Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies at University of San Diego (USD), California

The Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing peace as human development. The goals of the Program are: 1) to produce graduates who are capable of relating disciplinary and cross-disciplinary theories of peace and justice to real world problem-solving involving regional and international conflict; 2) to foster scholarly agendas that examine the dynamics of justice and peace building; and, 3) to facilitate faculty and student interaction and development across disciplines and academic units at USD, along with outreach to the community and the larger society. The Program takes full advantage of the School of Peace Studies’ two institutes: the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Trans-Border Institute.

The M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies is designed as a full-time program and is divided into two tracks of study. Individuals with a minimum of three years experience relevant to the field of peace and justice (e.g., NGO, government, or business experience with a focus on human rights, conflict resolution, or development) are eligible to apply for the one-year program. Those without this experience should apply for the seventeen-month program, which includes a required internship. Preference in admission for both tracks will be given to applicants with language skills in addition to English.

Our M.A. students have come from various places, even though we only accept a small number of students. The list below will give you an overview:
Afghanistan, Brazil, Canada, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Greece, Italy, Iran, Kazakstan, Kenya, Latvia, the Netherlands, Nepal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, U.K., and the U.S.

Requirements for the Masters Degree

The Peace and Justice Program emphasizes the integration and use of theoretical and practical materials from ethics, world religions, world history, international relations, conflict resolution, and human rights along with the acquisition of skills necessary for successful pursuit of peace and justice goals. It begins in mid-August with a required pro seminar that introduces students to the range of cross-disciplinary scholarship in the Program. Students in both tracks, take five required core courses as well as four courses within one of the areas of specialization. Both tracks conclude with a capstone project that requires students to apply skills and perspectives acquired in the Program to a current or developing problem that threatens or prevents peace and/or justice. The capstone projects will be shared with the incoming cohort of students. In the seventeen-month program, the MA Colloquium serves to integrate the practical experience of the internship with theory through critical discussion. Students from all four thematic areas will engage in dialog with each other and the Program’s faculty.

With the exception of the proseminar, capstone course and, for students in the seventeen-month track, the MA Colloquium, substitutions of required courses with electives can occur with the approval of the Program Director if a required course duplicates previous academic work of the student.

Requirements for the Degree: 12-Month Track

• Full-time status as a graduate student
• Approval of courses by the Program Director
• Proseminar
• 30 units of graduate work with a 3.0 or higher
• 5 core courses – 15 units (see below)
• 4 courses within one of the areas of specialization – 12 units (see below)
• Capstone Project (3 units) must be at “B” or better performance, and the grade is pass/fail.
• No more than 6 units of course work at the 300 level or 400 level can be counted toward the 30 units.

Requirements for the Degree: 17-Month Track

• Full-time status as a graduate student
• Approval of courses by the Program Director
• Proseminar
• 36 units of graduate work with a 3.0 or higher
• 5 core courses- 15 units (see below)
• 4 courses within one of the areas of specialization – 12 units (see below)
• Internship – 3 units
• MA Colloquium – 3 units
• Capstone Project (3 units) must be at “B” or better performance, and the grade is pass/fail.
• No more than 6 units of course work at the 300 level or 400 level can be counted toward the 36 units

Financial Aid and Tuition

All students accepted into the Peace and Justice Studies Program are eligible to be considered for the Gandhi Fellowships and the Joan B. Kroc Scholarships in Peace and Justice Studies.

Application for program admission constitutes application for these fellowships and scholarships.

Awards are determined by faculty committee.
Students selected for Gandhi Fellowships will receive a minimum of $11,500 applied to tuition.

Gandhi Fellows will be involved in various activities in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Trans-Border Institute in collaboration with USD faculty and Institute officials.

The Gandhi Fellowships and other financial aid are offered to permit full-time study.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid Services at USD for further information regarding financial aid and loans.

Office of Financial Aid
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA. 92110-2492
(619) 260-4514 or (800) 248-4873


Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies

Entrance Semesters: Summer (August)

Application Deadline: February 15, 2010 (2010/2011 academic year)

Minimum Grade Point Average: 3.00 (4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work

Standardized Admission Test: Graduate Record Examination* (GRE) General Test only

Required Course Work: None

Required Licenses/Credentials: None

Additional Requirements: TOEFL exam for international students
* may be waived at the discretion of the Program Director)

Application Completion - Application Packet available from USD’s Office of Graduate Admissions

On your application indicate if you are applying for the 12-month or 17-month track:

17-month track - Additional Requirements : None

12-month track - A minimum of three years experience relevant to the field of peace and justice


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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

SIT Graduate Institute Scholarships - USA

SIT Graduate Institute Preparing graduates and professionals to address global issues with master's degree and certificate programs.

Formerly known as the School for International Training, the SIT Graduate Institute offers graduate students a widened view of the world and opportunities for in-depth study of the most critical global issues of our times.

Founded over 40 years ago as a training center for early Peace Corps volunteers, the SIT Graduate Institute prepares students from more than 30 countries to become informed and effective leaders, professionals, and global citizens. Graduates of SIT’s degree programs go on to start nonprofit organizations, teach languages, become government and civic leaders, and achieve success in the private sector.
Through a combination of classroom and field-based learning in fields ranging from international education to international development to language teaching, SIT Graduate Institute enables students to transfer academic learning into real-world practice in the service of social change.

SIT Graduate Institute offers the following graduate degrees:

Master's Program in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Master of Global Managment in the Sultanate of Oman New in 2009

MA in Conflict Transformation

MA in Conflict Transformation (CONTACT)

MA in International Education (Low Residency)

MA in International Education (On Campus)

MA in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations

MA in Sustainable Development

MS in Management

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Graduate Certificate in International Education (Low Residency)

Post Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation (CONTACT)

International Education Workshops

Master of Arts in Teaching Programs
For Practicing Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (SMAT)

English as a Second Language in US Public Schools

English to Speakers of Other Languages

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
There are no application deadlines for SIT's degree programs. However, programs can fill early, so applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their applications as soon as possible. In order to be considered for financial aid, applicants must also submit financial aid forms. It is recommended that applicants submit all of their academic and financial aid application materials by March 1.

SIT does not require applicants to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).

Once all of an applicant's application materials have been received, the Admissions are processed.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions will be immediately transmitted to applicants via email and followed up with an official paper copy sent by mail.

To ensure that you receive your admissions decision, be sure to provide your current email address with your application materials and confirm that your current email configuration (spam filters, firewalls, etc.) will not block emails sent from these addresses: , , and

What SIT Expects of Applicants

• Professional experience
• Academic ability
• Career goals
• Cross-cultural experience
• Ability to work well with others
• Adaptability
• Ability to analyze cross-cultural and professional experiences

The Admissions Committee will consider all of these qualities when reviewing application files. A variety of methods are used to assess these qualities, including essays, past academic performances, references, and interviews.

Financial Aid
Visit the Financial Aid section for detailed instructions on how to apply for financial aid. It is recommended that applicants submit all financial aid materials by March 1. A financial aid decision can only be made after an applicant has been accepted to an SIT degree program.

Application Checklist
To help you get started, here are the required elements of a complete application:

• A $50 (US) application fee. No application will be processed prior to receipt of this fee.

• A 1,000 to 1,500 word essay, typed in English, answering all of the essay questions.

• A professional resume or curriculum vitae.

• Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities (including study abroad programs).

• Four (4) letters of reference sent directly to SIT from the reference writers. Note: If a reference is received without a Personal Reference Form accompanying it, you will automatically waive your right of access to that letter.

• Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not attend an undergraduate institution at which the language of instruction was English must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
MAT requirements
PIM requirements

A completed application form, signed and dated. You may download the Graduate Application, or Apply Online.

Financial Aid

SIT welcomes students from all economic backgrounds. Students commonly fund their SIT degree through a variety of sources, including federal and private loans, SIT grants and scholarships, scholarships from other sources, and personal and family funds. The financial aid office provides information on all aspects of funding an SIT degree.

Note: This information is for all graduate programs EXCEPT the International Education Low Residency Masters and Certificate.

We recommend that applicants submit all financial aid materials by March 1. A financial aid decision can only be made after an applicant has been accepted to an SIT degree program.Financial Aid Application Process

• International Students
• US Citizens and Permanent Residents

SIT Grants and Scholarships
The average range of SIT grants and scholarships is between $500 and $4,000. SIT grants are based primarily on need, and students are automatically considered for a grant when their financial aid application is reviewed. SIT scholarships have also been established to recognize students who reflect the SIT mission through their professional and personal lives.

If you have questions please contact:

SIT Financial Aid Office
Tel 802.258.3281
Tel 800.336.1616 (toll-free in US)
Fax 802.258.3500

International Student Financial Aid and Employment

SIT welcomes students from a wide range of economic backgrounds. Though funds are limited, international applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid administrated by SIT. Financial aid is available to international students in the form of grants, work-study opportunities, and scholarships. In recent years, more than 70 percent of all international students received financial aid through SIT.
Financial aid applications are sent to all applicants for admission. We highly recommend that students complete the forms by March 1. A financial aid decision can be made only after an applicant has been accepted for admission.

How to Apply for Financial Aid
International students are eligible to apply for all SIT grants and scholarships. In addition, SIT offers limited work opportunities on campus. Students are encouraged to research and apply for all other aid sources for which they qualify.
To apply for SIT Financial Aid please complete, sign, and return the Application for International Student Financial Aid.

2008-2009 Instructions and Application for International Student Financial Aid
If your computer system does not support Adobe Acrobat Reader we will mail the Application for International Student Financial Aid to all students that submit an application for admission.

SIT Employment for International Students
The SIT Work Opportunity Program supports the part-time employment of international students who need the income to help pay for the cost of their education. A variety of campus employment opportunities are available each year.
Students with a work opportunity position generally work between 8 and 10 hours each week. The rate of pay for the 2008-2009 academic year is $7.68 per hour. Approximately 60% of students have work positions on campus.
Students can also earn the equivalent of room and board expenses by applying to be a Resident Advisor in the multicultural environment of the SIT dormitories. Resident Advisor applications are sent to students after they have been accepted. Selection is made by the housing office.

For more information on financial aid, please contact:
SIT Financial Aid Office
Tel 802.258.3281
Tel 800.336.1616 (toll-free in U.S.)
Fax 802.258.3500


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GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP in International Health Policy & Management, USA

The Master of Science in International Health Policy & Management (IHPM)
program is pleased to announce a competition in which a full tuition and fees scholarship will be awarded to an early– to mid-career development professional with a demonstrated commitment to effective health policy and management. The Scholarship for this one-year degree begins in August 2010.

The MS program is designed to train students to take on increasingly responsible roles in health policy planning, and in the management of policy and program implementation in health ministries and planning organizations, multilateral and bilateral development organizations and NGOs. Students in this one-year program learn how to make the best use of policy analysis to determine which plans work, which are the most cost-effective and which are sensitive to a country’s values and culture.

The IHPM Scholar will receive full tuition and fee remission for the 2010/2011 academic year. The scholarship does NOT cover airfare, health insurance or any living expenses. Although nominations are encouraged from international and governmental development institutions and NGOs, self-nominations are accepted. Women and candidates with experience in policy, service delivery or education-related
work with poor and vulnerable populations are especially encouraged to apply

Nominators may mail, fax (781-736-2774), or email a letter of nomination to the Admissions Office.

For more information, please visit
Applications (to be submitted by the applicant) should include:

 Letter of Interest in IHPM Scholarship

 Completed Application Form

 Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume

 Detailed Statement of Purpose describing career objectives and work

 Three original letters of recommendation (at least one professional and one
academic) on official letterhead sent directly to the Admissions Office from the
recommenders (These letters must be accompanied by a Brandeis University
Recommendation Form)

 Original or certified true copies of transcripts from all university-level studies,
sent directly to the Admissions office from each university (Transcripts in
languages other than English must be accompanied by an official English

 Official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for all international

Application Deadline: March 31, 2010


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Swiss Government scholarships for university for foreign students for the academic year 2010-2011

Through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), the Swiss Government grants foreign students university scholarships (Swiss universities, Federal Institutes of Technology). These scholarships are offered on the basis of reciprocity (fixed number of scholarships for each country) or within the frame of a scholarship pool (scholarships without fixed distribution by country). They are intended for students who have graduated from university (postgraduates) and who, by staying in Switzerland, will be able to further their education and to undertake research work in the fields in which the Swiss universities are particularly active.

To a limited extent, scholarships are also offered for postgraduate studies at the Universities of Applied Sciences. This applies to the group of Western (AP-1) and Central and Eastern European countries (AP-2) included in the scholarship pool. Students must have graduated from a university or university of applied sciences with at least a Bachelor Degree and enrol in Switzerland for studies at post-graduate level. This offer applies for the seven universities of applied sciences, not including teaching colleges. In the field of the arts (design/music), the conditions for arts students relating to the country offer apply (see below).

This program is valid only for studies in Switzerland. It is not valid for on-the-job studies, part-time studies or correspondence courses.

In the framework of a special allocation, scholarships for advanced arts students (without fixed distribution by country) are offered to the best applicants who are already at an advanced stage of their training. This offer is restricted to those countries which are listed under AR, AP-1 and BR-1 as well as to China and Russia.

The scholarships are offered in principle to foreign governments. The applications have to be submitted for a preliminary selection to the national institution in charge and the Swiss diplomatic representation in the student's country of origin. The Swiss diplomatic representation will thereupon forward the pre-selected applications to the FCS for definitive selection. Finally the Federal Department of Home Affairs awards scholarships on the advice of the FCS.

As part of a special allocation, the Swiss Government provides a number of additional scholarships to postgraduates from Central and Eastern European countries (pool system, no fixed number of scholarships for each country).

NOTE: To see if your country is beneficiary

Please use the drop-down menu below to see whether your country of origin is part of the Swiss government's scholarship scheme. You will also find the necessary information regarding eligibility criteria and the application procedure.

To see your Country of origin: click here


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The Quota Scheme

The Norwegian Quota Scheme is a funding scheme offered by the Norwegian Government to students from developing countries, Central and Eastern Europe, and former Soviet states for studies at institutions of higher education in Norway. This funding scheme aims at offering specially designed, research-based Master's Degrees taught in English. The Quota Scheme also offers funding for Ph.D.-programmes and a one-year course in advanced Norwegian Language. Quota Scheme applicants should come from universities/institutions with formal cooperation agreements with the University of Oslo

Who May Apply?

Applicants for admission under the Quota Scheme must fulfill certain criteria in order to be considered for admission. Admission is limited and therefore extremely competitive.

Only applicants from countries included in the list of countries eligible for Quota Scheme funding will be considered. Please note that applicants who live in another country than their country of citizenship, either temporary or permanently, cannot apply. It is a condition that the applicant applies for admission to the quota scheme from his or her home country, and can substantiate that he or she has been in the home country for at least one year prior to admission into the programme. Applicants from an eligible country, who are residing in another country on the list, may in some cases be considered. Quota Scheme students are expected to return home on completion of their studies in Norway.

Institutional Cooperation
Applicants should come from institutions with which the University of Oslo has a cooperation agreement. Potential applicants should check with their home institution to determine whether they have a cooperation agreement with the University of Oslo.

Women are encouraged to apply. The University of Oslo gives priority to female applicants under the Quota Scheme.

Courses Offered

The Quota Scheme at the University of Oslo offers specially designed, English-taught Master's Degrees and a one-year programme in advanced Norwegian language studies. The Quota Scheme also offers funding to Doctoral Programme students.


Application deadline

1 November 2009: The deadline to submit the online 'Request for Application Form'.

1 December 2009: The Quota Application Deadline for the August 2010 enrolment.
This is also the deadline to submit all supporting documents. Late applications will not be considered


The Quota Scheme is a scholarship programme, but the funding is given as part loan/part grant. Students receive money from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund. After completing the programme and providing documentary evidence of return to his/her home country, the student's outstanding loan is converted to scholarship. If residence is taken in Norway within ten years after termination of studies, the scholarship is converted back to a loan and must be repaid.

For further information regarding rules and regulations set by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, please see Financial Aid and Remission of Debt for Citizens from Developing countries and countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (quota scheme) 2009-20010

Criteria for application

Required Educational Background
The Quota Scheme is aimed at postgraduate students. Applicants must fulfil the basic entrance requirements for matriculation at a Norwegian institution of higher education. In addition to the basic entrance requirements, applicants for the Quota Scheme must provide documentary evidence of the following:

For Master's Degree programmes, the minimum requirement is three (3) years of study at university level, i.e. minimum Bachelor's Degree level (or equivalent).
For doctoral programmes, applicants must have a minimum of five (5) years of university-level studies in their chosen subject. For further information, click here. For the one-year advanced Norwegian language programme, the minimum requirement is two (2) years of study at university level; however, applicants with a completed first degree will be given priority.

Grade requirement
Admission to these programmes is very competitive, and only applicants with excellent grades will be considered (minimum B+/ Upper second/GPA 3.3).

Proficiency in English
Documentation of English language skills is required for admission to any of the programmes offered under the Quota Scheme.

TOEFL minimum score 550 (paper-based) / 213 (computer-based) / 80 (iBT)
IELTS minimum band 6.0 academic test.
For more information regarding the English language requirement, see page about English Proficiency Requirements. All applicants must have their English test results sent directly to the University of Oslo from TOEFL or IELTS.

Subject knowledge
Applicants must have completed prior university studies in the subject of the programme to which they are applying. Please note that some of the Master's Degree programmes have additional admission criteria. For further information go to the website of the specific Master programme.

We strongly advise all applicants to order their academic transcripts and diplomas to be send directly from their home university to the University of Oslo.

How to Apply

Master's Degree applicants address their Quota application directly to the International Education Office at the University of Oslo.
Doctoral programme applicants must in addition send in their research proposal and application for admission to doctoral studies to the relevant faculty.

Due to the large number of Quota applicants to a limited number of Quota scholarships available, potential applicants must submit the online 'Request for Application Form' before they can receive the formal application form. The 'Requests for Application Forms' will be processed by the International Education Office and only applicants that fulfil all the formal Quota requirements will receive the application form. The deadline for submitting the online 'Request for Application Form' is 1 November, in order for the students to have sufficient time to submit the Quota Scheme application and the required documents before the 1 December application deadline. This is also the deadline for all supporting documents. Late applications will not be considered.

You may now access the Request for Application Form

We will attend to your Request Form as soon as possible. Please note that it might take up to three weeks before you receive a reply.


Final notification of admission will be made by end of April 2010 for Master's Degree applicants and by end of May 2010 for Doctoral degree applicants

If you want more information about the Quota Scheme, you can download the Prospectus 2010-2011 in pdf-format. This requires that you have (or download) Adobe Acrobat Reader.


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