Apply to Become “MSC Junior Ambassador“

Deadline: 10th December 2013
Open to: young professionals and students who were born in or after 1985
Venue: 31 January – 2 February 2014 at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany


The Munich Security Conference is a leading international and independent forum in the field of foreign and security policy. Established in 1963 by Ewald von Kleist, it brings together decision-makers and experts – heads of state and government, foreign and defense ministers, diplomats and other government officials, military leaders, members of parliament, leaders of international and non-governmental organizations, CEOs and other private sector experts, as well as think tankers and academics – from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges. Since 2008, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, a senior German diplomat and former deputy foreign minister, has been chairman of the conference. The next MSC will be held from 31 January to 2 February 2014 at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich.

In the run-up to its 50th edition in 2014, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) is announcing the second round of the Munich Security Conference Junior Ambassadors program. By means of an essay contest, we want to give three dedicated students or young professionals the opportunity to attend next year’s MSC. The program is open to young professionals and students who were born in or after 1985.


Essay Topic and Guidelines


At the 60th Munich Security Conference in 2024, what will be the most important security challenge on the agenda, and why?


Submissions should not be longer than 6,000 characters and be written in the style of an op-ed. We expressly welcome a wide range of perspectives and put a premium on original, creative writing and surprising arguments. The winning essays will be published on the conference’s website. We will pay for travel expenses and provide accommodation at a conference hotel for the three winners. We expect the Junior Ambassadors to be willing to share their conference impressions via our website and social media from their perspective as the youngest conference attendees.


Deadline for entries is Tuesday, 10 December 2013, 11.59 pm Eastern Standard Time. You can find the application form here: In addition to your essay, please also upload a short CV and fill in the form. The MSC will only notify those contestants that have been selected. The MSC is not accountable for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind occurring with or as a result of the prize, or from participation in the contest.

You can download a PDF version of this text here.

BBC’s International Radio Playwriting Competition

Deadline: 31 January 2014
Open to: anyone over 18 years old living outside the UK
Prizes: £2,000 and a trip to London among others


The International Radio Playwriting Competition is run by the BBC World Service and the British Council. Now in its 24th year, the competition has some additions. It is a competition for anyone resident outside Britain, to write a radio drama for up to six characters. This year’s competition in partnership with Commonwealth Writers again and to welcome their co-producers – The Open University. This has allowed to introduce another prize – the Georgi Markov prize for the most promising script.

Aside this new prize, there are two categories for entry. One is for entrants who speak English as a first language and the other is for entrants with English as a second language. The BBC may require proof of eligibility for the selected category before announcing a winner. The play must be written substantially or entirely in English. Entries that have been translated must acknowledge this fact by giving a credit to the translator or translators. Entries that have been translated will be entered in the English as a first language category.


Entry is only open to anyone who is over the age of 18 as at 31 January 2014 who is not normally a resident of the UK. This may include anyone living/working in the UK on a temporary basis (up to 12 months) at the time of entering the competition. Professional and previously published writers are eligible to enter, but this is not a requirement of entry.

Entrants must not be BBC, British Council or Commonwealth Foundation employees and their close relatives or any person connected to the competition. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.


The prize for the winning entry in each category will consist of £2,000 sterling and a trip to London (airfare and accommodation for one person) to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and attend a prize-giving event. The prize is as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

In memory of the writer, BBC World Service journalist and broadcaster Georgi Markov (1929-1978) who championed freedom of creative expression, this is an additional prize in this year’s International Radio Playwriting Competition, for the writer of the script identified by the judges as showing most promise. The script will be selected from the International Radio Playwriting Competition shortlist and will be an entry which, whilst not deemed ready for broadcast in its current form, shows outstanding potential.

The prize includes a standard return flight to London, with two weeks accommodation – a week of which will be spent with the BBC’s London Radio Drama department and a week with BBC World Service. These two weeks will coincide with the making of the winning plays from the International Radio Playwriting Competition and the winner of the Georgi Markov prize will attend the prize-giving ceremony and receive recognition at the same time.

This prize does not include recording or broadcast of the script and there is no cash alternative. The prize has been established by the BBC World Service and its Writer in Residence and the Open University, in association with Annabel and Sasha Markova.

Once the two winning plays and the winner of the Georgi Markov award have been selected, the best plays from the remaining geographical locations will be selected and will receive a prize in the form of a certificate. Winners will be grouped according to their geographical location: Asia, Africa, Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, the Pacific and Middle East.


Entries must be received at your British Council office or at the BBC in London by midnight GMT on 31 January 2014. Entries received after this time will not be considered. Entrants should write a radio play of approximately 53 minutes’ length on any subject of their choice. Adaptations of novels are not eligible. The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium.

Entries must be submitted either:

  • by post to the following address: International Playwriting Competition 2012, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom.
  • to your local British Council office.
  • or by email to the following email address: (Please note that organizers are unable to enter into any correspondence, but all information regarding the International Playwriting Competition may be found here on the official website).

All entries must be accompanied by entry form which can be downloaded HERE.

Submit any questions to For further information, please visit the official website HERE.

Contemporary Dance Summer Residency, Vienna

Deadline: 15 December 2013
Open to: worldwide dancers and choreographers with decidedly professional ambitions, preferably between 22 and 30 years of age
Scholarship: accommodation in Vienna for the duration of the program


The Scholarship Programme is a 5 week further training program taking place from July 16 – August 20, 2014 in Vienna within the frame of ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival. The Programme offers around 65 young professional dancers and choreographers from mainly European but also from non European countries the possibility to take part in an intense multinational further training programme.

The programme focuses on the exchange of ideas and knowledge, not limited by national borders, on concentrated further training, on meeting with internationally renowned artists gathering in Vienna at ImPulsTanz with the aim to orient the career of the participants. In order to achieve both its educational and artistic goals, the Scholarship Programme is supervised each year by artistic mentors selected amongst dance personalities, who have played a decisive part on an international level in the development of contemporary dance in recent years.

Over 800 young professional dancers and choreographers from over 70 countries have been part of this programme since its creation in 1996.


The quality of the dance background is the main criteria for participation in danceWEB. Although participants should:

  • be dancers and choreographers with decidedly professional ambitions from European, Eastern European and non European countries,
  • preferably be between 22 and 30 years of age
  • possess a good knowledge of English


A scholarship includes the following free services:

  • participation in the Research Projects of ImPulsTanz (Pro Series & Field Projects)
  • participation in the technique workshops of ImPulsTanz (190 workshops by 90 teachers)
  • free admission to all performances of ImPulsTanz
  • free access to the 300 awarded dance film videos as well as to the screenings of documentations and to the dance film productions of artists and companies who perform at ImPulsTanz
  • exchange of ideas and contact with the international teachers and choreographers of ImPulsTanz
  • special projects exclusively offered to danceWEB scholarship holders
  • representation in the yearly growing, international danceWEB-database
  • lecture demonstrations & talks
  • free accommodation

PLEASE NOTE: The scholarship does not include travel and daily expenses. These expenses need to be covered by the scholarship recipients themselves.

One scholarship values approximately EUR 6,450 (depending on the individual choice of research projects, workshops and performances per scholarship holder). The Culture Programme of the European Commission covers EUR 2,150. Another EUR 2,150 shall be covered by national/regional funding bodies of your home country/country of residence. danceWEB as non profit association covers the remaining expenses, with the help of Austrian funding bodies.

In case you get selected for the danceWEB Scholarship Programme, you still need to find a financial contribution (EUR 2,150) to your total scholarship expenses from local funding bodies in your home country/country of residence in order to secure your participation. danceWEB will assist you in finding financial support. You don’t need to have secured the funding already for the application.


Application deadline is 13 December 2013 at noon Central European Time. The application for danceWEB is an online application AVAILABLE HERE and requires the following:

  • Personal Data
  • Information about your Artistic Career (Education/Further Training/Performance activities)
  • an Artistic Statement (English)
  • 3 recommendation letters (English)
  • 2 recent photos (portrait & dance photo)
  • Curriculum Vitae (English)
  • Application form AVAILABLE HERE

Please submit any questions to the organizers at For more information, please visit the official website HERE.


Green Store Challenge by H&M and the DO School

Deadline: 7 January 2014
Open to: emerging social entrepreneurs aged 18 to 28 from around the world
Fellowship: tuition fee and all costs associated directly with program activities


The DO School is an innovative educational institution offering training, mentoring, and education to outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to kick-start their own ventures all around the world.

The DO School offers a unique one-year educational program enabling talented emerging social entrepreneurs to launch their own innovative and sustainable ventures. The program allows its participants to learn from passionate peers, engage with current leaders
and experts, and create change by implementing their social start-ups in their home countries.

The yearlong program takes place in two phases: the 10-week Incubation Phase on their Hamburg campus and the 10-month Implementation Phase in the Fellows’ home countries. During the Incubation Phase Fellows solve a group Challenge in order to learn
hands-on how to act as a successful entrepreneur.

H&M challenges the DO School Fellows to create a Green Store prototype. This Green Store prototype must be sustainable in terms of materials, construction, energy, operation and other aspects and will be realized in Germany. The prototype should be scalable to H&M stores worldwide, be economically beneficial and make the idea of sustainability tangible for customers and employees.


The DO School invites applications from emerging social entrepreneurs aged 18 to 28 from around the world, with relevant interests and skills. A maximum of 20 Fellows will be selected for the H&M Green Store Challenge and successful candidates may come from, but are not restricted to the fields of engineering, architecture, fashion and design, as well as environmental activism, retail and human resource management.


Every Fellow accepted into the DO School program receives a scholarship covering the entire tuition cost of the one year program. The scholarship also covers all costs associated directly with program activities (such as materials, entrance fees, etc) during the ten-week Incubation Phase on campus.

Please note that fellows are responsible for organizing and paying for their own travel to the DO School campus in order to participate in the ten-week on campus phase. Fellows are also responsible to arrange for and pay for travel health and accident insurance for the ten weeks duration. During the entire program year Fellows are responsible for their personal cost of living (food, insurance, transportation, personal needs, etc). During the Incubation Phase on campus Fellows will stay at a subsidized DO School accommodation in shared rooms and be required to contribute 900 € in Hamburg or $2,000 in New York towards their ten-week accommodation.

Fellows can apply for extra funding to cover their cost for setting up their ventures. They may complete the form for financial aid. For more information on financial aid visit the financial aid page HERE.


The deadline for applications to the Green Store Challenge is 7 January 2014.

Applications for the one-year DO School program are completed through the online application form HERE. Below are the three steps you need to complete to submit your online application:

  1. Create a user account. You will receive an email with a link. Click on this link to activate your account. If you do not receive this email within a few minutes, please check your spam folder.
  2. Complete all parts of the online application form. You will be asked to fill in personal information, answer application questions, and agree to the conditions of application. To save your work and return to it at another time, click the “save” button.
  3. Submit your application. Once the status of all three parts is complete, you can click the “Submit Your Application” button. You cannot make any changes to your application after your submission. No late submissions will be accepted. Successful submission will be confirmed by a screen saying: “Your application has been submitted”.

For more information please visit the official website HERE.

‘Democracy & Human Rights at School’ Comic Strip Contest

Deadline: 24 December 2013
Open to: students up to secondary school leaving age
Prize: winning projects will receive great media visibility and on-line exposure on the Internet sites of the European institutions


The Pilot Project Scheme “Human Rights and Democracy in Action” supported by the European Commission and the Council of Europe is pleased to announce a comic strip competition on the theme of “Democracy and human rights at school.”

The competition gives students a chance to express their views of democracy and human rights as they see it in their daily lives at school. Selection will be done through on-line consultation. The winning entries will then be integrated in one or several short animated film(s) on this specific subject.

The comic strip should tell a story. It may include written messages and/or dialogues, with a maximum of 8 frames (within max. one page). More than one entry may be submitted per student(s). Entries may be in English, French or German. Any other official European language is, of course, welcome, with a translation in one of these three languages.

The project should be simple, giving a clear and direct message about one or several basic principles of the Charter on Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education in the context of schools, e.g. participation in decision-making, value of diversity, peace, respect for human dignity, equal chances and opportunities.


The contest is open to students up to secondary school leaving age.


The winning projects will receive great media visibility and online exposure on the Internet sites of the European institutions, the Council of Europe and the partners in its many networks. The 10 top entries will be celebrated as a major contribution to citizenship and human rights education and will be included in one or several short-film(s)/animation(s) which will be commissioned afterwards.


Deadline for submitting the entries: 24 December 2013. PDF files should be mailed to the following address:

The comic strip should not have any sign identifying its authors, so as to allow for neutral online appraisal by the general public.

In addition to his/her submittal, the participating student(s) will supply a brief explanatory note complete with the designer’s name, e-mail address, telephone number, as well as the data of the institution (school) where the participants are registered. Incomplete identification will be a cause of ineligibility in the context of the competition.

The comic strip competition will be widely announced on all the websites of the Council of Europe partners, associates and networks active in the field of citizenship and human rights education. The public in the European civil society will be invited to visit the website HERE and to vote online for comic strip(s) which they most like. The final selection will reflect both the votes from the public and the votes from an Ad Hoc Selection Committee ensuring the best entries do reflect the values and philosophy of education for citizenship and human rights.

More information is available on the official call for applications HERE.

Specialized Training for Media and Public Relations Professionals


UNICRI’s specialized training aims to provide media and public relations professionals, as well as students planning a career in public information, with a deeper understanding of new security threats to states and citizens. The focus of the training is on cyber threats and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks of a criminal, accidental or natural origin.

Today, information is one of our most powerful tools: it influences political decision-making and public opinion, establishing priorities and shaping the agenda of the international community. It reaches a wide-ranging audience instantly and provokes equally rapid reactions. This makes reporting and public information dissemination fundamental components in dealing with threats and complex security issues. Conversely, this can become a risk when dealing with sensitive matters of public concern where accurate coverage and reliability of sources are of utmost importance.

During and following cyber and CBRN emergencies, precise information is critical to generate appropriate levels of concern from governments and civil society. Public information professionals and journalists have to address priority issues that require a deep understanding and level of specialization to match the pressure and expectations of their daily work. Being objective, knowledgeable and responsible is crucial to reporting on security issues associated with new technological advances and globalization trends.

Two thematic areas will be addressed: the first investigates the consequences of an increasing dependence on digital infrastructure that fosters the risk of new cyber threats in a hyper-connected world. The second focuses on criminal use and accidents related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material. Over the course of their training participants will become skilled in identifying, interpreting and communicating information regarding new hazards to states and citizens. They will acquire key tools to report facts and expand their professional network in a select, international environment.

Participants also have the option to select only one of the two thematic areas.


From the 3rd to the 14th February 2014 the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) will organize a specialized training focused on cyber and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats.

The lecturers are experienced international journalists, eminent scientists from nationally and internationally recognized academic and research institutions, as well as practitioners from international organizations dealing with CBRN risk mitigation and cyber crime.

This is a unique opportunity for media and public information professionals to deepen their knowledge of emerging security threats. Over the course of their training participants will become skilled in handling information related to new hazards to states and citizens. They will acquire key tools to report facts and expand their professional network in a select, international environment. Upon completion of the course UNICRI will grant a certificate of participation.

Organizer: The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

Who should attend: The training is intended for journalists, public relations professionals, corporate communication managers and students who want to specialize in public information.

When: 3-14 February 2014

Where: The Specialized Training is held on the United Nations Campus in Turin, Italy.

Attendance: Participants may either attend the full-length training program (including Cyber and CBRN threats) or choose to attend just one module (Module 1: Cyber Threats; Module 2: CBRN Threats).

Application deadline: 15 December 2013.

For detailed information please click here

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Research Training Workshop on Citizen Media

Research Training Workshop on Citizen Media in Eastern Europe, East Asia and the Arab World: Call for Papers

Workshop dates: 27th-28th January 2014

Location: University of Manchester

EXTENDED DEADLINE for Submission of Abstracts: 30 November 2013

The term ‘citizen media’, or ‘participatory media’, covers a wide range of activities undertaken by ordinary, non-professional citizens who lay a claim to an area of public life and politics and seek to transform it in some way. From videos circulated on YouTube to graffiti, street performance and other forms of street art, and from community radio to blogging, crowd sourcing, tweeting, flashmob protest and hacktivism, new forms of civic engagement continue to develop, expand and shape the relationship between the private and the public, the local and the global, mainstream and alternative media, corporations and clients, the state and civil society. The aim of the workshop is to bring together doctoral students and early career researchers who work on citizen media in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, China and East Asia, and the Arab world – areas where citizen media has been at the centre of political contestations, censorship and everyday struggles. The workshop will focus on methodological challenges of researching citizen media, whether these are conceptual, practical, ethical or political.

We welcome proposals for 15-minute presentations which discuss any topic relating to the methodologies of researching citizen media in any of these regions. Papers should reflect the current research of postgraduates or early career researchers. The workshop will also include a guided training session on methods, and several presentations by expert scholars (detailed below). To apply, please send a title and a 300-word abstract to by the 30th of November 2013.

The event is free of charge and open to doctoral students and early career researchers. Limited funds are available to cover travel and accommodation expenses. To apply for funding assistance, please indicate so on your submission, and outline the estimated cost of your travel. Successful candidates will be notified in December.


Please check our website for updates

View provisional programme

The event is organised by Adi Kuntsman, Mona Baker and Elena Barabantseva, and sponsored by the Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies, the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, the White Rose East Asia Centre, the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World and the British Inter-University China Centre.These five Centres are funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy as part of the Language-Based Area Studies initiative.