Friday, June 26, 2009

British Chevening Scholarship

What are Chevening Scholarships?

Chevening Scholarships are prestigious awards available to international students for study in the United Kingdom.

Chevening scholarships offer an ideal opportunity for young, high-flying graduates not only to study their chosen subject, but also to meet and network with their peers in the unique learning atmosphere that the UK provides. The ultimate objective is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries.

Candidates are selected by the British Embassy in Manila. The scheme is managed by the British Council on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Applying for the Programme

The Chevening Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2010/2011 for the Philippines, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau begins 1 August. All applications are done on-line and must be submitted before 15 October 2009.

The minimum qualifications are:

•an applicant is a Filipino, Marshallese, Micronesian, or Palauan national

•has attained a local/international degree

•has two years work experience in your chosen career

•applicant should also be committed to returning to the applicant's home country after the period of study

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


A new online distance learning programme - launching October 2009 - applications open February 2009

Non communicable diseases are one of the key health challenges of the 21st century. They disproportionately impact on the poor and vulnerable within all societies, they threaten socioeconomic development, and destroy the health of millions. A small group of risk factors cause this massive burden: tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise. All of these risk factors are preventable

AIM: This new MSc will provide a knowledge platform for clinicians, policy makers, health planners, donor agencies and NGOs to understand the global burden of non-communicable disease, and to share promising and effective practice in managing risk factors, and in promoting innovative practices in treatment and care. It will equip participants with the skills to measure the local burden of diseases, and to formulate and implement local strategies to address these.

Programme outcomes - enabling professionals to:
• contribute to raising the priority accorded to non communicable diseases in development work at global and national levels

• learn together and work together to promote interventions to tackle the risk factors

Course participants will be able to engage with, and feel connected to a global community of practice of learners, practitioners and teachers maximising the opportunities to promote partnerships for the prevention and control of non communicable diseases.

Non communicable diseases
Non communicable diseases which include diabetes, mental illness, cardiovascular conditions (mainly heart disease and stroke), cancers, and chronic respiratory conditions) account for about 60% of all global deaths, 80% of these deaths occur in low and middle income countries. Without concerted action it is estimated that some 388 million people worldwide will die of one or more non communicable disease in the next 10 years. WHO estimate that “the greatest increase will be seen in the African region (27%) and the Eastern Mediterranean region (25%). The highest absolute number of deaths will occur in the Western Pacific and South-East Asia regions”

The MSc International Health: Non Communicable Diseases seeks to provide some of the tools to put into practice the WHO 2008-2013 Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases.

WHO 2008-2013 Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases
• map the emerging epidemics of noncommunicable diseases and analyse their social, economic, behavioural and political determinants

• reduce the level of exposure of individuals and populations to the common modifiable risk factors
• strengthen health care for people with noncommunicable diseases by improving access to essential standards of care and developing guidelines for cost-effective interventions projects


Programme structure
Online and part-time, this programme is designed for working professionals. Participants learn part-time over 3 years towards the MSc; with 3 terms per year. Terms are 11 weeks long, split into two blocks of 5 weeks with 1 week in between for independent study. Study commitments amount to 15-20 hours per week during the term. This framework is designed to fit in with the part-time nature of this course.

Further information More details of the programme will be available from the Graduate School Website at

To find out more about the programme, including scholarship availability visit

The programme commences in September 2009. Interested applicants must apply by 24 July. In the first instance please contact the MSc Programme Director Dr Liz Grant for further information or

United Nations – The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme

United Nations - the Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme Applications for 2010 Session

The Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the Office of Legal Affairs is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 session of the United Nations – The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme. We are pleased to note that during the last five years, 55 awards have been made to nationals of 48 States. The deadline for submissions has been set for 15 August 2009.

The major objective of this Fellowship Programme is to provide funded opportunities for advanced training in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea, or related disciplines, to government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing coastal States so that they may obtain the necessary skills to assist their countries in the formulation of comprehensive ocean policies and to implement the legal regime set out in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and related instruments, including the CBD.

The Fellowship Programme consists of two phases, namely a six-month research and study phase, immediately followed by a three-month training phase. The first phase will be implemented through a university or research institution affiliated with the Programme and which has in-depth competence and expertise in the given field of studies. After completing the first phase, fellows will undertake a training phase with the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea in New York , or with an intergovernmental agency or organization competent in the chosen field.

With respect to required qualifications, candidates must be between the ages of 25 and 40, possess a first university degree or equivalent, and demonstrate an ability to undertake advanced academic research and studies.

They shall also be mid-level administrators from national government organs, or other agencies, that deal directly with issues such as national ocean policy, establishment of maritime zones and the delimitation of maritime boundaries, coastal zone management, conservation and management of marine living resources, maritime transport and shipping, prevention of pollution, crimes at sea and their suppression, and the protection and preservation of the marine environment including marine sciences.

A detailed outline of the requisite qualifications, along with the application forms, additional Programme information, and the current list of participating institutions is available on the Fellowship Programme webpage http://www.un. org/depts/los/nippon Candidates must use the new simplified application package which is available for download from this homepage.

For additional information please contact directly:

Francois N. Bailet, Programme Advisor

Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs


United Nations, New York , NY 10017 , USA

Tel.: 917-367-5186 Fax: 212-963-5847 E-mail: