Thursday, 28 June 2012

European Video Contest on Learning Mobility

What is your mobility experience?

We are looking for original and creative videos that show mobility experiences!
Would you like to become a director of your own movie?
Have you found yourself in any difficult situation while being abroad?
What was the biggest challenge you had to deal with?
What have you learnt about yourself and the others while getting to know new people and new cultures in a foreign country?
Is there any funny story, which took place abroad you want to share?
If your answers are positive, that means you are the right person in the right place.
You can make a documentary or a short presentation, about a general or a specific aspect of your stay abroad, for example: your personal or professional improvement, your social or cultural experiences.
You can use humour, music, animations and any other media source. Just be creative!

Who can participate?

The Europemobility Video Contest is open to any European Learner who has accomplished a practical training programme, a youth exchange, a work placement or an internship abroad, within Europe.

Conditions to participate

Your video MUST be one to three minutes long.
Your video MUST be original and produced by you.
Your video, images, audio and text MUST respect the international Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislation. We invite you to discover and use free and legal sharing licence agreements available online, such as CREATIVE COMMONS.
Creative Commons

The video
MUST be spoken in English OR, in case you want to use another language, the video MUST be English subtitled.

Please note that Europemobility will not allow videos with commercial purposes, inappropriate language, abusive, violent and pornographic contents.

Awards waiting for you!

There are two award categories, one for the videos elected by the Europemobility International Jury and one for those elected by the online voters.
Each category contains three prizes. Europemobility will award:
  • €500,00 for the best video nominated by the Jury, plus a trip to Paris
  • iPad for the best video nominated by the online voters, plus a trip to Paris
  • The second and third winners of both categories will receive a trip to Paris, plus a recognition prize

All the winners will go to the Award Ceremony in Paris with opportunity to present their videos to an international audience at “Salon Européen de l’Education”, which takes place from 22nd to 25th November 2012.
Travel and accommodation will be organised and paid by Europemobility Network.
The winning videos will be promoted on the Europemobility Network website and publications, as well as via its project partners.


Videos must be uploaded by registered candidates on the Europemobility web site by 15 September 2012, 23:59:59 CET.
Online voting system is open from the moment of approval and publishing of the video until 30 September 2012, 23:59:59 CET.
Europemobility International Jury will publish on the names of the winners by 15 October 2012, 23:59:59 CET.

Registration as Participant

The procedure for registering to Europemobility Video Contest is simple:
  • You need to fill in all fields of the registration form and upload a copy of an Identification Document, such as Identify Card or Passport. You need to use a valid email account
  • Once completed all fields the system will send you an email with instruction for you to confirm your email account.
  • Europemobility Admin will approve your account and you will receive a confirmation email.
  • You can then proceed to upload your video, which will need to be approved by the Europemobility Admin before being visible on the Video Contest web site. Please allow up to 24 hours for approval and also some additional hours for the web streaming platform to process your video.

Please note: Registration procedure includes dedicated section for acceptance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislation.
Videos which do NOT respect IPR legislation will still be visible from Europemobility website, but they will be excluded from the video contest.

Award Criteria and Procedure

All videos posted by any candidate will be available on the Europemobility Network web site and the general public is invited to express their preferences with an online voting system.
Furthermore Europemobility International Jury will express their evaluation based on the following criteria, so the scoring system will result as follows:
  • 40% - Relevance of the video, fitting with the theme of mobility
  • 40% - Originality and creativity of the underlying idea (basic concept)
  • 30% - Quality of the script and realisation

Once the 2012 Video Contest is over, the Jury will determine the list of videos to be kept accessible and published on the Europemobility Network web site.
The Award Ceremony will be held within the Europemobility International Conference in Paris and it will be broadcasted online.

Online voting system

Your online vote will decide who is the winner of the 2012 Europemobility Video Contest.
Voting online is simple:

1 - Watch a video
2 – Vote using the score from 1 to 10 with the stars above the video. Please note that the following rules apply:
  • You can only vote once for each video
  • You can only vote for a max of 10 videos
  • You can use each score from 1 to 10 only once, therefore you can’t use the same score for 2 different videos
  • You can change your vote preferences using the dedicated section on Europemobility Video Contest web site, by moving the selected videos across the ranking scale
  • Done !! Your vote has been added to the score of that video.

Registration as Online Voter

STEP 1: Insert your email address to register as ONLINE VOTER
STEP 2: Confirm your registration by pasting on our web site the verification token sent automatically to you via email.
STEP 3: You can now login, watch the videos and vote by using the yellow stars.

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Generation 1992 - a competition for youth

What does the European single market mean to YOU?

The European single market is based on four freedoms: the free movement of people, goods, services and capital between 27 EU countries. Feel free to express your ideas on how the single market works for you in this creative competition!
Whoever you are and whatever you do, if you were born in 1992 and are an EU citizen, we want to hear from YOU.
Use your talent and imagination to help build a better Europe for all of us.

We are listening to you, Generation 1992!

Surprise us. Inform and inspire us. Tell us your thoughts. Your opinion counts.

Sounds good, but what if I’m not a pro?

All you need is the desire to express your views on what the European single market means to you… and an idea of how you want to tell us what you think.
If you have something you want to say about the European single market, pick up your pen, paintbrush, camera, computer, tablet or mobile phone… and let your creativity flow!
You can choose between different themes and formats. Remember, it’s the story that counts.
  • A photograph can say as much as a lengthy article.
  • A simple cartoon can animate and encourage reflection on complex issues.
  • A short essay can clearly explain a vision without complex technical or political terminology.
  • A striking video can be made with a basic camera and a large dose of imagination.
  • An easy-to-use app can put your vision at the fingertips of millions, whilst a basic app could make life on the move easier for millions of people.
  • This competition applauds and rewards creativity.
  • You don’t have to be an expert photographer or filmmaker with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • You don’t need a degree in literature or political science.
  • You don’t need to be a telecom genius or have a PhD in building apps.

Want to enter? Choose a creative format, a thematic category and check out the competition rules!

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

IBD Partnership in the video of our Austrian partners

Dear all!

Our Austrian partners have made a video about the work placements in Portsmouth, where students tell their professional and personal experience during the projects. 

The full video:

A bit shorter version:

Thank you for sending us the links! 

Best regards,
The IBD Partnership

List of Australi and New Zealand Government Scholarships

Dear Students, The following are the list of scholarship targeted for students from developing country funded by the government of Australia and New Zealand.


Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) are a bilateral program within the Australian scholarships program. Australian Development Scholarships equip scholars with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence the development outcomes of their own country through obtaining tertiary qualifications at participating Australian higher education institutions and technical colleges.

The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.
The IPRS program enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers. The scholarships are available for a period of two years for a Masters by research degree or three years for a Doctorate by research degree.
The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards provide financial support for international students for up to 3 years to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field of study in Australia.
The Endeavour Executive Awards provide professional development opportunities for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from participating countries. The Awards focus on building skills and knowledge through a host work environment rather than through formal enrolment in a study program at a host institution and are not intended to fund direct academic research.
The Endeavour Research Fellowships provide financial support for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from participating countries to undertake short-term research (4-6 months), in any field of study, in Australia.
The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowships provide financial support for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from participating Asian countries to undertake short-term research (4-6 months), in any field of study, in Australia.
The Endeavour Vocational Education & Training (VET) Awards provide financial support for up to 2.5 years for international students from participating countries to undertake vocational education at a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in any field of study in Australia.
ALA Scholarships are offered to high achievers from the Asia-Pacific region to undertake postgraduate study (Masters or Doctorate) at an Australian university. Study programs must relate to AusAID’s priority areas of disability, economic growth, education, environment, food security, gender, governance, health, human rights, infrastructure, regional stability, rural development and water & sanitation.
ALA Fellowships are for short term study, research and professional attachment programs in Australia delivered by Australian organisations. ALA Fellowships are available across a broad range of fields relevant to Australia’s foreign policy agenda or development outcomes.

Australian Regional Development Scholarships provide opportunities to people from some developing countries in the Pacific to study at selected education institutions outside Australia.

New Zealand

The New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) scheme offers the opportunity to people from selected developing countries to undertake development-related studies in New Zealand. New Zealand -Development Scholarships are offered for full-time, tertiary level study at participating New Zealand education institutions.

Elite athletes scholarship At The University of Brighton

The University of Brighton is committed to the event of sporting excellence amongst its students.
The sports scholarships at University of Brighton theme is meant to assist students develop their full sporting potential by giving the mandatory flexibility and support required to coach and compete at the very best level while achieving a tutorial qualification.

The following are the basic requirements if this scholarship:
  1. You should have reached junior or senior national level of competition or performance and have the potential and dedication to reach world class potential or performance level (or equivalent) in your sport
  2. You should have been accepted on a University of Brighton undergraduate course or be a current undergraduate student of the university

Application Procedure
Please download the application form at:

Submission Deadline
30 June Anually

Website Link

$20,000 Free Tuition Scholarship, USA

This scholarship is sponsored by Zinch and is the closest thing we have found to combining “March Madness” with scholarships. The winners of this scholarship will received up to $20,000.

High school students graduating in 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015, with a minimum 2.0 GPA

How to apply ?

To apply this scholarship please out the online profile at the web link below.

Submission Deadline
January 15, 2013

Website Link

International Scholarship For Master students at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy

Kindly be informed that the application process for the MAHRCM programme 2013 in now open. Please find in the box on the right-hand side menu the two Calls for applications for NON EU candidates and EU candidates. Candidates shall enter their application online using the links provided below. They are strongly advised to fill in all mandatory fields including the one concerning their motivational profile.

  1. The Master Programme offers no. 1 scholarship, covering the full tuition fee, to be automatically awarded to the EU citizen who makes the highest score in the list.
  2. Depending on financial availability, a limited number of scholarships will be made available to citizens of NON-OECD countries who are eligible for release of a visa for Italy.
  3. Eligible applicants shall fill in the appropriate section of the application form.
  4. Applications for financial assistance will receive consideration only in connection with completed applications for admission to the Master of Arts in Human Rights and Conflict Management.
  5. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna reserves the right to determine the amount of each scholarship and the awarding criteria.

Application Procedure
Please find the application link at web link

Submission Deadline
EU applicants- 17 October 2012., Non EU applicants- first round of selection on 2nd July 2012, application deadline on 17th September 2012.

Website Link

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship

Deadline: 15 October 2012
Fellowship: Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C., at the beginning and end of the fellowship period. Fellowship payments are calculated to cover cost of a short-term, furnished rental aprtment, plus “cost of living” for food, local transportation, and other necessities. Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, including Internet access and a NED email account, plus a limited budget for long-distance phone calls and professional travel within the United States.


Named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell (D-Fl.), the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is a federally funded, international exchange program that offers practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world the opportunity to spend five months in residence at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in Washington, D.C., in order to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region. Located within NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, the program provides a rich intellectual setting for educational exchange and professional development.
The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program offers five-month fellowships to practitioners to focus on strategies and best practices for developing democracy in their country of interest; and to scholars to conduct original research for publication. Projects may address the economic, political, social, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development and include a range of methodologies and approaches. While the two tracks share many common elements, they have different eligibility requirements and distinct goals, activities, and products associated with them.
The Practitioner Track
The Reagan-Fascell program was established with the primary purpose of supporting democracy activists, human rights advocates, journalists, and others who work on the frontlines of building democracy in emerging and aspiring democracies. The program provides practitioners with a needed break from their daily routine so that they may reflect on their work, exchange ideas and experiences with counterparts in the United States, and reevaluate techniques for building democracy in their country of origin.
Practitioner fellowships are typically five months in duration and culminate in a report, short article, op-ed, handbook, or another product, as well as a formal presentation of the fellow’s analysis and ideas.
  • Eligibility
Applicants interested in the practitioner track are expected to have substantial practical experience working to promote democracy or human rights in their country of origin or interest. There are no specific degree requirements for the practitioner track. A Ph.D., for instance, is not required of practitioner applicants. While there are also no age limits, applicants on the practitioner track are typically mid-career professionals with several years of professional experience in the field of democracy and human rights. Examples of eligible candidates for the practitioner track include human rights advocates, lawyers, journalists, labor leaders, political party activists, diplomats, professional staff of civic or humanitarian organizations, and other civil society professionals from developing and aspiring democracies.
The Scholarly Track
In recognition of the importance of intellectual contributions to the theory and practice of democracy, the Reagan-Fascell program offers a scholarly track for scholars, professors, and established writers. Applicants for this track may be scholars from emerging and aspiring democracies or accomplished scholars from the United States and other established democracies.
Fellowships on the scholarly track are typically five months in duration. Scholars make at least one public presentation of their work and complete a substantial piece of writing (typically an article or book) for publication.
  • Eligibility
Applicants interested in the scholarly track are expected to possess a doctorate (a Ph.D., or academic equivalent) at the time of application, to have a proven record of publications in their field, and to have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project. Examples of eligible candidates for the scholarly track include college and university professors, researchers, journalists, and other writers from developing and aspiring democracies. Distinguished scholars from the United States or other established democracies are also eligible to apply. Occasionally, a professional who is planning to write a book or other scholarly publication may qualify to apply on the scholarly track.

Eligibility requirements for all apllicants

  • Citizens of any country may apply.
  • Proficiency in the English language.
  • Topics focusing on the political, social, economic, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development
  • Availability for a full-time, residential fellowship at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Fall 2012 (October 1, 2012–February 28, 2013) and/or Spring 2013 (March–July 2013)
English Language Requirement:
A working knowledge of English is a prerequisite for participation in the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program. All application materials must be submitted in English. While fellows’ primary product may be in their native language, they should have a solid command of written and spoken English for general communication purposes.
Individuals Ineligible to Apply:
  • Students seeking scholarships, or other types of financial aid, to defray the cost of their education
  • Ph.D. candidates & postdoctoral scholars seeking funding to pursue doctoral/postdoctoral research
  • Professionals seeking financial assistance to pay for trainings, attend conferences, or pursue internships
  • Individuals without proficiency in the English language
  • Applicants whose projects fail to draw a connection to democracy and human rights
  • Candidates unavailable for a fellowship in Fall 2012 (October 1, 2012–February 28, 2013) or Spring 2013 (March–July 2013)


The application season for fellowships in 2013–2014 will begin on July 15, 2012 and end on October 15, 2012. Applicants are asked to visit the Online Application System during that time in order to submit their fellowship application. First-time users of the online system will be asked to register in order to set up a profile for themselves. Once registration is complete, candidates will receive an email containing their login information to access the online system and begin their application. There are five steps to the online application process. The Online Application System will allow you to begin working on an application, save your progress, and return at a later time to complete the remaining application components. You are advised to save your work at all times. Additionally, please note that while applicants may complete Step 1 (Applicant Information) at any time, they will not be able to proceed to Step 2 until the application season opens on July 15, 2012.
The Official Website

Going to School Online, Is It Right for Everyone?

If you are thinking about going to school online you may want to think twice. Going to school online is a completely different experience than going on campus. We've got a few tips and tricks to help you decide if going to school online is right for you and your education. 

For many, going to school online is ideal because it’s so convenient. You can study when and where you want. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection for most courses. This means you can easily fit your academic obligations around other commitments, like work and family. Also, since you’re able to attend class from home, you won’t have to spend time and money commuting to campus. 

It can be effective for self-disciplined workers who are keen to dig into a task without being slowed by less diligent classmates. It’s a good option for people who are shy to ask question in large groups, as well. Since correspondence with the instructor happens through emails or messaging systems, it’s easy for everyone to ask any questions that may be on their mind. 

Taking classes online has its benefits, but it also has downsides. You should consider the following questions before enrolling in an online class: 

Are you computer literate? In order to do well, you have to be pretty comfortable with computers. While systems are growing to be more user-friendly each year, it would still be daunting for someone with a limited background in computers to jump into online learning. 

Are you self-disciplined? Going to school online is great for its flexibly, but that can also lead to your downfall. Honestly assess yourself as a student. 

Do you have a track record of independent learning, or are you more of a dependent learner? If you’ve been primarily a dependent learner in the past, it could be difficult to adjust to the independent style required for most online courses. 

Are you studying a subject that requires hands-on experience? Some fields require a considerable amount of face-to-face time in order for the student to master the subject, whether it’s spending time in a lab, delivering a presentation to a large audience, or working with patients. If you think you need plenty of practical, hands-on experience to truly learn what your field of interest is about, think twice about online courses. 

Is the institution committed to providing quality online instruction? Some online classes are better than others, and sometimes it can come down to the institution offering them. Research whether the school has upgraded its online learning programs, and whether facility is trained to instruct using it. Well-maintained online classes lead by a well-trained instructor can be very good; poorly-organized programs manned by under-prepared teachers, on the other hand, usually don’t offer the best learning experience. 

Do you think you learn better in a physical classroom? This question is very subjective, but important. Ultimately, you are in control of your education. If you feel that you retain more information and that your overall learning experience is superior when in a physical classroom, stick with classes on campus. Online learning comes with plenty of advantages, but it has its problems, too. When considering online versus offline classes, get the most out of your tuition money by going with what works for your life and your learning style. 

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The Scholarships were established in 2012 and are funded by the Ralph & Eve Seelye Charitable Trust. The main purpose of the Scholarships is to fund  postgraduate level Honours, Masters or Postgraduate Diploma students who have completed their qualifying degrees at another New Zealand University and are now intending to enrol full-time at The University of Auckland.

Up to four Scholarships will be awarded annually, of the value of up to $12,000 for up to one year.

  1. The Scholarships are tenable by students who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.
  2. The basis of selection will be academic merit amongst applicants whose qualifying degree was not obtained from The University of Auckland.

Application Procedure
Please send email to : to obtain application form

Submission Deadline
1 November

Website Link

Selecting the Right Study Abroad Program for You

The day has come: You're ready to tightly pack your suitcase, book that overseas plane ticket, and jet off to a study abroad and have the time of your life. But, wait a minute. Just where are you off to?

Finding the right study abroad program is like tracking down the ideal spouse. The program needs to meet your needs, wants, desires, and hopes. For those of us all too familiar with the dating scene, we know it's difficult to find all of these criteria, but does that mean finding the right degree program is treacherous and nearly impossible? Absolutely not! You just have to know what to look for.
In selecting your study abroad program, there are four criteria you should pay the most attention to: program cost, program location, degree compatibility, and cultural compatibility. Finding the program that meets your needs in these four categories will help you decide where you belong. And whether it's Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Mexico – you name it – there is a program out there that is right for you. Just consider these specific points when you're selecting your destination.
Program Cost
Your favorite program may not be the most affordable, but that doesn't mean you can't somehow make it work. Peruse scholarships for days if you have to, because the number of scholarships that go unapplied for is rather astounding. You may not think you will receive a specific one, but it's still worth the shot, especially if it's from a small organization or charity. And don't think you have to be a star athlete or honor roll student to receive one. In fact, a recent study shows that for every fifteen scholarships you apply for, you're likely to receive one of those, so just keep applying!
Program Location
Where would you like to go? Consider this main point when searching through your options. Is there a place you've always wanted to visit? Did you go on a trip with your family one time and remember having a blast? Study the history, population, and attractions of various countries and cities to see what appeals to you most. Also, talk to people who have traveled to the area you're considering and see what their feedback is. It's easy to think something looks desirable reading through promotional websites and brochures, but find out what a friend or acquaintance thought about the place.
Degree Compatibility
The last thing you want to do is throw your degree off track in your study abroad program. Sure, going to Brazil for Rio Carnival may sound exciting, but are you going to meet some of your degree requirements by doing so? Here's a tip: choose your five favorite degree programs then compare which ones are moving you along most thoroughly to graduation. If you find that your top pick only meets one or two of your required classes, it's probably best to move along to option two or three.
Cultural Compatibility
This point is probably the most overlooked. When visiting a foreign country there is an inevitable period of adjustment. But, does that mean you should try to find a place that is somewhat compatible with you? Of course not! Here's a tip: Try writing out a list of qualities about yourself, such as languages you speak, your sense of direction, the type of cuisine you like, etc., and compare that list to the characteristics of the destination you are considering. Knowing what characteristics sum you up as a human being will aid you in knowing where you fit in best.
When starting your study-abroad search, don't be tricked into thinking that you're going to drown in options and confusion. It's a lot of work to choose the perfect study abroad program, but pacing yourself and considering these four main points will help you decide where you belong.
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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Master Grant and Scholarship at University of Lausanne, Switzerland

To facilitate access to Master’s degrees by students with qualifications from foreign universities, the University of Lausanne makes accessible around 10 Master’s grants that are awarded on a competitive basis.Candidates should opt for a Master's programme from among those offered by the University of Lausanne, except the Master of drugs, Master of Arts in Public Management and Policy, Master of Arts in Sciences and Practices of Education.

The amount of the grant is CHF one,600.- per month from fifteen September to fifteen July, for a period not exceeding the regulation minimum amount of the programme (according to the programme, one-and-a-half years or 2 years subject to deduction for paid placements or exempt semesters, if any). Abandonment of the programme ends up in suspension of the grant.

  • The candidate should be the holder of a degree from a remote university.
  • The qualification held by the candidate should be deemed cherish the University of Lausanne Bachelor’s degree.

Application Procedure
Applications must be submitted to the Office for socio-cultural affairs

Submission Deadline
15 December 2012

Website Link

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ Summer School

Deadline: 23 June 2012
Open to:
Students and representatives or members of youth organizations and movements notably partners to the Alliance
04 – 12 August 2012, University of Coimbra, Portugal


For the third time the Alliance is organizing, in cooperation with other partners, its Summer School, to be held from 04 to 12 August 2012 at the University of Coimbra and in Braga (PORTUGAL).
The aim of this Summer School is to bring together young people (from 18 to 30 years old) from various regions and different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, academic and professional profiles, walks of life and interests.
During the course participants will acquire knowledge and tools to strengthen their ability to communicate across difference, interact with the “Other” and look at diversity as an asset for cross-fertilization and inter-cultural exchange from which mutual trust, better understanding and an innovative mindset can emerge and proliferate.

The course will also provide an excellent space for strategic networking and finding partners; this dimension will be most strongly encouraged by the team of trainers as well as for intercultural dialogue and intercultural learning.
The week-long course will gather close to 100 participants. It is designed using a process of mutual learning, being the participants’ experiences the starting point of the training-learning process. Active participation and in-depth reflection are key methodologies used in the course. Participants will compare their approaches to youth work, youth participation and youth role in our increasingly diverse societies as agents of change, engaging in the preparation of concrete projects to be carried out once back home.
This Course is an opportunity given to youth leaders to share, better understand and integrate the objectives settled by the Alliance of Civilizations at the international level and better contribute to their achievement. Some of these objectives help enable youth to take an active part in implementing the Alliance’s goals and objectives at the national and regional level and be further equipped to participate in cooperation projects:

1. Promoting the empowerment of youth by strengthening intercultural skills and competences
2. Strengthening young people’s capacity to get involved in the preparation and implementation of cooperative action across divides
3. Facilitate moments of encounter and exchange between young people
4. Developing a network of participants in the Alliance summer schools


The participants in this course are mainly students and representatives or members of youth organizations and movements notably partners to the Alliance. The course is open for nationals or residents in member States of the Group of Friends of Alliance and for members of its partner organizations.
Participants are invited to submit their candidatures and youth organizations are invited to propose candidates for this course. The selection will be carried out by the Alliance of Civilizations in cooperation with its partners.
Geographical, cultural and gender balance will be ensured in the selection process of the participants, as well as the balance between the type and/or nature of organizations. Priority will be given to organizations partners to the Alliance.
Concerning participants and their profile:

  • should be a key multiplier playing an active role within a youth organization, network or service at local, national or regional level, and plan to continue this work in the near future;
  • seeking gender balance;
  • diverse social, cultural and geographical background (including disadvantaged and minority groups);
  • aged between 18 and 30;
  • have already some qualification or experience in terms of international youth work and project work;
  • be committed to attend the full duration of the course and to develop a project as a follow up to the Alliance Summer School that is likely to be supported by a youth organisation or service;
  • be able to present the context of their work, their way of tackling problems, the challenges they meet and identify;
  • be able to work and communicate in English.


The 2012 Summer School will be hosted by the University of COIMBRA (Portugal- between 4 – 12 august 2012. Furthermore it will comprise an extension to “Braga EYC 2012 – European Youth Capital” for the celebration of the International Youth Day.
The European Youth Capital (EYC) is an annual title awarded by the European Youth Forum to a European city. During this year, the city will have the opportunity to display all sorts of cultural developments, and also social, political and economic affairs related to young people.

The course will have a participation fee of 250 euros covering tuition, accommodation, meals and visits included in the programme.
A number of grants to support travel, accommodation and tuition expenses of participants are available. Priority will be given to participants showing a solid past civic engagement and presenting a project to be developed as a follow up to the Summer School that clearly supports the Alliance’s objectives aimed at increasing exchanges or mutual understanding and collaboration between people of different cultural and religious backgrounds.


Those fulfilling the criteria and interested to participate should send the enclosed application form to and by 23 June 2012.
The application form is available at UNAOC summer school- application forms June 2012.doc
The Official Website

Internship at The European Youth Forum (YFJ)

The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is recruiting an intern for 6 months, starting in early July 2012, in the Communications Team within the Secretary-General’s Office of the organisation. The internship is based at the European Youth Forum secretariat in Brussels.

The successful candidate will work in close coordination with the Communications Team and the Policy Development and Advocacy Department. The European Youth Forum believes in quality on-the-job learning opportunities and this internship is in line with the European Charter for Quality Internships and Apprenticeships (

The European Youth Forum is the representative Platform of 97 National Youth Councils and International Non Governmental Youth Organisations from across Europe and works for the benefit of all young people in Europe.

• Policy Monitoring:
- support the monitoring of the institutional development of youth policy already done within the European Youth Forum, according to its strategic priorities: Education, Participation, and Youth Mainstreaming, Human Rights, Youth Work Development, Employment and Social Affairs.
- The monitoring will be done through the screening of institutional communication channels (EU institutions, Council of Europe, United Nations) and major European media.
• Communication:
- Drafting of a periodical public bulletin, the European 'Youth Policy Watch’, which includes the results of the institutional monitoring. Writing articles and news items for the publications of the Youth Forum.
- Social media monitoring.

- Academic background in political science, social sciences, journalism, communication, law or equivalent. - Interest in youth policy and knowledge of some basis of the European and global landscape of youth policy.
- Available for six months, full-time, starting in July 2012.
- The selected candidate will preferably be at her/his first internship experience or not have more than one previous internship experience outside of studies.

- Drafting and editing skills for texts targeting external audiences;
- Able to research, collate, analyse and summarise information;
- Policy analysis skills;
- Capacity to work with people from different social and cultural backgrounds;
- Excellent written and oral skills in English, and preferably in French;
- Computer literate (European Youth Forum uses Mac OS and Open Source softwares);
- knowledge of graphic software is a plus.

• An interesting and challenging period of work experience in a major Brussels-based NGO, with the opportunity to gain specific knowledge on communication and advocacy related to youth policy, education, social affairs, sustainable development, etc.
• An internship regulated under the conditions of the Belgium internship contract called “Convention d’immersion professionnelle” and in line with the European Charter for Quality Internships and Apprenticeships (
• An internship with a compensation of 1.563,80 euro/month gross paid under the European Youth Forum Collective Bargaining Agreement.
• Coverage of public transport travel costs within the Brussels region.

Interviews will take place in the end of June 2012 in Brussels. Please note that due to the high number of applications received for European Youth Forum vacancies, only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted.
Reception of applications sent by email will be acknowledged.

A CV and an application letter should be sent to the Secretary General, Giuseppe Porcaro, to  by the 15 June 2012 (12:00 CET).
When submitting your application, please include “COMMS-0434-11” in the email subject heading.

Applications are also accepted by post:
120 rue Joseph II B-1000 Brussels,
or fax +32 2 230 1 23.
All applications must be completed in either English or French.

Heinrich Boll Scholarships in Germany for International Students

Brief description:
The Heinrich Böll Foundation awards scholarships to international students/non-EU nationals who wish to pursue a Masters or PhD Degree in Germany.
Host Institution(s):
State or state-recognized institution of higher education (university, college or equivalent) in Germany
Field(s) of study:
The scholarships are awarded for all subjects. Having in the past awarded scholarships mainly to students of the humanities, social sciences, art, and culture, the Foundation is now, in addition, particularly interested in students of economics, law, engineering, science, mathematics, and journalism.
Number of Scholarships:
The Heinrich Böll Foundation awards around 950 scholarships a year divided among Germans and international students. About 5/6 of them go to undergraduates and graduates and 1/6 to PhD students.
Target group:
The scholarship program allots scholarships to both international students and Germans. The foundation especially supports young people from countries in the South as well as from Eastern Europe. The foundation also especially supports young women in those subjects where, to date, they have been under-represented.
Scholarship value/inclusions:
€750 per month for Masters students and €1000 per month for PhD students.
The following general requirements apply to international student/non-EU applicants who wish to study in Germany:
•  You must be enrolled at a state-recognized university or college (e.g. Fachhochschule) in Germany at the time the scholarship payments begin.
•  You should provide proof that you have already graduated with an initial professional qualification. This programme mainly supports students aiming for a Masters degree.
•  You need a good knowledge of German, and we kindly ask you to provide proof of your proficiency. Please note that the selection workshop (interviews, group discussions) will normally be in German. Exceptions (interview in English) are, however, possible.
•  Unfortunately, the current guidelines specify that the Foundation can not support foreign scholarship holders for stays abroad in third countries for more than four weeks.
The following requirements apply to all German and non-German students wishing to pursue a Masters degree or post-graduate studies:
• You should definitely apply for a scholarship before the start of your studies, in order to ensure long-term support and cooperation.
• The Heinrich Böll Foundation cannot award you a scholarship, if you are studying for a one-year Masters degree and were not previously supported by the foundation.
Tuition fees for fee-paying courses in Germany cannot be financed by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
The following requirements apply to international PhD-students from outside the EU:
•  Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent and must have been accepted as a doctoral student by a German institution of higher education.
Application instructions:
Applications must be made in German language. Application deadlines are normally twice a year: 1 March and 1 September. It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for details on how to apply for this scholarship.

Radboud Scholarship Programme in English 2013/2014, Netherlands

Deadline: 1 March, 2013
Open to:
talented prospective non-EEA students
not specified


The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue a complete English-taught Master’s degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen (of one or two whole years). The Radboud Scholarship Programme is very selective and is only intended for talented students who have obtained outstanding study results and are highly motivated to pursue a Master’s degree programme at Radboud University.


Candidates who want to become eligible for a Radboud Scholarship must meet the requirements for eligibility. This means that applicants should:
1. hold a non-EU/EEA passport and should not already be eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee.
2. have been fully admitted to the English-taught Master’s degree programme by the Student Affairs Office as stated in the formal letter of admission on behalf of the Executive Board.
3. be able to comply with the conditions for obtaining a visa for the Netherlands.
4. have been enrolled at Radboud University as a full-time student for the academic year and Master’s degree programme for which the scholarship will be awarded


Each year 20 Radboud Scholarships are awarded to selected talented non-EEA students for the duration of a Master’s degree programme. This means that the duration of the scholarship can vary: a one-year scholarship for a one-year programme and a two-year scholarship for a two-year programme.
The scholarship is not an amount of money that you will receive on your bank account but consists of a partial tuition waiver. The tuition fee will be waived to the level of an EEA student. Example: a grant holder in 2012/2013 pays a tuition fee of only  € 1,771,  instead of € 9,100, € 10,200 or € 16,450. In addition the Radboud Scholarship also covers costs such as for visa, residence permit,  health insurance and liability insurance.
In case of a two-year programme: to qualify for the grant during the second year, you need to have passed all courses in the first year.


You apply for a Radboud Scholarship by indicating on your Master’s application form for admission that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. The application for  admission and the application for the scholarship is fully integrated, there is no separate procedure for the scholarship.
Also your payment of the handling fee must has been received before this deadline. If the information is incomplete or the handling fee has not been received on this date, the application will automatically be rejected.
The Selection Committee of the Radboud Scholarship Programme will select the grant holders, based on a first nomination of the respective master’s programmes. You will be informed about the final decision with respect to your application for a Radboud Scholarship before 1 June 2013.

Documents required for Radboud Scholarship:
All the documents required for the application for admission are required to be eligible for a Radboud Scholarship.
These include:

  • Indicate on your Master’s application form that you wish to be eligible for a Radboud Scholarship
  • Letter of motivation for the Master’s degree programme
  • Legally certified translations in English of your diplomas and transcripts by an officially recognised translator
In addition we need two letters of recommendation and a curriculum vitae.
For more information go here.
The deadline for submitting your RSP-application, including all the required documents, is 1 March 2013.
For more information about the scholarship programme, contact the International Office on
Do not use this e-mail address for the application.

The Official Website

Internship at The European Cultural Foundation

Closing date:
4 months, 0.6 FTE
Start date:
1 September 2012

The European Cultural Foundation is an independent organisation which helps the arts contribute to a strong, united and diverse Europe built on shared cultural values. We have a special commitment to the new generation of Europeans and to the European Neighbourhood. Many of our activities are geared towards bringing out the creativity in young people of all backgrounds and towards empowering cultural actors of change. ECF is both a grant-making and operational foundation.

Within ECF’s Youth and Media Programme and its core partnership scheme called Doc Next Network (, we are looking for an intern to assist at various levels of the programme activities, mainly for the assisting of a collaboration project with the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) in November 2012. The internship will provide work experience within an international organisation relevant to the candidate’s education.

Tasks Production & logistics
- Assist in the production tasks for Doc Next at IDFA, which contains a third edition of a collaboration entailing the screening of Doc Next videos; exchange of knowledge; participation in panels; organization of special meetings etc
- The programme of the collaboration will be developed throughout the period of the internship by the Programme Manager and the producer, in cooperation with the international partners of Doc Next Network and with the support of the rest of the Youth & Media team (projects officer, communications officer).

Specific tasks for the intern will include:
o Preparing pre-selections by the partners of Doc Next films with descriptions, media links to the Vimeo collection, adjusted formats
o (Online) research contributing to the address lists for communication purposes o Support in the production process in the weeks before and during the IDFA festival

- All tasks will require close cooperation with the freelance producer for IDFA and online editor of, as well as the Communications department, all under the responsibility of the Youth and Media Team.

Attending Y&M team meetings and ECF staff meetings.
Research Conduct and present a mapping of Dutch organizations (cultural) working with young people (15-30) and media, with a focus on those organisations that work in documentary (transmedia / video / film / audio / photography).
In carrying out the above mentioned tasks we expect that the intern will gain valuable experience and understanding of the intricacies of running a philanthropic programme, as well as production tasks regarding strategic partnerships (IDFA – Doc Next Network / ECF).

 Third year in Media / Journalism / Media-design Studies (the applicant must be a registered student throughout the entire course of the internship);
 Affinity with culture and arts,
 Knowledge of new / social and DIY media;
 Strong interest in European development- understanding and knowledge of the history and geography of the European continent and the implications for young people in Europe (esp. Spain, Turkey, UK, Poland and the Netherlands);
 Fluent in Dutch and English (any of the other languages Spanish, Polish or Turkish is preferable but not required per se);
 Hands-on attitude and pro-active approach;
 Quick with media software, social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, other). The intern must have a valid work permit for the Netherlands (according to Dutch Labour Law)

The intern will receive a fee/reimbursement of costs amounting to 375 Euros gross per month, based on 4 days (30 hours) a week, from which the internship provider will pay the social security premiums, wage tax and national insurance contributions that are due.
The ECF strives to be an equal opportunities employer and to see that the make-up of its staff is diverse and representative of society.
The ECF welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds.

How to apply
Application in English and via email only must include a motivation letter, detailed CV and a support letter from your Study Programme Coordinator / your College or University.
Please send this to Gill Wijnhoven, HR Officer  with this form

25 June 2012.