Call for Applications, StratCom Youth Academy 2017 in Riga, Latvia

Deadline:  5 June 2017
Open to: participants between the ages of 20 and 27 years old, linked to any ATA/YATA chapter
Venue: 5– 6 July, 2017 in Riga, Latvia

Description

Stratcom Youth Academy 2017 is a unique possibility for future leaders to raise awareness about the concept and current trends of strategic communications and the role of media in the modern politics. The Academy will be taking place simultaneously with one of the leading strategic communications forums in Europe organized by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence “The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017” (www.rigstratcomdialogue.org).The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017 will bring together experts, policy-makers, academics, and practitioners to create an in-depth discussion on how rapid changes in communications are affecting all sectors of our global society. This is one of the leading conferences currently focusing on strategic communications issues of utmost importance to NATO allies.

Rapid development of internet technologies has not only provided policy makers with numerous opportunities to communicate with society but also posed new challenges of sustaining domestic and international peace and security. Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, possible interference in the election processes in the USA and European countries, growth of populism and far right ideologies and also the activities of DAESH in the internet domain to radicalize and recruit have forced policy and decision makers to reflect on the ways how different media platforms can be used to achieve goals that are aimed against democratic states. Disinformation environment (propaganda and fake/biased news websites and networks used to distribute this disinformation) has helped gain control over large groups of people and create obstacles for national and transnational security.

Throughout four days, participants will have a chance to enhance their understanding of pivotal aspects of strategic communication, engage in workshops and meet and interact with prominent political and public figures by partly attending “The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017” on 5-6 July, 2017.

The topics of the Stratcom Youth Academy 2017 will cover:

  • Concept of strategic communication and its current trends;
  • Russia’s propaganda – from soft power tools to annexation of Crimea;
  • Election information wars – rise of populism and far right wing in Europe and the USA;
  • Media platforms in the hands of DAESH – challenges and opportunities;
  • topics covered by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence conference “The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017”.

Eligibility

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

  • 20-27 years old;
  • Active members or volunteers in any ATA/YATA chapter (highly preferable);
  • Fluent in English;
  • Interested in foreign policy and security issues;
  • Highly motivated to attend Stratcom Youth Academy 2017 and “The Riga StratCom Dialogue.” conference.

Costs

Participation fee: 200 EUR that includes:

  • Accommodation for 5 nights in Albert Hotel (2 persons in one room);
  • Meals during event;
  • Coffee breaks;
  • Transportation between conference venue and National Library of Latvia;
  • Farewell dinner;
  • Tour in Riga;

Participation fee for Latvian participants: 75 EUR that includes:

  • Meals during event;
  • Coffee breaks;
  • Transportation between conference venue and National Library of Latvia;
  • Farewell dinner;
  • Tour in Riga;

A limited number of scholarships are available for participants who are able to demonstrate their financial need as well as ability to bring relevant expertise and diverse perspectives to the conference.

Please note that travel costs are not included in the participation fee and are expected to be taken care of participants themselves.

Application

In order to apply for the event, please fill out the application form for Stratcom Youth Academy 2017 and submit it with uploaded required documents.

Additionally to CV and Motivation letter, due to given chance to attend high level NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence event “The Riga StratCom Dialogue ” that is upon invitations only, applicants are asked to submit 5 most popular narratives in their countries that denigrate NATO – its concept, policies, missions, future goals etc.

In order to apply, register HERE.

Deadline is June 5, 2017

Results will be announced on June 7, 2017

If you have any questions, contact with Ms Sabine Stala via email: sabine@lato.lv.

The official web-page.

 

Call for Applications, Imagine Peace Youth Camp 2017 in Greece

Deadline:  15 May 2017 (23.59)
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 25 years old
Venue: 27 August–2 September 2017 in Ancient Olympia Ilia in Greece

Description

If you’re aged 18 to 25, eager to help make a change to other people’s lives and believe in the importance of the Olympic values, we invite you to take part in our Imagine Peace Youth Camp and become a member of a community of emerging leaders from around the globe!

In partnership with the International Olympic Truce Centre (IOTC)Opens in a new tab or window. and under the auspices of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP)Opens in a new tab or window., we are organising the third Imagine Peace Youth Camp.

Fifty participants from more than fifteen countries from around the world with different cultural and political backgrounds will come together for one week from 27 August to 2 September 2017 in Ancient Olympia to take part in a series of educational workshops and sports activities that aim to promote equality and peace, and explore the role of sport in the peaceful resolution of conflict.

Participants will be divided into groups of up to seventeen people, which will be balanced in terms of gender and reflect the diversity of participants’ communities. A team of experienced facilitators, volunteers and Olympic champions will facilitate the programme.

Eligibility

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

  • between the ages of 18 and 25
  • able to communicate in English
  • available and fully committed to taking part in the Imagine Peace Youth Camp
  • involved in youth or community projects in their own community and be motivated to implement youth initiatives for peace building following the event
  • curious, open-minded and appreciative of diversity.

Costs

Participants are expected to cover their own international travel costs as well as a participation fee of €500, which includes accommodation, three meals per day, local transportation and all programme and training costs.

There is a limited amount of assisted places available (based on excellence, accomplishments and drive). The assisted places cover all costs in Greece. The travel costs to and from Greece are excluded.

Application

Participants will be divided into small groups. A team of experienced facilitators and Olympic Champions will develop and facilitate the programme. Each group will be balanced in terms of gender and reflect the diversity of their communities.
The Imagine Peace Youth Camp programme will give young people from different parts of the world with different cultural and political background the opportunity to share, explore and reflect on different concepts such as peace, racism and intercultural dialogue through interactive workshops and sports.

The programme will be based on reciprocal learning situations among participants and will make use of a variety of working methods.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact with Victoria Kyriaki via email: Victoria.Kyriaki@britishcouncil.gr.

The official web-page.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities in USA

According to research, the average cost of tuition for an in-state student at a public university in the United States has increased by 296% over the past 20 years. At the same time, wages in the U.S. have barely grown in that same time. College students are graduating with more debt than ever.

Statistics indicate that minority students often graduate with more debt than their peers.

Fortunately, federal grants and scholarships for minorities can significantly lighten the financial load for these students.

The U.S. Department of Education recently invested $96 million in grants to provide additional financial aid specifically for minority students. This grant funding will go directly to colleges and universities to help them provide better financial support to their minority populations.

Minority students who receive federal grants and loans to help finance their college educations often could use some additional funding to help them bridge financial gaps. Scholarships for minorities are of tremendous help to these students, but finding the right scholarships to apply to is not always an easy task. To help you in your search for additional funding, we have compiled a list of some of the top minority scholarships. Check on the link to find a detailed list of these scholarships, including eligibility requirements, deadlines, and information on how to apply.

http://www.affordablecolleges.com/resources/scholarships-for-minorities/#asian-and-pacific-islander-students

Call for Applications – UNAOC Fellowship Program 2017

Candidates from Europe and North America (EUNA) and from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) can now apply until Sunday May 21st 2017 11:59pm EST to participate in the 2017 edition of the UNAOC Fellowship Program.

The theme of the Fellowship 2017 is “The role of civil society and the media in combatting hatred and fostering inclusion”.

To be selected, eligible candidates must demonstrate strong interest in intercultural dialogue and professional achievements in the fields of media and/or civil society.

The goal of the Fellowship is to provide participants with first hand exposure to cultural diversity, while interacting with a wide range of local actors and partners. In every country they visit, participants will acquire crucial comprehension tools to help them understand the plurality of their host country’s culture, politics, society, religion, and media.

  1. Call for applications to candidates from EUNA countries
  2. Call for applications to candidates from MENA countries

Please note that ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets in the U.S. through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 – April 30 of this year, via the online submissions system.
APPLICANT GUIDELINES:

  • Applicants must reside in the U.S. or be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 31 years of age as of April 30, 2017.
  • Applications must be submitted by midnight (Central Standard Time) on April 30, 2017.
  • Applications must be made through our submissions website, according to the guidelines below. (Be sure you are submitting to the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship category on our submissions page, otherwise your work will not be considered for the fellowship.)
  • Application materials sent via e-mail or standard mail will not be considered.
  • Previously published poems may be included in your application.

HOW TO APPLY:
FIRST, you must assemble your application materials as a SINGLE file (acceptable file types are pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, wpf). This document must include:

  • An approximately 250-word introduction to your work (not to exceed one page).
  • Ten pages of poems, in standard font and size (such as Times New Roman, 12pt). You may include multiple poems on one page, but the total pages of poems must not exceed ten.
  • Publication list. (Optional. If you choose to include it, please do so as the last page of your document.)
  • Name this document [LAST NAME]_[FIRST NAME].doc (example: Doe_John.doc)

THEN, proceed to our online submissions manager where you can upload your application.
Finalists will be notified by e-mail by August 1.
Winners will be announced on September 1.
Payments to winners will be subject to the completion of IRS Form W-9, including a valid TIN or SSN.

If you have any questions, contact: hamos@poetrymagazine.org.

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About the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship Program
Established in 1989 by Ruth Lilly to encourage the further writing and study of poetry, the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Poetry Fellowship program has dramatically expanded since its inception. Until 1995, university writing programs nationwide each nominated one student poet for a single fellowship; from 1996 until 2007, two fellowships were awarded. In 2008 the competition was opened to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age, and the number of fellowships increased to five, totaling $75,000. In 2013, the Poetry Foundation received a generous gift from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund to create the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, which increased the fellowship amount from $15,000 to $25,800.

About Poetry Magazine
Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume 1 of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre, or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T.S. EliotEzra PoundMarianne MooreWallace StevensH.D.William Carlos Williams,Carl Sandburg, and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every major contemporary poet. In recent years, Poetry has been honored with three National Magazine Awards. It celebrated its centennial in 2012.

About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. Opened to the public in June 2011, the Poetry Foundation building in Chicago provides new space for the Foundation’s extensive roster of public programs and events. It also houses a public garden, a library, and an exhibition gallery as well as the offices of the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine.

Apply to be a Youth Ambassador to Colombia!

Apply to be a Youth Ambassador to Colombia!

The deadline for the 2017 U.S. Youth Ambassadors program to Colombia has been extended to Tuesday, March 14th. We are seeking youth (15-17) and educators (21+) in PA, WY, SC, AR, TN, MO, MA, NE, VA, MD, TX and Washington, D.C. All expenses paid! Apply today >>

Call for applications Global Cultural Leadership Programme 2017

Deadline:  25 March 2017, at 23:59 CET (Brussels) time.
Open to: nationals of (and are working for organisations in) Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of South Korea or the USA as well as nationals of (and are working for organisations in) the 28 Member States of the European Union.
Venue: 19-23 June 2017 in  Athens, Greece

Description

Are you a young cultural practitioner looking to develop and strengthen your cultural leadership skills? Then the Global Cultural Leadership Programme is designed just for you!

Through its framework, content and methodology, the Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) specifically aims to improve the skills of cultural managers, as well as develop collaborative peer-to-peer learning and network building.

The programme offers a set of learning modules, tools and manuals for practice-based learning, giving you opportunities to build meaningful collaborations at the global level, and enabling you to develop fresh insights into international cultural collaboration practices.For the second edition of the GCLP, the Cultural Diplomacy Platform is looking specifically for applications from outstanding cultural managers from the ten Strategic Partners of the EU (three participants from each of these ten countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA), as well as from the 28 European Union Member States (ten participants, each from a different EU countries).

The participants to the GCLP 2017 will come from different fields of relevant cultural practice in their respective countries and represent sectors that are specifically interested in reaching out with their work globally.

This second edition of the GCLP will take place in Athens, Greece on 19-23 June 2017.

Eligibility

The 40 participants of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) will come from different fields of relevant cultural practice in their countries and represent sectors that are specifically interested in reaching out with their work globally. For the second edition of the programme, the Cultural Diplomacy Platform will look specifically for applications from outstanding cultural managers who fill in the criteria below:

Geographical criteria:

  • are nationals/permanent residents of (and are working for organisations in) Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea or the USA (a maximum of three participants from each of these ten countries will be selected),
  • are nationals/permanent residents of (and are working for organisations in) the 28 EU Member States
  • (a maximum of ten EU participants in total will be selected, each one from a different EU country).

Professional experience:

  • work for a cultural civil society organisation (NGO), a cultural enterprise (social or for profitmaking) or a public cultural institution (such as museums, libraries, or music venues that operate on local, regional and national levels),
  • have relevant working experience in the field of 3 to 5 years,
  • have (some) previous experience in international networking and cultural exchange,
  • are working in a field or position that allows them to act as local/national multipliers of new leadership knowledge and global cultural networking, and
  • hold a relevant (leading) position in their organisation.

Thematic interest:

  • are strongly interested in international cultural collaboration and wish to further develop professionally in a global working context,
  • show a strong awareness of intercultural sensitivities and are passionate about working on cultural issues and topics of global relevance.

Language criteria and age requirements

  • have a very good working knowledge of English,
  • are (preferably) 25-39 years of age.

Costs

  • As stated in the Call for Participants, all travel (full roundtrip flights and local transports in Malta) and accommodation (5 hotel nights, including breakfast) costs for selected participants will be covered by the Programme.
  • Most of the meals will also be covered by the Programme. The Programme does not cover the local transport in your own country.
  • There is no additional participation fee.

Application

Candidates will be selected by the management team of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform and the five experts/tutors who deliver the programme.

Selected candidates (30 from the ten Strategic Partners of the EU, and ten from the EU) will be informed about their participation by mid-April 2017.

The management team will assist selected participants in their travel preparations (including visas) and bookings.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section

The official web-page.