Distance Learning Scholarship in MSc Forestry at Bangor University, UK

Thursday, February 28, 2013 0 comments

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)are pleased to announce that up to 15 fully-funded scholarships (each worth over £12,000 to cover tuition fees) are available for applicants from the following developing commonwealth countries to study for our MSc Tropical Forestry by distance learning: 

Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The scholarship also includes a generous bursary to enable scholars to attend a compulsory 14-day study tour which will be held in Africa in July/August 2015.

This postgraduate course is primarily intended for students who already have an interest in forestry and who wish to learn more about the environmental and societal benefits that forests can provide. Suitable applicants include individuals working in forestry/forest-related industries/ natural resource management, particularly in the fields of planning, regulation, policy, monitoring and environmental protection.  The course is also suited to individuals working in forestry education who wish to further their knowledge and expertise in order to improve their teaching.
The scholarships are currently only available for entrants in September 2013.

Entry Criteria   
In order to be considered for a CSC scholarships, applicants are expected to have at least an upper second class degree in a relevant subject (forestry, conservation, land management, natural sciences, economics).  Relevant work experience is also valued.  Applicants with a lower second class degree with relevant and sufficient work experience may also be considered.

Applicants from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Pakistan, Rwanda and Sri Lanka are required to take an IELTS and obtain a minimum overall score of 6.5, if they wish to be considered for a CSC scholarship.  In order for an award to be taken up in the 2013 academic year, the IELTS test must have been taken after October 2012.

Applicants from Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia do not need proof of English Language proficiency if they have studied their education through the medium of English. 

In order to study this course, students must have regular access to a computer with internet access, as the University cannot provide these to distance learning students.  Scholars who do not have access to a reliable computer and reliable internet access will find that their distance learning experience will be severely compromised.

Applicants should ensure they are eligible for entry to the course and that distance learning is suitable for them before applying for a CSC scholarship.

Application procedure
Application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)
In order to be considered for nomination for a CSC scholarship, you will have to apply to the CSC, as follows:
Bangor University scholarship nomination procedure
  • In order for us to nominate the most suitable applicants, we shall select candidates for scholarships based on the batch applications to the CSC EAS. To assist us in this, please outline the following in the 'personal statement' section of your CSC EAS application form
  • Any you want to study forestry at postgraduate level
  • Why distance learning is your preferred route for undertaking further education
  • Why you are well-suited to study by distance learning
  • How your registration on a distance learning forestry course will fit into your existing work and personal commitments
  • You may also add other relevant information and/or experience you feel is necessary to support your application.
Application to Bangor University
Applicants who are nominated by Bangor University for the CSC scholarship will be required to apply to Bangor University by 30th June 2013 using the onlineapplication form. We will then submit our nominations (15 nominees plus 10 reserves) to the CSC who will make the final decisions.  We expect the CSC to announce their final decisions by July 2013.

Further details on the program can be found at http://www.bangor.ac.uk/senrgy/csc_info.php.en

UNESCO/People's Republic of China - The Great Wall Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme

With a view to promoting international exchanges in the field of education, culture, communication, science and technology, and to enhancing friendship among peoples of the world, the Government of the People's Republic of China has placed at the disposal of UNESCO for the academic year 2013-2014, under the co-sponsorship of UNESCO, twenty five (25) fellowships for advanced studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 
These fellowships are for the benefit of developing Member States in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and certain countries in the Arab States.

The fellowships, tenable at a selected number of Chinese universities, are of one year duration. These fellowships, which are in most cases to be conducted in English, are offered to senior advanced students wishing to pursue higher studies or intending to undertake individual research with periodic guidance from the assigned supervisor. In exceptional cases, candidates may be required to study the Chinese language before taking up research/study in their fields of interest.

Qualifications required

(i.) Hold at least the equivalent of the Master's Degree/above or the Bachelor’s Degree;
(ii.) English proficiency is required;
(iii.) Be not more than 45 years of age; and
(iv.) Be in good health, both physically and mentally.

Procedure for the submission of applications

All applications should be endorsed by the relevant Government body (the National Commission or Permanent Delegation) and must be made in English with the following attachments:

(i.) Applicationform for UNESCO/China (The Great Wall) Fellowship in triplicate;
(ii.) 3 photographs;
(iii.) Notarized photocopies of diplomas and certificates, and school-certified transcripts of complete academic records (translated in English when applicable), in triplicate;
(iv.) Copy of the university's invitation letter, for those students who have been admitted in advance by a Chinese university, in triplicate;
(v.) Two letters of recommendation (in English) by professors or associate professors familiar with the work of the candidate, in triplicate;
(vi.) A study or research proposal containing no less than 400 words (in English) of the post-graduate study to be undertaken during the candidate’s stay in China, in triplicate;
(vii.) Foreigner PhysicalExamination form to be completed and communicated to UNESCO by 15 March 2012 (copy attached), in triplicate; and
(viii.) Englishlanguage proficiency certificate, in triplicate.

Facilities offered by the Government of the People’s Republic of China

(i.) A monthly living allowance of CNY 1,700 Yuan for general scholars or CNY 2.000 Yuan for senior scholars will be granted covering meals and pocket expenses;
(ii.) A one-time settlement subsidy of CNY 1,000 Yuan will be granted to those who will study in China less than one academic year, and CNY 1,500 Yuan to those who will study in China for one academic year and above, upon their arrival in China;
(iii.) Registration and tuition fees, fee for laboratory experiment, fee for internship, fee for basic/necessary learning materials*;
(iv.) Accommodation facilities (one dormitory room for two students);
(v.) Fee for outpatient medical service for expenses generated in the institution’s hospital;
(vi.) Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme for International Students in China against hospitalizing for serious diseases and accidental injuries**; and
(vii.) A one-time inter-city travel ticket (each for coming in and leaving China).
A hard – seat train ticket (hard-berth train ticket for overnight trip) will be provided for new scholarship students traveling from the port of entry upon registration to the city where the admitting institution of Chinese language institution or preparatory education institution is located; students traveling from the Chinese language institution or preparatory education institution to the city where the university for major study is located; and students traveling from the city where the institution is located to the nearest port of departure upon graduation.

*Costs beyond the university’s arrangements should be self-afforded.
**The students are to cover a certain percentage of expenses.Claim for compensation with the relevant payment receipts may be asked from the insurance company according to the stipulated insurance articles. The individual claim will not be accepted by the insurance company.

Facilities offered by UNESCO

(i.) International travel to and from China; and
(ii.) Monthly allowance of US $150 to be paid in local currency (Chinese RMB) during their stay in China, in addition to the living allowance granted by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Important: No allowance to finance or lodge married couples or family members will be granted.

(Note : It is the National authorities' responsibility to ensure that all candidates are duly informed of all the above-mentioned conditions before the submission of applications for the fellowships.)

Invited member states

ASIA and THE PACIFIC - 28 Member States: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Democratic People' S Republic Of Korea, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic Of), Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic Of Korea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam

AFRICA - 46 Member States: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote D'ivoire, Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome And Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, United Republic Of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

ARAB STATES - 2 Member States: Yemen, Palestine

Closing date for receipt of applications: 10 April 2013.

Sheffield Hallam University Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS), UK

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 0 comments

Sheffield Hallam University participates in the CSSS Scheme and welcomes applications from students for this prestigious award. The award covers tuition fees, living and travel costs for the duration of a Masters course.

In 2013/14 (September intake) Sheffield Hallam University is going to allocate four CSSS scholarships. The deadline for applications is 12 April 2013.

Guidance on how to apply can be found on the CSSS website. How to apply information can be found on the 'Informationfor candidates' page.. Please ensure that all necessary documents are included in your EAS online application as failure to do so will delay your application and reduce your chances of success. You can add documents as a PDF to your online application or send them to ias@shu.ac.ukquoting your EAS application number indicating that you have already applied online. For queries about the online system please contact eas@cscuk.org.uk

The documents to be included in the online application are
  • a copy of your IELTS certificate (or equivalent)
  • copies of your qualifications
You can send these documents or any general queries about the application process to ias@shu.ac.uk.
Department of International Development
Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
20 Furnival Street, 3rd floor
S1 4QT
United Kingdom
Eligibility of candidates
To meet Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) eligibility criteria, candidates must
  • be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not be currently living or studying in a developed country
  • hold a first degree at either first or upper second class level
  • be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the course
  • have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country
  • be able to confirm in writing that neither they nor their families would otherwise be able to pay for the proposed course of study
  • return to their home country within one month of the end of their course
  • be applying and enrolling on a course with Sheffield Hallam starting in 2013/14 academic year
  • have an unconditional offer from Sheffield Hallam University
Courses in the following subject areas are eligible
  • Nursing
    MSc Nursing
  • Built environment
    MSc Construction Management
    MSc Project Management
  • Architecture
    MSc Technical Architecture
  • Planning
    MSc Urban and Regional Planning
  • Hospitality and tourism
    MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Business and management - human resources
    MSc Human Resource Management/Development
  • Nutrition
    MSc Nutrition with Public Health Management
  • Health
    MSc Leadership and Management in Health Care (To be confirmed)
    MSc Clinical Education
Further details on the program can be found at http://www.shu.ac.uk/international/scholarships-bursaries/csss.html

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program for Africans


The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program provides disadvantaged young people with the education and skills needed to succeed in the global economy
Students selected for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program are provided opportunities to realize their full potential. Through Foundation partners, they receive holistic financial, academic, and emotional support as they transition from secondary to university education and into the workforce. Scholars will build core competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, and working across diverse groups to ensure their success in the global economy.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is designed to provide students with holistic support, including:
Students receive financial support for fees, uniforms, books and supplies, transportation, accommodation, and stipends.

Students benefit from enrichment in skill areas relevant to employment success, such as critical thinking, communications, and entrepreneurship.

Students will receive support during their transition into secondary school, university or the workforce with mentoring, career counseling, internships, leadership development, and other life skills coaching.

An integral component of the Program is the commitment from the Scholars to give back to their communities and countries of origin. Students will demonstrate this commitment through volunteerism and community service, as well as other forms of experiential learning.

Graduates of the Scholars Program will be connected through an alumni network that offers information, resources, and opportunities to consult with other graduates.

The Foundation has committed $500 million over 10 years to an expanding network of education institutions and non-profit organizations that believe education is a catalyst for social and economic progress. The network includes: African Leadership Academy, American University of Beirut – Faculty of Health Sciences, Arizona State University, Ashesi University, Duke University, EARTH University, Michigan State University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and Wellesley College.

These partners are educating and providing holistic support to deserving young people who are committed to giving back. Students enrolled in the Scholars Program receive comprehensive scholarships, mentoring, leadership development, and life skills support as they transition to secondary school, university or the workforce.

These partners are responsible for recruiting and selecting the Scholars that attend their schools.

To learn more about the program please click here

2013 Commonwealth Essay Competition

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 0 comments
Are you a writer? Are you interested in the world around you? Do you want your voice to be heard by others? If so, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is definitely for you. 
We encourage you to be creative in your response to our topics. You can submit a poem, letter, article, story, essay or even a short play. The choice is yours. Just get writing!

Every year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world. Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, it is the world's oldest and largest schools' international writing competition. Past winners include Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore and Elspeth Huxley.

The competition is free to enter and in 2012 over 1,000 young writers, from 245 schools, in 38 countries across the Commonwealth received an award for their entry.

For 2013, we're delighted to announce that the Competition will be run in partnership with Cambridge University Press, whose support will enable us to engage even more young writers across the Commonwealth.

The Competition celebrates and nurtures the creative talents of young people across the Commonwealth, providing a platform for students to compete with their peers in each of the 54 nations which make up this unique association. Entrants are judged in two age groups, Junior (under 14 years) and Senior (14-18 years).

The closing date is 1st May 2013 and results will be announced in the autumn of next year, when a Junior and Senior Prize Winner and Runner Up will be announced and our judges will make a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. We very much hope your school will feature!

For more details download the 2013 Essay Competition leaflet here .
To download the 2013 Essay Competition poster click here .

Update: Entrants will be able to submit their essays online from the end of January 2013.

Grameen Foundation Fellowship Program


Grameen Foundation is an industry leader in the fight against poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Middle East/North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Grameen Foundation's cutting-edge programs have helped millions of poor people improve their lives and progress out of poverty.

Our goal is simple– by providing access to appropriate financial services, life-changing information and unique income-generating opportunities, we enable the poor, especially the poorest and those living in harder to reach areas, move themselves out of poverty. 

To help us accomplish our mission, we are launching the Grameen Foundation Fellowships Program and are looking for passionate leaders for our class!

As a Grameen Foundation Fellow you’ll have the opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in global development and social innovation on projects that make a difference in the lives of the poor.
During this one-year fellowship, you will gain significant hands-on field experience on assignments tailored to match your skills and interests with the needs of our local field offices in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Join the innovation, on the ground.

Grameen Foundation Fellowship Basics
  • Fellowships are 12-month field placements, based in one of Grameen Foundations local field offices in Latin America, Africa, and Asia or the US. All Fellowships include significant hands-on field work or exposure to the field.
  • The Fellowship class will have up to 10 fellows, with each placement tailored to match individuals’ skills and passions, as well as Grameen Foundation’s needs.
  • The Fellowship Class will receive training in preparation for their placement, as well as ongoing support and professional development opportunities.
  • All Fellows will receive a stipend to cover their living expenses and lodging during their placement. Fellows are responsible for their own airfare and visa costs.
Grameen Foundation Fellowship Eligibility and Application Process
  • Fellowship applicants must have at least three years of applicable work experience, or one year of work experience and an advanced degree to be eligible to apply.
  • English fluency is required for all fellows; Spanish fluency is required for all placements in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Applicants must complete a written application. Top candidates will then complete a series of interviews to determine their best fellowship placement.
  • To apply, candidates must first register with Bankers without Borders®, then apply online. The deadline to apply is March 31st.
Further details on the program and application procedures can be found at http://www.grameenfoundation.org/fellowships