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

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

The University of South Florida is pleased to announce the second annual competition for the "University of South Florida (USF) International Undergraduate Scholars Award". This award will offer scholarships to two outstanding international students who meet competitive selection criteria and who provide evidence of scholarly and leadership excellence.

Each scholarship will provide $15,000 per year for up to four years. Scholarship will be renewable each year based on maintaining a minimum 3.2 GPA semester average. USF International Undergraduate Scholars will be eligible for an additional award of $500 annually as USF Honors College students. Total value of USF scholarship assistance: $15,500 a year x four years.

Estimated expenses for 2006-2007 are $30,000, subject to change. Students will be responsible for all expenses not covered by the scholarship. Please note that this is not a cash award; USF will offer financial credit toward annual tuition expenses.

ELIGIBILITY:

Ø Open to international students from all regions of the world whose permanent residence is outside the United States (US citizens, dual citizens, and US permanent residents or pending permanent residents are not eligible to apply);
Ø Must be applying from outside the US;
Ø Must begin studies for fall 2006 semester; students seeking spring 2007 semester admissions are not eligible to apply;
Ø Must be entering as a first time in college student who has never studied at a US or other college/university (Transfer students are not eligible to apply);
Ø Must provide proof of leadership, community involvement, and academic honors;
Ø Award is renewable annually for up to four years from fall (August 2006) based on the following conditions:
o Maintaining a 3.2 GPA per semester
o Continued enrollment in the Honors College and fulfillment of all Honors College requirements including Final Thesis; see http://honors.usf.edu for details
o Minimum overall 3.3 GPA to graduate
o Continued participation in community outreach activities while enrolled at USF

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

TEST REQUIREMENTS
Ø TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
o Minimum 220 CBT (Computer Based Test) OR
o Minimum 560 P/B (Paper-Based) OR
o Minimum 83 Internet Based

Ø Standardized tests: Students must submit ONE of the following:
o SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test): Minimum 1270 total score (on critical reading and quantitative sections)
o ACT - minimum score of 29
o International Baccalaureate (IB) - minimum score of 35
o "A" Level examinations-minimum of 3 exams.

Ø ETS/College Board official score reports should be sent directly to the University of South Florida (code 5828) and arrive by February 4, 2006 at the latest.


SECONDARY/HIGH SCHOOL GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

Ø 3.5 GPA minimum
Ø Applicants must submit translations and official evaluations of their local secondary/high school transcripts. See http://cyber.acomp.usf.edu/iac/admissions/transcript.html for guidelines.
ESSAY One page maximum, typed (no hand written essays will be accepted), in English
Ø Topic: "How will your previous volunteer and leadership experience in your home country help you promote better global understanding and people-to-people diplomacy as an international student leader at USF?”

ACADEMIC HONORS & LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES

Ø Academic/leadership awards, honors, or recognition
Ø Community service, volunteer work, employment, or membership in clubs outside school
Ø Extracurricular school activities, i.e. student government, student newspaper, school clubs, sports involvement, music club, student mentor

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Ø Teacher recommendation
Ø Outside recommendation such as an employer or supervisor or community service coordinator
Ø School recommendation such as a guidance counselor, principal, or EducationUSA overseas educational advisor (see http://educationusa.state.gov for an office nearebrst you)

APPLICATION FORMS:

Submit admission and scholarship application forms listed below:
Ø USF International Undergraduate Application Form: Complete form and submit together with your $30 application fee by JANUARY 2, 2006 for fall 2006 admissions. See http://web.usf.edu/iac/admissions/undergrad.html
Ø USF International Undergraduate Scholar Award application form: Complete and submit scholarship application form, official TOEFL and SAT/ACT/IB/A Level scores, high school transcripts and official evaluations, letters of recommendations, proof of honors, community involvement, leadership activities, and essay before FEBRUARY 4, 2006
Ø Contact Hebert@iac.usf.edu for complete instructions and scholarship application forms.


HELPFUL RESOURCES:

Ø To view a menu of USF resources developed for international audiences, visit http://web.usf.edu/iac/admissions/recruit.html.
Ø For further assistance with the application process and information specific to your country, please contact your local U.S. Embassy/U.S. Consulate/Office of Public Affairs for referral to an overseas educational advising center near you, or consult the list available on the U.S. Department of State’s website at http://educationusa.state.gov/centers.htm.

Since only two awards will be given, selection will be very competitive. USF will be looking for the best and brightest student leaders from around the world who meet and perhaps exceed our application criteria. The University of South Florida welcomes your interest, and looks forward to receiving your applications!

USF INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARS AWARD CONTACT:

Evelyn Levinson
Associate Director of International Admissions
University of South Florida
levinson@iac.usf.edu
Fax: +1-813-974-8044
http://web.usf.edu/iac/admissions

2006 INTERNATIONAL DISSERTATION FIELD RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION (IDRF)

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.

Social Science Research Council
IDRF Program
810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10019
P: 212-377-2700
F: 212-377-2727
Email: idrf@ssrc.org
Visit the website at:
http://www.ssrc.org/programs/idrf

BATEMAN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP FOR STUDY IN GEOSCIENCES AT YALE UNIVERSITY

The Department of Geology and Geophysics announces a competition for the Bateman Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded for two years, and provides a stipend ($42,000/yr), reasonable relocation expenses, individual health care benefits, and funds ($3,000/yr) for research and travel.

Our department's teaching and research program includes a range of disciplines focused on the solid earth, ocean, atmosphere, climate, and the evolution of life. Further details are available at: http://www.yale.edu/geology.

Applicants should submit a short (2-3 page) statement of research interests and proposed research, a curriculum vita, a publications list, and letters of reference sent from three referees. Applicants should also contact a sponsor in the Department to identify potential research projects. The deadline for all application materials is February 15, 2006. The award will be announced by April 1, 2006. Successful applicants must begin their program at Yale between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007.

Application materials should be sent to: Bateman Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Geology and Geophysics, P.O. Box 208109, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8109. FAX: +1-203-432-3980. Contact Professor Leo J. Hickey (leo.hickey@yale.edu), Chairman of the Department of Geology and Geophysics for questions regarding the fellowship. Yale University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS AT YALE UNIVERSITY

The department of geology and geophysics at Yale University has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate in the area of atmospheric physics and its role in climate and climate changes. Several topics of investigation are of interest relating to cloud-climate interactions including convective microphysical, precipitation, and mixing processes, atmospheric water vapor, and cloud-dynamics interactions. We seek motivated individuals with interest or expertise in the application of cloud modeling, satellite data analysis, or other tools to these problems.

The initial appointment is for two years. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in atmospheric science or a related field by the time of appointment. Candidates should send brief statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, and names of three references to Dr. Steven Sherwood, P.O. Box 208109, Yale University, New Haven CT 06520.

2006-2007 IBM HERMAN GOLDSTINE MEMORIAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

The Mathematical Sciences Department of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center invites applications for its 2006-2007 Herman Goldstine Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship for research in mathematical and computer sciences. Areas of active research in the department include: algorithms, coding theory, cryptography, data mining, dynamical systems and differential equations, high-performance computation, numerical analysis, optimization, probability theory, scientific computing, statistical analysis, supply-chain and operations management, and queuing networks. Fellows interact closely with department members but are free pursue their own research.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. after September 2001 or should receive one before the second half of 2006. One fellowship will be awarded with stipend between $95,000 and $115,000 (depending on area and experience).

Applications must be received before December 31, 2005. Complete details and the application procedure are available at: http://www.research.ibm.com/math/goldstine.html.

NON-RESIDENT FRESHMEN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FALL 2006 APPLICANTS AT MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

http://www.montana.edu/international/nisscholar.htm
Freshmen students who are applying for Fall 2006 admission and take the SAT exam can compete for valuable scholarships. If you qualify, scholarships will be automatically awarded when you are offered admission to Montana State University. To be eligible, you must complete the following as soon as possible:

Apply to MSU by completing the International Undergraduate Application for Admission. The application is downloadable at: http://www.montana.edu/wwwoie/appinfo.htm

Have your ACT and/or SAT test scores sent to Montana State University directly from the testing company. http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/scores/sending.html

All international undergraduate applicants will automatically be considered for new student scholarships valued at up to US$3,000. These scholarships are available to qualified international students, freshmen or transfer, applying to begin their studies either fall or spring semester. Documents required in the international undergraduate application will determine eligibility, and no separate scholarship application is required. SAT exam score results are not required to compete for these scholarships.

These scholarships are available only to new students during their first year of study at MSU and are non-renewable. Selection is based on previous academic achievement, test scores, potential for success at MSU, and overall fit with the institution and its academic programs. Scholarships will be available until all are awarded; therefore, students are encouraged to submit their MSU application early.

GRINNELL COLLEGE

International Student Financial Aid Policy

Grinnell College has had a long history of providing financial assistance to international students (students not holding a U.S. passport or U.S. permanent residency card). In recent years the College has reconfirmed its commitment to providing affordable education to students around the world by offering additional scholarship opportunities to new international students.

Grinnell College endorses the philosophy that all students, regardless of their financial ability, should be able to pursue their studies at Grinnell if admitted. A full range of financial aid opportunities is available to international students. Admission to Grinnell is highly selective and the competition for financial aid is more competitive the greater the applicant's demonstrated financial need. The best students, who also maintain an active co-curricular involvement (sports, community service, music, theater, debate, student government, etc.), will be admitted regardless of financial circumstances.

The price to attend Grinnell College are as follows:

ESTIMATED BUDGET FOR 2005-2006
Tuition $ 27,060
Room and Board $ 7,310
Fees $ 444
Total Comprehensive fee $ 34,814
Plus estimated costs of:
Health insurance $ 600
Books and supplies $ 600
Incidentals and travel $ 1,400
TOTAL $ 37,414

Types of Financial Aid Available to International Students

1) Grants: Admitted international students who demonstrate financial need are eligible for financial assistance. Financial need is assessed by the Office of Student Financial Aid based on the information you and your family accurately and truthfully submit on the Student Application for Financial Aid.

2) International Merit Scholarships: Annually, a few admitted international applicants, who demonstrate exceptional scholastic abilities and leadership skills, are awarded Merit Scholarships. An applicant does not need to apply for financial aid or demonstrate financial need to be eligible for Merit Scholarships. Scholarship amounts vary. No additional applications, forms or essays are required to be eligible for Merit Scholarships.

3) Special Scholarships: Grinnell offers a limited number of comprehensive scholarships. These are extremely competitive scholarships that will cover the costs associated with attending Grinnell College (comprehensive fee of tuition, room, board and fees, plus costs to cover insurance, books and miscellaneous expenses) that the student and the student's family are unable to cover. Scholarships are reserved for students from the following countries and regions:

* People's Republic of China
* Nepal
* the Middle East and Asia
* Africa
* Latin America
* Eastern and Central Europe (including those regions of the former Soviet Union)

All of the above scholarships are renewable for three additional years of the student's studies at Grinnell College.

All applicants applying for financial aid must complete the International Student Application for Financial Aid which is sent with the Grinnell College Application for Admission or the Foreign Student Financial Aid Application form printed by the College Board. There are no additional forms required to complete for any of the three categories of financial aid listed above. The Admission Committee will automatically consider you for the scholarship if you are eligible.

EMPLOYMENT: On campus employment is available to students. Under the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) regulations, international students are permitted to work on campus (not to exceed more than 20 hours a week). During the academic year, a student can earn approximately $2,000 by working an average of 10 hours a week. We discourage students from working more than 10 hours a week because of the demanding course load at Grinnell College. Off campus employment is more difficult to obtain for international students due to immigration regulations restricting employment for non-US citizens.

LOANS: The College does offer some loans to international students. However, to be eligible for a loan, the College requires the student have a U.S. citizen as the co-signer who lives in the United States. A co-signer is someone who is willing to sign the loan agreement with you and is promising that, in the event you are unable or unwilling to pay the balance of the loan, the co-signer will be responsible for paying the loan. The maximum loan for each year is $4,000.

"DOORS TO DIPLOMACY" 2006 WEB PROJECT COMPETITION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

October 17, 2005

This contest is open to teams of students from any country.

The U.S. Department of State along with the Global SchoolNet Foundation is pleased to announce the 2006 "Doors to Diplomacy" award competition. This educational award program will recognize the student-created Global SchoolNet Web projects that best teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Students work in small teams with teacher-coaches. Projects must be completed by March 17, 2006. Winners will be announced in May 2006. Every team that completes a final entry will receive a special "Doors to Diplomacy" certificate to recognize their achievement. Each student member of the team who wins the "Doors to Diplomacy" receives a $2,000 scholarship, and the winning coaches' schools each receive a $500 cash award. For a complete description and information about eligibility and judging criteria, visit http://globalschoolhouse.org/doors

For more information, contact
Dr. Yvonne Marie Andres
Global SchoolNet
Telephone: 760-635-0001
E-mail: diplomacy@globalschoolnet.org
or
Janice Clark
U.S. Department of State
Telephone: 703-875-5086
E-mail: clarkje4@state.gov

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY THE HELLER SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

Master of Science in International Health Policy and Management

~~Striving for Equity in Health Systems through Effective Policy and
Management~~

Application Deadline: March 31, 2006

The Master of Science in International Health Policy and Management (IHPM) Program is pleased to announce a competition in which a full tuition and fees scholarship will be awarded to an early to mid-career development professional with a demonstrated commitment to effective health policy and management. The Scholarship for this one-year degree begins in August 2006.

The one-year M.S. Program is designed to train students to take on increasingly responsible roles in health policy planning, and in the management of policy and program implementation in health ministries and planning agencies, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, and NGOs. Students in this program learn how to make the best use of policy analysis to determine which plans work, which are the most cost-effective, and which are sensitive to a country's values and culture.

The IHPM Scholar will receive full tuition and fee remission for the 2006/2007 academic year. The scholarship does NOT cover airfare, health insurance or any living expenses. Although nominations are encouraged from international and governmental development institutions and NGOs, self-nominations are accepted. Women, and candidates with experience in health policy, service delivery or education-related work with poor and vulnerable populations, are especially encouraged to apply.

Nominators may mail, fax (781-736-2774) or email (HellerAdmissions@Brandeis.edu) a letter of nomination to the Admissions Office.

Applications (to be submitted by the applicant) should include:
• A Letter of Interest in the IHPM Scholarship
• A completed Application Form (which can be downloaded from our website or
submitted on-line)
• A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
• A detailed Statement of Purpose describing your career objectives and work
experience
• Three original letters of recommendation (at least one professional and one academic) on official letterhead sent directly to the Admissions Office from the recommenders. These letters must be accompanied by a Brandeis University Recommendation Form. (Faxed letters are acceptable to begin the review but originals are required before any offer of admission or award can be made.)
• Original or certified true copies of transcripts from all university-level studies, sent directly to the Admissions Office from each university. (An unofficial transcript of university record is acceptable to begin consideration but the original is required to complete the application.) Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by an official English translation.
• An official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for all international applicants.
• Official GMAT or GRE scores are encouraged, but not required.

Detailed instructions on completing an application can be found in the Admissions section of the SID website.

To learn more about the SID Master of Science Program, please visit our
website at http://heller.brandeis.edu/sid.

The Heller School is considered to be one of the top 3 schools of social
policy in the United States.
Brandeis University is located outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

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