Wednesday, November 23, 2011

MSc Management and Information Systems: Scholarship for Study by Distance Learning (Jan. 2012 start)

Financial Aid for Study Online for Developing Countries, University of Manchester, UK


The School of Environment and Development invites applications for a fully-funded scholarship for candidates from developing countries for Master's study by distance learning on our MSc Management & Information Systems.

The scholarship will cover all study costs including tuition and examining fees and course material costs.

MSc Management and Information Systems
The MSc in M&IS develops the "hybrid" mix of management and information systems skills that we know from experience is essential to the successful and strategic application of information and communication technologies by today's organisations. It is designed to develop two groups of participants in developing and transitional economies: functional managers who wish to take greater control over, and make a more direct contribution to, change in their organisations via the development and implementation of information systems; and information systems professionals who wish to improve the success rate of the information systems they develop or use, and who may also wish to upgrade their management skills and knowledge.

The programme is offered by the Development Informatics Group in the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM), with staff members contributing to the University's Centre for Development Informatics.

Follow this link for full details of the MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development by Distance Learning programme.


Who studies on this programme?
The MSc M&IS programme is available through distance learning so that practitioners can study while continuing to work in their ongoing professional roles, in the public, private and civil society sectors, or in roles in international organisations, agencies or NGOs. Students work alongside their MSc study, and complete the programme part-time: typically in about two-and-a-half years.

Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship?
The scholarships are intended to support students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study for a UK qualification. Applicants should:

1. Applicants must not have previously studied abroad;
2. Be a national of and resident in a developing country of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America or Oceania;
3. Have at least two years' work experience in a post relevant to their MSc M&IS studies;
4. Hold a UK Second Class Honours, Upper Division, or above, or its international equivalent, in their Bachelor's degree. To verify the equivalency of international qualifications applicants should refer to information on the University’s website at: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/international/country/
Applicants must also not have previously studied in a developed country (short/language courses excluded).

How to apply

When applying for the MIS scholarship please follow all the steps outlined below:

Step 1.

Select the 'Apply online' link on this page. In the 'Further information' box on page four of your application, please state clearly 'MIS scholarhsip application'. Your application should include a completed online application form for your chosen MSc, two signed references, one of which should be from your current employer, and scanned copies of your certificates. Please make sure that the mode of attendance that is selected on the application form states "Distance Learning part time"

Step 2.

Instead of a 'Statement of Purpose', you must also include an original 500-word (maximum) statement with your application specifying how your selected MSc programme will contribute to your professional and personal development.

Step 3.

Your statement must be included in your application and also e-mailed separately to: leann.finch@manchester.ac.uk. The title of your e-mail should be 'MIS Scholarship application' plus your name and seven-digit University of Manchester application number (this is generated when you submit your application form); for example: 'MIS Scholarship application Sally Smith 2507949'.

Deadline for applications
The deadline for applications to be submitted is Friday 2nd December 17.00 GMT. If you are successful you will be notified by the end of December 2011 and start the programme in January 2012.

If you have any enquiries regarding your application, please contact Leann Finch, SED Recruitment and Admissions, leann.finch@manchester.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)161 275 0962.

Follow this link for other funding opportunities for postgraduate programmes in SED and the University's postgraduate funding database.

SOURCE: http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding/mis_dl_scholarships_2012.htm#Apply


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Three (3) PhD positions for candidates from East Africa - Preferably from Tanzania

Three (3) PhD positions for candidates from East Africa
Preferably from Tanzania


Theme 1: Context modelling for human sensor webs
Theme 2: Citizens’ reporting behaviour
Theme 3: Information and public accountability

Theme 1: Context modelling for human sensor webs

a. Research question

Under which conditions can the context of a human sensor be used in a (web) software environment to enhance the understanding and reliability of human sensor information and how does context play a role in scalable human sensor networks?

b. Tasks

The PhD student will design a method to express human sensor context in a formal language, which will be tested with use cases based on non-fictive human sensors in water and health. Formalised parameters and methods of geo-visual analytics shall be implemented in an open source software prototype following common design principles for software design. The PhD student will work closely together with the software developer to create and test the SEMA prototype software with the stakeholders in three iterations of ‘learn and deploy’.

c. Requirements

MSc in Computer Science or Geo-information Science and Geo-visualisation
Field experience in East Africa is an advantage
Fluency in English and academic writing skills

d. Modalities and general requirements

The PhD position is for a total duration of 4 years with a Doctoral Degree awarded by the University of Twente. The PhD candidate will spend approximately two years in the Netherlands and two years in Tanzania. The PhD grant is approximately € 1500/month for the two years spent in the Netherlands and € 1000/month for the two years spent in Tanzania.

PhD candidates should be nationals of East Africa, preferably of Tanzania, and hold a Master of Science degree from a recognized university. A broad and multidisciplinary attitude is required. We strongly encourage female candidates to apply. PhD candidates are co-supervised by the research consortium and the PostDoctoral Scientist. PhD Candidates have a period of 6 months to fully develop their research proposal and qualify for the graduate programme. After the successful qualifier, the PhD candidates will attend advanced research skills courses at selected research schools in The Netherlands, depending on the PhD topic.

All candidates interested in the announced PhD position have to register online through the
ITC graduate registration application form. Click here for help with the online application.
The closing date of the application is December 31, 2011. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview either in person or by teleconferencing.
Further information can be obtained from: Dr. Juma Lungo and Prof. Dr. Yola Georgiadou


Theme 2: Citizens’ reporting behaviour

a. Research question

How can Tanzanian citizens behave in relation to the human sensor web (HSW) and become legitimate reporters of the quality of water and health services?

b. Tasks

The researcher will conduct literature review on common pool resources in online settings as well as focus groups of users of text-for-change initiatives in Eastern Africa. The researcher will ‘follow the problem’ by tracing the use of HSW and how people distribute their trust over time and scale. Data will be collected through survey first, then participant observation and documents, and analyzed through socio-political mapping of the resources and beliefs and behaviour of users. Comparative sub-case studies will be identified to refine the prescriptive part of the study.

c. Requirements

MSc in Information Science or Sociology; affinity with Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Knowledge of Kiswahili; Field experience in East Africa is an advantage
Fluency in English and academic writing skills

d. Modalities and general requirements

The PhD position is for a total duration of 4 years with a Doctoral Degree awarded by the University of Twente. The PhD candidate will spend approximately two years in the Netherlands and two years in Tanzania. The PhD grant is approximately € 1500/month for the two years spent in the Netherlands and € 1000/month for the two years spent in Tanzania.

PhD candidates should be nationals of East Africa, preferably of Tanzania, and hold a Master of Science/Arts degree from a recognized university. A broad and multidisciplinary attitude is required. We strongly encourage female candidates to apply. PhD candidates are co-supervised by the research consortium and the PostDoctoral Scientist. PhD Candidates have a period of 6 months to fully develop their research proposal and qualify for the graduate programme. After the successful qualifier, the PhD candidates will attend advanced research skills courses at selected research schools in The Netherlands, depending on the PhD topic.

All candidates interested in the announced PhD position have to register online through the
ITC graduate registration application form. Click here for help with the online application.

The closing date of the application is December 31, 2011. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview either in person or by teleconferencing.

Further information can be obtained from: Dr. Juma Lungo jlungo@udsm.ac.tz and Prof. Dr. Yola Georgiadou georgiadou@itc.nl


Theme 3: Information and public accountability

a. Research question

Will water and health care officials/providers in Tanzania accept ‘human sensor web’ (HSW) or other open source information systems as part of their information and accountability structures?

b. Tasks

The research design is based on triangulation and comparative strategies between surveys and in-depth case studies. Based on the survey outcomes, interesting cases will be selected for in-depth investigation through ethnographic work (observation, text analysis, and unstructured interviews). Especially accountability structures and individual discretion can be mapped through systematically asking who talks to whom about what. Theory-informed triangulation between surveys and case studies, and careful between-case comparisons will deliver the answers to the research questions.

c. Requirements

MSc in Public Administration; affinity with Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Knowledge of Kiswahili; field experience in East Africa is an advantage
Fluency in English and academic writing skills

d. Modalities and general requirements

The PhD position is for a total duration of 4 years with a Doctoral Degree awarded by the University of Twente. The PhD candidate will spend approximately two years in the Netherlands and two years in Tanzania. The PhD grant is approximately €1500/month for the two years spent in the Netherlands and €1000/month for the two years spent in Tanzania.

PhD candidates should be nationals of East Africa, preferably of Tanzania, and hold a Master of Science/Arts degree from a recognized university. A broad and multidisciplinary attitude is required. We strongly encourage female candidates to apply. PhD candidates are co-supervised by the research consortium and the PostDoctoral Scientist. PhD Candidates have a period of 6 months to fully develop their research proposal and qualify for the graduate programme. After the successful qualifier, the PhD candidates will attend advanced research skills courses at selected research schools in The Netherlands, depending on the PhD topic.

All candidates interested in the announced PhD position have to register online through the
ITC graduate registration application form. Click here for help with the online application.

The closing date of the application is December 31, 2011. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview either in person or by teleconferencing.

Further information can be obtained from: Dr. Juma Lungo jlungo@udsm.ac.tz and Prof. Dr. Yola Georgiadou georgiadou@itc.nl


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