UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism: 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship Program

Deadline: 15 March 2016

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is seeking applications for its 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship Program to provide an opportunity to early and mid career journalists to report ambitious long form stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems.

The program is established by Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. The fellowship, a project of the Knight Center in Science and Environmental Journalism, is supported by a grant from The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation.

UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism is looking for the leaders of the next generation of journalists—strongly motivated individuals with reverence for truth, a hunger to discover and to inform, a deep regard for thorough analysis, and an ardent embrace of civic engagement.

Story Subjects

  • Agricultural and Nutritional Policy
  • The food industry,
  • Food Science
  • Technology and Culture
  • Rural and Urban Farming
  • Agriculture and the Environment (including climate change)
  • Global Trade and Supply Chains
  • Consolidation and Securitization of the Food System
  • Public Health (as it relates to Food and Farming)

The Berkeley Difference

  • Journalism, exclusively. No public relations, no advertising, no strategic communications.
  • Program built on small classes, close faculty contact, creative collaboration with outstanding fellow students.
  • Emphasis on producing high-quality, publishable work while enrolled.
  • A two-year educational immersion, because there are no shortcuts. Berkeley call their degree a Master of Journalism for a reason.

Grant Information: The Fellowship program includes ten $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The fellowship is open to print and audio journalists.
  • Preference will be given to U.S. focused stories, but will also consider international stories with a strong U.S. angle or connection.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Captain Planet Foundation: Providing Grants, Environmental Stewardship Opportunities and Education to Inspire Youth!

Deadline: 31 January 2016

Captain Planet Foundation is accepting applications from US and international organisations for grants to serve community through environmental stewardship activities.

The Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation was co-founded by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle in 1991. The Foundation supports high-quality; hands-on environmental stewardship projects that have enabled more than 1.1M youth across the U.S. and around the world make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities.

The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. The foundation’s unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.

Captain Planet Foundation was created with a thought that children can inherit a legacy of wastefulness, or an action plan that can save our planet.

Grant Information: An annual operating budget of less than $3 million

Objectives

  • Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;
  • Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools;
  • Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S.-based schools and organizations are eligible to apply.
  • International Organizations are also eligible to apply with preference given to international projects that have U.S.-based partners.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Captain Planet Foundation.

Applications Open for Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa: Supporting Economic and Social Development of Local Communities!

Deadline: 31 March 2016

The Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa (MCFEA) is currently accepting applications from organizations throughout Europe and Africa to support projects that align with environmental conservation, environmental education and poverty alleviation. A special priority is projects that combine conservation with the economic and social development of local communities.  Grants are to organizations for one year.

The Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa (MCFEA) target grant-making level shall be between £200,000 and £300,000 per annum (the Fund’s total expenditure)

Objectives

  • To conserve and protect, for the benefit of the public, the environment as a whole and its animal, forest and plant life in particular and to educate the public in natural history and ecology and the importance of conservation of the environment;
  • To advance the education of the public and, in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing:
    • to promote education and research in the field of ecology and conservation of natural resources and the environment anywhere in the world;
    • to promote the study and appreciation of flora and fauna anywhere in the world with particular emphasis on endangered species;
    • to promote the study and appreciation of agriculture, horticulture, silviculture and land and estate management;
    • to carry out research into the sustainable development of forest lands.
  • To relieve poverty in any part of the world.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can fill the MCFEA application form via given website.

For more information, please visit Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa.

The Asian Sphere Scholarship Program: Call for Enrollment of Doctoral and MA Students

Deadline: Various

MA Students: 1 April 2016

Phd Students: 31 January 2016

The Asian Sphere is offering a unique opportunity for outstanding candidates, at the MA and PhD level, to enroll in a multidisciplinary and inter-university graduate program that deals with the Asian continent.

The Asian Sphere is a joint Israeli program between the University of Haifa and the Hebrew University, funded by the Humanities Fund of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education in Israel (VATAT) and Yad Hanadiv.

Funding Information:

  • Scholarships for MA students are in the amount of 10,000-20,000 NIS per year for two years, depending on the candidate’s scholastic achievement.
  • The scholarship for PhD students are in the amount of 60,000 NIS per year + full tuition for three years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Doctoral students must participate in at least three of the program’s interdisciplinary seminars and actively participate in the program yearly academic retreat as well as other activities of the program.
  • Annual renewal of the scholarship will depend on demonstrated progress of the Asian Sphere Program fellows and on continued recommendation of their thesis supervisor.
  • To pass from the first to the second year, Ph.D students will have to participate in at least two of the program’s seminars, successfully write at least one seminar paper, complete their Ph.D. proposal which will be approved by their advisor(s).
  • To pass from the second to the third year, Ph.D. students will have to submit a report with regard to their academic progress and complete at least one chapter of their dissertation approved by their advisor(s).
  • D. students will be encouraged to submit research articles to refereed journals and required to present at least one paper in an international conference held during either the second or the third year of the program.

How to Apply

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

For more information, please visit Asian Sphere Scholarship.

APA Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grants: Call for Applications

Deadline: 11 January 2016

The American Psychological Association is offering grants to psychology departments to support undergraduate research assistantships during the summer of 2016. The purpose of the APA Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grants is to provide talented undergraduates who have little or no prior laboratory experience with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how scientific research is conducted.

These grants are being offered by APA for the first time in 2016.

APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States with a mission to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

The  APA Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grants are designed to enable psychology departments to hire between four and eight undergraduates to work as research assistants in faculty members’ labs for periods of six to eight weeks over the summer of 2016 (within the window of May 1-Sept. 30, 2016).

Benefits

  • APA will provide funds to pay each student at the institution’s 2016 rate of pay for undergraduate research assistants (but at least $10 per hour).
  • APA will also make a contribution to the hosting department, with the amount determined by the number of students supported.
  • Research assistants will be temporary employees of the institution, and the institution’s employment and other policies will be applicable to them.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Psychology departments in academic institutions in the U.S. that offer a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply.
  • Participating undergraduates need not be students at the institution; they can, for example, be students at other institutions in the vicinity. All students, however, must be enrolled at a U.S. institution (though they need not be U.S. citizens).
  • APA strongly encourages inclusion of students from groups that are underrepresented in science. The application should include a description of how students will be recruited and selected.
  • At the time they are selected, students should have had little to no prior experience working in a research lab.
  • At the point they begin working as research assistants, students should have completed their freshman year and not yet have obtained a bachelor’s degree.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit APA Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grants.

2016 Africa Energy Essay Contest: How can Africa Achieve Sustainable and Affordable Supply of Energy for all by 2030?

Deadline:  29 January 2016

The Nigeria Energy Forum is delighted to invite young professionals to make submissions for the 2016 Africa Energy Essay Contest. The essay contest will take the form of a letter written to the UN Secretary General, highlighting the challenges and opportunities for sustainable energy development in Africa.

Essay Contest Prize Information

The winners of the essay contest will receive commendation certificates and prizes, including a unique opportunity to discuss their innovative approach to solving Africa’s energy challenge at the Nigeria Energy Forum

  • First Prize: iPad mini, ₦ 60,000 ($300) gift voucher, certificate of excellence and opportunity to speak at the Africa Energy Dinner on April 12, 2016.
  • Second Prize: ₦ 40,000 ($200) gift voucher, certificate of excellence and opportunity to speak at the Africa Energy Dinner.
  • Third Prize: ₦ 20,000 ($100) gift voucher, certificate of excellence and opportunity to attend the energy dinner.
  • All shortlisted entrants will be profiled at the Nigeria Energy Forum and the top 10 essays will be published on the forum website.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The contest is open to all young professionals(anyone under the age of 35) with an interest in the area of sustainable energy.
  • The essay must be written in English and not be longer than 1 page of an A4 paper
  • The essay cannot mention participant’s name or the name of their organisation to ensure anonymity during review. However, contact details must be provided during submission.

How to Apply

Interested young professionals may submit their essays at the mail address, given on the website.

For more information, please visit Essay Contest.

Mind and Life 1440 Awards: Reducing Suffering & Promoting Human Flourishing!

Deadline: 5 February 2016

The Mind & Life Institute in partnership with the 1440 Foundation is offering the Mind and Life 1440 Awards, specifically geared towards the investigation of social and relational outcomes of contemplative practice. These awards are intended to promote research that evaluates whether and how contemplative practice can promote inner well-being and healthy relationships in a variety of settings, with a particular interest in evaluating the application of contemplative practices in educational contexts (K-12 preferred).

The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit organization committed to building a scientific understanding of the mind as a way to help reduce suffering and promote human flourishing. To accomplish this, The Mind & Life Institute foster interdisciplinary dialogue between Western science, philosophy, humanities, and contemplative traditions, supporting the integration of first-person inquiry through meditation and other contemplative practices into traditional scientific methodology.

By enabling high-level research in the area of social and relational outcomes of contemplative practice, the 1440 Awards aim to expand the applications and impact of contemplative practices in the world.

Grants Information

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded through a competitive application, review, and selection process.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The 1440 Awards are open to any academic researchers, although The Mind & Life Institute seeks to specifically promote the careers and development of young investigators such as graduate students and post doctoral fellows.
  • Proposed research should be completed within a two-year period, and annual progress reports are required for awardees to remain in good standing.
  • It is expected that the completion of proposed research will result in the submission of findings to a peer-reviewed scientific journal and/or conference.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online by submitting all the necessary documents via given website.

For more information, please visit The Mind & Life Awards.

USAID: Funding to Promote Human Rights in Southern Africa

Deadline: 23 November 2015

The Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG), within the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are seeking applications for a program entitled “Promoting Human Rights in Southern Africa”.

The resources will be made available to USAID Missions and Offices who are encouraged to submit applications for projects that will:

  • Respond to urgent or unanticipated human rights challenges;
  • Respond to emerging windows of opportunity in the protection and promotion of human rights

Funding Information

This is a world-wide funding opportunity however; USAID/Southern Africa is limited to the submission of grants ranging from $100,000 up to $750,000, and spanning from 12 months to 3 years in duration.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications should be from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. entities, such as private, non-profit organizations (or for-profit companies willing to forego profits), including private voluntary organizations, universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations working in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia or Botswana or organizations interested in working in two or more countries in Southern Africa.

How to Apply

Interest applicants must submit their applications at the address provided on the PDF of the funding opportunity’s full announcement.

For more information, please visit grants.gov.

Vodafone Americas Foundation: Funding the best Innovations using Wireless Technology to Address Critical Social Issues around the World

Deadline: 22 February 2016

The Vodafone Americas Foundation is currently inviting applications for its competition- ‘designing the Wireless Innovation Project’ to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a better world. Total awards up to $600,000 will be available to support projects .

The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project (the “competition”) seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Project proposals must demonstrate significant advancement in the field of wireless-related technology applied to social benefit use. The competition is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Although organizations must be based in the United States, projects may operate and help people outside of the United States.

Social & Technical Issue Areas

Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Access to communication
  2. Education
  3. Economic development
  4. Environment
  5. Health
  6. Connectivity
  7. Energy
  8. Language or Literacy hurdles

Awards

Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be either (a) U.S. nonprofit corporation or trust that is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and that is a public charity (not a private foundation) or
  • a U.S. University, including a university department, university-based research center, university-based entrepreneurship or technology innovation center that is legally part of the university.
  • Project team participants may not be an employee of the Vodafone Americas Foundation, Vodafone Group Plc or any entity in which Vodafone Group Plc holds, directly or indirectly, a shareholding or interest of 20% or more or has the right to exercise, directly or indirectly, 20% or more of the voting rights (collectively, the “Vodafone Entities”).
  • The applicant should propose an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following issue areas: education, health, access to communication, the environment or economic development.
  • The project should demonstrate a significant advancement in wireless-related technology. (We define innovation as something that hasn’t been done before, building upon existing technology, or a unique combination of technologies.)
  • The project should be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period.
  • Early-stage research, or ready to launch products, will not be considered.
  • Projects should involve an established multi-disciplinary team that demonstrates the expertise needed for a comprehensive solution to the targeted problem. For example, a team may consist of members from two or more of the following disciplines: engineering, design, business, international development, or other relevant disciplines. A team may also consist of university-based researchers and non-profit organizations working such areas as international development, health or environment.
  • Projects should demonstrate potential for replication and large scale impact.
  • Proposals should include a business plan or demonstration of financial sustainability.

How to Submit a Proposal

To submit a proposal, Applicants must first successfully complete the Eligibility Questionnaire. Eligible Applicants will then receive the URL for the online application via e-mail and be asked to create a username and password which will enable them to work on their proposal online. The application consists of multiple narrative questions and a project budget spreadsheet that Applicants must complete and submit. All information must be submitted through the on-line application. Finalists will be notified on or about March 25, 2016. The winners will be publicly announced and recognized at a public forum in June, 2016.

For more information, please visit Vodafone Call.

USAID/West Africa: “Human Rights for All” to Build the Capacity of Local Human Rights Organizations

Deadline: 16 November 2015

The United States Agency for International Development is seeking proposals for a project entitled “Human Rights for All” in order to build the capacity of local human rights organizations while also improving the understanding of their role as advocates, allies, and spokespersons for highly vulnerable, politicized, and underserved populations.

This project will build the capacity of local human rights organizations while also improving their understanding of their role as advocates, allies, and spokespersons for highly vulnerable, marginalized, and underserved populations.

The goal of this activity is to better equip CSOs to combat human rights abuses, particularly for LGBT and vulnerable populations.

Activities

  • Train CSOs on universal human rights, including LGBT human rights;
  • Improve the capacity of CSOs to advocate for vulnerable populations;
  • Refine outreach activities and support the development of effective communication plans of CSOs;
  • Train CSOs on transitional justice and victims’ rights to push through the pending cases for trial and judgment; and
  • Support direct lines of communication between the GOCI, CSOs, and individuals whose human rights have been violated

Grants Information

  • Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/West Africa intends to award between $400,000 and $700,000 under this Annual Program Statement (APS), for approximately 2 – 3 grants lasting from twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months
  • The majority of grants will be between $200,000 and $700,000 over twelve to eighteen months, although USAID will consider awarding smaller or larger grants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This APS is issued worldwide as a public notice to ensure that all interested and qualified organizations have a fair opportunity to submit applications for funding. Eligible organizations include:
    • Registered U.S. and non-U.S. private non-governmental organizations,
    • Registered U.S. and non-U.S. non-profit organizations,
    • For-profit organizations willing to forego profit, and
    • Public international organization

For application procedure and more, please visit grants.gov.