The Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme (OUDSP)

THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY DIPLOMATIC STUDIES PROGRAMME (OUDSP)

 

The OUDSP, also known as the Foreign Service Programme, is a course of postgraduate study, specifically designed for foreign policy practitioners, which enters its 50th year in October 2018. The great majority of DSP members are diplomats in early to mid-career, nominated by their governments, who come to Oxford for a career break of a full academic year.  The course helps them to upgrade their academic knowledge and practical skills and to familiarise themselves with British, European and international institutions.  They also benefit from the many academic and social facilities Oxford has to offer.  While in Oxford, each of them is a full member of the University and of one of its Colleges.

Applicants may apply to either the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies or the Master of Studies in Diplomatic Studies.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies is a nine-month (October-June), full-time course requiring residence in Oxford. It comprises four taught courses and is assessed by four year-end examinations.

The Master of Studies in Diplomatic Studies is a twelve-month (October-September), full-time course requiring residence in Oxford.  In addition to the four taught courses and year-end examinations of the Postgraduate Diploma, it entails completion of a substantial research project.

Eligibility

To be accepted, candidates must have a good degree from a reputable university, relevant professional experience, and a very good command of oral and written English.  A wide spread of countries is represented on the Programme.

Programme content

The syllabus includes international politics; public international law; international trade and finance; and diplomatic practice. OUDSP membership includes access to Oxford’s intellectual, library, sporting and social resources, networking with colleagues and the chance to tackle complex long-term subjects in a way not easily achieved during busy diplomatic postings.  In addition to the normal syllabus, some members are accepted to undertake specialized research under individual supervision.  Distinguished guest speakers lecture to and dine with the course during the Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms. The year’s programme normally includes study visits to London, Belfast, Brussels, and Geneva.

Funding

Some course members are financed by Chevening (FCO) or other publicly- funded scholarships; others are funded by their own governments or from private sources.

Those who apply before the January deadline will be put forward for University and College scholarships.

Deadlines

  • 19 January 2018
  • 9 March 2018

Further information

More information is available on the website: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/oudsp

Join the OpenVillage/LOTE6 festival 2017 in Brussels

Deadline:  ongoing
Open to: anyone with a story of an open and participatory project of health/social care
Fellowship:  Up to 15000 Euro

Description

We believe that the future of health and social care is community-based and participatory. We are committed to the idea that care should not necessarily be handed down from institutions to the people but can emerge organically from the people according to their needs.

The OpenVillage Festival is a highly participatory festival showcasing working solutions and demos produced by community members, as well as pathways for working together towards their sustainability. It will take place on October 19-21, 2017 in Brussels and represents the culmination of the OpenCare 18 month research that involves hundreds of original initiatives.

Aiming to deepen community collaboration, during April – May 2017, the SCImPULSE Foundation will appoint 3 “students” to support communication and engagement for the OpenVillage. We use “students” in the Latin sense, of people that will apply themselves to the subject, as fellows of SCImPULSE Foundation, and not in any sense as an indication of career status.

Eligibility

We will consider individuals who have demonstrated an interest in and alignment with Diy Welfare (referred to as “opencare”) in the following ways (each item will receive a score from 0 the minimum, to 5 the maximum, which will be summed to define the final score used to choose the winners):

  • are registered on edgeryders.eu and have contributed a story on the OpenCare community page. NB: All the stories already submitted in 2016 and 2017 are being considered.
  • are operating at the grassroots level or are heavily interacting with such groups
  • Are open in their work, use of methodology, technology, results (public and transparent communication, open processes for participation, commons licensing, open source code etc.)
  • their contribution is validated in positive responses by their peers in the opencare community (as seen from the Comments section)
  • have storytelling and content production skills for presenting the opencare initiatives to various community groups and audiences
  • demonstrate willingness to collaborate with others and use online environments for communication, engagement, documentation of work and social media

Fellowship

  • A bursary appointment: Up to 15000 Euro to reimburse your working time, distributed on the basis of winners’ financial needs
  • A travel budget: Up to 5000 Euro, to be authorized in advance by due justification.

Application

  1. Connect with other participants by reading their stories at the bottom of this page, and offering ideas or advice in the form of thoughtful comments.
  2. Think about a theme, session or exhibit on community care, that you would like to curate for the OpenVillage (see the first proposal here).
  3. Write a post containing your proposal in our shared workspace.

In order to apply, register HERE.

There is no deadline for the applications, but the sooner you start and complete your application, the higher your chances – we will consider them on the rolling basis!

For more information come to our weekly online community gatherings on Wednesdays at 18:00 CET here or contact community@edgeryders.eu.

The official web-page.

Your chance to WIN FREE TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION in Warsaw for #RockitWAW!

Deadline:  30 January 2017
Open to: participants from around the world
Venue: 16– 17 February 2017 in Warsaw, Poland

 

Rockit Digital Summit is an annual international conference bringing innovation, entrepreneurial mindset and technology to digital communication and media.

RockitWAW is the major networking conference for digital communication professionals from media, marketing, business, non-profit, and governmental sectors in Europe and Central Asia. RockitWAW brings you the world-class speakers & inspiring discussions around digital communication, tech trends and developments in media. This is the event to share ideas, inspire others and get inspired yourself.

Who will be there 450+ attendees:

  • Media – journalists, bloggers, editors, media managers
  • Marketing – digital marketing and advertising professionals
  • Business – entrepreneurs, startups, corporate managers
  • Non-profit – activists, communication specialists
  • Government – press officers, political consultants

Join RockitWAW! Rock the Digital!

 

 

Award

Your chance to WIN FREE TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION in Warsaw for #RockitWAW!
All you have to do is write a public post telling us why you want to join Rockit. It can be a picture, gif, video, text – you name it! And don’t forget to tag Rockit Digital Summit and use #IWant2RockitWAW hashtag!

Application

The owner of the most creative post will join #RockitWAW at our expenses! The more “likes” and shares you get – the bigger are your chances!
The contest ends by Monday (30.01) midnight!
If you already bought your tickets you can still participate. If you win we will reimburse you the money.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, feel free  to contact via email :  nino@digicomnet.org  or  artur@digicomnet.org.

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2017 Global Eco-Leaders Camp in South Korea

Deadline: 12 November  2016
Opent to:  Eco-generation age 13 and above
Cost: fully- funded sponsored by Samsung Engineering

Description

Eco-generation of Samsung Engineering would like to offer opportunities to the young students to participate in the 2017 Global Eco-Leaders Camp which will be held in Seoul, South Korea by sponsoring the respective winners around the world to explore the environmental awareness activities.

Winners will be given the opportunities to participate in the 2017 Global Eco-Leaders Camp which program includes specialist lecture, laboratory demonstrations and experiments, hands-on project, presentation competition and a variety of other activities in order to advance their awareness on the role and commitment to energy efficiency, energy conservation, and mitigating energy-related impacts on the environment. The trip to the 2017 Global Eco-Leader Camp will be in February, 2017 for 6 days and be fully sponsored by Samsung Engineering.

Eligibility

  • Participants: Eco-generation members around the world aged between 13 and 16;
  • Facilitator: Eco-generation member aged 18 or older.

Participants:

  • Facilitator: One shall represent the country they’re from during the Camp;
  • One shall actively join the programs and group projects;
  • One shall follow the instructions of the facilitator and staffs of the Summit for safety;
  • One shall post the experiences in the GYELS after returning back to their country within 3 weeks;
  • Planning / Organizing / Executing the 2017 Global Eco-Leaders Program in close cooperation with Eco-generation team;
  • Coaching and Mentoring for the participants of 2017 Global Eco-Leaders Camp;
  • One shall post the experiences in the Global Eco-Leaders Camp after returning back to their country within 3 weeks.

Costs

The trip to the 2017 Global Eco-Leader Camp will be in February, 2017 for 6 days and be fully sponsored by Samsung Engineering.

Application

Global:

  • Visit Eco-generation website to check the selection details;
  • Write an essay on “How can we motivate people to conserve energy?” in the Content column of the application form. (600 -800 words);
  • Attach your CV in the attachment column;
  • Press Submit button on the bottom;
  • To confirm your application, please log in first. 

Thailand:

  • Visit Eco-generation website for more details: Thailand : Home>E-gen Event>Monthly Event>No. 91;

For more information please Visit Official Page

Essay Writing Contest by Custom-Writing.org

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Custom-Writing.org awards scholarships of $1800 in total to the most vivid, versatile, and talented writers in our upcoming Essay Writing Contest.

  • The Essay Writing Contest starts on October 10, 2016, and lasts for two months.
  • Any student, regardless of academic level and location of studies, can participate.
  • Three winners will receive prizes totaling $1800.

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST 2016

The aim of the Essay Writing Contest is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their writing talents and win an award for them.

Our Essay Writing Contest is not only about finding people who can write well. Indeed, the aim of the contest is to identify individuals who have both critical thinking and writing skills. The 2016 Essay Writing Contest focuses on two aspects:

  • The ability to think critically
  • The ability to express thoughts clearly and logically

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There are no strict requirements for participants. Custom-Writing.org requires the following:

  • Participants must be students of any educational institution in any location. Academic level and major do not matter.
  • Each student must write an essay on one of three given topics that fulfills all instructions and submit it before the deadline to contest@custom-writing.org.
  • Participants must share this post on their Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts and attach screenshots to prove it when submitting the essay.
  • By submitting an entry, students agree to the terms and conditions of the contest and acknowledge that the choice of the judges is final.

WHY PARTICIPATE

Scholarships of $1800 in total will be awarded to the best three essay writers:

1st place — $800

2nd place — $600

3rd place — $400

Winners get more than just significant cash prizes—their talent will be recognized by our proficient writers and editors, and their works will be published on the Custom-Writing Blog.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ESSAY SUBMISSION

Participants must follow all instructions to be eligible to win the contest.

  1. Write one essay on one of following three topics:
  • Why do you think it is important for students to improve their essay writing skills?
  • How can having less homework help improve learning?
  • Are the requirements of academic writing too strict? Should writing be simpler for students?
  1. Essay requirements:
  • Has a word count of 450 – 650 words (excluding footnotes, bibliography, title page, and article title)
  • Is written in US English
  • Contains no plagiarism
  • Has a file name of “Essay Writing Contest_Last Name”
  • Is submitted in .doc or .docx format
  • Has a bibliography that lists two or more peer-reviewed sources and no sources older than five years
  • Uses the APA formatting style

Please note that to be accepted, your essay must contain all required elements of APA formatting style:

  • Title page formatted correctly
  • Header with running head and page numbers on each page
  • References page

You can find the full list of requirements in this APA formatting checklist.

Send your completed essay to contest@custom-writing.org by the deadline given below. Late submissions will not be accepted.

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST SCHEDULE

Start of Essay Writing Contest — October 10, 2016

Duration — 2 months

Final deadline for submission — midnight EST on December 10, 2016

Winners announcement — January 20, 2017

GRADING CRITERIA

Each participant can earn 100 points in total.

All works will be checked by the team of professional writers and editors at Custom-Writing.org.

Review the grading criteria below to make your essay perfect:

  • Correct APA style — 20 points
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation— 20 points
  • Focused content — 20 points
  • Clear expression of thought and style — 20 points
  • Strong organization — 20 points

ONLINE VOTING

On December 28, 2016, the best 15 essays will be published on theCustom-Writing Blog, where readers will have the opportunity to help us determine the three winners.

Each reader will be able to vote for his or her favorite essay by sharing it only once on each social media account: Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Online voting will last until midnight EST on January, 18, 2017.

Taking into consideration the results of online voting and the grades from our expert writers and editors, we will determine the final three winners of the Essay Writing Contest.

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AWARDS

Winners will be announced on January 20, 2017, on the Custom-Writing Blog.

To receive a prize, winners must provide proof of enrollment. In case the winner is unable to provide proof of enrollment, the prize will be given to the next eligible participant.

The Humanity Photo Awards 2017

Deadline: 15 April 2017
Open to: photographers all over the world
Prize: cash awards, accommodation and travel allowance for winners to attend the awards ceremony

Description

Since 1998, the China Folklore Photographic Association (CFPA) has launched a call to photographers all over the world to document folklore phenomenon extensively and in depth. To this end, CFPA founded HPA, blessed with UNESCO’s support and is granted with its logo since the 2nd HPA. HPA gets held biennially and HPA 2017 is the latest session, short for the 10th Humanity Photo Awards.

We call upon responsible photographers who respect and love life to take out your cameras, and in the form of feature photography:

  • to explore and rescue the endangered folk cultures of nationalities worldwide;
  • to record the changes and evolution of various folk cultures in a genuine, vivid and profound way;
  • to record, spread and share the multi-cultures of the world with the aim of enhancing mutual understanding and communication between people and promoting world peace and development;
  • to contribute to the World Folklore Photo Museum with world-wide cultural records

Eligibility

1. Entries are required to be submitted online via http://www.hpa.org.cn. Please click on “Submission”, sign up and submit photos on the entry page in accordance with relevant requirements. All information is required to be written in Chinese or English only.

2. The entrant’s name on the entry form should be the same as that on his/her valid identification/passport. Any other preferred name such as “professional name” or “pen name” will not be allowed. If entrants would like to have a preferred name on the certificate, please apply 30 days before the awards ceremony, send a formal declaration letter according to the organizers’ requirements, and pay the cost of production.

3. There are no restrictions on entrants in terms of profession, gender, age, nationality, country or region.

4. The photos must be taken by the entrant himself/herself, otherwise the entrant will be deprived of the right to win the award in the contest.

5. Photos entered jointly by two or more than two entrants will not be accepted.

6. All entrants will be deemed to have accepted the Guidelines of HPA 2017. Any legal responsibility relating to entries, such as copyright, right of reputation and portrait, right of privacy, right of trade mark, etc. will be borne by the entrants.

7. The contest is open to everyone except the members of jury and the staff of HPA 2017 work team.

Awards

① Five awards will be offered in accordance with the judging criteria: Grand Awards (G), Documentary Awards (D), Jury’s Special Awards (S), Nomination Awards (N) and Performance Awards (P).

②③All prize-winning photographers will be invited to attend the award ceremony and related events that last for 3 to 6 days.

④ Prize-winning photographers are required to buy their own flight tickets. Based on the located region of the prize-winning photographers, the organizers will then determine the maximum transport allowance for the winners from each region according to the basic transport expenses for a round trip from their registered city to the city where the awards ceremony will be held. Transport allowance will be given to the prize-winning photographers after they arrive at the event venue and submit the signed paper flight itinerary or train ticket (Reimbursement is only allowed for prize winners who have paid for transport themselves during the period of ceremony).

⑤One Grand Award for each category, vacancy allowed. Judging Criteria: excelling in all three aspects: photographic technique, documentary value and difficulty in photographing, and can best highlight the mission of the HPA photo contest.

⑥⑦Jury’s Special Awards will be selected among the Nomination Awards based on the stories of the photo sets, interviews and editing skills of the photographers. The prize-winning photographers will be also awarded transport allowance. The final number of Nomination Awards will be made clear by deducting the number of Jury’s Special Awards from the original 100.

⑧As a way of encouragement for photographers in Arab States, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to record local cultures, Nomination Award-winning photographers in these regions will have the chance to apply for transport allowance.

  • Transport allowance is only offered to those prize-winning photographers who attend the ceremony and related events.
  • Attendees are required to apply for entry visas and pay the relevant fees themselves. The organizers may be able to help with your visa application but bear no responsibility for the final decision.
  • Winning photos have the opportunity of being included in the content of HPA promotional DVDs and publications. Prize-winning photographers attending the ceremony will be awarded a paper certificate and the publications of HPA 2017
  • Prize-winning photographers and entrants as well are required to download the electronic copy of award certificates and participation certificates of HPA 2017 prior to September 16th, 2018.

Application

From Sep 16, 2016-April 15, 2017, participants can select, submit and edit their entries in a 7-month time. Throughout the HPA contests in the past, there were photographers from 162 different countries and regions, who have documented 178 cultural subjects around the world. We were hoping that no matter where you are from or no matter what you will submit, your work could set a new record of the HPA’s figure.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check  the Guidelines of HPA 2017 or write to:  contact@hpa.org.cn.

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Foreign Affairs Student Essay Contest 2016

Deadline: 15 October 2016
Open to: all undergraduate students graduating no earlier than December 2016

Foreign Affairs and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy want to give tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to demonstrate innovative thinking on the issues that shape their world.

In the 2016 Student Essay Competition, a panel from the Foreign Affairs editorial staff and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy will select one undergraduate’s essay to be published on the Foreign Affairs Web site.

Selection committee includes:

  • Gideon Rose, Editor and Peter G. Peterson Chair, Foreign Affairs
  • Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
  • Yuen Foong Khong, Li Ka Shing Professor of Political Science, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

ESSAY TOPIC
What global issue should world leaders be paying more attention to? In your essay, please propose a solution to the problem you address.

SUBMISSIONS
Submit your essay here.

DEADLINE:
Entries must be submitted by October 15, 2016.

WRITING GUIDELINES
Submissions should be between 1,200 and 1,500 words. All quotations or uncommon facts should be appropriately cited. Entries must be original, unpublished work written by the contestant.

ELIGIBILITY
Open to all undergraduate students graduating no earlier than December 2016.

Only one essay is allowed per participant. Completed entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on October 15, 2016.

Submissions sent by mail will not be accepted. No purchase necessary to enter.