Summer School on Religion, Culture and Society

The Summer School on Religion, Culture and Society is organized by the Universitair Centrum Sint-Ignatius, in Antwerpen, Belgium. It is a one-week course taking place from Sunday 28th of August until Sunday 4th of September 2011. Our focus this year will be Religion and International Relations. It is evident that religion, culture and society are strongly interwoven and are crucial for understanding the contemporary world. With globalization touching on all aspect of our lives, religion(s) and culture(s) have to understand their position in this complex globalizing process. It is the aim of the interdisciplinary UCSIA summer school to better understand the dynamic interplay between the macro- and micro-social developments concerning religion that takes place in much of the contemporary world.  

The program offers these young academic researchers and PhD students the opportunity to attend classes taught by established researchers, to present their own work and discuss their ideas in a relaxed and open atmosphere and within a multidisciplinary framework.

Eligible Participants

This summer school is open to PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the field of theology, the humanities (religious studies, philosophy, linguistics, history and literature) the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, political sciences, law and economics), or in other disciplines if engaged in relevant research. UCSIA expects every applicant to submit a paper in which he/she presents his/her current research project. The papers should be structured as a research proposal and address one of the general topics addressed by the guest lecturers.

Application Process

To submit your application, please fill in the online application form.

Plus, you have to submit:
# Curriculum vitae, in English, with attached list of publications
# Copy/scan of the highest obtained diploma, with translation in English
# Motivated request and cost estimate travel grant (if applicable, for further information click here)
# A research paper of min. 2500 and max. 4000 words in English (read the guidelines)

Costs and Funding
Selected participants will be funded by UCSIA in the following aspects:
* tuition fee
* study materials
* lodging and meals while in Antwerp

Participants should pay for their own travel expenses to Antwerp. However a limited number of (partial) travel grants is available for participants who are unable to fund their own travel and are not eligible to apply for a travel grant in their host institutions.

Ms. Sara Mels:
Tel.: 0032-3-265.45.99

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Kofi Annan Fellowship for Developing Countries

The Kofi Annan Fellowship provides the opportunity for talented and motivated students from developing countries who do not belong to a privileged class and lack sufficient financial means to study management at ESMT in Berlin and graduate with a prestigious MBA from the most international business school in Germany.

Upon return to their home countries, the fellows are expected to contribute to the strengthening of entrepreneurial capacity and the fostering of a stable market economy as an effective catalyst for their country’s development, job creation, and poverty alleviation. 

What is the Kofi Annan Fellowship?
A fellowship grant for an emerging leader from a developing country for a one-year full-time MBA education in Berlin, Germany. 

To make significant contributions to least developed countries (LDCs) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs); to strengthen the awareness for responsibility in leadership in developed countries. 

ESMT in cooperation with the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation in The Hague, Netherlands. 

Starting annually in January. Application deadline is September 30, annually. Up to three fellowships are available each year. 

Value of the fellowship is € 58,000. Fellows will have a full scholarship from ESMT plus fair compensation for costs like travel, accommodation, and program-related fees. 

Financial Support  
Travel, visa, housing, insurance, placement, networking. 

Bachelor degree of any kind, a minimum of three years' professional experience, GMAT, fluency in written and spoken English, willingness to contribute to building the economy and society of the home country with entrepreneurial impetus. 

For more information, please visit the official website:

Summer School in Comparative and Transnational History: Theories, Methodology and Case Studies

Are you convinced that national history and its approaches are limited? Do you want to look beyond the nation in which you live? In this case, you may be interested in attending the HEC 2011 Summer School which will take place in one of the most evocative places in Florence, Villa Schifanoia, on 12-15 September 2011.

The Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute is a major centre of comparative and transnational European history. The courses will allow you to continue and to broaden your research interests in this field. Well-known specialists from the European University Institute and from other European outstanding institutions will present interesting ways of writing the history of Europe as well as raising important questions on its development.

You will have the opportunity to meet our researchers, who are preparing their Ph.Ds. in this European institution, participate in a seminar in this centre of excellence, visit the Library, the Historical Archives of the European Union and have find out about how to apply to the European University Institute.

Most courses are held in English, but also other EU languages are accepted. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to visit Florence, one of the most beautiful towns of the world!
Participants should be students of history, the social sciences and related fields of any nationality. Participants should be graduates or students in their last year. Enrolment numbers are limited and admission is based on merit.
Scholarship, accommodation and daily allowance  
Hotel accommodation is provided in rooms shared with other participants) and an allowance of €30 per day for five days. Travel expenses are not paid. Participants must have their own medical insurance and pay any medical fees themselves. Small supplementary grants may be awarded to students from CEE countries.
Application Process 
Send the completed application form and a letter giving your field of interest and reasons for attending the Summer School as e-mail attachment to The deadline is 15 May 2011.
Participants must stay in Florence for the entire duration of the course. Attendance at all lessons is obligatory. A certificate of participation is issued at the end of the course. 
Tel. [+39] 055 4685 541
Fax [+39] 055 4685 203

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Deutsche Welle Journalist Training Program

Deutsche Welle invites application for its next 2012 Journalist Training Program. Professional, practical and international - these are the hallmarks of Deutsche Welle's cross-media traineeships. It's also why they are highly coveted among young journalists. 

Deutsche Welle's tri-medial traineeships have long had an excellent reputation. DW-AKADEMIE offers young journalists professional, international editorial training for radio, television and Internet. Trainees benefit from the global reach of international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Germany's global media calling card.

In addition to the classic traineeship for native German speakers, Deutsche Welle offers international traineeships. This form of journalism training is unique in Germany.

- Classic Traineeships from March 2012
Application time frame: 01 March - 31 March 2011

- International Traineeships from November 2012
Application time frame: 01 September - 31 October 2011

1. Practical Training
Deutsche Welle's training program is geared toward real life situations. In the course of 18 months, the trainees go through various German language departments of the Deutsche Welle in Bonn and Berlin. They can also gather practical experience at DW Studio Brussels or DW-Hauptstadtstudio Berlin, DW-TV's studio overlooking parliament in Germany's capital city.

2. Compact Seminars
Practical training is supplemented with a total of three one-month seminars at DW-AKADEMIE. Here, trainees have the opportunity to fine-tune their journalistic knowledge and skills with in-house and guest trainers. The topics include the following:
  • journalistic formats
  • research methods and presenting techniques
  • working with texts, sounds and pictures
  • designing Web sites
  • basic training in video journalism
  • journalistic ethics and press law
3. Posting of Choice
Each trainee has the opportunity to select a one-month external posting at a location of their choice. Whether it's a broadcaster or a different kind of institution, at home or abroad -- the posting of choice is a unique opportunity to give your traineeship a personal touch that could prove decisive in the future.

Duration of Traineeship
18 months

Traineeship Locations
Bonn and Berlin
1st six months: 1,442.98 €
2nd six months: 1,531.03 €
3rd six months: 1,613.41 € 

Open Ukraine Foundation Writing Competition 2011

Within the framework of the Kyiv Security Forum (KSF), the Open Ukraine Foundation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk  announces a writing competition among young researchers (under the age of 35) from the Black Sea littoral states and also all the other BSEC member-states. The competition is supported by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation – A Project of German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The Writing Competition 2011 appeals to stimulate regional cooperation in the research field and to promote collaboration among young researchers from the Black Sea region. The prize will be attributed to two researchers who jointly have produced the most innovative and sophisticated analysis of the common security concerns in the Black Sea region with inventive suggestions for resolutions of these issues. 

Ø     The 2 authors of the best paper selected by the Board of Experts will be awarded a stipend that allows them to participate in a thematic event in the International Neighborhood Symposium on 28 June 3 July 2011 in Turkey;
Ø     Three best papers selected by the Board of Experts will be published on the KSF website and widely disseminated via the KSF network, including partner-institutions in each of the Black Sea states and relevant international institutions.

Topic: Any topic addressing current issues of Black Sea Security that have a significant impact on the European and regional security. Papers covering any of the following are eligible:
1.    How the different versions of security – hard and soft (smart) – coexist or complement each other in the Black Sea region?
2.    Marginalization of the Black Sea region in the context of ongoing North African developments: would it be possible to keep the Black Sea security challenges on the radar screen?
3.    How could cooperation among individuals complement the ongoing state-led efforts to deal with the Black Sea region's security challenges?
4.    Innovative and efficient human security strategies in the wider Black Sea region.
5.    Violence and terrorism in the wider Black Sea Region: repercussions for regional and European security.

Eligibility: The competition is open to young researches (under age of 35) from the BSEC member-states (Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey). Submitted papers must be prepared together by two researchers from different countries and primarily focus on the Black Sea security issues and challenges and the ways of their resolution. They have to represent the most innovative analysis of common security concerns in the region.

Submission requirements:
Ø     Papers must be submitted by the deadline in Word format. A submission identification number will be assigned to you by the Competition Administrator. Include your names, affiliation, contact information and the title of your paper in the body of the e-mail. The names of the researchers should not otherwise appear in the paper text or footnotes of the paper.
Ø     Papers shall not exceed 6-8 typewritten pages in length (18000 symbols) double-spaced (Times New Roman or Arial typeface), including footnotes and appendices (both of which may be single-spaced). 12 point font size shall be used for text and appendices; 10 point or 12 point font size may be used for footnotes. Same-page footnotes are strongly preferred instead of endnotes. Proper citation forms must be used.
Ø     Papers should be prepared in pairs and submitted in English.
Ø     No more than one paper may be submitted by the same pair of researchers. 

Cover page information: Each submitted paper shall have a cover page which includes (i) the title of the paper; (ii) the names, affiliation, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and scanned copy of the IDs of the submitting researchers.  

Deadline for submission:  All papers submitted for the Competition must be received by the Foundation no later than 6:00 p.m. CET, 2 May 2011. They should be transmitted electronically, in MS Word, to Ms. Mariya Heletiy, Program Manager at the Open Ukraine Foundation, at: or at
Selection of winners: Papers will be judged based on criteria including: originality, timeliness of topic, quality and creativity of analysis, knowledge of common security concerns in the wider Black Sea region. Winning papers will be selected by the Board of Experts, comprising of the 9 distinguished experts in the field of the Black Sea security. Competition winners will be notified before on May 31st, 2011, and an announcement of the winners will be sent to all entrants shortly thereafter.

Inquiries: Any inquiries regarding the Competition should be directed to Ms. Mariya Heletiy, at +380 44 235 95 68 or For additional information visit: or

IES Liberty Summer Seminars 2011

Interested in exploring the ideas of Liberty? Spending a week of great experiences, intercultural exchanges, discussing and thinking about freedom? Learning from top professors and making new friends from all over the world ?

IES Europe offers you an opportunity to learn about classical liberal ideas and explore them with insights from our faculty into the study of history, economics and philosphy! IES Europe offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the tradition of classical liberal thought. Subjects covered include economics, history, moral and political philosophy, law, jurisprudence. The main aim is to approach these fields from a liberal point of view. The seminars are a unique opportunity to boost your understanding of the classical liberal principles of individual rights, private property, and free markets and their applications to today's issues.

Choose between Germany and Bulgaria, join us this summer and deepen your understanding of ideas that allow humans to flourish and prosper. Participation is free! Apply now to enjoy next summer with us!
  • Gummersbach, Germany (July 31- August 06, 2011)
  • Beklemeto, Bulgaria (August 15 - August 21,2001)

Why participating in a Europe and Liberty seminar?

The seminars offer interdisciplinary introduction to the tradition of classical liberal thought scholarship. Subjects covered include economics, history, moral and political philosophy, law, jurisprudence.

The main aim is to approach these fields from a liberal point of view. The seminars are a unique opportunity to boost your understanding of the classical liberal principles of individual rights, private property, and free markets and their applications to today's issues.

Who are the Europe and Liberty seminars participants?

Hundreds of students have already been involved with the Institute's programs. The participants are junior, senior, or graduate students and recent graduates but they are also young scholars or entrepreneurs. They usually describe it as a week which had a tremendous impact in their intellectual life and which has proved helpful for careers in academia, law, journalism, and other idea-oriented fields. It is also a great experience from a personal point of view, since for a week, students and faculty members, coming from everywhere in the world, get to live together, to speak and to debate. They get to learn from each other and are in contact with different cultures, education and ways of life.

What happens during a Europe and Liberty program?

A traditional Europe and Liberty seminar lasts 6 days from. The day is divided into 3 sessions of lecture, discussion groups and discussions with the speaker. Every session lasts 2 hours and is followed by a coffee break, lunch or dinner. The week is an intensive week of lectures and discussions. After each lecture the participants break into small groups to probe and debate ideas they have just heard. A highlight of the seminar are the evening discussion groups; guided by faculty members, participants continue their exploration of the day's themes. During the week, participants will have to interact constantly with each other and with the faculty members who not only lecture but join the participants for meals and evening discussion groups and socializing.

How can you participate in a Europe and Liberty Seminar?

The Institute has to make a selection among the great number of application forms it receives every year. The deadline for application is May 10. The Europe and Liberty selection committee members then meet and choose the candidates from the applications received.

How to apply?

You can apply by using "My IES" but must read the information about the application procedure first please read carefully!

Application deadline : May 10, 2011

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Challenge: Future Competition 2011/12

What if fun was taken seriously? What if creativity and joy were approached with as much care as finance and physics? What if entertainment was to double-up on meaning?

Global youth think-tank and student competition Challenge: Future Competition 2011/12 dares to re-envision the Future where MEANING and POSITIVE CHANGE go hand-in-hand with FUN. What would it take to make sure there is:
- Fun@learning
- Fun@working
- Fun@volunteering
- Fun@creating
- Fun@discovering
- Fun@preserving

You have time until 24 March 2011 to register for competition, to form your team and start competing for the EUR 20.000 Award.

It is hardly any debate that the first decade of the 21st century has been a decade of change. Among the many winds and turns is the immense growth of all industries focused on fun and joy - media, theater, print, games, music, movies, phone apps, and web solutions - and well beyond. Together, these powerful forces penetrate and shape every aspect of our life. Yet, the ever-exploding list of TV channels does not always mean explosion in meaning and positive change around the world. In contrast, often, our fun is separated from meaning, and entertainment has little to do with learning, impact, and real development. Our work and learning continues to be less and less joyful, while our entertainment and free time continues to be less and less meaningful. What is our alternative?

The rapid growth of Facebook and Twitter, or the remarkable success of TED community worldwide, might just give us the first glimpse of new possibilities. Among the reasons why these (and many other) efforts succeeded far beyond all expectations is because they continue to blur the boundaries between work, learning, connecting, volunteering, and having a good time, finding a sweet spot where fun connects with meaning. It is no surprise, then, that a recent talk on the role of creativity in education by Sir Ken Robinson has circled the globe and attracted millions of views, while positive psychology and positive organizational scholarship continue to revolutionize the way we live and work. And what about Bhutan’s experiment with using Gross National Happiness Index instead of the traditional GDP?

Ours is the new era - the time for skillful blend of the best of media, creative expression, gaming, and technology - and using its power as a force for good. Now, the questions are:
- How do we harvest the power of creative expression, global media, and entertainment for the good of the world?
- What are the new products, services, platforms, organizations, networks, regulations, education programs and other solutions that can help us address the most pressing challenges of the human kind while having fun at the same time?
- What are the new ways of using existing solutions and innovations for the new level of positive impact?
To explore the theme further and prepare for the competition, make sure to check out all resources posted on this page – much of crucial information and inspiration is hidden there. The Challenge Resources section is packed with outstanding and provocative resources such as videos, articles, websites, and blog posts – hand-picked to help you as you work about this challenge theme and specific requirements.

The present is yours to challenge. The future is yours to imagine. Welcome to the Future of Fun! And so, let's play!


In the First Round of the Competition, your job is to go “out of the mind” to envision the world where FUN+MEANING2 significantly contribute to the Future that works for all. We invite you to make a decision on how broad or narrow your vision might be. You may choose to speak about the Future of Fun in very broad terms - or focus on specific idea, product, service, social innovation, policy, and beyond. But do make sure that your submission is best positioned to meet the judging criteria.

Since you are designing the future that brings real benefit to the world, connecting to others is a must: at least five interviews of complete strangers will be demanded of you, so that you can integrate visions of others into your own. (And by ‘interview’ here all we envision is asking them a few interesting questions so that you can get more ideas and insight.) Good research and great inspiration are simply mandatory: we invite you to bring a compelling, exciting, and inspiring vision of how fun can be connected to meaning.

Aside a short slide or PowerPoint presentation of your vision and description of your original idea that will bring this vision to reality, we will ask you also to outline a plan, and to get the tools, building blocks, and raw materials ready for the next big challenge – one great, nearly-impossible-to-get interview with a person of your choice who can help you make your idea a reality or who, based on your vision, might play an important role in the Future. So, tell us who do you want to interview and why? How can this person add to your own vision and bring it to the next level? How will you get to that person? What do you want to ask? Why?

As part of your team's submission for the First Round, you are required to submit :
1. Title (visible to community and expert judges)
2. A Slide presentation (PowerPoint) of maximum 5 slides, including the title page (visible to community and expert judges)
3. Abstract in maximum 1.000 characters with spaces, plain text (visible to expert judges only)
4. Description in maximum 5.000 characters with spaces, plain text (visible to expert judges only).
You are free to use your 5 PowerPoint slides whichever way you want. But in case you are wondering, here is one example of how it may look like:
• 1st slide – Introduction
• 2nd -3rd slide – Your vision as well as input from the 5 people interviewed
• 4th – 5th slide – Who do you want to interview in the Semi-Finals, why, and what questions you would like to ask
You can find more information and advices on submition in your team's project room.
From March 24, 2011 at 18:00 CET till March 30, 2011 at 18:00 CET, you will be able to make your submission – and you can even revise and re-submit it based on the comments received from the community.
Remember, You Are Judged
Your title and slide/PowerPoint presentation will be judged by the Challenge:Future community and your title, abstract, description and slide presentation - by expert panel of judges, both between March 31 and April 14, 2011. While each community member can only vote for you once via ‘like’ button, the judges will use a set of the following judging criteria:

1. ORIGINALITY, INSPIRATION, AND ATTRACTIVENESS OF THE VISION …does it have the “wow” effect, is it breakthrough and unique, is it compelling, attractive, and inspiring… (maximum score possible in this category is 30)
2. POTENTIAL FOR POSITIVE LONG-TERM IMPACT ON THE FUTURE …does the vision have far-reaching positive impact… (maximum score possible in this category is 20)
3. RELEVANCE TO THE THEME …does it reflect and directly represent the annual theme… (maximum score possible in this category is 10)
4. SUSTAINABILITY …does the vision reflect the needs of sustainability and allows for harmony between prosperity, ecology, and society, does it have potential for tremendous improvement towards global sustainable development… (maximum score possible in this category is 20)
5. QUALITY OF THE SUBMISSION …does the submission show high quality of thinking and execution, does it demonstrate the ability of the team to succeed in the later, more complex, stages of the competition… (maximum score possible in this category is 20)

For more information on selection criteria, dates, regulations, and more, make sure to check out How to Enter details. All teams that will receive the total score of 51 and higher (out of 100 points possible) by the grades from expert judges, will advance to the Semi-Finals with no limit as to how many teams can proceed. We will announce the semi-finalists on April 20, 2011.

Jean Monnet International Summer Seminars

The University of Rome Tor Vergata proposes two stimulating modules, spreading over 2 weeks, dedicated to the exploration of the changing nature of the European Union, in an ever-changing world. The seminars will take place in Rome and students will be able to enjoy Rome’s cultural heritage while, at the same time, profiting from the intellectual stimulation of over 40 world class speakers.

Module 1 – EU GOVERNANCE – ROME, 4-8 July 2011, (4 ECTS / 2US) 
This first module will focus on the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty in the EU institutions and decision making procedures, also assessing the effectiveness of the new (reduced) rotating presidency, the EU President and the complex relations between these and the EU Commission President and the EU High Representative. It will be an exciting hands-on course analyzing the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty both from a theoretical and practical point of view.
The second module will focus on the EU Foreign and Defence Policies under the new Lisbon Treaty. In particular, this year we will assess the degree of convergence / divergence of the Foreign Policy of the Union with that of its major member states and of the world superpowers and emerging powers (US, Russia, China, India, Brazil). As usual, it will have a hands-on approach thanks to the participation of the best scholars and decision makers in the field.

The Summer Seminars address primarily to PhD students and young professionals, but they can be particularly useful also for other graduate students, as well as for people working in NGOs, national administrations, interest groups, medias etc.

Exceptionally skilled senior undergraduate students can be accepted on an individual base. The Jean Monnet Seminars are highly selective and intensive, with 30 teaching hours each week. Admission is subordinated to the proof of previous knowledge about the EU. 

The tuition fee is of 600€ per week (meals and accomodation are not included). The participation to both modules is highly encouraged, the reduced cumulative fee for both modules is 1000€.

3 full scholarships and 3 partial scholarships are available and will be awarded on the basis of merit and need.

If you intend to apply for a scholarship please fill in the Grant Application Form attaching all the relevant documents requested

Application Process

Fill in the online application forms.

The deadlines are 30 March 2011 for grant requests and 30 May 2011 for full-tuition paying participants. Acceptance will be notified within one month after each deadline.

For further information please contact:

The European Graduate School: Combining World-Famous Thinkers, an Inventive Curriculum, and Intellectual Freedom

The European Graduate School, located in Switzerland, the heart of various institutions of higher education, is far from your typical grad school. Founded in 1994, EGS devotes itself to recruiting students who show genuine intellectual promise, who have the creative capacity to further problematize big ideas that have driven modern philosophy to this day. While most graduate schools have various different degree programs from which to choose, EGS has only two Media and Communications, and Arts, Health, and Society. Arts, Health, and Society is an interdisciplinary course of study that examines the ways in which the arts, broadly speaking, affects and enhances individual, social and political life.

The more famed of EGS's programs of study is its Media and Communications division, which offers Master's and PhD degrees in the interdisciplinary study of philosophy, communications, film, literature, internet, web and cyberspace studies. In many ways, the Media and Communications program works like a TED conference. As a limited-residency institution, EGS has its students do most of their work at home, pouring over a structured and demanding reading list, completing assignments and discussions online. In the summer, EGS students and faculty meet in Saas-Fee where the campus is located, to listen to lectures and work together on research.

What distinguishes EGS from other institutions is the renown of its faculty, which represents a group of scholars, thinkers, and artists who are at the very cutting edge of theoretical study, dealing with issues of global concern. These "superstar" faculty members have included Alan Badiou, Slavoj Zizek, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Houellebecq, among others. EGS is highly selective of its student body, picking students who have demonstrated the capacity to work independently and who will not be shy when it comes to working with scholars of international repute as intellectual peers and not simply as professors. Although EGS emphasizes interdisciplinary study, every MA and PhD student selects a specific specialization and advisor, who will work with each student to develop a highly original contribution to modern thought.

While EGS is an extremely well-renowned institution, it isn't, of course, for everyone. Many doctoral students come to EGS for a second PhD, and the value of the school's course of study is more intellectual than career-driven.

Speaking about the school, philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek noted: " not only a place to create an interaction between students...but giving them freedom, not freedom to do nothing, but precisely freedom to work in this creative inter-space. Also, the way curriculum, the way talks are done: We do very serious theoretical work here...I like how the school approaches me...You know, I had to be there for exams for the I thought how should I terrorize them...and I told them, 'You ask yourself a question and then you answer it'. Ah, but you know? They didn’t have any excuse. They couldn’t have said, 'Ah, sorry. You know, I could not answer you.' They had to be at their best. No excuse...We are challenged to do so. No excuse...It’s really serious work...It’s enough mixing between students and professors as equals so that you can get real productive exchange, not just ritualistic questions, answers, and so on. I think this is what accounts for the growing success of EGS here. It’s simply a negative proof of the failure of today’s academia."

For those who find this sort of challenge exciting, EGS may be just the place for you.

This guest contribution was submitted by Katheryn Rivas, who regularly writes for online universities. She especially loves hearing back from her readers. Questions or comments can be sent to:

MA in East European Studies at Warsaw University

The Centre for East European Studies announces its 11th annual competition for 25 scholarships for the two-year supplementary master’s programme in East European Studies at Warsaw University, lasting from 1 October 2011 to 30 June 2013. 

The Centre for East European Studies was established under the resolution of the Warsaw University Senate in 1990 as part of the Institute of Oriental Studies. The competition and the opportunity to study the subject in Poland were received with great interest in target countries. Opening such possibility is considered both a proof and an example of Poland’s involvement in shaping the future of the region.
Over 800 candidates from 19 countries have applied for the scholarship in the previous eight editions of the competition. The arduous enrolment procedure (3 stages: application, written test, interview) led to admitting, between 2001 and 2008, almost 190 individuals to the scholarship programme. They came from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The state-funded East European Studies Scholarships were established with the intention not only to create a group of well-trained experts on Eastern affairs at home, but also to provide educational opportunities for young specialists from other, especially neighbouring countries, thus offering a rare chance for Poles and their foreign fellow students to study, here in Warsaw, the past, the present and the future of our region together.
Eligible Candidates

1.CANDIDATES may come from any of the countries of Central Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe, Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia.
2. PREFERENCE will be given to candidates being able to prove their academic achievements or organizational activity and whose accomplishments would allow them to put advanced study in this specialization to good use in their own countries in various fields of academicor public life.
3. UNIVERSITY DIPLOMA, preferably in the humanities; research work or organizational and practical experience in the fields of interest of the East European Studies are desirable.
4. AGE LIMIT: 30 (exceptions might be made in absolutely special cases only!).
5. GOOD background in the general issues concerning Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, particularly in the 19th and 20th century and contemporary affairs, and especially the periods of 1980s and after 1991.
6. PASSING GRADE in the written examination on general knowledge (subject matter as in point 3 above) and in the qualifying interview.
7. KNOWLEDGE of the Polish and English languages at a level guaranteeing that the student is able to understand the lectures and do the required reading – is essential.


1. THE PROGRAMME lasts 2 years (4 semesters), of which the scholarship covers 9 months in a year. There is also a possibility of prolonging the scholarship for max. 1 month in the 2nd year of studies for finishing one’s thesis. Scholarship holder can apply for such prolonging by a letter of intention with explanation of one’s motivation.
2. THE PROGRAMME of the studies encompasses East and Central European, Russian and
the entire post-communist area’s history and contemporary affairs. It focuses on history,
ethnicity and political science, but also includes elements of art history, literature, culture, sociology, geography demography, law and economics. The programme also includes study of at least one of the region’s languages.
3. THE PROGRAMME has six basic majors:
a) Eastern Europe (East-Central),
b) Russia
c) Caucasus
d) Central Asia
e) Central Europe
f) the Balkans
4. COURSES WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK of the East European Studies Programme are
taught by Polish lecturers (the team of the Centre for East European Studies) and by a large group of guest faculty members, both Polish and foreign, including a US professor as part of the University of Warsaw-Fulbright Distinguished Chair in East European Studies.
a) Fees normally charged for foreign students who study at the University of Warsaw (approx. € 5,000/year)
b) Scholarship for foreign scholarship holders being graduates of foreign institutions
of higher education (1270 PLN/month).
c) Intensive Polish language course (during the 1st year of studies).
d) Course in one of the region’s languages (for the two years of the programme)
e) Purchase of basic study materials and literature those necessary for the programme.
f) Payment for a research tour in Poland (in the 1st semester of studies).
6. CONDITIONS: scholarship holders must meet all the programme and scholarship requirements and prepare a final written thesis, to be submitted in Polish, at the conclusion of the programme.
7. IF these conditions are not satisfied or if the academic progress during the programme is insufficient, the scholarship may be withdrawn. The details of the scholarship conditions are stated in an agreement individually signed with each student.

Application Documents

2. THOROUGHLY FILLED IN APPLICATION FORM of East European Studies Programme candidate
3. CONCISE (in Polish, up to 2 pages maximum) letter of motivation in application for the Scholarship, outlining the student’s future plans connected with the graduation from the East European Studies programme at the University of Warsaw. The student should also indicate which major he or she intends to choose (according to the list of majors provided in item II-3).
4. CURRICULUM VITAE written in English, sorted in the reverse chronological order (i.e. the most recent events are listed first); please include 1 photograph.
5. LIST of all academic publications – for candidates who are already working in their field; others should include a list of their most significant academic written work, jobs, accomplishments or projects.
6. DOCUMENTS, such as certificates, examination results, letters of recommendation, etc., which certify the candidate’s knowledge of the Polish language.
7. RECOMMENDATIONS from at least one faculty member or academic researcher, or from a person practically involved in the activity covered by the East European Studies.
8. OTHER information, documents or details that the candidate believes might assist the commission in evaluating his or her application.

Application Procedure

1. THE COMPLETE SET of documents should be submitted by post by 15 March 2011 at the latest.
2. RECOMMENDATIONS should be submitted or sent by persons who give the recommendations – not by the candidates themselves!
3. BY 31 March 2011, the special Admissions Committee of the East European Studies Programme will decide on the results of the 1st phase of the competition and select applicants for the 2nd and 3rd phases; both groups will be immediately informed of the results by e-mail and post.
4. PARTICIPANTS in the 2nd (written examination) and 3rd (qualifying interview) phases are to meet any and all further qualification requirements in the presence of members of the Committee or its appointed representatives between 15 April and 31 May 2011 The qualifying interviews and examinations will take place both at Polish diplomatic posts abroad and in Poland. Detailed schedule will be announced.
5. THE FINAL decisions based on the qualification results will be taken by the Admissions
Committee by 15 June 2011 and the list of winners of the 11th Competition for East European Studies Scholarships will be announced. All Scholarship holders will be informed via e-mail and post.
6.CANDIDATES with weaker knowledge of Polish language, yet with favorable scientific
exam results – will be obligated to learn the language on their own. At the end of July they will undergo a further Polish language exams process. Those with the best results will have a chance for additional Polish language course in September.

EUROsimA 2011 - European Union Model in Ankara

EUROsimA is a Model European Union conference which has been held by the Middle East Technical University (METU) Foreign Policy and International Relations Club (FPIRC) since 2005. Thsi year the conference will be held on 28 April – 3 May 2011, Ankara, Turkey. The participants get the chance to take active roles on the basis of “representation” during the EUROsimA, especially throughout the decision-making processes within the bodies of the European Union.

Each participant represents a minister of an EU member state or a Member of the European Parliament. EUROsimA gives participants an opportunity to experience what they have learned in theory and provides them a better understanding of decision-making mechanisms of the European Union institutions and the functioning of these institutions.


Students from all backrounds are welcome to apply.


Application process

Go here to submit online application. Deadline for applications: 27 March 2011.

* Fee for foreign participants: €150 per delegate/advisor/press member
* Fee for Turkish participants wishing to participate in cultural trip: 290 TL per delegate/advisor/press member
* Fee for Turkish participants demanding accommodation in Ankara: 230 TL per delegate/advisor/press member
* Fee for Turkish participants wishing to attend the conference exclusively: 90 TL per delegate/advisor/press member


* inquiries about the accommodation and transportation:
* inquiries about the application: and

For more information, please visit the official website

Annual Open International Festival of Multimedia Art “Multimatograf-7”

This year the Annual Open International Festival of Multimedia Art "Multimatograf" will take place for the seventh time. It will be held on April 23-24, 2011 in Vologda, Russia. "Multimatograf" is an outstanding event in the field of animation. Creative spirit, unordinary mixture of unordinary ideas and technological «know-how», computer art availability - that are the principles that we base upon.

The festival is primarily aimed to support independent young artists, who are eager to realize their creative potential and wish to share their ideas and message with the world through the means of multimedia art. Festival participants are usually those young people, who have active life position and intend to make the world a more beautiful place. In the six years the Festival gathered more than 500 works from all over Russia and abroad – Ukraine, Belorussia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, the USA, Mexico, Denmark, Canada, etc.

If you do animation, music videos, video-art and you want to share your ideas and want your work to find its audience – you are welcome to the Festival!

The works must fall into one of the four nominations:
1. Cartoon
2. Video-art
3. Music video
4. Wild

All the works must be non-commercial. The organizers also don’t charge any participation fee and all the festival events are free for the participants. They will include a number of master-classes, seminars, work screenings, an exhibition of retro-computers, gala-concert, after-party.

Founders and organizers:
- Vologda Oblast Youth Non-governmental Organization “Creative Group “TONNA”
- Vologda Oblast Committee of Physical Education, Sport and Youth Affairs
- Vologda Oblast “Sodruzhestvo” Youth Center

Deadline for work submission: April 11, 2011.


TED Fellowships for Young Journalists and Photographers

Young journalists and photographers are invited apply for a fellowship to attend the TED conferences in Edinburgh, Scotland or Long Beach, California. The TED Fellows program is designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage. TED is a non-profit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading, which brings together some of today's most interesting thinkers including author Chris Abani and Al Gore. 

The program is designed to bring together young trailblazers from a variety of fields, including journalism, who have shown unusual accomplishment and courage. There are 20 fellows selected to attend the TED conferences. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend pre-conference programs with training by speakers.

The TED Fellows Program targets candidates from the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East, but anyone over 18 is eligible. Applicants must be proficient in English. 

The deadline for application to the conference in Edinburgh is 11 March 2011.

For more informaiton on the program and application process, please visit the official TED website:

Education Abroad – 10 Tips to Survive in a Foreign Environment

Education of the highest quality is most often the key that unlocks many doors in life, and this is why many of us are willing to do whatever it takes to gain the best of this most valuable asset. We burn the candle at both ends, we burn the midnight oil, and we even cross the seven seas if it means we are admitted to the best universities abroad. 

However, the downside of studying in a strange country is that your emotional wellbeing or lack of it plays a significant part in determining how successful you are academically. It’s only when you’re able to overcome homesickness and loneliness in a foreign environment that you can not only survive, but thrive in a challenging and competitive academic setting. So if you’re headed abroad for higher education, here are a few tips to help you cope:

1. Plan ahead for your stay abroad – it could be for a year or two and you may not be able to come home before your studies are complete because of time and financial constraints, so prepare yourself emotionally for a prolonged separation from your friends and family. 

2. Research the country you’re going to, the place you will be living in, and the university that is going to be your home for the next year or more. The more you know about a place, the less foreign it is to you. Find out what the climate conditions are, what food is readily available, what modes of transportation are used, how the people react to foreigners, and if there are many folks from your country around. 

3. If you are not fluent in the language that is predominantly spoken in the country you’re going to, take a few classes before you leave so you don’t feel completely like a fish out of water. 

4. Ensure that you have the right kind of clothing to weather the local climate – it’s often cheaper to buy what you need in your home country. 

5. Make sure you have adequate funds to cover your education and your other expenses – you would need to pay your tuition fees upfront and keep aside an amount for your boarding and other expenses.

6. Check if your visa allows you to work abroad – most countries permit students to work part-time for a certain number of hours during semesters (or terms), and full-time during vacations. This could provide a source of additional income.

7. Reach out to students and others in the community who are from your country – this should help you get settled in without feeling too homesick. But also remember to make other friends too instead of limiting your circle to only people you’re comfortable with.

8. Don’t let your loneliness or working hours distract you from your lessons – you’re in a strange country mainly for your education, so focus all your attention on your grades and ensure that you keep your nose to the grindstone to remain in the competition. Set aside a few hours every day to revise your lessons and complete your assignments instead of leaving them till the last minute. 

9. Invest in low cost options to keep in touch with people back home – Skype and other video conferencing solutions over the Internet allow you to communicate effectively with your loved ones without eating into your bank balance. 

10. And finally, obey the laws and respect the customs of your temporary home – you don’t want to offend people or get on the wrong side of the law when you’re a student in a foreign country; the legal and long-term implications could ruin your life forever. 

This guest post is contributed by Paula Dierkins, who writes on the topic of Online PhD Degree. Paula can be reached at her email id: paula.dierkins[@]gmail[.]com

Summer Programs at Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva is pleased to announce the fifth session of its short Summer Programmes to be held from June 6 to July 8, 2011. The Graduate Institute welcomes all interested international undergraduate and graduate students to apply.

Schedule and topics:

- Summer Programme on International Affairs and Multilateral Governance (June 6 to June 24) 
To improve and update your knowledge, the programme will focus on fast-changing and complex transnational issues such as:
> Week 1: Global Public Goods: Health and Environment
> Week 2: Global Migration, Cooperation and Development
> Week 3: Security, Human Rights and Humanitarian Actions

The cost of tuition for the full 3-week programme has been fixed at CHF 3,800. Students may participate in the full programme or in selected weeks.

- Summer Programme on the WTO, International Trade and Development (June 27 to July 8) 
An opportunity to learn about the world trading system and the challenges it faces:
> Week 1: Core Features and Current Issues of the World Trading System
> Week 2: Development & Trade in Manufactures, Agriculture and Services

The cost of tuition for the full 2-week programme has been fixed at CHF 3,500. Students may participate in the full programme or in selected weeks.

The programmes are targeted to young professionals seeking to improve their knowledge of current issues in international affairs or trade policy, and to students at the senior graduate level. Participation in the programme includes lectures each morning and visits, workshops and case studies in the afternoons. Drawing on the interdisciplinary culture of the institute, the programmes integrate points of view from economic, political, legal and historical aspects of the issues examined, and seek to bring together a diverse participant body with varied backgrounds.


- Earn a certificate from a leading institute in international and development studies at the heart of multilateralism
- Visit international organisations and meet with practitioners
- Join participants from around the world

Application process
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Application deadline: April 1, 2011

Financial Assistance
Unfortunately, the Programme is unable to provide any financial assistance to candidates. However, we will be happy to provide a letter of reference to your sponsors or scholarship committee upon request.

More information can be found at

Bénédicte Gilbert
Summer Programme on International Affairs
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
CP 136, 1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland
Tel +41 22 908 59 60
Fax +41 22 908 57 10
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