Monday, February 14, 2011

UN Habitat Urban Youth Fund

This Fund supports urban youth in developing countries. It aims to advance the achievements of the Millennium Development goals and the Habitat Agenda by providing grants up to USD 25,000 to youth-led projects piloting innovative approaches to employment, good urban governance, shelter and secure tenure.

Third call for applications opens 15th February 2011

38th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP)

The application for the 38th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) is now open.
Click on the link below to download the application forms.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Australian Development Scholarships

The Australian Government Aid Program is offering 40 Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) for Masters and Doctorate degree programs at Australian higher education institutions for study commencing in June 2011. Applicants from government and non-government sectors are encouraged to apply between 10 January – 07 February 2011. Deadline for submission of all applications is at 5:00 PM (Manila Time) on 07 February 2011.
Programs of study must relate to the following fields: Basic Education; Social Protection/Welfare; Peace and Development; Public Financial Management; Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; Climate Change Adaptation; Organisational Development/Human Resource Management and Development; Trade; Foreign Relations; Pandemics (Preparedness and Management).
Scholarship entitlements include pre-departure support, visa expenses, full tuition fees, roundtrip airfare, establishment allowance, cost of living expenses, introductory academic program, overseas student health cover, tutorial assistance if required, and fieldwork support for research students.
Successful applicants are required to return to the Philippines for at least two years after completion of the scholarship and contribute to the development of the country.
All candidates shall be subject to the ADS general eligibility requirements and Philippines-specific criteria and selection process. Below are application requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree (original transcript of record, certificate of completion, and at least GPA of 2.0 or equivalent)
  • Valid IELTS/TOEFL results
  • Curriculum vitae
  • NBI clearance (no derogatory record) and certificate of no pending case from employer, if currently employed
  • Certificate of no pending scholarship obligation from employer, if currently employed
  • A 2-page concept paper outlining how the skills acquired in Australia will be used to contribute to development in the Philippines
  • For Doctoral applicants, an unconditional offer letter from an Australian university and copy of thesis proposal
Visit the following sites for further information:
The ADS is a bilateral scholarship program of the Australian Government. It aims to contribute to the long term development needs of the Philippines and to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and the Philippines. It provides opportunities to Filipinos to undertake fulltime postgraduate study in Australia. Since 1997, over 1200 Filipinos have been granted ADS scholarships.
Successful applicants will be contacted for interview in February 2011 (tentative schedule of interview is 21 February 2011).

Human Rights and Drug Policy

11 - 22 July 2011
Budapest, Hungary 

In cooperation with Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Institute

The course aims to situate drug policies globally within a framework of fundamental human rights, and to assess the extent to which country and international drug policies fail to meet human rights standards. Discussion will focus partly on the identification and understanding of human rights including those that have their basis in international agreements and laws, and in part on evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementation of drug policies in many countries and regions. The focus of the course will be global and participants will be drawn from all regions internationally.

A mix of teaching modes will be used and faculty are encouraged to minimise the use of formal lectures. Emphasis will be on discussion and interactive learning with maximal use of written and non-written materials. There exist considerable amounts of audio-visual media and these will be extensively used as a basis for group discussion. Time will be allocated for personal reading and participants will be encouraged to interact personally with faculty so as to deepen understanding of the issues. Site visits and discussions with civil society organisations and groups will be a feature of the programme of activities.

All those attending the course will be provided by CEU with a Certificate of Attendance. Opportunities will also be provided during the course for personal discussions with Faculty. It is intended that further work after the conclusion of the course be encouraged both in respect of research and programme analysis and development. Course faculty will be prepared to provide follow up assistance through personal agreement with students.

Application deadline: 15 February 2011