Thursday, March 26, 2009

Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG)

What are the objectives of the programme?
This programme is designed to academically qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life. The programme offers very good graduates with a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) the chance to obtain a Master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of their home country. With the knowledge and experience acquired in Germany the scholarship holders should later contribute to the establishment of democratically devised economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social tensions. In addition, the training at German institutions of higher education should especially qualify the scholarship holders as partners in political and economic cooperation with Germany. With this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of Good Governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.

Who can apply?

The scholarship scheme is open to candidates from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East.

Target group
Very well qualified graduates with a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) who in the future want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries.

What is fundable?
Scholarships for (generally) two-year Master courses at a German institution of higher education. The successful candidates will study on selected Master courses with one of the following focuses: Public Policy, Good Governance, International Relations, Public Management, Administration, Civil Society. The courses have an international orientation and are taught in German and / or English.

The scholarship holders will study in groups and be offered special tutoring at their host institutes. Furthermore, there is the possibility of networking events for participants in different courses and their attendance at tailor-made summer-schools.

The scholarship holders will be placed in German courses for up to 6 months before taking up their Master studies.

DAAD pays a monthly scholarship rate of currently 750 €. The scholarship also includes contributions to health insurance in Germany. In addition, DAAD grants an appropriate travel allowance as well as a study and research subsidy and in applicable cases rent subsidies and / or family allowances.


In addition to the study results achieved so far, the main criterion for selection is a convincing description of the subject-related and personal motivation for the study project in Germany and the expected benefit after the return to the home country.

For Master courses taught in German or in German and English language good German knowledge (ideally at completed A 2 level at the time of application) is an advantage, as the universities generally require good German knowledge. For courses taught in English documented good English knowledge (generally a minimum of 550 TOEFL scores or equivalent) is required.

The university degree should have been obtained during the last six years before the application for the scholarship. Applicants cannot be considered if they have been in Germany for more than one year at the time of application. All Master courses have further additional requirements that must be fulfilled by the applicants at any case.

Information about the papers to be submitted is listed on the application form ("Antrag auf ein Forschungs-/ Studienstipendium") which can be obtained from the Internet (, from the diplomatic and consular representations of the Federal Republic of Germany or from the DAAD lecturers, Offices and Information Centres in your home country where you can also submit your application.

DAAD cannot consider incomplete applications.

The decision on the award of scholarships will be taken by a selection committee composed of professors from the Master courses and representatives of DAAD.

Please do not apply now, but wait until DAAD has issued the list of Master courses selected for scholarships from 2010. The complete set of application papers must be submitted by 15 September 2009 in your home country .

Contact and advise
Further information can be obtained from DAAD section 444

On the DAAD website at country specific information you will find the address to which the application has to be submitted. You can also ask the German diplomatic and consular representations or the DAAD representatives in your home country for further information and advice. They can also provide addresses of other institutions to which you could turn for information and advice.

List of Master Courses in the PPGG programme

The list of selected courses for 2010 will probably be issued in June 2009. Currently the following courses are participating:

Hertie School of Governance, Berlin: Master of Public Policy

Erfurt School of Public Policy at Erfurt University: Master of Public Policy

Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen: Master of Arts in Public Management and Governance

Leuphana University Lüneburg: Master Public Economics Law and Politics

University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück: Master Management in Non-Profit-Organizations

University of Osnabrück: Master Democratic Governance and Civil Society


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chinese Government Scholarship for Master and Doctoral Degree Programs for International Students -2009

2009 Autumn Semester Government Scholarship for Master and Doctoral Degree Programs in English for International Students

I. Number of scholarship available: 10

II. Details of the Scholarship

Chinese Government Scholarship scheme is established to provide full scholarship to international students. Ocean University of China (hereinafter referred to as the University or OUC) is authorized to administer the recruitment of the international government scholarship students who will study in the University.

The scholarship durations are 2-3 years for master degree student and 3-4 years for doctor degree students beginning in the September of 2009 and ending in the July.

The Scholarship includes:

1. Tuition fee

2. Accommodation on campus (Note: water and electricity fee should be afforded by the student him/herself)

3. Monthly Living allowance:

- Master degree students, scholars: CNY 1,700 Yuan per month;

- Doctoral degree students, scholars: CNY 2,000 Yuan per month;

4. Medical insurance based on the stipulated insurance articles;

III. Doctoral & Master degree programs

1. Programs for PhD/Doctoral degree program

- All the available Ph. D supervisors can be found in File 1.

2. Programs for

- Marine Science (For detailed curriculum, please refer to File 2).

3. Programs for MA in Chinese

Four programs are available for master applicants:

- Chinese Philology

- Chinese Literature History

- Modern and Contemporary Chinese literature

- Historical Geography

For the detailed curriculum, please refer to File 3.

4. MBA Program in English

- Study Duration?From two years to Three years

- Main Courses include Accounting, Applied Statistics, Management Economics, Organizational Behavior, Management Information System, Marketing, Operation Management, Financial Management, Strategic Management, Business Negotiation, Human Resource Management, Series of Guest Lecture, Logistics Management &Supply Chain Management, Finance, etc.

For detailed curriculum, please refer to

IV. Eligibility

1. Applicants must be non-Chinese nationals in good health.

2. Education background and age limit:

- Applicants for master degree studies must have bachelor’s degree and be under the age of 35.

- Applicants for doctoral degree studies must have master’s degree and be under the age of 40.

V. Application Materials

The applicants must fill in and provide the following materials truly and correctly (in triplicate, one original and two copies).

1. Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship (printed by CSC, please refer to File 4), one original and two photocopies, in Chinese or in English. Please read carefully the important notes on the last page before filling out the form. Please complete the form in Chinese or English. If the form is not filled in on PC, please write legibly in black or blue ink. Please indicate with ‘X’ in the blank chosen. Any forms that do not follow the notes will be invalid.

2. Notarized Copy of bachelor’s degree/master’s degree (applying doctoral degree program). If applicants are university students or already employed, they should also provide relevant documents to prove. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with translations in Chinese or English.

3. Original transcript (or a notarized copy) .Applicants for Master degree program or Doctoral degree program need to provide Original transcripts (stamped by the university). Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with translations in Chinese or English.

4. A study or research plan in Chinese or in English (no less than 800 words/ 2 pages, very important).

5. Two letters of recommendation .Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English by professors or associate professors (very important).

6. CV. The CV is to introduce your education background, your experience or your publication in relative research field done before.

7. Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (printed by Chinese quarantine authority and only for those whose period of studies in China lasts up to six months, please refer to File 5) filled in English. The medical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid. The medical examination results will be valid for 6 months. All applicants are kindly requested to take this factor into consideration while determining the time to take the medical examination. The original Foreigner Physical Examination Form will be certified by the local authorities. In the case of failure to pass certification, a new physical examination must be done at the stipulated hospitals.

8. Three photocopies of a COMMON passport (no diplomatic or service passport)

Note: Black ink pen or gel pen shall be used to fill all the forms. If any question in preparing the documents, please contact the admission office.

VI. Application Deadline

The above-mentioned materials should directly reach Ocean University of China by May 31th, 2009. Individual applications will not be accepted by CSC.

VII. Contact Information



Address: No. 23 Eastern Hong Kong Road, Qingdao 266071, P. R. China

Telephone: 0086-532-85901555 (English) & 0086-532-85901666

Fax: 0086-532-85901868


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PhD Position at TiLPS/Tilburg

The Department of Philosophy and the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) invite applications for one three-year full-time PhD position, commencing at the latest September 1, 2009.

The successful candidate is expected to work on a topic from epistemology or philosophy of science and complete a PhD thesis within maximally three years. The position is open to candidates with a master degree or equivalent in philosophy. We expect the willingness to work in an international interdisciplinary research environment. The PhD candidate will receive a starting salary of 2042 Euro gross per month in the first year. The salary in the last year is 2612 Euro. Candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a research proposal of maximally 5000 words, certificates, and two letters of recommendation. Please send your application package to

PhD Position Search Committee,
c/o P & O, Department of Philosophy,
Tilburg University,
Warandelaan 2,
P.O. 90153,
5000 LE Tilburg,
The Netherlands,
or email to

Please indicate the vacancy number 500.09.03.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2009.

For more information about TiLPS, visit


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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

The Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.

List of developing Commonwealth countries

Awards are for taught postgraduate courses only. All courses undertaken must be demonstrably relevant to the economic, social or technological development of the candidate's home country and a list of the eligible courses at each institution is available in the booklet for the 2009 Scheme below.

Who is eligible?

Applicants should:

a. be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country
b. hold a first degree at either first or upper second class level;
c. be aware that sponsoring institutions are asked to give priority to candidates under the age of 30 but may give reasons for wishing to make exceptions for older candidates
d. be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the course
e. have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country
f. not be employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable, however)
g. be able to confirm in writing that neither they or their families would otherwise be able to pay for the proposed course of study
h. be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete

Where are the awards tenable?

Awards are only available at participating institutions. The booklet giving details of the UK institutions offering Scholarships joint-funded with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commissin in 2009 is available for download here or can be obtained in print copy from the Scheme Administrators (see below)

Booklet for 2009 Shared Scholarship Scheme

(an updated version of the booklet will be published once all closing dates have been received from institutions)

All UK Universities were asked, in spring 2008, whether they would wish to offer joint awards for 2009. Participating universities are required to support the student stipend for the award holder. DFID funds support the cost of tuition fees, return airfares and other allowances.

How many awards are available?

Figures vary from year to year, but in recent years it has been possible to make between 140 and 150 new scholarships available annually.

How can I apply?

Individual universities will handle advertising and recruitment directly and applications should therefore be addressed to the participating university direct. Candidates should note that institutions are asked to forward their nominations to the CSC no later than 31 May 2009; where institutions have not specified a closing date candidates should contact the institution so as to ascertain the latest date that the institution is willing to accept applications.

Where can I get further information?

Although applications for specific courses should be addressed to the individual university concerned, general inquiries regarding the scheme should be sent to the scheme administrators at the address below. Please note that applications sent to this office will be disregarded and will not be passed on the the institutions.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
c/o Association of Commonwealth Universities
Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9HF

Telephone : 44 (0) 207 380 6700
Fax : 44 (0) 207 387 2655

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