Apply for ESD Scholarship Programme 2016-2017 in Estonia!

Deadline: 31 May 2016

Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) is currently inviting applicants from young diplomats and civil servants for its training program International Relations and European Integration taking place at the Estonian School of Diplomacy in Tallinn. The training course includes three thematic modules:

  • International Relations
  • European Studies
  • Diplomatic Studies

Scholarship Covers

  • tuition fee
  • monthly allowance (450 EUR)
  • accommodation in Tallinn (incl. utilities and internet connection)
  • health insurance in Estonia during the studies
  • cost of Schengen visa and Estonian residence permit
  • scholarship does NOT cover the costs of travel to and from Tallinn

Eligible Countries

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iran, Nepal, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Tunisia.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Holds the citizenship of Eligible Countries (mentioned above).
  • Is not older than 35 years (when applying).
  • Has very good command of English (speaking, reading, writing skills are required on the level of advanced).
  • Is currently employed by the foreign or civil service of the above listed countries and has been employed there at least one year.
  • Is highly motivated to learn about international relations and related disciplines.
  • Priority will be given for the candidates strongly motivated to continue their professional careers within the service of their respective country/territory.
  • Is hard working, co-operative and ready for cross-cultural study environment.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit Scholarship Programme.

U.S. Embassy Armenia Call for Applications: Hubert Humphrey Program 2017

Deadline: 10 June 2016

The Embassy of the United States of America in Armenia is currently inviting applications for its Hubert Humphrey Program 2017 competition, for mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The program will be funded for one academic year, pending: a successful application for a J-1 visa; receipt of medical clearance; and availability of funds.

Fields of study

  • Agricultural & Rural Development
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Economic Development/Finance and Banking
  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Natural Resources/Environmental
  • Policy/Climate Change
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Treatment and Prevention
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Trafficking in Persons, Policy and Prevention
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Armenian citizenship and residency.
  • Completed BA studies by the start of the grant.
  • Have Five years of substantial professional experience.
  • Interest in the policy aspects of your respective field of specialization.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service.
  • Completed online application, including two reference letters.
  • Proficient in English/successful TOEFL exam.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete an online application via given website.

For more information, please visit U.S. Embassy Armenia.

Swedish Institute’s Creative Force Programme: Supporting Collaborative Projects in the Target Countries

Deadline: 17 May 2016

The Swedish Institute is currently seeking applications from the eligible organisations for its Creative Force Programme with the overall objective to strengthen democratic structures and freedom of expression in the target countries. These aims shall be achieved through mutual learning processes and sustainable networks between institutions and agents of change who work with either culture or the media to bring about change.

Funding Information

Applicants can apply for the Seed funding for the maximum amount of SEK 100,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants may be Swedish civil society organisations, foundations, public sector agencies, private sector agencies or other professional actors.

Geographical Focus

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
  • MENA: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
  • Eastern Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldava, Turkey and Ukraine
  • Russia

Note: The countries of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan) are no longer included in the programme.

How to Apply

Applications with the mandatory attachments must be submitted via web form that will be open during the application period.

For more information, please visit Creative Force Programme.

U.S. Embassy Armenia: Alumni Outreach Grants Program 2016 to Promote Democratic Advancement & Civic Education

Deadline: 22 May 2016

The U.S. Embassy Yerevan is currently inviting applications for its U.S. Alumni Outreach Grant Program Competition, which aims to maintain contacts with U.S. Government-funded exchange and training program alumni and encourage networking among alumni and their colleagues in fields that promote democratic advancement, civic education, academic excellence, association building, youth projects, and economic reform.

U.S. Alumni Outreach Grant can be used for the following purposes:

  • To initiate a public or community service program
  • To support and promote social inclusion
  • To enhance cooperation among the media, civil society, and the general public to eliminate different forms of corruption
  • To foster startup communities and to spur entrepreneurial activities
  • To conduct projects that support democratic and economic reform initiatives, civic education, media freedom, IPR, association building, youth engagement, or cross-border cooperation with Turkey or Azerbaijan

Eligibility Criteria

  • An individual alumnus or an Armenian-registered NGO (non-profit, non-governmental organization) that has USG alumni members.
  • Alumni of all U.S. Government-funded exchange and training programs, including ECA, USAID, USDA, and ODC training programs are eligible.
  • American and third-country organizations and individuals are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

All applications must be written in English and should be delivered to U.S. Embassy by post or via email.

For more information, please visit Alumni Outreach Grant Program.

Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Call for Proposals 2017

Deadline: 20 April 2016

Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office is currently accepting proposals from organizations, initiative groups or individuals who respond to the following goals of the Foundation:

  • An open inclusive political culture provides space for public participation, which gives input into the green trend of the socio-economic transformation in the South Caucasus.
  • Gender equality and gender diversity issues are accepted and a broad and informed discussion takes place in public and in political circles in the South Caucasus.
  • Political elites and civil actors in the South Caucasus work together on pragmatic steps for conflict prevention and conflict transformation.

Thematic Topics

  • Civic participation for sustainable urban development, Climate change mitigation and sustainable energy systems
  • Gender democracy
  • Memory policies and rethinking the Soviet Past
  • Supporting the dialogue in the South Caucasus for peace and development

Budget available

The project budget must be calculated and presented in Euro-currency max. Euro 20,000.

Eligible Countries

Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Eligibility Criteria

The Foundation welcomes bilateral and multilateral collaboration projects on above mentioned topics aimed at deepening cooperation between/among countries of the region.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the Project proposal form via given website.

Note: Applicants will be informed on results of the competition by 5 August 2016.

For more information, please visit Call for Project Proposals.

UNESCO/ Poland Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2016

Deadline: 30 April 2016

Applicants are invited to apply for UNESCO/POLAND Co-Sponsored Research Fellowships Programme whose aim is to promote human resource capacities in the developing countries and to enhance international understanding and friendship among nations and the people of Poland.
The fellowship will be an opportunity to undertake an individual research programme in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering.

Eligible Countries

  • Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Asia & Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam
  • Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Latin America & The Caribbean: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela(Bolivarian Republic of)

Facilities Offered

  • By Polish Authorities:
    • Free tuition and access to the university facilities based on the local regulations.
    • Accommodation at the AGH UST Student Campus organised for fellows by the UNESCO AGH Chair
    • Monthly allowance of 1350 PLN (1 USD = approximately 3.9 PLN)
  • By UNESCO:
    • International travel expenses
    • Health insurance for fellowship beneficiaries who are declared medically fit

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Individuals from the member states (mentioned above) are eligible to apply.
  • Hold the Bachelor’s or M.Sc. degrees.
  • Be proficient in reading and writing English.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application from via given website.

For more information, please visit Fellowships Programme.

2016 Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum: Creating Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs!

Deadline: 30 April 2016

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) are seeking applications for its Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum 2016 (WVEF 2016) which will be held on 1st and 2nd September in Istanbul, Turkey.

This is the premier global event to get inspired, do business and create lifetime opportunities for women entrepreneurs by providing training, improving skills and facilitating meetings with buyers.

Priority Areas

  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Business Services
  • Textiles and Garments
  • Tourism

Benefits

  • Get the inside track from industry gurus
  • Boost your knowledge at trade clinics
  • Discover a place on corporate and government procurement
  • Initiate partnerships and strong business relationships

Eligible Countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Macedonia, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applying companies must be women owned
  • Company must be formally registered and incorporated
  • Company must operate in one or several of the WVEF 2016 sectors (ICT and Business Services; Textiles and Garments; Tourism)
  • Company must be domiciled in an economy in transition or developing country(mentioned above)

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum.

European Union: Enhancing the Employability of Egyptian Youth

Deadline: 28 April 2016

European Union is seeking proposals from organisations for the programme entitled “Support to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform in Egypt – Phase II”  with an objective to enhance the employability of Egyptian youth and unemployed/low-skilled workers and improve their transition to employment, through development /update and implementation of training programmes, in particular, retraining and entrepreneurship programmes with the contribution of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs), professional organisations and Enterprise Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Partnership.

The aim of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is to support the transition to employment to increase the employability of Egyptian youth, jobseekers, and workers, as well as the capacity of the TVET system to develop appropriate programmes to meet the labour market demand, with a particular attention to selected key economic sectors, notably Tourism.

Objectives

The call is divided into three lots.

  • Lot 1: To provide young entrepreneurs (aged 18-30 with focus on women) an opportunity to access both financial and non-financial business development support/ incubation to establish their start-ups / businesses with high potential of sustainability. This lot aims at supporting young entrepreneurs who are just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential but not yet fully developed and those who already started but still in need for further assistance/development for expansion.
  • Lot 2: To facilitate transition to employment for women and youth job seekers through building their capacities and enhancing matchmaking techniques, as well as, improving the existing workforce productivity through skill up training programmes.
  • Lot 3: To facilitate job placement for unemployed youth by improving the match between job vacancies and job seekers skills, and provide skill up training for the existing workforce in the Tourism sector and to support the youth job seekers (entrepreneurs) to start-up their own business in the tourism handicrafts.

Grant Information

  • Lot 1: Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 500,000 to EUR 1,500,000.
  • Lot 2: Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 200,000 to EUR 500,000.
  • Lot 3: Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 500,000 to EUR 1,500,000.

Location

Actions must take place in Egypt.

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 36 months nor exceed 48 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisations (NGOs) registered
    • with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, Enterprise TVET Partnership (ETPs), business associations, international (inter-governmental) organisations and
    • be effectively established in an eligible country as defined for the European Neighborhood Instrument: Member State of the European Union, partner countries benefitting from the European Neighborhood Instrument (Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine), a contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway) , Developing countries and territories, as included in the list of ODA recipients published by the OECD-DAC, which are not members of the G-20 group, overseas countries and territories, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo. This obligation does not apply to international organizations and
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary and
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full application
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.
  • For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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European Union: CBSS to Support Civil Society Organisations working on Human Rights in Armenia

Deadline: 14 April 2016

European Union is seeking proposals from organisations for a country based support scheme (CBSS) with an aim to support civil society in Armenia in working on human rights (political, civil, economic, social and cultural), and democratization.

The EU’s actions through EIDHR are designed to help civil society to become an effective force for political reform and defense of human rights. Building on its key strength the EIDHR is able to focus on sensitive political issues and innovative approaches.

Objectives

  • Support to promotion of the rights of the child
  • Supporting freedom of expression and freedom of religion or beliefs
  • Support actions aiming at ensuring free and independent media and an open and free internet
  • Support to civil society to promote pluralistic and inclusive political participation, including for all segments of society such as women, minorities, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities or vulnerable groups
  • Protection of the social, economic and cultural rights, especially for groups particularly vulnerable to discrimination, such as the poor, women, children, people with disabilities, migrants, rights of persons belonging to minorities and other groups.
  • Support for the structure and operation of trade unions, enabling social dialogue between different groups, developing mechanisms for exchange of opinions and democratic dialogue.

Grant Information

Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 150,000to EUR 400,000.

Location

Actions must take place in Armenia.

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 12 months nor exceed 24 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation non-profit organisations, community-based organisations and private sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level and
    • be established in Armenia or a Member State of the European Union or of the European Economic Area  and
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary and
    • operate in partnership with at least one local partner
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full application
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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Robert Bosch Stiftung: 2016-2017 Carl Freidrich Goerdeler Kolleg for Good Governance Program

Deadline: 22 February 2016

Are you working in the public sector or in the economy? Do you want to continue your education and network with committed Europeans? Do you want to develop and implement new ideas and innovative concepts? If yes, then apply for Kolleg for Good Governance 2016–2017 program.

Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is seeking applications from young executives for the Carl Friedrich Goerdeler Kolleg for Good Governance 2016–2017 program to provide professional training in the field of good governance to a new generation of executives

Focus Areas

  • Acting Responsibly: Participants will receive additional training and certification in the areas of administration modernization and good governance.
  • Gaining insight behind the scenes: Participants will learn how good governance is practiced in administration, business, and civil society by means of practical examples in Germany and the EU.
  • Shaping Sustainable Plans: Participants develop their own plans for a project relating to conditions in their own countries, receive training as project managers, and initiate their projects in the course of their year at the Kolleg.

 Benefits

  • extend participants professional training in seminars and to take an active part in discussions and project workshops,
  • build up participants network of contacts in Germany, the EU, and all participating countries
  • make a contribution to the development of good governance in the relations between public administration, business, and civil society.
  • Its year-long program offers future policy makers the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of political interrelationships and international cooperation.
  • Participants will meet with experts from civil society, politics, and administration in Germany and the EU, and receive advanced training in the field of administrative modernization and good governance.
  • The Kolleg provides the participants with the opportunity to develop and implement their own project in the area of good governance which relates to their work and is of use for their home institution.
  • During the Kolleg, the participants advance and improve their projects and are accompanied by an experienced project coach.
  • These encounters allow all the participants to discuss and share their ideas and experiences in a unified Europe.
  • Participants are given the opportunity to spend certain days observing institutions in Berlin and the surrounding areas that are related to their field of work.

Eligible Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine

Eligibility Criteria

  • citizenship of one of the eligible countries mentioned above.
  • residency in one of these countries
  • a university degree, with proof of outstanding academic performance
  • several years of professional experience in relevant areas (with responsibilities in personnel or budget matters)
  • the support of your employer
  • a specific idea for a project and an interest in good governance and political thought
  • a strong sense of social responsibility and commitment in addition to strong leadership qualities
  • excellent German as well as English language skills

 For more information regarding the application procedure and more, please visit Kolleg for Good Governance 2016–2017 program.