 500 per month.

Application procedure
All interested applicants should submit following documents:
1. Application form
2. A Curriculum Vitae
3. Motivation letter which explains why you are interested in this particular Master course (1-2 pages)
4. Proof of nationality (copy of passport)
5. Certified copy or original hard copy (and certified translation if the document is not issued in English/German or French) of high school leaving certificate (secondary school diploma)
6. Certified copy or original hard copy (and certified translation if the document is not issued in English/German or French) of university diplomas (if you you graduate after the application deadline please send us the degree as soon as you receive it, the decision on the admission will in this case be made on the grades indicated on the transcript of records )
7. Certified copy or original hard copy (and certified translation if the document is not issued in English/German or French) of official transcript of study results from your university
8.Certified copy or original hard copy of English (and if applicable Danish, German or/and Polish) language test results. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide test scores for one of the following standardized English proficiency tests:
* TOEFL (international): minimum score of 550 paper-based (or 213 computer-based or 80 internet-based).
* IELTS: minimum score of 6,5
* CPE: Grades A, B, C (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
* CAE: Grades A, B (Certificate in Advanced English)
* Applicants who have studied for more than one year in, or received a degree from, a college or university where English is both the language of instruction and the native language are not requested to take one of the above-mentionend proficiency test. An official certificate from the applicants’ school/university is required to confirm that English is medium of instruction.
9. Two recommendation letters by academic teachers or employers (in a separate envelope, sealed by the persons recommending the candidate) including the reference names and e-mail addresses
10. A passport size photo

The application for the Master Course ‘Global Studies’ is only through the Global and European Studies Institute of the University of Leipzig. Please send your application to the following address:
Erasmus Mundus European Master in Global Studies
Global and European Studies Institute
Emil-Fuchs-Str. 1
04105 Leipzig

The application deadline is 1st December 2010.

All applications will be automatically taken into consideration for the Erasmus Mundus grant. Therefore please send only one application to apply for the Master’s course  in Global Studies and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

Important: As indicated above some documents must be included as certified copies and certified translations in German or English or French and in the original language. All documents issued in English, German or French must be included as certfied copies only.

With any further queries contact:

For specific information about the programme please click here.

Quota Scholarship Scheme 2011 for Developing Countries (Norway)

The Norwegian government provides scholarships for students from developing countries in the South and countries of Central- and East-Europe and Central-Asia under the Quota Scheme. The overall objective of the Quota Scheme is to promote the internationalisation of higher education.

The goal of the Quota Scheme is to give students from developing countries in the South, Central- and East-Europe and Central-Asia, relevant education that would also benefit their home countries when they return after graduation. The programme also contributes to strengthen Norwegian institutions of higher education’s participation in global knowledge cooperation.

Today, the scheme provides funding for a total of 1100 students, 800 of them from developing countries in the South and 300 from Central- and East-Europe and Central-Asia.

Each year universities and university colleges in Norway are allocated a certain number of quota students. Most of the universities and university colleges in Norway offer courses and educational programmes in English. The scheme normally includes courses at the Master and Ph.D. level, in addition to certain professional degrees. In order to locate a programme eligible under the scheme, please contact the Norwegian institutions directly.

The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund ( Statens Lånekasse) is responsible for managing the financial support provided for the Quota students. Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student would do in an equivalent educational programme. About 30 per cent of the amount is given as a grant and 70 per cent as a loan. However, the loan portion is waived when the student returns to his/her home country after completing the course of study. Normally, the financial support will not not exceed a time span of four years for one definite study plan, or a combination of two programmes.

Additional financing
Travelling expenses for entry into Norway can be reimbursed (fixed price). Students can apply for one annual home visit if the educational programme lasts more than one year, as well as financial support for travelling expenses for field work during the course of study. When the student returns home within 3 months after finishing the course, the cost of travelling home is covered by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.


The Norwegian universities and university colleges participating in the Quota Scheme have an English version of their website, where applicants can find more detailed information about the admission requirements for each course offered. Below are some general requirements.

Students usually apply for a degree course which is based on continuation of their studies in their home country, or a course which can be a joint part of a degree course in their home country ( joint degree or sandwich programmes). Most of the programmes are at the Master or Ph.D. level, but the Quota Scheme also offers certain professional studies.

Students must apply directly from their home country and must have stayed at least one year in their home country directly prior to the planned course of study at the Norwegian university/university college.

Basic general requirements
All candidates should typically have the following basic qualifications:
  • Secondary school certificates
  • Minimum two years of higher education from your home country
Some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses.

A list (GSU-list) has been compiled by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) with the general entrance requirements for applicants with higher education qualifications from abroad. NOKUT is the Norwegian governmental organisation for recognition of foreign higher education. If you cannot find your academic papers on the list you may contact NOKUT to get an evaluation of your certificates.

Basic English language requirements
English is the main teaching language of instruction in most of the educational programmes and degrees in the Quota Scheme. Applicants who are not native English speakers therefore must document their proficiency in English by passing one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL ( Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 500/ 550 (170 if computer-based)
  • IELTS ( International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 5.0 (6.0 if computer-based)
Please note that the requirements may differ, and in some cases be higher than described above.

Basic Norwegian language requirements
A few courses in the Quota Scheme are offered in Norwegian and require good Norwegian language skills. Applicants who are not native Norwegian speakers therefore must document their proficiency in Norwegian by passing one of the following tests:
  • Bergenstest (Norwegian language test) with a minimum score of 450
  • Norwegian language course Level 3 with E as a minimum
  • Norwegian in the secondary school (The Teaching Plan for Norwegian as a second Language) written and oral, with a minimum score of 2
Admission to the Quota Scheme is highly competitive and meeting the minimum requirements is no guarantee for enrolment. Please refer to the International Office at each university/university college for more detailed information about admission requirements.

Eligible countries in the Quota Scheme
The Quota Scheme is for certain developing countries that are on the DAC-list issued by OECD, and is eligible for students from the category of “ lower middle-income countries” and under. Also, the scheme accepts students from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Palestinian students from the Palestinian Authorities.
The process of allocating quota places focuses on a purposeful distribution according to country, area of study and institution of higher education.


The Quota Scheme as a rule only enrols students from institutions which have collaboration agreements with Norwegian universities or university colleges. Norwegian institutions usually do not admit free movers (individual applicants) to this scheme. Only in very special cases can free movers be considered. Please contact the Norwegian institutions for individual information.

To find out which institutions collaborate with Norwegian institutions, please refer to the websites of the Norwegian institutions.

Students who come to Norway as self-financed students will, as a rule, not be considered as being qualified for the Quota Scheme.

Who handle the applications?
The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) is not the admission office for prospective quota students. The institutions of higher education that are part of the Quota Scheme are handling all applications from prospective students, and at no time is SIU involved in the admission process. Thus, SIU cannot answer questions from individual students regarding applications, courses, recognition of papers, etc.

Where do I find the application form?
Applications forms are available from the websites of the universities and university colleges. All applications should be sent directly to the International Office at the university/college to which the student applies.

Application deadline
The deadline for applying for the Quota scheme is usually December 1 every year. Some courses and educational programmes may have other deadlines than the this. Please contact the International Office at the university/college to which you want to apply for detailed information.

The Letter of Admission is normally sent to the successfull candidate by April 15 every year. Accepted students will also receive relevant practical information about studying in Norway.

Reimbursement of the educational loan
One of the main objectives of the Quota Scheme is that students should return home after completing the course of study in order to support competence building in the home country. The loan will then be waived when the student leaves Norway and returns to his/her home country.

If the student remains in Norway or resides in a country other than Norway that is not the home country, the loan must be repaid in the same way as Norwegian students are required to do. This also applies to students who return to Norway within ten years after the loan originally has been waived.

If there are certain circumstances in the student’s home country which prevent the student from returning, such as war, the loan is written off as a general rule.

The student should apply to have the total amount of the educational loan waived when he/she has returned to his/her home country, and has resided there for at least one year. A prerequisite for waiving of the loan is that the student’s residence period upon return is for a continuous period of 12 months. Only when this requirement is met can the application for a loan waiver be given consideration.

To find further details, list of eligible countries, participating institutions, as well as lists of application documents, please refer to 

Get That Scholarship: A Letter of Application Checklist

Having trouble writing the first sentence of your application letter? Can't organize your thoughts? Scared of the first person pronoun? Don't worry, the following checklist should give you some relief as you sit down to write, and hopefully it'll result in a nice award package as well. 

Prepare Your Materials
Before you begin writing, you'll first want to gather all relevant materials. Collect copies of your transcripts, resumes, the application form, and information about the scholarship program. Quickly review these materials, noting any important information that you might need to include in the letter, such as titles of jobs you've held in the past or academic awards you've received. 
Answer the Question
Make sure that your letter directly responds to the prompt. For example, one application might ask you to describe how a personal experience inspired you to apply, while another might ask you what you expect to gain from the program if accepted. If you must, write down a one sentence answer to the prompt to keep your letter focused--you can cut this sentence later if it doesn't fit. 
Use the Letter 'I'
Ignore all the terrible rules you learned about the letter 'I'; after all, this is an application letter that describes your intentions. Efforts to avoid 'I' in your writing will only lead to an unnecessarily formal tone and confusion on the part of your readers--the all-important selection committee. Use 'I' to create an energetic, personable prose. 
Don't Repeat Information Needlessly
Your letter of application should expand upon your other application materials; therefore, you shouldn't simply restate your exact GPA or list your previous job titles. Instead, you should show how that GPA or job experience floats you to the top of the application pool. Think of your entire application packet as a limited tract of land: your application letter is valuable property. Don't waste it by building another parking garage! 
Distinguish Yourself
Trying to distinguish yourself is perhaps the most anxiety-inducing aspect of writing an application letter. Too little ingenuity and you become another faceless applicant; too much and you seem like a clown. Avoid jokes and odd turns of phrase. Include personal details that are unique to your experience. Sure, many have studied abroad in Australia, but not everyone took a week to motorcycle through the outback. Our best advice here is to give yourself a few drafts to get this right. If you have any doubts, sleep on it. Allowing yourself a bit of time between revision sessions is often a useful editorial technique. 
Clear, But Concise
Usually, letters of application range between 250-500 words or are about one typed page, so you'll have to walk a fine line between including clear details and writing concisely. By focusing on how each of your experiences directly relates to the application in question, you'll be able to include the most pertinent material and have enough room to clarify those experiences. Also, choose your words carefully and cut awkward phrases so that you can make your points clearly. For example: “It was there that I learned…” should read, “In Australia, I learned.” If you can remain focused and write concisely, you'll send off a remarkable letter of application. Good luck!
This guest post is contributed by Olivia Coleman, who writes on the topics of online colleges and universities.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id:

ISFiT 2011 - International Student Festival in Trondheim

The next edition of ISFiT festival will take place on February, 11-20, 2011. ISFiT - International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway, is the world’s largest student festival with a thematic focus. About 450 students from all over the world attend the festival. The themes have changed over the years, but have always been related to social and political topics with international relevance. 
World figures often attend ISFiT and past speakers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former Director-General of WHO Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Dr José Ramos-Horta and Professor Wangari Maathai. Using modern technology, both former US president Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Desmond Tutu have relayed their thoughts about the global significance of ISFiT to plenum ceremonies at the festival.

As students are the future leaders of the world we believe that their voices should be heard and international networks established. Thus, the purpose of ISFiT is to be a meeting place for discussion and debate, an arena where ideas are born, friendships are made and valuable lessons are learned. The festival aims at fostering inspiration and being a starting point for international cooperation amongst students. ISFiT is a non-profit festival.

The ISFiT participants take part in different workshops, which highlight the festival theme in various ways. Several lectures and thematic meetings will be arranged, where well-known international speakers share their views with the participants and others. The ISFiT audience is also welcome to join a vast cultural programme of concerts, art exhibitions and performing arts. 

How to apply

In order for you to participate in ISFiT 2011, you need to send an application to the ISFiT 2011 board. All applicants must be at least 18 years old and currently studying. The board will process the applications and send out personal invitations to the students we select.

We must receive your application by the 30 September 2010 to process it. We understand that some schools do not resume classes until after our deadline, because of this we encourage you to apply early online.

If you have no way of achieving internet access you can send a request for an application form and we will post it to your address. To enhance further communication we however encourage you to apply online if possible. The postal address to which the request should be sent is,
ISFiT 2011
Postterminalen NTNU
7491 Trondheim

If you apply for participation at ISFiT 2011, please note that you'll receive a personal invitation from the ISFiT 2011 board before planning your trip. We receive thousands of applications to each ISFiT, but are only able to invite approximately 450 students for each festival. The personal invitations will be given on the basis of the essays you write in the application. 
Financial Support
ISFiT 2011 aims for a great variety in the background of the students who will attend the festival. We seek different points of views and therefore different cultural perspectives from the participants. In order to reach this goal we can offer financial support to selected students. Please note that ISFiT 2011 has a limited amount of funds to offer, so we recommend that you will find alternate ways of financing your journey. There is a variety of scholarships and legacies for wich you may apply, or maybe your university will support you. Specifications of what expenses the travel support covers is outlined in the travel support application. You can apply for financial support at the end of the application form.
Food and accommodation
As a participant at ISFiT 2011 there will be no expenses for food and accommodation. During your stay in Trondheim, you will be living with a host who will provide you with a bed and breakfast. Lunch and dinner will be served at the workshops free of charge.
During the festival, English will be the working language. As a participant it is therefore important that you have sufficient knowledge of both oral and written English.
If you have any questions concerning ISFiT 2011, please do not hesitate to contact us at

To find further details about the festival, workshop topics, as well as application forms, please visit

EAE Business School Scholarships

EAE Business School, an international institution of higher education in the field of management with campus sites in Barcelona and Madrid, supports all those who wish to continue their education with a view to improving their employment opportunities or refocusing their professional career. 

EAE Business School was founded in 1958 in response to the needs arising from the dramatic growth of the industrial and service sectors. With more than 50 years experience in executive and business education EAE is today an international Business School that has provided training for more than 56,000 executives and managers. Every year students from more than 45 nationalities gain professional qualification at EAE to hold positions of responsibility within the business world.

The application for a scholarship can be made as follows:


The procedure to apply for a scholarship must be followed in this order: carry out the admissions process, be admitted to the programme, make the payment confirming the reservation of the place, and subsequently, apply for a scholarship.

The scholarship application is formalised by sending a letter (not exceeding 2000 characters) in which the candidate explains why he or she deserves to be awarded a scholarship. The letter should be sent via email to the following address indicating in the Subject: "Application for EAE Scholarship".


The procedure to apply for a scholarship must be followed in this order: start the admission process to a course, be admitted to the programme and subsequently apply for a scholarship.

The scholarship application is formalised by sending a letter (not exceeding 2000 characters) in which the candidate explains why he or she deserves to be awarded a scholarship. The letter should be sent via email to the following address indicating in the Subject: "Application for EAE Scholarship".

In both cases, EAE will assess the suitability of the candidates and the amount to award on the basis of the educational and socio-economic parameters of interest established for each period and for each type of scholarship. Each candidate will be notified personally of result of their application.

Under no circumstance will it be possible for the same candidate to apply for more than one EAE scholarship.

The amount of these scholarships may not exceed 40% of the total cost of the programme.

Concilia Scholarships

EAE Business School moves forward with the Concilia scholarships to encourage the presence of women in managerial posts.

In order for equality to be a reality, it is necessary for women to participate in all spheres of society. In this regard, business management training is a key element for encouraging the presence of women in companies and for improving their situation in terms of the positions they hold and their responsibility.

EAE Business School aims to become one of Spain's leading business schools in its support of the full integration of women in managerial posts, offering through its programmes for training and supporting entrepreneurial women the necessary tools for setting up their own companies.

EAE offers the Concilia Scholarships aimed at women managers and entrepreneurs to study different business management programmes.

Academic Merits Scholarhips

The selection of candidates for Academic Merits Scholarships will be carried out taking into account academic performance, professional career and all the details provided by candidates making it possible to assess their ability to get the most out of the programme. The Academic Committee will positively value academic and professional recommendations of the candidate.

International Development Scholarships

With the aim of promoting cooperation and business and social development in different countries, EAE commits to providing access to business training to people from different areas of knowledge, interested in contributing to the creation and dissemination of the culture of development in the international community. With these scholarships, EAE promotes mobility of students and the exchange of knowledge and culture.

The selection for the International Development and Cooperation Scholarships will be made taking into account the academic record of candidates and their interests and motivations in pursuing a programme in our country. The Academic Committee will positively value academic and professional recommendations of the candidate.

More information about EAE Business School and its study programs: 


Migration and Youth in Europe – New Realities and Challenges

Minorities of Europe invites you to participate in its study session Migration and Youth in Europe – New Realities and Challenges, which will take place from November 28 – December 5, 2010 in Budapest.

Minorities of Europe (MoE) is a pan-European minority youth platform which seeks to support and assist the co-operation, solidarity and exchange between different minority communities and young people in Europe. MoE’s main international activities are: training courses, study sessions, seminars, youth exchanges and other activities in which young people are involved, especially those ones from minority background.

All participants must:* be project managers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth Policy Makers, Youth workers;
* have experience in the topics of the study session
* be highly motivated to participate and contribute to the event and to implementation of its results
* be ready and able to work as multipliers
* be aged between 20 and 30
* be able to attend the full duration of the training course
* be able to work in English
* reside in a Council of Europe Member State

Study Session objectives
* To exchange and analyse practice and experience, methodologies and approaches of youth work in the field of migration
* To review the opportunities provided by Council of Europe, European Youth Centres and European Youth Foundation in the field of migration and youth work
* To improve youth workers’ skills in tackling migration and integration with young people
* To develop an understanding of different aspects of migration and the relations in the context of class, race, north-south, east – west and EU/non-EU relations
* To develop new projects related to integration of young people from immigrant background
* To build new partnerships between participating organisations
* To develop a European work programme of youth projects dedicated to migration

An enrollment fee of 50 Euros is payable by each participant, aditionally travel and visa expenses will be fully reimbursed.

Application procedure
All interested applicants should fill in the application (should be requested from the organizing team) and submit it to:

The application deadline is 10th September 2010.

The team will notify successful applicants by October 4, 2010. Please note that due to the usually high number of applicants we will only be able to inform selected participants.