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EAC / Study in the US / Financial Aid / Program Announcements / August 2005


Northwestern University will offer need-based financial aid awards to a small group of international students entering in Fall 2006. Citizens of countries outside the United States who apply under Regular Decision for financial aid will be reviewed as a separate group. The usual selective admission criteria, as well as the amount of financial aid needed by an applicant, will be factors in the admission committee's decision. As a result, Northwestern will not offer admission to some candidates who are otherwise well-qualified. For these reasons, the admission rate for international applicants requesting aid is substantially lower than for those not requesting aid. Only those students who apply for and receive financial aid for their freshman year will be eligible to receive financial assistance in subsequent years. There is no financial aid available for international transfer applicants or international students applying under Early Decision.

Everything you need to know about applying to NU as an international student can be found at: Specific information about our new aid policy is at: Last year we accepted and gave aid packages to 24 of the 320 students who applied. 10 of them are enrolling.


The purpose of the Academy Scholars Program is to identify outstanding scholars who are at the start of their careers and whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with an in-depth grounding in particular non-Western countries or regions, including domestic, comparative, or transnational issues.

The Academy Scholars are a select group of individuals who show promise of becoming leading scholars at major universities. The competition for these awards is open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Pre-doctoral applicants must have completed all course work and general examinations at the time of application and are expected to have made some significant progress on their dissertations.

Scholars are appointed and supported by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies to provide opportunities for advanced work while in residence at Harvard University, although travel for research is allowed. Academy Scholars are given time, guidance, access to Harvard facilities, and substantial financial assistance as they work for two years conducting either post-doctoral or dissertation research in their chosen fields and areas. Some teaching is permitted but not required. The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

Stipends for post-doctoral Academy Scholars will be $44,000 for the 2006-07 academic year and $25,000 for pre-docs. For more information on how to apply, see our website at:

Application deadline: October 14, 2005


Research Fellowships 2006-07

Inviting post-doctoral scholars and nontenured junior faculty to apply for research fellowships. The Academy is interest in proposals that relate to its current project in the following program areas: Humanities & Culture; Science & Global Security; Social Policy & American Institutions and Education. Projects that address American cultural, social, or political issues from the founding period to the present are especially welcome, as are studies that examine developments in America from a multi-disciplinary and/or comparative perspective.

For information, contact: Visiting Scholars Program, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 136 Irving St., Cambridge MA 02138 (617 576-5014; fax: 617 576-5050;;


All applications must be submitted on-line by September 20, 2005 via

The International Policy Fellowships (IPF) program is calling for applications for 2006-2007 fellowships. Launched in 1998 and affiliated with the Open Society Institute and the Center for Policy Studies (CPS) of the Central European University in Budapest, these fellowships support analytical policy research in pursuance of open society goals such as the rule of law, democratic elections, diverse and vigorous civil societies, and respect for minorities. Each year the IPF program invites research proposals that address critical issues in the development of open societies. Successful applicants will demonstrate originality, sound project design and the strong likelihood that their project may lead to significant impact on policy.

The IPF program seeks to enhance the quality of policy research in the countries where the Soros Network operates, throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia, as well as countries in South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. It places strong emphasis on independent research that is both rigorous and appreciative of practical implications. Analysis and evaluation of existing policy contexts should be based on explicit criteria and fellows should be able to communicate their ideas and findings in a variety of professional and public settings.

Applicants are encouraged to submit individual, practical and policy-oriented research proposals in the following subject areas. The product of each fellowship will be a detailed analysis of a major issue to be published in English and translated into other languages:

2006-7 Fellowship Issue Areas:
General Framework: New Frontiers of Open Society
* The Challenge of Wider Europe
* Open Society Promotion in Predominantly Muslim Societies
* Combating Open Society Threats
* Combating the Resource Curse
* Roma Exclusion
* Open Information Policy

Main Terms of the International Policy Fellowship Award
* Fellows receive supervision and support from a senior policy analyst
* Fellows are invited to Budapest in April 2006 for initial orientation to the program
* Optional specialized policy research and advocacy training courses in Budapest
* Monthly stipends commensurate with local salaries
* Budget for reasonable research, communications, travel, publication and advocacy costs
* Discretionary funding for conference participation

How to Apply:

Applicants should carefully complete the online application form found at, which includes a project summary, research proposal (maximum 4 pages), and a resume/CV including a list of publications. Applicants may also include a letter of reference from an affiliated organization and a writing sample on the chosen topic.

Those who have no possibility to access the Web should send an e-mail to to discuss alternate application solutions.
Applications sent by mail, fax or e-mail will not be considered unless given prior approval from IPF staff.

Applications must be submitted online by September 20, 2005.
IPF does not consider late applications.

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