Thursday, April 2, 2009

Online Courses Global Norms Against Terrorism at Work


UNODC with the cooperation of DiploFoundation

Topics Covered
1. Introduction to the Universal Legal Regime against Terrorism

2. The Roots of the Universal Legal Regime against Terrorism: International Criminal Law and the Institutional Context

3. Universal Instruments against Terrorism: Establishing and Prosecuting Offences

4. Universal Instruments against Terrorism: Tools for Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance

5. Making Use of the Univeral Legal Regime against Terrorism: Legal Implications and Challenges

Practical Information

Both courses are offered free of charge as part of a capacity-building initiative on the part of UNODC.


The course for English-speaking participants will begin during the week starting 4 May 2009.
The course for French-speaking participants will begin during the week starting 18 May 2009.
Selected applicants will receive full details of the timetable before the course begins.

Who should apply
Criminal justice officers, practicing diplomats, civil servants, and others who work in the legal areas of international cooperation in criminal matters, or are involved in legislative drafting of criminal law texts. Priority will be given to applicants from developing countries.


Applicants for both courses must:
- hold a university degree in Law, preferably with specialization in international/criminal law issues;
- have at least three years work experience as legal practitioner or governmental official. Involvement in international cooperation matters, especially in criminal matters, is an asset;
- for the course addressed to English-speaking participants, sufficient ability in English to undertake postgraduate level tudies; for the course addressed to French-speaking participants, sufficient ability in French to undertake postgraduate level studies;
- have unrestricted access to the Internet using Firefox or Internet Explorer web browsers;
- be ready to commit a minimum of 6 hours per week to studies for the duration of the course.

How to apply

Candidates interested in the course for English-speaking participants should send their CV with a short motivation letter to:

Application deadline: 13 April 2009

Candidates interested in the course for French-speaking participants should send their CV with a short motivation letter to:

Application deadline: 20 April 2009

More information can be found HERE.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Bowling Green State University (BGSU), a university of approximately 20,000 students located in Bowling Green, Ohio USA (which is located in the Northwestern part of Ohio, USA) has agreed to admit Tanzania students who show a lot of promise for building up the country of Tanzania, by awarding tuition waivers to these excellent Tanzanian students who do not otherwise have all the funds needed for study at a
university in the United States. This opportunity is available through the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development (GLC) and its Tanzania Project Advisor Karl Gingrich. Tuition waivers mean that they will grant the accepted students $54,000 (USD) in tuition fee waivers for four years of undergraduate study. This opportunity is also available for graduate level studies for those who have a university degree, not a diploma, under a similar program. Tuition waivers for graduate students are gained through being accepted for an assistantship, which also usually carries with it a stipend for living expenses in addition to tuition waivers. It is the responsibility of the student applicant to make certain that all of the following is accomplished. Those being considered have kept in close e-mail and personalcontact during this entire process. It is not the responsibility of BGSU or the GLC to keep in contact with the student applicant.

Consideration will only be given to those students who meet all of the following 11 criteria:

1 - The student must return to Tanzania after completion of their studies, and work to develop Tanzania. The goal of this program is to build up the country of Tanzania by providing higher education opportunities to exceptional Tanzania students. Its goal is not to create a pathway for immigration to the US.

2 – The undergraduate student is expected to stay in the US for the entire four year undergraduate period in order to complete their entire course of study. Any family obligations must be taken care of prior to their travel to the US. Spouses and other dependents cannot come with the students.

3 – Karl Gingrich will interview all prospective students before they begin this process. All admission applications for this study opportunity will be submitted and coordinated through Karl Gingrich, GLC Project Advisor – e-mail: Any other contact or submissions will make it difficult and possibly impossible to process your application for this program. No other person in Tanzania is
authorized to recommend students for this program. However, there are some people in Tanzania who are aware of this program and they can provide information to assist you in this program.

4 - The student must take a course of study which BGSU offers. The many courses of study can be reviewed on the web site

5 – In order to assess a student’s academic achievements and to determine their eligibility for this program, a copy of the student’s records must be submitted for review to Karl Gingrich. These records are their national exam reports and all of their annual secondary school reports, in addition to any other academic reports that they might have. For graduate students all the transcripts from their degree program must be submitted. These records must show that the student is an outstanding student, meaning that for undergraduate studies they are a Division One student in both A and O levels, and for graduate level studies they must provide evidence of a very high Grade Point Average (GPA) from their university degree work. The Certified Copies of student records can be submitted either in person to Karl Gingrich when he is in Tanzania or by scanning them into a file and sending them through e-mail attachment files to
Bowling Green State University will be the sole and final determinant of those accepted into this program for either the undergraduate or the graduate levels, based upon the original records submitted.

6 – At the proper time and when told to do so, the student must take the English language examination (TOEFL). For graduate level studies the student must also take, in advance of their consideration, the GRE examination (or other graduate level test as specified by the BGSU catalog.) These examinations are administered at the University of Dar es Salaam. There is a fee for these examinations. Other places in
Tanzania to sit for these examinations are not accepted and the results will be rejected. You can only take these examinations and TOEFL at an official authorized testing center.

7 - After being accepted by BGSU, and when BGSU provides them with a US government form I-20, the student will be required to take their Tanzania Passport to the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam and obtain a US student visa. There is a fee for this.

8 - The student will be required to provide evidence that they have funds available for traveling to the US, totaling at least $2,700 to $3,000 ,
for their immediate travel and student living expenses. You will be required to show this evidence in order to obtain a US Student Visa at the US Embassy. These costs are broken down and will be used as:

a - Air transportation one way from Tanzania to Bowling Green Ohio. The nearest airport is Toledo Ohio or Detroit Michigan;

b - Sufficient funds to begin living and studying in the US; approximately $1,900 which is broken down and needed for: first semester’s books cost $400; deposit on apartment and first month’s rent cost $450; first month’s food cost $100; first semester’s medical insurance cost $800; miscellaneous school supplies cost $150. If you come without these funds you will have many difficulties. There is no one other then yourself who will pay these expenses for you. Failure to come with these funds may make it necessary for you to return to Tanzania immediately. You will use all of these funds at once upon arrival in the U.S.

9 - In order to pay for all of your on-going living expenses while you are studying at BGSU, the student will work on the BGSU campus. You will be expected to work at least 20 hours each week and you will be paid for this work. The pay received from this work will provide for your ongoing living expenses.

10 – The GLC will assist all the students when they arrive and while they are at BGSU and the GLC will provide advice and other support for their comfort and safety while they are at BGSU. The GLC will not provide financial support.

11 – Those students who can pay for their own annual tuition can also apply through Karl Gingrich and we will assist them in the application process, assimilation into the campus, gaining jobs to pay for living expenses, and an introduction to other East African students studying at BGSU. The GLC will also assist these tuition paying students to gain in-state tuition fees which is a substantial reduction in the tuition cost.

This process for the selection of students for tuition waivers is a very long process, typically taking at least one year. Students who are considering this process are encouraged to begin early. Students who wish to study in the U.S. are also encouraged to inquire at the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam. There are regularly scheduled programs at the Embassy to help prospective students gain additional information on study in the U.S. The embassy personnel are aware of this BGSU program.

For further information on this opportunity please contact Karl Gingrich e-mail - gingrich@tds net , ….19364 CR 7, Findlay, Ohio 45840
USA telephone 419 387 7356; (or by telephone 0754 069741 whenever Karl Gingrich is in Tanzania.)

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Monday, March 30, 2009

From Tanzania to Marshall University, WV

ZZ Ozturk
Issue date: 10/3/08 Section: Life


Ernest Makulilo never dreamed he would be celebrating his 27th birthday in a foreign country - America.

Makulilo is the U.S. Fulbright Foreign Language Visiting Scholar who teaches Global Connections: Discover Africa at Marshall University.

Makulilo's journey from his home in Tanzania to Marshall was not a simple one. It began when he was finishing the second year of his 3-year program at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, majoring in political science with a minor in language. Makulilo was studying to become a lecturer at the university. That year he became an intern with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. His adviser was a 25-year-old woman from the Netherlands, and her experiences working in Iraq and Afganistan impressed Makulilo, and he decided to search for scholarships.

Borrowing his friend's laptop, Makulilo would get up at 6 a.m. every Saturday and visit the wireless access points in his university.

"I would use the Internet for almost eight hours," Makulilo said. "I was not eating, drinking, whatever. And I promised myself every Saturday that I have to get one scholarship information."

Makulilo's plan was to go abroad as soon as he graduated. At the time, coming to the United States was not an option for him because securing an American visa was difficult. He was required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), both of which were expensive.

One day while Makulilo was on the Internet hunting for scholarships, he saw an ad for the Fulbright program. He was immediately wary.

"In Africa anyone, any day, is looking for the opportunity to go abroad, - that is reality," Makulilo said. "So you see a lot of people are putting things online that is not true and they want you to give them money."

Makulilo contacted the U.S. Embassy. He discovered the information was real and his background in language would make him eligible to take the Fulbright exam under the foreign language section. Makulilo went to the information session and saw there were 400 applicants.

"After the session I told my friends that if they want one applicant in the Fulbright program, that one applicant is me," Makulilo said. "I promised myself I am going into the war of going to the U.S."

Makulilo had six months to prepare his application, which consisted of 32 questions. As well as the essays, Makulilo also had to find three recommendations. He said this was difficult.

"Not many people are going to recommend you," Makulilo said. "They say, 'if I recommend you, you are going to the U.S. and I have to stay in Tanzania,' and this was a professor. There is a lot of jealousy."

Makulilo also had to pay for the medical exam, which cost him close to his entire allowance for the month.

Makulilo's efforts paid off and he was one of the 27 applicants chosen to move to the interview stage.

The day of the interview came and Makulilo arrived ready for difficult questions.

"In Africa, or Tanzania in this instance, if someone has achieved something, (they) do not want others to reach his level," Makulilo said. "Sometimes he can make objections. So they ask questions not to ask but to defeat you. This was just like a war."

By 10 a.m. the next day Makulilo heard he had passed the interview.

Only the TOEFL exam remained. It was a grueling experience since it was the first time Makulilo had taken an exam on a computer, but he passed.

Days went by and other people in the program began to receive word where they had been assigned. Makulilo waited but nothing came. Finally, he was told that his contract with Marshall had been approved.

There were still some close calls. Students at Makulilo's university held a protest, and he was worried that if it lasted more than three days, his school would be shut down. If that happened, Makulilo would not be able to get the papers Marshall required for the program.

Another close call occurred when Makulilo could not produce his transcripts to Marshall. His university required students to wait until after the graduation ceremony but Makulilo needed the information in advance in order to come to Marshall. He finally sent the documents with a day to spare.

Despite the hardships he endured, Makulilo is grateful to the Fulbright program and to Marshall.

"The Fulbright program is the only program to me which I really appreciate because it is my first time to travel outside my country," Makulilo said. "I promised myself that if I get a son or a daughter, his or her name will be Fulbright-Marshall Makulilo."

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mosses machali
posted 10/03/08 @ 3:19 AM EST
May I take this opportunity to congulaturate ERNEST MAKULILO Jr ,My best friend for his struggles till when he won the FULBRIGHT -marshal.Real many people applied for that but makulilo became the winner from many applicants.
I say big up and always think to big to reach far fro where you are.
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St.Augustine university of Tanzania,
Faculty of education (2nd year student) 307,

Post a reply to this comment Robert Elias a.k.a Gaucho
posted 10/03/08 @ 6:40 AM EST
I take this opportunity to congratulate my best friend Mr. Ernest Makulilo for his effort, visions, missions,objectives and dreams that he had since when we came to know each other! He had been my very wonderful friend who by any means had been thinking of staying abroad! I still encourage him to continue with such motivation towards achieving other intended goals ahead of his life! Makulili is really a good example to Africans who always keep their brain domant and static towards fulfilling their intentions! Big up man and all the best forever.

Post a reply to this comment Francis E. Semwaza
posted 10/03/08 @ 9:25 AM EST
This is just to congratulate Professor Ernest Makulilo for his determination and vision. He is strong and doesn't dispair. LIVE LONG ERNEST MAKULILO, FULBRIGHT is the PROGRAM.

Post a reply to this comment Atupakisye Mwakolo
posted 10/04/08 @ 6:31 AM EST
Always hard working people achieve the best in life! your hard working gives us also more courage to strive in achieving and fulfilling our dreams. Congratulation my dear friend and let pray for each other. The beggining that you have started with gives you more hope to go ahead, keep struggling and never give up!

Post a reply to this comment Sebastian Maduhu
posted 10/04/08 @ 8:42 AM EST
Wonderful Makulilo!
This is how succesiful people do. Keep it up and remember, "No Sweet Without Sweat"

Post a reply to this comment Isaac Mbata
posted 10/05/08 @ 4:42 AM EST
Congratulation Mr.Makulilo. Being your classmate at the University I'm an eyewitness of all efforts you made to get into that achievements. GOD bless you today and always. I wish you all the best.

Post a reply to this comment Yassin Mchondo a.k.a Chandejr
posted 10/05/08 @ 3:33 PM EST
Hi Ernest Makulilo(Baba Fulbright-Marshall Makulilo), Congrates on Your Success. God fulfill all your wishes what ever you want in your life..

Post a reply to this comment jesperkatomero
posted 10/06/08 @ 2:19 AM EST
"every successeful endevor requires time and patience" u worked hard brother, u deserve it, good luck! but dont forget ur African roots!

Post a reply to this comment gabriel
posted 10/06/08 @ 9:32 PM EST
congratulations bro!!!!

Post a reply to this comment Marigiri chacha
posted 10/08/08 @ 5:22 AM EST
u sacrificed a lot bro and thats what u diserve..stick to knitting and ur principal underpinnings..let em know:kigoma can do better what zurich can!!!!!!!!

Post a reply to this comment Elijah Kondi
posted 10/08/08 @ 9:16 AM EST
That's it my buddy. Congrates and may you always be successful. After such a hardwork you are now eating the fruits! keep it up!

Post a reply to this comment Damas Didas- (R&B Musician)
posted 10/11/08 @ 6:02 AM EST
Yes "Mdau" i remember how we used to struggle in Mbeya_Tanzania, time before starting higher learning at University. so now i realize that when you long for something, you have to keep struggling till when you succeed. congratulation, you are a real WARRIOR an you won the battle. "Fulbright is da taeing"

Post a reply to this comment Mohamed Hmouma
posted 10/15/08 @ 8:19 PM EST
Awesome, Yea, "No sweet without sweat" What can I say? More than nice! You did a great job! If you work hard enough, it pays off. You should present something at Washington, DC workshop. Meet you in DC.

Post a reply to this comment Valeria Kuzivanova
posted 10/15/08 @ 8:22 PM EST
If you want something very much, you will get it. I have seen so many examples in my life but sometimes I still have some doubts. You show to me that there is no reason for doubts at all. I think that I will never be so determined to do something. But you have already won, and you'll win many times after. this is only the beginning. You are great and very educated. Good luck to you! And don't forget about your promise. I hope to see one day Fulbright-Marshall Makulilo.

Post a reply to this comment Rikrd J. kilasi. aka made in Tanzania in the UK
posted 10/16/08 @ 10:07 AM EST
This is just to say, i appreciate the efforts made by this fellow by the name,Ernest Makulillo jr to the achievement just seen in the US now, it is a challenge to Tanzanians and other young generation toward reaching achievement,so keep it up.

Post a reply to this comment Badeleya Marco
posted 10/18/08 @ 12:36 AM EST
Hi my friend Makulilo,
Let me have this chance to congratulate you.Real I apreciate the way you fight to have Fulbright Program.The way promise yourself that if you get a son or a daughter his name or her name will be Fulbright Marshall Makulilo for sure I agree with you because it has made you in history.
Congratulation man just keek it up
I wish you all the best in the Program I hope God will be with you all the time and you will make wounders there.
All the best.

Post a reply to this comment Furaha Julius.
posted 10/19/08 @ 7:29 AM EST
Let me refer you as a comrade!...indeed you inspire me by your extra-ordinary determinations!...actually the entire deal was not an easy endeavor, it requires the courageous one with a "never say die" spirit to toil up! have made your dreams reality!...I've explored your potentiality that you're engineous and true "mzandiki".....big up man!

Post a reply to this comment Elias Kasoma
posted 10/22/08 @ 10:11 AM EST
This is great achievement so far, but i strongly encourage you to keep going on with the same mission, mind and plans. Take this as a challenge towards a great achievement and success in your life. Congratulation brother keep your head up...........!!!!

Post a reply to this comment Vilma Santana Eugui
posted 10/22/08 @ 4:10 PM EST
My dear friend Ernest! I see I'm not the only person who really feels proud about you. Whenever I think about success I think that it comes in many forms and from many directions. Often it does not come easily and all the obstacles and distractions thrown in our direction will do their best to stop us from acting on our dream and achieving the success we want.

I find it helpful, when I'm going through a difficult time and the obstacles look insurmountable, to read about how others have succeeded -- in whatever way they were pursuing their dream and working to make it real.

That's why my great great friend I wanted to share with you this: "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened; vision cleared; ambition inspired, and success achieved." (Helen Keller)

You are a great inspiration to many people including me! I thank the day I met you through this same program and be an FLTA from Argentina just like you from Tanzania.

Take care and remember that success in life requires passion, determination, character, to know thyself, hard work, attention to detail,etc...but most importantly no matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to the people you love, what have you really accomplished?


Post a reply to this comment Benson Matawana
posted 11/26/08 @ 8:04 AM EST
Kidingi Makulilo!
Mambo mzuka kaka.Naamini mpiganaji haogopi makovu.Walichonga sana:mazee tunachomoka kwa kandambili.Hawakujua,ila hii ni spirit kaka.Nimefurahi kusoma article yako sikuwa na muda kutuma comments.Mie nawakaribisha Germany.
Ndugu zangu bongo nawasihii acheni kupenda maisha ya kwenye TV.Hao jaamaa ktk tv wapo kazini kuuza kazi yao.Njooni muone watu wanavyo fanya kazi ulaya.Kweli mda wa anasa ni anasa sana.
Tufanye kazi na kutafuta hakuna kuchoka

Post a reply to this comment Andrew
posted 12/15/08 @ 11:10 AM EST
Congrats bro'
Keep up the good work. Stay blessed!

Post a reply to this comment mansoor
posted 12/25/08 @ 4:20 PM EST
dah bro makulilo i have total respect for you man! it is very couragious and exciting to read your story and believe me i am convinced that everyone who dreams of something better can go for it!! it clear that for someone to be successful you need to sacrifice as you did.. 'borrowing your friend's laptop'

i really dont know what to tell you, but dude that is awesome! congrats bro..

Post a reply to this comment dr. Innocentus Alhamis
posted 1/11/09 @ 2:07 PM EST
your hard working at last paid. I remember I did the same and success was realized. Good job. BUT, let these achievements not to be the end of the beginning but the beginning of the beginning Makulilo

Post a reply to this comment Godfrey Mika Mwakipesile
posted 2/24/09 @ 9:37 AM EST
Hi my young brother makulilo, isnt the first time to visit your interested and wonderful website for most afican youth but is first time to pay a visit too your profile it is so amazing.Keep on doing on what u believe to achieve in the near future.


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OFID Scholarship Award 2009/10


OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) is pleased to announce that qualified undergraduate students are welcome to apply for the OFID Scholarship 2009/10. The OFID Scholarship will be awarded to support an undergraduate student from any developing country, to pursue higher education in a relevant field of development, in any recognized university/college in the world. Through its scholarship scheme, OFID aims to help highly motivated, highly driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of advanced professional or graduate training. The winner of the OFID Award will receive a scholarship of up to US$100,000 The funds will be spread over a maximum of two years, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2009/10.


To be eligible the candidate must meet ALL of the following criteria: :
Must be between the ages of 23-32 at the time of submitting his/her application.

Must be a graduating student with a Baccalaureate from a four-year, accredited college/university, or its equivalent.

Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 rating system, or its equivalent.

Must be matriculated at an accredited university for the upcoming academic year starting September 2009, and must maintain full-time status for the duration of the Masters Degree.

Must be a national of a developing country (please see list of eligible countries)

Must select a subject of study that pertains to OFID’s core mission, such as: economics of development (poverty reduction, energy and sustainable development), environment (desertification), or other related science and technology fields.

PLEASE NOTE: Please read ALL of the directions below before proceeding with the application process:

1. Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications will be evaluated based on the information provided. Therefore, all questions should be answered as thoroughly as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed on it.

2. OFID will not consider applications received through a third party.

3. Please do not call or email OFID to ask if your application has been received, or to inquire about your status.

4. Please note that only the winner will be notified.

5. All materials submitted become the property of OFID and will not be returned to the applicant.

6. Applicants must complete the on-line application form and essay requirement, and must email the required materials to OFID’s email address provided below. All materials including the on-line application, recommendations, and other required information must be received no later than June 30, 2009.

Applicants should submit required documents via

II.Disbursement of the Scholarship Fund

The terms and conditions of payment will be determined in coordination with the student upon his/her selection in accordance with the following guidelines:

1. The tuition fees, including any supplementary examination fees, as may be required by the academic institution, will be paid by OFID directly to the academic institution. Health insurance will be paid in accordance with the institution’s own standard medical scheme.

2. A monthly allowance to cover living expenses, books and accommodation, will be transferred to the student’s own personal bank account on a quarterly basis.

3. Prior to the start of his/her first year studies, the student will be paid a relocation grant, equal to two-month allowance. OFID will also pay for travel costs from the nearest airport to the student’s place of residence, to the nearest airport to the chosen place of study. Upon completion of the studies, the student will be paid the cost of one-way air ticket to his/her home country.

III.Required documents

1. A completed on-line application form.

2. A scanned copy of the last university degree or certificate.

3. A scanned letter of acceptance from your chosen educational institution, confirming your admission, subject of study and duration of the Master’s degree program (must not exceed a maximum of two years).

4. A proof of meeting any prerequisites, including language proficiency.

5. A short essay – of about 250 words in English – giving reasons for applying for OFID’s scholarship, explaining your educational goals, and clearly describing how you will use the experience gained from your Masters degree studies to help in the development of your home country.

6. Two letters of recommendation from professors and/or lecturers at applicant's present university.

IV. Eligible Countries

* In addition to nationals of OFID Member States, nationals of the following countries are also eligible:

Africa :

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d`lvoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome& Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Asia and the Middle East:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Korea DR, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen

Latin America and the Caribbean:

Antigua Barbuda , Belize, Barbados, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Grenada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, , Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Panama, St. Christopher, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Europe :

Albania , Bosnia Herzegovina



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Online Course in Science Journalism (FREE)

An online course in science journalism that covers major practical and conceptual issues in science journalism has been launched in English, French and Arabic by the World Federation of Science Journalists in close cooperation with SciDev.Net, the London-based Science and Development Network

The course was designed for use by professional journalists, journalism students and teachers. It consists of eight lessons on topics including: how to find and research stories, exposing false claims, how to pitch to an editor, turning crisis reporting to advantage and more.

Each lesson consists of an e-lecture with examples, self-teaching questions, and assignments.

To learn more and to get started, go to

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Freie Universität Berlin International Master's Programs 2009-2010

Scholarship: available through DAAD
Deadline: April 30, 2009

Open to: applicants must have a Bachelor's, undergraduate degree, or equivalent and high English proficiency

Do you want to enhance your career with a Master's degree in International Relations or East European Studies? The Center for Global Politics seeks qualified candidates interested in advancing their international careers.

The Center for Global Politics houses the award-winning Freie Universität Berlin's academic programs directed by Prof. Klaus Segbers. The flagship programs of the Center for Global Politics are the M.A. in East European Studies Online and the M.A. in International Relations Online, each fulfilling 120 ECTS credits. Applications for fall 2009 are now being accepted.

Program Highlights
- English language coursework attracting an international community
- Staying on the job while working towards your degree
- Bridging the classroom with real world issues through field research
- Rewarding in-house classes in Berlin, Germany supplementing online modules
- Fellow students with diverse professional experience and backgrounds
- Faculty from a broad array of international institutions

East European Studies Online

With E.U. expansion and a rapidly changing Europe, our program puts students at the forefront of this dynamic international arena. Our accredited interdisciplinary M.A. program prepares students for high-level Eastern Europe-related assignments in business, public sector, non-governmental and international organizations. East European Studies (EES) Online was recently named a Top Ten International Master's Degree Course in Germany.

International Relations Online

With globalization on the rise and a multitude of issues affecting today's world, individuals with international expertise who understand global culture and communication are in high demand. Candidates in the M.A. program gain in-depth knowledge of International Relations enabling them to tackle global issues with a balance of hard and soft-skills. The degree gives candidates top-tier academic credentials for the international job market.

Application Requirements
- Bachelor's, undergraduate degree, or equivalent
- Proof of high English proficiency
- Online application, curriculum vitae, and statement of intent

Online applications are welcome through April 30, 2009. Programs start October___2009.

Please visit our websites or contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or

Victoria Muntendorf
Application Officer
Center for Global Politics Freie Universität Berlin
Garystrasse 55 14195 Berlin
Phone: +49-30-838-55093 Fax: +49-30-838-53616


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Graduate Students' Exchange Program (GSEP) - CANADA

Deadline: 22 May 2009
Open to: see eligibility criteria

Graduate Students' Exchange Program (GSEP) *Awards available to international students from eligible countries to conduct graduate research under an exchange program in Canada*

The Government of Canada offers scholarships as part of the *Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program (CCSP)* and *Government of Canada Awards (GCA)*. These scholarships are tenable at recognized Canadian publicly funded universities that meet the requirements below.

The goal of the *Graduate Students' Exchange Program (GSEP)* is to encourage Canadian universities to develop or expand their exchange programs. The objective is to provide opportunities for students of the eligible countries listed below to participate in exchange programs for a period of 4 to 6 months.

The GSEP is funded by *Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)*. The agency responsible for financial and administrative matters is the *Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)*.

Criteria for Eligibility

*NOTE: *Students must be citizens in one of the countries listed below who are enrolled in full-time studies at the Master’s or PhD level and paying tuition fees at their home institution for the full duration of the exchange. More than one exchange program at a given university may apply.

Anyone who has obtained Canadian citizenship who has applied for permanent residency in Canada is not eligible for this award.

An existing exchange agreement between the Canadian institution and the student’s home university is desirable. If there is no existing graduate exchange, please note that we will consider graduate research applications which involve a new or established collaboration between professors from a Canadian and foreign university that may develop into an institutional partnership.

Students already participating in an exchange program in Canada are not eligible.

A scholar cannot normally hold any other scholarship or award.

Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously participated in GSEP.

*Eligible countries include:

**Asia-Pacific region**: **Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives, Nauru, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

**Latin America and the Caribbean region:* *Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Helena, Saint Kitt's, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Venezuela

**Sub-Saharan Africa region: **Botswana, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe *

*Eligible themes/fields: *

*Under the Canada-Caribbean Community Leadership Scholarships and the Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarships:
Good governance, rule of law, democratic development, pure and applied sciences (such as environmental science and information technology), economic and trade policy issues, teaching and commerce.

*For all other countries:*
Open to all disciplines including interdisciplinary programs. Projects with a scientific research component will be prioritized.

*Eligible expenses: *

The GSEP will cover exclusively the expenses related to the visit to Canada of one eligible student per grant. The grant available per student is as follows:

- Grant of $7,500 CAD available per student for an exchange of 4 months
- Grant of $10,000 CAD available per student for an exchange of 5 to 6 months
- Grant is not taxable for either the institution of the student

Financial reporting is not required.

Funds will be provided in the form of a grant to host institutions which must commit to distribute funds exclusively for the purposes outlined in the agreement to be signed by the host institution and CBIE. Payment will be made in two installments: 90% of the grant will be paid following the receipt of the students’ visa (by fax or e-mail). The remainder 10% will be paid upon receipt of the proof of health insurance coverage.

Please note that the cheque will be made out and mailed to the Canadian university and not to the student. The university may issue the money to the student either in a lump sum, few installments or on a monthly basis. We also recommend that the student is made aware of the International Students Office or equivalent at your university --- staff will be able to help and answer his/her questions upon arrival, dealing with health insurance, everyday expenses and how to budget accordingly.

* Mandatory expenses include:*

- Visa and immigration expenses
- Economy, round-trip airfare
- Health insurance
- Monthly living allowance of CAD $1,200 (prorated for partial months)
- Required books, supplies and equipment – not computers

*Eligible expenses include:*

- Ground transportation to the airport in the home country and from the
airport to the host institution in Canada
- Administration fee (Maximum CAD $300) for the Canadian university to
cover expenses associated with the GSEP
- Telecommunications (long distance) for research purposes
- Conference participation within Canada (conference fees; if applicable,
travel and accommodation in a city outside the host institution locale)

Note that *tuition is NOT an allowable expense*, as it is expected that exchange students continue to pay tuition to their home institution.

Also note that no student services fees are payable. Institutions have already put in place systems for the hosting of exchange students. All
moneys paid under this project are to cover direct expenses incurred by the student in order to participate in the exchange.


*Students must arrive in Canada and begin research no later than March 15, 2010. The exchange may last up to a maximum of six (6) months and a minimum of four (4) months.*

Results will be announced by the end of June 2009 by e-mail to the supervisor and/or the person responsible for the exchange program listed in the online application.

The number of scholarships available each year is determined by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT).

Application Instructions

Please complete the online application.

*CBIE does not accept applications submitted directly by students or exchange partner institutions (foreign institutions) .*PLEASE NOTE: the *Canadian institution* must apply on behalf of the student. Awards are conditional on receipt of the appropriate visa for the
student's stay in Canada.

*Required Supporting Documentation *

Please provide the following:

- *Curriculum vitae *of supervisor of the student during the research
exchange visit (Maximum 5 pages).

- *Proof of citizenship *of GSEP candidate (passport copy).

- *Current proof of full-time enrolment *in exchange partner (home)
institution of GSEP candidate (a short letter from the department or
university, on letterhead, dated in the last 6 months stating that the
student is currently enrolled in a full time Master’s or PhD program). Copy
of student card is not acceptable.

- *Itemized Budget* of up to CAD $10,000 - only student
expenses can be included. Please include how the grant money will be
spent. See list of mandatory and eligible expenses above. An optional
administration fee is accepted (up to a maximum of CAD $300) for the
Canadian university to cover expenses associated with GSEP.

- *Declaration* signed by both the Director of the Exchange program and
the supervisor of the student at the Canadian institution (Available at the
end of the online application) .

Additional information

For more details on the program including eligible expenses and the application process, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

*Mailing Address **for Supporting Documents*

Please send the above required supporting documents by the deadline either by regular mail to:

Graduate Student Exchange Program
Canadian Bureau for International Education
220 Laurier W/O, Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9

Or if supporting documents are sent by e-mail, please indicate *2009 GSEP Application* in the Subject Line and direct to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

*Please note that, for email attachments, only the following formats will be accepted: Word, Adobe PDF or JPG.*


The deadline for online application and all required supporting documents is *16:00 EST Friday, May 22, 2009.*

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