Saturday, February 11, 2012

UNESCO/ Poland Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2012 - "Ecohydrology"

With a view to promoting human resource capacities in the developing countries and to enhancing international understanding and friendship among nations and the people of Poland, the Polish National Commission for UNESCO and the International Institute of the Polish Academy of Science/European Regional Centre of Ecohydrology under the auspice of UNESCO and University of Lodz, are placing at the disposal of UNESCO one(1) fellowship of a six months duration starting in April 2012 for the benefit of Member States listed in Annex I. Beneficiaries of these fellowships will be given the opportunity to undertake an individual research programme in the field of Ecohydrology.

Invited Member States in Africa region as determined by the Polish authorities (49 countries)

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

The Polish authorities will make the final decision.



• Ecohydrology – The New Approach and Methods for Integrating River Basin Management


(i) Hold the Bachelor’s or M.Sc. degrees;
(ii) Be proficient in reading and writing English;
(iii) Be not more than 45 years of age; and,
(iv) Be in good health, both physically and mentally.


(i) Free tuition;
(ii) Monthly allowance of 1350 PLN zlotys (approximatively US$ 450) corresponding to the salary of a local junior research fellow. Thus, all living expenses in Poland are to be borne by the fellows with this allowance; and,
(iii) An installation allowance of 1350 PLN zlotys to be paid upon arrival.

No provision to finance or lodge family members is made.

At the end of the research studies, the beneficiaries will receive a certificate attesting to their attendance at the host institution.


(i) International travel expenses: (at the most economical rate) from the beneficiary’s country to Poland and return will be covered by UNESCO under its Regular Programme Budget.
(ii) Health insurance for fellowship beneficiaries who are declared medically fit: UNESCO fellowship holders may be covered by a special accident/ health insurance policy, taken out by the Organization for the duration of the fellowship. The costs of the health insurance is subscribed to and covered by UNESCO* on behalf of the fellows.



Selected fellows from countries where there are Polish Embassies or Consulates will have to obtain their entry visa in the country prior to their departure. Fellows from countries where no such Embassy/Consulate exists must secure their visa through the nearest Embassy of the Republic of Poland.

UNESCO/POLAND provides no allowance to defray passport and visa expenses and the selected beneficiaries are responsible for securing their own entry visas to the country of study.



One candidature should be submitted per invited Member State. Original applications in duplicate must be channelled through the National Commission for UNESCO of the candidate’s country and communicated to the attention of Mr Ali Zaid, Chief, Participation Programme and Fellowships Section, by 28 February 2011 at the latest. An advance copy of the application may be sent by fax (+33.1) 45685503 or by Email L. Applications should have imperatively the following attachments in DUPLICATE:

(i) UNESCO fellowships application forms, duly completed in English;
(ii) Two photographs attached to the applications (4x6 cm);
(iii) Certified copies (in English) of Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree obtained; and,
(iv) The UNESCO certificates of language knowledge, duly completed by a relevant authority, if the mother tongue of the candidate is not English.

Deadline 28 February 2012 at the latest


It is the National authority’s responsibility to ensure that all candidates are duly informed of the above conditions prior to the submission of applications.

Files which are incomplete or which are received after the deadline as well as candidatures that do not fulfil the requirements will not be taken into consideration.

Only the selected candidates will receive a letter through their respective National Commissions for UNESCO.

Project Document Announcement letter UNESCO_POLAND 2012b.pdf

Deadline for applications 29 Feb 2012



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University of Cambridge Conservation Leadership Scholarships for Developing Countries 2012, UK

MPhil in Conservation Leadership

Miriam Rothschild Scholarship Programme in Conservation Leadership to support students from less developed and developing countries that are rich in biodiversity, to attend the MPhil in Conservation Leadership at University of Cambridge, UK


The MPhil degree in Conservation Leadership is a full-time, one-year, masters course, aimed at graduates of leadership potential with at least three to five years of relevant experience. The unique features of this course are its delivery by a partnership between several university departments and conservation organizations based around Cambridge, and its focus on issues of management and leadership. Consequently, the course aims to deliver a world-class and interdisciplinary education in Conservation Leadership that is not available elsewhere.

The course is based in the University of Cambridge's Department of Geography, which is working in collaboration with partners in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) to deliver the course. CCI was created in 2007 by eight internationally renowned conservation organisations and the University of Cambridge. All are members of the larger network of organizations in the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF).

The Director of Conservation Leadership is Nigel Leader-Williams, based in the Department of Geography. The Lecturer in Conservation Leadership is Chris Sandbrook, based at the United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). The Programme Administrator for Conservation Leadership is Emily Chenery, based in the Department of Geography.

The University is grateful for the generous support of the MAVA Foundation in establishing this MPhil in Conservation Leadership. The Miriam Rothschild Scholarship Programme in Conservation Leadership is generously supported by Arcadia.

Scholarship support

Two scholarship programmes have been generously established to support students from less developed and developing countries that are rich in biodiversity, to attend the MPhil in Conservation Leadership during the academic year 2012-2013. The Miriam Rothschild Scholarship Programme in Conservation Leadership is generously supported by Arcadia. Additional scholarships are available as a result of support from another donor.

The number and size of the scholarships varies from full scholarships, to partial scholarships that cover specific aspects of the funding package required by students. Offers of scholarships will be made competitively based on: academic quality; the motivation and potential of candidates to become conservation leaders; and, the funds applicants already have available for the course.

Students interested in seeking funding support should, if they have not already done so, make a formal application to the Board of Graduate Studies for a place on the course. Such an application will include a written statement of not more than 750 words outlining why the applicant is suited to gain a place on the course. The deadline for applications is 30 March 2012.

In addition, applicants wishing to be considered for funding support should make a financial case outlining the funds that they have available, and any funds that they still require to ensure they can take up their place on the course. This financial case should update any information given in the original application to the Board of Graduate Studies. The financial case should generally not exceed 200 words, and should be sent by email to Emily Chenery [], Programme Administrator, MPhil in Conservation Leadership by 30 March 2012.

Application Process

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

2012 Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries at University of Ghent, Belgium

Special Research Fund - Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries

With support from its “Special Research Fund” (BOF), Ghent University wishes to support university research groups or research centres in developing countries in their aim to grow into excellent research centres by upgrading local academic personnel. Therefore Ghent University grants PhD scholarships to promising PhD students from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University and half in a university in a developing country. No restrictions are imposed on the field of research, nevertheless preference will be given to topics that are relevant for development. Relevance for development measures the degree in which the action of development corresponds with the expectations of the beneficiaries, the needs of the country, global priorities and the policies of partners and donors.

This program is limited to universities and research centers in developing countries (see country list in the call) with which Ghent University is already cooperating or has cooperated in the last 5 years. It is the Ghent University promoter who has to present evidence of this previous cooperation.

These grants take the form of a so called “sandwich” scholarship: the candidate obtains a scholarship for 24 months to work within a span of 48 months on an alternating basis on the PhD at Ghent University and at the university or research center in the country of origin of the candidate.

The proposals must be submitted by a promoter at Ghent Universityand a supervisor at the local institution.

Before applying student need to find a professor from Ghent University who is willing to act as the supervisor ('promoter') of their doctoral research and who agrees to support their application. The best way to do this is by browsing the list of faculties and research topics available on the research directory of our website:

The candidate obtains a scholarship for 24 months which must be divided into several periods within a span of 4 years. In principle the scholarship holder starts the PhD scholarship research at Ghent University during a period of 3 to 9 months and ends the scholarship with a stay of at least 3 months at Ghent University to complete and defend the doctoral thesis.

Who can apply?
To be admissible for this call, all of the following requirements must be met:
Candidates need to come from – and have the nationality of – a developing country (see list);
There must be a guarantee that the candidate will be able to work on the PhD project at the partner university. This implies that there must be a local PhD supervisor at the partner university or research center. Also a written statement is requested from that supervisor or the university authorities stating that the candidate is either a student or a staff member of this university and will be sufficiently exempted from teaching or other assignments as to be able to fully concentrate on the PhD research.

This statement should also mention that the candidate receives/received a local scholarship or salary when working on the PhD in the home institute.

How does it work
The candidate applies to Ghent University jointly with a promoter of Ghent University and a supervisor at the local institution.

The promoter at Ghent University has to fill in a separate document ('promoter's advice'- only available in Dutch) with advice on the candidate, stating the promoter's opinion on the potential of the candidate as a future researcher.

The Research Council makes a selection of the applications based in part on the recommendations obtained from members of the Council for Development Cooperation. The recommendation is based on:

the doctoral project;
the relevance of the research topic for development;
the qualifications of the applicant for the doctoral grant;
the scientific/scholarly potential of the promoter’s research group(s);
the partnership between Ghent University and the local institute;
the scientific/scholarly potential of the local institute.

How much funding is involved
The candidate receives a "sandwich"type scholarship for a total of 24 months. Within a span of 48 months, the candidate needs to work on the PhD project both at Ghent University and the partner university. Only for the periods the scholarship holder works at Ghent University the scholarship holder will receive a monthly income. The rest of the PhD research is done in the partner university for which no funding is provided through this scholarship. The partner university has to provide a salary or local scholarship for the period the candidate works there.
The value of the scholarship at Ghent University depends on, a.o., the researcher’s family situation and is approximately €1,700.

The Ghent University promoter also receives a bench fee of €15.440 to cover (part of) the operational costs, as well as the travelling costs of the student and both the Ghent University and the local promoter.

Deadline 8 March 2012

More Information & Application Forms
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HEC-EGIDE/EIFFEL for candidates working in emerging countries - FRANCE

Launched in January 1999 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministère des Affaires Etrangères), the Eiffel Scholarship is designed to bolster international recruiting by French schools of higher education, at a time when competition to attract top foreign students is growing among developed countries.HEC reserves the right to submit only those candidates it feels best qualify for the Eiffel Scholarship as the award is particularly competitive and prestigious. Note that applications from students currently studying outside France will be given priority over those from students already studying in France.

Eligibility: The HEC MBA Program applies on behalf of admitted eligible students. In order to be eligible the candidate must:

(a) Be aged 30 years old or less in the selection year.

(b) Have a single nationality from a developing country deemed an 'emerging country' by the French state department, especially those in Asia and Latin America, for example, currently under-represented among the student population in France.

Selection Criteria:

Candidates wishing to apply for the Eiffel Scholarship must write an essay, describing how the scholarship will help them achieve their long-term career goals. They should explain what they aim to achieve from the MBA program and how they will implement this in their future career. As it is offered by the French Government, candidates should address issues such as why they are studying in France.

Personal Financial Statement:
Applicants must submit a detailed description of their financial circumstances as well as a cash-flow forecast for 16-month duration at HEC.

Amount of Award:
The Eiffel Scholarship provides participants with a monthly allowance of €1,181, and covers additional expenses including travel, health insurance and cultural activities. Tuition fees are not covered by the scholarship.

Application Deadline: End of November each year (after enrollment confirmation).



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2012 One World Scholarship Program for Applicants from Developing Countries at Austrian Universities, Austria

The Scholarship-Programme

The Scholarship-Programme is directed at students from developing countries at Austrian Universities and is meant to contribute to the peaceful coexistence of people from different countries of origin by enhancing equal opportunities, dialogue, intercultural know-how and partnership. Together with the other programmes it supports their concerns (struggle against poverty, resource conservation, peace-keeping etc.), the establishment and expansion of accordingly qualified personnel and the advancement of educational- and economic systems (capacity and institution development) with lasting effects.

It is complementary to other scholarship programmes and laid out globally, it enhances the ability for independent, creative, critical and self-determined thinking and acting and shall strengthen the competence for innovative problem solving strategies. The Scholarship-Programme contributes to the socially required production of knowledge and awareness, it promotes a global perspective and the creation of the globally educated citizen. It attaches a high significance to regional, international and trans-cultural networks. The programme is co-financed (government, church and private funds and own resources of the recipients of the benefits) and significantly contributes to the economic, social and cultural development of the southern countries.

The Scholarship-Programme is directed at students from Africa, Asia and Latin America who are interested in development policy and who have come to Austria on their own initiatives, in order to complete their education. With their decision for studying abroad, the students have demonstrated a high degree of assertiveness, creativity and mobility. The scholarship will contribute to following up on the right of education also for those critical and intellectual young people who will find poor conditions in their home countries. These aspects will apply still more strongly to women. So scholarships will offer a chance making up for the ethnic, religious, social and regional discrimination, and in individual cases, also for violations of human rights. The scholarships are divided into:

1. Scholarships for the promotion of students doing masters degrees (application in Austria)

2. Scholarships for the promotion of students doing doctoral degrees (application in Austria)

3. Scholarships for the promotion of students doing masters degrees and training programmes (application in Austria or in the country of origin)

Through study-accompanying measures (the entire educational measures in the Scholarship-Programme will massively support the publicity for development policy and the intercultural dialogue) - like conducting workshops and seminars on returning home and reintegration, job prospects and job applications as well as respective counselling talks and in-between homeward journeys - the project target of a successful occupational reintegration in the countries of origin can be essentially supported.

The Scholarship-Programme is conceived as a comprehensive programme, which will comprise scholarships, study-accompanying measures and tutoring, study-accompanying training, supporting reintegration and follow up-contacts. Recipients of the scholarships are exempt from tuition fees.

The scholarship programme is co-financed with means from the Government of Styria, the City of Graz, church and private funds.

Students can apply for the scholarships by using the application form between the middle of March till the end of May each year.

Application form
You can download the application form for the scholarship here.

In addition to the scholarships, the AAI will also hand out general benefits (e.g. for learning aids, visa fees) and allowances for the costs of the university preparation programme to students in need from southern countries.


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Centre of African Studies


Vacancy reference:

Salary : £23,661

The Centre of African Studies invites applications for the Smuts Research Fellowship in African Studies, from candidates at the postdoctoral level in all disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Ideally applicants will have gained a PhD (or equivalent) within the last five years or will have gained a PhD by the time of the appointment. Candidates should have excellent research ability in a field which fits with the interdisciplinary ethos of the Centre. The appointment will be from 1 October 2012 for a period of three years, and is non-renewable

The Smuts Research Fellow will be expected to carry out an approved programme of research relating to Africa, to participate in the life of the Centre, and to contribute a small amount of teaching for the MPhil in African Studies. The prospectus of the MPhil can be found at: The precise nature of the teaching contribution is open to discussion, but we would require the Fellow to be present and available to teach in either Michaelmas or Lent term each year.
The Fellow will also be involved in organising the Centre’s seminar programme and colloquia, and to take part (where appropriate) in the Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Programme which each year brings a group of African scholars to Cambridge for a period of six months.

To apply:
Please complete a Chris6 (sections 1 and 3 only)

and send it together with a covering letter, a copy of your c.v. plus a brief description (not more than 1,500 words) of your intended research. Three academic reference letters are to be sent directly to the Centre. The closing date for applications is 9 March 2012. Interviews will take place in May 2012.

Further details

The Centre of African Studies was established in 1965 by path-breaking anthropologist Dr Audrey Richards. The Centre supports teaching on Africa at the University of Cambridge through its library and through its seminar series. It also acts as a platform for interdisciplinary research, bringing the University's Africanists together with scholars from African, American, and European universities.

The Centre belongs to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Cambridge. Most Cambridge academics pursuing scholarly work on Africa hold faculty and/or college posts, but gravitate around the Centre and are members of its Managers’ Committee, the body entrusted with the general running of the institution.


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