USA: International Fellowship Program in Forestry and Natural Resources

International Fellowship Program in Forestry and Natural Resources, USA

Looking for a fresh perspective on forestry?
Come experience the beauty of the famous forested landscape of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Make connections with the region’s forest sector and learn the trends impacting this industry and community. This land has always been a landscape in constant motion. It is also where the shifting currents of globalization, trade, environmental concerns and land stewardship clash, producing many of forestry’s iconic images: old-growth forests, spotted owls, spectacular fires, economic boom and bust cycles, forest fragmentation, and the new sustainability ethic. Come learn how these factors have impacted the people who depend on the forestry sector, and hear their stories of struggle, adaptation and survival. Because in spite of everything, Oregon is still America’s timber basket.

The WFI Fellowship brings professionals in natural resources–such as foresters, environmental educators, land managers, NGO practioners and researchers–to conduct a practical research project at the World Forestry Center. In addition to their specific projects, Fellows participate in weekly field trips, interviews and site visits to Northwest forestry organizations, parks, universities, public and private timberlands, trade associations, mills, and corporations. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable forestry from the Pacific Northwest forestry sector, and to work with colleagues from around the world. Fellowships are open to any country, and there is a matching grant from the Harry A. Merlo Foundation. Over 75 Fellows from 24 countries have participated to date.
WFI International Fellowship Program - Term: 6-12 months - Applications accepted year-round.
Fellowship benefits include:
  • Opportunity to develop the contacts and skills necessary to advance your professional career
  • Conducting a project on a forestry or related natural resource topic of your choice
  • Visits and field tours to public and private forestry organizations
  • Working with forestry colleagues from around the world
  • The Harry A. Merlo Foundation provides a matching grant that covers 50% of the Fellowship fee (applicants are responsible for the other 50% plus additional visa and travel costs)
  • Monthly stipend ~ $1000/month (net taxes)
  • Public transportation pass provided
Why Portland, Oregon?
  • Portland is a green, livable city of 1.8 million
  • Half of the state is forestland
  • Oregon is the largest producer of forest products among the 50 US states
  • The Pacific Northwest is abundant with natural beauty and outdoor recreation: Portland is only one hour from mountains, beaches, forests, and desert
For details, including application instructions, please visit this link OR contact Program Manager, Chandalin Bennett, cbennett[ at ]
Australian applicants should also contact the Gottstein Trust:
WFI is a program of the World Forestry Center, which also operates a museum, event facilities, educational programs and demonstration tree farms. The World Forestry Center is an educational 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, Oregon 97221

Spain: Postdoctoral Positions in Wireless Communications, University of Vigo

Postdoctoral Positions in Wireless Communications, University of Vigo, Spain

The Signal Processing in Communications Group (GPSC, ), affiliated with the Department of Signal Theory and Communications at University of Vigo, Spain, invites applications for one postdoctoral position in the field of wireless communications. The selected candidates will join GPSC to investigate fundamentals and algorithm design/evaluation for communication and sensor networks. Areas of particular interest include:
- Sensor networks
- Cognitive Radio
- Compressed Sensing

GPSC is formed by 6 faculty members from the University of Vigo as well as several MSc and PhD students, and participates in several research projects funded by the European Commission and the Spanish Government. Among these, the recently launched COMONSENS project ( integrates investigators from 10 different top research institutions in Spain. GPSC members also actively collaborate with the Galician R&D Center in Advanced Telecommunications (GRADIANT, ) in diverse contracts with ICT companies.
Thus, the selected candidates will enjoy unique opportunities to participate in exciting research projects with both industry and academia.
Desirable background
  • A Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering is required; PhD obtained before January 1, 2007
  • Knowledge and experience in sensor networks, cognitive radio and/or compressed sensing
  • Good verbal and written skills in English are required
  • Strong publications in international conferences and journals in the area of communications
  • Postdoctoral experience in a recognized group with expertise in the field is a plus
  • Experience in the organization, management and training of technical staff/students is a plus
  • Communication, computing and interpersonal skills are important
  • Capacity to work both independently and within a team
Contract conditions
The initial appointment will be for one year, with annual renewal dependent on funding and performance. Expected start date is January 2010. Successful applicants will be offered a -36,000 € yearly gross salary depending on qualifications, as well as health benefits.
Interested candidates may apply to Prof. Nuria González Prelcic (nuria[ at ] Applications should include electronic copies of the following:
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae. (*Please include your e-mail address and a recent picture.)
  • A cover letter addressing the specified job qualifications.
  • A letter of recommendation by a senior Professor/Researcher.
  • A copy of the publication deemed as best representative of the candidate’s creative
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by November 1, 2009.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Contact: Nuria González Prelcic
Departamento de Teoría de la Señal y Comunicaciones
ETSET. University of Vigo
36310 Vigo. Spain
Phone: +34 986 818656, e-mail: nuria[ at ]

Canada: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Solar Cell Modelling, McMaster University

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Solar Cell Modelling, McMaster University, Canada

Description of the position
The candidate is expected to have existing expertise in inorganic (i.e. Silicon or III-V) semiconductor device design, in particular with photovoltaic and/or photonic devices. The candidate will be designing advanced (ultra-high efficiency) solar cells via modelling of the device structure, fabrication process and anticipated device performance. The ability to customize commercial software packages from a fundamental knowledge will be considered an asset. The candidate is expected to have strong individual expertise and be willing to work in an interdisciplinary team setting, including supervision of graduate and undergraduate students.

Additional details and requirements
  • Starting date: on or about January 4, 2010.
  • Location: McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Candidates must have a degree from a doctoral program in Physics, Electrical Engineering or Engineering Physics (or the equivalent) from an accredited university, with demonstrable research accomplishments.
  • The doctoral degree must be completed by the time of the anticipated start date.
  • Candidates who are more than 5 years out of their PhD are not eligible.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not held a previous postdoctoral position.
  • Good oral and written communication skills (in English) are required.
  • Positions will have the typical structure of an initial 1 year appointment with renewal after review for a 2nd year.
  • McMaster is committed to Employment Equity and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities.
  • All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
Application process
  • Provide a cover letter, current CV and at least 2 references that we may contact about your recent work.
  • Describe your credentials and experience with respect to this project and state your available start date.
  • Submissions by email only to: lwilson[ at ]
  • Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of their doctoral degree and be willing to sign confidentiality agreements (provision for publications in a timely manner is protected).

Belgium: Doctoral Candidates at the Doctoral School Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Leuven

Doctoral Candidates at the Doctoral School Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Leuven, Belgium

The Doctoral School Humanities and Social Sciences of the Catholic University Leuven (Belgium) currently has 18 openings for doctoral candidates from developing countries. The projects are situated in the domain of Philosophy, Law, Criminology, Social Sciences and Business Economics. Selected candidates will receive financing for max. 4 years, in which they will complete their doctoral dissertation.

Application deadline: 30 November 2009
Information: please check the website: or send email to doctschool[ at ]

[USA] USC East Asian Studies Center

USC East Asian Studies Center
Global East Asia Program
Three Global East Asia (EASC 360) study abroad courses will be offered during summer 2010 in China, Japan, and Korea. Students who are accepted and complete all course requirements will receive 4 units of upper-division USC credit.
Course Benefits
Students accepted into the program will have all major travel-related expenses paid for by the East Asian Studies Center, including roundtrip international airfare from LAX, basic lodging and meals, and local transportation and entrance fees related to the course while abroad. Note: the 4 units of USC tuition and associated fees will not be covered by the program.

USC undergraduates from any school or major may apply for the Global East Asia program. The ideal candidate will have a solid academic background and will demonstrate a level of maturity appropriate for participation in a study abroad program. Prior multi-cultural experience will also be considered in the application process. At the time of application, students must:

  • Have successfully completed (or be in the process of completing) TWO language and/or area studies courses related to the country of study.
    Fall 2009 China Courses
    Fall 2009 Japan Courses
    Fall 2009 Korea Courses
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    Once accepted into the Global East Asia program, students must register for the summer study abroad course for which they applied and pay the 4 units of tuition and associated fees. The course must be taken for a letter grade.
Upon return, students fulfill the program’s outreach requirement by using their experiences abroad to create materials for publication on one of USC’s East Asia online magazines.
Application Procedures
If interested in applying for the Global East Asia program, please fill out the APPLICATION and include the following materials:
Personal Statement
Please explain your interest in the selected program, discuss your personal and/
or academic experience related to East Asia; no more than 2 double-spaced pages.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Letters should address your academic potential, personal maturity and motivation.
USC Transcript/STARS Report
Should include Fall 2009 semester grades; unofficial copy accepted.
All application materials should be dropped off in person or mailed to:
USC East Asian Studies Center
College House (CLH) 101
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0127

For questions regarding the Global East Asia program, please contact the East Asian Studies Center at, call (213) 740-2991, or visit our office in CLH 101.
The deadline to apply is Friday, February 12th, 2010.

[Japan] UNESCO Japan Scholarships’ Programme 2010 For Developing Countries Students

UNESCO Japan Scholarships’ Programme 2010 For Developing Countries Students
UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi (Japan) Co-Sponsored Research Fellowships and Scholarships’ Programme: 2010 Cycle – With a view to keeping alive and honouring the spirit of former Prime Minister Obuchi and his belief in “people building the next era”, 20 fellowships and scholarships per year, for the ninth year, will be awarded to deserving candidates from UNESCO developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs), who are eager to undertake research based on scholarships’ aid on one or more of the topics listed below. The aim of the fellowships and scholarships’ aid is to support innovative and imaginative post-graduate research in the areas of development to which former Prime Minister Obuchi was committed and which coincide with areas of particular interest to UNESCO.
(Deadline for the submission of scholarships’ applications: 8 January 2010.Please see the announcement letter of the programme which is available in:English, French, Spanish and Arabic)

Mr Keizo Obuchi, former Prime Minister of Japan, passed away on 14 May 2000 at the age of 62. Soft-spoken and charismatic, he was known as a man of integrity, honesty and modesty. He built a reputation as an exemplary official and was a particularly adept negotiator. A member of Japan’s Diet (Parliament) for over thirty years, he served as Japan’s Foreign Minister in 1997 until he was elected Prime Minister in July 1998. Mr Obuchi was known in the international arena for his commitment to development issues and his resolve to put Japan at the forefront of countries involved in consolidating the efforts of the international community to further progress in the social and economic development of humankind.
The UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships and scholarships’ Programme funded under a Japan Funds-in-Trust project will aim, in particular, to impact on capacity-building and research activities in the following areas which were of particular importance to Mr Keizo Obuchi: 1. Environment (with particular attention to Water Sciences); 2. Intercultural Dialogue; 3. Information and Communication Technologies; and 4. Peaceful conflict resolution. No other research topics will be considered.
Applicants for these scholarships, a maximum of TWO from each applying National Commission, must meet the following general criteria:

  • Candidates under this Scholarships’ Programme must be post-graduate researchers, already holding either an M.A. or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) and wishing to pursue research work abroad (preferably in their own region) with a view to enhancing knowledge in one of the four specific fields mentioned in paragraph D.1 below. Thus, those who are in the process of completing their Master’s degree must have completed it PRIOR to taking up their Fellowship.
  • Scholarships’ Candidates must be persons of high intellectual promise who may be expected to make significant contributions to their country on return.
  • Candidates must be no more than 40 years of age. Thus, applicants born before 1 January 1970 will not be considered under the Programme.
  • The selected Fellow must carry out the research under the auspices of an academic supervisor in a host institution. Confirmation of acceptance from the academic supervisor is imperative.
  • Priority attention will be given to:
    • Women
    • Candidates from least developed countries (LDCs)
    • Palestinian researchers
  • Candidates of scholarships’ recipients must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study/research.
  • Applicants must be in good health, both physically and mentally.
  • Domains of research(a list of Suggested Sub-themes for research is provided in the announcement letter):
    • Environment (with particular emphasis on to Water Sciences);
    • Intercultural Dialogue;
    • Information and Communication Technologies;
    • Peaceful Conflicts Resolution.
  • Duration of proposed research:
    • minimum: 3 months
    • maximum: 9 months
  • Closing date for receipt of applications: 8 January 2010
  • Possible date of commencing research: Anytime from September 2010
  • Deadline for termination of research: December 2011
  • Place of study: 1 or 2 countries abroad
It should be understood that upon termination of the Fellowship, the beneficiary must agree to return to his/her home country so that knowledge acquired may be put to good use in local research and training programmes.
Study arrangements:
Research must be carried out under the auspices of an academic supervisor in a host institution
For more information regarding these scholarships and college loan, please visit:
UNESCO Scholarships and college loan

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