Thursday, November 20, 2008

2009 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia

Background

The May 18 Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization established on August 30, 1994 by the surviving victims of the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, the victims, families, and the citizens of Gwangju. The Foundation aims to commemorate and continue the spirit of struggle and solidarity of the May 18 Uprising, contribute to the peaceful reunification of Korea, and work towards peace and human rights throughout the world. Since its establishment, the Foundation has carried out numerous projects in varying fields, including organizing memorial events, establishing scholarships, fostering research, disseminating public information, publishing relevant materials, dispensing charity and welfare benefits, building international solidarity, and awarding Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. The Culture and Solidarity Team is in charge of the Foundation's international solidarity work throughout Asia and implements this project.


Description

The 2009 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia (GDHRPA) supports work that contributes to promoting Democracy and Human Rights and building of international solidarity. This grant shall be awarded to non-government organizations in Asia who continually play a significant role in strengthening people’s participation and empowerment in creating a civil society that respect human rights and protect democracy and peace and encourages international solidarity.

Funding scheme available: (US$ 1 = KRW 1,423.00, as of 24 October 2008)
Schemes


Description
Amount

Short-term grant
2 organizations will be supported for one year project
₩3,000,000.000 (Three Million Korean Won)

Other Information

In the past The May 18 Memorial Foundation have been supporting organizations with a yearly support amounting to ₩300,000 for the last two years. These organizations include:

• Asia NGO Center in Philippines (Asian Bridge)
• Advocacy Forum in Nepal
• YPKP in Indonesia
• PPDD in Thailand

The National League for Democracy in Korea was given support for ₩200,000 yearly. Presently the Foundation is providing support to 6 organizations with different funding schemes that include country’s like Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and HK-China.

Focus
For 2009 the GDHRPA funding shall focus on the following:


• Publication, Education, Training and Research in the field of Democracy and Human Rights in Asia.
• Peace, Conflict Resolution, Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights, Labor Rights in Asia.
• Database and Net-work building.

Eligibility


• Applications only for the new project are eligible.
• Organizations or institutions who have been working on the above field for more than 3 years (applications from GO are not eligible)
• Eligible projects are those based in Asia.
• Organization grant is not available for individuals.

Qualification

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that their organization:

• is duly registered, has a constitution/by-laws, a clear management structure, efficient and effective financial control or systems.
• existing program on Democracy, Peace and Human Rights.
• demonstrate the capacity to effectively monitor project implementation, come up with regular evaluation and accomplishment (outcomes, output, and impact) reports once a year.

Application Procedure

2007 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia will be closed on 28 November 2008. Related documents should be submitted as follows:

• Application Form (refer to the attachment).
• Project Proposal
• Financial or Accounting and Audit System (Internal or External Audit).
• Record of Funds for the last 2 years.
• Organizational profile, brochure and other related documents.

Application for funding must be submitted by post or e-mailed to may18found@gmail.com. Selected applicants will be informed on 31 December 2008. Insufficient data of application will not be accepted.

Contact Information

Mr. Chanho Kim
Director International Cooperation Team
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
may18found@gmail.com
surnadal@hanmail.net
Mobile: +82 10 4462 6650

The May 18 Memorial Foundation,
518 Memorial Culture Hall,
Postcode 502-260
Sangmudong Seo-gu, 1268
Gwangju, Korea Republic

http://518.org/eng/html/main.html?act=dtl&TM18MF=05010000&idx=330&page=1&key=&keyword=

THE MAY 18 MEMORIAL FOUNDATION International Internship Programme

The May 18 Memorial Foundation was founded by Gwangju citizens, sympathetic overseas Koreans, and from individuals who sacrificed and got indemnification from the government. It was created on August 30, 1994 by people who believe it's important to keep the ideas and memories of the 1980 May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising alive and remembered.


The International Internship Program is a program of the Foundation created in 2005 to contribute in the development of democracy and human rights throughout Asia. It is also an opportunity for interns to learn and experience the history and process of the development of human rights and democracy in South Korea. Specifically the purpose and aim of the program are the following: 1) To improve international solidarity and networking and 2) To promote Gwangju as Asia's Hub for Human Rights Movement.


The Foundation is looking for two interns who will serve for 10 months from March-December 2009. Applicants female or male should not be more than 30 years of age, with a minimum of 3 years NGO or social development work experience on the issues of human rights, democracy and peace. Must be proficient in English and working knowledge of Korean is an advantage. Must be computer literate (email/internet, blog/web page, lay-out/design, etc).


Living allowance will be provided to successful interns. Housing will be provided but utilities (telephone/internet, electricity, and gas) will be paid for by interns. The Foundation will pay for the round trip airfare of interns.


Please download the attached application form if you are interested to apply and send application to this email address: 518interns@gmail.com

Deadline of application is on 28 November 2008. Short listed applicants will be emailed for an online/webcam interview through Skype or Yahoo messenger.

http://518.org/eng/html/main.html?act=dtl&TM18MF=05010000&idx=299&page=1&key=&keyword=

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Justice Initiative Fellows Program for 2009-2011

The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the Open Society Institute (OSI), joins with Central European University (CEU) to announce the Justice Initiative Fellows Program for 2009-2011.


Overview
The aim of the Justice Initiative Fellows Program is to support and further develop a network of lawyers and activists working internationally on human rights-related issues. Since its start in 1996, 165 fellows have graduated from the Justice Initiative's Fellowship program.

The Justice Initiative Fellows Program is a two-year program of study and practical work experience. Up to ten applicants will be selected to participate in the 2009 program. Applicants from the following regions and countries are eligible: Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, East, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America.

Applicants must be nominated by a non-governmental organization concerned with human rights. The first year is spent at Central European University, the second in the applicant's home country, working with the nominating NGO.

The applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to human rights, and have a university degree and a high degree of proficiency in English. Criteria for selection will include the applicant's experience, his/her potential to contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights, and the suitability of the applicant's proposed role in the nominating NGO. Upon selection, Fellows will be required to sign an agreement with the Justice Initiative committing themselves to the program for two years.

The Justice Initiative Fellows will reside for one year in Hungary, at CEU Legal Studies Department. They will undertake a degree program (M.A. or LL.M. in Human Rights, depending on their undergraduate degree), in which they will be required to fulfill the requirements of the Human Rights Program at Central European University. During their stay at CEU, the Fellows will also participate in a three-month internship placement with leading NGOs in Europe from January until March. During the first year of the program the Justice Initiative Fellowship will be administered by CEU Legal Studies Department in partnership with the Justice Initiative. Financial conditions will be identical to CEU policies for full scholarship students.

The Justice Initiative Fellows will return to their nominating NGOs after the first year, where they will spend at least one year working in human rights advocacy on a non-profit basis: providing legal services, undertaking human rights litigation, providing training and education, etc. The Justice Initiative will pay a local salary during this second year equal to an amount determined to be similar to equivalent work by the nominating NGO. This amount will be provided to the nominating NGOs in the form of a grant.

Application Procedure

Please note that the applicant must mail his/her application to the CEU Admissions Office (1051 Budapest, Nador u.9, Hungary).

The applicant must meet the general CEU Admissions requirements, which can be viewed online http://www.ceu.hu/admissions_apply.html as well as the CEU Legal Studies Department Requirements (http://web.ceu.hu/legal/prosp_students.html).

In addition, applicants must include with their application:

1. A nomination letter from an NGO describing the reasons for nominating the applicant, the expectations the NGO has of the project, and contractually committing (to the Justice Initiative) to hire the applicant for at least one year after s/he returns from the twelve-month training program in Hungary. The nomination letter should also indicate a monthly salary gross rate in USD (including all taxes and fees) that will be offered to the applicant by the NGO in the event that s/he is selected for the program (provided to the NGO by the Justice Initiative in the form of a grant).

2. A copy of the applicant's Bar Association membership (if applicable), or the date scheduled for examination.

3. Proof of English proficiency: Candidates staying out of the testing region are required to submit official score reports (See CEU recognized Language exams and score required http://www.ceu.hu/admissions_apply.html ). For applicants from the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe, language tests as well as Legal Reasoning Test and Department essays will be carried out by local Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute coordinators on March 14, 2009. For candidates outside this region the Admission exam will be carried out via e-mail on March 14, 2009, followed by interviews administered at a later date. (See also http://web.ceu.hu/legal/prosp_students.html .)

4. A statement of purpose for applying to the Justice Initiative Fellows program.

5. A proposal of project activities that the candidate plans to work on with the nominating NGO during the second year of the fellowship.


The DEADLINE for receiving applications at CEU is January 26, 2009.


Contact

If you have questions regarding the first year of the program, please contact:
Lea Tilless
Special Programs Coordinator, Legal Studies Department,
Central European University, NA?dor u. 9, Budapest 1051,
Tel: +361 327-3205 e-mail: TillessL@ceu.hu
web: http://www.ceu.hu/legal

For more information about the overall program and the second year commitment, please contact:

Anna Fischer
Fellows Program Coordinator at Justice Initiative, Oktober 6. u. 12,
Budapest 1051, Tel: +361 327-3108; fax: 361 327 3103; e-mail:
afischer@osi.hu, web: http://www.justiceinitiative.org
For more information about this program please visit http://www.justiceinitiative.org

The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the Open Society Institute (OSI), pursues law reform activities grounded in the protection of human rights, and contributes to the development of legal capacity for open societies worldwide. The Justice Initiative combines litigation, legal advocacy, technical assistance, and the dissemination of knowledge to secure advances in the following priority areas: national criminal justice, international justice, freedom of information and expression, and equality and citizenship. Its offices are in Abuja, Budapest, London, New York, and Washington DC.

2009 CIPE International Essay Competition

The deadline for the 2009 competition is March 1, 2009!

Young people can be a powerful force for change! As future reformers,young people (18-30) have innovative ideas on how to solve the political, economic, and social problems facing their countries. However, they often lack the voice to bring these ideas to policymakers. Simply, young people are often regarded as recipients of
reforms, not active participants in the reform process.

CIPE's essay contest gives you the opportunity to share your ideas about citizenship, democratic and market-oriented reform, youth leadership, and the ways that your country can create avenues for youth to participate in the political and economic spheres. We encourage you to get thinking, get involved, and use your own
experiences to develop concrete solutions to these development issues.

A $1,000 honorarium will be given for each winning essay.

Download a flyer about the contest
http://www.cipe.org/programs/women/pdf/CIPEcontest.pdf

For more information, visit
http://www.cipe.org/programs/women/essay.php

Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)

The application for JDS Program is now on-going. Interested government employees may submit their application documents to JICE JDS Project Office on or before December 12, 2008.

There's a target government agency for each field of study so kindly check first if your agency is included or not. If you have further queries, please contact the JICE JDS Project Office at 753-3261 or you may email them at jicejdsphilippines@yahoo.com . You can also visit their website at http://sv2.jice.org/jds/


**********************************************************
MARY ANN G. BAKISAN
Program Officer
Training Program Section
JICA Philippine Office

40th Floor, Yuchengco Tower, RCBC Plaza
Ayala Avenue, Makati City
tel no: +63-2-889-7119 local 144
fax no: +63-2-889-6850
email: MaryannBakisan.PP@jica.go.jp

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Graduate School 2009 Full Scholarships

Warm greetings from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu, Japan. We would like to inform you of full scholarship opportunities available for academically exceptional individuals to study at our university in 2009. Important details are as follows:

1. Scholarship Benefits: All university fees, an allowance for living expenses, and airfare will be provided.

2. Semester to enroll: Fall (September) 2009

3. Required Application Fee: 5,000 yen or US$49

4. Application Deadline: February 20, 2009

Please see the following page on our web site for full details about the scholarship, and instructions for how to apply.
http://www.apu.ac.jp/graduate/modules/admissions/index.php?id=48

Yours sincerely,

Kimio YAKUSHIJI
Vice President
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

CONTACT
Jacob CHMIELEWSKI, Hann-shiuh HSIUNG
Shirley SUTHERLAND-FIGINI
Graduate Admissions
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
1-2 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita, JAPAN 874-8755
TEL: +81-977-78-1119 FAX: +81-977-78-1121
E-mail: apugrad@apu.ac.jp
URL: www.apu.ac.jp/graduate

RP-US Exchange on Criminal Justice

Michigan State University- School of Criminal Justice in cooperation with the Xavier University in the Philippines , and with funding assistance from the US Department of State, is sponsoring an exchange program for young promising leaders in the field of criminal justice. There will be 12 Filipinos who will be selected for an intensive 6 week training in the United States on issues of crime and justice. This project aims to improve our country's Criminal Justice System.

Anyone who had been in the forefront for the struggle for reforms in our criminal justice system to apply in this project. (The list includes but not limited to: defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges, activists, academicians, environmentalists) The organizers believe that exposure to comparative and international justice systems will provide us with innovative approaches to the challenges facing our own Criminal Justice system.

The process of selection will be through a competition. Please note that the deadline for application is on NOVEMBER 15, 2008.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to raymund_narag@yahoo.com or download application form here

World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific Internship Program




The Asia Pacific Internship Program is open to all World Youth Alliance members in the Asia Pacific region between the ages of 16 and 30.

Internships are voluntary and may be done on a part or full-time basis. All internships will be coordinated and supervised by the Regional Directors of the Asia Pacific office.

Objectives

1. To identify and train young leaders to communicate articulately on behalf of the intrinsic dignity of the human person and a culture of life

2. To develop a vocabulary with which to engage the international community and larger culture on issues relating to the dignity of the person, human rights, and integral development

3. To provide work-related experience to members of the World Youth Alliance

4. To involve members directly by handling projects of the World Youth Alliance

The Program

Internships run for 10 to 12 weeks on the average. Interns will be assigned a project and will be in-charge of implementing it according to the specifics in the brief. All externships will be divided into three main components, namely the introductory training, project development, and project assessment.

Introductory Training
All interns begin with their basic training (Track A of the Certified Training Program). Training will be facilitated by the staff of the regional office and when possible, outside experts. It will focus on two areas namely human rights philosophy and the dignity of the human person as the basis for all human rights. Training sessions will be done as a group and will be held once a week. These will be facilitated by a supervisor.

Project Development
Interns will be chosen for and briefed on a project. Projects may focus on international law, public relations, diplomacy, research, a project related to another regional office or to provide regional support for an existing project. All projects will include concrete goals and tasks formulated in cooperation between the intern, the program coordinator (when applicable) and the supervisor.

Project Assessment
In the middle and end of the program, an evaluation of the project and the program will be conducted. Interns will be required to write a final report and finalize their research in consultation with WYA staff and other experts.

Deadlines for Submission

All applications must be submitted by mail to the World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific by the following dates:

2009
1. January 12 (Monday) to March 28 (Friday)
Deadline: December 12 (Friday)
2. April 20 (Monday) to June 26 (Friday)
Deadline: March 13 (Friday)
3. July 6 (Monday) to September 18 (Friday)
Deadline: June 8 (Monday)
4. October 12 (Monday) to December 18 (Friday)
Deadline: September 21 (Monday)


Confirmation of receipt of applications will be sent via email. Final decision will be given one week after the interview.

For further inquiries, please contact Desiree Go at desiree@wya.net or the Asia Pacific office through tel/fax (632) 433 0715.

http://wya.net/regions/asia_internships.html?catid=52

Friday, October 24, 2008

Meltwater Scholarship



WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH £15,000?

LAUNCH YOUR IDEA WITH THE MELTWATER SCHOLARSHIP

Meltwater seeks applications from students who have a creative and innovative idea.

Students who want to be considered for the scholarship prize have to submit a two-minute video in which the student gives an "elevator pitch" answering the question, "What would you do with £15,000?" The idea must be business relevant and professionally presented. The winner will receive £15,000 to help make their idea a reality.

"Meltwater believes that with the right support and encouragement, people can accomplish extraordinary things," says Meltwater's CEO, Jorn Lyseggen, "Our scholarship is specifically designed to support a bright idea from a student with a lot of potential for success."

Feed your curiosity at www.meltwater.com/scholarship

Terms and Conditions:
* The scope for the idea is open, there are no specific categories.
* The competition is open to all current students and graduates of the class of 2008.
* Entries can be made by an individual or team.
* The international finals will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands on the 21st November 2008.
* There is no charge for entering the competition and Meltwater will cover all associated expenses if you reach the final.

Key Dates:
* Early application deadline 27th October 2008
* Final application deadline 7th November 2008
* Final 21st November 2008 in Amsterdam

Apply at www.meltwater.com/scholarship

For more information, contact: Victoria.Haynes@ meltwater. com

Project10tothe100



http://www.project10tothe100.com/index.html

Project 10100 is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible.

10-day Visit to Japan Programme




JAPAN-EAST ASIA NETWORK OF EXCHANGE FOR STUDENTS AND YOUTHS (JENESYS) PROGRAMME
First batch is from May 12 to 21, 2009
Second batch is from May 19 to 28, 2009

The National Youth Commission, in conjunction with the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), is inviting applicants for Student Ambassadors and Supervisors to the “10-day Visit to Japan Programme” as part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme.

The JENESYS Programme, funded by the Japanese Government and in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat, is to deepen understanding of the different facets of the Japanese society including politics, diplomacy, economics and culture and to form the basis of future vision and construct firm solidarity among Asian countries which will promote mutual understanding of the future generation of ASEAN and East Asia Summit member countries.

Qualifications of Student Ambassadors:

• Filipino, single, must be between 16 to 18 years old, on or before April 1, 2009
• Of good moral character
• Must be currently enrolled in a college or university with a Graded Weight Average (GWA) of 2.25 or 85% equivalent, with no failing marks in the preceding semester
• Physically and mentally fit to travel
• Must be a first time traveler to Japan and or must not have been a grantee or recipient of any NYC funded international travel or Japanese Government grant
• Must be knowledgeable of the history, geography, culture and arts, and the current issues on the Philippines , and fairly knowledgeable in those of Japan and other East Asian countries
• Must be an officer or an active member of a youth organization for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of application
• Must be willing to be an active NYC and JICC volunteer after the program to continue to promote the learnings about Japan and the Japanese culture gained from the JENESYS Programme
• Area representation would be based on the place of the school, college, or university enrolled in

Application requirements for Student Ambassadors

• Two (2) copies of the Application Form with passport-sized pictures with white background attached to each form (all original, no scanned pictures)
• Two (2) copies of JENESYS Entry Form
• Two (2) photocopies of birth certificate (from the National Statistics Office-NSO)
• An essay which states the applicant's a) reasons for applying; b) expectations of the programme; c) if chosen, the preparations the applicant will undertake prior to departure (Maximum of 100 words per question)
• Two (2) copies of resume, not more than three (3) pages
• Two (2) copies of Certificate of Good Moral Character, issued by the school, college or university (1 original and 1 photocopy)
• Two (2) copies of certified true copy of grades
• Two (2) copies of Police or NBI clearance
• Completed NYC Volunteers' application form

Qualifications for Supervisors

• Filipino, must be between 30 to 50 years old, as of April 1, 2009
• Must be of good moral character
• Physically and mentally fit to travel
• Experienced in handling, managing or supervising groups
• Knowledgeable in ASEAN, Japan and other international concerns
• Preferably speaks the Japanese language

Application requirements for Supervisors

Two (2) copies of NYC application forms, with white background passport sized picture attached to each form (all original, no scanned picture)
Two (2) copies of JENESYS Entry Form
Two (2) photocopies of birth certificate (from the National Statistics Office-NSO)
Two (2) copies of resume, not more than three (3) pages
Two (2) copies of certification from his/her Division Chief and the Executive Director of a VS rating for two (2) consecutive rating periods prior to travel and permitting him/her to participate to the JENESYS Programme
Two (2) copies of a certification from the Chief of the Administration and Finance Division that he/she has no pending unliquidated cash advances
Two (2) copies of valid Police or NBI clearance (1 original and 1 photocopy)
Submission of application forms

Applicants may submit to Ms Marielou A. Chua of the JENESYS Programme Secretariat of the National Youth Commission, 4 th floor, Bookman Building , 373 Quezon Ave. , Quezon City . Deadline for submission of application forms and documentary requirements is not later than 5:00 o' clock in the afternoon of December 5, 2008.

For submission through mail, the Secretariat should receive the application forms and requirements post marked before December 5, 2008, including those submitted to the Area Offices.

Application forms with incomplete requirements shall automatically be disqualified.

All transportation expenses will be paid for by the organizer, subject to submission of official receipts.

To download application, visit http://www.youth.net.ph/about/archives/pages/jenesys.html

Asean 10 Joint Programme



The National Youth Commission, in conjunction with the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), is inviting applicants for Student Ambassadors and Supervisors to Asean 10 Joint Programme” as part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme.

The JENESYS Programme, funded by the Japanese Government and in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat, is to deepen understanding of the different facets of the Japanese society including politics, diplomacy, economics and culture and to form the basis of future vision and construct firm solidarity among Asian countries which will promote mutual understanding of the future generation of ASEAN and East Asia Summit member countries.

Qualifications of Student Ambassadors:

• Filipino, single, must be between 16 to 18 years old, on or before April 1, 2009

• Of good moral character

• With exemplary leadership skills: must be an officer of a youth organization in his/her current or immediate past educational institution or any community (public or private) organization

• Must be currently enrolled in a college or university with a Graded Weight Average (GWA) of 2.25 or 85% equivalent, with no failing marks in the preceding semester

• Physically and mentally fit to travel

• Must be a first time traveler to Japan and or must not have been a grantee or recipient of any NYC funded international travel or Japanese Government grant

• Must be knowledgeable of the history, geography, culture and arts, and the current issues on the Philippines , and fairly knowledgeable in those of Japan and other East Asian countries

• Must be an officer or an active member of a youth organization for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of application

• Must be willing to be an active NYC and JICC volunteer after the program to continue to promote the learnings about Japan and the Japanese culture gained from the JENESYS Programme

• Area representation would be based on the place of the school, college, or university enrolled in

Application requirements for Student Ambassadors

• Two (2) copies of the Application Form with passport-sized pictures with white background attached to each form (all original, no scanned pictures)

• Two (2) copies of JENESYS Entry Form

• Two (2) photocopies of birth certificate (from the National Statistics Office-NSO)

• An essay which states the applicant's a) reasons for applying; b) expectations of the programme; c) if chosen, the preparations the applicant will undertake prior to departure (Maximum of 100 words per question)

• Two (2) copies of resume, not more than three (3) pages

• Two (2) copies of Certificate of Good Moral Character, issued by the school, college or university (1 original and 1 photocopy)

• Two (2) copies of certified true copy of grades

• Two (2) copies of Police or NBI clearance

• Completed NYC Volunteers' application form

• Certification from school or organization that the applicant is an officer

Qualifications for Supervisors

• Filipino, must be between 30 to 50 years old, as of April 1, 2009

• Must be of good moral character

• Physically and mentally fit to travel

• Experienced in handling, managing or supervising groups

• Knowledgeable in ASEAN, Japan and other international concerns

• Preferably speaks the Japanese language

Application requirements for Supervisors

Two (2) copies of NYC application forms, with white background passport sized picture attached to each form (all original, no scanned picture)
Two (2) copies of JENESYS Entry Form
Two (2) photocopies of birth certificate (from the National Statistics Office-NSO)
Two (2) copies of resume, not more than three (3) pages
Two (2) copies of certification from his/her Division Chief and the Executive Director of a VS rating for two (2) consecutive rating periods prior to travel and permitting him/her to participate to the JENESYS Programme
Two (2) copies of a certification from the Chief of the Administration and Finance Division that he/she has no pending unliquidated cash advances
Two (2) copies of valid Police or NBI clearance (1 original and 1 photocopy)
Submission of application forms

Applicants may submit to Ms Marielou A. Chua of the JENESYS Programme Secretariat of the National Youth Commission, 4 th floor, Bookman Building , 373 Quezon Ave. , Quezon City . Deadline for submission of application forms and documentary requirements is not later than 5:00 o' clock in the afternoon of December 15, 2008.

For submission through mail, the Secretariat should receive the application forms and requirements post marked before December 15, 2008, including those submitted to the Area Offices.

Application forms with incomplete requirements shall automatically be disqualified.

All transportation expenses will be paid for by the organizer, subject to submission of official receipts.

To download application form, visit: http://www.youth.net.ph/about/archives/pages/asean10.html

Friday, October 3, 2008

Acumen Fund Fellows Programme



Acumen Fund Fellows are drawn from a pool of talented individuals from all geographies, sectors, backgrounds, religions, and ages. Ideal fellows include those who have already decided on a career in venture philanthropy, those who are seeking a career at the highest levels in the corporate world, but want to better understand and impact problems of global poverty, and budding social entrepreneurs who want to learn about managing organisations in the most demanding settings.

The Acumen Fund Fellows Programme provides extraordinary young professionals with a unique opportunity to use their skills to effect real social change with portfolio organisations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, India and Pakistan, and to build lasting relationships with other like-minded individuals.

Application Deadline: 20 October 2008

Open Society Fellowship



The Open Society Fellowship supports outstanding individuals from around the world. The fellowship enables innovative professionals—including journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners—to work on projects that inspire meaningful public debate, shape public policy, and generate intellectual ferment within the Open Society Institute.

The fellowship focuses on four themes: National Security and the Open Society; Citizenship, Membership and Marginalization; Strategies and Tools for Advocacy and Citizen Engagement; and Understanding Authoritarianism. OSI also supports a limited number of fellows whose work focuses on other topics within the scope of its mission.

http://www.soros.org/initiatives/fellowship/focus_areas/guidelines

ASEANpreneurs


To all those who are ready to rock the world , here's an oppurtunity for you to do so! You'll definitelt rock ASEAN if not the world!

The following link, features a poster on the country manager position under the ASEANpreneurs intiative.

https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=a36d04b244&realattid=f_floijv751&attid=0.1&disp=inline&view=att&th=11cac0d9b17d0aec

This position is set up in line with our mission to promote entrepreneurship to the youth of ASEAN. To help you better understand our organization and what we do, below is a brief introduction to the NES and AYLN(Asempreneurs Youth Leader network).

NES(National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Society) is a student organization in our university that has enjoyed many years of success and recognition in promoting entrepreneurship among the youth in Singapore. As part of NES's vision to reach out to the youth of ASEAN, the ASEANpreneurs Youth Leaders Network (AYLN) was officially launched in Singapore in May 2008 by Dr Soeung Rathchavy, Deputy Secretary General of the ASEAN Secretariat and Mr Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliament Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Singapore. The network serves as a platform for interaction and sharing of entrepreneurial ideas, knowledge and experience amongst ASEAN youth. Our flagship project is the ASEANpreneurs Youth Leaders Exchange, also taken place in May 2008, which saw 29 university students from 8 ASEAN countries gather in Singapore and engage in meaningful entrepreneurship-related activities.

Coming up in our second year, we believe that by having one Country Manager from each ASEAN country who will act as an ASEANpreneurs ambassador in the respective country, information about ASEANpreneurs's initiatives and entrepreneurship can reach the local youth more effectively. We wish to be able to work closely with this person in the near future and support him/her in any initiatives that would champion youth entrepreneurship in ASEAN.

For a more detailed job description, please refer to www.aseanpreneurs.org/countrymanager.html. You may also direct your queries to aseanpreneurs@gmail.com or arvin.k89@gmail.com.Or you can just visit this link

https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=a36d04b244&realattid=f_floijv751&attid=0.1&disp=inline&view=att&th=11cac0d9b17d0aec

Please note that the age requirement for this position is 18-25 years old.Do disseminate this information to anyone whom you think will be suitable.

Thanks!Lets rock ASEAN with youth entrepreneurship spirit!

Cheers,
Arvin

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fullbright Scholarship



The Philippine-American Education Foundation (PAEF-Fulbright) is inviting potential and interested qualified professionals and faculty to turn in their complete applications for Advanced Research and/or University Lecturing projects in the United States for academic year 2009-2010 on or before October 13, 2008.

Eligible fields are those related to Philippine literature and the arts, history, political and social sciences, economics, education, and environmental studies. Grants are awarded for a period of three to five months.

Candidates for the lecturing and/or research award should have the endorsement of pertinent departments of U.S. universities. Candidates for the research award who have contacts with their appropriate counterparts in U.S. educational institutions are encouraged to apply.

Proposals may also be for a combination of lecturing and research. Preference is given to those without recent experience in the United States. Grants are NOT for the principal purpose of attending conferences, visiting universities or organizations, nor completing doctoral dissertations.

The award covers international travel (budget economy-ONLY for the scholar), maintenance allowance, professional development allowance, a settling-in allowance, and limited medical insurance for the successful scholar. A modest monthly allowance will be provided for ONE dependent (subject to the availability of funds) provided the dependent stays at least 80% of the scholar's duration in the U.S.

The application form can be downloaded from the PAEF website www.paef.org.ph. Additional forms and further information on the award may be obtained from the PAEF office at the following address:

10th Floor
Ayala Life-FGU Center
6811 Ayala Avenue
Makati City

Tels.: 812-5890; 812-0945
Fax: 812-0822

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation Fellowship



The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation is offering international fellowships to women for graduate and post-graduate study at accredited institutions in the United States of America or in any other country, for academic year 2009-2010.

The AAUW Educational Foundation is one of the largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women around the globe in the pursuit of educational and professional opportunities through fellowships, grants and special awards. International Fellowships are awarded to women who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States, but intend to pursue full-time graduate or post-graduate study or research.

Women applicants may wish to specialize in international relations, public policy studies or gender studies. As an affiliate of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), applicants from the Philippines may identify an accredited institution for their study or research in or outside of the United States.

Preference is given to applicants committed to the advancement of women and girls, as demonstrated in their academic qualifications, professional work and research proposal.

Awardees are entitled to educational and living expenses for 12 months of study.

For program details and requirements, please browse: www.aauw.org.
For online application, click on http://www.act.org/aauw/index.html

Deadline for submission of online application (5:00 p.m. central time) as well as for receipt of all supporting documents by the AAUW Iowa City, Iowa Office is Monday, 1 December 2008.

The Ronald Coase Institute Applied Econometrics Seminar for the Analysis of Micro Data



December 8-11, 2008
Hong Kong, China

Co-sponsored by the University of Hong Kong

Apply by October 8, 2008

Location: The University of Hong Kong
Faculty: Professor Sebastian Galiani

Who is eligible?
Graduate students and postdoctoral social scientists/faculty who have previously studied some econometrics. The seminar is limited to 20 participants.

Seminar content
This seminar will focus on the use of econometric methods to study the institutions –laws, rules, customs, and norms—that govern real economies and affect transaction costs. Topics to be covered include the investigation of micro data, the evaluation of social programs, and the management of panel data. The sessions will be both theoretical and applied. STATA will be used in a computer lab.

Topics will include
# Basics: linear estimation models, exogeneity and causality, bootstrapping
# Endogeneity: instrumental variables and two-stage least squares
# Linear models for panel data
# Program evaluation: random and stratified design, inference in small samples, matching estimators
# Regression discontinuity designs. double inference methods
# Dynamic panel data models


Professor Sebastian Galiani has published widely in the field of institutions. He is a faculty member of the Ronald Coase Institute and of Washington University in St. Louis, USA. He has twice won the Research Medal of the Global Development Network and numerous other awards for his research.

Three of the four days will be spent on econometric technique. On the remaining day, participants will hear lectures on institutions by Nobel laureate Douglass North and other distinguished scholars from China and abroad, in a conference held at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

How to apply
# E-mail a copy of your curriculum vita - including your research interests – to seminar2008hk@coase.org.
# Do this before the deadline October 8, 2008.
# As e-mail subject line, use Application for 2008 Hong Kong Seminar.
# Attach your CV as a Microsoft Word .doc file, using filename yyy cv.doc, where yyy is your surname.

The ronald coase institute website is: www.coase.org

Costs
Tuition costs will be covered by the Ronald Coase Institute and the University of Hong Kong. You will be responsible for your own transportation and living expenses. Hotel rooms for participants can be arranged for approximately $105 USD per night, including breakfast and taxes.

"The Democracy Video Challenge"



International Video Competition Launched at the UN
Project Aims to Inspire Global Dialogue Among Youth

New York, September 16, 2008 -- "The Democracy Video Challenge", a global call to action, was launched yesterday at the United Nations, supported by a partnership of democracy and youth organizations, the film entertainment industry, academia, and the US government. The Challenge, which was also unveiled on line, invites young citizens from around the world to create short videos that complete the phrase: "Democracy is ..." The video contest seeks to enhance the global dialogue on the value of democracy. The International Youth Foundation is among the sponsoring organizations.

"Film is a window into our common humanity -- the challenges and joys that make up the universal human experience. The young filmmakers taking part in this challenge will harness the magic of this powerful art form to connect to people around the world in a global discussion on democracy," said Michael Apted, President of the Directors Guild of America, a partner in the Democracy Video Challenge.

"Today's young people are fast becoming their country's leaders, voters, and civic activists, leading democratic change in their communities and finding solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges," added William S. Reese, CEO of the International Youth Foundation. "The Democracy Challenge offers them a rare opportunity to define their vision of what democracy is and can be for the 21st century. We plan to actively encourage young people everywhere to contribute to this competition by working through our global network of more than 160 partner organizations in 70 countries."

The Democracy Video Challenge partners include the Center for International Private Enterprise, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the International Youth Foundation, the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association of America, NBC Universal, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, TakingITGlobal, USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and the U.S. Department of State.

Seven winners will be chosen on line by the general public in June 2009, with YouTube (www.youtube.com/democracychallenge) providing the platform. Winners will travel, all expenses paid, to the United States to claim their prize in October 2009. Gala screenings of the winning videos will be held in Hollywood, New York, and Washington, DC, and the winners will meet with democracy advocates from government, media, and civil society organizations.

http://www.videochallenge.america.gov/

Thursday, September 18, 2008

30th International Human Rights Training Program



Montreal, Canada
14 June - 3 July 2009

The International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) is at the heart of the Equitas’ activities. Since 1980, this annual three-week training session brings together approximately 120 participants from over 60 countries. The IHRTP provides a unique opportunity for human rights workers to deepen their understanding of human rights and of the essential role of human rights education in effecting change. As recognized by the United Nations:

“There is a growing consensus that education in and for human rights is essential and can contribute to both the reduction of human rights violations and the building of free and peaceful societies. Human rights education is also increasingly recognized as an effective strategy to prevent human rights abuses.”- UN Decade for Human Right Education (1995-2004); Report of the General-Secretary A/52/469/Add.1 October 20, 1997

The next session of the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) will take place from June 14 to July 3, 2009. The International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) is at the heart of Equitas’ activities. Now in its 30th year, this annual three-week education event brings together over 120 participants from approximately 60 countries. The IHRTP is an intermediate-level program. It provides a unique opportunity for human rights workers and educators to deepen their understanding of human rights and of the essential role of human rights education in effecting social change.

The next session of the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) will take place from June 14 to July 3, 2009. The International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) is at the heart of Equitas’ activities. Now in its 30th year, this annual three-week education event brings together over 120 participants from approximately 60 countries. The IHRTP is an intermediate-level program. It provides a unique opportunity for human rights workers and educators to deepen their understanding of human rights and of the essential role of human rights education in effecting social change.

For more information and to download application form, visit:
http://www.equitas.org/english/programs/IHRTP.php

Please note that the deadline for application is November 21, 2008.

(information c/o www.pinoyworld.org)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

WBI Distance Learning Program on Natural Disaster Risk Management

The Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative, in partnership with the National Disaster Coordinating Council, would like to invite you to join the re-run of the Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Framework, an online course of the World Bank Institute. The CDRMF which will be held on October 13 to November 14, 2008, is the prerequisite of seven (7) specialized courses offered by WBI under the Natural Disaster Risk Management Program. Please see the complete list of courses and their corresponding schedule below.

Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Framework October 13 – November 14, 2008

Financial Strategies for Managing the Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters November 24 –December, 19 2008

Earthquake Risk Reduction
January 12 – February 6, 2009

Climate Change and Disaster Risks
February 23 – March 20, 2009

Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning April 6 – May 1, 2009

Safe Cities May 18 – June 12, 2009

Damage and Reconstruction Needs Assessment June 29 – July 14, 2009

Community-Based Disaster Risk Management August 10 – September 4, 2009

If you’re interested to join, please fill up the application form then send it to ndrmp@emi-megacities.org together with your resume. You may download the form and other relevant documents at http://www.emi-megacities.org/?page=training&sec=13&content=245.

Deadline for application is on October 3, 2008. Please give us a call at 927-9643 or 433-7811 if you have inquiries.


IRWIN GABRIEL S. LOPEZ
Program Administrator
WBI-NDCC-EMI-NDRMP

I Am A Changemaker



Three (3) university and community-based youth organisations nationwide will get more chance of winning Php 100,000 to implement their projects with I Am a Changemaker, a project grant competition organised by the British Council as the deadline for the submission of entries is extended to October 31, 2008.

The competition is about how issues on education, environment, and intercultural diversity can be addressed through youth leadership and social entrepreneurship.

Three (3) winners representing Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will be selected to receive a grant of up to Ph 100,000 each for the implementation of their projects within a 6-month period.

The project, with support from Ayala Young Leaders Alliance, Studio 23, and NU 107 aims to recognise the role of young people as important partners in nation-building by developing their abilities to make a difference in their communities.

For competition details, contact us at:

(02) 9141011 to 14 ext 117
changemaker@britishcouncil.org.ph
www.britishcouncil.org.ph

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance



19-22 October 2008
Makati City, Philippines

The Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN-ISDR), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Women Environment Development Organization (WEDO) is pleased to invite you to the Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance. The theme of the congress is: Gender in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. The congress will be held on October 19-22, 2008 in Makati City, Philippines.

The congress promises to be the first and biggest global forum for climate change experts, parliamentarians, decision makers in government, environment organizations and stakeholders to discuss legislation and policies that will introduce gender in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

Please download the full information sheet and registration form for the Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance from our website, http://www.capwip.org/rdglobalcongress.htm.

Sylvia Munoz Ordonez
Executive Director
Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP)
YSTAPHIL Building
4227-4229 Tomas Claudio St
Baclaran, Paranaque City, Philippines
Telefax (632)8522112; 8514954
Globalcongress2008@ gmail.com; capwip@capwip. org
Website: http://www.capwip.org

UNDP Leadership Course for Young Leaders



Galing Pook is coordinating the rollout of a leadership course for young leaders in governance in partnership with UNDP Regional Center Bangkok. We have 2 workshops, one for Visayas and Mindanao and another in Luzon. You may wish to nominate emerging young leaders with ages between 25 to 35 to participate in the leadership course. We have very limited slots of only 15 participants for each workshop, but we hope to get participants from various sectors with your help.

The Visayas-Mindanao Workshop will be help in Davao City on September 22 – 26. Participants should come from the Visayas and Mindanao. Deadline for submission of applications is on September 8.

The Luzon Workshop will be held in Manila on October 12 to 18. Participants should come from Luzon. Deadline of application is on September 22.

The project will support transportation and accommodation / food during the course. Please feel free to forward this email and the attachments to your partners who may want to participate in the course.


Pamela A. Grafilo
Program Officer
Awards Management & Promotions
GALING POOK FOUNDATION
25 Mahusay corner Malinis Streets, UP Village
Diliman, Quezon City PHILIPPINES 1101
Telephones (+63 2) 433 47 31 to 32 / 926 4136

www.galingpook.org

Scholarship for International Peace Studies at the University for Peace



The International Peace Studies Dual Campus Master Programme is a shared initiative between the Nippon Foundation and the UN-Mandated University for Peace, in collaboration with Ateneo de Manila University, which aims to provide students from Japan and other Asian countries with an opportunity to pursue a peace studies post graduate degree with a content-based language-training module.

The programme offers support for individuals who do not have a proficient command of English to work in this increasingly common international language and to become comfortable in their professional abilities as they gain academic skills. As part of the programme, students have also the opportunity to apply their academic and practical knowledge through a four-month internship at the end of the Master courses.

Students accepted in the programme will be automatically granted full scholarships provided by the Nippon Foundation. A full scholarship includes: tuition fee, the language module, academic materials, and air travel and living

In this 19-month intensive academic programme, the students undertake courses at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines as well as at the San José UPEACE headquarters in Costa Rica. It is accomplished in three terms which start at the end of the language-training module. The programme begins in April 2008.

The Dual Campus M.A. programme has been planned primarily for receiving students from several Asian countries where English is not a widely used language, such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Exceptionally, students from other Asian countries may be admitted.

For more information, please visit http://www.upeace.org/academic/masters/sips.cfm

Deadline for receiving application packages: November 18th, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Asian Youth Fellowship (AYF)



The AYF preparatory course before entering Japanese Graduate School as Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship student is offered by The Japan Foundation. AYF program is open to university graduates in the region who wish to contribute to regional cooperation after obtaining a Master and/or Ph. D. Degree in Japanese Graduate Schools as follows:

Features of the Asian Youth Fellowship Program

AYF consists of the following component:

- Coordination of a host professor and research plan development during the preparatory course in Japan
- Preparatory course (Japanese Language and cultural activities)
- Follow ups after completing the preparatory course

The scholarship grantees shall receive a preparatory course in the Japanese language for approximately 7 months, at The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai, Japan. The preparatory course is developed for people who have never learned Japanese language before. Grantees are provided with dormitory. Accompanying family is NOT allowed during the preparatory course.

After completing the preparatory course, grantees will be proceeding to Japanese graduate schools as Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship students (principally Research Student) .

Field of Study


Any of the fields in Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering and Natural Science is acceptable..
Students pursuing study areas that would contribute to his/her country or region will be given preference.
* Technical training course is excluded.

Qualifications

- Nationality: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam.
- Age: under 35 years of age as of April 1, 2010 (i.e. born on or after April 2, 1975)
- Academic Backgrounds: university or college graduates with a bachelor's degree or Master's degree (those who will graduate from a university or college by the Registration Day of AYF may apply, but the grants may be CANCELLED if grantees fail to arrive in Kansai on the starting day of the preparatory course.)

Other requirements:
a. Good proficiency in English is required.
b. Military men and military civilian employees registered on the personnel list are excluded.
c. Applicants should be in good health.
d. The applicant whose spouse has already won a Japanese Government scholarship will not be selected as a grantee, and likewise in the case of a couple applying at the same time.
e. The applicant who has been awarded a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship in the past will not be selected as a grantee unless he/she has had a few years' research or teaching experience after returning to his/her country.

Grant Coverage during the Preparatory Course

-Expenses necessary for participation in the official curriculum (transportation, teaching material, etc.)
-Meals during the program (partly in the form of cash allowances) and a set amount of allowances to cover miscellaneous living expenses.
-Accommodation (a single room) at the Institute
-Overseas travel insurance for disease and injury for the duration of the program
-Round-trip, economy-class airline between the nearest international airport from the residence and Kansai International Airport (Osaka, Japan) on the most direct and economical route.

Japanese visa as a trainee
*The above terms of the grant will be effective for the period of the preparatory course. After completing the AYF Program, grantees will proceed to Japanese universities as the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship students.
Allowances, accommodations, and other status are subject to Monbukagakusho' s regulations.

Selection


Japanese diplomatic missions concerned, in cooperation with the foreign governments concerned, will select preliminary candidates from among applicants by means of a review of the documents submitted.

Those who have been selected as the preliminary candidates will be recommended to Asian Youth Fellowship Committee, Tokyo, Japan. The Committee will select grantees from among the preliminary candidates by means of an interview made in their respective countries by a mission member assigned and dispatched by the Committee.
Final announcement in writing will be provided by the Embassy of Japan after the AYF Committee. The grantees of the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship will be finally selected, on condition that they have completed the AYF preparatory course successfully, after the university placement has been made.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following documents according to the instruction given by the Embassy of Japan in their own country by the date appointed. The documents submitted will not be returned.

http://www.asiaseed.org/ayfj/

8th Global Young Leaders Programme



November 17-28, 2008
Hong Kong/ India

Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT), a not-for-profit company based in HK, is recruiting participants for its 8th Global Young Leaders Programme (YLP) which offers leadership training and at the same time help local social enterprises to grow. Please find details below:

The 8th Global Young Leaders Programme (YLP) is going to take place in November 2008 in Hong Kong and India. A detailed prospectus of the unique programme we have designed for this occasion can be viewed using the following link.

http://www.globalin stitutefortomorr ow.org/files/ file/YLP_ Model_Village_ Prospectus_ Aug_18.pdf

In the last year the YLP has developed a reputation as an innovative approach to leadership development given its unique methodology of linking executive learning with social entrepreneurship and community needs.

The November 2008 programme will begin with an academic MBA-style component in Hong Kong and will be followed by an on-site project based experience in northern India. As part of the on-site project, participants will work to create a business plan to attract investment for Drishtee, an Indian enterprise that is dedicated to creating a sustainable, scalable platform of entrepreneurship for the development of India’s rural economy.

Participants will include about 25 executives from multi-national companies, SMEs, civil society groups and universities. Through the programme, these individuals will gain; an appreciation of Asian globalisation challenges across sectors; hands-on experience to understand future customers and future markets and valuable cross-cultural leadership and partnering skills. Each participant will be evaluated on their performance.

Past participants have included individuals from global companies such as; Standard Chartered, JP Morgan, HP, UBS, Shell, MTRC, CLSA, Cathay Pacific, Beijing Li-Ning Sports, Gammon Construction, Shui On, Credit Suisse, Petronas, V.S. Dempo, e2e – Velankani Group, and the Cheung Kong Group among others.

I would appreciate it if you could pass on the details about this programme to those in your network who may be interested in participating. As places in the programme are limited, we would appreciate an indication of early interest from them by Wednesday, September 17th.

To take part in the program, please contact Ms Bindiya Rupani. Tel: (852) 3571-8204, email: brupani@global-inst.org

Monday, September 8, 2008

PHD STUDENTSHIP City University London

Department of International Politics
City University London

We invite applications for a PhD bursary. The award will run for three years from September 2008 (subject to satisfactory progress). The studentship will comprise a maintenance grant of £13,500, plus tuition fees. Holders of the studentship will be expected to teach a maximum of five hours per week in term time, at the direction of the Head of Department, for which training and support will be available.

We particularly welcome applications in the areas of: global political economy, global finance, development, governance and policy-making. Applicants should normally have obtained, or be about to obtain, a relevant Master's degree at merit or distinction level. More information is available at: http://www.city. ac.uk/intpol/PhD.html
How to Apply

Applicants should complete the PhD application form available from:

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
School of Social Sciences
City University
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB

tel. +44 (0) 20 7040 8512
email: socscipg@city. ac.uk

The application form can also be downloaded via the following link:
http://www.city.ac.uk/cms/social/social/dps/forms/PhDApplicationFormGENERAL.doc

Applicants should submit a research proposal. The research proposal should include an outline of your topic; statement about the significance of the problem you have chosen to address and relevant theoretical framework; its place in the wider debate in the discipline of international relations and politics; and key research questions
that would guide your thesis. Ideally, research proposals should not exceed 4 pages in length

Applications should include the names and address of two academic referees.

Application materials should be sent by email to:

Ms Carmai Roberts
PG Coordinator
Carmai.Roberts. 1@city.ac. uk

Closing date: September 14th, 2008.

If you are interested in making an informal inquiry please contact the tutor for research students, Dr Anastasia Nesvetailova (a.nesvetailova@ city.ac.uk) with an outline of your research interests.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition



Staples, Inc is proud to partner with Ashoka’s Youth Venture and Changemakers to sponsor the "Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition" – a global search for the most creative and inspiring ways young people are changing our world.

Eligibility Criteria

The competition is open to all young individuals between the ages of 12-24 and all previously awarded Youth Venture teams. We consider all entries – ideas OR projects –that meet the following criteria:

-Idea or project reflects the theme of the competition: “Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition.” The goal of the competition is to identify innovative solutions that young people are using to make life easier for others. Entries are accepted from young people in all countries.
-Ideas show strong potential for significant or meaningful impact. Projects show potential as well as demonstrated impact.
-Entry form is completed and submitted before the deadline.
-Entries are submitted in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French.

Assessment Criteria

The winners of this Changemakers Collaborative Competition will be those entries that best meet the following criteria:

-Innovation: This is the knock-out test; the idea or project must introduce creative elements or methods to positively impact the community in order for judges to give it a high ranking. For example, the project might use a new approach to tackle a challenge, creative methods to raise awareness of a problem, or innovative strategies to raise funds or engage volunteers.
-Social Impact: It is important that the idea or project has or will have significant impact on the issues it addresses. Some innovations will have proven success at a small level (or are still at the very beginning), while others will have scaled to engage hundreds or thousands of people. Judges will take into consideration how you plan to grow, replicate, and reach big goals.
-Sustainability: For a project to be truly effective it must have a plan for how it will acquire financial and other bases of support for the long-term. In other words it has a good strategy for creating ongoing positive change in the community and engaging partners, as well as a sound plan for transitioning leadership and recruiting team members or volunteers.

Competition Deadlines, Procedures, and Rules

Online competition submissions are accepted until October 15th, 2008 at 6pm, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. Any time before this deadline, competition participants can revise their entries based on questions and insights that they receive in the Changemakers discussion. Participation in the discussion enhances one's prospects in the competition and gives the community and the judges an opportunity to understand one's project more completely. Posting and discussion are encouraged because the exchange of ideas helps social entrepreneurs develop and improve methods to create positive change in the communities in which we live.

There are four main phases in the competition:

-Entry Stage, August 20th – October 15, 2008:Entries can be submitted until 6 pm Eastern US time on October 15th, 2008, and anyone can participate in an online idea review discussion with the entrants.
-Online Review and Judging, October 16 – October 29, 2008: Online review and discussion continues. Simultaneously, a panel of judges who are well-versed in the topic and a group of Ashoka’s Youth Venture staff select the competition finalists.
-Voting October 30th – November 11, 2008:The Changemakers community votes online to select the Global Grand Prize winner.
-Announcement of Winners – November 12, 2008: - The Global Grand Prize Winner is announced. - Up to 25 entries will be awarded Youth Venture grants of up to US$1,000 to launch or advance their ideas. - In addition, four entries from USA and France are named as Staples Prize finalists. Their representatives will be flown to Boston, Massachusetts, USA to attend an awards ceremony on November 20, 2008. One of the Staples Prize finalists will be awarded a suite of Staples products worth US$5,000 to run their venture.




http://www.changemakers.net/en-us/competition/StaplesYV

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Asia-Europe Young Urban Leaders' Dialogue



Madrid , Spain
Nov. 10-18, 2008

The Asia-Europe Foundation and Madrid Global International Strategy and Action Office of Madrid's city Council are inviting organizations to send a representative to participate in the First Asia-Europe Young Urban Leaders' Dialogue which will be conducted in Madrid , Spain on November 10 to 16, 2008.

Objectives :

To forge solid and long-lasting relationships through exchanges and experiences, from the creation of personal and institutional lines and connections that involve new generation's interest in sharing the social reality that surround cities
To create network of contacts among emerging young leaders, professionals from the main urban settlements on both continents
Participants :

Between 24 and 30 years old
ASEM national
Excel in the fields of public administration, the corporate world, the academe, arts, political arena and media
Decisive in their respective areas of action
Have the capacity to share their experiences
Able to work in English
Willing to attend 100% of the meeting
Expenses :

The organizers will be responsible for covering all local costs, including accommodation, meals and local transportation. They may also help partially defray the international travel costs of participants who need assistance by providing a travel subsidy. In this sense, the maximum amount reimbursed cannot exceed 50% of the total travel costs (maximum amount for residents in Asia is EUR 500).

Application requirements :

Participant Application form
Updated detailed curriculum vitae (not more than 3 pages)
A recent photo (jpg or bmp format)

Submit the requirements to lutchieachua@yahoo.com on or before 8 September 2008.

Download application form here: http://youth.net.ph/download/asia-europe%20application%20form.doc

http://www.asef.org/index.php?option=com_project&task=view&id=471

CHINA-ASEAN YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS' FORUM

Nanning , China
Oct. 20-25, 2008

The All-China Youth Federation is inviting young entrepreneurs to the China-ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs' Forum to be held in Nanning , China on Oct. 20-25, 2008. The forum will be the venue for the official launch of the Chinese Secretariat for the China-ASEAN Young entrepreneurs' Association (CAYEA), as well as discussion on the draft constitution for the CAYEA based on the recommendations proposed at the ASEAN-China Youth Entrepreneurs' Workshop held in June in Brunei .

Participants :

The delegation shall include a senior official (head of delegation) from the organizations responsible for the establishment of the CAYEA in ASEAN countries. The head of delegation can bring one assistant and the other members of the delegation should be young entrepreneurs who are core members of the Chamber of Commerce in their own countries who have the capability to participate in the economic cooperation between China and ASEAN countries, have the willingness to join in the CAYEA and are fluent in English.

Expenses :

The organizer shall cover the local transportation and accommodation of all delegates during the forum. The organizer will also pay for the international travel costs of four (4) delegates of each delegation, including the head of delegation, his or her assistant and 2 young entrepreneurs.

Submission of registration form :

Submit thru email the registration form to lutchieachua@yahoo.com on or before Aug. 28, 2008.

Download application form here: http://youth.net.ph/download/chineseasian%20Registration%20Form.doc

(information c/o www.youth.net.ph)

2008 CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest: Innovators and entrepreneurs



WHO: The CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest is open to all photographers at least 18 years of age, except the operational team of CGAP and their immediate families.

WHAT: We are looking for original, striking images of microfinance around the world that capture what microfinance means to you. These images may reflect the wide variety of microfinance and microenterprise development around the world, representing a range of products, institutions, and methodologies, and may touch on a broad range of social, economic, developmental, and technological issues. We encourage entries from all regions, in both rural and urban settings. We expect to receive images that represent technology, institutions, money, microfinance transactions and impact, policy/regulation, human capacity, and people and their environment. Photo submissions must be accompanied by a brief description of the photo, including the place and country where it was taken, and how it reflects advancing financial access to people through microfinance.

Entries must be:

• The original work of the entrant
• Noninfringing of the rights of others
• Respectful of the rights, sensitivities, and culture of persons depicted
• An accurate reflection of the subject matter and scene as it appeared, without alteration (other than standard optimization, including removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.)
• A depiction of microfinance and/or microenterprise development in one or more of the following categories:

o General
o Innovation in delivery, whether through new technologies, institutions, or infrastructure
o Innovative approaches to regulating and applying laws that relate to access to finance
o Innovation in funding and supporting microfinance
o Impact

Entries will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The story behind the photo, submitted as a paragraph or brief essay, may influence the judges’ decisions. Decisions made by the judges are final.

http://www.cgap.org/p/site/c/template.rc/2008PhotoContest

The Body Shop Foundation Asia Pacific Grants Programme




The Body Shop Foundation Asia Pacific Grants Programme is looking to grant local organizations that focus on any the following ---

1.) Child Rights
2.) Environmental Sustainability
3.) Poverty Alleviation

In case you know of organisations who might be looking to apply, we can help facilitate their nomination. You can send their information here or through rvvibal@the-body-shop.com.ph

For more details on the programme, you may check www.thebodyshopfoundation.org

The Oliver Gurney Essay Prize



Prof. Oliver Robert Gurney (1911-2001) was a distinguished Assyriologist and Hittite scholar and former President of the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA). In order to commemorate his life and works, popularise Hittite studies, and to reward and recognise the achievement of young scholars in this field, the BIAA is pleased to announce the Oliver Gurney essay prize.

The prize money is £1,000. (Joint winners, or runners-up, may be awarded in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the prize-awarding panel).

The Oliver Gurney essay competition is open to all postgraduate students and to postdoctoral researchers within five years of graduation. The competition is open to entrants of all nationalities. The prize is awarded on the grounds of originality, clarity of argument and writing, and adherence to the conventions of scholarly presentation.

Essays should be:

-On any topic related to the study of the Hittite world, including ancient languages, history, culture, religion, politics, warfare, material culture, musicology, or any aspect of the archaeology of the Hittite world.
-A single piece of original writing of 3,000 to 5,000 words in length
-Written in English and accompanied by an abstract (c. 200 words).
-May be accompanied by up to eight illustrations.
-Previously unpublished (but may be adapted from a dissertation, thesis, or similar - submitted or forthcoming).

Submission of Essays:

Essays that do not comply with the criteria above may be disqualified.
Four hard copies of the essay should be submitted directly to the chair of the panel (Dr Alan Greaves) to arrive before the competition deadline.
All submissions should be accompanied by a signed and dated letter stating where and when the author graduated (or where they are studying) and stating that the work is original and has not been previously published. The letter should also provide a contact address for correspondence.

Deadline: 1st December 2008

Contact:
Dr Alan M. Greaves (Chair of the Oliver Gurney Essay Prize Panel)
School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
12-14 Abercromby Square
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 3GS, UK.
E-mail: greaves@liv.ac.uk

(information c/o www.pinoyworld.org)

I-Witness Docu-Making Competition




I-Witness is holding the First I-Witness Docu-Making Competition! Grab this chance to showcase your skills in documentary production!

Participants must be:

College students (registered this semester in any undergraduate course in any school in the Philippines)

Individual entrants or a group with a maximum of four (4) members

Requirements:

Documentary must be of an INSPIRING THEME (an inspiring story on anyone or anything)
Documentary must be 10 to 15 minutes long

Entry must be submitted on DVD format along with the script

Participants must submit: 1) Resume and 2) Any proof of registration to a college or university for this semester

Participants must submit a signed Contest Participation Agreement (all members must sign if entering as a group).

Submit your entries and requirements to I-Witness, 2nd Flr. GMA Network Center, EDSA cor. Timog Ave., Diliman, Quezon City 1103. Deadline is on SEPTEMBER 20, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

The winning entry gets a cash prize of P 25,000.00 and will be screened along with I-Witness documentaries in the I-Witness Docufest 2008 to be held at the Gateway Mall Cinema 5 on October 4 and 11.

For more information, Contact:
Sophia Regina M. Dedace
News Producer, GMANews.TV | E-mail address: sofeeyareheena@yahoo.com

Click to download the Contest Participation Agreement

(Information c/o http://www.pinoyworld.org)

Masters in Economics - Ritsumeikan University



The Asian Development Bank (ADB) - Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) was established in April 1988 with financing from the Government of Japan. It aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. The ADB-JSP enrolls about 300 students annually in 20 academic institutions located in 10 countries within the Region.

Graduate School of Economics Ritsumeikan University is one of institutions participating in this ADB-JSP scholarship program.

Below is program offered (master): Master in Economics

SCHOLARSHIP DESCRIPTION
The ADB-JSP provides full scholarships for one to two years.

full tuition fees
a monthly subsistence and housing allowance
an allowance for books and instructional materials

medical insurance
travel expenses
The scholarship is for one year with an extension to the second year of study, as appropriate, which shall be conditional on the scholar maintaining a satisfactory level of performance as determined by the institute. The maximum duration of scholarship award is two years for masters and doctorate programs.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
A national of an ADB borrowing member country (applicants from countries that are no longer borrowing from ADB are not eligible for the ADB-JSP Scholarship).

Gained admission to an approved post graduate course in any of the participating academic institutions. (Graduate School of Economics Ritsumeikan University)

A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with superior academic record.
At least two (2) years of full-time professional working experience
Proficiency in oral and written English communication skills to be able to pursue studies.
Not more than 35 years old at the time of application.
In good health
Should agree to return to his/her home county after completion of studies under the Program.
Staff of participating academic institutions are not eligible for the Scholarship.
Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management and staff of ADB, consultants, and relatives of
the aforementioned are not eligible for the Scholarship.
Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management and staff of the other international
organizations are not eligible for the Scholarship.

Date: one to two years
Deadline: 1st February, 2009

Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible for the Scholarship.
Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.
You can also visit ADB-Japan Scholarship Program’s website at www.adb.org/jsp for more detail information about this program.

http://www.openscholarship.info/japan-master-in-economics-ritsumeikan-university.html

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Advanced Research and University Lecturing Awards in the United States

The Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) will start accepting applications for advanced research and/or university lecturing awards in the United States for academic year 2009-2010.

Completed application forms from interested and qualified faculty and researchers must be received at the PAEF office on or before October 13, 2008.

Eligible fields are those related to Philippine literature and the arts, history, political and social sciences, economics, education, and the environmental sciences. Grants are awarded for a period of three to five months.

Candidates for the lecturing and/or research award should have the endorsement of pertinent departments of U.S. univerisities. Candidates for the research award who have contacts with their appropriate counterparts in U.S. educational institutions are encouraged to apply.

Proposals may also be for a combination of lecturing and research. Preference is given to those without recent experience in the United States. Grants are NOT for the principal purpose of attending conferences, visiting universities or organizations, nor completing doctoral dissertations.

The award covers international travel (budget economy-ONLY for the scholar), maintenance allowance, professional development allowance, a settling-in allowance, and limited medical insurance for the successful scholar. A modest monthly allowance will be provided for ONE dependent (subject to the availability of funds) provided the dependent stays at least 80% of the scholar's grant duration in the U.S. Dependents of selected applicants are responsible for their own J-2 application at the U.S. Embassy. Issuance or non-issuance of a non-immigrant visa is at the discretion of the consular affairs section of the U.S. Embassy.

Application form and further information on the award may be obtained from the PAEF office at the 10th Floor, Ayala Life-FGU Center, 6811 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. Tel. nos. 812-5890; 812-0945/Fax: 812-0822.

Email: fulbright@paef.org.ph.

The application form can be downloaded from the PAEF website: www.paef.org.ph

East-West Center Scholarship

For nearly half a century, the East-West Center has helped to build an Asia Pacific community, serving the region and the world though cooperative education, research and dialogue on critical issues of common concern. Opportunities for study at the East-West Center include:

Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Study Fellowships

The undergraduate and graduate degree study fellowships is administered by the East-West Center for students from Asia, the Pacific and the U.S. to participate in educational and research programs in residence at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai'i.

Eligibility and deadlines vary by each fellowship competition. Further information and application materials for these international degree fellowship competitions are available at www.eastwestcenter.org/studentprograms

Graduate Certificate Program

In addition to degree study fellowships, applications are invited for participation in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP), the center of excellence for leadership education in the Asia Pacific Region. The APLP is a graduate certificate program combining the development of regional expertise with the enhancement of individual leadership capacity. Application Deadline: December 1, 2008.

Email: scholarships@ eastwestcenter. org
Address: East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848
Telephone: 808-944-7735
Fax: 808-944-7730