Wednesday, October 27, 2010


About the Competition

Applicants are invited to write a radio play of approximately 60 minutes in length, on a subject of their choice. The play must be the original, unpublished work of the person or persons submitting it.
The competition is open to any writer who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom. The play must be written in English but can be translated by a third party (we are not able to offer any assistance with translation costs) Translated work must be identified as such, and the translator must be credited.

  • £2500 sterling for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a first language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded and to attend a prize-giving evening.
  • £2500 sterling for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a second language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded and to attend a prize-giving evening.
  • A prize of a digital or short wave radio for the best radio play to be written from each of the following geographical areas: The Americas; Europe; Africa and the Middle East; South Asia; Russia and the Caucasus; Asia and Pacific.
  • BBC goodie bags for all writers whose plays reach the judges' final shortlist.
Application form can be downloaded here
Entry Form
Submissions and application forms can be emailed
or can be mailed to
British Council
10th Floor Taipan Place
F. Ortigas Jr. Road
Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Application period is from
16 October 2010 to 31 March 2011.

*British Council Philippines deadline for accepting entries is on 25 March, 12:00PM, Friday.This is to ensure that applications reach our UK office by
31 March 2011.

Deadline for online application is on 31 March 2011.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I am the next-generation antivirus: Fighting HIV/AIDS through Responsible Choices” online video contest for young people

In an effort to increase awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention among the Filipino youth, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) National Commission of the Philippines and the University of the East College of Education (UE CoEd), have launched the World AIDS Day 2010 Video Contest.

Still on its maiden run, this event is an excellent opportunity for high school students to promote positive values and beliefs towards the prevention of HIV/AIDS, which has been described as “hidden and growing” in the Philippines.

With the theme “I am the next-generation antivirus: Fighting HIV/AIDS through Responsible Choices”, the contest gives teenagers an opportunity to promote the cause through the use of the Internet (named one of the most popular after-school activities in the 2006 McCann-Erickson Youth Study) and multimedia.
Youngsters can showcase their talents in producing short videos by uploading their original, theme-related works to YouTube, the largest and most popular video-sharing community.

With its wide reach and worldwide juvenile following, YouTube is the most fitting avenue for this advocacy.
HIV/AIDS is a dreaded disease that is slowly gaining ground, with no signs of abating, mostly because of the difficulty to detect the illness due to commonplace early symptoms, and because of complicated management issues due to its complex nature and delicate transmission.

Hard-hit are the third-world countries just like the Philippines, with higher statistics and more casualties because of lack of awareness and lack of access to medication and treatment.

Worse, youth ages 15-24 have been identified as the age group with the highest risk of contracting the disease.
This underlines a greater need for vigilance, advocacy and support, especially among the young, and this activity aspires to do just that.

The contest is open to young adults attending public and private schools in Manila, one of the top five cities with the highest incidence of AIDS in the Philippines.

Two winners will be named: the Critic’s Choice award will be chosen by a 3-member jury panel (one of whom is a member of the PLHIV community), while the People’s Choice will be given to the video with the most number of online votes. Winners will each be receiving a P10,000.00 prize.

Deadline for submission of entries will be on November 15, 2010. Winners will be announced and awarded during the World AIDS Day on December 1, 2010 at the University of the East, C.M. Recto Ave., Manila.
For more details, please contact Remi or Marilou at 735-5471 loc. 384 or 385 or email us at 

For contest mechanics, downloadable entry forms and other online info, you may also log on at or 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

DAAD Annual Scholarships for Filipinos - AY 2011 - 2012

The DAAD offers annually scholarships for post-graduate research and doctoral studies to qualified Filipino applicants. You can find the general information about this scholarship 
For further information:
Ms. Natalie Lange (née Voges) (DAAD-lecturer at UP Diliman) –daad.manila@googlemail.comMs. Davina Dy (Cultural Section, German Embassy Manila) –

International Youth Conference “Youth Awareness of Climate Change”

Yogyakarta, Indonesia 
November 7-12, 2010


The program will focus on the discussion of climate environment issues covering from the Copenhagen Summit, youth involvement and initiatives as well as the scheme Pro-Poor Conservation.
It aims to inspire young people and community the importance of working together and sharing each other the alternatives policies and programs to reduce global emission and to raise awareness on the climate change among the youth. 

During the program, participants will formulate some recommendations for policy makers, international and government Institutions, and other stakeholders. The recommendation can be implemented through the action plan to be conducted and organized by youth, NGO, Governmental and International Organizations. The Conference could create a strategic action and recommendation toward related government institutions and regional/ international organizations. 

The International Youth Conference is organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Indonesia in collaboration with the University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.

Venue and Date

The Conference will be conducted from November 7 to 12, 2010 at the Wanagama Resort, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Participant’s Eligibility
  • Must be 18 to 30 years old
  • those who are interested in climate change, environment issues and youth development
  • Must be representing youth organizations or institutions
  • Must have good command of English
  • Willingness to participate in the discussions and activities
  • Must be physically fit to travel
  • Must have valid passport six months before the departure date of the program. Applicants without passport details will not be considered.

     The Organizer will provide accommodation and local transport to all participants from all participating countries. The international airfare travel expenses must be paid by each participating country or organization.

Application and Selection Process

The application form is downloadable at (for nyc international program application form click here). Participants must complete the application form and send by October 20, 2010 to or fax +6221 5738150 or to the following contacts:
Mr. Suyadi Pawiro
Phone/fax: +62215738150/72


2010 RP-Korea Youth Exchange

South Korea 
December 1-7, 2010

The National Youth Commission (NYC) will be sending delegates to visit South Korea from December 1 to 7, 2010. This is part of the bilateral agreement between the NYC and the National Council of Youth Organizations in Korea (NCYOK).

Venue and Date
          The event will be held in the South Korea from December 1 to 7, 2010.

Participant’s Eligibility
  • Filipino citizen
  • Must be 18 to 35 years old
  • Must be able to communicate reasonably well in English
  • Willingness to participate in the discussions and activities
  • Must be physically fit to travel
  • Must have valid passport six months before the departure date of the program. Applicants without passport details will not be considered.

Required documents
  • Photocopy of the passport  information and emergency contact page
  • Original copy of employment certificate for the employees and school certificate for the students
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate (NSO authenticated)
          Interested parties will shoulder their own airfare, travel tax, travel insurance and domestic transportation. Expenses in Korea such as food, hotel accommodation, and local transportation will be provided by the Organizer, NCYOK.

Application and Selection Process
Applicants must send their completed application forms and required documents by mailno later than October 23 (Friday), 5 p.m. to the following:

National Youth Commission
c/o Juliet Carolino
4th Floor Bookman Building, 373 Quezon Ave., Quezon City
Tel./Fax: (02) 781-1406

For more details about the program, you can inquire to the abovementioned contact. The screening of the applications will be conducted. All applicants (qualified or not) will be notified thru email. 

All information from the application process papers, attachments, and any similar documents relative to the requirements for this program is privileged. The information is not for public disclosure. Likewise, confidentiality is maintained at all stages of the selection process.


The National Youth Commission in conjunction with the Japan International Cultural Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), is now 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.

  1. The Qualification of Student Ambassador (referred to as Youth in the Operational Guidelines for the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme 2009/2010) is stated in the abovementioned guideline provided by JICE;
  2. Filipino, single, must be between 16 to 18 years old, on or before April 1, 2011(must be born between April 2, 1993 and April 2, 1995);
  3. Of good moral character;
  4. Must be currently enrolled in a college or a university with a Graded Weight Average (GWA) of 2.25 or 85% equivalent, with no failing marks in the preceding semester;
  5. Physically and mentally fit to travel;
  6. 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;
  7. 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 Asia countries;
  8. Must be an officer or an active member of a youth organization for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of application;
  9. 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;
  10. Area representation would be based on the place of the college or university enrolled in;
  1. Two (2) copies of the NYC application forms with passport sized pictures with white background attached to each form (all original, no scanned pictures)
  2. Two (2) copies of JENESYS Entry Form with one face photo sized 45mm x 45mm
  3. Two (2) photocopies of Birth Certificate (from the National Statistics Office-NSO)
  4. Two (2) photocopies of passport, if there is a passport already (page of face photo and personal information.  If expired but extended, with a page that states extension as well)
  5. An essay which states the applicants’ a) Reasons for applying; b) Expectations of the programme; c) If chosen, the preparations the applicant will undertake prior to departure; d) environmental situations in the Philippines and his/her views and proposals for its improvement. (Maximum of 100 words, per question)
  6. Two (2) copies of a resume, not more than three (3) pages
  7. Two (2) copies of Certificate of Good Moral, issued by the college or university (1 original and 1 photocopy) and stating that the applicant has a Graded Weight Average (GWA) of 2.25% or 85% equivalent, with no failing marks in the preceding semester.
  8. Completed NYC Volunteer form
  9.  A certification from school or organization that the applicant is an officer or active member.
  10. Certificate of Health

2011 - Internship Opportunities at Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD)

Bangalore, India 

1. Three/Six months Internship Program (1st January – 31st March 2011/30th June 2011)
2. Summer Internship Program (1st July – 31st August 2011)

Stipend: $100 per month with accommodation

Location: Bangalore, India

Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD) is a registered not-for-profit and non-governmental-organization based in Bangalore, India. GCSD is a youth based organization and believes that youth have the potential in influencing the world for the better of the society. GCSD has been creating opportunities for global citizens to come together for dialogue and constantly works towards collaborative action on issues such as environment, education, children’s rights, housing and other MDG goals.

For more details about our work and project please see our web links:

Interns will be involved with the following projects:

I. Three/Six months Internship Program (1st January – 31st March 2011/30th June 2011)

1. Vedike: an eco-residential school and Global Living and Learning Center - Doing research on the migrant workers and their children in Bangalore, green buildings, green technology to be used on the campus and other details of the program.

2. Japan-India Forum – prepare and participate for a one week program in February 2011 with Japanese students visiting India for the Forum. The theme of the Forum and discussions will be on themes such Povety, Gender and Culture (of India) 

3. Global Citizenship Leadership Training Program: Working with a team of experts to 
create a Leadership Training Program module.

4. Preparation of the Summer Programs of GCSD like the WE BUILD 2011 and the Asian Youth Assembly 2011

5. Climate Change campaign in Bangalore.

6. Korea-India Forum – prepare for a 10 days program in July 2011 where about 12 Indians will be going to South Korea for the Forum. 

II. Summer Internship Program (1st July – 31st August 2011)

1. WE BUILD 2011: A 4 credit summer volunteers program of building houses for the poor, teaching English and other life skills module to poor and under-privilege children.

2. Asian Youth Assembly: A gathering of Asian youth participants to discuss key issues (such as: Ethics, Economy, Ecology, Education, Equity) of the region and to work collectively to bring a change in the region.

3. China-India Forum: A gathering of youth and experts on the theme of Sustainable Development from these four countries, discussing strategies and case studies and working on bilateral relationship for better regional cooperation

Qualifications required:

1. Applicants should have very good writing skills as most of these skills will be used for documentation and publications to be produced of the programs to be held during their internships.

2. Applicants should be either studying or should be a recent university graduate interested in Indian culture, global citizenship, social development work and cross-cultural dialogue

3. Applicants must be computer literate (email/internet, web page, lay-out/design, etc) and proficient in English; working knowledge of any Asian language especially Chinese, Japanese and Korean is an advantage.

Conditions of service
1. Interns will serve for specific period of 3/6 and 2 months in summer as mentioned above. 
2. Travel costs will not be provided. Intern will have to travel to India on a tourist visa and it is mandatory that the intern has a valid International Health Insurance during the internship period.
3. Room will be provided for lodging and an additional $100 stipend for expenses towards food, local travel, etc
4. He/She must fulfill his/her duties and abide by the rules and regulations of the program.
5. Interns are expected to work full-time and to carry out the duties assigned to them. Personal travels during the internship especially weekends is discouraged. If the intern wants to travel he/she is requested to make plans before or after the internship period.

Procedure for applying, Applicants should submit the following documentation:
1. A completed, dated and signed internship application form
2. An updated Curriculum Vitae
3. A scanned copy of the passport with at least 6 months validity.
4. An endorsement/referral Letter from Professors/Dean of the college/university
5. A written sample of research work or an abstract of academic papers (3-10 pages maximum)

When to Apply?
Three/Six months Internship Program (1st January – 31st March/30th June 2011)
Application period: 10th October 2010 until 10th December, 2010.

Summer Internship Program (1st July – 31st August 2011)
Application period: 10th October 2010 until 31st March, 2011.

Please address your applications to the Associate Director, 
Ms. Sangeetha. Email address:
Please send all the documentations enclosed with the application form as scanned documents either in PDF format or as WORD attachments.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

For Women in Science Fellowships Program – Philippines

Launched in 1998 by a unique partnership of L’Oréal and UNESCO, the “For Women in Science” Award was the first international award devoted to encourage scientific vocations and recognizing the accomplishments of female scientists from every continent. The For Women in Science program is divided into three levels: L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards, UNESCO- L’Oréal International Fellowships and the L’Oréal National Fellowships.


                  General provisions of the National Fellowships
· L’Oréal will award 2 National Fellowships worth PhP 400,000 each.
· The Fellowships will be attributed in the field of Material and Life Sciences.
· Applications must be submitted on or before November 30, 2010.
· Winning national fellows shall receive written notice of the jury’s decision.
· The national fellows will be awarded their Fellowships at a public ceremony

· Applicants must be Filipino
· Applicants must be less than 45 years old and have obtained a doctorate degree.
· Only women applicants are qualified.
· Selected national fellows must use the Fellowship grant for the scientific research project described in her application or research proposal.
For more information, visit:

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Youth in Action: Paving the Way for Democracy

Raise Your Voice, Share Your Ideas, and Get Involved in Democracy!

Submit your essay on democracy, and win an opportunity to attend one of the largest global gatherings of democracy leaders!

The World Youth Movement for Democracy (, a youth network of the World Movement for Democracy (, is pleased to announce the launch of its Global Essay Contest. Fifteen semi-finalists (3 in each region: Asia, Central/Eastern Europe & Eurasia, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa) will be announced on Human Rights Day, December 10, and will have their essays published on the WYMD Web site.  Two global winners will be invited to participate in the upcoming Community of Democracies Ministerial Meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July 2011.  (


Democracy has been practiced in different ways and in different contexts. We believe there are core universal democratic values and aspirations that we all share, which transcend our differences, even though we live in different cultures, speak different languages, and eat different food. The purpose of this essay contest is to highlight personal engagement in democracy by promoting critical thinking about the role of young people in democracy and to connect youth with broader democracy movements. The questions posed below for this essay contest aim to challenge youth to write about their perspectives on democracy and their understanding of democracy activism, particularly their own.

Essays are required to address one or more of the following questions:

1.    In what ways have young people contributed to democratic participation in your community?  Highlighting some of the strategies and tools they have used, what difference have their efforts made?
2.    New media and social networking are increasingly becoming popular tools for community organizing.  In what ways have you and/or your organization been using new media for democracy promotion? How effective has it been and what challenges have you faced in using these tools?
3.    What practices, do you think exemplify human rights activist protection or violation in your country that is not openly recognized?  What do you think are the justifications for this and how can it be either replicated, in the case of a good example or stopped, in the case of a bad example?
4.    What new factors can youth activists bring to longstanding human rights issues in your country? How have these issues been addressed in the past?

Please submit your essay by World Youth Day for Democracy, 18 October 2010, via email attachment as a Word document.  The format must have 1’’ margins, double spaced, Times New Roman font, and size 12 font. Please make sure to clearly designate, in the body of your email, your full name, age, gender, physical address, and phone number, to the relevant regional email address listed below. Do not enter your name or other details on your actual essay.  Essays can be submitted in Arabic, English, French, Russian, or Spanish, and the essay must be no more than 2,000 words. Authors must be no younger than 18 and no older than 30 years old before October 18.


August 12, 2010 – Launch of the Essay Contest
October 18, 2010 – Deadline for the essay submission
December 10, 2010 – Announcement of 15 Semi-finalists
January 2011 – Semi-finalist essays posted on WYMD Web site                                            
 February 2011 – Announcement of 2 Global Winners
July 2011 – Global winners attend Community of Democracy Ministerial Meeting

Review Process

The submitted essays will be reviewed by regional committees each of which will determine three regional semi-finalists. The semi-finalists will be announced on Human Rights Day (December 10).  If needed the each of the regional committees will also translate 3 semi-finalist essays into English to post on the World Youth Movement for Democracy Website.
Essays will be evaluated based on:
Composition; Clarity; Creativity; and Practicality.
* Essays must be based on your own personal experiences and must be your own original work.  Please do not use outside sources without citing properly.


The Two Global winners will be announced and provided with a sponsorship to cover travel and othere expenses related to their participation in the Community of Democracies Ministerial Meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July 2011.  (

The 15 Semi-Finalists (3 from each region) will be announced and their essays will be posted on the World Youth Movement for Democracy Web site. 

For further information on the Global Youth Essay Contest, please visit: If you have any specific questions, please contact Cecilia Andersen at:

This Essay contest is generously sponsored by the Hurford Foundation.

The UN Habitat Urban Youth Fund

The UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund promotes the poverty reduction aims of Millennium Development Goals and the Habitat Agenda for better, more sustainable and equitable towns and cities throughout the developing world. It provides grants ranging from USD 5,000 to USD 25,000 for new ideas and solutions for job creation, good governance, adequate shelter and secure tenure.

By undertaking research on best practises in youth-led development the fund will also create a greater awareness of the urgency to ensure that youth concerns are integrated into national and local development policies and strategies.

Applicant organizations must be led by young people aged 15-32 years and be based in cities or towns in developing countries to qualify for a grant. Support will be provided primarily for those working to improve slum conditions and to raise opportunities for young people growing up in poverty. Projects encouraging gender equality or involving partnerships with the government or the private sector are particularly welcome.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Ronald Coase Institute Shanghai Workshop on Institutional Analysis

December 12-18, 2010    
Shanghai, China
Co-sponsored by the School of Economics at Fudan University

Apply by September 6, 2010

Attend this workshop to

·  Learn more about institutional analysis
·  Present your own research and receive comments from established scholars
·  Become part of a worldwide network of institutional scholars.

Who is eligible?
·  Postdoctoral social scientists - early in their careers
·  Advanced graduate students - in economics, political science, and other social sciences
Participants will be selected on the basis of their research abstracts.  Admission is strictly
limited, and the pace is intense.  Participants must attend all sessions and give as well as
receive feedback. 

As a participant, you will
established scholars discuss strategies to formulate research questions,
       design projects, present results, and draw important and practical conclusions. 
  Make two presentations of your own research
       (1) in a small group with faculty guidance
       (2) after revisions, to the entire workshop, with formal discussion of your work.
  Network closely with faculty and workshop alumni from 61 countries who have an
       enduring interest in institutional analysis.  After the daily sessions, enjoy informal
       talks with faculty and fellow participants over delicious dinners.  A special event
       will precede the final gala dinner.

How to apply (please read carefully and follow instructions exactly)
E-mail a one-page abstract - 350 words maximum - of a current research project
of yours, plus a one-page curriculum vitae, to

Do this before the deadline: September 6, 2010.    

·  Abstract (1 page - 350 words max)
   At the top,
list the title, your name, and the number of words in the abstract. 
   Any co-authors must be listed here.  (At most 1 person per research project can be
   accepted.)  Work already published is not eligible.  Abstracts will be judged on the
   clarity and importance of the research question, and on their institutional focus. 
   Projects with empirically testable implications are preferred.

·  CV (1 page - 1 side only)
   Include your current professional status and the academic degrees you have received,
   with university, year, and field of study. 
   Also include your citizenship, date of birth, and country of residence. 
   As references give the names of two scholars familiar with you and your work, with
   their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.

·  E-mail
   As subject line, use Application for 2010 Shanghai Workshop – yyy   (where yyy
   is your surname).  Attach your abstract and CV as Microsoft Word .doc files only,
   using filenames yyy abstract.doc and yyy cv.doc  (where yyy is your surname).


The cost of the workshop - tuition and meals - is $2500 USD.  This does not include housing
or travel expenses.  All participants must stay in workshop housing. 

Some fellowships will be awarded competitively to scholars from developing and transitional
countries for tuition, meals, and housing.  If you wish to be considered for a fellowship,
you must state that in your application
and indicate why (your current professional
status, resources, etc.).  Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.