The WISE Awards for Educational Projects

Deadline: 15 January 2014
Open to: project representatives from any region, sector or education level
Prize: six Awards, each worth $20,000 (US)


The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of QATAR FOUNDATION, invites applications for the 2014 WISE Awards. These Awards recognize, showcase and promote educational projects and activities that have demonstrated a transformative impact upon societies and communities over a period of time.

Each year, the WISE Awards identify, showcase and promote innovative educational projects that are having a transformative impact on societies and education. Since 2009, WISE has received thousands of applications that have emerged from a wide variety of sectors and from over 130 countries. The winning projects constitute a growing pool of expertise and diverse sound educational practices.

The 2014 WISE Awards will celebrate six innovative educational projects for their positive contribution to education and society. WISE seeks to share best practices worldwide and inspire others to spark change in education. The WISE Awards thus highlight today’s most innovative solutions that are addressing major challenges in education.


Project representatives from any region, sector or education level are encouraged to submit their application to demonstrate the quality and impact of their activities. Whether you are involved in a project that creates new opportunities for lifelong learning, increases access to quality education or designs innovative educational tools and technologies, WISE invites you to apply for the 2014 WISE Awards.


Six Awards will be granted, each worth $20,000 (US). Applicants need to include a description of how they plan to use the prize money in the application form.


Download the application form HERE and submit it HERE. The submission period for the Awards is open until 15 January 2014 13.00 GMT. Please review the full regulations HERE.

Visit the Contact us page HERE to submit your questions to the official organizers.

Visit the official website HERE and see the brochure HERE for further details.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice

Summer Fellowships and Internships

Summer Fellowships

The Hague Institute’s highly selective Summer Fellowship program was launched in 2013 with the aim of developing the skills of graduate students in an interdisciplinary approach to global justice.


The program is open to current or recent graduate students and runs from 1 June to 31 August each year.  Fellows contribute to ongoing research projects, as well as assisting in the wider activities of the Institute.  Applications for the 2014 cycle are due by 31 March 2014.


In light of the international orientation of the fellowship, The Hague Institute will cover the costs of housing in The Hague. View the full details of the Summer Fellowship Program [PDF].


To apply, please send a completed application consisting of (1) a CV; (2) a cover letter; (3) a writing sample and (4) two references to



Interns provide crucial support to the operations of The Hague Institute and are supported by staff who help interns to develop skills in research, project management and event organization.  Currently, The Hague Institute recruits interns on a rolling basis to one of two positions:


Program Intern

The work of the program intern is focused on The Hague Institute’s three research programs: Conflict Prevention, Rule of Law and Global Governance.  Interns provide research and administrative support and can expect to work on a wide range of projects.  The Institute makes every effort to tailor the internship program to the specific interests of interns, although the specific focus of any internship will depend on ongoing project needs.


Communications Intern

As The Hague Institute develops its program of high-level public and closed-door events, it is recruiting a Communications Intern who will provide valuable support in event organization.  The intern will assist with the preparation, management and delivery of events.  The role requires excellent organizational skills as well as a keen interest in the substantive issues on which Hague Institute events are convened.


Interns should be enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program or be recent graduates.  In addition to a stipend, The Hague Institute provides interns with lunch as well as access to the Institute’s high-level events. For more information, see the Internship Program [PDF].


To apply, Please send an application package, consisting of (1) a CV; (2) a cover letter; (3) a writing sample and (4) two references to  Please include the specific internship to which you apply in the subject of your email.

Global Change Leaders Scholarship 2014, Canada

Leadership in a social or economic development endeavour in sectors such as livelihoods or inclusive economic development, food security, environment, access to education and health care, governance, and rights of girls and women.

                                 Course Level:

This scholarship is for pursuing Certificate Course.

                          Scholarship Provider:

The Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University

                      Scholarship can be taken at:



•From the global south
•A practitioner in civil society organizations including community based organizations and not for profits, or active in public or private institutions, donor/philanthropic agencies, social movements or in a social enterprise / business
•At least two years of demonstrated leadership in a social or economic development endeavour in sectors such as livelihoods or inclusive economic development, food security, environment, access to education and health care, governance, and the rights of girls and women
•University degree or combination of post-secondary education and experience
•Competence in English

                      Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries:

The International students can apply for this scholarship.

                             Scholarship Description:

The Global Change Leaders program invites applications for the 2013 program from women from the global south who have demonstrated leadership in a development sector for at least two years but would still be considered an emerging leader. Women who have held leadership roles for a number of years should not apply for this certificate, but may be eligible for other Coady Education programs.

                      Tenure of award:

Scholarship is offered for full 7-week.

                          What does it cover:

It cover the cost of travel, tuition, room and board for successful candidates.

                          Selection Criteria:

Applications that meet the qualification requirements will be reviewed by the selection committee. The committee will review information provided on application forms, including work experience, personal statements on why applicants think they qualify for this program and references.

                   How to Apply:

The mode of applying is online.

Scholarship Application Deadline:

Do submit your applications till January 17, 2014.

Further Scholarship Information and Application

Sony World Photography Awards

Professional and amateur photographers worldwide can participate in this contest.

The World Photography Organisation is accepting entries for its annual Sony World Photography Awards.

Participants can submit work for judging in one of three categories: professional, open or youth.

The professional category winner will receive US$25,000. The winner of the open competition will receive US$5,000.

In addition, all winners will receive photo equipment from Sony, flights to London, two nights accommodation in a hotel and VIP tickets to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in April 2014. The winners’ entries will be presented at the World Photo London exhibition.

The deadline for the Youth and Open competitions is Jan, 6. The deadline for the Professional competition is Jan. 9.

For more information click here.

English Language Fellow Program



Through the English Language Fellow (EL Fellow) Program, highly qualified U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) participate in 10-month-long fellowships at academic institutions throughout the world.

The EL Fellow Program fosters mutual understanding, promotes English language learning and enhances English teaching capacity abroad. Through projects sponsored by U.S. embassies, EL Fellows share their professional expertise, hone their skills, gain international experience and learn about other cultures.  EL Fellows model and demonstrate up-to-date TEFL classroom practices that help foster thoughtful and responsible behavior in students and teachers of English.

To date, more than 1,000 EL Fellows have conducted projects in more than 80 countries. Examples of past EL Fellow projects include: Classroom Teaching, Teacher Training, In-Service and Pre-Service Training, Curriculum Development, Workshop and Seminar Design, Program Evaluation, Needs Assessment, Testing, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

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10 months

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.To be eligible for the EL Fellow program you must have:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Master’s degree in TESOL or in a field related to English language teaching
  • ESL/EFL classroom teaching experience
  • Personal qualities of patience, determination, flexibility, teamwork, initiative, and a love of adventure

See eligibility and details for specific requirements.

To apply, fill out an online application on Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development.

Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development
3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-687-2608

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Summer Internship Program in Germany

Summer Internship Program in Germany

The Cultural Vistas Summer Internship Program in Germany provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable international work skills, improve their German language ability, and experience German life and culture firsthand.

Internship placements are available in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to business, engineering, finance, tourism, IT, media/communications, international relations, the nonprofit sector, German studies and economics.

Many internships are paid and scholarships are available to qualified participants who receive unpaid internships. Participants will receive a scholarship application following acceptance to the program.

A limited number of language course stipends are available for those who qualify.

Three program options are available:

  • One-month language course in Germany in June, followed by a two-month internship
  • Two-month internship with a host company, starting in early or late June
  • Three-month internship with a host company

Program Benefits
Cultural Vistas works with an array of global partner organizations to place participants in professional internships that meet their specified goals and career interests. Companies range from small family-owned businesses to multinational holdings.

Cultural Vistas’ Summer Internship Program in Germany includes:

  • Application process assistance including help drafting a Lebenslauf (German resume)
  • Internship placement in your target field with a German host company
  • Pre-departure information mailing
  • Financial assistance via the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund (apply separately)
  • Work authorization services
  • Health insurance (optional)
  • Cultural immersion and orientation seminar upon arrival in Germany
  • Enrollment in language course (language/internship option)
  • Housing assistance
  • Support throughout the program in Germany and the United States
  • Re-entry information and tips on marketing international experience to U.S. employers


  • U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens*, or non-U.S. citizens enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities.
  • 18–30 years of age
  • Two years of post-secondary instruction in German or the equivalent (extra language training is available, if needed)
  • At least two years of university level studies related to one of the following:
    • Business:business administration, international business, import/export, marketing, PR, sales, advertising, finance, consulting, hotel management
    • Technical Fields: chemical-, electrical-, industrial-, and mechanical engineering, logistics, multimedia, IT, web and graphic design, architecture
    • Liberal Arts: international relations, German, history, economics, social sciences
  • Practical experience in target internship field (summer employment, prior internship, lab position, etc.) does not need to be extensive, but is preferred. The more experience you have, the more desirable you are to a potential host company.

Application Deadline
Applications and supporting materials must be postmarked or submitted online by December 15, 2013.

For more information, please contact

For US high schooler 15-18 years old – Study Abroad Opportunity – YES program’s deadline – January 9, 2014

Sixty-five full scholarships are available for U.S. students to study abroad for an academic year with the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program. As YES Abroad scholars, American high school students serve as “youth ambassadors” in their overseas host countries, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and friends.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the YES Abroad program is a component of the Kennedy-Lugar YES program, an exchange program that brings almost 900 high school students from approximately 40 countries with significant Muslim populations to the United States to study each year.

For the 2014-15 academic year, full scholarships are available through YES Abroad to live with host families and attend a local high school for one academic year in countries that may include: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. The merit-based scholarship covers the following program costs for participants: domestic and international travel; tuition and related academic preparation; accommodations with a host family; educational and cultural activities in the host country; orientations; applicable visa fees; three meals per day; and medical coverage.

First authorized by the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001, the YES program seeks to increase communication and understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations. YES Abroad is administered by a consortium of non-profit organizations, including American Councils for International Education, AFS-USA, AMIDEAST, and iEARN-USA.

Review eligibility requirements and apply now at Complete applications must be submitted by January 9, 2014.

GRUNDTVIG-Workshop „E-Literacy” Germany

Using social media as tool for overcoming functional illiteracy in adult education

Our workshop provides the opportunity to discover the pedagogical potential of social media within the education of functional illiterates. It is aspired to offer a compound of a transfer of knowledge and a dynamic process of collaborative group learning. Apart from lectures by social media experts the workshop offers the possibility to develop concrete concepts for teaching and become part of a European network for trainers of illiterates.


What is E-Literacy Workshop about?

The workshop focuses on the following issue: in how far can reading and writing skills of functional illiterates be improved by means of social media tools and in how far can this learning method be established within teaching?

Workshop goals:

  • Getting to know social media as a teaching instrument.
  • Development and testing of a concept for implementing social media in teaching of functional illiterates.
  • Enhancement of the methodological expertise and professionalization of the trainers within the field of literacy.
  • Exchange of experiences during the workshop.
  • Building of a network for trainers from Europe for further developing the new method and for general exchange of teaching.
Workshop activities:
  • Presentation and parallel testing of various social media platforms.
  • Concept development and exchange on the use of social media within teaching.
  • Exchange with functional illiterates.
  • Joint development of a common social media platform to maintain the networking of the group after the workshop.
  • Excursions to topic related places in Berlin.
  • Cooking, barbecue and much more…
To whom the workshop is directed?

In order to reach the aimed objectives and to ensure a European added value of the workshop the workshop first of all addresses trainers and teachers from the field of adult vocational education who mainly work with functional illiterates.

It is meant to support them in expanding their range of methods and professionalize the social media approaches. Furthermore, they should act as multipliers in their countries and disseminate new knowledge in working with functional illiterates. The workshop will be conducted in English. Sufficient knowledge of English is necessary. Knowledge in social media is not required.

Where and when will the workshop take place?

The E-Literacy Workshop takes place in Berlin from 27th April to 3th May 2014.

The participation at the workshop is funded by the EU GRUNDTVIG Lifelong Learning Program. Participants from Germany need to carry travel and accommodation expenses by themselves.

Download the workshop flyer »

How can I apply?

In order to apply for the workshop you must complete the application form and a detailed (up to 2000 characters) motivation letter. Through the motivation letter please let us know why you wish to attend the workshop and how you intend to practically apply the gained knowledge in future. Your experience within literacy work is important.

The number of participants of the workshop is limited to 18.

Regarding the selection of participants care is taken to equitable geographical distribution and gender, as well as relevant experience in working with functional illiterates. The workshop is open to participants from the EU-28 countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Switzerland.

Application deadline is 6th January 2014.

The selection of participants will be announced 20th January 2014.

Who are we:

emcra GmbH – Europa aktiv nutzen has experience of adult vocational education for more than 10 years. Against the background of own events, emcra is very familiar with organizing and implementing the conception of different event formats such as in-service trainings, workshops, seminars and projects.

Relevant experience for E-Literacy Workshop:

  • emcra’s publicity and marketing department uses social media for promoting events professionally and effectively.
  • The trainers share a broad intercultural background and international experience that is useful for supporting participants having different backgrounds.
  • emcra conducts different projeckts in other European countries; e.g. in Italy, Belgium and Romania.
  • People taking part in our activities come from different European countries.

Contact details:


emcra – Europa aktiv nutzen GmbH
Hohenzollerndamm 152
14199 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 31 80 13 30
Fax +49 30 31 80 13 39

Contact person:

Katarzyna Grajner

A Checklist for the College-bound H.S. Junior

Dear College Made Simple Reader,

With all you need to do before your first day of college, beginning the college selection process during your junior year is no longer considered “early.”

In fact, the most success we see are from those families that begin this process in the beginning of their Sophomore year. That said, a lot of families wait and don’t get started in this process until their junior year… and that’s why we’ve put together this checklist for college-bound high school juniors.

– Scott

The checklist is broken down in three major categories:

Testing for College, Researching Colleges, and Paying for College.

Testing for College

The major to-dos on this list are taking your PSAT, ACT and SAT tests during your junior year. With all of these, your guidance counselor can inform you of times and dates of tests, how to register, and costs to take the test.

If you’re taking the PSAT…

  • Sign up to take the PSAT by September of your junior year.
  • By the end of October, you should have already taken it.
  • By December, review your PSAT scores with your guidance counselor and parents.

ACTs are next. They are held every December, February, April, June, September and October. It’s recommended you:

  • Sign up to take ACT exam by November.
  • Take the December or February ACT during your junior year.

SATs are held in only four months of the year – In 2013 they were held in January, March, May and June.

  • By the end of February, you should be registered to take a SAT exam and already studying for it.
  • Take your first SAT by May or June.

Researching Colleges

Choosing the right college begins with gathering information about schools and programs. One of the most important tips I can give you is to stay organized.

Use separate folders for different schools. Label them. Try to organize their contents as identically as possible so you can compare information more easily. Some other recommendations:

  • Attend a college fair by October or November at the latest.
  • Also by November, you should have scheduled a few campus visits. A campus tour is the best way to get a feel for what a school is like.
  • By January or February, you want to narrow down what you are looking for in your ideal college. Among things to consider: Tuition costs, proximity to home, large or small school, public or private, community college, academic curriculum, student-teacher ratio, and urban or rural location.
  • By the end of March, your list of schools should be trimmed down considerably (think 5 to 10).
  • By April, begin working on college applications and admission essays.
  • By the end of summer, you should have visited most colleges you are seriously considering attending.

Paying for College

There is over $150 billion available each year from the Federal Government, states, colleges, universities, as well as private foundations and organizations. Getting your “fair share” is often just a matter of knowing how to get it.

Here is a checklist and timeline for most important things to do to financially prepare for college during your junior year.

  • In September, you need to have a family talk about paying for college. Among things to discuss: Is the student going to contribute? … and if so, what are they willing to help with? Are they expecting to take on loans? Are you expecting to take on loans?
  • By the end of November, your student should have searched for and identified some scholarships they intend to apply for. It’s important to do this early because scholarships have different deadlines – some as early as the summer after your junior year.
  • During Christmas break, learn about student loan options and eligibility requirements for student loans.
  • Also during Christmas break, learn about the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This is one of the most critical forms you will complete as you prepare for college. Being familiar with it before applying will make applying much, much easier.
  • By March, as you narrow down your list of desired schools to at most 10, estimate how much it will cost to attend each. Expand your search for scholarships to include local organizations in your community, organizations related to your desired fields of study, scholarships available only to students (or future students) of schools you desire to attend.
  • By April, contact each school’s financial aid office to see what kind of payment options they have – monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, semesterly.
  • Also in April, as you work on college applications and essays, begin filling out scholarship applications. It is never a bad thing to be the first one in the door.

To your college funding & admissions success,

Scott Weingold
Co-founder, College Planning Network, LLC

USA – State Legislature Page Program – Accepting Application

Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program

(different state may have different reqirements and deadlines, please check with your state legislature)

This program is for high school juniors and applications are being accepted until November 29th. For over 35 years, the High School Page Program has been committed to providing our state’s future leaders with hands-on access to our state government in action. It’s also a great way to learn more about how laws get made at the Legislature.


The House Page Program offers a look into the real law making process as it happens.  While serving as a page, students will get a chance to participate in the review of bills during the committee process and see bills discussed on the House floor.  

Experiences like these can often help students find their passion for their community and public policy. Our current Speaker of the House, Representative Paul Thissen, was actually a page when he was in high school. Now, he’s one of the most influential law makers in Minnesota. 


If you know any student who might be interested in the 2014 Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program please encourage them to apply. If you have any questions, or would like more information regarding the High School Page Program, feel free to contact Travis Reese the Chief Sergeant-at-Arms and High School Page Program Director. His phone number is 651-296-7175. Or, go to the High School Page Program website (which can be found at where you will find important program information and a downloadable application.