Wednesday, January 25, 2012

African Scholars for the Guest Researcher at Nordic Africa Institute - SWEDEN

The Nordic Africa Institute is seeking applications for the Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Program from scholars in Africa that are engaged in research on the African continent. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

The Nordic Africa Institute is a center for research, documentation and information on modern Africa in the Nordic region. Based in Uppsala, Sweden, the Institute is dedicated to providing timely, critical and alternative research and analysis of Africa in the Nordic countries and to strengthen the co-operation between African and Nordic researchers.

Purpose of the Program

One of the main purposes behind this scholarship program is to establish and maintain relations with African research communities. The Nordic Africa Institute does this through the Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Program that provides opportunities to its participants in pursuing their own research projects, thereby indirectly strengthening the academic milieux in African countries, and promoting scholarly exchange with Nordic research communities.


Nordic Institute’s Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Program targets scholars in Africa that are engaged in research on/about the African continent and with a proven track record of extensive post-graduate research experience. The institute encourages women to apply for these scholarships.


The institute invites applications from scholars with research projects related to current thematic research clusters at the Institute:

Agrarian Change, Property and Resources
Conflict, Displacement and Transformation
Globalization, Trade and Regional Integration
Urban Dynamics

Scholarship Provisions and Facilities

Monetary provisions and facilities under the Guest Researchers’ scholarship include a return air-fare (economy class), accommodation, a subsistence allowance of SEK (Swedish kronor) 300 (approx. USD 45) a day plus an installation grant of SEK 2,500 (approx. USD 370), a shared office and free photocopying facilities up to a maximum of 1,000 copies. Guest Researchers have access to a computer/MS Word at the office and have to do their own typing.

The maximum duration of the stay is 90 days. To be entitled to a refund of the travel costs, the Guest Researcher has to stay for at least two months.

Additional activities

The Guest Researcher is expected to give a lecture in at least one other Nordic country. Train or air tickets (economy class) and accommodation will be provided for this trip.

Guest Researchers are sometimes invited to write a discussion paper for the Institute’s publications’ series or a short article for the Institute’s website. The draft of the discussion paper should be presented during the stay in Uppsala, preferably in a public forum.

Last date for submission of applications for the next round is April 1, 2012

For more information on how to apply, where to download your application form and contacts to send your application, visit this link


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Aga Khan International Scholarships for Meritorious Students

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master’s level courses but is also willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, when doctoral degrees are necessary for the career objectives of the student. Requests will also be considered for travel and study awards for PhD students doing their research in Third World countries on topics judged to be of interest to the Aga Khan Development Network.

These scholarships are available in countries like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada where the Foundation has branches.

The main criteria for selecting award winners are: l) excellent academic records, 2) genuine financial need, 3) admission to a reputable institution of higher learning and 4) thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans.

Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.

The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Applicants are requested to make every effort to obtain funding from other sources as well, so that the amount requested from the Foundation can be reduced to a minimum. Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.

Half of the scholarship amount is considered as a loan, which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%.

Students may obtain application forms as of January 1st each year from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence.

The deadline for submission of applications is March 31.For more information visit this link.


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Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution (Master's Degree and Professional Development Certificates)

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

Learn about the Rotary Peace Centers
1. Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (professional development center)
5. Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina (NOTE: The Rotary Foundation Trustees will no longer be accepting applications for this program after the 2010-12 class.)
6. University of Bradford, 7. West Yorkshire, England
8. University of Queensland, 9. Brisbane, Australia
10. Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

How to apply
Interested candidates must apply for Rotary Peace Fellowships through their local Rotary club. Use the Club Locator to find Rotary club contact information. If your hometown doesn’t have a Rotary club, try entering the names of nearby cities. You also can try searching for Rotary club websites. If you have difficulty finding or contacting a Rotary club in your area, contact Rotary Peace Centers staff for assistance. But for more details on how to apply, CLICK HERE

Program participants
Each year, up to 110 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected, consisting of up to 60 master’s degree fellows and up to 50 professional development certificate fellows. Fellows earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

Program alumni are looked to as leaders who promote national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.

Former fellows are currently working in grassroots and local nongovernmental organizations, national governments, the military, law enforcement, and bilateral and international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, International Organization for Migration, and Organization of American States. Graduates also enjoy the support of a growing worldwide network of fellow alumni committed to building peace.

Application timeline
Each district must set its own deadline for clubs to submit applications to the district selection committee. District-endorsed Rotary Peace Fellowship applications are due to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. The timeline below is recommended for promoting the fellowships and selecting candidates.

December–January The Rotary Foundation sends application materials to districts. Districts begin distributing them to clubs.

January–February Districts and clubs promote the fellowship opportunity to attract well-qualified candidates.

March Clubs conduct interviews and make their selections, then submit their endorsed application(s) to the district (deadlines vary by district).

May–June Districts conduct interviews and select their candidate(s), then submit their application(s) to RI World Headquarters to arrive on or before 1 July of the year preceding the program (e.g., 1 July 2009 for programs beginning in 2010).

July–October The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Peace Centers university partners screen applications and select fellowship finalists.

November–December The Rotary Foundation notifies districts and their candidates of the results.

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PhD Program for Chromosome Dynamics in Vienna, Austria

Welcome to the Graduate Program for Chromosome Dynamics

Genetic information, the blueprint for any living organism, is encoded by DNA. In higher eukaryotes, the DNA resides in the nucleus of a cell and is partitioned into linear units called chromosomes. The maintenance of genetic information and its faithful transmission from one generation to the next crucially depends on intact chromosomes. Failure to protect DNA from deterioration, impaired DNA repair or missegregation of chromosomes during cell division seriously compromises the fitness of any organism. Understanding the molecular basis of chromosome maintenance and dynamics is therefore essential for human health and fertility, industrial and food production, and plant breeding.

The Graduate Program in Chromosome Dynamics brings together some of Vienna's leading chromosome researchers to provide a stimulating and world-class training environment for those seeking to pursue a research career in this exciting field of modern biology.


The program is open to students who hold a Masters degree in the biosciences, chemistry, medicine, or related fields, or expect to finish their Masters' study within three months of the application deadline.

Application Process
All applicants must apply via the online application system prior to the announced deadline. All candidates must present two confidential reference letters by internationally recognized researchers. Selection of candidates is exclusively based on scientific qualification.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview with the participation of the faculty members concerned. Admission will be granted only if one of the faculty members is willing to offer his/her position to the candidate.

Selected candidates will be expected to accept the offered position in writing within 3 weeks and start within 6 months after the selection. Within the first 3 months of the thesis project, both student and supervisor can terminate the contract without further explanation (probationary period). Should a faculty member move to another institution, the student is free to move, or stay at the initial institution until the end of his/her thesis work.

PhD positions are for a period of up to 4 years with a salary of € 26300 per year (funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the two host institutions).

Criteria for Graduation
All students will be enrolled at the University of Vienna and must adhere to University regulations to obtain a degree. The official language of the program is English. Information for students on registering and regulations will be provided. In order to graduate, students have to fulfill these requirements. In short, they have to complete their practical work, write a thesis and complete the required courses, seminars and workshops outlined here. Students may only acquire credits (30 ECTS points) from courses recommended and listed by the program. Faculty members encourage publication of the thesis results in a peer reviewed journal and presentation of the results at an international conference before graduation.

Online Application


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