UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowships Programme 2015

Credits: Unesco and Government of Japan

Credits: Unesco and Government of Japan

Deadline: December 26, 2014

Location: Japan.
Scholarship Provider: Government of Japan.

Applications are invited for up to 20 available UNESCO Fellowships to undertake postgraduate research in one of the four areas of development of particular interest to UNESCO. Research must be carried out under the auspices of an academic supervisor in a host institution. Candidates must be no more than 40 years of age and must be persons of high intellectual promise who may be expected to make significant contributions to their country on return. Priority attention will be given to women candidatures, candidates from least developed countries (LDCs) and African researchers. Selected beneficiaries will be required to submit an interim and a final report describing the results of the research undertaken.


Applicants, a maximum of two from each applying National Commission, must meet the following general criteria:

  • Candidates under this Programme must be post-graduate researchers, already holding either an M.A. or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) and wishing to pursue research work abroad (preferably in their own region) with a view to enhancing knowledge in one of the four specific fields. Thus, those who are in the process of completing their Master’s degree must have completed it PRIOR to taking up their Fellowship.
  • Candidates must be persons of high intellectual promise who may be expected to make significant contributions to their country on return.
  • Candidates must be no more than 40 years of age. Thus, applicants born before 1 January 1975 will not be considered under the Programme.
  • The selected Fellow must carry out the research under the auspices of an academic supervisor in a host institution. Confirmation of acceptance from the academic supervisor is imperative.
  • Priority attention will be given to: Women candidatures, Candidates from least developed countries (LDCs) and African researchers
    Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study/research.


The Fellowships financed by Japan and administered by UNESCO will consist of the following: A maximum amount between US$6,000 to US$10,000 will be awarded to selected candidates. The amount, to be paid in two or three instalments, is intended to cover research costs only, and will not be negotiable. No other costs will be considered and grants will be neither extended nor renewed.

Scholarship Open for International Students: UNESCO/JapanCandidates of Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte 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, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe), Arab States (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia and Yemen), Asia and the Pacific (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federal States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Nieu, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Vietnam), Latin America and the Caribbean (Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Sarvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela), Europe and North America (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine) and Associate Member State (Tokelau) can apply for these UNESCO fellowships.

Visit Official Page for more information and how to apply 


United Nations Learning Exchange Internship Program 2015 in Switzerland

Image credits: Civicus

Image credits: Civicus

Deadline: November 28, 2014

Location: Switzerland.
Type: Fully Funded.

CIVICUS is proud to announce ONE United Nations (UN) Learning Exchange opportunity sponsored by Irish Aid, focused on Strengthening the Voice of African Civil Society and human rights defenders in the international human rights system. The position will be based at CIVICUS’ UN Office in Geneva from mid-February to end of May 2014.

This Learning Exchange is designed to increase the knowledge and understanding of young Africans on the workings of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the international human rights system. The candidate will be exposed to the contributions from and submissions made by African civil society to the HRC.  In particular, the candidate will observe and participate in the Universal Periodic Review Process and the workings of Special Procedures (Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups). During the three-month internship, the candidate will be based in Geneva Switzerland, and work under the direct supervision of the Head of the Geneva Office.  He/she will assist in the preparation of reports or statements and help to coordinate civil society engagements during the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council, the 22nd UPR session and other relevant mechanisms.

Interns will receive accommodation in Geneva, round trip airfare and a stipend of €600 a month to cover living costs.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A degree in Human Rights, International Affairs, Politics, law, or a related field;
  • Experience of working with a human rights community or a human rights NGO in an African country and a thorough knowledge of regional human rights issues within Africa;
  • Fluency in English is essential, French would be an advantage;
  • Demonstrated professionalism, strong analytical skills, ability to quickly adapt to a fast-paced working environment, ability to produce statements and reports over a short period of time and ability to work in a diverse and multicultural environment.
  • Willingness to travel to Geneva for three months.

Application Procedure:

To apply for this Learning Exchange opportunity, please send the following by email to humanresources@civicus.org:

  • A copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV);
  • A letter explaining your interest in this post, and what skills and experience you would bring;
  • Contact details of three referees who we may contact if you are considered for this post.

Visit Official Page for more information and how to apply

Google Software Engineering Internship

Image Credits: Google

Image Credits: Google

Deadline: 29 December 2014
Open to: international students in computer science or related technical field
paid internship


Google is currently hiring a Software Engineering intern who will be based in one of their largest global engineering centers in Sydney, Australia. The internship will last 12 weeks from May to September 2015. At Google, engineers not only revolutionize search, they routinely work on massive scalability and storage solutions, large-scale applications and entirely new platforms for developers around the world. From AdWords to Chrome, Android to YouTube, Social to Local, Google engineers are changing the world one technological achievement after another.

The responsibilities of this internship position are:

  • Research, conceive and develop software applications to extend and improve on Google’s product offering.
  • Contribute to a wide variety of projects utilizing natural language processing, artificial intelligence, data compression, machine learning and search technologies.
  • Collaborate on scalability issues involving access to massive amounts of data and information.
  • Solve all problems that come your way.


  • The candidates must be currently pursing a Bachelor, Master or PhD in computer science or related technical field.
  • Preferred qualifications:

-Experience in systems software or algorithms;
-Knowledge of UNIX/Linux or Windows environments and APIs;
-Familiarity with TCP/IP and network programming;
-Excellent C++, Java and/or Python skills.


The internship is paid although the salary is not specified.


Interested candidates must apply online HERE.

The deadline to apply is 29 December 2014.

For further information please visit the official call.

Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Credits : Google

Credits : Google

Deadline: January 1, 2015

Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships for Computer Science students with disabilities. As part of a commitment, Google have partnered with EmployAbility, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers.


To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled at a university in Europe for the 2014-2015 academic year;
  • Intend to be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program at a university in Europe for the 2015-2016 academic year;
  • Be studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics, or a closely related technical field;
  • Maintain a strong academic record;
  • Exemplify leadership and a passion for Computer Science and technology;
  • Have a disability (defined as a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider a daily function). This definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists.


Recipients of the Google Scholarship for Students with Disabilities will each receive a €7,000 scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of the applicant’s academic background, leadership skills and demonstrated passion for Computer Science.


The application deadline is 1 January 2015, 17:00 GMT. Recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their essays and application materials compared to the entire applicant pool.

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application HERE through EmployAbility which includes:

  • General background information (i.e. contact information and details about your current and intended universities for the 2014-2015 school year);
  • Resume/CV;
  • Academic transcripts from your current and prior institutions (if you have earned a prior degree);
  • A reference letter from a professor, instructor, adviser or supervisor;
  • Responses to essay questions.

Questions? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions HERE or email at googlescholarship@employ-ability.org.uk.


Call For Applications : Clinton Global Initiative University

Credits : Clinton Global Initiative

Credits : Clinton Global Initiative


President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the eighth annual CGI U meeting from March 6-8, 2015 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. The meeting will bring together more than 1,000 student innovators and entrepreneurs to make Commitments to Action that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Funding will be available to select students to help them turn their ideas into action. 61 colleges and universities have already joined the CGI University Network, pledging to provide over $750,000 total to student attendees from member universities.

Students must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of the CGI U meeting in order to apply. To be considered for admission, all applicants are required to make a Commitment to Action in one of CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. The final application deadline is December 1, 2014.


For more information and how to apply please visit this site 

Call For applications: Chevening/Nottingham Partnership Scholarships in UK, 2016/2017

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global Master’s Scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations, funding outstanding scholars from around the world with leadership potential across a wide range of fields to study a one-year masters degree at universities across the UK.


  • High caliber graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership and at least two years’ relevant work experience
  • The scholarships are available for scholars from Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda who wish to study a one-year Master’s degree within the following Faculties, Schools and Departments:

– Faculty of Engineering

-Faculty of Medicine and Health Services

– Faculty of Science

– School of Geography- courses related to sciences only

– Institute of Science and Society- courses related to science only

– Nottingham University Business School- course allied to Operations Management only

DEADLINE: To be announced

To apply and for more information visit here


“GISforAfrica has been a great partner”


As Geography week wraps up we can reflect on the exciting work going on in our schools. Students across the globe have been actively involved in learning how GIS works and the many benefits of accessing these databases.
GISforAfrica has been a great partner with my school in Ontario, Canada. During the past few weeks we have had a steady exchange of information on our education experience.

We are working towards having links to teachers in Ondo state and beyond.
Thanks GISforAfrica for inspiring young people to explore their world.

John Mason
Teacher, Canada

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