Sunday, April 7, 2013

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) at Australian Universities

Australian Gov’t/DIISR
MS/PhD Degree
Deadline: varies, July-Oct (annual)
Study in:  Australia
Course starts 2014
Brief description:
The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) program is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR).  The IPRS program was established to maintain and develop international research linkages and specifically aims to:
•  attract top quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength in Australian higher education providers; and
•  support Australia’s research effort.
The IPRS program enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers.  The scholarships are available for a period of two years for a Masters by research degree or three years for a Doctorate by research degree.
Host Institution(s):
The list of Australian Universities that offers the IPRS is found at this link.
Field of study:
Any postgraduate research programme offered at participating Australian Universities.
Number of Awards:
Around 330 are awarded annually. The allocation of IPRS grants to participating universities is based on a formula that is reflective of their overall research performance.
Target group:
Scholarships are open to international students of all countries (except Australia and New Zealand).
Scholarship value/inclusions:
The scholarship covers tuition fees, living allowance, and health cover costs.
To be eligible for an IPRS, a student must:
(a) be an international student; and
(b) meet international student visa requirements as specified by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), including the requirement to purchase and maintain a standard Overseas Student Health Cover policy approved by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Ageing; and
(c) be commencing full-time enrolment for the first time in a HDR at an eligible scholarship provider in Australia; and
(d) be undertaking study in a subject area identified by the provider as one of its areas of research concentration; and
(e) not hold a research qualification regarded by the provider to be equivalent to an Australian Research Doctorate degree or, if undertaking a Research Masters degree, not hold a research qualification regarded by the provider to be equivalent to or higher than an Australian Research Masters degree; and
(f) not have held an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) scholarship within the two years prior to commencing the IPRS; and
(g) not be receiving a scholarship for which course tuition is a component under any other scholarship scheme to which the Australian Government makes a substantial contribution.
You must check with the Universities if they require specific eligibility requirements.
Application instructions:
Applications for a scholarship need to be made directly to a participating Universities/Higher Education Providers (HEPs) in Australia. HEPs are responsible for determining the selection process by which scholarships are allocated to applicants.
The deadline varies among universities but is around July-October each year. It is important to visit the website of the University where you intend to apply and the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
Contact information:
All enquiries regarding IPRS awards need to be directed to the university at which the applicant wishes to conduct their postgraduate research.


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Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships, at UK Universities 2013-2014

Distance Learning Scholarships – information for candidates

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are being offered in 2013 for the following Master’s courses. Full details of these courses and the application process must be obtained from the relevant institution.


To be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, candidates should:
  • be Commonwealth citizens of a developing Commonwealth country, refugees or British protected persons
  • be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • normally hold a first degree of upper second-class standard, or higher qualification. In certain cases, we will consider a lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience
The CSC may require candidates to undertake the academic IELTS English language test as a condition of eligibility. Candidates should check with the UK institution/provider whether this requirement applies to them. It is the candidate’s responsibility to note that an IELTS test will only be considered valid if taken after 1 September 2012 for those candidates wishing to start their studies from September 2013 onwards. Candidates will be asked to provide evidence that they have achieved a minimum overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS scale.

How to apply

Full details of the application process must be obtained from the relevant institution.
The CSC expects all candidates being considered for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship to have completed an application form using our Electronic Application System (EAS). Full help on how to apply using the EAS is provided in our guides, which should be read in full before making any attempt to use the EAS.
Full details of the application process must be obtained from the relevant institution. To apply for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship:
  1. You must complete an EAS application. Please note that it is not possible to submit an EAS application after the deadline that you will see when you open an application
  2. The UK university will then decide whether or not to nominate you to the CSC
  3. The CSC then selects which of the shortlisted nominated candidates to fund
You are advised to read the following step-by-step guide showing you how to use the EAS:
The application form has links to the Notes for Candidates to help you as well.

Go to the EAS

You can send feedback about the guides to

The deadline for applications is 23:59 GMT on 17 May 2013.

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*** Application cycle 2014 - 2015 currently open ***
Deadline for submission of online application and supporting documents June 1, 2013. Only successful candidates will be called for interviews scheduled for mid-July, 2013. 

The Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State. Teaching Assistants are vetted through the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The program aims to strengthen U.S. foreign language instruction and promote mutual understanding by establishing a foreign language native speaker expertise on U.S. campuses. The program enables the teaching assistants to complete their home country pre-service training by engaging in non-degree studies at accredited post-secondary U.S. educational institutions while teaching one or two language courses. Additionally they serve as resource persons in conversation groups, cultural representatives, attendants in language laboratories, coordinators of extracurricular activities or supervisors of clubs and language houses.Selected teaching assistants will enjoy Fulbright status in the United Status. They are expected to teach their language/culture for up to 20 hours per week while taking two courses per semester. All FLTA's receive room and board, a monthly stipend, and tuition waiver for the required coursework, in addition to Fulbright immigration services. The Fulbright grant is for one academic year and is non-renewable.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) on behalf of Department of State, USA, would like to place several language teaching assistants at universities and colleges in the US as part of a strategic language initiative.
Kiswahili is one of the targeted languages. 

These teaching assistants would be Fulbright Scholars and are expected to teach their language/culture for up to 20 hours per week while taking two courses per semester. The grant is for one academic year and is non-renewable. The program is designed to have native language and cultural informants who are close in age to undergraduate students in the USA. Normally, FLTAs would teach:
  • beginning level or conversation courses
  • work in a language lab
  • animate a language table
  • organize cultural activities or have similar duties
Each institution assigns duties that will best meet the needs of their school's unique circumstances. 

Fulbright will pay for travel, health insurance and monthly maintenance of the selected candidates. Institutions where the FLTAs are placed provide tuition scholarships for the required coursework. The selection process for Tanzania is facilitated through the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam. 

Applicants must be teachers of English or in training to become teachers of English, and at minimum must possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree by June 1, 2014 to allow time to submit an official transcript prior to the start of the Fulbright FLTA Program and who are willing to travel without their dependants for one academic year. 

This is an excellent opportunity for young teachers in Tanzania. To apply, please refer to the requirements listed here, and if you qualify, apply through online application process. Three reference letters should be filled out by teachers or other professionals you have worked with, and submitted directly to the address below. Signature page should be submitted together with relevant certificates and transcripts to:
Fulbright Program Coordinator, Fulbright FLTA program, 
Office of Public Affairs, 
American Embassy, 
686 Old Bagamoyo Rd. - Msasani, 
Box 9123, Dar es Salaam. 
Voice: 255 22 229 4813 
Fax:    255 22 229 4722
Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview. Also, only nominated candidates will be required to sit for the TOEFL exam and submit a medical report.

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Equity And Merit Scholarships For Ugandans At University Of Manchester, UK, 2013

Full-time campus-based masters – Uganda

We are offering scholarships for full-time campus-based postgraduate taught masters to applicants from Uganda starting in September 2013. The scholarships cover full tuition fees, return international air fares and living expenses. Eligibility

The scholarships are aimed at applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds. Applicants must:
a) be a resident citizen of Uganda and have not previously studied abroad;
b) hold a first or upper second class (or the equivalent) undergraduate degree;
c) have a minimum of two years relevant work experience;
d) be committed to returning home and able to demonstrate his/her potential to make a positive impact on the future of Uganda;
e) have a clear idea how studying in the UK would benefit both his/her career and the development of Uganda.
f) have achieved a grade 6 or above in English Language at Ugandan Certificate of Education level; or, have a minimum IELTS result of 6.5, or a minimum TOEFL result of 88-89. Please note that some programmes may require a higher language qualification so please check the programme website for more details.

Scholarships are available in a wide range of subjects including Engineering, Environment, Medical and Life Sciences, Law and Education. Download the full list of courses (PDF document, 62 KB)

How to apply Applications for September 2013 are now open and the deadline is 30 April 2013. Download the application form (PDF document, 164 KB)

Please email with any enquiries.  


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The Transsolar Academy Fellowship 2013 - "Connect Ideas – Maximize Impact"

Transsolar Academy 


The symposium "Connect Ideas – Maximize Impact" taught us about the importance of the "majority world" and “education” on our path for higher impact.

Therefore, we are inviting 10 young graduates primarily from the "majority world" to connect us to parts of the world where we have had almost no impact in the past. Our goal is to gain knowledge and learn about the possibilities of climate engineering in parts of the world where we believe the greatest changes will take place in the near future. We hope to increase impact by connecting ideas through our TS Academy fellows returning home and applying their knowledge.

Program Overview 

The Transsolar Academy offers a one-year fellowship in climate engineering covering tuition, travel, room and board.

The program will provide lectures, tutorials and project work. The comprehensive and practical training combines theoretical background with hands-on experience realized in form of project work. Students will not only work with and learn from Transsolar staff mentors and our partners, but also learn from each other.

When and where? 

The Academy will begin in October 2013.
The Academy will take place in the Transsolar Office.

Are you eligible? 

Yes, if you are: 

a) A highly motivated young graduate

b) An agent committed to creating a sustainable future From the majority world, or have a strong connection to it Fluent in English Yes, if you have: At least an undergraduate degree, or the equivalent, by 31 Aug 2013

c) A record of accomplishment and ability to meet challenges

d) A highly developed curiosity about building livable environments

e) An eagerness to engage with our way of working

f) A strong interest in exploring the possibilities of climate engineering in the "majority world"

g)  A strong interest in applying your gained knowledge when returning home An ability to tackle complex problems and develop creative solutions

Yes, if you possess these qualities:

Determination to achieve your goals

Yes, if you are seeking the time and opportunity to: 

Undertake or complete a project or field of study concerning the "majority world"

Connect ideas and exchange knowledge

How to apply 

The application process is now open for the program starting in October 2013. Submission deadline is the 12th of May 2013.

Click here to download the application form

Please send the completed application form to: 

Please attach the following documents: 

a) Photocopy of your passport
b) Photocopy of your university degree, and transcript in English
c) Letters of recommendation

For more information about the Transsolar Academy applications process, please contact us at:


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