Monday, June 17, 2013

Open Society Foundations Launch Worldwide Fund to Support Nonprofits Navigating Leadership Transitions

Open Society Foundations Launch Worldwide Fund to Support Nonprofits Navigating Leadership Transitions

NEW YORK—To help nonprofit organizations during their first two years of new leadership, the Open Society Foundations today announced a fund designed to provide key financial support so that a new generation of leaders around the world can implement their initiatives.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Scholarships PhD Masters from World Bank


World Bank's McNamara Fellowship Program - PhD research grant. Deadline: July 31, 2013.
World Bank's McNamara Fellowship Program - PhD research grant. Deadline: July 31, 2013.

The World Bank's Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program  is now accepting applications for research grants of up to $25,000 each from PhD candidates from developing countries, with a deadline of July 31, 2013. This Program helps fellows advance their doctoral research work through a residency period of five to ten months in a host institution in a country other than their home country or country of residence. Target groups are persons from the highest quality institutions among universities, research centers and relevant professional networks since only 15 grants are awarded per year.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the most promising researchers in developing countries or region to advance their doctoral research with the best advisors and host institutions in their field of study around the world.,,contentMDK:21588578~menuPK:552352~pagePK:64168445~piPK:64168309~theSitePK:551843,00.html

The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) - Full MA Scholarship programme for 2014-2015
The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) - Full MA Scholarship programme for 2014-2015

Are you interested in:

•         Climate Change and Sustainability?
•         Natural Resource Management?
•         Environmental Governance and Security?
•         Gender Equality? 
•         Sustainable Urban Governance?
•         Sustainable Economic Development? 
•         Human Rights?
•         Education for Peace?
•         International Law? 
•         The Role of the Media?
If so, please join us for an information seminar on 4 June 2013 (Can Tho) and the 11 June 2013 (Hanoi) regarding a Full MA Scholarship opportunity that we would like to share with you!
The UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) is pleased to announce that we will be coming to Vietnam  in June and July 2013 in order to provide an informative seminar on a Full MA Scholarship programme for 2014-2015 that we have for young professionals from Asia entitled, the 'Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship' (APS).  The South East Asian region is of great priority for the programme and we have special spaces allocated for qualified professionals from Vietnam.
The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS), a dual Campus Master of Arts Programme, is a shared initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). The objective of the programme is to train 30 young Asian professionals each year to become peace-building practitioners, ready to take up leading positions in international organizations. The APS covers full tuition, airfare, transit and some visa costs for all programme components.  A monthly stipend of 700 USD is provided to students throughout the duration of the programme. 
For more information about details for the seminar in your city, please contact:
To find out more about the UN-mandated University for Peace, please visit:, and to find out more about the APS programme:  
Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS)
Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS)

The Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS) is awarded to international students wishing to undertake graduate research degree studies at the University of Melbourne. MIRSs are funded by the University with each faculty having a limited number to award. Each year the University offers about 200 new Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRSs), of which about 150 are normally awarded to international students as MIRSs.

MIRS applicants should submit their application for admission and scholarship by 31 August

Ghent University - Grants for students from developing countries
Ghent University - Grants for students from developing countries 

Ghent University provides Master Grants to candidates from developing countries who wish to obtain a master's degree at Ghent University. The grants are available for 19 master programmes at Ghent University. They are awarded for the duration of the studies with a maximum of 2 years. In case of a two-year-programme the scholarship will only be paid for the full term if the student successfully completes the first year of the programme. The scholarship consists of an allowance of 1000 euro per month, an installation fee of 500€ and a refund of the yearly tuition fee with a maximum of 80€.

Next deadline will probably be December 2013 (new students) and May 2014 (students with admission).

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme (LExS)
Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme (LExS)

For excellent Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme and for excellent students from all nationalities enrolling in a Master of Law Advanced Programme or MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Deadline: 1 October 2013 for programmes starting in February 2014.

University of Lausanne Master's grants
University of Lausanne Master's grants

To facilitate access to Master's degrees by students with qualifications from foreign universities, the University of Lausanne makes available around ten Master's grants which are awarded on a competitive basis.

Required conditions
•The candidate must be the holder of a degree from a foreign university.
•The qualification held by the candidate must be deemed equivalent to the UNIL Bachelor's degree.

Candidates complete the "UNIL Master's Grant" form and submit their application to the Office for socio-cultural affairs (SASC, Unicentre, University of Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, by 15 December 2013 at the latest.

University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS)
University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS)
The University of Sydney invites candidates who are eligible to undertake a Postgraduate Research Degree or Master's by Research program at this University to apply for the University of Sydney International Research Scholarship (USydIS). 

To be considered for the award, applications MUST be received by the International Student Office by:
•31 July of the previous year for Semester 1 (March) commencement
•15 December of the previous year for Semester 2 (July) commencement

Call for applications: Vietnam Women's Innovation Day 2013 (VWID 2013) Program: "Women's Economic Empowerment". Deadline...
Call for applications: Vietnam Women's Innovation Day 2013 (VWID 2013) Program: "Women's Economic Empowerment". Deadline: 30 June 2013.

To encourage women's economic empowerment, the Vietnam Women Union, the World Bank in Vietnam and UN Women co-organize the Women's Innovation Day, which will consist of 2 main activities: 1) Showcase the most innovative products by women in the course of economic development and 2) Identify and provide seed-money to the most feasible and innovative ideas in promoting women's economic empowerment. In addition, a series of seminars/discussions will be held to engage policy-makers and a wide range of leading figures in the development community and private sector to share their experiences. These activities will also provide valuable networking and capacity building opportunities.

Deadline: 30th June 2013.

Endeavour Awards 2014 Round for International Applicants. Deadline: 30 June 2013.
Endeavour Awards 2014 Round for International Applicants. Deadline: 30 June 2013.

Endeavour Postgraduate Awards: Postgraduate study/research for an Australian Masters degree or PhD (Up to 2 years for a Masters; Up to 4 years for a PhD)
Prime Minister's Australia Asia Incoming Postgraduate Award: Postgraduate research for an Australian PhD (Up to 4 years + up to 1 year optional internship)
Endeavour Research Fellowship (Including Endeavour Australian Cheung Kong Research Fellowship): Research towards a Masters degree or PhD in home country; or postdoctoral research (4 - 6 months)
Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Award: Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree (1- 2.5 years)

Endeavour Executive Award: Professional Development (1 - 4 months) 
Applications must be submited online.

Deadline: Sunday 30 June 2013 at 11.59 am AEST.

New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards: Calling for applications. Deadline: 1 July 2013.
New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards: Calling for applications. Deadline: 1 July 2013

New Zealand ASEAN Scholars awards empower future leaders with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to economic, social and political development within ASEAN nations.
The New Zealand Government, through the New Zealand Aid Programme, provides full scholarships for qualified students from Vietnam to undertake studies at a university in New Zealand.
Successful applicants are entitled to return air travel, full tuition fees, establishment allowance, a living allowance to cover day to day costs, reunion airfare for unaccompanied awardees.
Applications from Vietnam close on 1st July 2013 for study beginning in early 2014.

2013 SEED Awards for entrepreneurship in sustainable development. Deadline: 12 June 2013.
2013 SEED Awards for entrepreneurship in sustainable development. Deadline: 12 June 2013.

SEED Initiative is seeking entries from innovative start-up entrepreneurs in Vietnam, among other countries, who aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level. In addition, two special SEED Gender Equality Awards will be made available to enterprises that are run or owned by a woman or women and prioritise gender equality and/or women's empowerment as a core objective.

Candidates can apply until  12th June 2013, 23:59 CET.

All related information can be found at

Curtin International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (CIPRS). Applications accepted at any time.
Curtin International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (CIPRS). Applications accepted at any time.

The CIPRS is available to any international student wishing to commence a Higher Degree by Research at Curtin for the first time in 2013. 

This scholarship is awarded to students to attract top quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength in the Australian higher education sector and support Australia's research effect. 

Recipients of this award are usually nominated by the Faculty. 

The award is open to citizens of an overseas country (excluding New Zealand).

Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and research capacity to suitably qualified overseas graduates eligible to commence a higher degree by research in 2013.

Applications accepted at any time.

Macquarie University International Scholarship (MUIS)
Macquarie University International Scholarship (MUIS)

Macquarie University International Scholarship is a Full Scholarship for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies.

The MUIS is available across most courses to cover a range of full international tuition fees for study on campus at North Ryde in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree.

The MUIS Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships do NOT provide financial support in the form of a living allowance, nor does it provide for the cost of visa application, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), airfares, accommodation, conferences or other costs associated with study. This scholarship is not available to students studying at Macquarie City Campus or the Sydney Institute of Business & Technology (SIBT).

Annual renewal of the MUIS Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarship is subject to satisfactory performance in the Macquarie University degree program.

Applicants must:

- Be a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand. 
- Have met the University's academic and English requirements for the course to be considered for a scholarship (must hold a full offer of admission or package offer for North Ryde by the application deadline by the application deadline). 
- Have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0 for Postgraduate applications and minimum requirement of an ATAR equivalent of 92 out of 100 for Undergraduate applications. 
Semester 1, 2013: Course Application Deadline: 1 October 2012 -- MUIS Application Deadline: 31 October 2012 

Semester 2, 2013: Course Application Deadline: 1 April 2013 -- MUIS Application Deadline: 30 April 2013

Erasmus Mundus program in Sweden
Erasmus Mundus program in Sweden

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) 

NFP promote capacity building within organisations in 61 countries by providing training and education to mid-career professionals. The NFP is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

Master's degree programmes and Short courses: There are fellowships available for a selected number of master's degree programmes with a duration of between 12 and 24 months. A master's degree programme leads to a Dutch master's degree. In addition, there are fellowships available for a selected number of Short courses offered by Dutch institutions that provide professional training at post-secondary level. These courses have a duration of between two weeks and twelve months. The courses lead to a Dutch certificate or diploma.

PhD studies: There are fellowships available for PhD research with a maximum duration of four years. You are allowed to seek alternative sources of funding. At least a quarter of your research must take place in an NFP country.

The Dutch institutions have their own academic application deadlines which may change during the year. Before you apply always check the website of the institution to find out which academic application deadline applies for the course or study programme you are interested in.

The fellowship application deadline is 2 October 2012 (for short courses and PhD studies).

Sunday, June 9, 2013

10TH Annual Human Rights Youth Summit in Brussels, Belgium



6 September 2013

The 10th annual Youth for Human Rights International Human Rights Summit 2013 to be held in Brussels from September 6th to the 8th, will follow our proud tradition of bringing youth from around the world together to share, encourage and inspire global peace and tolerance.

The purpose of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace. The mission of YHRI is educational and apolitical, focusing on teaching universal human rights as set out in the United Nations UDHR. Our accomplishments of the previous year and our goals for the following year will be covered at the Summit. For more information please refer and

Youth for Human Rights International is proud to co-organize the Summit with Youth for Human Rights Belgium as well as the Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology International and a host of supporting organizations. International Youth Ambassadors will present their respective Human Rights Education activities. The Human Rights Heroes 2013 awards will be presented for outstanding contributions marking another year of exponential expansion and successes!


September 6 - International Human Rights Summit
September 7 - Human Rights Education Workshop
September 8 - Inter-Religious Conference for Peace

There are no admission fees for the International Human Rights Summit meetings and events.

Business attire or traditional dress is appropriate for all events and meetings.

YOUTH DELEGATES (16 to 27 years):
Youth Delegate application forms are available at ( ) Only 30 Youth Delegates will be selected, based on merit, to represent their respective countries.

There are NO sponsorships available for airfares, visa or mandatory travel insurance. Only the 30 Youth Delegates (16 to 27 years) representing their respective countries are eligible to APPLY for the limited number of sponsorships for expenses in Brussels (accommodations, local transport and food), which are available for qualifying Youth Delegates (16 – 27 years) based on merit. All other youth and adults participate at their own expense.

VISA REQUIRED TO ENTER BELGIUM (YOUTH & ADULTS): If you need a visa to enter Belgium, please request our IMPORTANT VISA GUIDELINES Re: Embassy of Belgium Short Stay Visa (up to 90 days) ( )

NO VISA REQUIRED CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Early registration is recommended. Limited seating available at

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Opportunity for scholarship for youth leaders

Here is an excellent opportunity for young students, -- 2013 WISE Learners' Voice Program Application!

Please read the instruction carefully here:

Submission Period Is Open Until June 25, 2013, 18.00 GMT

> Nominate a learner to take part in the Program 
WISE invites representatives of institutions, organizations, programs and networks around the world to nominate highly motivated learners from very diverse educational paths and cultural backgrounds – and with outstanding or original academic/learning experiences – to participate in the WISE Learners' Voice Program. 

> As a learner, apply personally to take part in the Program
WISE is also inviting highly motivated learners to apply personally to take part in the Program by sending their application form endorsed by two referees.


Completed nomination and application forms should be submitted online by June 25, 2013, 18.00 GMT.

To submit your nomination or application, you will need to:
1/ Read the official criteria carefully 
2/ Choose and download the appropriate form (nomination versus application) 
3/ Complete all fields in English
4/ Submit your nomination or application in Word format (.doc)
You will then receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your nomination or application form.


[Visit Original Website here]

Monday, May 6, 2013

EED Scholarship Opportunity in Germany

Scholarship Opportunity in Germany 

General Information 
Development of human potential through tertiary education is an 
important contribution of the Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (EED - 
Church Development Service) to development that complements other 
forms of development co-operation aiming more directly at poverty 
The scholarship programme of EED serves the strengthening of 
ecumenical awareness and ecumenical co-operation. It provides a 
forum where people of different denominational, cultural, national, 
religious and ideological background can meet. 
The scholarship gives students the chance to enhance their knowledge 
and professional skills through higher studies and to gain a higher 
academic degree. The scholarship programme of EED neither 
sponsors individual careers nor the brain drain. Through purposeful 
further academic education it rather contributes to personnel 
development of institutions. 
Scholars are not only learners. Apart from their academic and 
professional qualification they carry experiences and knowledge which 
they can share. Especially the presence of ecumenical scholars as our 
guests in Germany provides a chance for ecumenical sharing and 
mutual learning in congregations, churches and universities. Living 
together with our guests we can experience the worldwide church and 
we can realize what our duty as Christians is in this world. In dialogue 
we can come to an understanding about the meaning of 'development' 
globally as well as locally. (read more by downloading the PDF above)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution

Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution


Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master's degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution

 How to apply

Interested candidates must apply for Rotary Peace Fellowships through their local Rotary club. Use the Club Locator to find Rotary club contact information. If your hometown doesn't have a Rotary club, try entering the names of nearby cities. You also can try searching for Rotary club websites. If you have difficulty finding or contacting a Rotary club in your area, contact Rotary Peace Centers staff for assistance.

Fellowship types

Applicants can choose from two Rotary Peace Fellowship options:

Master's degree Professional development certificate
Six centers, seven universities One center, one university
15- to 24-month course 3-month course
Study timelines differ according to each university's schedule Two sessions per year (January-April and June-August)
Up to 10 new fellows at each center each year; up to 60 fellows per year Up to 25 new fellows in each session; up to 50 fellows per year
Two- to three-month practical internship during summer break Two to three weeks of field study incorporated into curriculum
Building the leaders of tomorrow Strengthening the leaders of today

Eligibility criteria

  • A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
  • A bachelor's degree or commensurate experience as a minimum, with strong academic achievement
  • A minimum of three years' combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience (master's degree) or five years' relevant work experience with current full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position (professional development certificate)
  • Proficiency in a second language (master's degree) or in English (professional development certificate)
  • Strong leadership skills

Individuals applying immediately after obtaining an undergraduate degree are generally not strong candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships. People with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Individuals who previously participated in the Ambassadorial Scholarships program, or were  Peace Fellows  in the professional development program at Chulalongkorn University,  Bangkok, Thailand, are required to wait a minimum of three full years before applying for a master's degree fellowship. 

Individuals who participated in the Rotary Peace Centers master's degree program are not eligible for the professional development program at Chulalongkorn University. 

The following people are ineligible for master's degree Rotary Peace Fellowships but may apply for the professional development certificate on an exception basis:

  • Active and honorary Rotarians
  • Employees of a Rotary club, RI district, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity
  • Spouses, lineal descendants (children or grandchildren by blood or legal adoption), spouses of lineal descendants, or ancestors (parents or grandparents by blood) of any living person in the categories above
  • Former Rotarians and their relatives as described above (within 36 months of resignation)

Such individuals, if accepted, will be responsible for paying for all program-related costs, health insurance, and airfare.

Application process

The fellowship application and selection process consists of three levels: club, district, and world. There is no limit to the number of qualified candidates a club and/or district may submit to the world competition.

Club level

Individual Rotary clubs initially screen and select fellowship applications to forward to the district level for competition. Club deadlines may be as early as March or as late as June for Rotary Peace Fellowships and vary by club district deadlines.

District level

Districts must allow sufficient time for interview and selection in order to meet the 1 July deadline for candidate submission to The Rotary Foundation. Because application deadlines vary by club and district, applicants must contact their local clubs and districts for specific deadline information.

World level

Each Rotary district submits candidates' applications to the Foundation on or before 1 July. The world-level selection committee includes Trustees-appointed Rotarians and representatives from the university partners. The Foundation will inform candidates and districts about final selection decisions in November.

For more information, contact your local Rotary club or the Rotary Peace Centers Department at The Rotary Foundation.

Download the 
PDF  / Word 

Visit the Rotary Peace Center's  Facebook page or contribute on the causes  page.

Embed the "Voices for Peace" video  from RI's Vimeo channel.

Learn about the Rotary Peace Centers

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

IHRP - Mahidol University: Be Part of Southeast Asia’s First and Best Known Human Rights M.A. Programme!

Be Part of Southeast Asia's

First and Best Known Human Rights M.A. Programme!

Call for Applications: Masters in Human Rights. IHRP, Mahidol University, Thailand.
Deadline: May 30, 2013.
The MA in Human Rights at the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) at Mahidol University, Thailand is the longest running graduate degree program in Human Rights in Asia, and offers unique opportunities to understand how human rights currently are promoted and protected in the region.
This year the IHRP will offer a limited number of partial fee-waver scholarships to outstanding candidates. The partial fee waiver will reduce up to 50% of the fees for coursework units. To qualify for the fee waiver applicants must have:
  • Outstanding academic records
  • Research proposal or interest in an area of relevance for human rights promotion and protection in Southeast Asia
Applicants who wish to apply for a partial fee waiver must note this in their cover letter for their application.
The MA program involves two semesters of coursework (running from August-December (1st Semester) and January to April (2nd Semester), followed by a semester of individual research under academic supervision. Graduates of the program will have excellent research skills for human rights work, alongside a thorough and contemporary knowledge of Human Rights theory and practice. Graduates of this program work in a wide variety of organizations such as international organizations, international NGOs, University programs, and civil society sectors.
Students will be trained in researching for human rights, and must undertake a research project which contributes to human rights practice. The program is especially suited for people who want skills in the applied knowledge of human rights work, and who have an interest in researching human rights issues directly. The Institute takes research practice very seriously, as it is committed to develop the quality of research in human rights in the Asian region.
The application form can be downloaded from the homepage of the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University:

For more information: 
for those in Thailand, call: +6624410813 loc. 1116 (look for Khun Cherry)
The applications will be reviewed in Early June for the academic year beginning in August, 2013.
For possible scholarships from Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University:

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