Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for the Academic Year 2017-2018

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 2017-2018. The scheme includes various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers:

  • University research fellowships for scholars, doctorates and post-doctorates at Swiss universities, federal institutes of technology and universities of applied sciences (no scholarships for bachelor or masters studies)
  • Arts scholarships for advanced-level artists at Swiss conservatories and universities of the 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.

Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarships 2016

Deadline: 1 September 2016
Open to: students in all subjects who are pursuing a first degree (Bachelor, Staatsexamen, Diplom) and who earned their university entrance qualification in Germany
Scholarship: EUR 597 plus EUR 300 book allowance per month or EUR 1,050 per month basic scholarship plus EUR 100 per month research costs allowance


The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are pursuing their degree at universities, universities of applied sciences (‘Fachhochschulen’), or universities of the arts (‘Kunsthochschulen’). Scholarship recipients are expected to have excellent academic records, to be socially and politically engaged and to have an active interest in the basic values of the foundation: Ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self determination and justice.

At the time of application, the applicant must have been accepted as a student or doctoral student by a state-recognised institution of higher education in Germany. The applicant has to be accepted by a state-recognised institution at the latest by the beginning of the scholarship.



For an undergraduate and graduate scholarship:

  1. General student scholarships for German and German-educated applicants: Students in all subjects who are pursuing a first degree (Bachelor, Staatsexamen, Diplom) and who earned their university entrance qualification in Germany;
  2. Student scholarship – journalism: “Medienvielfalt, anders: Junge Migrantinnen und Migranten in den Journalismus” (for Germans and candidates who study in Germany – Bildungsinländer/innen): This programme is aimed at German or German-educated students with a migration background who wish to become journalists;
  3. International students on a masters course in any subject who earned their university entrance qualification outside Germany (Bildungsausländer/innen) and are studying, or wish to study, in Germany.
For a doctoral scholarship:
  1.  Doctoral students from inside and outside Germany for a doctoral scholarship in the focus programme “Transformation Research”;

Good or very good knowledge of German is required, please supply documentary evidence.


For undergraduate and graduate students:

  • Who are German/EU nationals or those educated in Germany, the amount varies according to parental income or own assets or earnings: max. EUR 597 plus EUR 300 book allowance per month.

At the doctoral level:

  • German/EU nationals or those educated in Germany receive EUR 1,050 per month basic scholarship plus EUR 100 per month research costs allowance.


In order to apply you will have to:

  1. Check if you are among the special focus groups in this application round;
  2. Gather information on the application process and the requested documents;
  3. Register for the online application portal;
  4. Provide the requested information in the Online Application Portal;
  5. After uploading all of your documents, submit your application before the end of 1 September 2016.

For details of application requirements, procedures and specific groups see application process autumn 2016.

Apply for Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship

Deadline: 15 October 2016
Open to: professionals in the field of democracy and human rights, college and university professors, researchers, journalists, and other writers from developing and aspiring democracies
Fellowship: monthly stipend for living expenses, basic health insurance, a round trip travel to and from Washington, D.C., a fully equipped office


The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is an international exchange program that offers practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world the opportunity to spend five months at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in Washington DC, in order to undertake independent research on democratic challenges worldwide. While in residence, fellows reflect on their experiences; conduct research and writing, consider best practices and lessons learned and develop professional relationships within a global network of democracy advocates. The program offers two tracks, a practitioner track and a scholarly track:

  • Practitioner track- created to support democratic activists, human rights advocates, journalists, and others who work on the front lines of democracy promotion in emerging and aspiring democracies. It seeks to provide experienced activists with an opportunity to reflect on their work, learn from counterparts in the United States, and reevaluate techniques for building democracy in their country of origin;
  • Scholarly track- recognizing the importance of intellectual contributions to the theory and practice of democracy, the program offers a scholarly track principally for professors and researchers from emerging and aspiring democracies. During their stay at the forum, scholars make at least one formal presentation and complete a substantial piece of writing (a monograph or book) for publication.

2017–2018 Fellowship Sessions:

  • Fall Session: October–February;
  • Spring Session: March–July.


Eligibility requirements for all applicants:

  • Citizens of any country may apply;
  • Proficiency in the English language;
  • Topics focusing on the political, social, economic, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development;
  • Availability to be in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C., during the year for which candidates are applying for a fellowship.

Applicants eligible for applying in one of the two tracks:


Practitioner track

  • Mid-career professionals with several years of professional experience in the field of democracy and human rights;
  • No specific degree requirements (a PhD is not required);
  • No age limits.

Scholarly track

  • College and university professors, researchers, journalists, and other writers from developing and aspiring democracies;
  • Expected to possess a doctorate (a PhD, or academic equivalent) at the time of application;
  • To have a proven record of publications in their field;
  • Have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project;
  • Distinguished scholars from the United States or other established democracies are also eligible to apply.


Fellows will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses, basic health insurance, a round trip travel to and from Washington, D.C., a fully equipped office, including internet access and a NED email account, plus a limited budget for long-distance phone calls and professional travel within the United States. The program does not provide financial assistance for accompanying family or other dependents.

The application process is conducted online for which the applicants are required to register. Applicants will be required to submit:

  • Project proposal;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Résumé/CV
  • Biography

Before applying please read carefully the online application guide.

Deadline for 2017-2018 Fellowship Applications is 15 October 2016.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

The official web-page.

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NAKASEC & Affiliates Encourage Eligible Youth to Apply for DACA 1 and Announce Launch of National AAPI DACA Collaborative Website on 4th Anniversary


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WASHINGTON DC— The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and its affiliates, the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC) and Korean Resource Center (KRC), shared upcoming/recent DACA events and joined partners in announcing the launch of the AAPI DACA Collaborative website on August 15, 2016.  This day marked four years since President Obama implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Collaborative strongly encourages eligible young AAPIs to apply for DACA, which has been providing over 728,000 young undocumented immigrants with temporary relief from deportation and a work permit.  Out of the total number of DACA recipients, over 17,000 people immigrated from the top four Asian countries of origin (South Korea, Philippines, India, and Pakistan). There are roughly 1.5 million undocumented Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), many of whom are eligible for DACA. South Korea has the 7th highest acceptance rate for DACA and an estimated 9,000 of the 44,000 DACA-eligible Korean Americans have applied as of March 2016.

The existing 2012 DACA has not been affected by the Supreme Court’s 4-4 “non-decision” ruling in United States v. Texas on June 23, 2016. The Supreme Court decision does, however, mean that the court injunction prohibiting implementation of DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and expanded DACA remains in effect.

In 2015 alone, the AAPI DACA Collaborative members held over 400 legal service and over 500 outreach events. Collectively the collaborative received over 1,800 phone calls inquiring about DACA and over half of the callers were potentially DACA eligible. For more information on the Collaborative, please visit:

NAKASEC will host a naturalization clinic and DACA Information Session with New American Civic Engagement Alliance (NACEA) on September 25th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Washington Spencerville Korean Church (1700 Spencerville Rd, Spencerville, MD 20868). Community members interested in naturalization or DACA 1 application assistance should call NAKASEC’s office (703-256-2208) to schedule an appointment. NAKASEC also invited community members to join its Parent Association of DACA(DACA 부모님 모임). For more information, please call Young Mi (영미 씨) 703-256-2208 or

In California, community members interested in naturalization or the 2012 DACA application assistance should call KRC’s office (323-680-5725) to schedule an appointment from Monday through Thursday. KRC also provides financial aid consultation for undocumented college students. For more information, please call 323-680-5725.

In Illinois, KRCC has been fundraising for DACA scholarships. In partnership with KRCC, the Korean American Association of Chicago (KAAC) has been fundraising DACA Scholarship for a year and provided full application fees ($465) for 20 Korean American DACA applicants who have recommended by and processed their applications by KRCC and Korean American Community Services (KACS). KAAC also made a video for fundraising for DACA Scholarship and will have a Korean American golf outing event for DACA Scholarship fundraising on Wednesday, August 24 in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, KRCC’s youth group, Fighting Youth Shouting out for Humanity (FYSH), organized its annual youth-led Coffeehouse on July 23 and raised over $1500, exceeding their fundraising goal. The funds go towards FYSH’s DREAM Scholarship, a scholarship to help undocumented youth pay for DACA application fees.

Ju Hong, National AAPI DACA Collaborative Coordinator, shared: “DACA had opened doors for me to affordable education and to travel back to South Korea to reunite with my ailing grandmother for the first time in over 13 years. I strongly encourage all eligible undocumented AAPI young people to apply for DACA and experience these benefits that others take for granted.”

NAKASEC’s Executive Director Dae Joong Yoon, KRCC’s Executive Director Inhe Choi, and KRC’s Los Angeles Director Joon Bang said: “NAKASEC, KRCC, and KRC encourage all eligible community members to make DACA 1 stronger by applying now. DACA is a program that has opened up doors to education, better paying jobs, and opportunities that others take for granted. The 2012 program is open and ready for new and renewing applicants. The announcement of DACA is a victory our community rightfully won and DACAmented leaders have spoken out about how DACA has positively impacted their lives and their future. Let’s continue to lift up the voices of the hardworking DACA recipients who are represented in all 50 states. We remain committed to engaging in DACA outreach, services, and events and working with the AAPI DACA Collaborative partners across the country to increase both initial and renewal applications rates among the AAPI community. ”

Individuals who meet the 2012 DACA guidelines may continue to come forward and file an initial or renewal request for DACA under those guidelines. For more information, see USCIS reminds the public about the risk of immigration scams, in case scammers try to exploit the situation. Get tips for protecting yourself and your loved ones at or in Spanish at

Click here to see the recent Migration Policy Institute report on DACA at Four.


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The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) was founded in 1994 by local community centers to project a progressive voice and promote the full participation of Korean Americans on major social justice issues. NAKASEC maintains offices in Annandale, Virginia and Los Angeles, California. NAKASEC has affiliates in Chicago (Korean American Resource & Cultural Center) and Los Angeles and Orange County (Korean Resource Center)

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Scholarship to Study at German University

If you are interested in carrying out an independent study/research in Germany, please refer here: Research Grant

Highly qualified final year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a full master’s degree program at a German university or for a study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master’s degree program completed in the home country.

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  • Students in their last year of undergraduate studies at an accredited US or Canadian university.
  • US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Foreign nationals who live in the USA or in Canada by the time of application deadline are eligible, if your last degree was obtained in the US/Canada, or you will have received a degree in the US/Canada before your scholarship starts. All other foreign nationals may need to apply via a different DAAD office.
  • Recent BA/BS or MA/MS graduates who completed their last degree no longer than 6 years ago.
  • US/Canadian students in the first year of a master’s degree program in Germany may apply to fund their second year.
  • Applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 consecutive months by the time of application deadline.
Terms of Award
  • Monthly stipends are approximately €750. DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs. In addition, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.
  • Please note DAAD scholarship recipients are not permitted to receive supplementary funding through any other German funding body. Supplementary funding from a non-German funding body may in some cases be permitted. However, they would then be treated as additional earnings, i.e. grants exceeding the tax-free income level in Germany (currently € 450 per month) would be deducted from the DAAD scholarship, unless the grant payments will be put on hold for the duration of your DAAD scholarship.
  • Study Scholarships are granted for one academic year with the possibility of a one-year extension for those wishing to complete a full degree program in Germany. Please note that the German academic year usually begins on October 1st.
  • If the degree program includes an additional study abroad (outside of Germany) lasting several months, funding for this period abroad is usually only possible under the following conditions:
    – The additional study visit is essential for achievement of the scholarship objective.
    – The additional study period is no longer than a quarter of the scholarship period. Longer periods cannot be funded, even partially.
    – The additional study period does not take place in applicant’s home country.
Application Guidelines for Artistic Fields
  • Deadline: October 31, 2016: Fine Art, Design, Film, Music, Architecture as well as Performing Arts (Drama, Direction, Dance, Choreography, etc.).
  • The DAAD online portal will close automatically at 11 PM Central European Time (5 PM EST/4PM CST/3PM MTN/2PM PST) on the deadline date.Applicants are advised to start the application process at least one week before the closing date.
  • Results will be announced on the portal by the end of March.

Please see :
Study Scholarship for in the Field of Music.
Study Scholarship for Performing Arts.
Study Scholarship for Fine Art, Film, Design/Visual Communication and Film
Study Scholarship for Architecture

Send your complete application (artistic fields only) to:

         Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service)
Referat ST 23
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn

Application Guidelines for Graduates of All Disciplines
  • Deadline : November 4, 2016
  • The application is submitted online through the DAAD portal.
  •  In addition, you are required to mail 3 copies of the “Application summary” (PDF File), which is generated in the DAAD portal after the online application procedure has been completed.
  • The portal will close automatically at 11 PM Central European Time (5 PM EST/4PM CST/3PM MTN/2PM PST) on the deadline date. Applicants are advised to start the application process at least one week before the closing date.
  • Please ensure we receive the paper application no later than one week after the closing date (one-sided, not stapled). Your application is only complete when we have received both your electronic and paper application.

 1.     Check here if your University is a DAAD Partner University

  • At a DAAD Partner University: contact the DAAD campus coordinator, and submit your application to them; there may be an earlier university internal deadline. (if you miss your university’s deadline, you may alternatively submit  your application to DAAD New York) Please note this doesn’t apply to performing/visual artists.
  • Not at a DAAD Partner University: send your application directly to the DAAD New York office.

2.     Please refer to THIS APPLICATION CHECKLIST  to submit all required application materials before you enter the online portal.

 3.     Helpful links for the online portal

 4.      Are you ready? In order to register with the DAAD online portal to start your application, please go to the scholarship database and look for the Study Scholarships for Graduates of All Disciplines program. Select your status, your country of origin (please note that country of origin is in fact the country in which you are living and from where you are applying. Funding periods are restricted to the German academic year, which usually starts on October 1st. Funding is possible for programs lasting 10 to 24 months, depending on the length of the chosen study program

5.     Send your complete application (for all disciplines outside of artistic fields) to:

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Study Scholarship
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

 6.    After you submit your application

  • Please DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL. You will receive an e-mail notification 8 weeks after the deadline.
  • Application decisions will not be accompanied with an explanation.
  • Applications remain with DAAD. Personal data of applicants and grantees will be stored electronically in DAAD’s files only to the extent necessary for the administration of the applications and scholarships in accordance with the German Federal Data Protection Act. Data will be provided to the respective International Student Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) for successful applicants where necessary in order to administer the scholarship and provide the scholarship holder with guidance services. Applications of unsuccessful candidates will be destroyed after one year.
  •  Results will be announced through the portal mid-April.
Still have Questions?
  • Check out the Manual for Personal Funding. On this site you can download manuals to assist with the personal funding section of the DAAD Portal.
  • If you seek technical support with the registration or the online application please email
  • If you have questions regarding the DAAD Study Scholarship, please contact (Kindly understand that questions already answered by information on DAAD’s website cannot be answered separately).
  • See here for Frequently Asked Questions

Apply for Chevening Scholarships Programme 2017/2018

Deadline: 8 November 2016
Open to: developing global leaders
Scholarship: flights, accommodation, stipend, others according to country


Chevening is the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders and is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations. Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.


To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you have to meet following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country;
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship has ended;
  • Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a post-graduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK;
  • Have at least two years’ work experience;
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 13 July 2017;
  • Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 13 July 2017.


Chevening covers a number of costs including flights, accommodation and others according to your country.

How to apply?

Applications for Chevening Scholarships open on 8 August. Applications for Chevening Fellowships open at various points during the year.

Applications for Chevening Awards can only be submitted using the Chevening online application system, available through the “apply” button on your country page.
Prior to starting your application for a Chevening Scholarship please ensure you have the following ready:


  • Two references to be provided in a letter format and written in English;
  • Valid passport/national ID card;
  • University transcripts (undergraduate, postgraduate);
  • Three different UK Master’s course choices;
  • Please note that only documents in PDF format can be uploaded and documents cannot be over 5MB in size.


  • English language (if already met the requirements);
  • UK Master’s university offer (if already met the requirements).

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

Ph.D. Scholarship in Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School

Deadline: 31 August 2016
Open to: candidates with an educational background in the political or social sciences and should have a basic training at the Masters level
Scholarships: include the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary


The Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the overall field of Business and Politics. The phd project should focus on one of the 4 research themes of the Department:

  • Business, Organizing and Governance;
  • Civil Society;
  • Money & Markets;
  • Public Policy and Institutions.

The recruited PhD candidate will be attached to the Department of Business and Politics, which emphasizes international and comparative research on states, economies, corporations, and other organizations that are involved in the governance of political and economic matters. The position is open to  political science and sociology disciplinary backgrounds and a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches.


  • Have a basic training at the Masters level;
  • An educational background in the political or social sciences is necessary;
  • Have successfully completed the Master’s degree before commencing a PhD at CBS;
  • Be fluent in English.


  • A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent to a 1⁄2 year’s work (624 work hours);
  • The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement;
  • The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 23.770 (app. EUR 3,160) up to DKK 28.964 (app. EUR 3,860) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totaling 17,1 % of 85 per cent of the base salary.


The mode of application is online. Application must include:

  1. 5 page project description (containing a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan);
  2. Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level;
  3. A brief curriculum vitae (CV);
  4. A list of papers and publications (if applicable);
  5. One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis);
  6. Documentation for English language skills, if it is not the mother tongue.

Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme here.

For more information about the position, please visit the official website.


Berlin Seminar on Truth, Justice and Remembrance

Deadline:  August 15, 2016
Open to: participants from (post-) conflict societies from all over the world
Venue: 26 November– 8 December 2016 in Berlin, Germany


The Robert Bosch Stiftung is pleased to announce its international Seminar on Truth, Justice and Remembrance. The seminar will take place in Berlin, Germany. The program facilitates cross-regional learning about dealing with the past in different societal contexts. Participants are equipped with the knowledge, tools and leadership skills necessary to facilitate and bring about meaningful progress on truth, justice, and remembrance in their societies during and after conflict.
This unique two-week seminar brings together 25 actors from (post-) conflict societies from all over the world, all of whom work on remembrance, the politics of memory, and documentation and truth-finding during and in the aftermath of conflicts.
The Berlin Seminar provides participants with the opportunity
  • to learn more about Dealing with the Past in Germany with a focus on the Nazi regime and the communist regime in the GDR as well as the ensuing public discourses;
  • to exchange best practices with participants from other post-conflict societies;
  • to work intensely on the challenges they face in their own work, organizations and societies through professional facilitation as well as through peer consultation;
  • to strengthen their leadership skills and to develop strategies for self-management and self-care.
The program includes visits to different sites of memory and meetings with representatives from politics, civil society and media, witnesses and experts as well as advanced application workshops with selected German institutions and individuals. The program will furthermore include sessions on leadership development and systemic analysis, and offers space to discuss and reflect on the learnings in an international group from different (post-)conflict societies.


To be considered for the program, candidates will have to meet the following criteria:
  • The program is targeted at mid-career and senior staff working for civil society organizations, government bodies and media institutions with relevant work experience in the field of dealing with the past. Practitioners, activists and experts from (post-) conflict societies directly involved in peace processes are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Have very good English skills in order to participate in group discussions and to write a short reflection paper.
  • Be open to a comparative and participatory learning experience: Participants are expected to actively engage with participants from other countries, to consult to each other on challenges they face in their home contexts, and to share reflections and lessons learned within the group.
Prior knowledge about Germany is not required.


Robert Bosch Stiftung will cover travel to and from Germany, accommodation and other related costs for local travel, lunches and drinks.


Please complete the following form and submit your application by August 15, 2016.

Furthermore, we would kindly ask to send us following documents attached in an email at

• A CV of no more than 2 pages,
• a letter of motivation describing your work experience in the field of dealing with the past and indicating why you wish to participate in this specific program, and
• a letter of recommendation.

The application is complete and eligible once the e-mail with CV, motivation letter and letter of recommendation has been received.

In order to apply, register HERE.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Patricia Degueldre,:

The official web-page.