Saturday, October 10, 2009

Weinstein International Fellowship - Dispute Resolution/Conflict Resolution (USA)

Weinstein International Fellowship

The Weinstein International Fellowship program, inaugurated in 2008, provides opportunities for individuals from outside the United States to visit the U.S. to learn more about dispute resolution processes and practices and to pursue a project of their own design that serves to advance the resolution of disputes in their home countries.

The JAMS Foundation Board of Directors will approve Fellowships of up to $25,000 in support of projects outlined by Fellowship applicants. This program is intended to be flexible and open to innovation, and applicants are encouraged to develop proposals that will increase the availability of dispute resolution education, training and services in their home countries and beyond.

During their time in the U.S., Fellows may be based in a JAMS Resolution Center or may participate in a university program or be connected to another organization or institution, depending on the nature of their project. Fellowships may be from one month to one year in duration.

It is anticipated that Fellows will come from countries that do not have an established culture of using mediation for cases in litigation. Part of the Fellows’ time in the United States will be spent observing how JAMS administers and resolves such cases.


.Applicants must be fluent in English
.Fellowship period must be one month to twelve months in duration
.Preference for proposals that would help applicant’s home country establish viable dispute resolution systems or change how disputes are resolved
.Preference for applicants who have experience as judges, lawyers, court administrators, or law professors
.Information Sought From Applicant
.Purpose and goal of Fellowship
.Educational background
.Dispute resolution training or experience
.Amount of funding sought and proposed use of funds
.Other sources of funding available, applied for, or awarded
.Organizations or institutions with which you are affiliated in your home country
.Organizations or institutions with which you expect to work while in the U.S.
.Proposed location and duration of Fellowship
.Plans for implementing Fellowship goals upon return to home country
.Other than financial support, additional resources or support required from the JAMS Foundation
.Visa status regarding entry into the U.S. for purposes of Fellowship
.Fellowship applications for the 2010-2011 term will be reviewed by the JAMS .
.Foundation Board of Directors at their first quarterly meeting in February, 2010.

.In order to be included on the agenda, applications much be received by January 15, 2010. The Foundation Board may also consider expedited review of Fellowship applications in appropriate circumstances.

Download the Fellowship application form in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

2008-2009 Weinstein Fellows

Fellow Country of Origin Location of Fellowship

Badri Bhandari Nepal Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Ximena Bustamante Ecuador Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Tsisana Chamlikashvili Russia San Francisco/Los Angeles/NewYork/Chicago/D.C.
Ahmed El Feqy Egypt New York
Mohan Lal Mehta India San Francisco/San Jose
Orouba Qarain Jordan Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Giulio Zanolla Italy New York

For more information, contact:

David Brandon,
Program Manager


Telephone: (1) 415-774-2648

Mailing Address:
JAMS Foundation
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94111


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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) 2010 Application - NEW YOK, USA

The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is a capacity building program designed to strengthen the skills, knowledge, and networks of proven human rights defenders from the Global South and marginalized communities in the United States.

The Program provides advanced training, support, and networking opportunities to respected human rights leaders. The focus is both on strengthening the skills of the individual Advocates and providing tools for them to build sustainable organizations that advocate for disadvantaged peoples.

Program Focus

The four-month intensive capacity building program based at Columbia University in New York focuses on the following key issue areas:

. Environmental injustice
. Labor rights violations
. Ramifications of resource extraction
. Public health crises
. Unsustainable development
. Intolerance, xenophobia, and social exclusion

Special attention is given to the above issues and their intersection with gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, and/or other sources of marginalization.


To meet HRAP’s goals, Advocates are expected to participate fully in the offerings provided by HRAP, including:

Skills workshops on advocacy tools, fundraising, press and media relations, and building sustainable organizations;

Columbia University courses on human rights, public health, the environment, sociology, political science, social work, development, and labor rights;

Meetings and networking opportunities with NGO staff, activists, policymakers, representatives of international institutions, and academics.

Timing and Commitment

The 2010 HRAP will begin in the latter half of August and run until mid-December 2010. To be considered, participants must commit to full preparation for and complete engagement in the Program.

About the Center for the Study of Human Rights
Since its establishment at Columbia University in 1978, the Center for the Study of Human Rights (CSHR) has been committed to its core goals of providing human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in international capacity building to human rights leaders and organizations.

CSHR actively works to ensure that local peoples and human rights advocates are included in the political and economic policy decisions that affect their lives.

By convening faculty, students, and human rights leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds, CSHR creates an environment in which research, education, and international outreach contribute to the establishment of a more just and equitable world.

Admissions Information

Selection of Participants
The Program is designed for lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers, social workers, community organizers, and other human rights activists working with NGOs on issues including labor rights, migration, health, social exclusion, environmental justice, and corporate social accountability.

Participants are selected on the basis of their previous work experience in human rights, commitment to the human rights field, and demonstrated ability to pursue graduate-level studies. Full-time students or government officials will not be considered.
Advocates must originate from and reside in either the Global South or the United States. Fluency in English is required. Preference is given to those who have not previously had opportunities to travel and study internationally.

Advocates must secure institutional endorsement from their organizations for their participation in the Program and must commit to returning to that organization upon completion of the Program.

CSHR makes every effort to provide full fellowships to cover program costs as well as travel and housing. A reasonable stipend is also provided to cover basic costs. CSHR staff will work with interested candidates who have been waitlisted for the Program to identify potential funding sources in cases where CSHR has not secured the resources to provide a full fellowship.

Application Deadline

Completed applications are due by Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 5pm EST (New York time). The completed application must be submitted online by the deadline. Applicants should take into consideration technical issues and begin the process in advance of the deadline. The online application system will automatically close as of this deadline.

Technical Questions and Application Help
Due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to answer application questions personally. Please email questions and concerns to Beginning October 14, 2009, please look for the FAQ section of the application website. Answers will be added to it on October 28, November 18, December 2, and Decmeber 17. Questions must be received 1 day in advance of these deadlines or will answered in the following set up FAQ updates. Please note that the last day to request technical assistance will be Wednesday, December 16. CSHR strongly recommends completing your application before this date. We will not be able to accept late applications, even in the event of techincal problems..

Applcation Instructions
Applicants are asked to complete the application in its entirety. Please complete all sections in English. Please follow all instructions, including those sent to your email address.

Upon submission of a completed application, a confirmation will be sent to the applicant. Applicants may also login to the online application to view their submitted applications. As stated in the application, the submission of applications is final. A submitted application cannot be altered or appended.

Application Status Notification
Applicants will be notified in May/June 2010 of their status. Please be patient as the selection and funding processes are lengthy.

Application Form: CLICK HERE


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) - Short Courses, Master's and PhD

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-oriented fellowship programmes designed to promote institutional development. The NFP target group consists of mid-career professionals who are in employment.
To be eligible for an NFP fellowship an applicant must be a national of and working in one of the selected countries.

The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within a wide range of governmental, private sector and non-governmental organizations. This by offering fellowships to professionals to improve their capacity to contribute to the development of their employing organizations.

The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the development cooperation budget. The ministry has contracted the Nuffic to administer the NFP.

Download the NFP brochure 2010

Target group
While fellowships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must occur within the context of the organization that employs the applicant. The training should help the organization develop its capacity. This means that applicants must be nominated by their employers. In fact, applications without employer support will not be processed.

Half of the available funding from the NFP budget should be spent on fellowships for female candidates and for candidates from sub-Saharan Africa. Additional priority is given to candidates from priority groups and/or from marginalized regions, to be defined by the embassies.

NFP sub-programmes
The NFP offers the following options:

Individual fellowships for:

Master’s degree programmes (Open for Details)

Short courses (Open for Details)

PhD studies (Open for Details)

For more details, Click HERE


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International Training Programmes and the International Master Programmes - BELIGIUM

'study in Flanders, make a difference at home'

This website provides an overview of the VLIR-UOS funded International Training Programmes and the International Master Programmes.

VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from developing countries so that they can follow a master’s or training programme in Belgium. These scholarships cover all related expenses. Every year, VLIR-UOS awards up to 180 scholarships to first-year master’s students and 70 scholarships to training participants.

All programmes are specifically designed for people in positions of responsibility in civil society (e.g. universities, schools, NGOs, local communities, governments).
The target group for master’s programmes comprises students from developing countries, although those from other countries are also welcome. Training programmes are tailored to people from developing countries with a certain degree of professional experience.

Although these programmes are primarily oriented towards students and professionals from developing countries, they are also open to other people. This website includes all the information you need to apply for a place on a given programme as a self-supporting student or a scholar. It also includes information on course content and application requirements.

VLIR-UOS sincerely hopes that the exchange during your study in Flanders results in partnerships and improved understanding across frontiers, and that the knowledge you acquire will be invested and disseminated in the framework of long-term initiatives in your country of origin.

We look forward to welcoming you to Flanders, Belgium!

Application and selection procedure

Applicants applying both for academic admission and for a VLIR-UOS scholarship need to consider both the admission requirements and the scholarship criteria.

Applicants applying for academic admission but not for a scholarship, simply need to consider the admission requirements from the host university where the programme is organised.

The host university is in charge of the academic admission of applications. Study results will be taken into consideration during the selection but relevant professional experience and prospects for applying the acquired insights after return to the country are the most important academic selection criteria. The academic admission requirements are specific for every programme. Consult the requirements from the programme you choose at the list of programmes of

The scholarship selection is carried out by a joint selection commission of VLIR-UOS and the host university. The host university – not the applicant! – forwards the applications for a scholarship to the VLIR-UOS secretariat after the academic admission. The VLIR-UOS scholarship criteria are taken into consideration. These criteria consist of, on the one hand, qualification criteria which need to be fulfilled in any case by all scholarship applicants and, on the other hand, of selection criteria that are evaluated by the selection committee. The VLIR-UOS scholarship criteria can be found in a download at the bottom of this page.

All applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of their application. Applicants, who are accepted both academically and for the scholarship, will be contacted by e-mail by VLIR-UOS and the host university at the latest on 15 May 2010. Applicants who are not selected academically will be informed by the host university.

Scholarship application deadlines:
Master’s programme: 1 February 2010
Training programme: 1 February 2010 except the training about the Great Lakes (30 November 2009)

This is how you apply

1.Choose ONE training programme or ONE master programme you wish to apply for. Notice that YOU CAN APPLY FOR ONLY ONE PROGRAMME FOR THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR, so choose carefully! You cannot increase your chances by trying to apply for more than one programme, as the system will not allow you to apply for more than one programme. Should you try to apply for more than one programme, your data will appear more than once in our central database and all your applications will be inadmissible;

2.Fill in your data in the tool (prescreening form) provided on this website, at the bottom of the page that gives more information about the programme you choose to apply for from the list of programmes of international training or master's programmes;

3.Upon completion of the input of your data, you will automatically receive an e-mail with a link to the correct application form from the host university that is organising the programme you choose;

4.Applications should no longer be sent to the VLIR-UOS Scholarship Office. They should be sent directly to the host university where the programme is organised. Applications sent to VLIR-UOS will not be considered;

5.The application form, together with all required documents (instructions can be found on the application form from the host university), should reach the admission office from the host university where the chosen programme is organised before the application deadline;

6.Applications that are incomplete, illegible or that reach the admission office from the host university after the deadline will be automatically rejected.

Country List.

Only residents and nationals of the following countries are eligible for a VLIR-UOS scholarship:


Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Palestinian Administered Areas, Philippines, Vietnam

Latin America

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru, Surinam


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HSP Huygens Programme for Master's Degree 2010 - NETHERLANDS

The prestigious HSP Huygens Programme is open to excellent students from all countries of the world. It is aimed at talented students who want to come to the Netherlands in the final phase of their bachelor’s studies or during their master’s studies.

PhD applications can only be accepted from excellent students with the Croatian or Turkish nationality. Furthermore the minister has reserved part of the total budget for excellent students following programmes in Dutch language and literature, or Neerlandistiek.

The Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science has made seven million euros available for excellent students coming to the Netherlands under the HSP Huygens Programme. There is no fixed number of available scholarships. The actual number is determined by the total cost of the variable components of the scholarships.

New application round

The HSP Huygens application round for the 2010-2011 academic year will start on 1 November 2009.

Important: the complete application, both digital and paper dossier, must be received by Nuffic no later than 31 January 2010. Applications that have not been submitted digitally and on paper or applications that are incomplete will not be accepted.

Requirements for eligibility

.You are an excellent student: you have obtained excellent results in all your previous studies and you are in the top 10% of students in your study or research programme.

. You must have already attended a programme of education (e.g. high school or above) in a country outside the Netherlands.

. The Dutch study programme should be registered in CROHO, the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes. You can find this information in the Dutch nomination letter provided by the Dutch host institution.

. You should be in the final phase of your bachelor’s studies, or studying towards a master’s degree in the Netherlands, and your study must be used primarily to earn a degree at the Dutch institution.

. At the start of the academic year (1 September) in which you study in the Netherlands, you must be no older than 35 years of age.
Scholarships are only awarded for studies lasting at least 6 months, but no longer than 24 months.

. Your studies or research in the Netherlands must constitute a deepening and broadening of your previous studies.

. If you are already a graduate, you must have graduated less than two years ago.
If you want to do research or practical training, it is possible, but it must form part of your studies (a programme on the CROHO list), i.e. you must receive study credits for it.

For more details, CLICK HERE


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Leuven International Doctoral School for the Humanities and Social Sciences


There are many good reasons for continuing your academic career at the K.U.Leuven: the content of the programme, the quality of instruction, the international scope of the education and research and the excellent facilities and services available for international students.

Foreign students will find not only an opportunity for quality education in Leuven, but also a second home.

The Doctoral School for the Humanities and Social Sciences offers a high-quality PhD Programme in all research areas of Humanities, including Philosophy, Psychology, Theology, Educational Sciences, Law, Arts, Economics and Business Economics, and Social Sciences. Doctoral students play an active role in the programme and are required to complete a number of courses and seminars and participate in conferences, etc. related to their chosen area of academic research.

The results of their work are presented in a doctoral dissertation.
Our goal is to train graduates as specialists and researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

If you are interested in continuing your doctoral studies at the K.U.Leuven’s Doctoral School for the Humanities and Social Sciences, please explore this website further and contact us for further information.

We look forward to hearing from you.


How to apply and all required deatils for International Students. Open


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Monday, October 5, 2009

2010-2011 Class of Acumen Fund Fellows is now open

We are excited to announce that the application process for the 2010-2011 Class of Acumen Fund Fellows is now open!

Applications will be accepted online until 11:59pm EST on Thursday, November 5, 2009. Detailed information about the program and application process, as well as the bios of current and past fellows, can be found on our website.

We are looking for dedicated individuals with the practical skills, the creativity, the empathy and the leadership potential to affect change by leveraging market-based solutions to create social impact. Acumen Fund Fellows are drawn from a pool of talented, passionate people from all geographies, sectors, backgrounds and ethnicities.

Each year, the Acumen Fund Fellows Program provides extraordinary young professionals with a unique opportunity to use their skills to effect real social change with our portfolio organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India and Pakistan, and to build lasting relationships with other like-minded individuals.

Who Becomes a Fellow?

Acumen Fund Fellows are drawn from a pool of talented, passionate individuals from all geographies, sectors, backgrounds, religions and ages. Ideal Fellows include those who have already decided on a career in venture philanthropy, those who are seeking a career at the highest levels in the corporate world but want to better understand and impact problems of global poverty, and budding social entrepreneurs who want to learn about managing organizations in demanding settings.

Is the program only open to US citizens or do you welcome foreign applicants?

Acumen Fund seeks Fellows who will bring diverse backgrounds, training and experience to create a dynamic team environment. We welcome applicants of any nationality, and we are prepared to do what is possible and reasonable, within the guidelines of US and international immigration authorities, to address Fellows’ visa and immigration needs in
order to ensure that we include the most promising future leaders.

Is there an age or education requirement for the program?
There is no specific age or degree required for the program. However, we typically seek individuals with 3–7 years of work experience, and we prefer candidates who hold a graduate degree.

Since graduating its first class of Fellows in 2007, the Fellows Program has continued to grow and expand, using the experiences of each class to continue building a unique training curriculum specifically focused on leadership and social enterprises. Fellows Alumni have called the program a life-changing experience, and one that allowed them to build critical business skills and a better understanding of the challenges involved in serving low-income consumers around the world.


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