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

THE 2006-2007 EURASIAN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

The Government of the United States of America is pleased to announce the 2006-2007 Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD). The deadline for this application is November 7, 2005.

Established by the US Congress in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in Eurasia, the Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, and administered by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board). The program provides opportunities for first-, second- and third-year undergraduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan for non-degree study in the United States for one academic year.

All fellows will attend classes full-time for one year and perform a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service in their host community their first semester and will complete a part-time internship their second semester. Students in their first year at the time of application will be enrolled in two-year community colleges and will live with host families or in dormitories. Students in their second or third year at the time of application will attend four-year colleges and universities and live in dormitories.

The fellowship provides J-1 visa support, round-trip airfare from fellow’s home cities to host institution in the United States, accident and sickness insurance, tuition and mandatory university fees, room and board (housing and meals), small incidentals allowance, limited allowance for books, pre-academic English language training (if necessary), and a variety of alumni networking and training opportunities.

Fields of study for the UGRAD Program are accounting, agriculture, American studies, business, computer science, criminal justice, economics, education, environmental management, hospitality management, international relations, journalism and mass communication, law, political science, psychology, and sociology. Please refer to the application for specific field eligibility requirements.

Applications for the Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program can be obtained and submitted by contacting IREX field offices and representatives in Eurasia. Applications are also available at Educational Information Centers (EIC and can be downloaded from www.irex.org or www.irex.ru. See application for eligibility requirements.

THE 2006-2007 EDMUND S. MUSKIE GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The Government of the United States of America is pleased to announce the 2006-2007 Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program (Muskie). The deadline to submit the application for this program is October 31, 2005.

Established by the US Congress in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in Eurasia, the Edmunds S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, and administered by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board). The program provides opportunities for graduate students and professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan for one-year non-degree, one-year degree or two-year degree study in the United States.

All fellows will attend classes full-time for one to two years and will be required to create and implement a project related to their professional interests that benefits the local community. Fellows will also be required to participate in a three-month internship during the summer after their first academic year.

The fellowship provides J-1 visa support, round-trip travel from fellows’ home cities to their US host institutions, university tuition and mandatory university fees, accident and sickness coverage, monthly allowance for living expenses, limited book allowance, limited allowance for professional enrichment activities, pre-academic English-language training (if necessary), and a wide variety of alumni networking and training opportunities.

Eligible fields of study for the Muskie Program are: business administration, economics, education, environmental management, international affairs, journalism and mass communications, law, library and information science, public administration, public health, and public policy.

Applications for the Muskie Exchange Program can be obtained and submitted by contacting IREX field offices and representatives in Eurasia. Applications are also available at Educational Information Centers (EIC), IREX- administered Internet Access and Training Program (IATP) Public Access Sites throughout Eurasia and can be downloaded from www.irex.org or www.irex.ru. See application for eligibility requirements.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT PROGRAM (for Russian citizens)

Fulbright Program in Russia continues to accept applications from teachers of English or students in training to become teachers (diploma is expected by June 2006). FLTA program is developed for those who wish to teach Russian language and culture for up to 20 hours per week. Successful applicants must be between 21 and 29 years old at the time of application. They should be prepared to return to Russia upon completion of the program. Applications can be downloaded from the web site: http://www.fulbright.ru or submitted on-line: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/flta
For more information please contact Moscow Fulbright Office at: (095)935-83-53, info@fulbright.ru

2006 INTERNATIONAL DISSERTATION FIELD RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

The Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies are pleased to announce the 2006 competition of the International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF) program, which is designed to support distinguished graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world. Fifty fellowships of approximately $20,000 will be awarded in 2006 with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The IDRF Program is committed to scholarship that advances knowledge about cultures, societies, aesthetics, economics and/or polities outside the United States. The program promotes work that is relevant to a particular discipline while resonating across other fields and area specializations. The program is open to full-time graduate students in the humanities and social sciences - regardless of citizenship - enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States.

Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements except fieldwork and dissertation by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2006, whichever comes first. Fellowships will provide support for nine to twelve months in the field, plus travel expenses. The fellowship must be held for a single continuous period within the eighteen months between July 2006 and December 2007.
Applications for the IDRF program must be submitted electronically using the SSRC's Online Application Portal. For detailed information on application procedures, visit the IDRF website at www.ssrc.org/programs/idrf or contact program staff at idrf@ssrc.org.

Deadline: November 10, 2005.

KOFI ANNAN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Macalester College invites all qualified applicants with a history of academic and personal excellence to apply for the Kofi Annan International Student Scholarship Awards for undergraduate study. Each year more than 200 international students from more than 80 nations receive need based scholarships ranging from $1000 to $35000 to attend Macalester. Recipients who remain in good academic and social standing may renew their awards annually for the term of their study at the College.

Candidates who wish to be considered for a Kofi Annan International Scholarship must apply for admission and financial aid to Macalester. Applicants may apply on-line or by post. Application forms and admission instructions as well as on-line access are available at www.macalester.edu/admissions/applying/applications. Applicants who are unable to obtain an application form from the web may request one by writing to the Admissions Office, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105 USA. All applications and supporting documents must be received by January 15, 2006 for study beginning in September 2006.

The Kofi Annan International Students Scholarship recipients may pursue undergraduate study in any of the following academic disciplines:

American Studies; Antropology; Art; Asian Languages & Cultures; Biology; Chemistry; Classics; Computer Science; Economics; English; Environmental Studies; French & Francophone Studies; Geography; Geology; German Studies; Hispanic & Latin American Studies; History; Humanities, Media & Cultural Studies; International Studies; Linguistics; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience Studies; Philosophy; Physics & Astronomy; Political Science; Psychology; Religious Studies; Russian Studies; Sociology; Theater; Women’s & Gender Studies.

Detailed information on each of these academic departments and about Macalester and its programs can be found at www.macalester.edu.

Office of Admissions
1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul,
Minnesota 55105-1899
(651) 696-6357
(800) 231 7974
www.macalester.edu
admissions@macalester.edu

JAPAN-IMF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR ADVANCED STUDIES 2006/2008

Ph.D. in Economics at North American Universities
Application Deadline: December 5 (submitted to IIE/Thailand) or December 31, 2005 (submitted to IIE/Washington DC)
Application to American and Canadian Universities Graduate Program (PhD) in Economics

Listed below are requirements which candidates are expected to meet in order to be considered for admission and financial assistance into the doctoral degree in Economics program.

Financial Aid Opportunities
Preference is given to the Ph.D candidates with excellent academic records and strong backgrounds in Mathematics and Economics. Candidates need to present high TOEFL/IELTS scores, excellent GRE General quantitative scores and strong GRE Subject scores.

For information on admission to a leading university in USA, contact Program Officer – Scholarships at the Institute of International Education (IIE); Tel: +66 2652 0653 ext 119 or press 0; Fax: (66) 2 652 0633; Email: iiethai@bkk.iie.org

Funding Provision

·One round-trip airfare;
·All reasonable expenses for 2 years of graduate study including tuition and fees, medical insurance and related fees, books and living expenses allowance.
Supporting Materials Required for the Scholarship Application, in English:

1. A one-page applicant statement of not more than 250 words, explaining the applicant’s interest in working as an IMF economist and career goals, previous academic studies and future research subjects, and other information as to the applicant’s background, e.g. academic awards and honors, that merits particular consideration;
2. A complete university transcript from the current or previously attended university;
3. A copy of the GRE and TOEFL / IELTS scores must be submitted along with the scholarship application form. If candidates do not have the test reports at time of application, they can designate that the report be sent directly to IIE at IIE’s code number 8401.
4. A copy of one of applications made to the leading (top) American, Canadian, or Australian universities if being in the university application process ; OR a copy of the university’s admission to the doctoral program in Economics.
Note: Candidates must be responsible for applying for the degree program. Neither the IMF nor IIE will process university application or select any university for candidates.
5. A completed scholarship application form.
Award Recipients Notification

Recipients of the Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies will be notified of their selection in March 2005.

Application

** FREE download of scholarship application at the IMF’s website:
www.imf.org/external/np/ins/english/scholar.htm
http://www.imf.org/external/np/ins/english/pdf/advst04-06.pdf

Applicants, who choose to submit the completed application form and the required documents directly to USA, should mail the materials to IIE, Washington D.C., no later than December 31, 2005.

TO: The Institute of International Education, 1400 K Street, N.W. Washington, D.C., 20005-2403, USA

Email: japanimfscholarship@iie.org

CALL FOR PROPOSALS INTERNATIONAL POLICY FELLOWSHIPS, 2006-2007

Deadline Extended to 10 Oct. - IPF Call for Proposals 2006 -2007

All applications must be submitted on-line by 10 October 2005 via www.soros.org/initiatives/ipf

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 www.soros.org/initiatives/ipf, 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 fellows@osi.hu 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 10 October 2005.

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