Akademie Schloss Solitude Residency Program for 2017–2019

Deadline: 30 November 2016
Open to: persons up to 35 or if older who have completed a university or college degree within the past five years
Fellowship: stipend amounting to EUR 1,150 monthly and a combined apartment / studio plus many benefits

Description

Akademie Schloss Solitude is granting Approx. 70 Residental Fellowships of 3-12 months in duration. More than 1.300 artists from more than 120 countries have developed and advanced projects at the Akademie since its opening in 1990, creating a close-knit, global network of Solitude alumni that expands from year to year.

International artists are invited to apply from the following disciplines: Architecture (design, landscape architecture, urban planning), Visual Arts (including performance art), Performing Arts (stage design, dramatic texts, dramaturgy, musical theater, performance, direction, drama, dance), Design (fashion, costume, product and furniture design, visual communication), Literature (essay, criticism, poetry, prose, translation), Music/Sound (interpretation, sound installation, sound performance, composition), Time-based Media (including video, video installation, documentary and fiction film) and Web-based Media (web design, web development/coding, web art and digital journalism). Furthermore, scholars, scientists and professionals from the disciplines of the Humanities, Social Sciences(Culture and Geopolitics), Economy/Economics (Urban Policy) and History (its practices of writing and politics in the contemporary).

The responsible specialist jurors make decisions on the allocation and the duration of the fellowships. Fellowships are granted for three to twelve months. One of the following three languages is assumed: German, English or French.

Eligibility

  • Persons up to 35 or if older who have completed a university or college degree within the past five years;
  • Several fellowships are also awarded regardless of the applicant’s age.

Fellowship

The fellowship includes the following:

  • A combined apartment / studio, furnished with electricity, water and heat free of charge;
  • A stipend amounting to EUR 1,150 monthly (plus one-time expenses incurred by the fellowship holder travelling to and from Stuttgart from his or her primary place of residence). The Akademie may also offer additional financial supplements, depending on its respective budget situation;
  • A supplement for so-called double housekeeping (subsidy for apartment or studio costs); freight cost subsidy for the transport of materials, tools and instruments to and from Stuttgart; a project promotion subsidy and a one-time materials subsidy; in the case of non-German guests (from non EU-countries), assumption of part of their health insurance expenses;
  • The use of the workshops owned by Akademie Schloss Solitude under the supervision of the technical director, are free of charge for fellowship holders.

Application

The next application round/call for applications for fellowships from 2017–2019 will take place from 1 September 2016 to 30 November 2016. Within this time frame only, applicants will be able to register on the application website and download the application form.

The link to the application website will be posted on the frontpage of the Solitude website as from 1 September 2016.

General information about the residency program of Akademie Schloss Solitude can be found under Residency.

Questions will only be answered by e-mail at  apply@akademie-solitude.de

For more information, please visit the official website.

2016 Training Course on Business & Diplomacy in Warsaw, Poland

The European Academy of Diplomacy (EAD)  is offering a  five-day  course on Business & Diplomacy. The program is designed for university students, young professionals and academia representatives who wish to advance their internationally-minded careers.

It aims to refine the skill-set, specific knowledge, and genuine experience in the growing field of lobbying and economic  diplomacy. By combining intensive lectures and training modules with detailed analysis of  current trade issues, the course offers a platform to engage with economic, political, legal, and cultural lenses.

Program Overview

Curriculum

EU Lobbying

  • EU Institutions and decision making process
  • EU scene: stakeholders and decision makers
  • Lobbying tools and strategies
  • Communication in lobbying

Trainer: Mr. Daniel Gueguen
Founder of Strategy and Lobbying at PACT European Affairs; 40 years of experience in EU public affairs; Founder of CLAN Public Affairs and the European Training Institute; Former Director General of the European Sugar Manufacturers; Former Secretary General of COPA-COGECA.

Business Negotiations

  • Theoretical introduction
  • Full day of case study based simulations

Trainer: Dr. Ilona Hunek
Assistant Professor at Koźmiński University ; active researcher and lecturer focusing on human issues in various organizations; coach and specialist in strategic and international negotiations, conflict resolution and diversity management.

Economic Diplomacy

  • Intersections of business and diplomacy
  • Introduction to economic diplomacy
  • Domestic and external decision making
  • Trade agreements (TTIP/TTP)
  • Main trade blocks and organizations (WTO, OECD)

Trainers:There are various trainers involved in this module, includingDr. WiesławKarsz:
Polish specialist in economic diplomacy, serving the Polish trade envoy to the WTO in 2003-9; Deputy head of the Polish Permanent Representation to the OECD in 2012-2014; International trade expert; Former panelist in WTO’s dispute settlements; Professor for Law & Economics and Jurisprudence at the University of Lodz)

-390 € without accommodation

-610 € with accommodation
-All participants are expected to arrange their own travel and visas if necessary.

For more information, please visit :http://diplomats.pl/ or contact

EAD International Programs Coordinator
Joanna Jasińska
 jjasinska@diplomats.pl

Peter J. Hengel Thai Scholarship Program

We communicated some time ago regarding the very generous Peter J. Hengel Thai Scholarship Program. The 2017 program has just opened for the 2017-18 academic year and I was hoping you would assist in getting the word out that this program is open and accepting applications. The eligibility requirements are:

        Males of Thai descent, age 23 or younger

        High school seniors or current postsecondary undergraduates who are

        Planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in Minnesota.

The program guidelines and application can be found at the following website:

http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/hengel

When the link is clicked on, the applicant will see the program Guidelines, a form which explains how to complete the financial data section of the application and the application itself. The application postmark deadline is October 15, 2016 and is fast approaching. We ask that each applicant fill out the application completely and send an applicant appraisal, a transcript of grades from the past four years and pages 1 and 2 of parent or applicant tax return along with the application itself to the address listed on page 3 of the application

This very generous scholarship is intended to provide for 100% of the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies. The scholarship is renewable up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, as long as the recipient maintains full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic performance. Courses of study that take longer than four years may extend renewal eligibility if funding is available. Awards are for undergraduate study at a college or university preferably in Minnesota.

I thank you so much for assisting me in getting the word out regarding this very generous scholarship opportunity for male students of Thai decent.

Best Regards,

Kandy

Kandy Fraley <kfraley@ScholarshipAmerica.org>

‘Allies in Action’ small fund is open for proposals

THE CURRENT ROUND WILL CLOSE ON Sunday 18 SEPTEMBER 2016. Please review the below information carefully before deciding to apply.

We established ‘Allies in Action’ because we believe that for a social change towards acceptance of diversity and towards equality to happen, we need to activate and develop meaningful ties and relationships between different communities, create a diverse support network for LGBTI persons, and be strengthened by voices and expertise of non-activist allies. Simply put, we believe in the power of person-to-person contacts, the significance of committed individuals that become multipliers within their communities, and in bottom-up progress.

We established ‘Allies in Action’ to support impactful, creative, and genuine ideas by local LGBTI communities and those who are ready to contribute by action and knowledge to better environments for LGBTI and to a better understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex characteristics (SOGISC).

The fund is meant to enable initiatives and actions that inform and involve individuals, communities, and groups outside of LGBTI movements. We seek to enable participation of those who are well-placed to have a positive impact on the everyday life experiences of L, G, B, T, or I persons, as well as on improved understanding of SOGISC and diversity. They would contribute through exercising their professions in an ethical way and by sharing information within their professional or social circles. Among these audiences are lawyers, psychologists, educators, social workers, journalists, healthcare professionals, art and culture opinion makers, as well as parents and family of LGBTI and more.

Initiatives supported by ‘Allies in Action’ can have very diverse goals – from stepping up voices of parents of LGBTI, to incorporating SOGISC issues into broader cultural events, to SOGISC-related educational activities/ publications by professionals for their colleagues, etc. We welcome creativity and innovation in approach.

Do you think this vision and your ideas for action match? Share your initiative with us!

First off, be sure to carefully review our conditions. We would not like you to waste time on a proposal that will not fit the program.

We only support initiatives that:

  • Are led by LGBTI persons and/ or allies of LGBTI (with no limitation in regards presence or absence of official registration of the group);
  • Are implemented locally by groups in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, or Ukraine;
  • Are focused on a specific, carefully selected audience/ target group outside of LGBTI movement and serve to engage, inspire, mobilise individuals and collectives that are in a position to impact everyday realities of LGBTI persons, advocacy capacity of LGBTI organisations, and/ or proper understanding of issues pertaining SOGISC;
  • Demonstrate a clear vision of how this action contributes its bit to a change you want to achieve in your environment;
  • Are concrete and scalable (i.e. with balanced, matching goals and actions);
  • Are endorsed by LGBTI organisations (if proposed by an informal group of allies or activists);
  • Require funding from ‘Allies in Action’ of no more than 5,000 euros (if your initiative will be additionally funded by someone else, then the total combined budget should not exceed 12,000 euros);
  • Value feedback and are interested in the opportunity of engaging external expertise, and therefore commit to regular communication with us in the course of application, implementation, and reporting.

We prefer:

  • Initiatives that feed into, reinforce, and/or diversify other ongoing efforts towards better environment for LGBTI persons and protection of their rights (by you or another group);
  • Genuine and innovative approach to action that is strongly rooted in a local reality, with its limitations, opportunities, and existing relations;
  • Duration of action or initiative of no more than 6 months in total (from receipt of the award to its completion and reporting);
  • Willingness to share experience with colleagues and activists across the above-indicated countries and beyond.

We don’t support:

  • Initiatives proposing direct support and/or services to the LGBTI communities;
  • Initiatives aimed at the anonymous, faceless ‘general public’ or ‘broader audience’, without a clear vision of the specific people (or their groups/ communities) that you want to approach or work with and why you think it is needed;
  • Continuation of regular, ongoing activities;
  • Structural costs, such as ongoing office rental or salaries (please note that honorariums/ one-off fees needed within your specific action can be supported if scalable);
  • Initiatives proposed and managed through external third-party organisations (unless it is a joint action by your group and a local LGBTI organisation). We want to cooperate directly with the groups we support, without an additional layer in-between.

Proposals to which any of the above NO-criteria apply will not be accepted for consideration.

It is possible to submit a proposal if you have received an AiA grant previously already,

We commit to:

  • Supporting you in planning, implementation, and reporting if you are selected for award;
  • Ensuring that both application and reporting processes are not too heavy, while turning them into our joint learning experience;
  • Connecting you with other individuals, groups, organisations, processes, and materials that you might find interesting and helpful in your work, or where your expertise or experience will benefit others.

How to apply for support?

To begin with, we will need a brief proposal from you that will contain essential information about your group/ organisation and plans and will demonstrate why this program and your initiative are a good match.

Please use this format to share your action plans and send them to us at ILGA-Europe and COC Netherlands. We are looking forward to receive your proposal!

Proposals are reviewed and evaluated by an expert advisory group that consists of representatives of international human rights and donor organisations with experience in the program region and knowledge of the LGBTI landscape there.

You can submit your proposal at any time. However, keep in mind that submissions are reviewed as a pool several times per year.

THE CURRENT ROUND WILL CLOSE ON 18 SEPTEMBER 2016.

After that, you should count on up to two weeks of follow-up communications.

Final decisions will be announced in the first weeks of November.

Successful initiatives are expected to receive funds and to be launched in mid-November and be completed by June.

Please feel free to reach out to us at ILGA-Europe and COC Netherlands should you have any questions.

(ВЕРСИЯ НА РУССКОМ)

 

USCIRF Internship Opportunity in Washington DC

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to monitor the status of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief abroad, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international instruments, and to give independent policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. The Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

USCIRF offers the following types of internships:

  • Communications
  • Government Relations
  • Policy: Legal Research
  • Policy: Regional Policy Analysis (Africa; East Asia; Europe and Central Asia; Middle East; South Asia)

General Information on USCIRF Internships

  • Currently enrolled students are eligible for internships with USCIRF.
  • All USCIRF internships are paid; course credit may be available.
  • USCIRF does not provide housing or moving expenses.
  • Internships can be full-time (40 hours a week) or part-time (20-30 hours a week) for a minimum of 8 weeks, but not to exceed 16 weeks.

General Eligibility Requirements (applicable to all USCIRF internships)

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Currently enrolled undergraduates (sophomores, juniors and seniors) and graduate students (including JD and LLM candidates)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Successful completion of a background check

Application Deadlines

Internships are available year-round, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, given the number of applications received, the following are recommended application deadlines:

Fall Semester: September – December
Application Deadline: July 1

Spring Semester: January – April
Application Deadline: November 1

Summer Semester: May – August
Application Deadline: March 1

Application Requirements

  • Cover letter explaining your qualifications and why you would you like to intern at USCIRF
  • Resume
  • 3-5 page writing sample
  • 2-3 letters of reference

E-mail, fax, or mail your application materials to:

Internship Program

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
732 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite A714
Washington, DC 20401
202-523-3240 (phone)

202-523-5020 (fax)

internship@uscirf.gov

Please specify the internship and semester you are applying for in your cover letter and the subject line of an e-mailed application.

Available Internships

Communications Intern

  • Maintain and expand database of media, NGO, think tank, academia, and religious contacts
  • Post on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook
  • Help update website
  • Help prepare materials for distribution to the public and press, including press releases, policy briefs, newsletters, and reports
  • Create daily press clips for distribution
  • Help organize and provide logistical support for events such as press conferences, public hearings, and speaking engagements
  • Provide general administrative support as needed

Eligible candidates should have:

  • experience with Social Media such as Twitter and Facebook;
  • knowledge of Adobe InDesign and other publishing programs;
  • excellent writing, editing, and organizational skills;
  • an interest in human rights and foreign policy;
  • ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and as part of a team;
  • a willingness to perform administrative tasks.

Government Relations Intern

  • Track foreign policystatements, religious freedom, human rights and related legislation, and relevant policy publications
  • Attendand report on Congressional hearings
  • Review relevant government agency websites and publications daily
  • Research positions and actions taken by Members of Congress and Congressional committees and organizations
  • Undertake other research as needed
  • Provide general administrative support as needed

Eligible candidates should have:

  • excellent writing and comprehension skills;
  • a passion for foreign policy and human rights;
  • ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and as part of a team;
  • a willingness to perform administrative tasks;
  • familiarity with the full Microsoft Office suite (Excel and Word in particular).

Policy Department: Legal Research Intern (open to current 2L, 3L, and LLM students)

  • Conduct research on a variety ofinternational human rights and comparative law topics, as assigned

Eligible candidates are:

  • law students with coursework or experience in constitutional law, international affairs, human rights, religious affairs, or a related field;
  • familiar with legal research techniques and the full Microsoft Office suite;
  • interested in the field of international human rights.

Fluency in a foreign language is preferred, but not required.

Policy Department: Regional Policy Analysis Intern

  • Research a variety of international religious freedom and human rights issues, with a focus in one or more of the following world regions:
  • Africa
  • East Asia
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Middle East
  • South Asia

(Specify what region you are applying for in your cover letter and the subject line of an e-mailed application.)

  • Assist with preparations for meetings, roundtables, Commission travel, and other events
  • Attend meetings at USCIRF with international visitors and other groups interested in USCIRF’s work
  • Attend and report on public hearings and other events in the DC area on issues relevant to USCIRF’s work
  • Provide general administrative support as needed

Eligible candidates:

  • possess demonstrable knowledge, including academic background, of a particular world region;
  • have completed coursework (or have experience) in public policy, international affairs, political science, human rights, religious affairs, government affairs, or a related field;
  • are willing to perform administrative tasks;
  • are familiar with the full Microsoft Office suite (knowledge of Microsoft Access is preferred, but not required).

Fluency in a foreign language (particularly Mandarin Chinese, Russian, or Arabic) is preferred, but not required.

 

internship@uscirf.gov

 

Communications Intern – Programmes Unit Asia at Berlin Office

Communications Intern (October-December 2016)

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes the political participation of citizens, the accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide. Democracy Reporting International is currently recruiting a communications intern for its Berlin headquarters to support DRI’s work in Asia (Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka). The intern will support the Asia Team in the areas of communications and project management/administration.

Tasks include:

Communications:

  • Contribute to writing and editing website stories and newsletter articles;
  • Support in drafting and scheduling content for social media channels;
  • Conduct image selection for the website and social media channels;
  • Assist in drafting and editing reports and briefing papers and translating documents;

Project management/administration:

  • Support in the recruitment and management of international experts including travel logistic
  • Support the organisation and its implementation of expert missions as well as workshops and DRI events in Berlin or in-country;
  • Assist in maintaining project files, databases and other resources;
  • Conduct research on current and political affairs in programme countries and the wider Asia region with a particular focus on elections, constitutions and human rights;
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications required:

  • Academic background in law, political science, (South) Asian studies, journalism, public relations or related fields;
  • Experience in media/communications/social media
  • Previous office experience
  • Excellent oral and written English;
  • Proficiency in key computer applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Experience working with Content Management Systems (WordPress) is preferred;
  • Experience with photo and graphic editing software is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the Asian region, with a particular focus on Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, is preferable;
  • Experience in project cycle management, communications, and research is an asset;
  • Student status; must be enrolled in university throughout the duration of the internship;
  • Working permit for Germany (if you are a foreign student).

The internship is full time, starting 1 October 2016 for a duration of three months. A monthly internship allowance of 400 € will be provided.

 

Please submit your application (**cover letter and CV**) to  asia@democracy-reporting.org with “Asia Intern 2016” as the subject heading and supporting documents in the following format: SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_DOCUMENTNAME. The deadline for applications is 20 August 2016. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline, so early applications are encouraged. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted .

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for the Academic Year 2017-2018

Deadline: Varies from country to country
Open to: graduates from all fields
Scholarship: varies according to a country of origin and a type of scholarship

Description

The Swiss government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the Academic Year 2017-2018. The scheme includes various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers:

  • University research fellowships for scholars, doctorates and post-doctorates at Swiss universities, federal institutes of technology and universities of applied sciences (no scholarships for bachelor or masters studies)
  • Arts scholarships for advanced-level artists at Swiss conservatories and universities of the arts (only for a limited number of countries)

These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognized institution.

Eligibility

The scholarships are offered to international graduates from countries around the world, however not all of the countries are included in the scheme. Choose your country from the drop-down menu HERE and check which scholarships you are eligible to apply for.

Scholarship

Generally the scholarship includes a monthly payment, exemption from tuition fees, insurance, housing allowance, airfare and other benefits, depending on the country of origin and the type of scholarship.

Application

The application deadlines vary depending on the country you come from.

In order to apply for a scholarship, please contact the relevant application institution in your country of origin (institution cited in the factsheet, that you can find when you choose your country from the drop-down menu HERE ).

For further information visit the official website HERE.