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.

CRDF Global: Seeking Proposals for 2016 U.S. MENA Joint Research Competition

Deadline: 15 June 2016

CRDF Global is accepting proposals for its 2016 U.S.-MENA Joint Research Initiative, to support research projects between young Arab female investigators in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and U.S. researchers in the agricultural sciences.

CRDF Global is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training, and services.

Goals

  • Support high-quality, innovative international research by teams of U.S. and MENA researchers in the agricultural sciences.
  • Encourage diversity in the international community by increasing the representation and development of early-career female scientists.
  • Foster long-term, sustained scientific engagement between U.S. and MENA researchers.

Award Information

Research Grant awards, each up to USD 100,000 total, will be made to joint research teams of U.S. and MENA scientists, in support of 1-3 year projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Joint research teams of scientists employed at accredited public and private U.S. and MENA universities and research centers are eligible to participate in this competition.
  • Eligible MENA countries include Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.
  • Proposals must include one MENA female Principal Investigator (PI) and one U.S. PI
    • Possessing the degree of Ph.D., M.D., or the equivalent research experience
    • Having at least five scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature.3 These PIs will share overall responsibility for the project in their respective countries, coordinating all project participants and institutions.
  • The PI for the MENA team:
    • must be female
    • must be an early-career scientist, defined as a clinician or scientist who has received her highest degree of study within the past five years. No exceptions to this requirement will be considered
  • The MENA PI and participants on the MENA team:
    • must be citizens and permanent residents within the eligible MENA countries
    • must reside within the eligible MENA country during the course of the CRDF Global-ICBA project
    • must be currently employed at one of the country’s universities (academic institutions)
    • must work full-time in civilian research
  • The U.S. PI and participants on the U.S. team:
    • must be legally employed by an accredited U.S. university
    • must reside in the U.S. during the course of the CRDF Global-ICBA project. Graduate students on the U.S. team may be foreign nationals, but they must be enrolled full-time in an accredited degree program at the U.S. institution
  • All projects must be oriented toward non-military objectives and must be carried out in a civilian research environment.
  • All proposals must include participation by at least one student/postdoctoral researcher on each team (i.e. one MENA student or postdoctoral researcher AND one U.S. student or postdoctoral researcher) who will make substantive contributions to the research while receiving practical opportunities for professional development in the natural sciences or engineering. These opportunities should be described in the “Student/Postdoctoral Mentorship Plan.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Joint Research Competition.

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Call for Applications: MENA Leadership Academy Training Program to Strengthen Civic Engagement and Participation in the MENA Region

Deadline: 10 April 2016

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation has currently launched a regional training program under MENA Leadership Academy, designed for young adults in the Middle East and North Africa Region.

The overall objective of the training program is to enhance knowledge of professional methodology; strengthen the understanding of the role of civil society, and of the concept of participation; to increase the CSO contribution to economic and social development as well as its role as mediator between citizens and state in terms of articulating interests and defending rights. Equally, the program aims at motivating young people to participate in the civic life and local development of their countries.

Program Structure

The training program will take place over a 2-year period and will consist of following components:

  • First Training
    • Functions and Organization of Civil Society Organizations in Democratic Societies
    • 16-22 May 2016, Madrid/Spain
    • Duration: 5 days
    • Focus: Different aspects of CSO role and functions in the context of development in the MENA-Region. The participants will also be trained in strategic planning and project development.
  • Second Training
    • Strengthening Skills
    • Tentative Details: November 2016,Tunis/Tunisia
    • Duration: 5 days
    • Focus: Local politics and the role of civic participation/CSOs in the regional and local level.
  • Third Training
    • Local Governance and Development
    • Tentative Details: March 2017, Spain/Regions
    • Duration: 5 days
    • Focus: Communication and Negotiation Skills
  • Fourth Training
    • Civic Engagement in Western European Democracies
    • Tentative Details: September 2017, Germany
    • Duration: 7 days
    • Focus: Study trip to Germany where the participants will learn about the organization and activities of CSOs in western European parliamentary democracy.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Citizen of MENA region countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon.
  • Age: Between 20 and 35 years.
  • Active in a civil society organization or any other form of civic engagement.
  • Very good command of English.
  • Available to contribute to the entire program cycle 2016-2017.

How to Apply

Participants must submit the following documents:

  • Application form
  • CV with Photo

Applications must be submitted via email.

For more information, please visit MENA Leadership Academy Training Program.

MEPI Local Grants Program to Support Organisations and Individuals!

Deadline: 17 October 2016

The Office of Assistance Coordination’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program is seeking single-country proposals for its Local Grants Program with an aim to serve as MEPI’s most direct means of supporting organizations and individuals in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Middle East Partnership Initiative Program offers assistance to groups and individuals striving to bring constructive, peaceful and positive change to the Middle East and North Africa. MEPI supports projects that foster partnerships between civil society organizations, communities, youth and women, the private sector, and government to advance efforts to create positive change in their societies.

Priority Areas

  • Strengthen civil society;
  • Support constructive advocacy and civic activism;
  • Support citizens’ efforts to contribute to positive economic, social, and political empowerment;
  • Expand opportunities for women and youth;
  • Strengthen the rule of law;
  • Develop independent media in service to communities; and,
  • Help communities work alongside governments in shaping their own futures.

Funding Information

  • Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between $50,000 to $150,000
  • Projects are usually funded for one year, but the project and budget periods can be a minimum of three months and up to two years if a longer time period would yield more significant or better results.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the West Bank or Gaza and Yemen.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants include local organizations of civil society, non-profit organizations, community groups, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, private sector organizations, and universities based in eligible countries mention above.
  • Any organization with a headquarters office located outside of these countries cannot apply to this program.
  • MEPI is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its projects and activities.
  • MEPI welcomes proposals irrespective of the applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • MEPI invites applications from organizations working with vulnerable communities, including women and youth.
  • MEPI is also interested in proposals that involve the participation of persons with disabilities

How to Apply

Interested applicants must register themselves at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit MEPI Local Grants Annual Program Statement.

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture: Young Arab Women in Agricultural Science

Deadline: 15 June 2016

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in collaboration with CRDF Global is seeking applications for a joint research grant competition for young Arab women scientists collaborating with US researchers in agricultural science with an aim to facilitate international research partnerships between American researchers and women Arab scientists that will form the basis of long-term, sustained scientific engagement.

ICBA is an international, non-profit agricultural research center established in 1999 through the visionary leadership. Its mission is to work in partnership to deliver agricultural and water scarcity solutions in marginal environments.

Research Areas

Applications should be focused on innovative research in agriculture in either of the following research areas:

  • Breeding/genomics around important food crops and resiliency for climate change and salinity water;
  • Soil and nutrient management to enhance resilience to climate change and salinity.

Benefits

  • ICBA will provide direct financial support for Arab teams and CRDF Global will provide direct financial support for all US teams;
  • Each team will be awarded up to USD 100,000 to support their project for the period of 1-3 years;
  • MENA and US team members may visit each other’s laboratory or research sites to exchange ideas, conduct joint research experiments, and/or provide training on cutting-edge techniques
  • A regional workshop will be organized midway through the program to bring together research teams. This will offer networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities for the winning scientists.

Selection Criteria

  • Technical Merit
  • Research Plan
  • Research Impact
  • Personnel Capacity
  • Benefit to Education and Infrastructure

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, USA

Eligibility Criteria

  • Joint research teams of scientists employed in the eligible countries (mentioned above) to participate;
  • Proposals must include one MENA Principal Investigator (PI) and one US PI, each 1) possessing the degree of Ph.D., M.D., or the equivalent research experience, and 2) having at least five scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Each PI will be responsible for the project in their respective countries.
  • Teams from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) must be led by a woman principal investigator who is working as an early-career scientist, defined as a clinician or scientist who has received her highest degree of education within the past five years.
  • Each team should have at least one student/postdoctoral researcher who will make substantive contributions to the research while receiving practical opportunities for professional development in the natural sciences or engineering.

For information regarding the application procedure and more, please visit this link.

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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Common Fund for Commodities: 8th Call for Proposals to support Business Activities

Deadline: 30 April 2016

The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is seeking applications for its 8th Call for Proposals to support of commodity development activities in eligible countries. The CFC seeks to support business activities in the field of commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in Developing Countries.

Objectives

  • Social: Create employment (particularly for youth and women), provide sustained increase in household incomes, reduce poverty, and enhance food security.
  • Economic: Enhance production and productivity, achieve higher local value addition; improve competitiveness of producers, producer organisations and small and medium sized industries, support the financial sector development.
  • Environmental: Enhance production taking into account the environment and its long term possibilities for the same, or increased use of productive resources while maintaining or reducing the impact on the environment.

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants eligible to apply under this Call for Proposals are all legal public and private entities that:

  • Operate in commodity value chains in CFC member countries (mentioned above) or provide financial services to micro, small and medium sized businesses operating in the value chains
  • Have a proven relevant track record of sound commercial operations in the proposed activities over a period of at least 3 years, which can be documented by means of (audited) financial statements.
  • Share CFC’s values, including internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website.

For more information, Please visit: http://common-fund.org/call-for-proposals/

Apply for the 2016 Dialogue Fellows Programme: Youth as Drivers of Change

Deadline: 10 March 2016

Civil Society Facility South is seeking applications for its Dialogue Fellows Programme 2016. The Fellowship programme invests in the mobilisation of youth as drivers of change and democracy which aims to involve Youth into policy making and dialogue in the Southern Mediterranean region.

The goal of the Programme is to foster young leaders and build their capacity to facilitate initiatives through democracy, participatory and empowering approaches, at national, regional and international levels.

Fields of Actions

  • Involvement in Policy making
  • Structured Dialogue mechanisms
  • Capacity / team building
    • training of trainers
    • communication skills
  • Networking
  • Dialogue Platform

Benefits

Costs related to participation will be covered (flights and visas, accommodation, meals).

Eligible Countries

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Syria.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible CSOs from eligible countries are to make one proposition based on these requirements:

  • Applicant per organization (CSO);
  • Proposed applicant should be within the age limits of 25-36 years old;
  • Proposed applicant has at least 3 years-experience being involved in sectorial projects, specifically in actions of advocacy and policy dialogue;
  • English or/and French language proficiency in addition to Arabic will be required.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit call for Applications.

 

MINDS North and West Africa Civic Education Workshop in Elections & Governance

Deadline: 19 February 2016

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is currently seeking applications for its North and West Africa Regional Civic Education workshop in Elections and Governance. The aim of the workshops is to create awareness, enhance knowledge and develop relevant skills in electoral and governance processes and leadership among participants, in order for them to effectively communicate and apply them in influencing and mobilizing other youth to actively participate in the processes and other community and national development activities.

The North and West Africa Civic Education workshop will take place in April 2016.

Eligible Countries

‎Algeria, Benin, ‪‎Burkina Faso, ‪‎Cameroon, ‪Cape Verde, ‪‎Chad, ‪Cote d’Ivoire, ‪Egypt, ‪Equatorial ‪Guinea, ‪Gabon, ‪Gambia, ‪Ghana, Guinea ‪Bissau, GuineaConakry, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal, SierraLeone, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia or Western Sahara

Benefits

The workshop is fully funded.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants from eligible countries (mentioned above) are eligible to apply.
  • The workshop is open to individuals between the ages of 18 and 45.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the online application form via given website.

Note: Successful applicants will receive further correspondence from MINDS by Friday the 11th of March 2016.

For more information, please visit Civic Education Workshop.

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.