NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Grant: Enhancing Cooperation based on Scientific Research

Deadline: 15 May 2016

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is currently accepting applications for its Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, a policy tool that enhances cooperation and dialogue with all partners, based on scientific research, innovation, and knowledge exchange.

The SPS Programme provides funding, expert advice, and support to security-relevant activities jointly developed by a NATO member and partner country.

The SPS Programme promotes civil, security-related practical cooperation, and focuses on a growing range of contemporary security challenges, including terrorism, defence against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents, cyber defence, energy security and environmental concerns, as well as human and social aspects of security, such as the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325).

The SPS Programme supports collaboration through three established grant mechanisms: multi-year research projects, workshops, and training courses. Interested applicants should develop proposals for activities that fit within one of these formats.

Programme Budget

  1. Multi-year research and development project: NATO funds are provided to cover project-related costs such as scientific equipment, computers, software and training of project personnel as well as of young scientists, roughly half of the budget is generally allocated to equipment, about 20% to training and travel and 15% to stipends; these proportions may vary according to the needs of each project.
  1. Training courses: The SPS grant (average 60,000 EUR) pays for direct organizational costs, travel and living expenses of up to 15 lecturers and attendance of students (60 to 80) from countries eligible to receive NATO funding.
  1. Workshops: The SPS grant (average amount: 30,000 to 40,000 EUR) is intended to cover direct organizational expenses of the ARW, the travel and living expenses of key speakers, as well as the attendance of non-speakers from NATO countries and Partner countries unable to obtain support from other sources.

Eligibility Criteria

The SPS programme applications must be submitted jointly by a NATO and a partner country Co-Director.

  • NATO Countries:  Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Rep, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey,  United Kingdom and United States.
  • NATO Partner: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Malta, The Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand and Mongolia.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the duly filled application form in order to apply.

For more information, please visit NATO-SPS.

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.


  • 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.


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.

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.

The Eligibility Criteria and Application Procedure for UN Trust Fund: Ending Violence Against Women

Visit the eligibility criteria and application procedure for the UN Trust Fund below. You can also find the list of countries eligible to apply for the fund below.

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo DR, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principle, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kenya, Tajikistan, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, Moldova, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tokelau, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Albania, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda2, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gabon, Grenada, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Panama, Peru, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Women-led and women’s rights organizations that are legally registered in the country of implementation and that have specialized knowledge, expertise and track record of working in women’s human rights and prevention and/or elimination of violence against women and girls.
  • Civil society organizations that are legally registered in the country of implementation.
  • Regional/international civil society organizations and networks that have national presence in the country and/or territory of implementation. In this case, the proposal must be focused on a single country and demonstrate how the proposed intervention will contribute to national change and/or capacity development and ownership of national and local organizations in the implementation. Organizations must also demonstrate that they or their national implementing partners are legally registered in the country (or territory) of implementation.
  • Operational research/evaluation institutions specialized in gender equality and gender-based violence.
  • Government authorities at central/national, sub-national and/or local levels, including National Women’s Machineries and other sectoral Ministries.

How to Apply

  • Applicants are expected to submit proposals online in the form of a brief Concept Note.
  • Applications can be submitted in the following languages only: English, French and Spanish.

For more information, please visit UN Trust Fund.



EU-Africa Joint Call for Proposals on Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Deadline: 15 June 2016

The European Commission is currently inviting proposals for its Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.

The programme’s specific objective is to improve the skills and competences of students and staff through enhanced intra-African mobility.


The programme aims to-

  • contribute to the improvement of the quality of higher education through the promotion of internationalisation and harmonisation of programmes and curricula within participating institutions;
  • enable students, academics and staff to benefit linguistically, culturally and professionally from the experience gained in the context of mobility to another African country.

Funding Information

  • The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for proposals is estimated at EUR 9 900 000 and should allow around 350 mobility flows.
  • Each grant will amount to between EUR 1 000 000 (minimum grant size) and EUR 1 500 000 (maximum grant size).

Eligibility Criteria

  • The present Call is open to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Individuals will benefit from the mobility activities planned by these HEIs.
  • The partnership will be composed of the applicant/coordinating HEI, the partner HEIs, the
  • EU technical partner and the associated partners where relevant.
  • Eligible countries
    • Central: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Principe
    • Eastern: Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania
    • Northern: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco
    • Southern: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe
    • Western: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through an online process.

For more information, please visit EU-Africa.

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Finance & Operations Director at World Education, Egypt

Deadline: 17 April 2016

World Education (WE) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Finance & Operations Director in Cairo, Egypt.

The Finance & Operations Director will be responsible for overall management of the project and technical support to the different activities under this project.

World Education improves the quality of life through education for half a million children and adults in 22 countries.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Finance & Operations Director will perform the following functions-

  • Oversee implementation of finance and administration policies and procedures of the program.
  • Support and supervise staff to carry out day-to-day finance and administration functions as designated in their job descriptions.
  • Responsible for ensuring the complete documentation, stewardship and accountability of financial transactions.
  • Coordinate with the COP to ensure that strategic and periodic budgets and forecasts are prepared and submitted in time.
  • Ensure that periodical financial reports are available for review by the COP and the DCOP.
  • Work with other project staff and partner staff to ensure a robust budgeting and financial management and tracking system that adequately recognizes and effectively accounts for project funds.
  • Ensure accurate and timely financial information is presented to management and project staff for decision making.
  • Assessment of the financial capacities of potential grantees and provision of technical assistance to the grantees as needed
  • Ensure the management and compliance of the cooperative agreement in line with financial requirements for USAID, World Education, Inc. (WEI) and laws of the Egyptian government.
  • Oversee the granting process including the sub grant management and monitoring mechanism.
  • Implement human resource policies and procedures for WEI financial management.
  • Provide training and/or guidance to staff on financial controls and operational systems.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • A Master’s degree or higher in accounting, finance, business management, or a related field is required.
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in the management of programs of the same complexity and size.
  • At least 2 years, administering sub grants comparable to those under this award.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills with experience in senior financial management position preferably with an International NGO.
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID financial management rules and regulations.
  • Conversant with some basic accounting packages.
  • Extensive knowledge of USAID reporting requirements will be an added advantage.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their resumes and cover letters through online process.

For more information, please visit WE.

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer at World Education, Egypt

Deadline: 17 April 2016

World Education (WE) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Monitoring & Evaluation Officer in Cairo, Egypt.

The Monitoring & Evaluation Officer will be responsible for coordinating monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities under the award.

World Education improves the quality of life through education for half a million children and adults in 22 countries.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Monitoring & Evaluation Officer will perform the following functions-

  • Lead project team in development and implementation of a qualitative and quantitative M&E system and oversee routine program monitoring activities.
  • Ensure the quality and relevance of the project’s monitoring and evaluation design.
  • Participate in the preparation and facilitation of informational meetings with World Education’s partners.
  • Document results of the M&E system and produce periodic reports required by World Education and donor agencies.
  • Assist the various program teams in data analysis.
  • Train staff of partner NGOs in data collection methodology and in the M&E system, in general.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, social sciences, or related field.
  • Master’s degree or Bachelor plus an advanced certificate in M&E, statistics, or social sciences preferred.
  • Minimum of five years professional experience in a senior M&E position responsible for implementing M&E activities of international development projects, preferably with a focus on education.
  • Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages.
  • Experience designing and managing beneficiary monitoring and database systems.
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans.
  • Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies.
  • Experience in planning and managing surveys.
  • Experience developing and refining data collection tools.
  • Experience with data quality assessments and oversight.
  • Experience managing and providing ongoing training to M&E field officers.
  • Ability to facilitate and serve as a project liaison for externally-managed evaluations.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their resumes and cover letters through online process.

For more information, please visit WE.