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Asia/Us Exchange Program

This fellowship, administered jointly by VIA and the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford, sends two graduating seniors or recent alumni to teach at the Ouyang Yu Experimental Middle School in Xintang Town, Hunan Province, China. Dr. Huang, a prominent engineer and entrepreneur, founded this rural middle school to raise the quality of education in Hunan, his native province. Fellows experience life in a rural area of China – one which is becoming more unique as China’s modernization continues to unfold – and are given the opportunity to learn more about an area of China that most foreigners will never get to see firsthand.

Fellowships are for one year, with the opportunity to extend for a second year if desired. Fellows depart for Asia in early August to join other volunteers for cross-cultural training. In addition to teaching English to middle school students at Ouyang Yu, fellows receive $1,000 to design and implement a series of service projects aimed at benefiting the school and local community.

Previous service projects have included a student English magazine, an English Resource room, a tree-planting campaign, student scholarships, eyeglasses for students in need, and the development and production of a Hepatitis B education pamphlet geared towards young adults.

The fellowship benefits include:

  • Waived VIA program fee ($2,000) and overseas insurance fee
  • Up to $1,000 for a ticket to VIA’s training in Asia
  • Up to $1,000 for a return airline ticket after successfully completing the fellowship
  • Four weeks of training and orientation
  • Foreign language classes during training and at your post
  • Support from VIA staff in Asia Participation in a mid-year conference
  • A local living stipend is offered through in-kind contributions from our Asian host organization
  • $1,000 funding for a service project
  • The total value of the fellowship is approximately $13,000.

Fellow responsibilities:

  • Attend virtual pre-departure training sessions
  • Attend the month-long trainings in Asia and mid-year conference
  • Participate in VIA’s annual crowdfunding scholarship campaign
  • Design and create three small photo or video projects and a plan to share your experience with an external audience
  • Design and create a service project that is implemented at the school

To apply: In addition to your one-year fellowship application, please address the following two questions (500 words or less for each question):

1. Describe what values are most important to you and how you intend to make them a part of your fellowship experience.

2. Describe why you want to work at the OYY school.

International Development Youth Forum 2016

Deadline: 31st August, 2015, 23:59 (GMT/UTC +09:00)
Open to: young people between 18 and 28 years old worldwide
Venue: 6-13 March 2016 in Tokyo, Japan


Since 2012 the International Development Youth Forum is held annually and youth with high ambition for international development get together from all over the world.

IDYF2016- We aim to create a better future based on diversified values and experiences of youth from both developed and developing countries. IDYF2016-We aim to empower youth, who are to become the leaders of the future, by finding solutions to the problems of developing countries, through discussions with their peers from different backgrounds.


In 2016 the IDYF will be held in Tokyo, Japan from 6th of March to 13th of March.


The International Development Youth Forum is open to young people between 18 and 28 years old from around the world.


Financial support to attend the conference will be available for young participants from developing countries. The organizers will decide the type of scholarship based on your application:

  • The scholarship (including airplane ticket, participation costs)

Participants who are not eligible for a scholarship are required to pay a participation fee of JPY 30,000 (approx. €200).

*Accommodation and meals are included
*Insurance, transportation expenses (including transportation from the airport), accommodation before and after the program, are not included. Additional expenses may apply.
*We will contact your representative later regarding the method of payment


In order to apply you must fill in the online application form

Application deadline is 31st August, 2015, 23:59 (GMT/UTC +09:00).

For any enquiries please contact:

The official website

UN Youth Academic Conference in Bucharest

Deadline: 1 September 2015
Open to: scholars, researchers and young professionals all over the world
Venue: Bucharest, Romania from 6 to 8 November 2015.


This year’s edition of the United Nations Youth Academic Conference will consist in discussions aiming to answer the question“What challenges does UN face in 2015?” Through this event are invited scholars, researchers and young professionals to present their research work and reflections upon the following topics:

  • Peace and Security;
  • Human Rights;
  • International Development.

Also, the programme includes keynote lectures carried by experts, scholars and professors in the three main areas of discussion. Nonetheless, the participants will have the chance to get better aquainted with each other and share their views during the social activities as well. Accordingly, during the three days of the conference, they shall dwell within an interactive and thought-provoking environment, where both social and professional networking will be possible. The event will take place at Bucharest, Romania from 6 to 8 November 2015.


Scholars, researchers and young professionals interested in mentioned topics are eligible to apply.


60 EUR (without accommodation), 100 EUR (with accommodation)

The participation fee includes:

  • accommodation (by case) : included nights 5/6, 6/7, and 7/8 November;
  • lunches;
  • coffee breaks and snacks;
  • welcoming kit;
  • participation certificate;
  • access to social events.

How to apply?

In order to register as a panelist to the UN Youth Academic Conference 2015, you have to fill in the registration form and send it along with the abstract of your academic paper to the following e-mail address:

For more information, please check the official web-page.


The World Forum for Democracy 2015 in Strasbourg, France

Deadline: 30 August 2015
Open to: young aged 16-30 worldwide
Venue: 18-20 November 2015, Strasbourg, France


The Joint Council on Youth, decision-making structure co-managed by representatives of governments and youth NGOs, has agreed to involve the youth sector of the Council of Europe in the 2015 edition of the World Forum for Democracy.

The 4th edition of the World Forum for Democracy will engage with decision makers and opinion-formers in a reflection on how to maintain a balance between freedom and control for security in European societies and will explore new ways of engaging young people in re-visioning the democratic arenas of today. The World Forum will take a place from 18-20 November 2015 in Strasbourg, France. The initiatives and ideas to be presented at the forum will be discussed in labs and roughly cover the four following key categories:

  • How much control kills democracy?
  • Freedom from fear in a diverse society?
  • Is learning of democratic culture adequate today?
  • Is freedom of expression and information a reality?


In order to be selected and participate in the World Forum 2015, applicants should:

  • Be aged 16-30 (exceptions can be made in special cases);
  • Be resident in one of the 50 signatory States of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe, 30 places will be made available for participants from other regions outside the European continent;
  • Be able to communicate and work in English;
  • Be actively involved in civil society Democracy initiatives;
  • Be motivated to contribute to developing new ideas on youth and democracy;
  • Be supported by a youth organisation or network or informal group working on democracy; some non-organised individuals will also be accepted;
  • Be ready to share own challenges faced in accessing freedom of expression and dealing with control and violence;
  • Be ready to adopt a solution-oriented approach by bringing in new ideas and visions of democracy;
  • Be ready to dream democracy;
  • Be available to participate fully in the World Forum for Democracy and the preparation process beforehand;
  • Experience or involvement in the No Hate speech movement at local, national or international level will be an asset;

As far as possible, participants should be representative of the variety of youth in Europe. Therefore, special attention will be given to young people from marginalised backgrounds, representatives of minority organisations or youth movements.


Travel expenses and visa costs will be reimbursed upon presentation of the relevant receipts, according to the rules of the Council of Europe. Only the participants who attend the entire event (pre-Forum meeting and World Forum) can be reimbursed.

Board and lodging are provided and paid for by the Council of Europe (arrival on Monday 16 November and departure on Saturday 21 November). Participants will be lodged at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg (EYCS). The EYCS is fully accessible to young people with disabilities and ready to adapt to young people’s special needs in order to ensure full inclusion and quality working conditions.

How to apply?

All candidates must apply in 2 parts:

  1. An online application form should be completed;
  2. A short 1 minute video should be posted on YouTube, with the link attached to the online application form ( see instructions here)

Candidates will be informed if their application has been accepted or rejected, and if they have been put on the waiting list, by 16 September 2015.

Deadline for applying is 30 August 2015.

In case of technical problems with the use of the platform, please send an email to

For more information please check the official call.


The TED2016 Fellowship Programme

Deadline:  20 September 2015
Open to: Media entrepreneurs, human rights activists and photographers from around the world
Venue: 15 – 19 February 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.


Twice a year, a group of interesting and impactful people gathers for the week-long TED experience — which attendees have described as “the ultimate brain spa” and “a journey into the future in the company of those creating it.” It’s a winning formula of brilliant, curious minds and groundbreaking content in an immersive and focused environment.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our world. But a TED conference is broader still, showcasing important ideas from any discipline, and exploring how they all connect. The format is fast-paced: 50+ talks over the course of a week, as well as morning and evening get-togethers. As they take in the program, attendees and speakers from vastly different fields can cross-fertilize and draw inspiration from unlikely places. This is the magic of TED.

TED is our historic, flagship event, taking place annually since 1984. TED attracts about 1,300 attendees, and three-quarters of its speakers and attendees are from the US.

TEDGlobal, held annually in Europe, is TED’s twin conference, sharing its format and audience — but with a stronger international approach. Of its 700 attendees, it draws a more global audience and speaker line-up (three-quarters from outside of the US).


Media entrepreneurs, human rights activists and photographers can apply for a TED fellowship to attend a conference in Vancouver, Canada. The program targets candidates ages 21 to 40 from the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, but anyone over 18 is eligible. Applicants must be proficient in English.


TED pays for round-trip economy airfare, ground transportation to and from the conference location, meals and shared accommodation on site.


The TED2016 Fellowship application is now open! To apply, please fill out the online application form. In addition to basic details and contact information, you’ll need to answer essay questions and provide three references.

In order to apply, register HERE.

Before beginning your application, please review our Application tips, our Program FAQ, and our Terms and conditions.

Applications close Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. UTC / 7:59 p.m. ET.

If you have any questions,  write to:

The official web-page.


The 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris, France

Deadline:  31 August 2015, 8.30 am (GMT)
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 24 years old
Venue: 26-28 October 2015 in Paris, France


The 9th UNESCO Youth Forum – Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet – will take place in Paris, France on the 26th to the 28th October 2015. The forum will bring together over 500 young women and men from all over the world to focus on issues related to sustainable development and global citizenship and ensure that the voices of future generations remain front and centre of the new development agenda.

Discussions at this years forum will focus on how young people, committing themselves as global citizens, can contribute to the creation of a sustainable planet.


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

  • You should be between 18 and 24 years old at the time of the Forum.
  • You should be able to show some leadership, engagement or initiative undertaken in your community/country/region or globally, preferably related to: 1). the post-2015 process and/or on issues related to the sustainable development goals, with specific focus on education and skills for sustainable development and employability, diversity and culture of peace, or rights and freedoms; OR  2). climate change issues, with specific focus on awareness-raising through media, mobilizing traditional knowledge and local environmental management practices, or youth solutions to address climate change;
  • You should be able to cover the expenses related to your travel and stay in Paris on the occasion of the Forum.
  • You should not have participated in previous editions of the Forum.

Check out the application criteria here for the English version and here for the French one.


All arrangements related to the selected participants’ visa, travel to and from or stay in Paris are to be made by the participants themselves.


To be duly filled in in all its parts by 31 August 2015, 8.30 am (GMT) at the latest, together with:

  1. CV
  2. Motivation letter
  3. Copy of your passport

In order to apply, register HERE.

The online application form is to be filled in, and the accompanying documents uploaded, at this link. Should you not have the possibility to submit the form and documents online, please download the form, and return the completed form with the accompanying documents by e-mail to The deadline for the submission of all applications is Monday 31 August 2015, 8.30 am (GMT). Only complete applications received by this date will be considered.

If you have any questions, write to:

The official web-page.

Apply for Telenor Youth Forum

Telenor Youth Forum

8-11 December 2015

Telenor Headquarters and other exciting locations across Oslo, Norway

Accommodation and travel expenses will be undertaken by Telenor Group and its affiliates, please refer below for application process.


Join us at the Telenor Youth Forum, and engage in dialogue and communication across boundaries — real or imagined, physical or mental — that aim to foster understanding, prosperity and ultimately peace.

We’re not looking for simple solutions, we’re looking for interesting perspectives, unexpected stories, and insightful dialogue. We’re offering you a global stage, opportunities to meet and discuss with leaders and luminaries within their fields, and a social and professional experience of a lifetime.

We will selected 2 candidates per Telenor 13 markets.

Application Process

Telenor offers communication services in 13 markets.

With 33,000 employees worldwide, Telenor Group is able to offer a wide range of telecom-related services to consumers and enterprises. Our main operations are concentrated in three geographic regions:

The Nordics : Norway, Sweden, Denmark

Central and Eastern Europe : Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro and Bulgaria

Asia : Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Myanmar


Excellence Master Fellowships at the Univ. of Geneva

Deadline: 15 March 2016
Open to: students from any university with very good performance in their studies with Bc degree
Fellowship: CHF 10’000 to CHF 15’000 per year (approximately EUR 9,595 – EUR 14,393)


The Faculty of science of the University of Geneva is an internationally top-ranked scientific institution covering a broad range of scientific disciplines: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. The Masters of the Faculty of Science constitute an ideal entry for high-level professional and academic careers. Therefore the Faculty of Science, in collaboration with several sponsors, has established an Excellence Fellowship Program to support outstanding and highly motivated candidates who intend to pursue a Master of Science in any of the disciplines covered by the Faculty (Complete list of the Master programs). French proficiency is not a formal requirement for the Masters of the Faculty of science.


Application for an Excellence Fellowship is open to students from any university with very good performance in their studies (belonging to the best 10% of their bachelor’s program) and that have completed the Bachelor degree or expect to complete it within 6 months. Selection of the applicants will be based on excellence. Evaluation will be made on the basis of the documentation sent by the applicants.


The Excellence Fellowship consists of a grant amounting to CHF 10’000 to CHF 15’000/year (no teaching duties); it is awarded for one year and extended for the regular duration of the chosen Master’s programme (three or four semesters) provided the applicant is academically successful at the end of his/her first semester of studies.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2016. The application (in English or French) consists of:

  • Application Form (60 Kb, doc);
  • A Curriculum Vitae including the transcript of exams passed during the bachelor education, with grades;
  • A two-page essay in which the applicant describes his/her specific scientific interests, specifies the Master’s program at the Faculty of Science he/her would like to pursue, and motivates the intention to pursue a Master of Science programme at the University of Geneva;
  • If possible: Letters of references from two professors (preferably sent by them directly to the e-mail address indicated below). They should specifically attest if the candidate fulfills the conditions of the Excellence Fellowship Program (see above);
  • Any other pertinent information like results of GRE (General requirement examination), of TOEFL or other language test.

Applications should be sent as an UNIQUE pdf file by e-mail to the Dean of the Faculty of Science: For the application to be considered, each student has to fulfill the enrollment procedure as described on the DIFE website.

For more information please visit the official website.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the Academic Year 2016-2017

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Submission deadline: 17.10.2015

Types of scholarship offered (please see PDF files)

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No Bachelor or Master scholarships are available.


Please see factsheets (PDF files) for eligibility criteria


Applications are subject to preliminary selection by the relevant national authorities and/or the Swiss diplomatic representation. The short-listed applications are then assessed by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) which subsequently takes the final decision.

The FCS is composed of professors from all Swiss public universities. Scholarship awards are decided on the basis of academic and scientific excellence.

Application procedure

If you fulfill the eligibility requirements cited in the abovementioned scholarships, please contact the relevant application institution in your country of origin (institution cited in the factsheet).

II. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for the academic year 2016-2017 for other countries

Deadline: Varies from country to country
Open to: graduates from all fields
Scholarship: varies according to a country of origin and a type of scholarship


The Swiss government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the Academic Year 2016-2017. The scheme includes various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers:

  • University scholarships (Swiss universities, Federal Institutes of Technology, as well as Universities of Applied Sciences)
  • Arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts, only for a limited number of countries).

These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognized institution.


The scholarships are offered to international graduates from countries around the world, however not all of the countries are included in the scheme. Choose your country from the drop-down menu HERE and check which scholarships you are eligible to apply for.


Generally the scholarship includes a monthly payment, exemption from tuition fees, insurance, housing allowance, airfare and other benefits, depending on the country of origin and the type of scholarship.


The application deadlines vary depending on the country you come from.

In order to apply for a scholarship, please contact the relevant application institution in your country of origin (institution cited in the factsheet, that you can find when you choose your country from the drop-down menu HERE ).

For further information visit the official website HERE.