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

The Global Youth Forum 2017 in Dubai, UAE

Deadline:  22 September 2017
Open to: young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years old from around the world
Venue: 23– 27 November 2017 in Dubai, UAE

Description

Youth Time International Movement is pleased to open applications for its latest Global Youth Forum 2017!

The event will take place in Dubai, UAE from November 23-27 and will gather together more than 100 participants from all over the world with the aim of discussing ideas and solutions for the most prevalent youth issues. The topic of the annual event is Ethical Entrepreneurship in the Time of a Competitive Knowledge-based Economy.

The main focus of this forum is set on thinking creatively as a young entrepreneur, taking into account social responsibility in a sustainable knowledge-based economy. This forum will provide an interactive platform for young social innovators to openly communicate, share ideas and experiences with their peers from different cultural backgrounds and regions around the globe.

This event will offer participants to connect and engage with other social entrepreneurs, as through networking they can find human support by like-minded people. Furthermore, participants will receive advice and guidance from experts and global think tanks in order to become inspired and find motivation to collaboratively lay down the foundations for their successful future.

Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Young people 18-35 from around the world;
  • Students, social entrepreneurs, young professionals, startups;
  • Fluent in English.

You can either apply as a project presenter, an interested participant or a journalist.

As an interested participant you can expect to:

  • Participate in educational and interactive talks and become inspired through workshops conducted by esteemed honorable guests.
  • Gain valuable new skills, knowledge and experiences that will serve as a solid foundation for your future entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Have a fruitful working and learning experience in the amazing city of Dubai.
  • Have a unique opportunity to meet with 100+ likeminded people from across the globe.
  • Network with renowned professionals in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, science and technology.
  • Take part in a fantastic cultural exchange program which includes trips to see some of Dubai’s most iconic attractions and a desert safari.
  • The program, food, and twin room shared accommodation are covered by Youth Time and the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare in the UAE. Please take into consideration that travel expenses are at your own expense.
  • Join each other in celebrating at our welcome and closing dinners and attend the project awarding ceremony.

As interested participant you are expected to:

  • Inspire and evaluate all projects that are presented to you during the event and vote for a winner.
  • After invitation pay an entrance fee (see details below). Only after payment your participation is guaranteed.
  • Take part in all workshops that are offered by the program.

As project presenter you can expect to:

  • Have the opportunity to present your social impact project with the chance of being awarded a grant to realize it or a scholarship.
  • Work on your project proposal with the supervision of an expert (in setting up business initiatives) before the event.
  • Get a platform to present your ideas. Have a unique opportunity to network with 150 like-minded people.
  • Participate in educational and interactive talks and become inspired through workshops conducted by esteemed honorable guests.
  • Gain valuable new skills, knowledge and experiences that will serve as a solid foundation for your future entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Have a fruitful working and learning experience in the amazing city of Dubai.
  • Have a unique opportunity to meet with 100+ likeminded people from across the globe.
  • Network with renowned professionals in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, science and technology.
  • Take part in a fantastic cultural exchange program which includes trips to see some of Dubai’s most iconic attractions and a desert safari.
  • The program, food, and twin room shared accommodation are covered by Youth Time and the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare in the UAE. Please take into consideration that travel expenses are at your own expense.
  • Join each other in celebrating at our welcome and closing dinners and attend the project awarding ceremony.

As project presenter you are expected to:

  • After invitation pay an entrance fee (see details below). Please note that only after payment will we take your project into consideration.
  • Hand in the project proposals before Youth Time’s set deadlines.
  • Present project in front of all participants, experts and journalists at the event.
  • Gather 30% of the total required project budget yourself.
  • Take part in all workshops that are offered by the program.
  • Follow Youth Time’s Code of Conduct (see below).

Information about journalists will be announced soon.

Costs

The complete program is covered by Youth Time but please take into consideration that travel expenses are at your own expense. Hotel accommodation is partially sponsored by Youth Time and the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare in the UAE. Participation fees will go toward the budget which will support the grant awarded to the 1st place project winner. Below you will find details on the participation fees.

Subsidiary Basic Participation

  • Registration fee excluding accommodation (only available for residents of Dubai): 150€ /650 AED (Includes attendance of opening and closing ceremonies, coffee breaks and lunches, cultural and education programs, participants kit).
  • Registration fee including twin room shared accommodation: 250€ /1082 AED (Includes attendance of opening and closing ceremonies, coffee breaks, all meals, cultural and education programs, participants kit)
  • Payment details will be provided to the selected participants in the official invitation.
  • Only after payment your participation is guaranteed.

Subsidiary Project Presenter Participation

  • Registration fee excluding accommodation (only available for residents of Dubai): 150€ /650 AED (Includes attendance of opening and closing ceremonies, coffee breaks and lunches, cultural and education programs, participants kit).
  • Registration fee including twin room shared accommodation: 180€ /780 AED (Includes attendance of opening and closing ceremonies, coffee breaks, all meals, cultural and education programs, presentation of the project during event, participants kits)
  • Payment details will be provided to the selected participants upon acceptance of the project proposal and will be sent in the official invitation.
  • Only after payment your participation and opportunity to present your project guaranteed.

Non-subsidiary Participation

As an NGO we will be glad to receive any kind of sponsorship. If you wish to support Youth Time International Movement, you can choose the non-subsidiary option which covers 100% costs of participation. Registration fee is 1000€/4330 AED which will include: accommodation in a single room, attendance of opening and closing ceremonies, coffee breaks, all meals, cultural and education programs, participants kit, presentation of project during event (in cases where you are a project presenter).

Application

In order to apply for 2017 Global Youth Forum you must:

  1. Fill out Global Youth Forum Participant APPLICATION FORM (will be opened on September 1)
  2. Make a one-minute video answering the following questions:
    • What is your educational and work experience?
    • Why you are interested in ethical entrepreneurship and/or sustainable development and what does it mean to you?
    • What is your motivation for making the world a better place?
    • What social impact can you achieve through your current/future job?

The official web-page.

 

Call for Applications, Fully Funded Schwarzman Scholars Program

Deadline:  28 September 2017
Open to: Applicants between the ages of 18 and 29 years old
Scholarship: fully-funded

Description

Schwarzman Scholars has opened their global application for the third cohort of young leaders. The highly selective, fully-funded scholarship program is designed to ensure that the next generation of business, political, and civil society leaders can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world. Anchored in an 11-month professional Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the Schwarzman Scholars experience encompasses unparalleled opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including extensive leadership training, a network of senior mentors, practical training/internships, and travel seminars around China. Scholars will learn about the emergence of China as an economic and political force from world‐class faculty from leading institutions and guest speakers at the state‐of‐the‐art Schwarzman College. The dynamic core curriculum offers the choice of concentrations in public policy, international studies, or business and economics.

The scholarship aims to build a professionally diverse cohort each year and welcomes undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals up to age 28 of any citizenship who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. A Schwarzman Scholar should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character. Eligible applicants from any field are invited to apply.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.
Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements by August 1, 2018 before orientation begins. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it will be important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.
Age Requirement.
Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1, 2018.
English language proficiency.
Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant’s native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application. This requirement is waived for applicants who studied at an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least two years of the applicant’s academic program.  The requirement will also be waived for applicants who have studied in English for two or more years at a Master’s degree level or higher.Acceptable test options are:< >Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT)Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)International English Language Testing System (IELTS)will still be required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score above the minimum requirements for Schwarzman Scholars before March 1 of 2018.

This requirement is waived for applicants who graduated from an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least two years of the applicant’s academic program.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE NOT PART OF MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Marital status. Married applicants may apply and will be at no disadvantage in the application process. Spouses/partners may accompany Schwarzman Scholars to Beijing, but Scholars are expected to live in the dormitory and participate fully in the program like single students. Spouses/partners may not live in the dormitory, and no additional funding will be provided to support spouses/partners living off-campus.
There are no citizenship or nationality requirements.
Grade point average/class rank/pre-requisites. Academic excellence will be a requirement for successful applicants, but there is no minimum GPA or class rank required to apply. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies, and the most competitive candidates will be among the top students in their graduating class. There are no course prerequisites for applicants to the program, although some individual classes at Tsinghua University may have prerequisites.

Scholarship

The extraordinary students selected to become Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship. It will include:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • An in-country study tour
  • Required course books and supplies
  • Lenovo laptop and smartphone
  • Health insurance
  • A personal stipend of $3,500

With a $450 million endowment, Schwarzman Scholars will be the single largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken in China by largely international donors.

Application

Interested candidates will participate in a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world. The process includes an online application and credentials evaluation as well as in-person regional interviews. Those selected will have demonstrated their potential to not only benefit frombut also contribute to the Schwarzman Scholars program.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to: SchwarzmanScholars.Europe@iie.org.

The official web-page.

Applications Open for WHIAAPI Fall 2017 Internship

Fall Internship Applications Due July 15

 

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) invites undergraduate or graduate students seeking to engage in AAPI issues across the government to apply for its Fall 2017 Internship.

 

In its efforts to increase AAPI access to and participation in federal programs, WHIAAPI offers full-time and part-time fall internships at its Washington, DC, headquarters. Interns will be responsible for assisting the staff on a broad range of issues, as well as working on policy memos and proposals, communications and social media, and outreach.

 

Applications are due July 15.

Call for Applications, the 2017 Angkor Photo Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Deadline:  15th July 2017, 5pm (GMT+7)
Open to: photographers from this countries
Venue: 3– 12 December 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Description

The Angkor Photo Workshop is an annual tuition-free professional workshop aimed at nurturing emerging talent from Asia. Each year, 30 participants are selected from across the region to join us in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for an intensive week-long workshop conducted by international professional photographers who volunteer their time and expertise to be a part of this initiative.

Participants will expected to complete one photo story each during the workshop, and will be guided by their tutors through all stages – from conceptualizing story ideas and refining your photographic approach, to improving your techniques and the final, important step of picture editing. We believe in diversity and originality, and we want you to develop your own unique photographic style and vision.

Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be either a student or professional photographer of Asian nationality with less than 5 years of professional experience.
  • The workshop will be conducted in English.
  • Participants will have to bring their own digital DSLR camera and laptop.
  • Participants should be able to use basic photo editing software (eg: Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture etc.)

Costs

  • The workshop is tuition-free, with no application fee.
  • Accommodation will be provided from 2nd December – 12th December, 2017. (Checkout on 13th December)
  • Participants have to make their own travel arrangements to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • Visa fees and transport expenses are not provided.

Application

Read this Application Guide & F.A.Q. first. Incomplete or incorrectly-filled forms will not be accepted.
 Application is done via our online form – click the Application Form tab above to access the form.
 The form will request for: a Brief CV/Resume, a Personal Statement (max 250 words), and a Portfolio of Work.

[ BRIEF CV / RESUME – What to include]

For Students:
 Course and institution of study
 Expected year of graduation
 Any previous photography workshops/internships/courses attended

For Professionals:
 Details on current and previous professional experience (including freelance and internships)
 Any previous photography workshops/internships/courses attended

[ PERSONAL STATEMENT ]

 We want to get to know you better. Tell us about your experience with photography, and why you would like to attend our workshop. (Maximum 250 words).

[ PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION ]

Your portfolio of work should reflect your vision and style as a photographer.
• Filename: All images should include your full name. (Eg: Amy_Tan_001.jpg)
• Number of images: Minimum 12 – Maximum 20 photos per portfolio
• Image Size: 2,000 pixels on longer side / 72dpi / JPG format / Medium quality (8)

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to: workshops@angkor-photo.com.

The official web-page.

Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP): Open Now

We are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) in our Washington, D.C. location.

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff point for these positions: These vacancy announcements will be open from June 8 to June 14, 2017 or when the application cutoff limit has been reached for each position. Each vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions is met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Vacancy

USAJOBS Links

Cutoff

Program Analyst

(Student Trainee)

GS-0399-05:HRSC/PATH-2017-0063

GS-0399-07:HRSC/PATH-2017-0064

100

Interior Design

(Student Trainee)

GS-1099-05:HRSC/PATH-2017-0065

GS-1099-07:HRSC/PATH-2017-0067

100

Realty

(Student Trainee)

GS-1199-05:HRSC/PATH-2017-0066

GS-1199-07:HRSC/PATH-2017-0068

100

Student Trainees work closely with the U.S. diplomats and Civil Service professionals who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. To witness and participate in U.S. foreign policy formulation and implementation, consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State.

The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions. This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies.

U.S. citizenship is required for all positions. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please contact HRSC@state.gov or visit our forums or FAQs at careers.state.gov.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Call for Applications, The Global Ambassadors Program 2017 in Chicago, Illinois

Deadline:  30 June 2017

Open to:  extraordinary women leaders
Venue: 11– 15 September 2017 in Chicago, Illinois

Description

In 2012,​ Vital Voices and Bank of America launched a signature partnership to advance women’s economic empowerment through leadership development and skills-building.  The Global Ambassadors Program connects extraordinary women leaders to a unique mentorship opportunity, including one-on-one mentoring sessions and strategic workshops focused on building organizational management, financial acumen and leadership skills.

At each week-long Global Ambassadors Program, we bring together between eight to twelve women leaders (mentees) from business, social enterprise or non-profit organizations around the world to work with a cohort of Global Ambassadors, established women executives from a range of sectors and organizations, on the challenges facing mentees and their organizations.  The mentees are at a tipping point in their professional, organizational and leadership paths.  Sessions are designed to offer opportunities for coaching and skills-development, from strategic planning to team management, effective communications, building a stronger balance sheet and growing revenue streams.

The Global Ambassadors Program being held in Chicago, Illinois (September 11-15, 2017) will address the ongoing needs and challenges facing women leaders engaged in the private sector, social enterprise and non-profits from the Chicago area in the United States, as well from countries around the world, and will underscore the critical function that women can and must play in moving local economies forward and highlight the role of women as drivers of innovation and socio-economic growth.

Eligibility

We will select mentees from:

  1. United States – the Chicago area
  2. All other countries outside of the US

Mentee/Applicant Selection Criteria:

  • All program sessions will be conducted in English and mentees must be able to converse and present fluently in English.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to attending the full 5 days of the program commencing on Monday morning and ending on Friday night.
  • Applicants must have the capacity to take advantage of a senior executive as a mentor (i.e. must be able to develop and implement strategic plans, marketing strategy or business plans).
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 10-20 years of experience in a professional setting.
  • The applicant must have worked in her existing enterprise / organization for at least 5-7 years.
  • The applicant’s enterprise / organization should have a minimum annual revenue of at least US$ 250,000 and a maximum annual turnover of US$ 10 million
  • Applicants must be the lead decision-maker within their enterprise/organization. i.e. they should be the CEO / President / Managing Director / Owner / Founder etc. 
  • Applicants are interested in shaping the community dialogue about women’s advancement in their region, and wield the influence necessary to do so.

Please note we are unable to consider applicants who do not meet the criteria listed above.

Costs

All travel, meals and accommodation costs for mentees participating in this program are covered in full by the Global Ambassadors Program.

Application

This program provides a unique opportunity for women leaders in business, social enterprise and non-profits to invest in themselves and their leadership journey. For further insights, we are pleased to share a short video clip from a mentee’s perspective and a blog from a mentor’s perspective.

In order to apply, register HERE.

The official web-page.