Apply now for the Youth for Gender Equality Forum 2016: Call for Applications under Step it up for Gender Equality Initiative!

Deadline: 17 January 2016

Registrations are open for the Youth for Gender Equality Forum under Step it up for Gender Equality initiative that is an interactive and inspiring initiative to promote dialogue, exchange, learning and networking for people engaged in promoting gender equality in their daily lives.

The forum will be held from 2 to 4 March 2016 at European Parliament in Brussels.

The initiative has been organized by the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats(S&D) in the European Parliament, in collaboration with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, PES Women, Young European Socialists, Rainbow Rose and the Global Progressive Forum.

The S&D Group stands for an inclusive European society based on principles of freedom, equality, solidarity, diversity and fairness with its MEPs committed to fighting for social justice, jobs and growth, consumer rights, sustainable development, financial market reform and human rights to create a stronger and more democratic Europe and a better future for everyone.

As part of this unique event, youths will also have the chance to build a wide network of contacts and share their experience of gender equality projects. They will have the opportunity to interact with S&D Members of the European Parliament, professionals and experts while engaging in intercultural exchanges with the participants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The 2016 Forum is looking for 25 young motivated individuals, 20 EU nationals and 5 from neighboring countries, aged 18 to 25.
  • The ideal candidate will be motivated, proactive and engaged in gender equality/women’s rights activism, with good communication skills, and will share the core values of the Socialists and Democrats.
  • A good knowledge of English is a must as there will be no interpretation during the forum.
  • The S&D Group will consider gender balance in the selection process.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can register for the forum via given website.

Note: Interested candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible, as for practical reasons the organizers can only take into consideration the first 250 applications. The top 25 of these will be selected for the Youth for Gender Equality Forum and will be contacted by January 31st 2016 by the organizers.

For more information, please visit Youth for Gender Equality Forum 2016.

World Habitat Awards 2016/17: Rewarding Innovative Solutions to Current Housing Needs & Problems of the World

Deadline: 29 April 2016

The Building and Social Housing Foundation is currently inviting individuals/organisation from all over the world to apply for its World Habitat Awards 2016.

The World Habitat Awards is presented at the World Urban Forum and UN-Habitat Governing Council events in April of each year, increasing opportunities for international exposure, networking and dissemination of the award winning approaches. Two awards are given annually to projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. Every year an award of £10,000 is presented to each of the two winners at the World Urban Forum (even years) and UN-Habitat Governing Council (odd years).

Focus Areas

Housing projects and approaches are sought for 2016/17 Award that:

  • demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries all around the world
  • can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate
  • are already being implemented or are completed ie not at design stage or very early stages of development
  • view the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, health benefits, capacity building or education.


  • International recognition, awards of £10,000 will be made to each of the two winning projects.
  • Trophies will also be presented to the winning projects, and travel and accommodation costs will be met for one representative of each winning project to attend the awards ceremony.

Key Dates

For the World Habitat Awards 2016/17 cycle:

  • 29th April 2016 – Final deadline for receipt of submissions
  • June 2016 – Notification of shortlisted projects
  • 1st August 2016 – Deadline for further information from shortlisted projects
  • August 2016 to January 2017 – Evaluation of shortlisted projects
  • February 2017 – Announcement of the winners of the World Habitat Awards 2016/17
  • April 2017 – Presentation of the Awards at the UN-Habitat Governing Council

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any individual, organization or government who has an innovative and practical solution to housing needs and problems from any country of the world.
  • More than one entry can be made by the same individual or organization.
  • Entries should relate to housing projects and processes that are either completed or in progress. Those that are at design stage only or in the very early stages of development cannot be considered.
  • Previous entrants can re-submit in subsequent years providing that the project has been further developed in the intervening time period.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the online application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit Apply for  World Habitat Awards 2016.

Cuban Heritage Collection: Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program 2016-2017

Deadline: 1 February 2016

Cuban Heritage Collection is seeking applications for the Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program that will provide assistance to doctoral students who wish to use the research resources available in the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) in support of dissertation research.

The goal of the Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowships is to engage emerging scholars with the materials available in the CHC and thus contribute to the larger body of scholarship in Cuban, American, [email protected], hemispheric, and international studies.

Launched in 2010 with a grant from the Goizueta Foundation, the program has grown to support the research of 67 emerging scholars from 35 universities. In 2015 the Foundation made a $1 million gift to endow the program as part of the University’s Momentum2 campaign, allowing the CHC to continue awarding research funding to doctoral candidates from across the United States. The 2016-2017 award recipients will be the first class of Goizueta Fellows.

 Award Categories

  • Graduate Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships: Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships will allow doctoral students to determine how the Cuban Heritage Collection may serve their research needs as they prepare the dissertation prospectus. These are exploratory fellowships to determine if research resources in the CHC will support a dissertation.
    • Grants Information: Fellowships of $1,500 will be granted for one month in residence between June 1 and August 31 of 2016.
  • Graduate Research Fellowships: Research Fellowships will support doctoral students who wish to use the Cuban Heritage Collection as a primary resource for a dissertation. Doctoral students applying for these fellowships will have completed their course work and passed their qualifying examinations. They will be prepared to pursue research based on an approved prospectus.
    • Grants Information: Fellowships of $3,000 per month will be granted for periods of one to three months. These fellowships will take place between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are doctoral candidates enrolled at a university in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
  • Foreign nationals residing in the United States on F-1 student visas who are doctoral candidates enrolled at a university in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
  • Former Graduate Pre-Prospectus Fellows may apply for a Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • Applicants may be required to provide positive proof of residence.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program.

Call for Applications: Performing Arts & Literature Grant Award from $2,500 to $10,000

Deadline: 14 January  2016

CEC ArtsLink is seeking applications from artists in order to support exchange between artists and arts organizations in the United States and the eligible countries.

ArtsLink Awards is provided by generous individuals, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Kettering Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Trust for Mutual Understanding, with additional support from the Polish Cultural Institute.

Award Information

  • ArtsLink Projects awards will generally range from $2,500 to $10,000 depending on the project budget.
  • Awards will seldom cover the applicant’s total project expenses.

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, United States.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students, administrators, critics, and amateur groups are not eligible to apply.
  • Projects focusing solely on research and film/video post-production are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • In 2015, applications in performing arts and literature are not eligible.
  • Past ArtsLink Projects awardees who have not submitted a final report are not eligible.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit CEC ArtsLink.

Submit Entries for Human Rights Essay Award 2016: Get a Full Scholarship to Attend the Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights & Humanitarian Law in Washington

Deadline: 1 February 2016

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is currently inviting essay submissions for its Human Rights Essay Award 2016.

The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The essay has to be a legal article.

Awardees will receive a full scholarship to attend the program of advanced studies of the Academy and Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Essay Topic

The topic for Human rights Essay Award 2016 is- Extractive Industries and Human Rights.


The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of:

  • A full scholarship to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance options.
  • Travel expenses to and from Washington D.C.
  • Housing at the university dorms
  • Per diem for living expenses
  • The best articles will be published in the American University International Law Review.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates can be from any country who must hold a law degree and have demonstrated experience or interest in international human rights law.
  • Each participant must also include a curriculum vitae of no more than three pages in length explaining the experience or interest of the author in human rights issues.
  • Past Winners cannot submit essays in future competitions.

Essay Guidelines

  • Articles must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes.
  • Essays must use Times New Roman font, 12-point double-spaced for the body of the essay and 10-point single-spaced for footnotes.
  • All essays must be on letter size paper (8.5 x 11 inches/21.59 x 27.94 cm) with 1 inch (2.54 cm) margins all around.
  • Character spacing must be set to normal.
  • Authors should not put their name or any identifying information in their essays.
  • Essays will only be accepted in Word format
  • Any essay that does not follow the guidelines will be reformatted and 5 points will be taken off. If the essay is longer than 35 pages, it will be automatically disqualified.
  • The essay has to be a legal article; therefore, it will include foot pages and citations. The absence of those will cause that the essay will be disqualified.

How to Apply

Essays must be submitted using the online submission page, no emailed entries will be accepted.

For more information, please visit Essay Competition 2016.



Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation-AACR Grant: Promoting Innovative Cancer Research

Deadline:  12 January 2016

Applicants are invited to submit their applications for Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation-AACR Grant program, it’s a joint effort to promote and support innovative cancer research. This grant is available to full time, independent junior and senior investigators to develop and study new ideas and innovative approaches.

The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration.

Funding Information

The grant provides $250,000 over two years ($125,000 per year) for expenses related to the research project, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient and any collaborators, postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, graduate students, and/or research assistants, research/laboratory supplies, equipment, travel, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, and other research expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent doctoral degree) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral or professional degree.
  • Applications will be accepted from independent investigators at all levels who are affiliated with an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.
  • Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for-profit private industry are not eligible. Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for‐profit private industry may serve as Collaborators, but no grant funds may be directed towards these individuals.
  • Postdoctoral or clinical research fellows or the equivalent who are working under the auspices of a scientific mentor are not eligible to apply.
  • Members of the Scientific Review Committee are not eligible to apply for a Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation-AACR Grant.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may send their electronic applications via given website.

Note: There is no citizenship or geographic requirements. However by submitting an application for this grant, an applicant applying from an institution located in a country in which he/she is not a citizen or a permanent resident assures that the visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term at the institution from which he/she applied.

For more information, please click here.

Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme: Supporting Emerging Entrepreneurs across Africa!

Applications Open: 1 January 2016

Deadline: 1 March 2016

The Tony Elumelu Foundation has announced second annual round of Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) to support emerging entrepreneurs across Africa.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation believes that the private sector holds the key to unlocking Africa’s economic potential.  To that end, its mission is to catalyse economic and social development in Africa through entrepreneurship.


  • Identify 10,000 African startups and entrepreneurs with ideas that have the potential to succeed.
  • Grow the businesses through business skills training, mentoring, access to seed capital funding, information and membership in foundation Africa-wide alumni network.
  • Create businesses that can generate at least 1,000,000 new jobs and contribute at least $10 billion in revenues across Africa over 10 years.

Funding Details

There are two stages of funding available to start-ups:

  • Initial seed capital funding of $5,000 – a non-returnable investment dispersed at the close of the Boot-Camp and Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum by Tony O.
  • Second stage capital investment of $5,000 – for qualifying startups that have progressed their business plans sufficiently

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme is open to citizens and legal residents of all African countries.
  • Applicants must be 18 years old and must not be considered a minor in their country of residence. There is no upper-limit age restriction.
  • The programme is not open to research institutions, faith based organisations, value adding trading companies, government contractors and businesses not located in Africa or over three years old.
  • All businesses must be business ideas or an early stage company, in the range of 0 to 3 years old.
  • Application must focus on one business only.

For application details and more, please visit Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.

Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative: Six Grant Awards of up to $30,000 Each

Deadline: 15 January 2016

The First Nations Development Institute is seeking proposals for Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative (NACBI). The grants are awarded to strengthen the organizational, managerial, and programmatic capacity of Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs that have existing program initiatives in place to serve the field of Native American arts and artists in tribal communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The grant period will commence February 1, 2016 and end February 28, 2017.

With the support of individuals, foundations, corporate and tribal donors, First Nations Development Institute improves economic conditions for Native Americans through technical assistance & training, advocacy & policy, and direct financial grants in five key areas:

  • Achieving Native Financial Empowerment
  • Investing in Native Youth
  • Strengthening Tribal & Community Institutions
  • Advancing Household & Community Asset-Building Strategies
  • Nourishing Native Foods & Health

Grant Information

First Nations will distribute up to six grant awards of up to $30,000 each.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants must currently have existing program initiatives in place that emphasize strengthening the field of Native American arts and building the capacity of Native American artists in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
  • Types of eligible entities include but are not limited to:
    • Federal- and State-Recognized Tribal Governments (Tribal Government Programs such as Tribal Arts Programs, Heritage Departments, Economic Development Departments, etc.);
    • Reservation-Based and Select Non-Reservation-Based Native American Museums;
    • Tribal Cultural and Heritage Centers;
    • Tribal Colleges;
    • Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs);
    • Native-Controlled 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations;
    • Native 7871 Organizations; and
    • Native Chambers of Commerce.
  • All entities that apply must be Native-controlled (meaning the majority of the leadership team and/or the Board of Directors are tribally affiliated) and located in a tribal community or demonstrate a very close tie to one or more tribal communities.
  • Native community organizations may submit applications through an eligible sponsoring organization or tribe if the sponsor can provide written authorization confirming its willingness to act as the fiscal sponsor.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit NACBI Grant Awards.

DPRI Call for Proposals: Academic Research on Natural Hazards and Multidisciplinary Studies for Disaster Mitigation

Deadline: 15 January 2016

Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) is seeking proposals for collaborative research projects that are in line with its mission to carry out “academic research on natural hazards. and multidisciplinary studies for disaster mitigation”.

DPRI promote practical research for disaster reduction to meet the urgent needs of society, by integrating various research fields related to disaster reduction.

Research Areas

  • great earthquake disasters
  • meteorological disasters
  • volcanic disasters
  • science of disaster risk reduction

Eligibility Criteria

  • Faculty members or researchers from national university corporations, public/private universities, and national/public research institutes are eligible as well as equivalent researchers from domestic and foreign research institutes.
  • Graduate students (doctoral course) are eligible to be PI for the Long-term/Short-term Research Visits, New Exploratory Research, and Joint Usage of DPRI Facilities/Equipment. Administrative staff of local government is eligible to be PI for the Implementation Science Research for Regional Communities (General)

How to Apply

Interested applicants may send their application forms the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Collaborative Research.

Applications Open: L’ORÉAL 2016 “For Women in Science” Program!

Deadline: 15 February 2016

L’Oréal USA has announced the start of the 2016 application period for the For Women in Science Fellowship Program that recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.

The For Women in Science program brings women’s contributions to light with the underlying belief that the world needs science and science needs women.

Five U.S.-based women will receive a fellowship grant of $60,000 each for their postdoctoral research through the program.

Since the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program began in 1998, more than 2,250 scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized for their work. In the U.S., the For Women in Science fellowship program has awarded 60 post-doctoral women scientists nearly $3 million in grants.

Evaluation Criteria

The candidates are evaluated with a focus on:

  • Intellectual merit, academic records and accepted requisites for scholarly scientific study
  • Ability to plan and conduct research either as a member of a team or independently
  • Scientific excellence and appropriateness of proposed research
  • Evidence of originality, initiative and productivity
  • Choice of host institution and department mentor
  • Potential for career enhancement if awarded the Fellowship
  • Commitment to supporting women and girls in science

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant:

  • Must have a conferred PhD and have started in a postdoctoral research position by December 31, 2015
  • Must maintain the status of postdoctoral researcher throughout the fellowship year
  • Must be American born, naturalized citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be affiliated with a U.S. based academic or research institution
  • Must plan to conduct their postdoctoral studies and research in the U.S.
  • Must be involved in basic research in the life and physical/material sciences, engineering & technology, computer science and mathematics
  • Cannot be in a faculty position
  • Must commit to at least twenty hours of activity in support of women and girls in science (e.g. mentoring, classroom visits, media, events)
  • Must be available the week of October 4-7, 2016 for the For Women in Science Awards Week

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit For Women in Science Program.