Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Trainee in the Area of Energy

The European Consumer Organisation is looking for a motivated Trainee in the area of Energy.
BEUC has a membership of 43 well respected, independent national consumer organizations from 31 European countries. BEUC acts as the umbrella group in Brussels for these organisations and our main task is to represent our members and defend the interests of all Europe’s consumers.
BEUC is currently looking for a trainee who will assist the BEUC Energy team in its advocacy work on the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package.
The tasks of the position shall include:
Help develop and keep up-to date information on European affairs and provide support and policy summaries for lobbying actions undertaken by the team members;
Conduct specific research on topics related to energy and sustainability;
Assist in the organisation and follow-up of meetings (e.g. management of logistics, background documentation, report writing);
Analyse and translate documents from BEUC’s members magazines;
Participate in conferences and meetings (taking minutes from events for the Energy team).
The successful applicant should:
Hold a University degree;
Have good organisational, communication and writing skills (essential);
Have a very good command of English (knowledge of other European languages is an asset);
Have the ability to work independently and as part of an international team;
Have a good knowledge of how EU institutions work.
Internship period:
6 months
Starting date:
September 2017
We offer:
A multidisciplinary and multicultural working environment within an organization dedicated to the promotion of consumer rights;
Networking opportunities with numerous organisations and the EU institutions;
A stipend of about €766 per month;
12 days off;
Access to social security;
1 home return ticket (max. €300);
Public transport pass within Brussels during your internship period.
Applications for the post should be sent before 9 July 2017 by e-mail to with subject line: Trainee in the area of Energy.
Interviews will take place in Brussels.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Your application should include the following documents:
A short motivation letter;
A curriculum-vitae;
In a separate file, answers to the following questions:
Why would you like to work at BEUC?
Briefly explain the main reasons that motivate you to work at BEUC, using maximum 150 words.
Why should BEUC appoint you?
Tell us why you think we should appoint you above other candidates, using maximum 150 words.
What are the main challenges for consumers when engaging in energy markets and what should EU policy makers do to facilitate consumer engagement?
Convince us what, in your opinion, are the main challenges by using maximum 150 words.
Any incomplete application will be disregarded.

Intern, Special Projects

About the European Climate Foundation
The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was established in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to foster the development of a low-carbon society and help Europe to play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change. The foundation works through sectoral, cross-cutting and regional initiatives and collaborates with a wide network of partners to advance progress towards this shared goal.
About the role
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy Secretariat in Brussels is looking for an Intern, Special Projects (full-time).
The intern position is available as of July 2017. The position will be located at the Global Covenant of Mayors office in Brussels.
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an international coalition of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low emission, resilient society.
Local Governments are Key Contributors: The Global Covenant of Mayors works to organize and mobilize cities and local governments to be active contributors to a global climate solution;
City Networks as Critical Partners: Local, regional and global city networks are core partners, serving as the primary support for participating cities and local governments;
A Robust Solution Agenda: Focusing on those sectors where cities have the greatest impact, the Global Covenant of Mayors supports ambitious, locally relevant solutions, captured through strategic action plans that are registered, implemented and monitored and publicly available;
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fostering Local Climate Resilience: The Global Covenant of Mayors emphasizes the importance of climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as increased access to clean and affordable energy.
Duties and responsibilities
Interns will gain practical experience in the workings of an international non-governmental organization focused on cities and climate change. The intern will gain exposure across a broad range of functional areas – including program management, stakeholder engagement, operations, grants management, planning and communications – within a dynamic environment.
Responsibilities may include:
Supporting the team in preparation for regular meetings of the Board, Founders Council and Technical Working Groups;
Collecting and analyzing data around specific issues and opportunities;
Assisting in the preparation of presentations for external stakeholders;
Providing administrative and communications support, which include updating initiative’s website and following up on outreach from cities and the general public;
Supporting other key projects led by Secretariat staff.
Key competencies
The ideal candidate will have:
Strong commitment to working with cities and climate change – previous internship experience in both areas preferred;
Strong organizational, written, and verbal communication skills;
Ability to manage multiple projects, and comply with deadlines;
Enthusiasm for learning and a demeanor suitable for a small office work environment;
Ability to work independently as well as with colleagues;
Keen business acumen and quantitative skills (as demonstrated professionally or academically).
What we can offer you
The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international organization together with individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with ambition and a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work;
A space to develop and challenge yourself;
Participation in local Global Covenant events;
Opportunities to engage with staff and members of the European Climate Foundation and European Commission through focused speaking engagements;
A full-time position with a 6-months fix term contract;
Compensation: similar to that of internships in European institutions (Commission, Council and Parliament).
Start date: July 2017
How to apply
Please send your CV and a short cover letter in English to the following email address The motivation letter should include: days/hours available for interviews, anticipated start/end dates, why you are interested in the internship with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, and the contact information for two references.
Please indicate Intern, Special Projects Application in the subject line. Candidates need to be in the possession of a work permit for the work location. Telephone calls will not be forwarded to the recruitment team. Due to the high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
Deadline for applications: 30 June 2017
For more information on the ECF, please visit

Intern Alliance2015

Can you provide advocacy support to a busy and growing NGO office? Are you interested in learning more about humanitarian and development related advocacy? We have created a new internship to provide multifunctional support to the Alliance2015 hub with an emphasis on advocacy support with the aim of giving a young professional an all-round taste of the issues and ways of working of a large NGO alliance as part of their professional development.
Main duties & Responsibilities
General Alliance2015 hub office support:
Support the smooth running of the office by assisting the Director and SPO with scheduling, meeting and travel arrangements;
Basic administration and event planning and management;
Improving and documenting administrative processes to ensure easy handover to others;
Basic financial administration tasks;
Ensuring visitors to the office are welcomed, well orientated and can access the information they need.
Advocacy support:
Monitor and keep team and members informed of relevant information and developments in EU external relations/development & humanitarian policy;
Provide analyses on broader EU external relations trends across all policy such that opportunities to meet specific objectives can be maximised;
Organise events/seminars/roundtables as directed;
Set up bilateral meetings with decision makers as required;
Attend relevant meetings with the EU institution and relevant Brussels-based NGOs and organisations, providing concise and succinct notes;
Maintain up to date debriefing and information of Alliance2015 Brussels team and of A2015 members through appropriate channels, including intranet and web pages, in coordination with the Communications Officer;
Support the implementation plans of the Advocacy Group (AG), including with research and analysis on specific topics as directed;
Provide Director with policy briefs and key preparation documents for higher representation meetings and events;
Any other relevant tasks as per requirements of the Alliance2015 Director.
You should demonstrate a true interest in this field of work; curiosity; energy and a willingness to learn.
For further details about the skills we are looking for and to see our other vacancies check out the vacancies page of our website before you apply.
To apply please send a ONE page cover letter and your CV together with a relevant writing sample to before 25 June at midnight CET.

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies Scholarships

Deadline: 23 July 2017
Open to: graduates with a Master’s, magister, german diploma, state examination or equivalent degree
Scholarship: basic monthly stipend of EUR 1.365, plus expenses
The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (Munich/Regensburg, Germany) calls for applications for up to 3 positions as a research assistant (PhD candidate position) – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) – and up to 3 PhD scholarships (beginning November 15, 2017).
The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a joint program by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and the Universität Regensburg. The School is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of the German Excellence Initiative and started in November 2012. Research at the Graduate School is conducted in three broad interdisciplinary fields:
Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change;
Cultural Systems;
Infrastructure, Migration, and Transfer of Knowledge.
Research at the Graduate School focuses particularly on interrelations and interdependencies between East and Southeast Europe and other regions of the world.
In the context of its primary focus on East and Southeast Europe, the Graduate School draws on the following disciplines: History, Literary and Language Studies, Art History, Theatre Studies, Social Sciences, and Law.
In the context of cross-regional comparisons and transfer studies the School’s expertise in Area Studies is complemented by insights from Chinese, Japanese and North American Studies.
Applicants need to have:
Very good graduate degree (Master’s, Magister, German Diploma, State Examination or equivalent degree);
Independent research project within the fields of interest to the Graduate School;
Interest in interdisciplinary research questions and sensitivity for transnational and spatial perspectives;
Knowledge of German and English;
Knowledge of the language of the research object.
Beginning November 15, 2017, available for 18 months with the option of extension for another 24 months, the Graduate School offers the following doctoral positions:
Up to 3 positions as a research assistant – employment according to the German TV-L in part-time (65 %);
Up to 3 Ph.D. Scholarships.
These Research Assistant positions are assigned to conduct an independent Ph.D. project. The remuneration is based on Grade E 13 (65%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale. It includes a teaching obligation of one semester hour per week.
Ph.D. Scholarships are awarded with a basic monthly stipend of 1.365 Euro, plus travel funds, grants for material costs as well as child-care expenses in accordance with DFG guidelines where applicable.
Both forms of doctoral positions can be realized either at the LMU Munich or at the Universität Regensburg, depending on the advisor’s assignment.
The holders of both the doctoral positions and the scholarships will be expected to:
Successfully conduct an independent research project which contributes to the Graduate School’s research fields;
Participate in the Graduate School’s seminars and qualification program.
How to apply?
Applicants need to submit:
Research proposal of 4 to 6 pages;
Work plan and time schedule;
Curriculum Vitae;
Degree certificates (after higher education entrance qualification);
Abstract of the Master’s thesis;
List of publications if applicable;
References by two university professors.
Please submit the complete application online.
For more information, please visit the official website.

University of Würzburg Scholarships for Master’s and Doctoral Programme in Germany, 2017

The University of Würzburg is pleased to offer Scholarships for Comparative Studies in Adult Education & Lifelong Learning to pursue Master’s and Doctoral programme. German, EU, as well as Non-EU applicants, are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.
The main focus is to students who are enrolled in study programmes close to adult education and lifelong learning. Additionally, we welcome interdisciplinary approaches as well.
The University of Würzburg is one of the leading universities in Germany – as is the case with rankings of national and international research organizations as well as international expert commissions. In many fields of science, for example, in biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, and psychology, the University of Würzburg is also one of the world’s leading academic institutions.
Course Level: Scholarship is available to pursue Master’s and Doctoral programme.
Study Subject: Scholarship is awarded to study Comparative Studies in Adult Education & Lifelong Learning.
Scholarship Award: Scholarship of subsistence: 500 Euro for two complete weeks plus travel lump sum according to country of destination (see DAAD regulations, column 1).
Number of Scholarships: Around 18 international scholarships funded by the DAAD Summer School Programme.
Scholarship can be taken in Germany
Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:
The programme is oriented towards master and doctoral students from Europe and beyond. The main focus is on students who are enrolled in study programmes close to adult education and lifelong learning. Additionally, we welcome interdisciplinary approaches as well.
Nationality: German, EU as well as Non-EU applicants are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have their previous degree.
English Language Requirements: Due to the intensive interactions during the Winter School only applications of people with an English level of B2 (see Common European Framework of Reference for Language) can be considered. Please provide a proof of your language skills (e.g. by the statement of a university professor).
How to Apply: The mode of application is online.
Application Deadline: Scholarship application deadline is September 30, 2017.

Pittsburg State University Scholarships for International Students in USA, 2018

Pittsburg State University Scholarships are open for international students. Scholarship requirements vary widely, but generally, students will need a minimum 22 ACT score and a 3.2 GPA.
Pittsburg State University, also called Pitt State or PSU, is a public university with approximately 7,479 students located in Pittsburg, Kansas, United States.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing undergraduate programme.
Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded to study the subjects offered by the university.
Scholarship Award: Amounts vary
Scholarship can be taken in the USA
Eligibility: Scholarship requirements vary widely, but generally, students will need a minimum 22 ACT score and a 3.2 GPA.
Nationality: International students can apply for these scholarships.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have previous degree.
Test Requirement: No
English Language Requirement: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.
How to Apply: There are many different scholarships available for students at Pitt State.
New Pitt State students: students who are new to Pittsburg State must complete the Admission and Scholarship Application in order to be considered.
Current Pitt State students: current students must apply or re-applyfor General Scholarships each year in order to be considered. Apply for a scholarship every year by February 1
Departmental Scholarships: Contact the department of your major to see if a separate application is required
Department contacts
View all departmental scholarships
Honors College Scholarships: these scholarships require a separate application and have a deadline of January 15. Honors College Scholarships cannot be considered unless a student has (1) applied for admission, (2) submitted a transcript(s), and (3) submitted ACT score(s).
Application Deadline: The deadline for all general scholarships at Pitt State is February 1, 2018.

Friday, 16 June 2017

NU-WIDER PhD Internship Programme

The PhD Internship Program allows registered doctoral students the chance to take advantage of the facilities and other resources at UNU-WIDER for their PhD research thesis or dissertation along with the opportunity to collaborate with UNU-WIDER researchers in relative areas. These PhD interns will spend on average three consecutive months at UNU-WIDER. During their time in Finland, PhD interns will prepare one or more research papers to give a seminar on their findings. These interns will also get the opportunity to publish their research in the WIDER Working Paper Series.
In order to apply, an applicant needs to already be enrolled in a PhD program and must have conducted research on developing economies. Those candidates that are working in different social studies can apply, but this is an economic-focused facility. Candidates need to be fluent in written and oral English and have good analytical skills. Those living and/or working in developing companies who are in later stages of their PhD will be given preference for this program.
If accepted, interns will be given a grant to cover any costs of travel to and from the location of their PhD institution, insurance for medical and hospital services, and a monthly stipend of €1,600 to cover any living expenses while in Helsinki during their internship.
In order to apply, applicants must apply for the position online as this is the only way UNU-WIDER accepts applications and only does so twice a year. The deadlines for each submission are March 31 and September 30. When applying during the month of September, applicants will be going to UNU-WIDER during February to June of the year that follows, and if one applies in March, they would be going to UNU-WIDER from the months of August to November that same year of application.
It is important to understand that the online application form will only go live one month before the deadline for the application’s submission. As a part of the application, you will need to send in your curriculum vitae. Your PhD supervisor must give UBU-WIDER a letter of reference that needs to be emailed by your supervisor and will be used to certify that you have enrolled in a PhD program at your current university. Emails will not be received by post or by email. Those who have been selected for the program will be told of their final decision by way of email within four weeks of the closing deadline. These applicants have to confirm their decision to take the offer made by UNU-WIDER two weeks after contact.

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