Saturday, October 3, 2009

Max Perutz PhD Programme - CALL OPEN

The Max F. Perutz Laboratories offer students from all over the world the opportunity to participate in the Max Perutz PhD Programme.

The Max Perutz Labs are a joint-venture of the University Vienna and the Medical University Vienna. Located at the Vienna Biocenter Campus, the Max Perutz Labs enable students to participate in high quality research in an international academic environment as well as establishing connections with nearby companies.

All Max Perutz PhD Students are employed with a full-time contract and a salary corresponding to the guidelines of the Austrian Research Funds (FWF). Students are recruited by a structured selection and interview process.
Only students with a master’s, MD degree, or equivalent are allowed to enrol at the University or Medical University for PhD studies.

Deadline November 6, 2009

Applying to the Max Perutz PhD Programme

The application process is structured as follows:
• A completed application form (download from this site) has to be e-mailed to by the applicant and 2 letters of reference must be sent directly to the same address by the referees.
• A Selection Committee screens the applications and invites selected candidates for an interview in Vienna
• The Max Perutz Selection Committee interviews the candidates.
• Candidates, who pass the selection, will proceed to individual job interviews with group leaders offering positions


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Friday, October 2, 2009


TOPIC: The Rights of Freedom of Expression and International Human Rights Law

Deadline is February 1, 2010

About the Award

The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic.

The Honor Jury deciding the Award will be comprised of professionals with a recognized expertise in international human rights law. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of:

a scholarship to the Specialized Human Rights Program*

travel expenses to Washington D.C.

housing at the university dorms

a per diem for living expenses

Eligibility and Requirements

Hold a law degree and have demonstrated experience or interest in international human rights law.

Submit only one unpublished legal article/paper written in English or Spanish, solely by the participant.

Articles must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes, and must be double spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font, in letter size paper (8.5 x11) with 1 inch margins all around..

Articles can only be submitted via email to in Microsoft Word format.

The deadline to submit articles is February 1, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. E.S.T.

Winners will be announced on April 1, 2010 through our Web site.
Please visit our webpage for a comprehensive list of rules.

*Scholarship is not applicable to enroll for ABA Credit. All expenses are subject to limitations.


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31st Annual International Human Rights Training Program - CANADA

Call for Applications for the 31st Annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP)

The International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) is at the heart of the Equitas’ activities. Since 1980, this annual three-week training session brings together approximately 120 participants from over 60 countries. The IHRTP provides a unique opportunity for human rights workers to deepen their understanding of human rights and of the essential role of human rights education in effecting change. As recognized by the United Nations:

"There is a growing consensus that education in and for human rights is essential and can contribute to both the reduction of human rights violations and the building of free and peaceful societies. Human rights education is also increasingly recognized as an effective strategy to prevent human rights abuses."


The goal of the IHRTP is to strengthen the capacity of human rights organizations to undertake educational efforts aimed at building a global culture of human rights. The IHRTP aims at enabling participant organizations to undertake more effective human rights education activities. To this end, the Program places a strong emphasis on transfer of learning and on follow-up activities. Participants will be asked to develop an individual plan for putting their learning into action as part of the training.


The curriculum model is based on principles of adult experiential learning, in which participants and facilitators engage in a process of mutual teaching and learning. Participants work for the most part in groups of about 15 with a facilitator whose role is to provide guidance in achieving the Program objectives. In addition, internationally recognized human rights experts are also invited to give presentations and participate in panel discussions throughout the three-week session.


The IHRTP is an intermediate-level program that focuses on international human rights standards, current human rights issues and human rights education strategies. The exploration of human rights principles and instruments, ongoing critical reflection and inquiry and extensive sharing of experiences allow participants to strengthen their capacity to engage in effective human rights education.

*Week 1

Participants will get to know the members of their working group and engage in activities that lay the
groundwork for developing a productive group dynamic based on mutual respect. They will become familiar with the overall Program content and methodology and begin a process of reflection on their individual societies, the human rights work of their organizations and their own role within those organizations. Participants will also compare their roles as human rights activists/educators and reflect on the universality of rights.

*Week 2

Participants will begin the week discussing issues of particular interest, leading to an examination of their roles as human rights workers and educators in the current global context. Through case studies and discussions, participants will examine major international human rights instruments in order to explore the usefulness of these instruments in their work.

*Week 3

Regional workshops will provide participants from the same geographic region the opportunity to work together to examine key components of effective monitoring and advocacy and the role of these activities in human rights education. Participants will synthesize previous themes and examine emerging human rights issues. Participants will also become familiar with methods of evaluating educational activities.


Organizations that nominate candidates must be representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), national human rights institutions, government bodies or education institution; have a demonstrated commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights; be involved in human rights education activities, such as training sessions, workshops, public awareness campaigns, advocacy, monitoring and be committed to providing opportunities for their Candidate to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the Program within the organization.

Candidates from qualifying organizations must be active members of their organization for at least 2 years; be in a position to influence the human rights education work of the organization; have a knowledge of human rights principles and major international instruments; be committed to transferring knowledge and skills gained during the Program to colleagues and to others with whom they work; be sensitive to the issues which arise when working in multicultural groups, and respectful of diversity and be proficient in either English or French.


The IHRTP will be held from June 6th to June 25th, 2010 at John Abbott College in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada.


The participation fee is $5,175 Canadian. This includes tuition, program materials, accommodation, meals, and emergency medical insurance. There are a limited number of bursaries available.


Your application must include:

- The completed Application Form (Part A completed by the Director of the Candidate’s organization; Part B completed by the Candidate)

- The Memorandum of Agreement duly signed by the Candidate and the director of the Candidate’s organization

- Two supporting letters from national and/or international human rights organizations (other than the candidate’s) familiar with the Candidate’s work and/or the work of his or her organization

- A brochure (and/or mission statement) describing the Candidate’s organization

All Application documents can be obtained by visiting the Equitas website or by contacting the IHRTP Team at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOVEMBER 21ST, 2009. We encourage all candidates to submit their Application documents as soon as possible.

Ian Hamilton
Executive Director
Centre international d'éducation aux droits humains / International Centre for Human Rights Education
666 Sherbrooke ouest, Bureau 1100
Montréal, QC, Canada H3A 1E7

Tel: +1.514.954.0382; Fax: +1.514.954.0659

E-mail : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More information can be found HERE.


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MA Peace Studies at Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame - Indiana, USA)

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 5 for the upcoming academic year. Applicants usually are notified of the decision of the admissions committee by April 1.

Admission to the Kroc Institute is highly selective. Successful candidates for admission have outstanding academic credentials as well as work experience in areas related to peace and justice.

Men and women of all nationalities and diverse religious and philosophical traditions are welcome to apply.

For detailed application requirements, visit the master's application page.

For more information, see frequently asked questions about the master's program.

Financial Aid
The Kroc Institute is committed to providing the necessary financial support for all students accepted to our program who do not have access to other sources of funding. Applicants are urged to apply for any potential sources of outside funding and are required to use any awards to support their participation in the Kroc program to the fullest extent possible. More than 90% of Kroc master's students receive financial support in the form of scholarships, stipends, and funded internships.

Application Form CLICK HERE

Contact the Master’s Program

Please read all the information available on this website before phoning or emailing with questions. Questions that are answered here will not receive a reply.

If you have already applied, please do not call or email to see if your materials have arrived. You can log back into your online application to check the status of your application materials. The Notre Dame Graduate School receives thousands of recommendations in the postal mail, which are then scanned and uploaded to the online application. This takes some time, so please allow a week to 10 days after the receipt of transcripts or recommendations before checking the status online.


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Thursday, October 1, 2009

2011 Diversity Visa Lottery Program (GREEN CARD) Starts 2nd October, 2009

The Department of State announces the opening of the registration period for the DV-2011 Diversity Visa lottery. Entries for the DV-2011 Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Friday, October 2, 2009, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, November 30, 2009. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after noon EST on November 30, 2009.

Important Notice

No fee is charged for the electronic lottery entry in the annual DV program. The U.S. Government employs no outside consultants or private services to operate the DV program. Any intermediaries or others who offer assistance to prepare DV entries do so without the authority or consent of the U.S. Government. Use of any outside intermediary or assistance to prepare a DV entry is entirely at the entrant’s discretion.


To enter the DV lottery, you must be a native of one of the listed countries. See List Of Countries By Region Whose Natives Qualify.

Native of a country whose natives qualify: In most cases, this means the country in which you were born. However, there are two other ways you may be able to qualify. First, if you were born in a country whose natives are ineligible but your spouse was born in a country whose natives are eligible, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth—provided that both you and your spouse are on the selected entry, are issued visas, and enter the United States simultaneously. Second, if you were born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but neither of your parents was born there or resided there at the time of your birth, you may claim nativity in one of your parents’ countries of birth if it is a country whose natives qualify for the DV-2011 program.

• To enter the lottery, you must meet either the education or work experience requirement of the DV program: You must have either a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education; OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform. The U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net OnLine database will be used to determine qualifying work experience. For more information about qualifying work experience, see Frequently Asked Question #13.

If you cannot meet either of these requirements, you should NOT submit an entry to the DV program.

Instructions for Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image)

For DV-2011, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years:
BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.




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Sunday, September 27, 2009

UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi (Japan) Co-Sponsored Research Fellowships Programme

2010 Cycle – With a view to keeping alive and honouring the spirit of former Prime Minister Obuchi and his belief in “people building the next era”, 20 fellowships per year, for the ninth year, will be awarded to deserving candidates from UNESCO developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs), who are eager to undertake research on one or more of the topics listed below. The aim of the fellowships is to support innovative and imaginative post-graduate research in the areas of development to which former Prime Minister Obuchi was committed and which coincide with areas of particular interest to UNESCO

(Deadline for the submission of applications: 8 January 2010. Please see the announcement letter of the programme which is available in:English, French, Spanish and Arabic)


Mr Keizo Obuchi, former Prime Minister of Japan, passed away on 14 May 2000 at the age of 62. Soft-spoken and charismatic, he was known as a man of integrity, honesty and modesty. He built a reputation as an exemplary official and was a particularly adept negotiator. A member of Japan’s Diet (Parliament) for over thirty years, he served as Japan’s Foreign Minister in 1997 until he was elected Prime Minister in July 1998. Mr Obuchi was known in the international arena for his commitment to development issues and his resolve to put Japan at the forefront of countries involved in consolidating the efforts of the international community to further progress in the social and economic development of humankind.


The UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme funded under a Japan Funds-in-Trust project will aim, in particular, to impact on capacity-building and research activities in the following areas which were of particular importance to Mr Keizo Obuchi: 1. Environment (with particular attention to Water Sciences); 2. Intercultural Dialogue; 3. Information and Communication Technologies; and 4. Peaceful conflict resolution. No other research topics will be considered.


Applicants, a maximum of TWO from each applying National Commission, must meet the following general criteria:

1. Candidates under this Programme must be post-graduate researchers, already holding either an M.A. or M.Sc.. degree (or equivalent) and wishing to pursue research work abroad (preferably in their own region) with a view to enhancing knowledge in one of the four specific fields mentioned in paragraph D.1 below. Thus, those who are in the process of completing their Master’s degree must have completed it PRIOR to taking up their Fellowship.

2. Candidates must be persons of high intellectual promise who may be expected to make significant contributions to their country on return.

3. Candidates must be no more than 40 years of age. Thus, applicants born before 1 January 1970 will not be considered under the Programme.

4. The selected Fellow must carry out the research under the auspices of an academic supervisor in a host institution. Confirmation of acceptance from the academic supervisor is imperative.

5. Priority attention will be given to:

* Women
* Candidates from least developed countries (LDCs)
* Palestinian researchers

6. Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study/research.

7. Applicants must be in good health, both physically and mentally.


1. Domains of research(a list of Suggested Sub-themes for research is provided in the announcement letter):

• Environment (with particular emphasis on to Water Sciences);
• Intercultural Dialogue;
• Information and Communication Technologies;
• Peaceful Conflicts Resolution.

2.. Duration of proposed research:

minimum: 3 months
maximum: 9 months

3. Closing date for receipt of applications: 8 January 2010

4. Possible date of commencing research: Anytime from September 2010

5. Deadline for termination of research: December 2011

6. Place of study: 1 or 2 countries abroad

It should be understood that upon termination of the Fellowship, the beneficiary must agree to return to his/her home country so that knowledge acquired may be put to good use in local research and training programmes.

7. Study arrangements:
Research must be carried out under the auspices of an academic supervisor in a host institution

8. Application Procedures

NOTE: Please refer to the list of invited Member States who are eligible for this fellowship offer.


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Master's scholarship at University of Bern - Switzerland

The Universität Bern offers six Excellence Grants for international students who wish to do a Master's programme beginning in autumn 2010/11.

The grant consists of 1600 CHF per month for the duration of the Master's programme.

For further information (study programmes, major, minor, etc.) about the Master's programmes offered at our university, please contact the concerned Department directly.

Application files will be examined by a selection committee. Criteria for selection are academic excellence and the candidate's potential and motivation.

Applicants must have graduated at the latest by end of July 2010 with at least a Bachelor's degree in the wished field of study
This Bachelor's or Master's degree must be from a non-Swiss university

The applicants permanent place of residence up to now must be outside of Switzerland

The applicant's file must include the following in duplicate:
Application form (see downloads)
Curriculum vitae

Letter of motivation with objectives
Letter of recommendation from a professor of your current home university
Evidence of sufficient language proficiency in German, if the study programme requires such.

Certified copies of Bachelor Diploma and Transcript of grades obtained during Bachelor 's studies or confirmation by the home university that the Bachelor's degree (in the same study field as the intended Master's programme) will be completed by the end of July 2010 (with list of grades obtained up to now)

Record of school-leaving examination (i.e. university entrance qualification)

2 passport photos

Copy of passport

The application must be written in the language of the corresponding Master's course.

Closing date:
Applicant's files have to be submitted in duplicate (two paper copies) before December 18, 2009 to:

Universität Bern,
International Office,
Hochschulstrasse 4,
CH-3012 Bern

Incomplete application files will not be considered!

In 2010/11 the grant will be given to six new Master's students. The University receives many more applications than are grants available, and will not be able to explain refusals.

Fulfilling the above pre-conditions does not create an automatic right to a grant.


Amélie Merkel de Gurtubay
phone +41 (0)31 631 34 95


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The Julius Nyerere Master's Scholarship - The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh will offer a Scholarship to a student from Tanzania for postgraduate Master's study in any subject offered by the University for the 2010-2011 academic session.

The Julius Nyerere Scholarship was set up in 2009 in memory of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere who led Tanganyika to independence in 1961 and became the first prime minister and later president of Tanzania. Nyerere received a scholarship in 1949 to attend the University of Edinburgh where he obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Economics and History. He was the first Tanzanian to study at a British University and only the second to gain a University degree outside Africa.

The Julius Nyerere Master's Scholarship will cover the full overseas tuition fee, living costs of £10,000, and a return flight from Tanzania to the UK. In 2010-2011 the tuition fees and living costs will be covered by the University of Edinburgh, while the return flights will be covered by the Tanzania Edinburgh Community Association.

The scholarship will be tenable for one academic year.

The scholarship will be awarded to a Tanzanian citizen who is normally resident in Tanzania, and who is accepted for admission on a full-time basis for a postgraduate Master's programme of study at the University of Edinburgh.

Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so.

The scholarship will be awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit with candidates requiring a Bachelor Degree equivalent to a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree.

Application Procedure

Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application

Alternatively applicants can request a paper application form from:

The Scholarships and Student Finance Office
The University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh EH8 9YL

Telephone: +44 131 651 4070

Completed application forms must be returned to the Scholarships and Student Finance Office no later than 1 April 2010.

Selection Procedure
A Selection Committee will meet in mid May 2010 to select the scholarship holder. The winner of the scholarship will be announced in late May 2010.


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