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Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship


Date: 09/08/2010 Location: New York City Description: Fall/Winter 2010 UNESCO-Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship Recipients met with Mrs. Bush and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on September 8, 2010 during events celebrating International Literacy Day at the United Nations in New York. Pictured from left to right are Melina Schoppa, Donglin ''Lynn'' Yi, Mrs. Laura W. Bush, Colton Kennedy, and Director-General Bokova. © UN ImageThe fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO - using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy.

Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

By-laws for the Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship program are available here and here.

In order to apply for the Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship, applicants:

Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel
Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application
Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States
Only complete applications received by the application deadline will be considered. A subcommittee of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, which shall include a personal representative of Mrs. Laura W. Bush, will conduct an initial review of the applications, conduct phone interviews as needed, and provide recommendations to the entire Commission about which candidates are the most qualified to receive the Fellowship. The number of recipients and exact amount of money awarded will depend on the quality of applications and the funds available. The average fellowship award amount is $2,500.

Evaluation Criteria

Originality and feasibility of proposal
Quality of essay
Apparent dedication to bridging nations, enlarging freedoms, and promoting democrady through one or more of UNESCO's fields of competence
Performance during interview, if applicable
The Application Package
All material must be submitted electronically as a single file (.doc or .pdf where the filename is the first and last name of the applicant) to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Executive Secretariat ( by 5:00 pm EST on the application deadline.

The application packet should include:

1) Completed application coversheet (form DS-7646)

2) One page summary of project, including items that help provide a concise, clear understanding of the proposal, such as:

- Goals/objectives/outcomes
- Timeline
- Budget, funding, and plan for supplementary funding should it be needed to complete objectives (including letters of support or commitment, if relevant)
- Methodology for monitoring/evaluating success, potential impact and sustainability
- Action plan/ideas for follow-on activities
- Any relevant resources or photos

3) Essay (up to 500 words, double spaced) explaining your interest in being considered for the award and how your proposed project reflects or is related to both UNESCO's mandate and U.S. interests in promoting peace by sharing advances in education, science, culture, and communications.

4) Current resume

5) One letter of recommendation (from an academic source or another of the applicant's choosing)

Questions regarding the application process or receipt of applications can be directed to or by calling 202-663-0026.

Call for Paper Presentors: Understanding Today's Middle East: Peoples And Places Of The Arab Spring April 12


BCARS' Graduate Student Conference:
Understanding Today's Middle East: Peoples And Places Of The Arab Spring April 12, 2014 - Northeastern University, Boston
Call for Papers

The Arab World has witnessed historic transformations since December 2010 through the so-called "Arab Spring" or "Arab Awakenings." Some revolutions have led to democracy-building projects. Some have given way to counter-revolutionary forces, and others have experienced stalemate and tragedy, even civil war. In many cases, the economic underpinnings of political discontent continue to decline, and the roles of Islamists vary across both time and space. Women and youth continue to be vital in social and cultural mobilization and meaning-making, while the new media serve simultaneously as a place for elucidation and contestation.

BCARS' First Graduate Student Conference, Understanding Today's Middle East: Peoples and Places of the Arab Spring, aims to illuminate the important and evolving impacts of the Arab Spring on today's Middle East by exploring the following questions: Why did the "Arab Spring" or "Uprisings" happen where and when they did? Why did revolts and revolutions affect certain Arab states, leave others alone, and come and go in still others? What external actors are "meddling" in the internal affairs of various Arab states and why? In the seeming cacophony of the "Arab Street," whose voices are being drowned out?

Proposals for paper presentations are invited for the First BCARS' conference at Northeastern University in Boston on April 12, 2014. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discussion. We encourage faculty and students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations. We especially seek proposals that address issues of the

Arab Spring and its aftermath through one of the following categories:

Theme 1: Historical Context and Underlying Causes of the Arab Spring

Theme 2: Outcomes and Impacts in the Region and Beyond

Theme 3: Religion, Politics, and Society

Theme 4: Women, Youth, and Minorities
Theme 5: Social Media, Art, and Literary Representations

To apply, send a 250-350 word abstract by Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 to In your submission, be sure to include your name and institutional affiliation, discipline of study, current educational status, faculty advisor (for graduate student submissions), and the conference theme in which your paper best fits. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 1 with further paper submission details. Full papers are due April 1, 2014.

Final papers will be peer-reviewed and a small selection published on the BCARS' website.

A Carnegie Corporation Project, the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS), seeks to provide an international forum through which Arab region scholars from Boston and Arab institutions will meet and work collaboratively to advance research, build community, and mentor the next generation of scholars, as well as amplify and mainstream Arab region scholarship, increasing public knowledge and, eventually, informing public policy, both in the United States and in the Arab region, illuminating and supporting those developments in the Arab Awakening that promote social justice, peace, and democracy. Any questions can be directed

Manatt Democracy Fellowship, a $5,000 award and 4-6 week research residency: Deadline March 1

On behalf of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) I wanted to let you know we are now accepting applications for the Manatt Democracy Fellowship, a $5,000 award and 4-6 week research residency here at IFES-- an international non-profit based in Washington D.C. with expertise in international democracy assistance.

We've had some great Manatt Fellows in previous years. After completing the fellowship many graduate students have continued to with us as consultants or with other international democracy organizations. I would really appreciate it if you could help us spread the word about the fellowship among students and faculty in your department.

Some of the details are as follow:
This year our application deadline is March 1, 2014.
The timing of the residency at IFES is flexible-- Depending on students' schedules they can choose to carry it out anytime between April 1 and December 1, 2014.

Please let all interested parties know they can find the application and read more about the fellowship here. Additionally, they may contact me directly if they have additional questions by emailing me at or calling me at 202-350-6742.

Please also note that we only offer the fellowship to graduate students at universities in the American Midwest (these states include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Min­nesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota or Wisconsin). Our reason for a regional focus is that the founder of the fellowship, the late Charles T. Manatt--a native Iowan and former Ambassador to the Dominican Republic-- aimed to encourage graduate students from the Midwest to become more involved in international democracy assistance work. Speaking from my own experiences at IFES, I definitely feel we need talent that is more geographically representative of the United States.

Feel free to personally contact me if you have any questions about the fellowship or process. I am also attaching a Manatt Democracy Fellowship Flyer 2014.pdf for the fellowship for you to circulate, if interested.

Warm regards,

Volunteer positions IAHV Peacebuilding

Volunteer positions IAHV Peacebuilding

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

The mission of the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) is to contribute towards a sustainable and inclusive peace by promoting and supporting the development of human values in individuals and societies on a global scale.

IAHV is an international volunteer-based organization with branches in about 20 countries.

IAHV UK is currently recruiting self-driven volunteers for two of its programs which are among the most innovative and promising in their fields:

- IAHV Peacebuilding ( : aims to increase the impact of international peacebuilding efforts by working effectively with the hearts, minds and attitudes of people in conflict zones and as such lays the psycho-social foundation for sustainable peace.

- Prison SMART UK/Europe ( : unique rehabilitation program for prisoners that aims to break the cycle of violence in society by effectively changing the minds, attitudes and behavior of prisoners. Benefited 250.000+ prisoners and staff in 50+ countries.

Current volunteer positions:

Communications Support Manager
PR & Fundraising Support Manager

Detailed descriptions and application link:
Last date: 10th Feb 2014

All application documents must be in English. Short-listed candidates may be asked to submit a writing sample. Successful applicants would receive relevant induction.

More volunteer positions will be announced in the near future.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Dr. Katrien Hertog
Director IAHV Peacebuilding
Project Manager Prison SMART UK
tel: 44.7405 638 795

Shailen Mittal
Project Support Manager IAHV UK
tel: 44.7827 331 342

Call for Applications, Central European Summer University, Hungary (some scholarships available)

Call for Applications, Central European Summer University, Hungary (some scholarships available)

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Welcome to Summer University (SUN), a very special postgraduate study-abroad program within Central European University (CEU).

for more info see

CEU is a graduate-level research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, public policy, and management. Located in Budapest, CEU is accredited in both the United States and Hungary. Its mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies worldwide.

While CEU's summer program is relatively young, it has evolved dynamically, emerging over the past 16 years as one of the most important programs for young social-science and humanities scholars in the region and beyond. SUN is highly international, with students from over 90 countries and faculty members from over 30 countries. With students from more than 100 countries overall, CEU offers a rare university environment in which no single nationality predominates and both academic and social activities involve a richly dense cross-section of nationalities.

SUN is a meeting place for academics and professionals eager to look beyond their disciplinary boundaries. Students are exposed to an immense diversity of countries, disciplines, and perspectives, and have the opportunity to discuss issues openly in an atmosphere of tolerance and intellectual curiosity.
While most of our participants are PhD students, we attract many others as well. These include postdoctoral fellows, junior researchers and other junior faculty; plus representatives of national and international organizations and ministries.

SUN faculty teams consist of CEU professors and leading scholars and experts from universities worldwide. Our instructors work collaboratively with students on a variety of complex social and scientific themes, applying both traditional and nontraditional methods.

Research-Intensive courses

Applied Philosophy: Issues, Method, and Nature

7 July - 18 July, 2014
The course will examine two sets of questions. Some sessions will focus on various topics in applied philosophy. These will include some of the more well-known issues, e.g. abortion, punishment, neuroethics, population ethics, animal ethics, civil disobedience, ethics of war, and euthanasia, as well as some less well known topics in applied philosophy, e.g. applied epistemology. Other sessions will focus on the meta-question.
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Comparative Regionalisms: Changing Forms of Governance in Asia, Afr...

23 June - 3 July, 2014
The course fosters new approaches to the study of regionalisms in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Building on, but seeking to go beyond the European experience the course examines the rise of regions after World War II and the resurgence of the idea in and from the 1980s. It considers the different interpretations, values and expectations assigned to 'region', from regional free trade agreements to security communities to supra-national integrative projects.
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Constitution-building in Africa

30 June - 11 July, 2014
History has seen several waves of constitution-building in the 20th century with an unparalleled boom starting in the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin wall. And while experts recently announced the end of this boom in new constitutions after the Cold War, the world is witnessing another wave of constitution-building, this time predominately in Africa. This burst of activity has given rise to a range of new ideas about the nature and purpose of constitutions and constitution-making, constitutional solutions to contemporary problems, and the proper role of international actors.
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Luminosus Limes: Geographical, Ethnic, Social and Cultural Frontier...

7 July - 12 July, 2014
What is a frontier? Does it serve to separate or to link countries, peoples, classes, ideas? Frontiers have become increasingly significant in the study of Late Antiquity, the fastest growing historical discipline, as scholars recognized the fundamental importance of shifting barriers in the process of transformation that led from the classical to the post-classical world. People living in the Roman world between the second and the sixth century tore down many walls demarcating cultures, religions, ethnicities.
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Moral Epistemology

17 July - 25 July, 2014
Both in philosophy and in everyday life, ethical questions often seem to be particularly difficult to answer: one's confidence in the truth of one's own position is often matched by the equal confidence of others with conflicting opinions. In many cases, we eventually seem to have to rely on certain basic intuitions on which we must base our ethical views. But could such basic intuitions be justified, and could we ever resolve disagreements about them?

In this course, we will examine important issues related to these themes.
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Morality: Evolutionary Origins and Cognitive Mechanisms

23 June - 30 June, 2014
What makes humans moral beings? This question can be understood either as a proximate "how" question or as an ultimate "why" question. The "how" question, which is about the mental and social mechanisms that produce moral judgments has been investigated by psychologists and social scientists.
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Social Theory and Romany Studies

30 June - 6 July, 2014
This eight-day-long summer school is aimed at training graduate students and junior researchers at the outset of their careers to become the next generation of teachers and researchers within the broad field of Romany studies. It will contribute directly to building local and regional Roma Research Networks, aiming to use synergies and complementarities between European countries to raise the quality of research and policy preparation.
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Policy and Training courses

Advocacy, Activism and the Internet: Communication Policy for Socia...

6 July - 12 July, 2014
This intensive summer course is designed to help both researchers, activists and policy advocates gain new insights into the role civil society can play in advocating for a free and open internet. Through the course, participants will also learn digital tools for mobilizing and organizing constituencies and for enhancing their own online security and privacy, as well as that of activists and journalists.

The course will be organized with thematic sessions in the mornings and afternoon hands-on trainings and Internet Policy Lab.
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Bridging Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the ...

7 July - 11 July, 2014
Though the latest outbreak in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) made tons of environmental data and technologies affordable and easily available for wide scientific and managerial communities, utilizing this great potential is still hindered by a number of factors.
Bridging ICTs and Environment - Making Information Talk and Technol...
Bridging ICTs and Environment - Spatial Planning and Environmental ...
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Drug Policy and Human Rights

14 July - 23 July, 2014
This course aims to explore the often tense intersection between drug policy and human rights. Taking place within the broader context of the UN drug control system, discussion will focus on the identification and understanding of relevant international human rights agreements and on the evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementation of drug policies in many countries and regions.
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Green Industry: Pathways Towards the Industry of the Future

23 June - 4 July, 2014
Trends in resource use and energy consumption indicate that current forms of industrial production are not sustainable in the long term. Many industrial production systems continue to be inefficient and wasteful and thereby threaten to overwhelm the assimilative capacity of our planet. In order to reverse these developments, industries need to radically improve their energy efficiency, reduce their resource consumption and curb the release of harmful by-products.

This calls for the development of new approaches towards industrial development.
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Innovative Financing for Education: Arguments, Options and Implicat...

14 July - 18 July, 2014
The summer school on Innovative Financing for Education will introduce participants to the complex political economy of financing for education. With the funding gap for achieving global targets for education estimated at $26 billion per year, the dynamic between commitment to education for all and reduced financial space from traditional sources needs to be appreciated before moving to any discussion of financing issues specifically.
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Leadership and Management for Integrity

6 July - 11 July, 2014

Raising integrity standards is increasingly recognised as an effective tool to foster development and strengthen legitimate democratic governance. This course, held for the tenth year, meets a need for critical and strategic approaches to successfully reform institutions to improve levels of governance and integrity.
LMI - SME's and Social Enterprises - Doing Business with Integrity ...
LMI - Integrity Education: Raising Integrity Standards in Higher Ed...
LMI - Integrity Building to Close the Loop: Exploring the Challenge...
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Mediation Theory and Skills

23 June - 27 June, 2014
This intensive one-week course facilitates the exchange of ideas and cooperative projects among mediation scholars, practitioners, trainers, and students in the East and West. In addition to offering an introduction to mediation, the program provides a teaching and training template for mediation training for scholars and practitioners from around the world to adapt for use in their home countries.
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Social Science Research Methods (ONLINE courses with an OPTIONAL FA...

10 May - 26 June, 2014
This Summer School builds on the outstanding methodological expertise available at CEU (departments of International Relations, Political Science, and Public Policy). The summer school offers a portfolio of courses, under the common rubric of 'social science research methods', which would be available either online or in a blended format (online module + face-to-face short course in Budapest). Application is encouraged from all over the world.
SSRM - Case Study Research Methods
SSRM - Set-Theoretic Methods for the Social Sciences: Qualitative C...
SSRM - Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)
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Strategic Human Rights Litigation

21 July - 25 July, 2014
Human rights litigation is one of the methods by which civil society organizations can bring about social change. This course for human rights professionals will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change. Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.
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The tuition fees are listed below by courses. Take advantage of the reduced Early Bird Fee due by April 30, 2014 (see details below for course-specific rates). Please note that no early bird rates apply to the Social Science Research Methods and the Bridging Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Environment courses.


550 / 500

Comparative Regionalisms
Constitution-building in Africa
Drug Policy and Human Rights
Green Industry: Pathways Towards the Industry of the Future
Mental Disability Law
300 / 270

Advocacy, Activism and the Internet: Communication Policy for Social Change
Luminosus Limes
Mediation Theory and Skills
Morality: Evolutionary Origins and Cognitive Mechanisms
Moral Epistemology
Social Theory and Romany Studies
Strategic Human Rights Litigation
250 / no early bird rate available for this course

Bridging ICTs - Making Information Talk
Bridging ICTs - Spatial Planninng
600 / no early bird rate available for this course

Social Science Research Methods (online only)
1000 / no early bird rate available for this course

Social Science Research Methods (online and 3-day face-to-face course in Budapest)
1200 / 1080 (If you are an academic (graduate student, faculty or researcher) or employed by a local non-profit organisation, you are eligible to pay a reduced fee of 800 EUR/720 EUR Early Bird fee)

SME and Social Enterprises - Doing Business with Integrity in Emerging Markets
Mainstreaming Integrity - Exploring the challenges and opportunities for institutionalising and mainstreaming integrity
Integrity Education: Teaching Integrity and Improving the Integrity of Higher Education
NA / NA (Due to their special funding scheme, the course below does not charge a tuition fee.)

Innovative Financing for Quality Education


The general principles for financial aid are summarized below; please visit the course web pages to see the course-specific financial aid policy which may be different.

Eligibility and guidelines for financial aid

Participants from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, as well as those coming from emerging countries worldwide can apply for financial aid in all categories listed above.
Participants from developed countries are expected to pay tuition fee. However, there are a limited number of tuition waivers available on a competitive basis. Those who wish to apply for a tuition waiver should submit a cover letter specifying their reasons via the online application form.
Participants are NOT eligible to receive financial aid if they attended two CEU funded Summer University courses within a four-year period.
Financial Aid Packages

Financial aid is available in the following categories:

tuition waiver
accommodation grant
travel grant (full or partial)
All packages include the following:

tuition of 24 contact hours per week
a certificate of attendance
ECTS credit points where applicable
access to course E-learning page (with readings, assignments, etc.)
access to CEU facilities (Library, IT services, and, if you are housed in CEU's Residence Center a sports centre including the use of the indoor swimming pool, tennis courts)
some social and cultural events (welcome and farewell reception, outings, fieldtrips, film screenings, etc.)
Package Types

Tuition Waiver
Financial aid: tuition fee waived
Participant's contribution: health insurance, travel, accommodation and living expenses
Partial SUN Scholarship
Financial aid: tuition fee waived and free accommodation in a double room
Participant's contribution: health insurance, travel and living expenses
Full SUN Scholarship
Financial aid: tuition fee waived; free accommodation in a double room and a full or partial travel grant.
Participant's contribution: health insurance and living expenses.
The Full SUN Scholarship includes a full or partial travel grant which can be applied for on a competitive basis and will be available in a limited number. Visa costs and short domestic trips are not reimbursed. The citizens of the following countries are not eligible to apply for a travel grant: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the western part of Ukraine and qualify therefore for a Partial SUN Scholarship.

Professor Zelizer's Guide to Social Entrepreneurship and Peacebuilding

Guide to Social Entrepreneurship and Peacebuilding

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Dear Colleagues

Greetings. In recent years there has been a virtual explosion in the field of social entrepreneurship. According to Ashoka, one of the pioneering organizations in the field, Social entrepreneurs are, "..individuals with innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change." (see

While there is some confusion of the term social entrepreneur (as there is with the term peacebuilding), in general I define the term as individuals and organization who are using innovative tools and processes to facilitate wide-scale social change in diverse social sectors. One of the critical factors in defining who is and isn't a social entrepreneur is the idea of scaling up change to affect larger systems and dynamics. Thus, if someone is developing an innovative idea in a community and having success in reducing conflict, or improving public health or education, scaling up might be taking the process or ideas/national or at least expanding to other sectors of the country.

Social entrepreneurs are also committed change makers and seek to effect change and generate the resources to do so through innovative means. Many peacebuilders working to reduce conflict, change systems and change power relations can fit the category of social entrepreneurs and vice-versa.

A number of people also equate the concept of social entrepreneurship with the idea of applying business type principles to social change or non-profits. That is to maximize impact, efficiency and developing strong tools of measurement and accountability.

Peacebuilders and individuals working in similar fields can learn a great deal from the field of social entrepreneurship and vice-versa. Some of the questions/themes we might want to consider as peacebuilders include:

Scaling up - How can the work that is being done be scaled up to have an impact at a larger level? How can this be done in a culturally appropriate and ethical manner?

Innovation - Are the tools that peacebuilders innovative? Are we doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results? Or are we seeking ways of innovating and learning from other innovative practices around the world?

Sustainability - There is extensive discussion of the importance of sustainability in peacebuilding. However in reality many projects are efforts may not be as sustainable as possible? Oneof the questions here is peacebuilding a business? A calling? Do peacebuilders have the right to earn a decent living? What happens as the field becomes professionalized?

I don't want to insinuate that peacebuilding should be done as a business (although I think it is critically important to be aware as the field has professionalized it is becoming a business for diverse sectors), but do want to encourage people to reflect on the possible lessons from social entrepreneurship (and also the challenges).

Here are some of the key organizations in social entreprenuership (many of which also operate at the intersection of peacebuilding).

ASHOKA - is the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs--men and women with system changing solutions for the world's most urgent social problems. One of their core activities is electing fellows (innovative social entrepreneurs) from around the world. Ashoka also maintains the Changemakers site, which is an Internet-based site that hosts competitions on innovative social entrepreneur solutions to critical social and policy issues.

SKOLL FOUNDATION -drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world's most pressing problems. One of their projects is the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship which provides funding (including organizations working on peace and conflict). The foundation also mantains the site Social Edge , which has extensive information on social entrepreneur opportunities

ECHOING GREEN - Each year, the organization awards 20 two-year fellowships to social entrepreneurs. Fellows receive up to $90,000 in seed funding and technical support to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable social change organizations.

ACUMEN FUND Supports entrepreneurial approaches to solving global poverty by providing a blueprint for building financially sustainable and scalable organizations that deliver affordable, critical goods and services to the poor.

THE NEW HEROES - WHAT IS SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP - A useful site from the Public Broadcasting Service
exploring some key individuals and organizations in the field.

GLOBAL GIVING provides an open, thriving marketplace that connects people who have community and world-changing ideas with people who can support them.

What are Other Useful Resources you would Suggest?

Call for Applications: Applied Conflict Transformation Course

Call for Applications: Applied Conflict Transformation Course

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Applied Conflict Transformation Course

ACTION for Conflict Transformation is a global network of individual practitioners and organisations working for global peace using a conflict transformation approach. The Africa Regional Hub is the ACTION Support Centre. Through its Skills and Strategies for Change programme, aims to be a resource for African wisdom with the hope that it will assist organisations and individuals to respond effectively to the deep-rooted social conflicts across the continent. It connects people working for peace and development, human and people's rights and social transformation in Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone countries throughout Africa, and in countries experiencing violence that are connected to the conflict systems on the continent.

The ACTION Support Centre is conducting a course on Applied Conflict Transformation from 5th of May - 9th of May 2014 in Johannesburg.

The course was designed by a team of conflict and development specialists and aims to enhance and support the work of practitioners and policy makers affected by conflict and escalating tension. The workshop approach to learning uses a fine balance of pedagogical methods that include analysis from specialist resource people, input on critical conflict issues facing the continent, conceptual frameworks, detailed case studies and creative participatory exercises.

Following the success of the previous Applied Conflict Transformation Course in October 2013, the programme has been reworked to incorporate some of the suggestions made by the dynamic team of participants.

A full selection of comments received from past ACT course participants is available on our website:

"I feel a new sense of passion to continue contributing to the transformation of conflict. The networking connections made between the groups are exciting as well - there is so much potential for positive change and I want to become more involved." ACT Course 2012

"I came here to learn a set of skills and strategies. Not only has the course surpassed my expectations in this regard I will also leave with a deeper understanding of my passions and where I can make my contribution in this world." ACT Course 2013

Using examples from across the continent, the course has been designed specifically for people who want to focus on conflict in Africa and connect this focus to the global context. Most of our courses also include participnats from contexts outsdie of Africa, who are able to adapt the learnings, and add their contributions to perspectives that asist in making the lessons from the course globally relevant.

The course includes a set of analytical skills and strategies for analysing and engaging with conflict, as well as a focus on insights derived from new forms of resistance and change and their implications for Africa and beyond. The workshop includes field visits to the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill with specialist resource people coming in to give presentations on relevant issues designed in response to the expressed needs of participnats during the application and selection process.

Participants should bring to the course case studies and examples of conflict transformation from their own experience and research. Throughout the course there is a strong focus on the need for individuals and organisations to form learning networks, and coalitions and alliances with others working in similar fields. Another important element focuses on the self, encouraging personal reflection and development. Participants who complete the training will receive the acclaimed Applied Conflict Transformation certificate.

The final programme will be developed in line with the specific needs and interests of selected participants.

Participants from Francophone and Lusophone countries are encouraged to apply. While the course is conducted in English, translation and interpretation will ensure full participation of all groups. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

If you have special needs that you fear may affect your participation, inform the ACTION Support Centre. Every effort will be made to accommodate these needs.

The application deadline is 15 February 2014.

For more information about the course and the application form please contact:
Richard Smith: or Charity Mungweme:

Tel: +27 11 482 2453

For more about ACTION for Conflict Transformation, refer to

Job: Mexico Country Coordinator

Job: Mexico Country Coordinator

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Post Description

Job Title: Mexico Country Coordinator

Basic Purpose:

Under the overall authority and direct supervision of the Founder and President of the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (International Institute for Peace Foundation), the incumbent will lead operational, programmatic and strategic efforts in Tijuana, Mexico.

Major Activities:

Contribute to the development and delivery of trainings and workshops in youth empowerment and conflict resolution (including mediation and dialogue facilitation), and ensure that trainings/workshops are executed in a culturally-sensitive manner in Tijuana
Supervise Program Assistants and assign tasks to meet program deadlines, scheduled training dates, and overall goals
Monitor youths in the implementation of their action plans
Manage the distribution of microloans and oversee the impact of the microloans to ensure that recipients have the tools and mentorship necessary to fulfill their respective business/community development goals
Assist in the creation and assessment of program evaluation instruments
Make recommendations to improve programmatic components including, but not limited to, workshops/training modules, ICT materials, micro-finance projects, and overall communications among stakeholders and participants
Interview and recruit youth from a diverse backgrounds to participate in the program, and build a rapport with youth selected to participate in the program
Assist the Foundation in the organization and overall coordination of the work of the Foundation in Mexico by stimulating appropriate cooperation with governmental entities, private sector and other regional, national and local partners and donors and ensuring appropriate follow-up
Manage the security of all employees and youths, and devise and execute a crisis plan in case of security problems
Other tasks as requested by the Founder / Chairman
Identify gender disparities and design interventions for solving these disparities
Conduct data analysis and prepare project work plans, budgets, and regular reports to Headquarters

Required Knowledge and Skills

University degree from an accredited academic institution in conflict resolution, peace-building, Economics, or a related field and 7 years of field experience OR substantial coursework and understanding of conflict prevention, management and resolution processes and peace-building and 10 years of field work
Experience working in a diplomatic post is preferred but not required
Professional experience in program development, implementation and evaluation
Substantial knowledge and experience in refugee/migration issues as well as methods to address the needs of refugees/migrants affected by conflict
Proven track record of promoting community development and monitoring the impacts of microloans in conjunction with community-based groups
Substantial experience in curriculum-implementation through trainings and workshops to youth and/or community groups affected by conflict
Good level of computer literacy
Ability to handle multiple tasks at once and meet deadlines, while also providing leadership to others
Ability to be adapt to cultural nuances among the Program Partners and among program participants
Ensure logistical support for operations and the creation of detailed monthly logistics budget reports
Professional proficiency in English and Spanish, with the ability to draft and produce reports in both languages
To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter as soon as possible to:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Job Vacancy: Research Fellow, European Leadership Network, London

Job Vacancy: Research Fellow, European Leadership Network, London

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Research Fellow

Job title: Research Fellow

Recruiter: European Leadership Network (ELN)

Closing date: Monday 17th February 2014

Salary range: £24,000 - £30,000 per annum, depending on skills on experience + 6% pension contribution

Preferred start date: As soon as possible

Location: Central London

Duration: Full time contract

Job Description

As Research Fellow you would be responsible for contributing to the ELN's policy, research and events agenda. Main duties cover the following:

Conducting research and analysis related to the core themes in the ELN agenda.
Drafting briefing papers on these and other issues to a high publishable standard to inform ELN seminars and policy audiences.
Regularly publishing comment pieces on the ELN website and in other prominent outlets.
Contribute to drafting speeches and presentations for the ELN Director and members of the network.
Briefing journalists on issues related to the ELN agenda.
Helping to identify possible sources of research and event funding and sponsorship.
Contributing to drafting of grant funding applications.
Helping to organise and manage events, conferences and overseas high level delegation visits.
Commissioning external authors to write for the ELN website on foreign affairs, defence and security issues and on other themes related to the work of the ELN.
Helping to update the ELN website and associated social network sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Monitoring international news and events relevant to the organisation's strategic projects.
Representing the ELN at conferences and meetings.

Applicant Requirements

Essential Requirements:

Postgraduate degree in relevant subject.
Excellent oral and written English.
Experience of publishing on related areas.
Experience of fundraising to support policy and research work.
Experience of organising high level events.
Experience of public speaking and delivering presentations to policy audiences at seminars or conferences.
Experience of dealing with the press.

Preferred Requirements:

Knowledge of second European language preferable.
Knowledge of nuclear issues is preferred but the successful applicant need not be an expert.

How to Apply

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter of why you would like to be considered for the position and detailing how you meet the selection criteria to Shatabhisha Shetty at
For more information on the European Leadership Network please visit our website at
Please note that, due to the large number of applications we receive, we are not able to acknowledge receipt of all applications and only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Job: Senior Program Officer, Syria, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.

Job: Senior Program Officer, Syria, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Cross-posted from USIP:

Careers At United States Institute of Peace

Senior Program Officer, Syria

Middle East & Africa
Requisition ID:
Employment Status:
FTT - Full-Time Term
FLSA Status:
City, State and/or Region
Washington, DC
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THE ORGANIZATION The United States Institute of Peace is an independent quasi-federal institution established and funded by the U.S. Congress to:

Prevent and resolve violent international conflict;
Promote post-conflict stability and development;
Increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital.
The Institute accomplishes its mission through direct engagement in peacebuilding efforts around the world, and by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources.

The Senior Program Officer, Syria, will design, manage, and implement Syria-related program strategy, including field-based programs, public outreach, and issue analysis, as part of USIP's Middle East and Africa team. The Senior Program Officer will report to the Syria team lead, and to the Vice President for Middle East and Africa programs. The position requires international travel from USIP's Washington, D.C. headquarters to support the implementation of program activities, including the Institute's ongoing partnership with The Day After association.


Strategy Development and Execution

Design country strategy for the field, requiring the knowledge, experience, language, and interpersonal skills to understand the conflict area and conflict dynamics, make effective use of appropriate intervention strategies and tools, and support assessments and evaluations of project outcomes.
Organize, facilitate, and chair conferences, workshops, and study groups, requiring relevant experience in the design and implementation of such activities.
Write policy reports, articles, and other analytic publications as appropriate. Provide technical assistance and analysis to policy makers, government practitioners, non-government organizations, and regional and international partners. These duties require the educational background, country and/or regional experience, writing skills, track-record of publication, and analytic capacity to generate high quality publications in a timely fashion.
Design and participate in on-the-ground projects overseas, requiring relevant experience with conflict-affected communities, local and international implementing organizations, and donors.
Serve as a USIP representative, including in the field with government officials, international organizations, civil society organizations, public events and the media and in various coordination forums, requiring strong public speaking and presentation skills.
Build and sustain external networks including developing external relationships with potential donors, national & provincial authorities, partners, and stakeholders to secure a high level of support forSyria programs among relevant agencies, groups, and individuals. This responsibility requires demonstrated experience in the development and maintenance of diverse stakeholder networks, as well as knowledge and experience of funding practices and priorities of relevant US Government agencies.
Maintain a good knowledge of key developments in the sectors and in the countries relevant to USIP, requiring a demonstrated capacity to master regional, thematic, and programmatic trends of relevance toSyria, the Middle East, and USIP's priorities in the region.

The applicant must have the following skills/experience:

10 years' experience managing Syria and/or Middle East related and/or conflict management programs.
Graduate degree in a relevant field.
Working proficiency in Arabic.
Experience with field program management and implementing programs in conflict zones.
Ability to work independently in a complex environment; and strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Strong analytic, public speaking, and writing skills.
A track record of successful fundraising experiences with US Government agencies.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals of countries listed in a U.S. Collective Defense Arrangement per the Department of State. To see a list of those countries, go to

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of: 1. Cover letter 2. Resume

If a link does not appear on your screen to "Complete your Application", please go to to submit your cover letter and resume.

If you are having problems submitting your online application, please email support(at) This email is for technical difficulties only.

For questions about this position please email Cheryl Saferstein at csaferstein(at) . Please do not send resumes or attachments to this email address. Due to the high volume of applicants, please note that only those candidates that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Prof. Zelizer's Top Resources for Finding Scholarships/Fellowships in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

Top Resources for Finding Scholarships/Fellowships in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Dear Colleagues,

There are countless opportunities for individuals seeking to pursue academic study at all levels to obtain financial support from private foundations, directly from academic institutions and from various governmental and intergovernmental agencies. In addition, there are a number of fellowships that provide funding for independent research/internships/language study as part of (or after completing) an academic program. As part of developing increased field experience and opportunities, outside funding can be a wonderful opportunity to support work. It is not always easy to obtain a fellowship, as there can be significant competition for a limited number of fellowships. This guide is divided into four parts. The first is general suggestions how to obtain funding, the second is how to develop/write a successful funding application, the third is key funding/scholarship resources and the fourth is a list of key funding institutions.


Direct Funding from the University - A number of competitive universities at the BA (sometimes) MA (more often) level will offer partial (and occasionally full scholarships) directly to the most competitive students and especially at the Ph.D. level.
Outside Scholarships - See the resources on the this page for outside funding for academic (mostly graduate) study. There are many, many resources available to students depending on the location of study. The Ford International Fellowship is great (only open to citizens of certain countries), the Rotary World MA Peace Fellows (open to all, for study at six select universities. Applicants need to be over 25 and have at least a few years work experience in the peace/development field).
Government Agencies - Often select government agencies do provide funding opportunities. For example the US government provides Fulbright Scholarships and others. The German Government has the DAAD Agency. Check with the embassies of respective countries on their websites in your country or do some general searching.
Friends/Family/Local Businesses - Sometimes through a combination of creative support from friends/family and local business there may be a way to piece together funding. However, investing some time in energy in researching and applying for appropriate opportunities can be invaluable. Below are some suggestions for how to write a successful funding application and information on several leading fellowships and key organizations.



Carefully Read the Funding Requirements and Goals of the Fellowship - This may sound like common sense, but it is critical to carefully read over the details of any funding opportunities. What are the goals of the funder? What are the administrative details (deadline, citizenship restrictions, etc.)? Many people do not take the time to educate themselves and frame their applications using the appropriate language to meet the goals of the funders. Alternatively, they may miss key logistical details that can cause an application to be disqualified.

Frame Your Previous (and future) Experience as Part of a Coherent Narrative - One of the keys to writing a winning application is to demonstrate clearly how your previous academic and professional experience makes you qualified for a particular opportunity. Write a coherent narrative, demonstrating long-standing interest in a particular region, topic, explain how the fellowship will help you develop additional expertise and how this will be useful in the post-fellowship period in your career and for the larger society.

Search out Multiple Fellowship Opportunities - Applying for fellowships can be very competitive. If possible, apply for several different fellowships at the same time. Consider that for many competitions there can be between 5-20 applicants per fellowship. Thus if you can identify various opportunities that are of interest and apply for several this will help increase your chances of having at least one (or more successful applications).

Keep your Essays Focused, Clear and Logical - For most fellowship review processes, a single reviewer may read between 20-50 applications. Thus, it is important that in writing your essays that you provide clear, logical and easy to follow arguments. If it is a research fellowship, explain your research goals, questions, methods of research and intended outcomes. If it is a language fellowship, provide a clear plan of study and demonstrate your commitment to pursuing further language beyond this particular fellowship.

Proofread and Peer Review - One method that can help ensure a quality application is to have your professors and/or colleagues read through the application. Ask if your essays are compelling, to assist with grammatical editing, etc. Sometimes working in peer groups where you might share your initial ideas with colleagues can help in further refining and developing your proposal.

Learn from Rejection - Often applications may not be approved. You can take this a learning opportunity. Some donors will provide you with feedback about why you were not successful and perhaps encourage you to revise and resubmit in future years.

Start Early - Many fellowship applications are due eight-12 months in advance. Thus you need to start research and exploring opportunities with sufficient time.

What are other Suggestions? Please feel free to provide additional suggestions for writing successful scholarship applications?


There are many resources for finding scholarship opportunities and the list below provide some key suggestions.

Consult Your University - Often your academic advisors, study abroad offices and other university divisions can be a wonderful source of information about fellowship opportunities. Also when you're applying to academic institutions for study, inquire about specific funding that may be available if you're admitted.

The Peace and Collaborative Development Site There are hundreds of scholarship and fellowship opportunities posted on this site. You can find these opportunities in the forums on Fellowship Opportunities and also Research. A useful way to identify opportunities is to search by keywords such as fellowship, scholarship, graduate, Ph.D., "Call for Applications", etc.
See the Association of Professionals Schools in International Affairs Guide to Fellowships and Scholarships.
The Alliance for Peacebuilding Member List - Listserv for Alliance for Peacebuilding Members that provides information on many scholarship opportunities around the world at all levels.
The Chronicle of Higher Education - Provides information some advanced (usually post-doc) fellowship opportunities.
Idealist, one of the leading nonprofit career sites has recently developed the Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center. This is a terrific site that has key information for individuals seeking to pursue graduate programs related to social change. The resources includes tips for how to select a program, how to write an effective application, application procedures, identifying funding and more.
H-HET - Website network that provides information on numerous fellowship opportunities related to academia.
American Political Science Association Funding Resources- - Maintains a wonderful list of fellowships and grants for undergraduate, graduate, post-doc and research opportunities.
Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Fellowship - Rotary Centers provide Rotary World Peace Fellows with the opportunity to pursue a master's degree in conflict resolution, peace studies, international relations, and related areas. Each year, up to 60 Rotary World Peace Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis at six Rotary Centers, which operate in partnership with seven leading universities. Applications need to be over 25 years of age and have several years experience.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship - The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others
the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host
Echoing Green's Fellowship Program - Echoing Green awards two-year fellowships to emerging social innovators. Annually, we award fellowships to individuals with innovative ideas for creating new models for tackling seemingly unsolvable social challenges. These fellowships offer them the opportunity to develop and test their ideas.
Ford International Fellowships - The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) was launched by the Ford Foundation in 2000 to provide opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. To ensure that Fellows are drawn from diverse backgrounds, IFP actively seeks candidates from social groups and communities that lack systematic access to higher education. IFP's New York-based secretariat collaborates closely with partner organizations in 22 countries and territories.
Fulbright Fellowships - Offers fellowship for US students and faculty to study and conduct research/teaching abroad and for international students and faculty to pursue opportunities in the US.
United States Institute of Peace Senior and Ph.D. Fellowships - The Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards Senior Fellowships to enable outstanding scholars, policymakers, journalists, and other professionals from around the world to conduct research at the U.S. Institute of Peace on important issues concerning international conflict and peace. Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships (open to Ph.D. students studying in the US). These fellowships are intended to support the research and writing of doctoral dissertations addressing the sources and nature of international conflict and ways of preventing or ending conflict and sustaining peace.
The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund (US) The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.
The Herbert Scoville Jr.Peace Fellowship (US) The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites college graduates (Graduate Student or Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional) to apply for full-time, six to nine-month fellowships in Washington, District of Columbia. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues.
National Security Education Program - The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate) to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). NSEP was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government.
Thomas Pickering Fellowship (Graduate and Undergraduate). The goal of the fellowship Graduate Fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.
Gates Cambridge FellowshipThe Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship established by the Gates Cambridge Trust in order to give students from around the world the opportunity to study at Cambridge in one of three programs: a second Bachelor's degree, one-year postgraduate course leading to a Master's degree, or research and work leading to a Ph.D. (scholars are funded for a period of 1 to 4 years). The Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides University tuition, a stipend for living expenses, and one return airfare.
Chevening Scholarships - are prestigious awards available to international students for post-graduate study in the United Kingdom. They are available in more than 130 countries and around 1000 new Chevening Scholarships are awarded globally each year. Chevening scholarships offer an ideal opportunity for young, high-flying graduates not only to study their chosen subject, but also to meet and network with their peers in the unique learning atmosphere that the UK provides. The ultimate objective is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries.
Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace for Summer Language Study at Middlebury College - The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed supported by the program which include Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian.
Reagan-Fascell Democrcy Fellows Program National Endowment for Democracy, enable democratic practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED's research arm located in Washington, D.C.
Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme -aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong's institutions.


Many of these institutions sponsor and/or administer a number of fellowship opportunities. Therefore spending some time on each organization's website to explore given opportunities can be invaluable.

Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute - Offers a number of fellowship and scholarship opportunities for students and professionals around the world. One new fellowship opportunity started in 2008 is the Open Society Fellowship
International Institute for Education - Offers a number of fellowships for students and non-students. Most notable include Fulbright Fellowships (which are often open to non-students), National Security Education Program for Undergraduates and Graduates (study abroad program), and many others. They also maintain a wonderful site on Scholarships for US and International Students, see
International Research & Exchanges Board - Offers several fellowship opportunities for graduate students and faculty to conduct field research abroad (short-term and long-term)
Social Science Research Council - SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship.
American Council of Learned Societies - CLS offers fellowships and grants in over one dozen programs, for research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
AMIDEAST - Administers a number of private, institutional, and non-U.S. government scholarship programs for students and professionals from the Middle East and North Africa, most of which are for study at U.S. universities.
The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Souther... (OSSREA) is a regional membership-based and donor-supported research and capacity-building organization whose mission is to promote dialogue and interaction between researchers and policy-makers in Eastern and Southern Africa with a view to enhancing the impact of research on policy-making and development planning. Its headquarters is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They offer several research fellowships each year.
The International Institute of Education maintains a useful directory of scholarships for study abroad, IIE Passport. This valuable funding resource allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need. Our comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality.
Alfa Fellowship Program The Alfa Fellowship Program provides a new and exciting opportunity for young professionals from the US to live and work in Russia and to enable them to develop a genuine expertise through individualized professional assignments.
German Academic Exchange Council - DAAD offers a wide range of opportunities to students, scholars, for study and research in Germany
Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) - The NFP are demand-oriented fellowship programmes designed to promote institutional development. The NFP target group consists of mid-career professionals who are in employment. They offer MA, Ph.D. and short-course fellowships for applicants from select countries to study in the Netherlands.
Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Scholarships in Conflict Resolution (only open to EU Citizens) - This Scheme will offer opportunities for suitably qualified women and men to pursue one of the following post-graduate degrees at a recognised higher education institution in Ireland which include MA and Ph.D. Degrees at select institutions that are research based.
Other Suggestions?

Feb 6 Humphrey Dean Schwartz speaking on Managing Global Crises

Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz is presenting, "Managing Global Crises and the Future of Our World: International Governance Challenges in the 21st Century," as part of the College of Continuing Education's Headliners series. The dean's thought-provoking talk is scheduled for this Thursday, February 6, at 7 p.m. on the St. Paul campus. Learn more and register here

Headliners is a monthly presentation hosted by the College of Continuing Education, bringing in pretty high-profile speakers. Here is more:

HHH Chinese community celebrates Year of Horse 2014

Humphrey professor Jason Cao hosted a dinner in celebration of the 2014 Chinese Spring Festival that brought together the School's Chinese students, faculty, alumni, visiting scholars and those Humphrey colleagues who have a strong interest in China, including Dean Eric Schwartz.

Previous Chinese New Year dinners were hosted by Humphrey faculty:

2010 host was Robert Kudrle
2011 host was Fan Yingling
2012 host was Jason Cao
2013 host was Fan Yingling

MURP John Pierce completes 3 week January internship in China

John Pierce in China Jan 2014.webarchiveHHH Prof. Jerry Zhao arranged for first year MURP student John Pierce to undertake a three-week internship with an urban planning agency for a small city (2 million) in northern China during the January break 2014. Students interested in applying for this program should talk to John or Prof. Zhao.

From John:
"Here's a picture of me with a staff member and the translator, checking out the Lotus Garden in Baoding."

Manatt Democracy Fellowship

On behalf of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) I wanted to let you know we are now accepting applications for the Manatt Democracy Fellowship, a $5,000 award and 4-6 week research residency here at IFES-- an international non-profit based in Washington D.C. with expertise in international democracy assistance.

We've had some great Manatt Fellows in previous years. After completing the fellowship many graduate students have continued to with us as consultants or with other international democracy organizations. I would really appreciate it if you could help us spread the word about the fellowship among students and faculty in your department.

Some of the details are as follow:
This year our application deadline is March 1, 2014.
The timing of the residency at IFES is flexible-- Depending on students' schedules they can choose to carry it out anytime between April 1 and December 1, 2014.

Please let all interested parties know they can find the application and read more about the fellowship here. Additionally, they may contact me directly if they have additional questions by emailing me at or calling me at 202-350-6742.

Please also note that we only offer the fellowship to graduate students at universities in the American Midwest (these states include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Min­nesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota or Wisconsin). Our reason for a regional focus is that the founder of the fellowship, the late Charles T. Manatt--a native Iowan and former Ambassador to the Dominican Republic-- aimed to encourage graduate students from the Midwest to become more involved in international democracy assistance work. Speaking from my own experiences at IFES, I definitely feel we need talent that is more geographically representative of the United States.

Feel free to personally contact me if you have any questions about the fellowship or process. I am also attaching a flyer for the fellowship for you to circulate, if interested.


Ayesha Chugh| Research Coordinator |IFES
1850 K Street NW, Fifth Floor | Washington, D.C.
+1 202.350.6742 |
achugh(at) | Skype: ayeshachugh

Feb 6 event at ARC "These Birds Walk"

There is an event in American Refugee Committee that you may be interested to participate in: EXCLUSIVE SCREENING and discussion on February 6 with the movie "These Birds Walk". This is a wonderful opportunity to familiarize with a situation of children in Pakistan and by paying a modest price for ticket make a small contribution.

You can see official trailer here:
and find out details in the text bellow:

We are co-presenting this beautiful and poignant film, set in the heart of Karachi, Pakistan. "These Birds Walk" documents the struggles of wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them in an ethereal and inspirational story of resilience. You're invited to a special evening screening and discussion on Thursday, February 6. Following the film, American Refugee Committee humanitarian worker Michelle Heerey will share how ARC works to protect children in Pakistan and around the world.

WHAT: Film Screening & Discussion; Dessert reception to follow
WHEN: Thursday, February 6, 7:00 PM
WHERE: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
TICKETS: $7 in advance; $9 door. Tickets can be purchased through Intermedia Arts ( ) . You can also purchase tickets by calling 612.871.4444.

Suzana Miljevic
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism

Feb 3 David Knoke speaking to MIRC on "Three Modes of Al-Qaida"

KNOKE_MIRC 3 Feb.pdf

MIRC is pleased to announce that Professor David Knoke from the Sociology Department will present at MIRC on February 3rd. The talk will be held from 1:30 pm to 3 pm in Lippincott (1314).

Professor Knoke's talk is entitled "Three Modes of Al-Qaida." A copy of the paper and the event poster are attached, and an abstract is included below. Please do not cite or circulate the paper without the author's permission.

We hope to see many of you at the talk on Feb. 3!

Three Modes of Al-Qaida
This incomplete draft describes tripartite network methodology, the construction of a dataset, and initial results of an analysis of 25 Al-Qaida operations based on open-source documents that named the participants. Mapping these connections reveals the organization's action structure, and observing how it changed over time offers some insights into the evolution of Al-Qaida's transnational terror network.
This paper is forthcoming in Political Networks, by Dimitris Christopoulos, Mario Diani and David Knoke (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

Knoke - Three Modes of Al-Qaida - MIRC 2014-02-03.pdf

UMN Council of Graduate Students Travel Grants (due March 14)

HHH students have used COGS Travel Grants for overseas professional paper or capstone research and conferences.

Travel Grant Awards
Our Travel grant awards are given on every Fall and Spring semester.

Eligibility for Travel Grants

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) gives awards to Masters and Ph.D. students for travel to conferences and educational programs. This award aims to help students with limited funding to further develop professional skills and contacts.

Conference travel: For travel to present work at a conference with a poster, oral presentation, or other acceptable formats.

Due Date: Applications are due March 14th at 5:00 p.m. for travel that has occurred or will occur from January 21st 2014 - August 31st 2014. Application and associated materials must be submitted electronically to cogs(at) No paper applications will be accepted.

Award winners will be announced by Friday April 18th 2014

Applicant must be a degree-seeking student in a Ph.D. or Master's degree program enrolled in one of COGS constituent units, must in good standing with their department at the time of their application, and must be registered for at least one credit. For a list of constituent units, see the COGS website.

Student must travel a minimal of 1.5 hours and/or stay a minimum of one night at their destination.

Previous COGS travel award winners may apply, but preference will be given to those who have not received a travel award in recent years.

Application Instructions:
Fill out the COGS Travel Grant Application. The application consists of 5 pages, including:
Applicant information
Proposed Budget

University or private company support may include GAPSA assistance, Latino, African American, or any other culture supported travel funds, grants, fellowship, departmental support, or private company supporting research project and educational funds for students.

One-page summary of the activities you expect to participate in, how this relates to your studies, and explanation of why the travel award is needed.
Abstract you submitted to the conference (for conference travel award applications).
Letter from your advisor or DGS confirming your need for travel, participation at the location and amount of University or private company support you will obtain. Letters from your advisor or DGS can be emailed from them directly to, or you can include a scanned copy of the original letter with your application.
You may add additional supporting material as needed.

Refer to the application checklist on page 1 of the application form. Make sure you have included everything. If your application is incomplete, it will not be considered. Once your application is complete (if your advisor letter is not included, please note this in the "advisor letter' section of the application) email the application in one document to cogs(at) Please include "Travel Award" in the subject line of your email.

REMEMBER: Applications are due by 5pm on March, 14th, 2014.

Reimbursement Instructions:
After you travel you will submit a travel expense report and copies of all pertinent receipts. COGS will reimburse you up to your awarded amount upon receipt.
If your travel has already occurred and you are applying for a reimbursement, please use the "Proposed Budget" area of the application to show your actual expenses.

UMN fund for faculty & students exchanges & projects in E. Europe

Alexander Dubcek Fund
The Alexander Dubcek Fund supports academic exchange between the University of Minnesota and the countries of Eastern Europe. The fund is named in honor of Alexander Dubcek, a Slovak politician and leader of Czechoslovakia in the late 1960s, and was established after he visited the University in the early 1990s. The GPS Alliance invites proposals from University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students that will support the general goals of the fund.

Funding Categories:

Institutional Linkages: University of Minnesota faculty and staff may apply to support a departmental or collegiate linkage with an institution in Eastern Europe. Up to $3,000 is available to support travel and living expenses for participants on either side of the exchange.

U of M Faculty and Staff: University of Minnesota faculty and academic staff may apply to support their individual research or academic activities in Eastern Europe. Up to $2,000 is available to support travel and living expenses.

Visiting Scholars: University of Minnesota faculty may apply to support the visit of a colleague from Eastern Europe. Up to $3,000 is available to support travel and living expenses. Visitors must reside in Minnesota for at least one month and contribute to the department by teaching, research, or other joint collaborative activities.

U of M Students: Individual U of M students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) may apply to undertake a study abroad program, internship, or research project in a country of Eastern Europe. Up to $2,000 is available for this purpose.

Visiting Eastern European Students: U of M faculty or staff may apply on behalf of students from Eastern Europe (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) who wish to undertake short-term studies or research in the United States and are not part of an institutional exchange. Up to $2,000 is available for this purpose.
Note: The Alexander Dubcek Funds have been expended for 2013. Funds will be available in 2014.

Eligible Countries

For the purposes of the Alexander Dubcek Fund, Eastern Europe includes the countries established by the Institute of International Education (IIE):

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

Note: The GPS Alliance especially encourages proposals that support activities to further linkages with the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Proposal Process

Proposals should include a proposal cover page, along with a 1- to 3-page proposal and other supporting documents. See proposal cover page for more details.
Student applicants must also submit a letter from their adviser along with the adviser recommendation cover sheet.
About Alexander Dubcek

Alexander Dubcek was a Slovak politician and leader of Czechoslovakia in the late 1960s, famous for his attempt to reform the Communist regime and promote "socialism with a human face." Because of this deviation from the traditional Soviet tenets and his promotion of the "Prague Spring" he was expelled from the party in 1970. Almost 20 years later as part of the Velvet Revolution, he was unanimously elected chairman of the Federal Assembly. For most of his life, Dubcek was considered a "Czechoslovakist" supporting the union of Bohemia and Moravia with Slovakia into a single state. Dubcek died at age 70 on November 7, 1992, as a result of injuries from a car crash.