Beat the Odds Scholarship Program for High Schoolers in MN, USA

Beat the Odds Scholarship Program

The Beat the Odds® scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity in life to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership in their communities and aspire to attend college.

Each year, through a competitive review process, Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota selects five of the most deserving Twin Cities-area high school students for a Beat the Odds® scholarship to be put toward college expenses.

If you want to nominate a student, complete and submit the application located here by Friday, October 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM.

Now Accepting Applications for the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)

We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Summer 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

Please visit for more information about the U.S. Department of State Summer 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is October 16, 2015.

Visit to view the announcement: U.S. Department of State Summer 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our forums or FAQs at

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

APIASF Scholarship Applications Available Now

The APIASF General Scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program applications are now available!

Please share with high school seniors and undergraduate college students you may know.   Here are some steps you can take to support your student(s) in the APIASF Application process:

  • Forward the following application links and deadlines:
  • Post this flyer on your bulletin board and throughout your community
  • Emphasize the importance of planning ahead – students can start their online applications today!
  • Volunteer to look over their essay questions and review outlines and drafts.
  • Share the various APIASF application resources with your students, including sample applications: APIASF Application Resources page.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at or 877.808.7032.


Stacy Lewis

Program Coordinator, Outreach

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Undergraduate Student Project (USIP) – 2015 Flight Research Opportunity  

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD), in collaboration with the Office of Education (OE) National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) has released the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Student Flight Research Opportunity (SFRO) on or about August 21. USIP-2015 solicits proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop an undergraduate-led Project Team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle (sRLV), or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle (hereafter referred to collectively as suborbital-class platforms).

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD), in collaboration with the Office of Education (OE) National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) has released the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Student Flight Research Opportunity (SFRO) on or about August 21. USIP-2015 solicits proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop an undergraduate-led Project Team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle (sRLV), or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle (hereafter referred to collectively as suborbital-class platforms).

The cost cap for an investigation awarded by OE is $200K, including the design, development, integration, and testing of the payload; student internships; and research on key innovative technologies. OE funding is limited to consortia of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant). See Appendix E for proposal conditions and guidelines for Space Grant consortia. The cost cap for an investigation awarded by SMD is $100K, including the design, development, integration, testing of the payload; and student internships. SMD funding is available to all U.S. institutions of higher education. Funding by NASA may be supplemented with contributions by the implementing institution (no limit); however, there are no expectations as to the amount of the institutional contribution and such contributions will not be considered in the evaluation of proposals. The selected projects must be launch-ready within 18 months of project initiation. SMD and OE estimate total funding available for award at $6.0M, and expect to select at least 30 projects for implementation, subject to available funding. The launch/flight services are provided by NASA at no cost to the project. Proposals to the USIP 2017 Solar Eclipse solicitation are not eligible for award under USIP-2015.

The two goals of this USIP SFRO are: • To provide a hands-on flight project experience to enhance the science, technical, leadership, and project skills for the selected undergraduate student team. • To fly a science and/or technology investigation relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a suborbital-class platform. The key dates of this solicitation are: SFRO RELEASE DATE AUGUST 21, 2015 QUESTION AND ANSWER TELECON SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 (2:00 PM) NOTICE OF INTENT DEADLINE OCTOBER 1, 2015 (11:59 PM) PROPOSAL SUBMITTAL DEADLINE NOVEMBER 20, 2015 (11:59 PM) SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED (TARGET) DECEMBER, 2015 LAUNCH READINESS AUGUST 1, 2017 The solicitation may be found on NSPIRES at by searching on NNH15ZDA010C

General questions concerning this solicitation may be directed to: David Pierce Senior Program Executive for Suborbital Research Science Mission Directorate NASA Headquarters Phone: (202) 358-3808 E-mail: Questions specifically concerning the Space Grant component of this solicitation may be directed to: Dr. Lenell Allen Director, Aerospace Research and Career Development (ARCD) Office of Education NASA Headquarters Phone: (202) 358-1762 E-mail:

The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute

Deadline: 1 November 2015
Open to: candidates from any country with PhD in any discipline
Fellowship: competitive salary and other benefits


The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute offers a select group of early-career scholars the opportunity to join a collaborative research community that nurtures creative, transdisciplinary thought in pursuit of key insights about the complex systems that matter most for science and society. Postdoctoral researchers selected for the SFI Omidyar Fellowship spend up to three years in residence at SFI, where they contribute to the Institute’s research, advance the sciences of complexity, and become the “new leadership for new science.”

The Omidyar Fellowship is unique among postdoctoral appointments. The Institute has no formal programs or departments. Research is collaborative and spans the physical, natural, and social sciences. Most research is theoretical and/or computational in nature, although some research includes an empirical component. SFI averages 10 resident faculty, 100 external faculty, and 250 visitors per year.


Applications are welcome from candidates from any country and any discipline. All applicants should have:

  • A PhD in any discipline (or expected to obtain PhD by September 2016);
  • Strong computational and quantitative skills;
  • An exemplary academic record;
  • A proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • A demonstrated interest in multidisciplinary research;
  • Evidence of the ability to think outside traditional paradigms.


The Omidyar Fellowship offers competitive salary, generous benefits, discretionary research and collaboration funds. Fellows will also experience  transdisciplinary collaboration with leading researchers worldwide and participate in a structured leadership training program.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2015. For successful application please log in and apply HERE. Interested candidates must submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae (including publications list);
  • Statement of research interests (max. 2 pages) including a short description of the research you would like to pursue and why;
  • Description of interest in SFI (max. 1 page) that describes your potential contribution to the SFI community and also explains the potential impact of SFI on your research. Consider addressing one or more of the following: What kind of input from other fields would most improve your future research? What type of multidisciplinary workshop might you want to organize during your Fellowship? What aspects of your present or future research are difficult to pursue in a traditional academic environment?
  • Three letters of recommendation from scholars who know your work. (The letters should be sent independent of the application. When you complete the online application, please be prepared to provide e-mail addresses of the three individuals who will recommend you. SFI will contact them directly with instructions for submitting letters.);
  • (Optional) A copy of one paper you have written in English, either published or unpublished.

For more information please visit the official website.


The Global Challenges Youth Music Contest (GYMC) 2015


Deadline: 27 September 2015
Open to: applicants under the age of 35 from all over the world
Prize: trip to Paris, France, a GYMC15 Champion Trophy and a cash prize of 1.500 €


The Global Challenges Youth Music Contest (GYMC) is an online music video competition for young people organized by International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches (IAAI), a Civil Society Organization based in Klagenfurt/Austria in cooperation with UNESCO Management of Social Transformation (MOST) programme, UNFCCC Climate Secretariat and other partners.

The overall objective of the Global Challenges Youth Music Contest is to use the power of music to promote the understanding of the importance of global challenges – like e.g. climate change – for every global citizen and to engage young people in activities that contribute to global and local public good in the context of goals and programs of United Nations system.

With the 2015 edition of Global Challenges Youth Music Contest (#GYMC15) the organizers aim to

  • Communicate the topics of the World Climate Conference UNFCCC COP21 which will be held in Paris in December 2015 to young people through peer communication (= “informal global citizenship education”)
  • Create and spread positive messages about youth led climate action
  • Promote low-carbon lifestyles and ‚think global – act local‘ values and action
  • Show to policymakers that young people demand strong global cooperation and bold action on climate change

The 2015 Global Challenges Youth Music Contest consists of 2 main parts:

  • the online competition which will identify 3 finalists and
  • the TV Show (which will be held during COP21 at UNESCO Headquarters and will be globally broadcasted in cooperation with strong media partners) in which the GYMC15 overall winner will be identified through live on-site and online voting

and has been certified by the authorities of COP21 host country France as a ‘COP21 certified project‘ which is authorised to use the official COP21 logo (see image below)

logo cop 21 carr


  • the age limit for participants is 35 years (older team members, like e.g. teachers, social workers, partners from entertainment sector etc., are welcome, too but the main creative work has to be contributed by team members below the age limit of 35 years)
  • Entrants must own all content (song, video and all parts of the content), or must have secured all necessary rights from any relevant third parties with respect to such content they upload
  • Only songs that are original in all respects are eligible to participate. No cover versions!
  • Songs that have been submitted to other online music video competitions (e.g. Rio+20 GYMC) are eligible for participation in GYMC15 unless they have already won an award in any international competition


  • The 3 GYMC15 Finalists will receive a Round trip for 1 person for participation in COP21 World Climate Conference in Paris, France December 2015; and the opportunity to participate in 2015 GYMC TV show to present their music and story on youth and climate change action
  • The GYMC15 overall winner will receive in addition a GYMC15 Champion Trophy and a cash prize of 1.500 €


  • 12th August 2015: Start of the competition with uploading on
  • 27th September 2015: end of upload phase
  • 1stOctober: internal jury presents list of 30 GYMC15 participants & start of public worldwide voting in combination with expert/celebrities jury
  • 1st – 31st of October online and jury voting
  • early November 2015 public announcement of the 3 finalists
  • 3rd of December, presentation of the 3 finalists at COP21 conference Young and Future Generations Day
  • 6th of December, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, 2015 GYMC TV Show with live voting on overall winner

GYMC Contest Quality Criteria

2015 GYMC entries pre-selection (identifying the 30 pre-finalists entries on 30 September) will be accomplished by IAAI team members and cooperation partners and guided by following considerations (no appeals possible):

  • creativity: is the story of the song innovative and compelling for a global audience
  • knowledge and action: does the song help explain to a broad audience what climate change is, why it is important for young people and why global and local collaborative action are needed
  • power of music: does the music touch the heart
  • celebrating diversity: does the entry contribute to geographic, cultural etc. diversity of GYMC

 Good Luck and a great “Thank You!” to all who will submit their artwork!

 The World needs Your Music!

Submit here:

The official webpage



2016 Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo (A-AIR)

Deadline: 10 September 2015
Open to: young artist interested in animation production from around the world
Venue: 7 January to 17 March 2016, Tokyo, Japan


This project, organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunka-cho), is an artist in residence program that provides three outstanding young animation artists from around the world with an opportunity to come to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese animation culture. It aims to promote both the creation of excellent works of animation and a better understanding of Japanese culture. This project will take place in Tokyo, Japan between 7 January and 17 March 2016.


  • Reside outside of Japan and be a citizen of a country other than Japan;
  • Have had one of their animated works screened at an international film festival, exhibition or similar event where works from countries other than their own were also screened/featured;
  • Be between the ages of 20 and 35 as of 10 September, 2015;
  • Be able to speak either English or Japanese at least well enough to communicate in everyday situations;
  • Be in good health;
  • Have access to the equipment necessary to participate in a remote interview (i.e. a computer capable of connecting to the internet and using Skype).


Organization offers following support:

  • Travel expense;
  • Living allowance;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Rental accommodation (including workspace);
  • Expert assistance;
  • Opportunity to present work done during residency;
  • Opportunities to interact with Japanese creators.

How to apply?

Fill out application forms A, B, C. Download HERE.

Documents/materials to be submitted:

  • Reference materials describing the work to be created as part of this program (at least three minutes in length). It is preferable that applicants submit documents (story board, script, etc.) which make it possible to understand plans for the work in detail;
  • Proof of a work having been screened at an international film festival, exhibition, or similar event (e.g. a copy of the list of screened works in a festival catalogue). Please make sure that the proof shows the event’s internationality (i.e. proof that it screens/features works from countries other than your own). Proof of more than one film having been screened is not required;
  • Proof of age and citizenship (e.g. a photocopy of your passport).

To complete the application process, please send application forms and required documents and materials via email attachments to the following address:

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


The Sakdoc Workshop for Female Documentary Filmmakers

Deadline:  25 September 2015
Open to: women filmmakers and producers from the Caucasus region
Venue: 19 – 20 October 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia


Swedish filmmakers Karin Ekberg and Johanna Berhardson and Sakdoc Film, with the support of The Swedish Institute, organize a workshop for female documentary filmmakers from Caucasus. The workshop aims to empower female filmmakers in the beginning of their career and give them skills and confidence to reach an international level. The workshop also aims to raise an awareness of gender equality behind and in front of the camera, and a longterm change of attitudes.


The workshop will be help in the frame of Tbilisi International Documentary Film Festival (Cinedoc) and is open for semiprofessional female directors and producers from Caucasus with a documentary film project on development stage. Working language of the workshop is English. All participants must be able to communicate in English and visuals for the application need English subtitles


Participation is free of charge. Organizers will cover accommodation, coffee breaks and lunches of selected participants.


Please submit the following documents:

  1. Synopsis of your documentary film project
  2. Treatment of your documentary film project
  3. Director´s note of your documentary film project
  4. Bio/filmography of the director/producer
  5. Visual materials (research photos/research film material/trailer). Please note that some visual materials, at least research photos MUST be included.

​All the requested information should be saved as ONE single PDF file and attached with your application form, also saved as a PDF and e-mailed to the following address:, together with links and passwords of visual (subtitled) material on vimeo or youtube. The deadline is September 25, 2015.

Important note! Only applications that include filled application form and all the annexes will be considered. Below you can find additional information about the workshop.

If you have any questions, write to:

The official web-page.


The Young Peacebuilders Forum 2015

Deadline:  22 September 2015
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 30 years old
Venue: 11-15 November 2015, The Hague


As we celebrate the adoption of the Amman Youth Declaration written by young peacebuilders from all around the world, we would like to invite you to attend the UNOY Peacebuilders’ annual Young Peacebuilders Forum. The Forum will take place in The Hague 11-15 November 2015 and will bring together 60 young peacebuilders to come together to share their experiences and discuss common challenges.

The Young Peacebuilders Forum theme in 2015 is Ensuring Quality of Youth Peace Work, with a research report into Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in youth peace organisations from the UNOY Peacebuilders network launched during the forum.


Participants must be aged between 18 and 30 and fluent in English. Both UNOY Peacebuilders members and non-members are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to participants who:

  • have experience in the fields related to peacebuilding and conflict transformation
  • are currently active in a youth peace organisation
  • are committed to multiply the outcomes of the activity in their own work

The selection of participants will be based on applicant’s’ motivation and experience, as well as gender balance and geographical diversity.

Due to funding restrictions the majority of participants will come from Europe. However we encourage non-European peacebuilders to apply as we will have some positions available for non-European participants.


Accommodation and food are fully covered apart from a participation fee of € 50/person. Travel costs will be covered by 70%. The forum is supported by the Council of Europe and the European Commission.


The form has several pages. The button ‘continue’ at the bottom of the page will bring you to the next. Make sure you fill out the entire form and submit it when finished.

Please keep in mind that the application form has to be filled out per person, and not per organization. UNOY member organisations are encouraged to send two participants each.

In order to apply, register HERE.

Application Deadline: Tuesday 22 September
Date of Selection: Friday 9 October

Please contact for any further questions.

The official web-page.