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One of the goals of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy is to create a global network of scholars and leaders. Such networks will be an increasingly important resource for addressing societal problems in the future, and they require distinctive forms of knowledge and leadership skills. With this in mind, Scholars participate in a special program of seminars, retreats, and other events. These feature distinguished scholars, politicians, and other analysts leading discussions on global issues, including the future of higher education. Other sessions will address political, cultural, and economic issues in the United States. The Academy is especially interested in recruiting individuals who are concerned with such issues in addition to those covered in their normal studies.

The initial group of Scholars who enter in fall 2006 will participate in the McDonnell Academy’s inaugural conference on the future of global universities. Chancellors and rectors of the partner universities will be invited to attend the conference.

Ambassadors Each Scholar in the McDonnell Academy is paired with an Ambassador, appointed by the Academy director, who serves as a mentor and assists in the Scholar’s academic and professional life at Washington University. Each mentor is also an Ambassador to the Scholar’s alma mater and country, responsible for building relationships with the partner university, and with alumni, friends, corporations, and government entities in that country. The Ambassador accompanies the Scholar on a one-week annual trip to the Scholar’s university to host alumni events, information sessions, and meetings with key university contacts.

The Ambassador also identifies opportunities for scholarly collaboration involving other faculty and students of Washington University and of the partner research university.

Admission to the Academy
Students from a University Partner who apply for admission to one of Washington University's full-time graduate and professional programs for a master's or doctoral degree may also apply for admission to the McDonnell International Scholars Academy. A separate application to the Academy is required.

Admission to the McDonnell International Scholars Academy Applicants must be admitted to a graduate or professional degree program at Washington University. The McDonnell Academy steering committee will select Scholars based on outstanding academic potential and on applicants' commitment to learning more about international issues and global leadership.

How to Apply
Apply to a master's or doctoral degree program at Washington University. Applicants must also complete an Application to the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis, which includes an essay on why the applicant would be a good fit for the Academy.
Support of Scholars
Scholars are provided wit full tuition a stipend for living expenses support for travel to St. Louis a travel grant for an annual one-week trip to return to the Scholar's University Partner.

For more info, please visit:
Call 01-314-935-6779


Coastal Carolina University will start an M.B.A. program in the fall of 2006.

Cornell University has started a new major in China and Asia-Pacific studies. The major will include work on the Ithaca campus and externships in Washington and Beijing.

Touro College has started a new undergraduate and M.S. programs in forensic sciences. The programs are offered at Touro's Long Island campus.

Yale University is starting a joint Ph.D./M.B.A. program. Students will seek to finish both degrees in seven years, compared to the eight it would now take as two separate programs. While the business degrees will be offered by Yale's business school, the doctorates will be offered through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Adelphi University has announced a new master's program in emergency nursing and disaster management.

City College of New York has launched two new master's programs: a master of fine arts in creative writing and a master of landscape architecture.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is starting a new minor called the Study of Christianity and Culture. The program is housed in Chapel Hill's sociology department and involves faculty members from a number of other disciplines.

The University of Washington has started a master's program in computational linguistics. With 19 students enrolled in the first class, the program is believed to be the largest of its kind in the United States.

Yale University has started a program in which students ? over five years ? can earn both an undergraduate degree and a master's degree in public health

Boston College has created a minor in Jewish studies this fall, one of the few such programs at a Roman Catholic college. Students will need to take at least six courses to complete the minor.

Drexel University will open a law school in August 2006.

George Mason University has reorganized some existing programs and added others to create a new College of Health and Human Services. Gerontology and international health issues will be a major focus of the college.

Pasco-Hernando Community College has started an associate of science degree
in technology security.

Prescott College has created a doctoral program in sustainability education.

California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo will start a new master of arts in history in the winter. Concentrations will be possible in American, European, Asian, Latin American and African history.


2006-2007 Research Fellowship Application Instructions

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, one of the world's foremost institutions for research in literature and the arts, announces its 2006-2007 Research Fellowship Program.

Approximately 40 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities. Priority, however, will be given to those proposals that concentrate on the Center's collections and that require substantial on-site use of them.

This year's special topic will be "The Post-War Cultures of Twentieth-Century America." This topic corresponds with the Ransom Center's fall 2006 exhibition on Norman Mailer and American culture from 1945 to 1975, and its spring 2007 exhibition on America in the 1920s. The major wars of the twentieth century reshaped the American consciousness and left in their wake distinct post-war cultures. Special consideration will be given to research proposals that address any of these cultures.




Dear Colleague,
November is here, and another great fall semester is well underway at Indiana University. It was an exciting year for IU. We enrolled nearly 900 new international students this fall, bringing our international student population to 3,200. What an exciting end to a great year!

Next year looks even better. Already we are seeing increased numbers of students applying for next fall. There are a lot of great things happening on campus : fabulous academics, entertainment and public speakers, and amazing students make for a rich environment here in Bloomington. It’s no surprise that Newsweek magazine named IU “Hottest Big State School” in 2005!

We have a lot available for international students. Here are just some of the things students might be interested in knowing about IU:

Freshmen Scholarships We are excited to tell you that every international freshman who is admitted to IU as a nonresident will receive at least a $1,000 scholarship. For students with excellent academic records, these scholarships can be as large as $7,000 and are renewable for up to four years.

Transfer Credit Students who take AP, IB or A Level examinations can be considered for advanced standing at IU. Also, students who are attending a post-secondary institution can check out our Credit Transfer Service at to see all the articulations we have for universities and colleges around the world!

New Graduate Brochure for International Students International students who are interested in graduate study can check out our new brochure created specifically for them. You can download it at


The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, California invites policy makers and activists from countries undergoing political, economic and social transitions to participate in its second annual summer fellows program on democracy, development, and the rule of law to be held July 31 - August 18, 2006 at Stanford University on its California campus.

This program offers a unique approach to studying the ways in which democratic institutions and institutions that foster economic development can be established and strengthened in varying country contexts. In contrast to other programs of democracy promotion that seek to transfer ready made models to countries in transition, the Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development program provides a comparative perspective on the evolution of established democratic practices as well as a conceptual background into issues of V democracy and good governance. The curriculum draws on the combined expertise of Stanford scholars and practitioners in the fields of political science, economics, law, sociology, and business and emphasizes the links between theory and practice.

While traditional programs focus either on democratization, economic development, or the rule of law, the Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development program endeavors to locate the points of interaction among these areas. Ideas and learning flow two ways. Participants are exposed to the knowledge of Stanford faculty and, in turn, they bring their country and professional experiences into the seminars to help faculty and one another develop case-specific methodologies for addressing actual problems of democratic and economic development.

In 2005, the program’s inaugural year, 32 policy-makers from 28 countries participated as Fellows. Each week, instructors and fellows focused on a different theme v democracy, development, and rule of law, respectively - and studied the policy implications of the interrelations between the workings of political, economic, and legal institutions in theory and practice. Discussions were led by Stanford faculty and scholars at the forefront of research at the junction of democratic advancement, economic growth, and issues surrounding the establishment of rule of law and human rights. Prominent leaders of research and development institutions and social movements, such as the National Endowment for Democracy, enhanced the weekly agenda. The daily seminars were complemented with field trips to local government institutions, NGOs, and business organizations.

Participants: Eligibility Criteria
This program is aimed at early to mid-career policy-makers, academics, and leaders of civil society organizations (such as representatives of trade unions, non-governmental organizations, the media, business and professional associations) who will play important roles in their country’s democratic, economic, and social development. We anticipate recruiting a group of 25-30 individuals dedicated to democracy and development promotion within their home countries
(particularly in, but not limited to, the regions of the Middle East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and other parts of the former Soviet Union).
Successful applicants will be proficient in spoken and written English and will have academic and practical credentials necessary to benefit fully from the course and actively contribute to programmatic discussions. The ideal course participant will have extraordinary motivation, at least three to five years of experience in a relevant field of democratic development, and a keen interest in learning and sharing knowledge and experiences in transforming their respective countries.

CDDRL hopes that over time the participants in this annual program will form the core of a global network of public intellectuals and activists who are working on issues of democracy, development, and the rule of law.

Funding: Stanford will pay travel, accommodation, living expenses, and visa costs for the duration of the three-week program for a certain portion of applicants. Where possible, applicants are encouraged to supply some or all of their own funding from their current employers, international non-governmental organizations, etc.

Application procedures

Please follow the instruction for applying found at: In addition to the completed application form, you must provide at least two but no more than three letters of recommendation from people who know you in your capacity of a development worker.

Deadline: January 6, 2006

Request for information may be addressed to Ganka Hadjipetrova, SSFDD Program Coordinator, via e-mail at or via phone at (+1 650) 736-4277.

About CDDRL:
The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) seeks to promote innovative and practical research to assist developing countries and transitioning societies in the design and implementation of policies to foster democracy, balanced and sustainable development, and the rule of law. Scholars affiliated with CDDRL explore how best to harmonize the pursuit of each of these goals in the interest of helping to produce states and societies that are freer, richer, more law-abiding, and more transparent.
The Center also supports specialized teaching, training, and outreach activities to assist countries struggling with problems of political, economic, and judicial reform, constitutional design, economic performance, and corruption to improve their prospects for success. An important dimension of the Center's work is the identification and cultivation of institutional arrangements at all levels of society to encourage greater responsibility and accountability in decision-making, both public and private.
The Center joins four other constituent centers of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and is founded in partnership with the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Graduate School of Business (GSB), and Stanford Law School.

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