IBM Great Minds student internships in Zurich and Dublin 2015


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Image Credits : IBM


The Great Minds initiative is a competition for 3 to 6-month internships at one of the IBM Research Labs in Zurich or Dublin for students from central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It provides students with the unique opportunity to work alongside world-class scientists in the leading industrial IT research organization.

The internships will take place in 2015. The exact starting time and duration will be agreed upon with the winning students individually, taking into account their academic commitments and the availability of IBM staff. IBM will pay the winners a lump sum towards travel expenses as well as compensation that covers adequately the cost of living in Switzerland or Ireland, respectively. IBM will also obtain the necessary visa and work permits for the successful candidates.

IBM Research is conducting the Great Minds internships for the seventh time. The experiences on both sides have been very positive. This program also benefits faculty members when the Great Minds winners bring back to their universities or departments a valuable understanding of real industry problems, knowledge of advanced IBM technologies, and contacts throughout IBM Research.


The program is open to any full-time student enrolled in a Master’s program in

  • Computer Science,
  • Electrical Engineering,
  • Physics,
  • Software Engineering,
  • Industrial Engineering or
  • Service Science

at a recognized university in central or eastern Europe, the Middle East or Africa. The students must have a solid command of the English language in both written and spoken form.

IBM is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages applications from both genders as well as minority groups.

We would especially like to encourage qualified women to participate in this competition.

Nomination procedure

Participants must be nominated by a faculty member. A recommendation letter from a faculty member is mandatory.

To participate in the Great Minds competition, see the detailed instructions for students.

Deadline for submissions is 16 February 2015.

See Official site website for more information

Call For Applications : 2015 Intel Student Partner Program for University students

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Image credits: Intel


Intel student partner programme is designed to enable students at leading universities across the country to have the opportunity to work closely with Intel and understand our latest technologies. The program is for students who realize the best technology careers come to those who chase their dreams.

What are they  looking for?

The Intel Student Partner program offers technical training, incredible connections, and extraordinary opportunities. It exposes new Intel technologies to their  partners around the world. You merit sneak peeks at development tools, and industry-defining software applications. In turn, they ask you to inspire their peers by sharing and promoting these new technologies and benefits on campus.

Qualification Criteria

Participants can apply to be part of the Intel Student Partner Program Contest by submitting an application here.

Eligibility criteria are:

  1. University Status: Applicant must be enrolled in a full time program at a recognized university in Kenya, South Africa or Nigeria.
  2. Academic Excellence: Applicants must have a Grade Point Average of minimum B (or equivalent) from a recognized university. Proof of Grade Point Average in the form of academic transcripts is required.
  3. Leadership Experience: Applicants must demonstrate that they have previously organized and lead other students in running or implementing a project or event that is of value to the University community.
  4. Familiarity with Intel Products: Applicants must demonstrate that they have working knowledge of Intel product categories, specifically Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers, Intel’s cross-platform tools such as Intel® XDK,
  5. Applicants must also be active members of the Intel Developer Zone, and have an understanding of Android application development. Android application development knowledge will be verified during interview, where candidates will be required to perform a brief technical exercise. Intel Developer Zone membership will be verified by including your IDZ username in the registration process.

Selection of Intel Student Partners – Judging Process

Candidates will have their applications reviewed by a jury who will then shortlist candidates for face to face interviews. Face to Face interviews will be conducted by an Intel Representative, and interviews will take place at the University Campus. Interview for Short Listed candidates will focus on

  1. Presentation Skills: 10 minute presentation by the shortlisted candidate on a Technical Theme relevant to Intel, but proposed by the Candidate.
  2. Technical component: Assessment of the candidate’s technical knowhow in areas that are critical to Intel Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers, Intel’s cross-platform tools such as Intel® XDK, Applicants must also be active members of the Intel Developer Zone, and have an understanding of Android application development. (Android, Parallel Programming, Windows Phone Programming)
  3. Soft skills components: Assessment of the candidate’s ability to relate well with other students as well as faculty, and represent Intel at the University. This portion of the interview will assess for the following qualities in the candidate: Decision Making, Oral Communication, Integrity, Teamwork, Problem Solving skills.

What will You Get

Successful Intel Student Partners will receive the following benefits:

a) Profiling within the IDZ Africa Zone as a Student Partner.

b) Opportunity to participate in Intel Events locally and internationally. For any event that requires travel, Intel will cover all associated, reasonable costs (transport, accommodation and board) on behalf of the Student Partner based on actually incurred costs only supported by a valid proof of payment.

c) Intel Student Partners merit sneak peeks at development tools, and industry-defining software applications that are public but may not be readily available in your specific market.

d) Intel Student Partners will have access to mentors within Intel to support them build their global network and career skillset.

e) Monthly Stipend of $50 in equivalent local currency for every month that they are in full time enrolment at the University (excluding holiday months) which will be subject to additional contractual obligations with a local 3rd party agency that will be contracted by Intel Corporation. Additional contracts will need to be signed between the selected partners and the 3rd party agency.

f) Branded Intel Merchandise:  Branded Jacket, Branded T-Shirt, Branded Laptop bag, Branded Laptop Cover., of approximately $200 in value


Starting from 15th November 2013 Participants can apply at any time during the duration of the Program and will be notified within 1 month regarding the status of their application. Successful applicants will remain Intel Student Partners for the duration of 1 year, which is renewable subject to performance. Intel, at its sole discretion, may determine the end date of the Program.

Notification to successful applicants

The list of successful applicants will be posted here, and all successful applicants will all be directly contacted via email.

Delivery of the Prizes to the successful applicants

Branded merchandise will be delivered to successful Student Partners at their respective Universities, during the Induction program. Monthly stipend will be paid by the 3rd party agency directly to the Student Partners bank account on a monthly basis.


For more info. visit the official website

Call for applications : Be a Software Developer for Free

Are you a promising and determined young woman or man looking to become a software developer? Do you have what it takes to become a world-class developer? If so, consider applying to the Andela Fellowship, a 4-year, paid professional opportunity to learn from and work with some of the world’s leading technology companies.
Successful applicants are invited to participate in a free, two-week-long Boot Camp led by senior developers educated at some of the world’s top engineering schools. Andela Boot Camps are some of the most rigorous training experiences in the world. At the end of each Boot Camp, successful candidates are invited to participate in an extended developer training program which will lead to a job offer as a full-time Andela Fellow within 3 months. During this extended developer training program you will be paid while you receive 1000 hours of training and instruction in full-stack (front-end and back-end) development skills. If you get through this intensive developer training program you will then be admitted into the Andela Fellowship.
The Andela Fellowship is a new kind of academic experience. It’s sort of like a university, except instead of paying tuition, you’re earning an income. We place you on client projects with global technology companies as you continue your training to ensure you are equipped to meet the evolving needs of the industry.

• Boot Camp (2 weeks): This is a free two-week-long training where you will gain valuable programming skills. When it’s over, the highest-performing participants will receive job offers to join Andela full-time as Andela Fellows.
• Immersion Training (3 months): During a three-month-long immersion training program, you will receive a monthly stipend and 1000 hours of training. After three months of training, you’ll be qualified to work on client projects with top technology companies as an Andela Fellow.
• Andela Fellowship: At the end of Immersion Training, employees will be eligible for continued training and employment with Andela over four years as an Andela Fellow. After the four year program, Andela Fellows can be expected to; start technology companies, work directly with client companies as employees or continue to help train more competent software engineers as Andela.

ELIGIBILITY Young person

DEADLINE : 18th January, 2015

To apply and for more information visit here

Call for applications : 2015 Google Code Jam

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Image Credits: Google

Google Code Jam, a top programming competition in the world, consists of intense algorithmic puzzles held over multiple online rounds culminating in an on-site final round with the top 26 contestant. Registration opens on 10th March, 2015.


  • 1st Place: $15,000 USD
  • 2nd Place: $2,000 USD
  • 3rd Place: $1,000 USD
  • 4th to 26th Places: $100 USD
  • Top Scoring 1000 Contestants from Round 2: T-shirts


  • Age 13 years or older at the time of registration, but must be 18 years of age or older at the time of registration to be eligible for the onsite final round, if not, you are only eligible to win a t-shirt
  • Must commit to attending all related organized events as well as the awards ceremony at the end of the contest
  • Participants must have access to internet, a valid e-mail address and must be able to communicate in English.

DEADLINE: 12th April, 2015

To apply and for more information visit here

The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) 14-18 March 2014 (Sendai, Japan)

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Image Credits : Peaceboat

In 2014 Youth Beyond Disasters formed in partnership with the UNISDR to mobilize children and youth in the build up to the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Through the mobilization, the network seeks to unify and build on the work of UNESCO, Eubios Ethics Institute, partner Universities, agencies and other people dedicated to taking simple steps to lessen the impact natural hazards like storms, fires, floods and earthquakes have on our communities.

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Several thousand participants are expected, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution for 2013 on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction states that the World Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document and will have the following objectives:

  • To complete assessment and review of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action;
  • To consider the experience gained through the regional and national strategies/institutions and plans for disaster risk reduction and their recommendations as well as relevant regional agreements within the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action;
  • To adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
  • To identify modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction; and
  • To determine modalities to periodically review the implementation of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

For more information visit here

Lund University Global Scholarship Program 2015

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Image Credits : Lund University

Deadline: January 20, 2015

Location: Sweden.
Open to: citizens of countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area (and Switzerland).

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a selective, merit-based scholarship program that recognizes top academic students from outside the European Union/European Economic Area (and Switzerland).

Scholarship value:

The scholarships may cover 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the tuition fee.  Please note that scholarships are toward tuition fees only and that living costs are not covered.


  • To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:
  • You must be a citizen of a country from outside the EU/EEA (and Switzerland) and are required to pay a tuition fee.
  • You have applied for Bachelor’s or Master’s level studies in the regular application rounds for a minimum of one semester of study (30 ECTS).

Application instructions:

PLEASE DO NOT APPLY  if you do not meet the admission requirements to Lund University or if you cannot secure the funding needed to cover living costs, as required by the Swedish Migration Board.

To apply for a Lund University Global Scholarship, you must first apply for the programmes or free-standing courses you wish to study at Lund University using the online, national application website, during the application time for autumn semester studies. You then complete the LU Global Scholarship online application where you need to upload your scholarship “motivation letter” (maximum 500 words).

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the online application form or for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

 For more information please Visit this  Official Page

Call for applications : Eric Bleumink Scholarships 2015 at University of Groningen in Netherlands

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Image Credits : University Of Gronigen

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Location: Netherlands.
Type: Fully Funded.

University of Groningen offers Talent Grant for Developing Countries through the Eric Bleumink funds. Grants are available for pursuing master programme, master (MSc/MA/LL.M.) and PhD programme at University of Groningen. The grant covers tuition fee, costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance. The grant is awarded for a 1 year or 2 years Master’s degree programme. To be nominated the student needs to be (conditionally) admitted to one of the Master’s programmes.

What does it cover?

The grant covers tuition fee, costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance.  Please note that a considerable number of students apply for this scholarship each year, whereas the University can issue only a limited number of grants.


Criteria for approval are:

  • academic excellence, shown by academic performance and may be confirmed by letters of recommendation from university professors;
  • contribution of candidate’s education in terms of strengthening the scientific capacity in the candidate’s home country;
  • perspectives to a long-term linkage between the home institution and the University of Groningen.
  • For Ph.D programmes , the grants will usually be awarded for a maximum period of four years. Part of the research should be conducted in the home country and part in Groningen.

to Apply:

To be nominated the student needs to be (conditionally) admitted to one of the Master’s programmes. Nominations will be handled by the admissions officers. Master’s degree programmes: A step-by-step application guide

  • First the candidate should apply for admission to a Master’s programme at the University of Groningen .
  • When the candidate applies for this admission, he or she must indicate on the online application that he/she wishes to be nominated for a Eric Bleumink Fund scholarship.
  • If the study programme board agrees with the candidacy for a EBF scholarship, they will send a standard application form including the motivation of the candidate to the Board of the Eric Bleumink Fund prior to 1 March. Per studyprogramme only two candidates can be nominated.
  • The Board of the Eric Bleumink Fund will take a decision during their meeting in March.
  • The studyprogramme and the candidate will both be informed on the decision taken by the Board.
  • If a candidate is selected the coordinator and the candidate will have contact on the details of his or her arrival. If necessary he/she can contact the Board of the Eric Bleumink Fund for extra assistance.
  • Ph.D programmes: The application should consist of: (a)an elaborate research proposal or pre-proposal and (b) a letter of recommendation from the academic supervisor describing the benefits of the research for the department and/or the University of Groningen.
  • The application may also be submitted by the academic supervisor at the University of Groningen or at the home institute in the developing country. The academic supervisor in Groningen participates in one of the Research Schools or Research Institutes of the University of Groningen .
  • Motivation: it should be made clear by the applicant that requests for other funding have also been submitted.

Scholarship Open for International Students: This Scholarship program for following Developing Countries : Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon,, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Korea, Dem. Rep., Timor-Leste, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Congo (Rep.), Côte d’Ivoire, Kyrgyz Republic, Micronesia (Federated States), Sudan (Rep.), Congo (Dem Rep.), South Sudan, Central African Republic.

Applications will be open from October 15th,