The Ian Parry Youth Photojournalism Contest

Photographers under age 24 and those enrolled as full-time photography students can apply for the scholarship.

The Ian Parry Scholarship aims to help young documentary photographers undertake a chosen project and raise their international profile.

The first place winner will receive GBP3,500 (US$5,363); the runner-up will receive GBP500 (US$766). In addition, the Sunday Times Magazine will publish a selection of images from the competition, and Reportage by Getty Images will add the winner to its online Emerging Talent group.

World Press Photo automatically nominates the winner for its Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam, and Canon provides a choice of equipment.

There is no entry fee. The deadline to apply is July 7.

For more information, click here.

2015-16 Young Professionals Network (YPN) in Washington, DC

Deadline:  10 July 2015
Open to: participants between the ages of 22 and 33 years old
Venue: September 2015 and May 2016, in Washington, DC


Eurasia Foundation (EF) invites young Eurasia specialists to apply for membership to its 2015-16 Young Professionals Network (YPN). The Network was created to honor EF’s late board chair Sarah Carey, who was an indispensable advisor to young people interested in the Eurasia region. The YPN program identifies young professionals who share EF’s commitment to international engagement across the Eurasia region and connects them with established professionals from a variety of fields.

Over nine months, YPN creates regular opportunities for young people based in Washington, DC to discuss developments in the Eurasia region with diplomats, journalists, policymakers, and analysts.

Highlights of past YPN events include meeting former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva and special access to television hosts Vladimir Pozner and Phil Donahue. As part of the program’s series of intimate breakfast briefings and lunches, members of YPN have interacted with influential Eurasia experts including Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Dr. Fiona Hill, Dr. Angela Stent, Thomas de Waal, Christian Caryl, and Philip Shishkin, among others.

EF Young Professionals will participate in monthly events with influential diplomats, scholars and journalists between September 2015 and May 2016. All events will take place in Washington, DC. Events include breakfast briefings, evening receptions, and other EF-sponsored gatherings.


EF seeks young professionals with the following qualifications:

  • A deep interest in and demonstrable commitment to the Eurasia region;
  • Between the ages of 22 and 33;
  • Working in any sector of government, media, the military, the private sector, or for a non-profit;
  • A bachelor’s or equivalent degree; and
  • The capacity to attend monthly program events in the morning and/or evening.

Before applying, please consider if your professional and personal obligations will allow you to fully participate.


To apply please submit the following materials:

  • Current resume;
  • Letter of interest describing how the applicant will contribute to and benefit from the program;
  • Letter of reference from a current or former employer or professor addressing the applicant’s motivation, commitment to the Eurasia region, and leadership qualities; and
  • The name, title, organization and contact information of the person who has written the applicant’s letter of reference.

All application materials must be submitted to Joshua Foust ( in full by 5:00 PM on Friday, July 10, 2015.

International candidates are encouraged to apply, however, attendance at monthly events in Washington, DC, USA is a requirement for acceptance into the Young Professionals Network. No financial assistance is provided for travel.

Due to the high volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.

Applicants will be notified by Monday, August 17, 2015. Any questions should be directed to Joshua Foust (

The official web-page.

IRENA MA Scholarship Programme 2015-2017 in Abu Dhabi

Deadline: 15 September 2015
Open to: undergraduate students in final year of their studies or graduates with college or university degree in of acceptable standing in the field of science, engineering or information technology
Scholarship: all tuition fees, all required textbooks, laptop, housing, monthly stipend, health insurance, return ticket


The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to renewable energy. In accordance with its Statute, IRENA’s objective is to “promote the widespread and increased adoption and the sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. This concerns all forms of energy produced from renewable sources in a sustainable manner and includes bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy. As of December 2012, the membership of IRENA comprised 159 states and the European Union (EU), out of which 103 states and the EU have ratified the Statute. In an effort to support promising students in their academic development towards a renewable energy career path, the IRENA Scholarship Programme awards up to 20 highly-accomplished applicants annually with scholarships for the Masdar Institute. Applicants for the IRENA Scholarship Programme may choose from any of the eight MSc programmes offered at the Masdar Institute.

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the first research-based institute in the Gulf region specialising in advanced energy and sustainable technologies, policies, and systems, was created in 2009 in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Science and Technology (MIT). It provides eight Master of Science (MSc) programmes at their campus located in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE):

  • Chemical Engineering;
  • Computing and Information Science;
  • Electrical Power Engineering;
  • Engineering Systems and Management;
  • Materials Science and Engineering;
  • Mechanical Engineering;
  • Microsystems Engineering;
  • Water and Environmental Engineering.


  • Relevant undergraduate degree from a college, university or technical college of acceptable standing in the field of science, engineering, information technology or undergraduate students in final year of their studies;
  • Minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0;
  • Competence in spoken and written English. Minimum TOEFL score of 91 (IBT). Minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5;
  • Minimum GRE quantitative score of 700 (or 155 on the new scale);
  • Academic record and credentials must indicate the ability to achieve distinction;
  • Desired specialisation within the chosen MSc programme;
  • Knowledge already acquired in the field of renewable energy;
  • Relevant professional engagements or experience;
  • In case of equal aptitude, priority will be given to applicants from developing countries;
  • IRENA scholars have to pursue a research topic and to complete a Master’s thesis in the field of renewable energy and technology in line with IRENA’s mandate.


The IRENA Scholarship benefits include the following:

  • 100% of all tuition fees;
  • All required textbooks;
  • A laptop;
  • Housing;
  • Monthly stipend;
  • Health insurance;
  • Annual return ticket home if applicable;
  • Possibility for first-hand experience with IRENA through an internship;
  • Excellent networking potential;
  • Exclusive access to IRENA Lecture Program.

How to apply?

Applicants are required to fill in the online application and submit the following documents in PDF, MS Word or JPF format.  Do not upload RAR or ZIP files:

  • Copy of undergraduate/graduate transcripts;
  • Statement of Objectives;
  • Copy of GRE and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores;
  • Copy of CV (including education, list of publications, awards, professional experience, etc.);
  • Name and email address of 3 referees (preferably university/professional email addresses and not common Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc., addresses);
  • It is important that candidates indicate their specific interest in the IRENA Scholarship Programme on Masdar Institute’s online application form and select the appropriate box when submitting applications.

Copies of documents submitted do not have to be original or certified true. However, if selected, certified documents and a completed Master’s degree in a relevant field will be required for final admission.

Deadline for applying is 15 September 2015.

For more information please visit the official website.

iMAPP – Projection Mapping Competition 2015

Outline of the competition

The iMapp Bucharest 2015 Projection mapping Competition is organized by creart – the Center for Creation, Art and Tradition of the Municipality of Bucharest, 360 Revolution as the Event Production Company and Maxin10sity as the Art Curator.

We are inviting international artists to create 4 minute 30 second long projection mapped animations to the theme of “The Elements” adapted to the façade of Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania harmonizing with the architecture, and accompanied by music. The animations will be projected on 19th September 2015, in front of a jury and a live audience.


Concept: The Elements

The universe is born out of the four primordial elements: earth, wind, fire and water. Their generative impulse will transform the Palace of Parliament for the biggest video mapping show in the world. On the 19th of September 2015, a giant Big Bang of light will make the Palace be born again. You are welcome to be part of this genesis.

Each show can be a combination of any number of elements. It can be abstract or figurative, realistic or symbolic. A dynamic mixture or just one element, transforming the architectural features of the building. Or … you can bring your own fifth element into play!


First of all, the filled application form is needed.

Secondly, please provide visual/s (one piece at least).

With the submission the participants are confirming that the appropriate technique is available for producing the animation according to the requirements in the ‘Technical Information’ below.

The submission should be sent to the following email address:  call [@] imapp [.] ro  including the filled application form and the visual/s.

Deadline of submission: 30th June 2015, 23:59 CET

(Those works which are sent after the deadline will be disqualified immediately.)

The six participants will be notified until 7th of July.

Technical information

  • Resolution: 7680×2000
  • Frame rate: 25fps
  • File format: Quicktime .mov (Compression: 75% PhotoJPG, Sound: AAC)

2D raster map is available to all contestants here .

3D model of the façade will be sent to the chosen participants.

The content of your animations will be projected onto the façade of the Bucharest Parliament, using 104pcs of Panasonic PT-DZ21K 20.000 ANSI Lumens 3 chip DLP® projectors, controlled by five Pandora Box QUAD Server systems from Coolux.

Technical compliance with the provided specifications is mandatory.

Selection of participants for the iMapp Bucharest 2015

Maxin10sity is in charge with this competition as an Art Curator, that decides about the six participants.

All entries will be confirmed by e-mail!

Selection aspects:

  • quality of the previous references(70%)
  • conception, visual (30%)

Eligibility and entry fee

Entry is free of charge. As a financial support for the production each of the six chosen participants will receive €16.000.

Furthermore, please be aware of that family members of creart, 360 Revolution and Maxin10sity employees are not allowed to participate at the contest.

Travel and accommodation

The six chosen artists can represent themselves by two persons whom the accommodation and transportation will be arranged.


In that case you have any questions about the competition, do not hesitate to contact us by the following e-mail: tamas [.] vaspori [@] imapp [.] ro   or agnes [.] szentannai [@] imapp [.] ro


On the 19th of September during the six participants will be juried by a professional panel of judges, who are all distinguished experts and prominent representatives of visual culture (from the field of arts, visual communications, media, film, etc.)

The exact nominal roll will be announced on the website ( soon.


Two prizes

  • Audience award: the audience will vote by SMS on the spot, Prize of 5000 €.
  • Jury award: Prize of 5000€.


The competition is open to all natural and legal persons regardless of their profession, age, sex, citizenship or residence, people can enter the competition either individually or as a team.

Natural persons under the age of 18 must obtain the prior consent of their legal guardian to enter the competition.

When entering the competition as a team one person should be appointed as contact person who will solely be responsible for communication with the organizers.

One person can enter the competition in one team only.

The competition is open to both professionals and amateurs.

Entrants can only enter the competition with their own, original work. In that case, anybody enters the competition with work other than that of their own, the entry will be rejected and the person will be disqualified immediately. Should it be discovered only after the competition, the entrant will be stripped of his/her honors and the prize will have to be returned. Upon completing the registration form entrants declare that the work submitted by them is their own intellectual property, and warrant that it does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.

The work submitted has to meet the requirements as set forth in the ‘Technical information’ section.

It is strictly forbidden to embed any real or fictitious advertisements in the work either overtly or in a covert way, i.e. it is forbidden to feature any product, brand, name, logo or recognizable image, or text, etc. (with the exception of the inscription on the façade of the building), and/or any mark or symbol suggesting whose work it is. Furthermore any compromising, harming message such as politics, delinquency or pornography is prohibited.

Entries that do not meet these requirements will be rejected automatically.


All validated entries will remain the property of the participants. By submitting their work, participants give their consent for said work or parts of it to be used at no charge for advertising and promotional activities. Examples of promotional activities may include press releases, public relations activities for the competition, Internet-related promotion, or articles, all free of charge. The Organizer is not liable for any fees resulting from potential copyright infringements that result from the content of the animations submitted by the participants.

Moreover, the participants should also allow their work to be projected at the iMapp contest next year only.


By submitting an entry for this competition, each contestant agrees to all the terms specified in this brief.


  • June 30 23:59 CET: deadline of handing in the works
  • July  7: Announcement of the participating artists
  • July 8 – September 5: The actual work on the animations.
  • August 10: First preview from the artists
  • September 6: All animations must be ready!
  • September 18: Rehearsal onsite
  • September 19: iMappBucharest2015


The UN Youth Summer School on Diplomacy in Bucharest, Romania

Deadline:  30 June 2015
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 30 years old
Venue: 20 – 26 July 2015 in Bucharest, Romania


The UN Youth Summer School on Diplomacy is an educational programme that provides a unique space for learning and networking for students from Romania and their peers from all around the world. Here, distinguished speakers will contribute through diverse perspectives and experiences towards a better understanding of the topics covered, encouraging new thinking and inspiring debates.

This year’s Summer School on Diplomacy will take place between the 20th and 26th of July 2015 in Bucharest, Romania with the general theme Ukraine: Beyond the Headlines. The project aims to deepen and consolidate knowledge on regional and global challenges to peace and security, conflict analysis and resolution, as well as the art of diplomacy and negotiations.

The programme will comprise lectures, debates and workshops touching on current political, cultural and social challenges posed by the complex security situation that characterizes the European continent, with global implications.

The curriculum addresses general issues and theoretical aspects of International Relations, Security Studies, Peace Studies and Diplomacy in an effort to offer a comprehensive image of the crisis that arguably started in March last year with the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. It was a geopolitical move deemed to belong to the 19th century that shocked the international community and, more specifically, woke the European Union from its post-historic dream. More precisely, the focus will be on the historical evolution of the relationship between Ukraine and Russia with an emphasis on the status of Crimea, the International Law aspect of the ongoing conflict and its geopolitical significance, in order to build a better understanding of the stakes and try to formulate viable solutions.


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

  • The UN Youth Summer School is open to students currently enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s or PhD programme, recent graduates and young professionals;
  • Age limits: 18 – 30 years old;
  • Please note that the working language of the Summer School is English; therefore participants should have good knowledge of the language;.


  Participation fees :

  • 100 euros (without accommodation)  Early Registration (until June 07) – 80 euros
  • 150 euros (with accommodation)       Early Registration (until June 07) – 130 euros

The participation fee includes: 

– accommodation (if applicable) – 7 nights: 19/20, 20/21, 21/22, 22/23, 23/24, 24/25, 25/26.
– lunches throughout the conference;
– coffee breaks and snacks throughout the conference;
– conference materials;
– certificate of participation;
– access and benefits for certain social events (food and champagne at the Diplomatic nightentrance at the Laser Tag event, entrance and first drink at theClub night)


The Socials Pack – 15 euros (to be paid together with the participation fee), includes:

– food and drink at the Romanian Night

– participation at the Bucharest City Tour


In order to register, please download and fill out the application form and send it together with your CV at:

The selection of participants will take place on a weekly basis. After receiving the confirmation e-mail, selected participants will have one week to pay the participation fee in order to secure their place.

If you have any questions, write to:

The official web-page.

Open Society Fellowship Programme


The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations. Among these are human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Fellows are expected to take full advantage of the foundations’ expansive reach and work to bring new people and fresh ideas into the organization’s ambit. Successful projects should push the boundaries of current thinking and carry lessons that can be applied to a variety of settings. Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; innovative public-education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues.

Eligibility Criteria

The Open Society Fellowship accepts proposals from anywhere in the world. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject and a track record of professional accomplishment. Past and current fellows have included journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields. Successful applicants will be eager to exploit the many resources offered by the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with our global network. Ideal fellows are specialists who can see beyond the parochialisms of their field and possess the tenacity to complete a project of exceptional merit. Proficiency in spoken English is required.

Ineligibility Criteria

The fellowship does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.

This is a fellowship for individuals only; proposals from two or more applicants will not be accepted.


Interested applicants should first download and review the complete fellowship guidelines. To apply, submit applications here.

Deadline : August 3, 2015

Applicants who are uncertain whether their topic fits within the Foundations’ focus areas are invited to submit a brief letter of inquiry, accompanied by a CV, before proceeding with the online application process. That letter of inquiry should be addressed to

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Call for Applications: 2015 UNAOC Fellowship Programme

The United Nations Alliance Of Civilizations is now selecting emerging leaders and young professionals from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America to participate in the 2015 edition of the Fellowship Programme.
With the objective of fostering intercultural dialogue and interfaith understanding, the Fellowship offers its participants a first hand exposure to diversity and the opportunity to experience cultural immersion while interacting with a wide range of actors and partners.
Participants from Europe and North America (EUNA) and from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will travel for two weeks to their counterparts’ region where they will acquire crucial knowledge and experience to understand their host countries’ culture, society and diversity. 

Call for Applications for Participants from the Middle East and North Africa:
MENA participants’ trip to EUNA countries will focus on Migration and Integration. Please read the 2015MENA Call for Applications

Eligibility criteria:
– Be a citizen from the Middle East or North Africa
– Born between January 1st 1977 and December 31st 1990
– Fluent in English
– Directly involved at a professional level within the field of Migration and Integration.

Start your application.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 10th 2015 at 11:59PM GMT

Call for Applications for Participants from Europe and North America:
EUNA participants’ trip to the MENA region will focus on Youth Development. Please read the 2015EUNA Call for Applications

Eligibility criteria:
– Be a citizen from Europe or North America
– Born between January 1st 1977 and December 31st 1990
– Fluent in English
– Directly involved at a professional level within the field of Youth Development

Start your application

Application Deadline: Friday, July 10th 2015 at 11:59PM GMT

CfP: Patterns of Integration of Old and New Minorities in a Europe of Complex Diversity

Patterns of Integration of Old and New Minorities in a Europe of Complex Diversity
October 7-9, 2015, Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár, Klausenburg), Romania

While numerous autochthonous ethnic, national and regional groups formulate claims on power-sharing and minority rights, pushing their host states to accommodate diversity, increased mobility has contributed to the further proliferation of cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity in the European Union and its south-eastern vicinity. Commentators label this as “complex” diversity, as many classically more homogenous societies become more and more multicultural, and various forms of transnational citizenship become a widespread phenomenon.

This increasingly complex diversity of the European societies, together with the global spread of supranational norms and values of human rights is continuously undermining the Westphalian system of homogeneous nation states. The question arises how these challenges can be reconciled, what best practices can be identified for both “old” and “new” minorities, and whether the arrangements for the former can be a model for the latter, mobile minorities. In sum, the central question this conference aims to address is how social cohesion can be achieved in diverse societies.

The organizers welcome theoretical analyses and empirical case studies on the causes, consequences and possibilities of accommodation of complex diversity against the backdrop of the multi-layered system of governance within the European Union. The contributions should outline in what way political and societal cultures, institutional arrangements or public policies contribute to or hinder the accommodation of complex diversity.

The city of Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár/Klausenburg) holds the title of European Youth Capital in 2015. This conference is part of the official program of this project. Hence, the organizers welcome in particular papers that reflect on the conference topics in connection with youth.

The organizers wish to express their satisfaction that the event will be the third in a series of conferences that take place under the auspices of the same institutional cooperation at Cluj, following the MINEUREG  andMIREMIR conferences of 2010 and 2012.

The deadline for applying to the conference is July 1, 2015. Please complete your abstract (250-300 words), together with a brief bio, including your academic/institutional affiliation on the following link >>. Panel proposals including a chair, 4-5 speakers and a discussant are also welcome. The selection of participants will be carried out no later than July 20, 2015.

The conference will be held in Cluj-Napoca, at Sapientia University. The city can be easily reached by a number of low budget airlines. Accommodation is not covered, however, the organizers will offer assistance for participants to find cheaper accommodation facilities.
Participants are kindly requested to pay a registration fee of 50 Euro that includes the conference materials, the coffee-breaks and two receptions. Participation in the Saturday (October 10) excursion, including a dinner and a visit to a local wine cellar, will require a contribution of 30 Euro.


Conference organizers:

  • István Horváth, Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (
  • László Marácz, European Studies, University of Amsterdam (
  • Márton Tonk, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Faculty of Science and Arts (
  • Dezső Szenkovics, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Faculty of Science and Arts (

Further questions should be submitted to the e-mail address

The Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize 2015

This year’s Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is launched under the motto ‘Today’s stories can change our tomorrow’ and coincides with the 2015 European Year for Development.  In December, the European Commission will once again award journalists for their outstanding reporting on development and poverty eradication.

Journalists committed to defending democracy and human rights can enter a competition.

The Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize, sponsored by the European Commission, awards excellence in written, radio and broadcast journalism on the theme of development, democracy and human rights around the world. It was established in memory of former European Commissioner Lorenzo Natali.

A grand jury will reward one professional and one amateur journalist from each of the following regions: Africa, the Arab world and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe.

Work must have been published or broadcast between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015 .

The selected contestants will receive trophies and cash prizes of EUR5,000 (US$5,614). The winners will compete for an additional EUR5,000 Grand Prize during an award ceremony in December 2015.

The deadline is Aug. 31.

Should you have more questions, please consult the frequently asked question (FAQ) section or  write to:

For more information, click here.

The Ian Parry Youth Photojournalism Contest

Photographers under age 24 and those enrolled as full-time photography students can apply for the scholarship.

The Ian Parry Scholarship aims to help young documentary photographers undertake a chosen project and raise their international profile.

The first place winner will receive GBP3,500 (US$5,363); the runner-up will receive GBP500 (US$766). In addition, the Sunday Times Magazine will publish a selection of images from the competition, and Reportage by Getty Images will add the winner to its online Emerging Talent group.

World Press Photo automatically nominates the winner for its Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam, and Canon provides a choice of equipment.

There is no entry fee. The deadline to apply is July 7.

For more information, click here.