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.

European Commission: Enhancing Sustainability of Civil Society in Georgia

Deadline: 16 May 2016

The European Commission is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations to provide support in order to enhance sustainability of Civil Society in Georgia. The specific objective of this call for proposals is to increase financial sustainability of CSOs and to increase accountability and capacities of CSOs to promote reforms in the context of the EU association process.

Priorities

  • The action should promote alternative sources of funding for civil society. This should focus on two directions:
    • advocating for the set-up of state funding mechanisms, examining best practice and supporting the development of transparent funding award and management mechanisms
    • awareness-raising on the concept of corporate social responsibility and the development of recommendations for a more conducive regulatory environment which would support such a development
  • The action must concentrate on the socio-cultural dimension encompassing elements like propensity to participate, trust and giving and volunteering, which is the weakest aspect of civil society in Georgia.
  • The action must seek to address the problem of weak civic participation.
  • It is also required that the action, through capacity building, supports increasing CSOs involvement in policy dialogue, especially with the aim to promote reforms in the context of the EU association process and assists CSOs to make a greater impact in policy dialogue at the local level.

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 3 500 000 and EUR 3 950 000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be non-profit-making
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: Civil Society Organisation, local authority and/or international (inter-governmental) organisations
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union and/or, the EEA and/or beneficiary countries of the ENI and/or IPA regulations. This obligation does not apply to international organisations
    • 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
    • have at least five years of experience working in Georgia or in ENI or in IPA countries at the time of submission of the application
  • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations.
  • 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.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • 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.
  • In order to apply for the program, the applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

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

European Commission: European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia

Deadline: 16 May 2016

The European Commission is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for “European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia” (ENPARD II) whose aim is to promote agriculture and rural development policies and reforms and to improve the delivery of related services to help address basic needs of the rural population.

Themes

  • Improving the competitiveness of agriculture
  • Improving the environment and the countryside
  • Improving the quality of life in rural areas and encouraging diversification of economic activity

Priority Issues

  • Support to the elaboration and implementation of local rural development strategies in each location of the action, using participative approaches.
  • Support to the establishment and capacity-building of Local Action Groups (LAG) in each location of the action for coordinating the implementation of activities under the strategy, following the EU LEADER approach.
  • Support to the implementation of local projects prioritised in the local strategies for each location of the action in the areas of agriculture, environment and other domains promoting rural economic diversification, including through financial and capacity-building support to third parties.

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • Lot 1: New Pilot rural development measures in Georgia (excluding Adjara region):
    • Minimum amount: EUR 2,100,000
    • Maximum amount: EUR 2,300,000
  • Lot 2: New Pilot rural development measures in the Adjara region of Georgia:
    • Minimum amount: EUR 1,800,000
    • Maximum amount: EUR 2,000,000
  • Lot 3: Extension of Pilot rural development measures in Georgia (excluding Adjara region):
    • Minimum amount: EUR 2,800,000
    • Maximum amount: EUR 3,000,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be non-profit-making
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in Georgia
    • 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
  • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations.
  • 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 number of co-applicants must be minimum one and maximum three.

How to Apply

Applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

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

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.

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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UNESCO World Heritage Youth Forum 2016: Deepening Youth Knowledge and Understanding!

Deadline: 25 March 2016

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is seeking applications from young people for its World Heritage Youth Forum 2016 entitled “At the Crossroads of Multi-Layered Heritage” that will  be held from 29 June, 2016 – 12 July, 2016.

The Forum will provide the opportunity to exchange ideas, broaden their outlook and contribute to the discussions and immerse in topics such as urban life and its culture, natural landscape, importance and protection of constructions and the silhouette of the city within the scope of multi-layered heritage.

Eligible Countries: Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Qatar

Aims

The aim of the Forum is to deepen youth knowledge and understand the importance of:

  • the implementation of the World Heritage Convention
  • the working methods of the World Heritage Committee
  • the challenges and opportunities of the protection of multi-layered World Heritage sites

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Aged from 22 to 28
  • Fluent in English
  • Citizens of one of the Member States of the current World Heritage Committee as mentioned above in eligible countries
  • Involved in heritage-related fields such as; World Heritage Studies (Landscape), Architecture, Urban Planning, Constructional Engineering, Archaeology, Sociology, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethnography, Economy, History, Art History, Communication, Law, Tourism, Natural and Cultural Heritage, Geography, International Relations
  • Motivated, active and driven individuals interested to implement the outcomes of the Forum in their respective countries

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit World Heritage Youth Forum 2016.

Swedish Institute’s Seed Funding Grants under the Framework for Collaboration in the Baltic Sea Region

Deadline: 14 April 2016

The Swedish Institute (SI) invites Swedish organisations to submit applications for seed funding for the Baltic Sea region, aiming at developing conditions for long-lasting sustainable relations between organisations in the region.

The project activities should contribute to economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth and development in the Baltic Sea region and vicinity through its activities there.

The project addresses a challenge in one of the following documents:

  • the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region,
  • the EU’s Eastern Partnership or
  • the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan

The project must be in line with ambitions for a closer partnership with other countries in the Baltic Sea region, including Russia.

Focus Areas

The Seed funding 2016 call for applications for funding in the following general areas:

  • An ecologically sustainable region
  • Sustainable growth from increased prosperity
  • Challenges to the region

Seed funding can be awarded, for instance, for projects that:

  • Set up new networks or expand and strengthen existing ones
  • Prepare an application for EU funding
  • Conduct a preliminary study

Funding Information

Applicants can apply for up to SEK 500,000 in funding.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The main applicant must always be a Swedish organisation.
  • A partnership may consist of the following organisations-
    • Local authorities, regional authorities, regional development councils and county councils.
    • Government agencies
    • Institutions of higher learning and research institutes
    • Business and trade organisations
    • Companies
    • NGOs
    • Intergovernmental organisations
  • Partner countries
    • Sweden
    • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
    • Russia (with priority given to northwest Russia)
    • Ukraine and Belarus
    • Georgia and Moldova: mainly academic institutions. Provided that one academic institution from these countries is represented, other organisations may also join the partnership.
  • Organisations from other countries in the Baltic Sea region – Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Iceland – are welcome to join the partnership, but SI does not provide any funding for their participation.
  • Requirements for the partnership
    • A partnership must include at least three countries that qualify for funding, with the main applicant being from Sweden
    • A partnership must include at least three organisations.
  • SI takes a positive view of partnerships that include more organisations when they can contribute to longer-lasting collaboration and increased dissemination of project results.

How to Apply

In order to apply, applicants must fill in the online application form which will soon be available on the official website.

For more information, please visit SI Seed Funding Grants 2016.