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.

Google AdCamp 2016: Inviting Students from Across Europe, Middle-East and Africa

Deadline: 1 March 2016

Google invites students to participate in its AdCamp program, offering a collaborative curriculum focused on Google’s advertising sales and services operations, an overview of Google’s ad products and insight into the industry.

Up to 50 current university students will be selected to participate in an all-expense-paid AdCamp experience at one of Google’s offices.

The AdCamp programs for Europe, Middle-East and Africa will take place from 13 – 15 of July 2016 at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland or Google Poland, Wroclaw (participants will be allocated at Google’s discretion).

Eligibility Criteria                                                                                                              

To apply, students must:

  • Be a current student pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  • Be a current student in a country in Europe, Middle-East or Africa.
  • Be graduating in 2017 or 2018. Students graduating in November – December 2016 are eligible.
  • Demonstrate experience or internships in sales, customer support, account management, marketing or consulting.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence.
  • Be available to attend all three days of the program. (Depending on your location, you might need to travel to and from Ireland on July 12 and 16th respectively)
  • Be fluent in English, as all AdCamp program activities will be conducted in English.

Students who have participated in a Google program (AdCamp, BOLD, Google Student Ambassador program) or Google internship in the past are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

The participants are required to submit the completely filled application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit Google AdCamp Program EMEA 2016.

Nobel Women’s Initiative: 2016 Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program

Deadline: 25 February 2016

The Nobel Women’s Initiative is seeking nominations for the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program—geared at young women’s rights activists who would benefit from advocacy training and hands-on skill building within an international setting.

The mentorship program will commence with a six-week residency period at the Nobel Women’s Initiative office in Ottawa, Canada (late-August to October 2016).

Over the past four years the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program has provided valuable advocacy and grassroots organizing training to twelve incredible young women activists from around the world.

Nobel Women’s Initiative Advocacy

  • Women Forging Peace—the inclusion of women in peace making and supporting nonviolence and other alternatives to war and militarism.
  • Women Achieving Justice—Accountability for crimes committed against women and an end to widespread impunity.
  • Women Advancing Equality and Human Rights—Support for human rights defenders, those working for women’s equality and those on the frontlines of civil society–including those addressing climate change.

Benefits

  • The mentorship program is meant to support young women’s rights activists in their international advocacy and media work.
  • The residency program will strengthen key skills including organizing for political change, developing comprehensive advocacy strategies, messaging and writing materials for different audiences, presentation and public speaking, fundraising, networking as well as engaging with policy-makers and traditional and new media.
  • The program will be an opportunity for young women’s rights activists to broaden their knowledge base on women’s rights and gender-based violence around the world, and strategies being used in other countries for raising public awareness and campaigning for policy changes.
  • Participants will work closely with the Nobel Women’s Initiative team and outside facilitators to build on advocacy and communications skills, as well as meet experts working in related areas.
  • While in Ottawa, the young activists will be members of the Nobel Women’s Initiative team, supporting country-specific advocacy programs.
  • The mentorship program participants will gain relevant hands-on international advocacy experience, providing the young women with the opportunity to become more effective activists and communicators in their home countries.
  • It will provide an opportunity for the young women to become part of an international information, support, and action network.

Selection Criteria

  • Record of leadership within the community and work with civil society;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in women’s rights, human rights, and gender-based violence;
  • Good English comprehension;
  • Strong ties to the nominating organization;
  • Superior character, demonstrated teamwork ability, interest in working with and learning from others who come from different backgrounds and cultures;
  • High level of maturity, energy, and courage to withstand pressures of travel.

Eligible Countries: Colombia, South Sudan, Myanmar, and the MENA region

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Be women from eligible countries
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 30;
  • Be able to read, write and discuss in English;
  • Be nominated by an organization and commit to working with this organization at least for a year;
  • Be available to participate in the program for a period of six months, August 2016 to January 2017;
  • Be willing and available to travel to Ottawa, Canada for a six-week placement at the Nobel Women’s Initiative offices, from the end of August to the beginning of October (other international travel may be required during this period).

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their nominations via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit 2016 Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program.

Apply for UNICEF Innovation Fund of up to US$100,000: Open Source Technology Solutions for Children!

Deadline: 26 February 2016

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is seeking applications for its open source technology solutions that address the most pressing challenges faced by children and young people.

UNICEF works with governments, civil society organizations, and other organizations around the world to advance children’s rights to survival, protection, health, development and participation and is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Eligible Countries

  • Central & Eastern Europe & the Commonwealth of Independent States :Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
  • East Asia & Pacific: Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati,Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Republic of Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
  • Eastern & Southern Africa: Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Republic of Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Middle east & North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • Latin America & the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Plurinational State of Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivian Republic of)
  • West & Central Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

Focus Areas

  • Products for youth under 25 address a range of needs including learning and youth participation.
  • Real-time information for decision-making: allows the situation of the most vulnerable to be understood by those who have an ability to address their circumstance.
  • Infrastructure to increase access to services and information, including connectivity, power finance, sensors and transport.

Grants available

UNICEF will consider applications for funding of approximately up to US$100,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • UNICEF is looking to provide investment-style funding to early-stage tech startups. Only entities that fulfill these mandatory requirements will be eligible:
    • A private company/institution registered in a UNICEF programme country (mentioned above).
    • Working on open source technology solutions (or willing to be open source) under the following licenses:  Software: BSD, AGPL, LGPL and Content and designs: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA or CC-SA
  • Projects funded need to increase the ability of children to access information and to increase opportunity and choice. Specifically, projects should align with one of UNICEF Innovation’s three portfolio areas:
    • products for youth under 25 to address a range of needs including learning and youth participation
    • real-time information for decision making and governance
    • Infrastructure to increase access to services and information, including connectivity, power, finance, sensors and transport.
  • Generating publically exposed real-time data that can be / is measured

How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to complete and submit the EOI Response form available on the given website.

For more information, Please visit Solutions for Children.

Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Grants 2016-2017 for Wildlife Conservation in Asia

Deadline: 31 January 2016

The Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (OPCFHK) is currently inviting applications for its conservation funding projects in Asia 2016-2017. The Foundation support projects on other threatened amphibians, reptiles, birds, fishes, invertebrates and other aquatic and terrestrial mammals, as well as their habitats throughout Asia.

OPCFHK envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments. The Foundation supports conservation research and management, as well as community education and capacity.

Eligible Countries

  • Eastern Asia: China, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, Macao Special Administrative Region, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea.
  • Southern Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
  • South-Eastern Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam.
  • Papua New Guinea, the Far East Russian.

Thematic Areas

  • Effects of Climate Change on Asian Wildlife and Habitats:
    • Understanding the ecological impacts of climate change to threatened wildlife, e.g. shifts in species’ ranges and in the timing of biological activities;
    • Retaining critical habitats of wildlife affected by climate change by enhancing current protected areas or establishing new protected areas in potential areas after range shift;
    • Reducing carbon emission from deforestation, forest fire and forest or wetland degradation by adaptive and sustainable habitat management practices in wildlife habitats;
    • Sequestrating carbon through reforestation or afforestation programmes with the consideration of restoring or reconnecting critical habitats of wildlife by using native plant species;
    • Organising conservation education programmes to engage communities in order to reduce anthropogenic effects leading to climate change.
  • Effects of Marine Debris on Asian Wildlife and Habitats:The Foundation encourages projects to identify, remove, reduce and prevent marine debris impacting wildlife in Asia.  Conservation projects to understand and reduce the threats on wildlife, or education programmes to engage public participation will be considered.
  • Saving Asian Biodiversity:
    • Identifying habitats with rich biodiversity in Asia;
    • Retaining critical habitats or maintaining species survivorship of threaten biodiversity hotspots by eliminating or mitigating threats;
    • Developing site-based management with species action plans (e.g. IUCN) for conservation planning which focus on specific threatened species;
    • Organising conservation education programmes to engage communities or members of general public to aware of the importance of biodiversity and reduce anthropogenic effects leading to biodiversity loss or species extinction; and
    • Building professional capacity of local conservationists or researchers on field monitoring, species or habitat management, community education, etc.

Grants available & Duartion

  • Majority of successful applications in 2015/16 were one-year projects averaged HK$ 184,000/year (US$23,000).
  • The funding provided is to cover the relevant project expenses during the approved project period, as stated in the application.
  • Multiple-year proposals last from 3 to a maximum of 5 years and limited to HK$ 1 million per year will be considered separately based on project conservation impact.

How to Apply

  • Applicants must download the application form through the website.
  • The Foundation will acknowledge receipt of your application through email, and please resend it if you do not receive our acknowledgement within five working days after your first submission.

For more information, please visit Conservation fund.

Swedish Institute’s Creative Force Programme 2016 for Middle East, North Africa & South Asia: Get Seed & Collaborative Funding for your projects addressing Human Rights

Deadline: 21 January 2016

The Swedish Institute is currently inviting applications for its Creative Force programme 2016. The Creative Force programme provides funding for collaborative initiatives involving organisations in Sweden and in the focused regions mentioned below with the overall objective to strengthen democratic structures and freedom of expression in the target countries.

Focus Areas

The programme supports projects that aim to promote human rights, transparency and democracy with the aid of initiatives that use either culture or the media as a method for achieving change.

Funding Categories

Creative Force programme provides two types of funding:

  1. Seed funding: Seed funding is available for such purposes as small-scale projects, project start-ups and planning trips.
  2. Collaborative projects funding: Creative Force projects should also have a communicative dimension with the potential to influence opinion and encourage a dialogue about the issues which the project works.

Eligible Countries

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

Funding available & Duration

  • For Seed funds,the maximum amount that can be applied for is SEK 100,000.
  • For collaborative projects, sSums in the range SEK 100,000 − SEK 500,000/year may be applied for. The maximum project duration is two years.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be Swedish civil society organizations, foundations, public sector agencies, private sector agencies or other professional actors.  It is always the Swedish partner in a collaboration who is formally responsible for the application and legally accountable to the Swedish Institute.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the online application form through the website and include the following documents:

  1. Budget form
  2. Letter of Intent (seed funding only)
  3. Memorandum of Understanding (collaborative projects only)
  4. Organisation assessment
  5. Risk analysis (collaborative projects only)
  6. Swedish applicant organisation’s proof of registration, available from Swedish tax authorities.

For more information, please visit Creative Force Programme Call for Applications.

Swedish Institute’s Creative Force Programme 2016: Get Funding for Your Small/ Start-up Projects or Collaborative Projects

Deadline: 21 January 2016

The Swedish Institute is currently inviting applications for its Creative Force programme supports collaborative projects 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 categories

Two types of funding:

  • Seed funding: Seed funding is available for such purposes as small-scale projects, project start-ups and planning trips.
    • Funding available:The maximum amount that can be applied for is SEK 100,000.
  • Collaborative projects: Creative Force projects should also have a communicative dimension with the potential to influence opinion and encourage a dialogue about the issues which the project works.
    • Funding available & Duration: Sums in the range SEK 100,000 − SEK 500,000/year may be applied for. The maximum project duration is two years.

Eligible Countries

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

Eligibility criteria

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

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the online application form through the website and include following documents:

  • Budget form
  • Letter of Intent (seed funding only)
  • Memorandum of Understanding (collaborative projects only)
  • Organisation assessment
  • Risk analysis (collaborative projects only)

For more information, please visit Creative Force.

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.

Khadija Ismayilova Investigative Journalism Fellowship 2016 for Journalists in 20 Countries

Deadline: 1 February 2016

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is currently inviting applications for its Khadija Ismayilova Investigative Journalism Fellowship 2016.​ The Fellowship will support reporting projects within RFE/RL’s broadcast region that investigate persons in power and corruption. The selected Fellow will be announced on February 19, 2016. The term of the Fellowship is May 1 – October 31, 2016.

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

About the Fellowship

  • The Fellowship is for a six-month period, during which the Fellow will be placed with an appropriate RFE/RL local bureau and visit RFE/RL’s Prague headquarters to receive training and mentoring in modern, western journalistic practices, and to conduct supervised research. Specific training in investigative techniques and additional professional support will be provided by OCCRP and other partners.
  • The Fellowship can be used to produce a specific investigative report, or to advance an ongoing investigative project. Some work must be completed by the end of the Fellowship for publication by RFE/RL or its partners.

Fellowship Covers

Fellows will receive any necessary visa support to participate in the Fellowship, round-trip travel to Prague, housing, insurance, and a monthly stipend for the period of the program. Additional resources for research purposes may be available.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis to one candidate who is a citizen of an RFE/RL eligible country and has a reporting interest relating to an RFE/RL eligible country (mentioned above).
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate previous experience in investigative journalism; have a proven ability to pursue and complete an original, investigative project; and provide a compelling and plausible proposal for an investigative report of interest to RFE/RL target audiences. English-language proficiency is also necessary.

How to Apply

A complete application must submit via email and includes the following information, submitted in English:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Research Proposal
  • Work Samples
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae

For more information, visit fellowship Programme.

Junior and Senior Global Challenges Fellowships 2016-2017: Researchers from Nine Countries Can Apply!

Deadline: 23 November 2015

The School of Public Policy (SPP) and the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (CEU IAS) in Budapest, and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin is currently inviting applications from outstanding researchers in nine countries (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey) to participate in the Global Challenges Fellowships 2016–17.

The Global Challenges Fellowship is looking for innovative ideas and projects that deal specifically with issues of global governance and the most pressing global challenges.

Focus Areas

  • Peace & security
  • Humanitarian assistance & human rights

What Fellowships Cover?

The program supports up to two junior and two senior Fellows per year. During their fellowship, they publish journal articles and/or policy papers and participate in a series of small working group-style discussions and seminars.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey are eligible to apply. Applicants must be residents of these countries at the time of application.
  • Applicants must hold an academic degree (master’s, PhD or equivalent) in the social sciences, humanities and/or law.
  • Applicants must have at least three years of demonstrated professional experience at the time of application. Those with at least 15 years of demonstrated policy-making experience or seven years of experience since earning their PhDs will be considered for the senior fellowship. Other applicants will be considered for the junior fellowship.
  • Applicants must be able to communicate fluently (speaking and writing) in English, the working language of the program.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated record of policy engagement and submit an innovative research proposal.
  • Full-time CEU employees and graduates are ineligible to apply within six years of the completion of their studies or contracts (i.e., degrees must have been received and contracts must have ended no later than December 31, 2009). Part-time or temporary employees of CEU are ineligible within three years of the completion of their contracts (i.e., contracts must have ended no later than December 31, 2012).

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through registering themselves at the website.

For more information, please visit GCF Call for Applications.