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 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:
For online application, click on

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
# 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:

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 ( 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.

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:

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

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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 together with your resume. You may download the form and other relevant documents at

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

Program Administrator

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

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,

Sylvia Munoz Ordonez
Executive Director
Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP)
4227-4229 Tomas Claudio St
Baclaran, Paranaque City, Philippines
Telefax (632)8522112; 8514954
Globalcongress2008@; capwip@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
25 Mahusay corner Malinis Streets, UP Village
Diliman, Quezon City PHILIPPINES 1101
Telephones (+63 2) 433 47 31 to 32 / 926 4136

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

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.


- 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.


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.

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 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:

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:
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.

The application form can also be downloaded via the following link:

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. 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@ 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.

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 on or before 8 September 2008.

Download application form here:


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 on or before Aug. 28, 2008.

Download application form here:

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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.

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

For more details on the programme, you may check

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

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.

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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


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:

Click to download the Contest Participation Agreement

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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

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.

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 for more detail information about this program.