Chevening Scholarships !!

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Attention all Postgraduate Students!!

The Chevening Scholarship Programme 2015

The Chevening Scholarship Programme started in 1983 and is funded by the British Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in partnership with UK and international private sector organisations. The objective is to support UK foreign policy objectives, creating lasting positive relationships with future leaders and decision makers.

Chevening offers fully funded scholarships to outstanding individuals with leadership potential from around the world to study for 1 year at Master’s degree level in any subject, at virtually any higher education institution in the UK. This year’s priority areas of study are:

– Education and Health Policy and Administration
– International trade, Economics and Finance
– Science, Innovation and Engineering
– Governance and Human Rights
– International Relations and Foreign Policy

The UK Government recently announced a considerable increase in funding for the Chevening programme. This means a large increase in Scholarships on offer in 2014-15 – in fact we expect to triple the number available for South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Educating and empowering young people in an ever more competitive and global world is critically important. So please encourage bright, motivated and committed people to apply by taking the follow three easy steps:

– Go www.chevening.org for more information, in particular eligibility criteria

– Choose, and apply for at least three courses you would like to study in the UK

– Complete the Chevening application form online, before 15 November 2014

 

The United Nations Sasakawa Award 2015 Open for Nominations

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Deadline: October 31, 2014

 

Nominations of individuals or organizations that are visionary and able to anticipate future needs are being accepted for the United Nations Sasakawa Award 2015 for Disaster Risk Reduction, under the theme ‘Shaping the Future.’

Awards:

  • $50,000 to Laureate
  • Certificate of Distinction
  • Certificate of Merit

The prize will be awarded at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Sendai, Japan from 14-18 March 2015.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nominations can be made by – Former United Nations Sasakawa Award Laureates; individuals that are part of the UNISDR thematic platforms and other networks (this may include national or local government officials, NGOs, academic institutions, the private sector, regional organizations and those who took part in sessions of the Global platform for Disaster risk reduction; representatives of institutions dealing with disaster prevention and mitigation; and United Nations agencies, funds and programs and UN resident coordinators; permanent missions to UN offices around the world.
  • Nominators must submit a letter of nomination.
  • Nominees can be individuals, community groups, civil society organizations, government agencies at local or national level, NGOs or private sector entities.
  • Nominees must demonstrate:
  1. A distinguished track record.
  2. An understanding of impacts of disasters and how to manage the risks we face.
    The ability to transmit new insights and knowledge to the wider community on how to build resilience to disasters and live sustainably.
  3. The vision and charisma to engage the wider community in activities that help strengthen society’s ability to be resilient.
  4. The talent for making clear proposals and recommendations to influence disaster risk reduction policy based on evidence.
  5. The potential to shape the future of how disaster risk is prevented, reduced and managed.
  • Previous winners cannot be nominated.
  • Self nominations are not accepted.

The nomination letter must be followed by a package of supporting documents from the nominee. Supporting documents include – an essay written by the nominee describing the results of initiative they are undertaking to reduce the impact of disasters and build disaster resilience and the financial implications of the initiative that has been nominated. Other documents include (not mandatory) photos; power-point slideshow; video; books; character references; posters, pamphlets and similar printed material (excluding books).

 

Develop PEACEapp and win a trip to Build Peace Conference 2015 in Cyprus

 

Deadline: October 15, 2014

Location: Cyprus.
Open to: developers, technologists and peacebuilders around the world older than 13 years old.
Awards: USD$5,000, mentorship, participation in Build Peace Conference in Cyprus.

The United Nations Alliance of Civilisations, the United Nations Development Programme and Build Up have launched PEACEapp, a global competition to promote digital games and gamified apps as venues for cultural dialogue and conflict management.

The competition is open to three kinds of entries at all stages of development – from prototypes to fully developed:

  • digital games & gamified apps developed purposefully for this competition;
  • already existing digital games;
  • creative re-purposing of existing digital games to meet the aim of PEACEapp.

Eligibility:

The competition is open for all developers, technologists and peace-builders around the world who are older than 13 years old.

Awards:

PEACEapp’s international jury will select five winning entries: three that are fully functioning and two that are in development. The three fully functioning games or apps will receive an award of USD$5,000 each. The two in development will receive mentorship from expert partners. In addition, one member of each award-winning team (completed or in development) will be invited to the Build Peace conference in April 2015 in Cyprus to share their product with conference participants.

Application:

To submit a digital game or gamified app, entrants must complete the entry form  in English and submit a video walkthrough or presentation of a working game / app, game / app alpha, beta prototype or implementation plan for using an existing game / app by 15 October 2014. Winners will be announced by November 30, 2014.

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Fully Funded PhD Internship Programme at United Nations University

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Deadline: September 30, 2014

Location: Finland.

Our PhD Internship Programme gives registered doctoral students an opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research, and to work with UNU-WIDER researchers in areas of mutual interest.

PhD interns typically spend 2-3 months at UNU-WIDER and return to their home institution afterwards. During their time in Helsinki, PhD interns prepare one or more research papers and present a seminar on their research findings. PhD interns may also have the opportunity to publish their research in UNU-WIDER’s working paper series.

Selection criteria:

Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme and have shown ability to conduct research on developing economies. Candidates working in other social sciences may apply but should keep in mind that UNU-WIDER is an economics-focused institute. Candidates should be fluent in oral and written English and possess good quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills. Preference is given to applicants who are living or working in developing countries and who are at later stages of the PhD.

Financial assistance:

UNU-WIDER provides a travel grant, medical insurance (for medical and hospital services resulting from sickness and accident during your stay at UNU-WIDER), and a monthly stipend of EUR 1,500 to cover living expenses in Helsinki during the period of their internship.The programme does not cover expenses related to dependents.

Application procedure:

UNU-WIDER only receives online applications for the PhD Internship Programme twice each year. Deadlines for submission of applications are 31 March and 30 September 23:59 EET each year. Short-listed applicants will be informed by email of the final decision within four weeks of the closing deadline. The selected applicants must confirm their decision to take up UNU-WIDER’s offer two weeks after being contacted.

If you are interested in participating in this programme you should complete and submit the application form.

online application form

Please note that the link to the online application form will only become active one month prior to the submission deadline (e.g., application procedures start on 1 March and 1 September of each year).

As part of your application, you will be asked to upload your curriculum vitae. Your PhD supervisor will need to provide UNU-WIDER with a letter of reference, which should be emailed to the following address: interns1@wider.unu.edu. The reference letter will also be used to certify that you are enrolled in a PhD programme at your university.

If you have any questions about the UNU-WIDER PhD Internship Programme or experience any problems with your online application then please contact us at the following email address: interns1@wider.unu.edu

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Acumen Online Course on Human-Centered Design

 

Deadline: 13 October 2014
Open to: everyone interested
Venue: online between 14 October-16 December 2014

Description

Acumen in partnership with IDEO.org is organizing the Human-Centered Design course, a seven-week online course that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and help you use the design process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change. Acumen believes in the importance of incorporating the principles of human-centered design when creating solutions to problems of poverty so that low-income customers are provided with choice, not just charity.

This seven-week course will:

  • Equip you with the process and methods of human-centered design so that you can be more intentional about facing and solving your current challenges;
  • Let you experiment with the power of human-centered design;
  • Teach you to identify patterns and opportunities for concept development;
  • Inspire you to approach challenges differently and experience how human-centered design can add new perspectives to your work;
  • Give you hands-on experience speaking to, prototyping for, and testing solutions with potential users.

The online course starts on 14 October and ends on 16 December 2014. 

Eligibility

The course is open to everyone interested in the topic and you must work through it with a group of 2-6 people. It is strongly recommended you form a team with people located in your city before starting the course.

Costs

The course is free. 

Application

Interested candidates must register online HERE.

The deadline to apply is 13 October 2014.

For any questions please contact Jessica Martin at courses@plusacumen.org.

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Microsoft Imagine Cup Innovation Competition

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Deadline: 15 March 2015
Open to: international students
Prize: 50,000 US dollars

Description

The Imagine Cup Innovation Competition is a global contest for the best new innovative software and the winning team will take home $50,000 (USD). Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2015. If you’ve got a great idea, assemble a great team and work hard to bring that idea to life. Your project could be on devices all over the world, changing lives and giving people the thrill of seeing the future come to life right in front of them.

Eligibility

Every student more than 16 years of age and its team can compete in this prestige competition.

Competition

There are different types of competition in which you can choose to compete. These are the competitions:

  • Games Competition: If it’s a game, it belongs on the Games Path. If you’re hoping to entertain your users, give them a fun interactive experience, or even challenge their assumptions about what a game could be, the Games Path is your home;
  • Innovation: The Innovation Path is the place for the next big thing. Are you looking to change the way people use technology? Are you planning something that will disrupt the current paradigm? Do you see your app in everyone’s hands, all over the world? If that sounds like you, you’re in the right place;
  • World Citizenship: Do you want to make the world a better place? The World Citizenship Path is for projects that want to address an important social problem such as disease, natural disasters, civil rights, poverty, access to vital information, gender equality, and so on. It’s about solving real problems for real people.

In each competition there are several challenges in which you can compete. Within each path, they have four contests: The Pitch Video Challenge; The Project Blueprint Challenge; The User Experience Challenge, and finally The Main Competition itself.
Please note that this is not mandatory;
You don’t have to compete in all the contests for a given path -you can do one, skip one. But it is recommended that students who compete in one or more of the Challenges do better when they reach the main competition.

Award

There are different awards depending of what challenges you are going to take and compete in:

  • Round one: Each step in the competitions  is a new challenge that will hone your skills and your project, and offer you a shot at a $3,000 prize;
  • Round two: Every World Semifinalist team who advances to round 3 will receive a trip to the Imagine Cup 2015 Worldwide Finals in Seattle, Washington, USA, in July, 2015, to compete at the World Finals;
  • Round three: Grand Prize- $50,000 USD, to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the Team;

Please note that for every type of competition there is Grand Prize of 50,000 US dollars.

Application

The application process is easy. You only need to visit the official page and register with your Microsoft office account and provide information about you and your team.

For more information, visit the  official webpage and you can download the official rules here.

The Correct Answers to ‘How Will You Use My Money?

Original  article By  Examiner.com

Entrepreneurs looking for investor funding often fail to realize that all money comes with strings. For example, if you have watched the Shark Tank TV series, you probably noticed that the Sharks always ask the entrepreneurs for their intended “use of funds.” Those who respond with one of the wrong answers, such as “I want to pay myself a salary,” usually go home empty-handed.

You may think this question is just an artifact of good television, but let me assure you that in my experience as an angel investor, it’s a standard “make or break” inquiry posed to every entrepreneur. Here are some guidelines that will help you with the right answers, not only in closing your next investment, but in planning when and how much money to ask for:

  1. Investors are most interested in helping you scale the business. That means they normally only invest in startups with a working product that has already been sold to at least one customer for full price (beta tests, giveaways and best friends don’t count). They are willing to cover marketing, inventory and scaling, but not product development.
  2. Make your focus and priorities clear. A long list of everyday expenses is not helpful here. I recommend that you simplify your use to no more than three items or categories, with a percent allocation to each. An example might be 50 percent for marketing, 30 percent for inventory and 20 percent for staffing. Have backup charts for investors wanting more detail.
  3. Funding for founder salaries at this stage is a red flag. Investors expect you to “bet on the future” with them. You may pay salaries to your team, but your salary should come from earnings, when they occur. Taking your cut before earnings exist implies that you are not willing to take the same risk of no return, as you are asking of investors.
  4. Make sure allocation amounts are reasonable. These days, even viral marketing requires real money, for events and promotions. Startups whose marketing budget is trivial lose credibility and most likely the investment. Conversely, a huge marketing budget implies an intent to “spray and pray,” in hopes that something works.
  5. Use of funds must be tied to projected cash flow negatives. If you ask for a million dollars, your financial projections better show a negative cash flow approximating that number (with a 20 percent buffer). Investors are not interested in giving you money to keep in the bank for backup, for investing in real estate or a fancy new car.
  6. Tie use of funds to real traction milestones. A valid milestone might be closing a specific big-name customer or channel, such as Walmart, or it might mean getting your first 100,000 social-media followers, by a given target date. Building a huge inventory before you have a confirmed customer is not a convincing strategy.

If you are really looking for research and development money, and you didn’t sell your last startup for $800 million, professional investors are not the place to start. Hopefully, you can find some friends or a rich uncle who believe in your potential. The other alternative is to find a strategic partner who knows the space well and will benefit from your solution.

Professional investors always look for a proven business model and an existing revenue stream to minimize the risk. Then they look at the people behind the model, the execution status and how they might get their money back. Your proposed use of their funds will be seen in these three contexts. They will look to your business plan for cash flows and specific return on investment projections.

In all cases, your goal must be to explain how the investment will help you scale up the business and become more profitable sooner. You should always be prepared to mention a plan B, if possible, to grow more slowly by reinvesting initial earnings over time. Confessing that you are in survival mode, desperate for money now, will not improve your odds with investors.

Whether it be in the context of a five-minute elevator pitch or a more formal presentation to professional investors, the projected use of funds should be summarized and prioritized into three “chunks.” These must remain focused on scaling the business.

Investors want to be convinced that your use of their money will maximize their returns in the first five years, as well as yours. After that, all you have to do is make it happen. Have fun!