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Obama Foundation’s Fully Funded Scholars Programme for Emerging Leaders

Deadline: 13 December 2019
The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University brings together rising leaders from around the world who have demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions to challenges in their communities, countries and regions.

The Obama Foundation Scholars will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills and to build new capacities and networks that will accelerate their impact in their home countries.

Obama Foundation Scholars reside at Columbia World Projects, a new initiative that aims to systematically bring university research out into the world in the form of projects that will have a significant and lasting positive impact on people’s lives and will help guide the way to solutions to intractable problems, while additionally enriching research and scholarship. Scholars will participate in CWP activities during the academic year.

The purpose of the program is to help Obama Foundation Scholars take the connections and skills they acquire during the program and apply them for the benefit of their communities, countries, and regions. It is their expectation that Obama Foundation Scholars will remain engaged with the Obama Foundation after the conclusion of the program.

Benefits

  • Monthly stipend to assist with living expenses in New York City
  • A furnished studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University
  • All tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University
  • Basic medical, dental and life insurance for the duration of the program
  • Air travel to and from home country and any program-related activities
  • Leadership development programming led by the Obama Foundation that will help scholars gain the real-world skills, tools and experiences to expand the impact of their work when they return home

Eligibility Criteria
The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University seeks rising leaders from around the world who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a proven commitment to service and leadership within a community, region or country outside the United States, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their completion of the program and apply their enhanced training, skills and connections on a long-term basis for the benefit of these communities
  • Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “tipping point” in their careers
  • Are fluent in English (verbal, written and spoken)
  • Have the ability and inclination to positively shape the future of their community
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to humility, integrity, inclusivity, stewardship, fearlessness, imagination and teamwork

How to Apply

UN MGCY Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Youth Forum 2019 – Quito, Ecuador (Limited Funding Available)

Deadline: October 10, 2019

The United Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) invites applications for participation in the Global Forum on Migration and Development – GFMD Youth Forum 2019. This event is a side event of the 2019 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit. The annual GFMD summit is a state-led, informal and non-binding process which helps shape the global debate on migration and development.
The GFMD Youth Forum will be held in Quito right before the GFMD Summit, from 17-18 November.

About the Forum
We need youth to have access to a space where they are able to discuss youth-specific migration challenges, needs and opportunities, in order to consolidate solid policy priorities around the key issues of migration and development.

It is for this reason that the UN MGCY is organizing the Youth Forum. The Youth Forum’s programme will discuss key issues identified in last year’s summit, including education and decent jobs for youth migrants, and on the themes related to the GFMD agenda, including “facilitating the economic and social inclusion of migrants”, “providing regular pathways from crisis to safety”, and “shaping public narratives on migrants and migration”. The Youth Forum programme is built to be highly pertinent to these issues discussed during the GFMD Summit, as this allows the outcomes of the Youth Forum to feed into the rountables of the GFMD.

During the Youth Forum, they will add focuses on youth priority themes, such as Education and Child Detention, and will endeavour to discuss the other topics with a youth lens. They will also focus on identifying already existing youth-led and/or youth-focused actions on these issues and present ways to scale or replicate them in partnership with other stakeholders. In each session, they will also make sure they consider specific vulnerabilities and opportunities related to gender, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, and disability.

Funding

UN MGCY is working hard to raise funds and might be able to offer scholarships based on merit and need – with special attention to under-represented countries and populations, especially from Low Income Countries. However, they will have limited funding available and they strongly encourage prospective participants to proactively ask their institutions, universities, governments, international youth groups or development organizations for financial support to cover their airfare and accommodation in Quito, Ecuador.

Eligibility

  • Open to representatives of youth-led and/or serving civil society organizations
  • Applicants must be under the age of 31
  • Applicants are meaningfully engaged in relevant work in their communities

The GFMD Youth Forum will count on the presence of 50 representatives from youth-led and/or serving civil society organizations (under the age of 31) who are meaningfully engaged in relevant work in their communities. They aim for a balanced representation, including aspects of regional, social, religious, age and gender representation.

Taking into account that the Forum is taking place in Ecuador, they aim for 25 delegates representing Latin American countries (of which at least 10 representing Ecuador).

Application

New Job Opportunities at VSO International Tanzania

Position: Global Thematic Lead – Employment and Entrepreneurship
Location: Various, Various Countries
Salary: Competitive
Contract type: Permanent
Full Time: 35 hours per week
Application Closing Date: 6 Oct 2019
Interview date: To be announced
Start date: ASAP

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. Sharing their unique skills and experience to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.
Role overview
This role will provide technical expertise to shape VSO’s employment, entrepreneurship, enterprise development and job creation programmes, help drive forward our Livelihoods strategy and support improvements in the quality and impact of VSO’s programmes globally, including replicating and expanding effective approaches.
Skills, qualifications and experience
You will have extensive experience of developing and implementing employment and entrepreneurship programmes, securing external funding and project management. Strong relationship building and negotiation skills will also be key.
VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.
MODE OF APPLICATION:If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.
To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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Position: Volunteer role: Nutrition Adviser

Type of role: Healthcare
Location: Mtwara, Tanzania
Application Closing Date: 7 Oct 2019
Interview date: To be announced
Start date: October 2019
VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview
The Kila Mtoto, Kila Mama project aims to save the lives of vulnerable mothers, new-borns and young children in Mtwara region of Tanzania. Focusing on strengthening both the supply and demand side of maternal new-born and child health (MNCH) continuum.
The MNCH Nutrition advisor will provide technical advice and capacity building to the Regional Health Management Team (RHMT), Council Health Management Teams (CHMT’s), Nutrition Committees at the regional and district levels and Health Care Workers – on how improve individual behavior and household practices, promotion of collective actions in communities and creating enabling environment for good nutrition outcomes for expectant mothers, new-born babies and under 5 children.
The volunteer will focus on developing sustainable locally owned resilient nutrition interventions which involve social behavioral change and communication (SBCC) approach in health facilities and community level in Mtwara region related to MNCH; promoting male engagement.
If you are passionate about making a difference for marginalised mothers and babies, giving them a voice, this is your role!
Skills, qualifications and experience
Essential
• A degree in Nutrition (specialty MN nutrition).
• Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience
• Teamwork, with the ability to work collaboratively in diverse multi-cultural groups.
• Ability to work in an institutional environment, – hospital and health facility settings – as well as in the community setting
• Experience and knowledge in Maternal, newborn and child nutrition.
• Proven coaching and mentoring skills
• Effective communications skills (report writing, verbally)
• Fluency in Swahili and English and ability to communicate with different stakeholders on different levels within organisations
• Experience of developing communication materials for nutrition
Desirable
• Master’s degree is added advantage
• Experience of community engagement approaches
• Experience of conducting assessments
• Interest/experience in social and gender inclusion; social accountability
• Prior experience in Mtwara region is an added advantage

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:
• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Allowance
As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.

Accommodation
VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO
Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

HOW TO APPLY
If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.
To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

YICA World Hiv Day 2019 Essay and Artists Competition

DEADLINE: November 20, 2019
ADD TO CALENDAR: Google Calendar
REGION: Africa

Youth international changes Association (YICA), is a Non Government Organisation that joins the intensifying campaign to eradicate the epidemiology of HIV infections in adolescents and young people by promoting voluntary HIV testing service as an essential service and entry point cornerstone for HIV prevention, care and treatment among adolescents and young people.
This initiative will use adolescents in-school and out of school young people to address the holistic manner through arts activities among the targeted groups that will underscore the impact of HIV on building a healthy young people society as an essential component in sustainable developments.

This is a new approach which will engage adolescents and young people to undertake Essay writing competition and Music competition for Young artists to promote voluntary HIV testing as a preventive intervention work whereby they will be agents of HIV Preventive Programmes.

YICA has organized a platform that will promote HIV testing through Essays, Poems and songs competition. It is a platform for the adolescents and young artists during the World AIDS Day this year.

While East African Countries are making good progress in the HIV response among adults, these countries are lagging behind in the response to protect adolescents and young adults counts as estimated one third (33%) of the population of East Africa are aged between 15-24 years. HIV prevalence among youth has not decreased in the past five years. Furthermore, the special needs of adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) are not being met.
Adolescence is the growth phase where an individual makes the gradual transition from childhood to adulthood. Adolescents are people between 10 and 19 years of age. Adolescence is a phase of life that is defined differently across cultures. Economic hardship and lack of access to money or employment can lead adolescents to steal or take work in hazardous situations that increase health risks.
Adolescents are a heterogeneous/diverse group. Girls often face gender discrimination that affects food allocation, access to health care, adherence to care, the ability to negotiate safe sex, and opportunities for social and economic well being.

The project builds on past investments and on-going activities in multi-sectoral efforts to control the epidemic are succeeding, creating the possibility of an AIDS-free generation. Improved access to care and treatment has brought much relief and hope to thousands of People Living with HIV (PLHIV).

The project aim is to support East African Countries to attain the UNAIDS Fast Track Strategy ambitious targets to help end the AIDS epidemic of 90-90-90 by 2020 (90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their status have access to treatment and 90% of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads).

Location: Africa

Benefits
BENEFITS ON ESSAY COMPETITION

  • Publication of the final winners and Awards.
  • After the whole process, the best three essays will be selected and their writers will be the winners.
  • Winners will be announced during the celebration of World AIDS Day at Escape one in Dar es Salaam Tanzania (in the evening)
  • The first winner will receive 300,000 Tshs, Second winner will receive 200,000 Tsh and the third winner 100,000 Tsh as the awards to their participation.
  • All ten best participants obtained initially will gain the certificates.

BENEFITS ON ARTISTS COMPETITION

  • Publication of the best winners and awards
  • After the whole process, the best three songs will selected and announced during the celebration of World HIV/AIDS day that will be held in Dar es salaam, Tanzania at Escape one in the evening.
  • The first, second and third winner will receive 300,000 Tshs, 200,000 Tshs and 100,000 Tshs respectively.
  • The awards will be separately to all two categories (male and female artists).

Eligibilities
ESSAY COMPETITION: The respondents should meet the following conditions-

  • Be a citizen from east African countries (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, South Sudan and Rwanda)
  • Should be able to write an essay in English Language.
  • Should have a valid email and mobile phone No.
  • Your essay should be typed (Not hand written) with no more than five A4 pages, Font size: 12, and Font style: Times new roman
  • Should be between 15 – 20 years old.
  • ARTISTS COMPETITION: Applicants should meet the following conditions-
  • The song (audio) should not take a duration of more than 5 minutes
  • An applicant should be between 15 – 30 years old.
  • Should be a citizen from east African countries (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, South Sudan and Rwanda)Eligible Regions: East African Countries (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, South Sudan and Rwanda)

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • YICA invites young writers, young journalists and all students from all parts of East African Countries to respond to an essay topic below;
  • AS AN EAST AFRICAN LEADER HOW CAN YOU CONVICE EAST AFRICANS TO DO REGULAR HEALTH CHECKUPS ON HIV/AIDS TRANSIMISSION.
  • How to apply and submit your essay
  • Before the submission of your essay, REGISTER online through the Apply Now link to get your participation identification number (ID No)
  • After registration, send your completed essay to yica255@gmail.com and on the SUBJECT/TITLE write “ESSAY SUBMISSION ON HIV/AIDS COMPETITION“ and use an email that you used during your registration and on top of each page of your essay write your full name.

Young music artists competition

  • Young music artists are invited to compose a SONG that should base on the idea “ TO EMPHASIZE EAST AFRICANS TO DO REGULAR HEALTH CHECKUPS ON HIV TRANSMISSION AND THE ADVANTAGES OF KNOWING YOUR HIV STATUS.
  • How to apply and submit your song (audio)
  • Before the submission of your song (audio) register online through the Apply Now link to get your participation identification number (ID No)
  • After registration, send your song (Audio) to yica255@gmail.com, on SUBJECT write; ARTIST ON HIV/AIDS COMPETITION and use an email that you used during your registration and on top of each page of your essay write your full name.
  • NOTE: This competition is divided into two groups; male and female artists but the same conditions apply to both categories.
  • Application Deadline: November 20, 2019

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For quires contact us through our email yica255@gmail.com

Funding Call for Small Conservation Grants in the Sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline: 31 December 2019

The Jana Robeyst Trust Fund (JRTF) is accepting applications for its Small Conservation Grants to provide financial resources to early career scientists/conservationists and non-profit organizations to carry out vital field conservation and research work in Africa.
The JRTF aims to provide relatively small levels of funding for ongoing projects or pilot programmes with a clear conservation value.

Funding InformationSmall grants will be awarded up to a maximum of 1,500 euro.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This funding program is open to individuals or organizations for projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants can be based anywhere in the world.
  • Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are welcome to apply again 12 months after the submission.
  • Eligible project will have a clear conservation value and be based in a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Preference will go to projects in relation with elephants.
  • Education projects will also be considered.

What project is not eligible for funding?

  • Pure research will not be funded. Research project will be considered if they demonstrate applied benefit to conservation and/or target an identified conservation need.
  • Living costs, thesis production costs, retrospective costs, fundraising costs, and payment of a debt will not be considered for funding.
  • Office equipment and participation to internship and volunteer program will not be considered unless they are essential in completing field work or benefit an identified conservation need.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit the grant form in English or French. Additional information may be provided in separate attachments.
They will request:

  • The grant form fully completed
  • CV with the contact details of two references (if one letter of reference is send with the application, the referees will not be contacted, the referees need to have professional email addresses).
  • The application must be send through a professional email address (not Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.). If not possible, please send a proof of affiliation with a university, research institution or non-profit organization.
  • Applications must be submitted via given website.

Eligible Countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo DR, Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe
For more information, please visit http://janatrustfund.org/index_en.html

JA Africa/Facebook 2019 Out Of School Youth (OOSY) Company of the Year Competition ($1,000 cash Prize & Fully Funded to Accra, Ghana)


Application Deadline:11:59pm GMT on October 1, 2019
JA Africa and Facebook Inc. announce the launch of the 2019 Out Of School Youth (OOSY) Company of the Year Competition. The JA Africa Company of the Year (COY) Competition is JA Africa’s flagship event to celebrate the entrepreneurial achievements of young people from across Africa, who have completed the in-school JA Company Program® OR a JA entrepreneurship program for out of school youth (OOSY).

Through qualification rounds at the national level, finalists earn the opportunity to compete at the regional level, where they are evaluated by a panel of independent judges drawn from a cross-section of esteemed professions.
The theme of this year’s event is “Activating Disruptors.” We are encouraging young people to develop ideas that will disrupt existing industries and encourage them to create new business models.

Entrant Categories

Category 1: Companies owned by JA alumni from any of the countries where JA works in Africa. This entrant category is only eligible for the First and Second place prizes (see prize details in competition guidelines).
Category 2: Startup/early stage companies (1-3years old) owned by any African youth between ages 16-30. This entrant category is only eligible for the Facebook Digital Marketing Prize (see prize details in competition guidelines).
Prize Categories
1 st Place: Companies owned by JA alumni from any of the countries where JA works in Africa. Winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Accra, Ghana from December 4-6, 2019

2nd Place: Companies owned by JA alumni from any of the countries where JA works in Africa. Winner will receive a cash prize of $800.

Digital Media Marketing: Startup/early stage companies (1-3 years old) owned by any African youth between ages 16-30. Winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and Facebook Ad credits
Eligibility and Entry
The 2019 out of school competition is open to (1) companies owned by JA alumni from any of the countries where JA works in Africa and (2) startup/early stage companies (1-3 years old) owned by any African youth between ages 16-30.
The official language of the competition is English.
Facebook Blueprint Courses
Companies must complete 10 mandatory Facebook Blueprint courses (links below), which will
take them on a learning journey, from beginner to intermediate, about digital marketing.
  1. Getting Started with the Facebook Family of Apps and Services
  2. Introduction to Facebook Pages
  3. Promote your Business from your Facebook Page
  4. Reach your Audience on Facebook Platforms
  5. Introduction to Instagram
  6. Instagram for Business
  7. Getting Started with Messenger for your Business
  8. Brand Best Practices
  9. Winning with Video on Mobile
  10. Optimize Creative for Mobile Intermediate

Entry Requirements

To enter this competition, Companies must complete the following steps:
1) Complete and submit certificates for 10 mandatory Facebook Blueprint Courses (course links provided in the competition guidelines document below)
2) Complete Company Profile Questionnaire (start application below)
3) Create/Have an active Facebook Business Page
4) Create a 2-minute Video Advertisement that effectively uses at least one Facebook tool (Legend, Boomerang, Videoshop)
For More Information:


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Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2020 for Least Developed Countries and Fragile states (Fully-funded)

Deadline: October 30, 2019
Applications for the Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2020 are now open. The Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth PhD Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.
These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity

Scholarship Value

  • Each scholarship provides:
  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor the cost of journeys made before your award is confirmed)
  • Approved tuition fees
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,110 per month, or £1,362 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels)
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  • Study grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved
  • Paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your country (unless you have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarship, or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork)
  • Family allowances, as follows (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels):
  • If you are accompanied by your spouse but no children: spouse allowance of £239 per month for a maximum period of nine months, if you and your spouse are living together at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions also apply)
  • If you are accompanied by your spouse and children: spouse allowance of £239 per month and child allowance of £239 per month for the first child, and £117 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if your spouse and children are living with you at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions also apply)
  • If you are accompanied by your children but no spouse: child allowance of £476 per month for the first child, and £117 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if your children are living with you at the same address in the UK

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (a Master’s degree)
  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2020
  • NOT have commenced and be currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere
  • Have the support of a potential supervisor from at least one UK university listed in your application form
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

Eligible Commonwealth Countries

  • Bangladesh, Cameroon, The Gambia, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

Selection Criteria

  • Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:
  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the plan of study
  • Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country

Application

  • You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:
  • National nominating agencies – this is the main route of application
  • Selected universities/university bodies, which can nominate their own academic staff
  • Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies
  • All applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, their own eligibility criteria, and their own closing date for applications.
  • You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your nominating body. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.
  • Your application must include the following supporting documentation, by 16:00 (GMT) on 20 November 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system
  • References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
  • Supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on your application form -– submitted directly by your proposed supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).
  • For more information, visit Commonwealth PhD Scholarships.

European Commision launches ERC Synergy Grant Programme

Deadline: 5 November 2019
The European Commision has launched a “ERC Synergy Grant” to enable substantial advances at the frontiers of knowledge, stemming, for example, from the cross-fertilization of scientific fields, from new productive lines of enquiry, or new methods and techniques, including unconventional approaches and investigations at the interface between established disciplines.
The aim is to provide support for a small group of two to four Principal Investigators to jointly address ambitious research problems that could not be addressed by the individual Principal Investigators and their teams working alone.

Funding Information
Synergy Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 10 000 000 for a period of 6 years.

Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Principal Investigators

  • Principal Investigators may be of any age and nationality and may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application.
  • A Synergy Grant Group must be made up of a minimum of two and a maximum of four innovative and active Principal Investigators and, as necessary, their teams.
  • One of the Principal Investigators must be designated as the Corresponding Principal Investigator, who will be the administrative contact point on behalf of the group.
  • Principal Investigators funded through an ERC Synergy grant shall spend a minimum of 30% of their working time on the ERC project and a minimum of 50% of their working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country except for a Principal Investigator hosted or engaged by an Institution outside the EU Member States or Associated Countries.
  • The ERC actions are open to researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research activity in any EU Member State or Associated Country.
  • Eligible Host Institution

The host institution(s) (Applicant Legal Entity/ies)) – up to four host institutions – must engage and host the Principal Investigators for at least the duration of the project, as defined in the grant agreement. It must either be established in an EU Member State or Associated Country as a legal entity created under national law, or it may be an International European Interest Organisation (such as CERN, EMBL, etc.), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) or any other entity created under EU law.
Any type of legal entity, public or private, including universities, research organisations and undertakings can host Principal Investigators and their teams.

How to Apply

University of Pretoria Doctoral Commonwealth Scholarship 2020

Deadline: September 2, 2019
The call for the UP Commonwealth Scholarship for incoming Doctoral students who wish to do their studies at the University of Pretoria in 2020 is open.
The University of Pretoria is a research intensive university. Hence, it is seeking candidates for doctoral studies who will make significant contributions to its research endeavour. As part of South Africa’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, the University of Pretoria has made funds available for two doctoral scholarships for students coming from Commonwealth Countries (excluding South African students).

This scholarship is known as the University of Pretoria Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship and will be awarded on a competitive basis. The University of Pretoria has an established reputation for academic excellence, particularly in relation to its major research activities.

Scholarship

  • The value of this Doctoral Scholarship will be R170,000 p.a. This amount must be used to cover the following student costs:
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Fees p.a.
  • Medical Aid
  • Books/Stationery

Note: Research costs will be covered by the Supervisor

Additional costs covered by the University:

  • Flight ticket to RSA from home country on proof of study permit
  • Return flight ticket to home country at the end of the programme as confirmed by the faculty
  • Shuttle service on arrival in South Africa from OR Tambo International Airport to Pretoria and return from Pretoria to OR Tambo on completion.
  • UP application fee and Visa costs which will be refunded on proof of receipts on arrival.
  • Costs not covered by the Institution:
  • Family expenses
  • Additional baggage expenses

Eligibility

  • The UP Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship will be awarded to applicants who are citizens of Commonwealth countries
  • Applicants must conduct their studies at the University of Pretoria to commence in 2020
  • Applicants must have completed the degree that will give them admission to a doctoral programme no more than two years prior to their application for the University of Pretoria Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship
  • Applicants must not be older than 35 years of age at the time of application
  • PhD and Masters students currently registered at the University of Pretoria are not eligible for the Doctoral Scholarship

Selection Criteria
Award of this scholarship will be based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Potential to undertake advanced research activities
  • Leadership qualities
  • Evidence of research accomplishment at the masters’ level by means of publications or other appropriate products of the work undertaken
  • Prizes and honours received.

Application

  • In order to be considered for this scholarship, candidates must submit the following documentation to the University of Pretoria;
  • Application form for the UP PhD Commonwealth Scholarship
  • Attached the following documents to the application form:
  • The UP Online application Ref “T” number or 2020 student number (if available)
  • A written motivation from the prospective Doctoral supervisor that applicant will be supervised by them and research funding is available
  • An outline (one A4 page), of the proposed research work
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) – no more than 3 pages
  • Proof that study leave will be granted if the scholarship is awarded (if applicable)
  • Copy of passport
  • Full academic transcripts of all qualifications obtained (not certificates)

The above documents should be sent as a single PDF through the email with the subject Heading: UP Commonwealth
Completed reference forms from two different academics/supervisors who have current knowledge of the applicant’s academic performance. Referees form to be sent directly through email

For more information, visit UP Scholarship.

Climate Tracker Reporting Fellowship 2019 for young journalists (Full Funded to attend/cover the UN Climate Action Summit in New York)

Application Deadline: August 10th 2019
Climate Tracker is looking for young journalists from around the world who want to make a big impact in their countries by publishing about a youth movement or young leader pushing for climate action in their country.
As of today, the plans presented by countries are not enough to keep global warming within the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C degree limit. That is why UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for a special summit in New York, the Climate Action Summit, which will convene and urge global leaders to set forth concrete plans that raise ambition on climate action. Just a couple days before this, young leaders from all over will gather at the first ever Youth Climate Summit to showcase climate solutions and engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time.That is why we are asking you to publish a story about the young people who are making climate action a reality.

The best eight writers will get a chance to attend and cover the Global Climate Strike, the UN Youth Climate Summit, the UN Climate Action Summit, and other events happening in New York City from the 19th – 26th September 2019.
The eight fellows will also receive training on climate and journalism organized by Climate Tracker and the Stanley Foundation, participate in group interviews with high-level officials/experts, and network with amazing people from all over the world! All expenses (such as accommodations in close proximity to the UN headquarters and round-trip, economy-class airfare) will be organized and covered for the eight fellows as part of the fellowship.This has all been made possible thanks to support from the Stanley Foundation and the UNSG Climate Action team.
Requirements:
If you are thinking of doing a photo essay, make sure you profile great climate activists or marches and publish it in media.
If you are thinking of video, it could as well profile some people or reflect on the movement you are profiling. Get it published into another story or in media in your country!
Your article should be at least 500 words.
We prefer it when writers have interviewed at least two people for their article — for example, experts, community members, young people, or policymakers.
It is always best to include a picture that is original and related to the topic.
You can check our full rating system for articles here to get an idea on how we will assess it.
Selection:
The best writers will be chosen among the applicants by analysing their outreach and writing skills. You can check our rating system for articles here. We may conduct interviews if we find it necessary.
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the Climate Tracker Reporting Fellowship 2019


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