AMR DxC Autumn School: Inviting PhD Students of British/Indian Universities

Deadline: 11 October 2015

Autumn School is inviting applicants for a pilot event to the main AMR DxC Competition, hosting an AMR DxC Autumn School in Edinburgh aimed at PhD students at British and Indian universities. Grab the chance to attend a high profile series of seminars, and discuss with international AMR experts, themes around AMR, diagnostics, innovation, interdisciplinary thinking, international collaboration and AMR DxC.

The Autumn School coincides with other AMR events in Scotland and offers sponsored registrations for Autumn School attendees to the FIS 2015: Action on Infection Conference in Glasgow (21-23 November).

Objectives

  • Roll-out a yearly fixed-time AMR Dx challenge aimed at early career scientists
  • Promote capacity building for diagnostics R&D focused on AMR
  • Stimulate interdisciplinary AMR Dx research to bridge speciality gaps
  • Identify and attract the next generation talent of AMR Dx researchers
  • Scout for innovative ideas for advanced AMR diagnostic assays

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a PhD student at a British or Indian university
  • Applicant’s research is related to the wider fields of AMR and diagnostics
  • Applicants have a great interest for international collaboration and interdisciplinary research
  • Fit of your research background to the objectives of AMR DxC
  • Ability to become an ambassador for AMR DxC team formation of your home institution in the 2016 competition
  • Desire to communicate across disciplines
  • Support of your home institution for participation in the 2016 AMR DxC competition

How to Apply

Applicants may send application materials with motivational letter and CV on the mail address given on the website.

For more information, please visit AMR DxC Autumn School.

Education for Sustainable Energy Development Scholarships for Master’s Level

Deadline: 7 March 2014

Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership is accepting applications from Masters level students for ‘Education for Sustainable Energy Development (ESED) scholarship’ 2014. ESED scholarship aims to support outstanding students pursuing advanced studies in sustainable energy development and to encourage meaningful contributions to the collective body of knowledge about this subject.

The scholarships amount US$ 23,000 per year for up to two years are offered under ESED Scholarships to each of up to 10 students in Master’s level.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must plan to undertake studies at the Masters level in areas directly related to sustainable energy development.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the developing countries and territories identified for OECD official development aid in the DAC List of ODA Recipients.

Complete application includes – passport or birth certificate, curriculum Vitae, copies of transcripts, admission or deferral Letter, program outline, academic reference, and personal reference.

Application must be submitted via online scholarship application system.

For more information, please visit Global Electricity Scholarship Program page.

How to Raise Money for an Individual or Family in Need

We often receive requests at FundsforNGOs to support individuals, families or groups who are in need. It is a common problem around the world that cannot be solved by forming an organisation and applying for foreign grants. In these situations are more urgent and local solution needs to be found.

People and families can fall into hardship for all kinds of reasons. From a poor harvest to having to pay medical bills, to an accident to natural disaster, life can cause serious problems for people all over the world that they may not able to resolve on their own. So what can an individual alone do to help a person or family in need?

Holding a fundraising event for your cause is a local solution that can be created with limited resources that can provide an immediate income boost to your cause. Instead of any donations or profits made at an event going to an established community organisation, the money will be given directly to the person or group in need of support.

Fundraisers can be powerful, timely support systems for people in need. In some situations the income raised through the event may be the only source of money available to the family. This makes any contribution vitally important with the ability to make an immediate impact on their lives and wellbeing.

Contrast this with applying to a charitable foundation and it becomes clear how valuable individual, local fundraising events can be. Financial assistance requests made through grant proposals can often take three months or more to be decided upon, by which time it may be too later. Another challenge that individual or family causes face is that they are often ineligible for grant funding themselves, rather they will need an appropriate organisation to apply for support on their behalf. One more reason for favouring local fundraising efforts over grant funding is that most charitable funds will not support individuals directly and by the time any proposal has been appriased several months later, the families situation may be very different.

In an urgent local situation where there does not appear to be any organisation, company or government that is able to offer support then we highly recommend taking matters into your own hands by staging a local fundraising event. It may sound difficult but if you follow our suggested plan you’ll be able to quickly raise valuable funds to support your cause.

1. Find a venue

2. Set a date

3. Invite you and your beneficiaries friends, family, colleagues and neighbours

4. Make some posters detailing the event and hang them around the local area

5 Speak and write to companies based in the area to ask if they can support your event or fundraising

6. Ask your friends to cook so that you can sell food at your event

7. Ask everyone who comes to donate a prize which can then be either raffled or auctioned off

8. Arrange for someone to speak about the cause you’re fundraising for and ask the audience to put their hands in their pockets to support the cause.

9. Speak or write to your local media including radio and newspapers so that as many people as possible know about your event

10. Arrange some entertainment to keep people happy whilst they are at your fundraiser

You can find further ideas with our guide to alternative fundraising by clicking here. Do you have any tips on supporting local people in need cheaply and quickly? Share your experiences and knowledge with the FundsforNGOs community in our comments section.

In-house Event – Reality loves visionaries

Deadline- 1 October 2013

In-house Event is being organized  for which the theme is “reality loves visionaries”. This event will be held in Ludwigshafen & Heidelberg, Germany from October 28 and 29, 2013. The agenda includes presentations on various topics from different fields of business and the chance to access detailed information about BASF’s areas of business at the company’s especially set up “market places”.

How to apply?

To participate in this event, please send application including CV and a motivation letter.

Eligibility

International students of business-related degrees.

For more information, visit this link

Apply now for HOPE XXL Peace Panorama

Deadline- 25 August 2013

Candidates around the world are invited to take part in HOPE XXL Peace Panorama which will be conducted in Hague from 18 – 21 September 2013.

Objective-

  • Bring together students and young people from across the world
  • Inspire participants with an amazing program in the Hague, the international city of peace and justice, at the time of 100th anniversary celebrations of peace palace
  • Create international dialogue about peace, conflict resolution and prevention
  • develop a vision of peace as inputs for the global vision of future

Eligibility

  •  Young people from all over the world can participate in this event
  • Applicants must be between 18-26 years old

For more information, visit this link

A List of Upcoming Conferences that NGOs can attend

International conferences are platforms that not only provide opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and organizations, but also entry-points for NGOs to explore funding partnerships with donors. Many of these conferences are attended by international donors actively looking for organizations that can benefit from their funding. Often these gatherings lead to successful NGO-donor collaborations.

We have selected a list of upcoming conferences, training programs and short-term courses that can be beneficial for NGOs in terms of building their capacities and also for exploring potential partnerships with other agencies. In many cases, these conferences are paid events and participants have to register and pay for their own travel and accommodation. But there may be full or partial scholarships available for individuals and organizations from poor and developing countries. Nevertheless, these events are worth an investment as they help organizations strengthen their networks and look for funding possibilities.

Below is a list of these conferences (click on each of them to learn more):

UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change: Calling for Activities supporting Urban Poor

Deadline: 5 July 2013

The United Nations Climate Change secretariat is calling for activities for selection under Momentum for Change: Urban Poor. Momentum for Change: Urban Poor celebrates activities which address climate change and improve livelihoods and living conditions in urban areas of developing countries and is implemented with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Momentum for Change Advisory Panel will select a small number of lighthouse activities to be recognized during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland from 11–22 November 2013.

The Momentum for Change: Urban Poor lighthouse activities will demonstrate measurable impact on the ground and the potential for replicability and scaleability at the local, national and international levels. They will be assessed and chosen against the following selection criteria:

  • The activity must address climate change mitigation or adaptation in a developing country, while improving the lives of the urban poor;
  • The activity must have been implemented, or is in the course of implementation;
  • The activity must be scalable and/or replicable;
  • The activity must demonstrate innovation and potential for long-term transformation change;
  • The activity must be the result of an innovative partnership, which aims to achieve scalable, long-term results;
  • The activity must deliver verifiable social and environmental benefits to an identified community, which has been appropriately engaged in the activity development processes;
  • The activity must not be registered or have intentions to register as a CDM or JI activity for the next 2 years.

Applications will be judged on the basis of the form submitted; the Momentum for Change team may contact the applicant should further information be sought.

All activities that are considered to have met the selection criteria will be included in the Momentum for Change website. The information entered into the application form by the registered applicant, will comprise the basis for the entry, including a link to the activity’s own website. By submitting your activity to the call, you will provide it with a chance to become a part of a growing catalogue of climate change mitigation and adaptation activities serving to inspire and keep people abreast of the change already occurring around the world.

For more information, visit this link.

Request for Proposals: Coordinating institution for PMNCH Knowledge Summaries, 2013-2014

Deadline- 31 May 2013

Proposals are accepted for Progress in women’s and children’s health (PMNCH) coordinating institution to oversee Knowledge Summary production in 2013- 2014. This program is supported by World Health Organization (WHO). The objective of this program is to regularly produces Knowledge Summaries by synthesizing the scientific evidence – on topics related to women’s and children’s health – in a clear, concise, and user-friendly format. By presenting the latest evidence on a single topic and highlighting its relevance to developments in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) policy, each summary draws out the practical lessons that may be of use for policymakers and practitioners.

Focus areas-

  • Typology of evidence syntheses methods, including rapid reviews– typology would be based on a review of evidence synthesis methods, including rapid reviews. Methods would be categorized based on the policy or practice question, the level of available evidence, and the related timelines and resources.
  • Five PMNCH Knowledge summaries- Develop five PMNCH Knowledge Summaries, applying the evidence synthesis typology/ methods as feasible given that these deliverables may be developed in parallel. Proposed topic areas requested by PMNCH partners for key policy and advocacy events in 2013 are-
  1. Newborn health
  2. Education and women’s and children’s health
  3. Water and sanitation and women’s and children’s health
  4. Trends in maternal and child mortality and morbidity
  5. A topic to be determined upon the emergence of a future key advocacy opportunity
  • Additional products related to the Knowledge Summary topics
  • Communications plan and use/impact documentation.

For more information, visit this link

United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace: Renewable Energy Course

The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Tokyo under the UN-CECAR (University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research) is organizing the ‘Renewable Energy Course’ (RE). Limited competitive fellowships are available for deserving candidates from developing countries.

The course runs for four weeks from 25 February 2013 to 23 March 2013. The courses focus on the science, technology, economics and policies on renewable energy. Students who successfully complete the courses will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-ISP.

Target applications for this course are those who:

  • are postgraduate students, researchers, faculty/staff of universities, government officials, international agencies and professionals in relevant professions;
  • wish to deepen their knowledge on, and gain practical training in, renewable energy.

The expected outcomes for this course include:

  • Learning renewable energy (RE) issues in the context of science, technology, economics, policy and society
  • Nurturing the ability to develop RE systems considering sustainable development
  • Developing the ability to relate RE to climate change and other global contemporary issues
  • Understanding the professional ethics of RE
  • Fostering the ability to function in a multi-disciplinary team that could consist of persons with varying backgrounds of policy, science, engineering, and business;
  • Ability to engage in lifelong learning on RE issues.

The deadline to apply for fellowships is 15 January 2013. For more information, visit this link.

Global Power Shift in Istanbul: A new international climate change movement You can Apply to Participate

Global Power Shift is an event which will bring together hundreds of climate leaders from around to world to begin a new phase in the international climate movement. It will be held from June 10-17, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. You can apply to attend this event.

The event is part of the Phase 1 activity where over 500 young grassroots activists and leaders will gather to meet, train, share skills and stories, and prepare for the next phase of the global climate movement. In the Phase 2, these young leaders will fan out across the world to catalyze powerful national movements calling for bold climate action. Through a series of national summits and trainings, they will unleash a new wave of climate activism.

Global Power Shift (GPS) will be a multi-pronged project to scale up the movement and establish a new course, like never before. The basic plan is this:

  1. “In June of 2013, 500 of us will gather in Turkey — from leaders to engaged community members
  2. We’ll train in grassroots and digital organizing, share our stories, and chart a strategy for the coming year
  3. Attendees will then return to their home countries in teams to organize mobilizations
  4. These national or regional events will be launchpads for new, highly-coordinated campaigns targeting political and corporate levers of power
  5. Together, we will truly shift the power and spark the kind of visionary transformation we need to fight the climate crisis”

The criteria to apply for this event is that you should have the commitment to the climate movement; willingness and perseverance to organize powershifts and/or other climate action, and the ability to demonstrate the capacity to follow through with these commitments. Each candidate will be selected based on their previous work for the climate movement and/or their future plans for it, as well as candidate’s experience in online and offline campaigning, communication, fundraising, mobilizing, networking, and movement building. As National Power Shifts play a big part in our long-term strategy, willingness and capacity to organize national and/or regional events back in your country is also a massive plus!

The organizers will do our utmost to cover the travel costs of participants who cannot afford it themselves.

The application deadline is December 16, 2012. For more information, visit this link.