Nominations Open for Youth Week Awards 2016!

Deadline: 18 April 2016

Nominations are open for Youth Week Awards 2016, which recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions that young people make to community and through their significant impact on others.

Award Categories

  • Change Maker – LGBTI: For young people who have created positive change in, or for, the LGBTI community.
    • Change Maker – Cultural: For young people who have created positive change to foster cultural understanding in their community.
    • Change Maker – Community Safety: For young people who have created positive change, resulting in a safer environment for young people in their community.
  • Leadership: The Leadership Award will be awarded to a young person who has demonstrated their leadership in a project or organisation.
  • Giving Back: The Giving Back Award will be awarded to a young person whose actions address a current need and have had a significant impact on their community.
  • Working for Youth: The Working for Youth Award will be awarded to a young person whose actions specifically support other young people in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, the environment or sport.
  • Youth With Disability: The Youth with Disability Award will be awarded to a young person with a disability who has made significant contribution to the disability sector and/or their community.
  • Youth Group: The Youth Group Award will be awarded to a group of young people who have made significant contribution to their community in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, the environment or sport.
  • Youth Champion: The Youth Champion Award will be awarded to an individual or an organisation who has made significant contribution to young people in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, education, the environment, health, research or sport.

Key Dates

  • Youth Week | Ara Taiohi : 21st – 29th May 2016
  • Youth Awards Gala: Tuesday 24th May 2016

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be currently living, and have lived in New Zealand for the past 12 months or more.
  • Have participated in the activities they have been nominated for within the past 12 months.
  • For Change Maker (LGBTI and/or Cultural and/or Community Safety), Leadership, Giving Back, Working for Youth, Youth with Disability and Youth Group awards: have participated in activites they were nominated for outside of their regular study or work commitments.
  • For Change Maker (LGBTI and/or Cultural and/or Community Safety), Leadership, Giving Back, Working for Youth, Youth with Disability and Youth Group awards: be aged between 12 and 24 at the beginning of Youth Week on 21st May 2016.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Youth Week Awards.

Call for Proposals: Asia/New Zealand Co-commissioning Fund

Deadline: 2 May 2016

Creative New Zealand is currently inviting proposals for Asia/New Zealand Co-commissioning Fund programme, in order to support the commissioning of new work with New Zealand and Asian partners for national and international presentation.

Priority is given to projects where the presenting partners are also investing in the development of the new work.

Costs covered

Grant amount of $750,000 will be awarded as :

  • artists’ fees for New Zealand artists
  • artists’ fees for Asian artists and practitioners working in collaboration with New Zealand artists
  • research and development, including travel costs
  • materials

Costs not covered

Presentation costs are not eligible, e.g. venue hire or marketing costs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, applicant:
    • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
    • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council.
  • Partner countries
    • China
    • Japan
    • Korea
    • Hong Kong
    • Taiwan

Eligible Projects

  • The new work concept must be of high artistic merit.
  • The New Zealand artists involved must have a track record for delivering high quality work.
  • Projects can be new works or works which are already in development.
  • The work should be suitable for domestic and international audiences.
  • Projects must demonstrate the potential to develop new and ongoing strategic long-term relationships and/or cultural and artistic exchange.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to register themselves in order to apply for the programme.

For more information, please visit this link-

Asia-Europe Foundation: Journalists’ Workshop on “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity”

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is inviting applicants for ASEF Journalists’ Workshop on “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity” to provide an opportunity for 20 journalists to come together to share their professional media experiences and perspectives from national and regional levels, in a direct exchange with their regional counterparts.  It is a two day event which will be held from 7-11 May 2016 in Guangzhou, China.

This workshop will be a platform for the participants to share their journalistic experiences in and perspectives on handling digital connectivity from national and regional levels. Through discussions, the event will explore the current environment of ‘digital connect’ and the role of journalism in reflecting and facilitating ‘connectivity’ between diverse communities.

ASEF is the only permanently established institution of ASEM and is funded by voluntary contributions from its member governments and shares the financing of its projects with its civil society partners across Asia and Europe.


  • Strengthen Asia-Europe ties
  • Create shared experiences for learning and dialogue
  • Enhance mutual understanding
  • Explore opportunities for cooperation

Eligible Countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India,  Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be a citizen of an ASEM member country.
  • be currently working as a journalist (traditional media, online media, freelance are all eligible)
  • have more than 5 years of working experience as a journalist covering international affairs

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Asia-Europe Foundation.

Call for Proposals: GBIF Capacity Enhancement Support Program 2016

Deadline: 11 April 2016

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is accepting proposals for its 2016 Capacity Enhancement Support Programme, which seeks to enhance the long-term capacity of GBIF Participants through collaborative projects. GBIF mission is to provide free and open access to biodiversity data.

The programme aims to address specific capacity needs identified by Participants by facilitating capacity transfer and collaboration at the regional and global levels. Participants for capacity enhancement projects based on combinations of the following types of action:

  • Mentoring activities
  • Regional training support
  • GBIF advocacy actions
  • Documentation
  • Needs Assessment

Funding Information

The maximum total funding request is fifteen thousand euros (€15,000) per project.

Eligible Countries

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Chile, Colombian, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Iceland, Ireland, Kenya, Korea, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The 2016 call is only open to GBIF Participants (mentioned above).
  • All project concept notes and proposals must be jointly prepared by all the partners involved in the project, with one Participant acting as the main contact point in each proposal.
  • Only concept notes that have been endorsed by the Head of Delegation or Node Manager of a GBIF Participant and in which all partners have confirmed their participation will be considered eligible for evaluation.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the Concept notes via given website.

For more information, please visit Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

Call for Applications: ACU Early Career Academic Grants 2016

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is currently inviting applicants from ACU member universities for its Early Career Academic Grants 2016.

Applications will be strengthened by the applicant providing evidence of the submission/acceptance of a paper or poster, or other communication with the conference organisers.

Eligible Countries

  • Australasia: Australia, New Zealand
  • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
  • East Africa: Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • East Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore
  • Europe: Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom
  • North America: Canada
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • South Pacific: Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
  • Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland
  • West Africa: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone

Grants Information

Grants can be used to cover travel and visa costs, conference fees, accommodation, and subsistence.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be employed in an academic role by an ACU member institution (mentioned above).
  • Applications are open to university staff who are less than ten years from the start of their employment in an academic role.
  • Academic staff who have recently returned to work after a career break can also be considered: applicants to whom this criteria applies should make this clear in their application.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the application form via given website.

Note: The grant must be used to participate in a conference between 1 July 2016 and 31 December 2016.

For more information, please visit Academic Grants.

ANZIA Awards for Outstanding Organisations and Individuals for the Delivery of Innovative Resources to the Wide Community on the Internet

Deadline: 10 June 2016

The ANZIA (Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards), a collaboration between auDA and InternetNZ,  invites nominations from the Australia and New Zealand-based companies, organisations, charities and individuals for having contributed in providing accessible approaches on the innovative, informative and secure resources to a diverse and wide community on the Internet.

Award Categories

  • Security Award – supported by AusRegistry
  • Diversity & Digital Skills Award
  • Information Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Tech Startup Award – supported by Fishburners
  • The Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award For Community Websites

Applicants can submit an initiative for as many categories as they think are relevant.

Awards and Benefits

  • Winners receive recognition as industry leaders that have set new standards for making the Internet a more inclusive, accessible and safe place.
  • The awards offer public exposure, media coverage, networking opportunities, optimisation of future grant applications or investor engagement proposals, recognition for hardworking staff and volunteers and a cash prize of AUD$2,500.

Eligibility Criteria

Entry is open to all Australia and New Zealand-based companies, organisations, charities and individuals.

Entries must have-

  • The main beneficiaries of the product, project or initiative are stakeholders or the wider users of the Internet in Australia or New Zealand
  • The objectives of the product, project or initiative illustrates measured success in meeting its goals
  • The product, project or initiative could/does assist with the development of the Internet in an International context

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit an entry form in order to apply.

For more information, please visit ANZIA 2016.

New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship: Empowering Individuals to Contribute towards Development!

Deadline: 15 April 2016

Applicants are invited for New Zealand ASEAN Scholarships (NZAS) funded by the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme. They are managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

NZAS is to recognize New Zealand’s close cultural, economic, and geographic ties with Southeast Asia. It seeks to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to the economic, social, and political development of their region. NZAS are offered for postgraduate level study.

Eligible Countries: Brunei Darrusalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants from all eligible countries must meet the following conditions to be eligible for a New Zealand SEAN Scholarships. Applicant

  • must be at least 18 years old at the time he/she start the scholarship.
  • The country applicant is living in is in the list of eligible countries.
  • is a citizen of the country he/she is living in.
  • have been living in this country for at least the last two years (unless you are a member of the diplomatic corps or a dependent of a member of the diplomatic corps).
  • must confirm that he/she is not currently serving in the military.
  • want to study in New Zealand or in the Pacific and applicant from Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu.
  • want to study at a level that is listed as available for his/her country for the scholarship that he/she is applying for.
  • is expected to meet Immigration requirements for a student visa to New Zealand or the Pacific country he/she will study in.
  • is expected to meet the academic entry requirements (including English language ability) to get into his/her preferred programme of study.
  • should confirm that he/she have not been previously terminated from a New Zealand Government Scholarship because of poor academic performance or personal conduct.
  • can demonstrate that the study he/she want to do will enable him/her to contribute to the sustainable development of his/her home country.
  • should be committed to return to his/her country for a minimum of two years at the end of his/her scholarship to contribute to his/her country’s development.
  • should have at least two years of work experience (part time or full time, paid or voluntary) unless he/she is applying straight from school or during his/her first year of tertiary study (for countries offered undergraduate study)

How to Apply

Interested applicants can pick the application form from the New Zealand High Commission or Embassy in their country or apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship.

Romanian Government Scholarships 2016-2017 for non EU Countries

Deadline: 15 March 2016

Romanian State to foreign citizens through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently inviting applications for the 85 scholarships program for under- and post-graduate studies in Romania.

Scholarship Covers

  • Free-of-charge tuition,
  • Free-of-charge accommodation
  • Financial support
    • 65 EURO per month, for the under-graduate students.
    • 75 EURO per month, for post-graduate students (master degrees and specialization).
    • 85 EURO per month, for post graduate students (doctor’s degree).

Priority Fields

Political and administrative sciences, education studies, Romanian culture and civilization, journalism, technical studies, oil and gas, agricultural studies, veterinary medicine, architecture, music, arts.

Eligibility Criteria

Application open to:

  • Citizens of non EU countries (irrespective of their country of residence).
  • Priority is given to citizens from non EU states with which Romania does not have cultural and education cooperation agreements.

How to Apply

  • Application files submitted by post or directly to the MFA or to the MECS.
  • Applications files should contain documents in English or French language.
  • If the application files contain documents in other foreign languages than English or French, they must be accompanied by authorized translations in one of the following languages: Romanian, English or French. Generally, Romanian universities may require that all enrolment documents should be accompanied by authorized copies and authorized translations in Romanian.

 For more information, please visit Government Scholarship.

Pacific Development and Conservation Trust Call for Proposals: Community Projects in the Pacific Islands

Deadline: 31 March 2016

The Pacific Development and Conservation Trust is currently inviting proposals from the eligible applicants based in New Zealand and pacific territories for its annual grant program, distributing up to $250,000 as grants, to groups and individuals in the Pacific for a range of development and conservation projects.

The Trust is committed to supporting sustainable development, where communities are engaged and working in partnership, with iwi, hapū, aiga, the local indigenous people and communities.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust are to encourage and promote:

  • the enhancement, protection and conservation of the physical environment of the Pacific and of its natural and historic resources
  • the peaceful, economic, physical and social development of the Pacific and its peoples
  • peaceful conservation and development of the cultural heritage of the peoples of the Pacific
  • peace, understanding and goodwill between the peoples of the Pacific

Funding priorities

The Pacific Development and Conservation Trust funding priorities are projects that:

  • promote social, cultural and economic self-sufficiency;
  • improve legal access to facilities or resources necessary for social, cultural and economic
  • sufficiency;
  • improve health, living standards and quality of life;
  • involve protection of representative, endangered or threatened species;
  • conserve unique habitats or ecosystems;
  • promote the sustainable management and use of natural resources;
  • conserve or restore sites of significant historic, environmental or cultural heritage;
  • raise awareness of, or improve access to, historic, environmental or cultural heritage;
  • develop local communities’ capacities, particularly for indigenous ecological knowledge development;
  • improve cooperation and communication between communities; and
  • encourage peace, security and greater understanding between peoples, cultures and communities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be New Zealand or Pacific citizens.
  • Projects must benefit New Zealand or Pacific countries.

Eligible Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTS) are:

American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Yap), Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.

How to Apply

  1. The Application for funding is a two-stage process.
    • Expressions of Interest (EOI)
    • Full applications
  2. Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) which will be considered by the Advisory Trustees and successful applicants will be invited to submit a full project application.
  3. Applications must be submitted only on the forms provided and all sections must be completed. Applications must be on a current application form ad must be submitted via email given on the Trust website.

For more information, please visit Pacific Development and Conservation Trust.

MAC AIDS Fund’s International Grants of up to $75,000 USD for NGOs Providing Direct Services for Individuals living with HIV/AIDS

Applications are considered throughout the year

The MAC AIDS Fund supports organizations that provide direct services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and that address the link between poverty and AIDS.  The aim is to help fund those direct care services most needed in a particular community based on HIV/AIDS prevalence and the availability of other public or private funding sources.

Examples of the kinds of services eligible under this program include, but are not limited to: food and nutrition, transportation assistance, prevention and education, treatment adherence, and housing.

Focus Regions/Countries

  • Asia Pacific: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand
  • Europe/Middle East: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (including Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales)
  • Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela

Grant Size

Grants range from $25,000 to $75,000 USD. The maximum grant amount for a first-time grant is $50,000 USD.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant’s organization must be registered as a non-profit organization in one of the countries listed above.
  • Applicant’s organization must provide direct services that address the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS.
  • Applicant’s organization must have been in operation for three years or longer.
  • Applicant’s organization must have not applied for a grant from the M∙A∙C Affiliate Community Grants Program in the current calendar year.
  • The M·A·C AIDS Fund will not fund the following:
    • Political lobbying
    • Religious activities; faith-based organizations must provide services to all clients regardless of denomination
    • Capital campaigns
    • Sponsorship of events
    • Individuals
    • Research
    • Endowments, unless they provide a direct service to people living with HIV/AIDS
    • Debt reduction
    • Direct medical care or services
    • Programs based outside of the country where the organization is based
    • Requests from past grantees who have not met our reporting requirements or terms of past grants.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants can apply through MAF online system.

For more information about these grants, please visit MAC AIDS Grants.