Chateaubriand Fellowships 2010/11-Humanities/Social Sciences Ph.D Candidates-French Ministry of Foreign Affairs-France

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers The Chateaubriand Fellowships to Candidates pursuing a Ph.D. in the Humanities or Social Sciences for the academic year 2010/11 in France

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers Chateaubriand Scholarships for research in France on French literature, cinema, the humanities, the arts, history, philosophy, political sciences. It also offers scholarships for research in science and technology to conduct research in a French laboratory.
Fellowship Details:
  • Allowances of about €1300 a month, plus a “book allowance” of about €300
  • A round-trip ticket to France
  • A health insurance while in France
  • 30 days of per diem for travel in France for research purposes.

  1. Candidates must be pursuing a Ph.D. in the Humanities or Social Sciences
  2. Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens but must be enrolled in an American university*
  3. Candidates must obtain a letter of invitation from a French university, a Grande Ecole or a research institution before applying
  4. No particular level of French is required, though most students need a certain level in order to conduct their research.

Application Process:
Application must include the following socuments:
  1. necessity to be in France for an extended period of time
  2. quality and originality of proposed research project
  3. choice of an appropriate French professor for the candidate’s research proposal
  4. letters of recommendation
  5. letter of invitation
  6. curriculum vitae, list of publications, and academic transcripts.

Application Deadline:
December 15th, 2009

The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program 2010-American Undergraduate Students-Pasteur Institut-Paris

The Pasteur Foundation offers The American Undergraduate Summer Internships Program for the year 2010 to Undergraduate Students in Paris

As a result of the fame that accompanied Louis Pasteur’s discovery of a treatment for rabies in 1886, scientists sought Pasteur for training. Soon thereafter, in June 1887, the Institut Pasteur was established. Following in this tradition, the Pasteur Foundation created a summer internship program for American undergraduates who wish to pursue a scientific career.


Applicants must 1) be undergraduates with an excellent academic record and a strong interest in biosciences and biomedical research (prior lab experience is highly recommended); 2) have completed three full years (six semesters) of college course work by the time the internship commences; and 3) not have received an undergraduate degree at the time of application. Knowledge of French or desire to learn it is advisable. This program is open to U.S. citizens only.

Internship Details:
During the internships, interns will carry out research supervised by a lab mentor. Applicants should be eager to engage with a different culture, and self-sufficient enough to arrange travel and secure housing in Paris. Depending on availability, affordable housing in a residence on campus may be possible. Interns will receive a living allowance of $400 per week for a maximum of $4,000. Travel/housing are not paid by this program, but a $300 subsidy is provided and intended to defray costs of travel and requisite insurance.

Application Process:
  1. Two Teacher/Lab Mentor Recommendations must be sent directly to the Pasteur Foundation and be postmarked by Friday, December 11, 2009. No exceptions.
  2. Complete applications are due and must be received at the Pasteur Foundation by: Friday, December 18, 2009.
  3. Application packets must contain a cover sheet with your name and the names of your two evaluators with their emails, one id-size photo paperclipped to cover. Cover sheet should be followed by six (6) sets of the documents listed below and no additional materials are to be included.
  4. Each set should be collated in the order below and not bound in any way.

Application Form:

Please visit

Application Deadline:

December 18, 2009


The Pasteur Foundation offers the Postdoctoral Fellowships to US Postdoctoral Researchers for the year 2010/11 at Pasteur Institute laboratories in Paris

The Pasteur Foundation offers the Postdoctoral Fellowships to  US Postdoctoral Researchers for the year 2010/11 at Pasteur Institute laboratories in Paris

Thanks to the generosity of our U.S. donors, and in particular with the pace-setting support of the Florence Gould Foundation, the Pasteur Foundation administers this fellowship program to bring U.S. postdoctoral researchers to work in any one of the 130+ Institut Pasteur laboratories in Paris. Guided by the institute’s administration, which seeks to develop international scientific exchanges to ensure the vitality of Institut Pasteur labs, this program is open to American citizens who are not already in France.


  • US Postdoctoral Researchers.
  • US Citizens.

Application Process:
  • Copy of each of the following:
  1. A passport-size photo,
  2. Reprints of candidate’s most significant publications (1 copy of each),
  3. 2 sealed letters of recommendation addressed directly to the Direction de l’Évaluation Scientifique,
  4. A letter of support justifying the project from the head of the Pasteur department to be sent directly to the Direction de l’Évalutation Scientifique.
  1. A letter of request from the sponsoring head of the host laboratory or unit at the Institut Pasteur. The first step is to identify a host laboratory head so that he or she may serve as your sponsor; a list of Institut Pasteur laboratories may be found at;
  2. The host lab’s organizational chart of current personnel;
  3. Candidate’s Curriculum vitae (2 pages) with an indication of any current grants and/or funding (plus their origin and duration), and a list of publications;
  4. A synopsis of scientific accomplishments (3 pages);
  5. A brief description of the research program to be written by the candidate (3 pages), with emphasis on how this relates to the work-in-progress in the host unit or lab. The project must be described within the context of the actual international state of the subject (with three key bibliographic references), and must state the project’s objectives, experimental strategy and feasibility; *
  6. Summary of the research program (15 to 20 lines + a title and 5 key words) placed in the context of international competition with the project’s goals, experimental strategy and feasibility.

Application Deadline:
February 12, 2010


Arabic Flagship Program 2010/11-Graduate Students-Maryland University-USA

The College of Arts and Humanities offers The Arabic Flagship Program to Graduate Students for the academic year 2010/11 at the Maryland University in USA

The graduate Arabic Language Flagship Program at the University of Maryland trains students to a professional level proficiency in Arabic. These programs are partially funded by The Language Flagship. Students learn both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and their choice of either the Levantine or the Egyptian dialect. Students earn either a Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies (GCPS) or a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Arabic. Graduates are able to use Arabic in their respective professional fields at a superior competency level.


The graduate school at University of Maryland requires all admitted graduate students to have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in another country. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into this program.
Application Process:
Application for the Arabic Language Program is a three-step process:
  1. Online Application (a nonrefundable application fee of $60.00 is required).
  2. Transcript
  3. Language Skills Test

Application Deadline:

January 14th, 2010

Application Form:

Please visit

British Chevening Postgraduate Scholarships 2010/11-Iranian Graduate Students- British Embassy-Iran

The British Embassy offers The British Chevening Postgraduate Scholarships to Iranian Graduate Students for the academic year 2010/11 in UK

The British Chevening Scholarships, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, are prestigious awards enabling overseas students to study in the United Kingdom. The scholarships are offered in more than 150 countries and give talented graduates and young professionals the opportunity to become familiar with the UK and gain skills which will benefit their future careers and home countries. The British Embassy in Tehran is offering several Scholarships for Iranian Nationals to undertake postgraduate study in the UK during the academic year 2010/11.


  1. Applicants should normally be between the ages of 25 and 35 years; but applications from all ages are welcome.
  2. Must have a four-year Bachelors degree with a minimum GPA of 16 out of 20 from any recognised university in Iran or the equivalent grade from an overseas institution. Candidates with a lower second degree but with impressive career achievements can still apply.
  3. Applicants with more than one qualification should provide details of all the degrees they have obtained during their higher education studies.
  4. Applicants should have a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience.
  5. Must have completed all military and official services or official service regulations.
  6. Applicants must have a very good level of English in order to cope with the demands of postgraduate study in the UK. Candidates should have an International English Language test (IELTS) score not lower than 6.5 or TOEFL of 95.
  7. Anyone who has received a British Government scholarship or training award within the last five years should not apply.
  8. Anyone who holds an Iranian scholarship or training award should not apply.
  9. Awardees are required to come back to Iran after completion of their programmes.  If you wish to apply for a post-study work permit or a PhD in the UK following your studies then this scholarship is not suitable for you.
How to Apply:
  1. Applications can be made online at
  2. Applicants must complete the online application before 30 November 2009. No additional documents are required at the time of submitting the form.

Application Deadline:

30 November 2009


Catawba College Merit Based Scholarship 2010-USA
Scholarship Introduction:
The First Family Scholarships are the most prestigious scholarships at Catawba College. There are two First Family Competitions, one taking place on November 20-21, 2009 and one taking place on February 19-20, 2010. Consideration for the First Family Scholarship is by invitation only. In order to be considered for an invitation, students must first apply for admission to Catawba.

Scholarship Eligibility:
SAT Math sub-score & critical Reading sub-scores totaling 1150 or
ACT composite Score of 25 & academic grade point average of 3.5. Freshman status.

How to apply:
Those subsequently invited to compete must complete the Financial Aid Estimator Form, provide a recommendation from a teacher or administrator, submit an essay of approximately 300 words (on a selected topic which you will receive by invitation), and submit a co-curricular listing of achievements by the appropriate deadline.
Application form for scholarship:
Click the following link for application form
Important Dates:
Deadline for the February Competition is January 22, 2010.


Graduate Scholarship 2010- USA Catholic Theological Union
Scholarship Introduction:
The Bernardin Scholarship provides graduate theological education to those inspired by and drawn to the vision of Cardinal Bernardin. The full tuition scholarships are available to top students from around the world who are committed to preparing for ministry and leadership in service to the church and the world. Students must be accepted in the Masters of Arts in Theology or the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree programs at Catholic Theological Union (CTU).
Scholarship Eligibility:
To be considered for this competitive scholarship, prospective Bernardin Scholars should have:
  • Acceptance in a CTU degree program:
o Master of Arts in Theology (Research M.A.)
o Master of Arts in Theology (General Academic M.A.)
o Doctor of Ministry
  • Bachelors degree and grade point average of 3.2/4.0
  • Commitment to furthering the vision of Cardinal Bernardin
  • Completed Bernardin Scholarship application and essay
Application form for scholarship:
Click the following link for application form
For more information or to receive an application, contact the Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Kathy Van Duser, or the Director of the Bernardin Center, Sheila McLaughlin:
Kathy Van Duser
Ph: 773.753.5316
Fx: 773.324.4360
Sheila McLaughlin
Ph: 773.684.1056
Fx: 773.324.4360

Important Dates:
All materials must be received at the Bernardin Center by March 1.  Consideration is given to the extent of the commitment to the Bernardin vision.


Undergraduate Scholarship USA 2010-The Catholic University of America
Scholarship Introduction:
Graduates of Catholic University’s undergraduate, graduate or law school programs may nominate new freshmen or transfers for this
$1,000 award, renewable for up to four years. Receipt of the grant is not automatic. Limited funding is available and will be awarded
based on a strong personal profile, shown through leadership experience and extracurricular activities.
Scholarship Eligibility:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen applying for full-time undergraduate study at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
  • May not be a currently enrolled student at Catholic University. (Note: If this scholarship is not requested prior to enrolling as a new first-time freshman or transfer student, subsequent application is not permitted.)
How to apply:
For  information please contact:
The Catholic University of America, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Washington, DC 20064
Telephone: 202-319-5305 • Toll-Free: 1-800-673-2772 • Fax: 202-319-6533 • E-mail:
Application form for scholarship:
Click the following link for application form
Important Dates:
Completed Alumni Grant Recommendation Form should be submitted with the Undergraduate Application for Admission by:
Freshman: Early Action — Nov. 15, 2009 • Regular Decision — Feb. 15, 2010
Transfer: Must be submitted with the Undergraduate Application
Adjustments to scholarship awards cannot be made after admission and scholarship decisions have been rendered.


USA Cedar Crest College- Undergraduate Scholarship 2010
Scholarship Introduction:
For First Year or Transfer Lehigh Valley Latina students in partnership with the Latino Leadership Alliance of the Lehigh Valley – award based on demonstrated record of academic excellence and leadership

Scholarship Eligibility:
  • The applicant must be of Hispanic Heritage and a resident of Lehigh or Northampton County.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarship.
How to apply:
  1. A one page typed personal essay written by the student describing career objectives, community and/or school involvement, and any special circumstances that would warrant consideration. (See last page.)
  2. The applicant’s High School, G.E.D. or College transcript.
  3. A copy of the applicant’s latest tax return and copy of the parent’s latest tax return, if claimed as a dependent.
  4. One letter of recommendation written by a teacher, community leader, employer etc. (The person cannot be a relative).
  5. Proof of enrollment or letter of acceptance from a post-secondary institution.
Application form for scholarship:
Click the following link for application form
Important Dates:
Applications must be post-marked no later than April 15, 2010


Graduate Scholarship 2010- Cedarville University USA
Scholarship Introduction:
Cedarville alums, we are very proud of you. We want to assist you as you continue in your professional development. We are very pleased to offer an Alumni Scholarship, equal to 25% of standard graduate tuition.
How to apply:
To apply for this scholarship complete a Scholarship Application
On the back of the form, write Alumni Scholarship and sign and date it. Send the form to CU Graduate Admissions, 251 N. Main St., Cedarville, OH 45314, or fax it to 937-766-7575. You may also request a form by calling 1-888-233-2784, ext. 6202.
  • This scholarship is not applicable to continuing education or CEU tuition rates. Affiliation will be verified by the director of graduate admissions.
Application form for scholarship:
Click the following link for application form

Important Dates:

For information please contact
Graduate Admissions
Cedarville University
251 N. Main Street
Cedarville, OH 45314
Telephone and Fax
(888) 233-2784 (Toll Free)
(937) 766-7639 (Fax)

ICDD PhD Scholarships 2010/11-DAC Countries Students-Kassel University-Germany

The International Center for Development and Decent Work offers The ICDD PhD Scholarships to DAC Countries Students for the academic year 2010/11 at Kassel University in Germany

ICDD is an interdisciplinary and international scientific network of excellence with the head office located at the University of Kassel, Germany and partner universities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. ICDD is funded under the programme “ex)/(ceed – Higher Education Excellence in Development Co-operation” launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


DAC Countries Students.

Application Procedure:

  1. Cover Sheet (cf. attachment)
  2. above average MA/MSc degree in a disciplines related to the above topics / fields proof of English language proficiency
  3. academic or vocational experience in one of the disciplines related to the thematic field of development and decent work
  4. letter of recommendation from a professor of  the ICDD network
  5. summary of master thesis (1500 words), if applicable
  6. preliminary PhD project proposal including topic, research question, short overview of the relevant literature, theoretical approach, research design and methodology (2.000 words)
  7. Please submit your detailed curriculum vitae and scanned copies of the following documents with your application:
  8. certificate and transcript of records of your recognised bachelor and master degrees in the original language, listing all subjects and grades (If you have not yet completed a Masters program, please include a letter from the person responsible for the program testifying the likelihood of successful completion of the program);
  9. certificates / proof of English language proficiency;
  10. university entrance examination certificate listing all subjects and grades (in the original language);
  11. certificates of additional studies and completion of studies listing all subjects and grades (in the original language);
  12. translations of all of the above-mentioned documents, if the language of the mentioned certificates is not German, English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
  13. certificates of previous professional/vocational experience (if applicable).

Application Deadline:

15th of November 2009


JCR International Scholarships 2010-Scientists/Medical Doctors-Japan College of Rheumatology-Japan

The Japan College of Rheumatology offers The JCR International Scholarships to Scientists and Medical Doctors for the academic year 2010/11 in Japan

Japan College of Rheumatology (JCR) will provide a grant to attend the 54th annual general assembly and scientific meeting of Japan College of Rheumatology (JCR2010) and the 19th international Rheumatology Symposium in Kobe on April 22-25 2010. The purpose of the JCR2010 international scholarship is to encourage young scientists and medical doctors under 40 years old other than Japanese to refine their knowledge of rheumatology and send their original scientific message to the world through JCR2010. Those who received scholarship in past years, is not eligible to apply.
  1. Scientists or medical doctors under 40 years old at the last day of the Congress (25th of April 2010)
  2. Those who have never received JCR International Scholarship
  3. Those who reside in foreign country (except Japanese people)

Scholarship Details:

  1. Maximum ¥150,000 (one hundred fifty thousand Japanese yen) / person + complimentary registration and hotel accommodation during the meeting
  2. From an Asian country: ¥100,000 (one hundred thousand Japanese yen)
  3. From non Asian country: ¥150,000 (one hundred fifty thousand Japanese yen)
  4. Maximum 20 grants are prepared.

Application Procedure:

  1. Abstract should be submitted according to the form which JCR offer. Please refer to “Abstract Submission Sheet of JCR2010 International Scholarship (doc)”
  2. CV (certainly included full name (first name, middle name and family name) and date of birth) should be submitted along with abstract.
  3. Information about your affiliation, TEL & FAX number and e-mail address should be disclosed.
  4. Abstracts must contain new, previously unpublished results.
  5. Abstracts should be submitted in English. It should be no longer than 2,250 letters in length (for the body of the abstract), and no more than 2,400 letters in total when the title, coauthor names (including affiliations) are included.
  6. Abstracts should not include diagrams, charts and reference citations.

Further Information:

Japan College of Rheumatology (JCR)
1-1-24 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan
Tel:+81-3-5251-5353 Fax:+81-3-5251-5354
Applcation Deadline:
17 November 2009, 09:00:00, +0900 (JST)

Germany : European School of Management and Technology Full-Time MBA Scholarship 2010

ESMT European School of Management and Technology is offering several additional merit-based scholarships for applicants to the Full-time MBA program beginning January 2010 in Berlin. These scholarships have been made possible by ESMT’s partner companies, who have donated to the scholarship pool. Outstanding female candidates may also apply for a limited number of full-tuition scholarships. ESMT’s partners are a group of 25 global companies, such as Allianz, BMW, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, MAN, Siemens, The Boston Consulting Group, and ThyssenKrupp.
ESMT: New scholarships for Full-time MBA candidates available
  • Special scholarships for outstanding female candidates
  • Partner companies funding scholarships for applicants of exceptional merit
  • 3 Corporate Fellowships with traineeships at international corporations for qualified candidates
About ESMT
An international management school, based in Germany, with a distinct European focus
ESMT European School of Management and Technology was founded in 2002 to establish an international business school, based in Germany, with a distinct European focus. ESMT offers excellence and innovation through rigorous academic research, teaching and consulting—with a practice-oriented approach to business education.
ESMT focuses on three main topics: Europe, Leadership, as well as Management of Technology and offers an MBA and Executive MBA programs and executive education. ESMT’s main campus is located in Berlin with another campus in Cologne.
ESMT Scholarships
Supported by its 25 corporate founders ESMT is able to offer substantial scholarships to support students. The scholarship can cover full tuition and fees in exceptional cases, depending on the assessment by the MBA Scholarship Committee of the applicant’s merits. Every applicant will automatically be considered for an ESMT Scholarship. In addition to our general scholarships we would like to highlight the following:
Special full scholarships for female candidates
ESMT would like to encourage applications from female candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic excellence. Your online application has to be completed before December 1, 2009. Please note that a completed application includes submitting all supporting documents in addition to the interview.
Allocation of scholarships
Scholarships will be allocated on the basis of intellectual excellence, evidence of personal and professional achievement and evidence of strong leadership potential. Applicants do not have to apply separately for the scholarship as the application and interview results will be used to measure the mentioned criteria.
The amount of the scholarship will be decided after a candidate has been accepted into the program. The MBA Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and makes the decision as to the amount. This decision is final.
ESMT exclusively offers scholarships in conjunction with a successful application to its MBA program. The scholarship is not donated in the form of cash and will be deducted from the applicant’s tuition fees.
ESMT Corporate Fellowship Program
Coverage of full tuition and fees, 6-month traineeship paid by sponsoring company
Together with corporate founders such as Allianz and E.ON, ESMT offers this exclusive opportunity to Full-time MBA applicants. Your profile is matched to the recruitment requirements of our corporate partner. If you fit in with these criteria, and you are selected by our partner, you become a Corporate Fellow. Your sponsoring company covers your tuition and fees. You also receive a 6-month paid traineeship period in the company (1,000 Euro/ month).
For further details please open the following link:

Japan : IGPAS (Master and doctor degree) with Financial Support

International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) is an interdisciplinary graduate program in the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University. It was established in October 2004 as the first international graduate program founded in Japanese national universities. IGPAS offers courses in English for international students who are eager to obtain master’s and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of Science. It also aims to educate Japanese students to exert their abilities as internationally-active, professional scientists.

IGPAS has proudly reserved positions of Japanese government scholarship for its master’s students since its foundation, and in 2008, IGPAS-Super Doctoral Course (SDC) has been started for doctoral students jointly with the Institute for the International Advanced Research and Education (IIARE) of Tohoku University. Students of IGPAS-SDC benefit from fellowship by IIARE to promote world top-level, interdisciplinary research at the Graduate School of Science.
Prospective students will have excellent opportunities to study modern science and conduct cutting-edge research with top-level scientists currently working at Tohoku University.


IGPAS is a 5-year graduate program as the combination of a 2-year master’s program and a 3-year doctoral program. Each student belongs to one of six departments, which are divided into three groups according to the GCOE programs:(i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, Astronomy, and Physics, and (iii) Earth Science and Geophysics.
The academic year of IGPAS starts in October. The Graduate School of Science will admit at most 20 students each for the master’s and doctoral programs each year.

Financial Support

As of October, 2009, availability of financial supports for IGPAS students is as shown below. See 7. FINANCIAL SUPPORT of the IGPAS appplication booklet for the eligibility requirements of the following financial support below.

Master’s Program
Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship for 8 students
Term of the Scholarship: 5 years (2 years + 3 years)

■ Monthly stipend of 156,000 yen as a master’s student and 157,000 yen as a doctoral student.
■ Flight tickets between the country of the student’s nationality and Japan
■Exemption from application, admission and tuition fees.

Doctoral Program
IGPAS-SDC fellowship for 2 students
Term of the Fellowship: 3 years
■ Monthly stipend of 200,000 yen
■ 300,000 yen to compensate for admission fee
■ 250,000 yen/semester to compensate for tuition
■ Research grants of up to 500,000 yen/semester (up to 1,000,000 yen/year)

Application Period:
 November 2, 2009 – December 18, 2009

Source :


UK : Four year PhD programme - 2010 MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

Outstanding research training will be provided at the internationally recognised MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, utilising state-of-the-art techniques in various model systems. Applications are welcomed from a wide range of academic backgrounds; from molecular and cellular biology, embryology to developmental biology, electrophysiology and computational neuroscience.

Year 1: three lab rotations, a taught developmental neurobiology course, seminars and workshops run by leading experts in the field
Year 2-4: research project, transferable skills, seminars and conferences

Projects are available with the following group leaders:
Esther Bell
Eric Blanc
Juan Burrone
QueeLim Ch'ng
David Chambers
Jon Clarke
Uwe Drescher
Britta Eickholt
Manolis Fanto
Phillip Gordon-Weeks
Anthony Graham
Matthew Grubb
Sarah Guthrie
Robert Hindges
Corinne Houart
Tara Keck
Robert Knight
Camilla Larsen
Ivo Lieberam
Andrew Lumsden
Ivor Mason
Martin Meyer
Guy Tear
Ian Thompson
Darren Williams
Richard Wingate
Molecular mechanism of neural induction
Co-expression in Drosophila melanogaster
Synaptic physiology and plasticity
Neuroendocrine regulation of C. elegans physiology
Patterning and specification of cranial motor neurons
Morphogenesis and neurogenesis in the zebrafish CNS
Axon guidance in the vertebrate visual system
Signalling mechanisms controlling circuit formation
Neuronal and glial degeneration in Drosophila
Cytoskeletal dynamics and growth cone pathfinding
The neural crest and neurogenic placodes
Activity-dependent maturation in the olfactory bulb
Axon guidance of cranial motor neurons
Axon pathfinding and synaptogenesis during development
Mechanisms of forebrain fate specification
Mechanisms of structural plasticity
Cranial neuromuscular development
Patterning of sub-regions in the drosophila brain
Generation and regeneration of respiratory motor circuitry
Molecular control of neural patterning
Signalling mechanisms in brain development
Visual system development in the zebrafish
Molecular mechanisms of axon guidance in Drosophila
Development of the mammalian visual system
Dendrite development in Drosophila
Neuron migration and evolution of the cerebellum

For more details go to
How to apply: Send a full CV, the names and contact details of two academic referees and personal statement of your interest in this programme to:
Mrs Stefania Boscolo, Postgraduate Administrator, MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, New Hunt's House, King's College London, Guy's Campus, London SE1 1UL.
Candidates should have or expect at least an upper second class degree. Closing date for applications is 8 January 2010. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in early February 2010.
Queries should be emailed to Please note that the eligibility criteria for MRC Studentships can be found

UK: Phd scholarship at Loughborough University - Numerical And Experimental Study Of 3-D Strain/Stress Fields In Engineering And Life Sciences

Loughborough University

PhD scholarship jointly funded by the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK, and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM), Châlons en Champagne, France. The successful candidate will spend 18 months in Châlons en Champagne and 18 months in Loughborough, aiming for a dual doctorate degree.
Up to £12,600 per annum tax free plus tuition fees.
Ref: PDR031109
Loughborough University has a world-leading reputation in the development and application of optical interferometric techniques for measuring strain fields on the surfaces of engineering components. The Mechanics and Manufacturing Laboratory at ENSAM has extensive expertise in the area of inverse identification of material properties from full-field measurements. This project aims to extend novel tomographic optical techniques to allow the mapping of strain fields and mechanical properties inside the volume of weakly scattering materials, in a non-contact way and with high sensitivity and high spatial resolution. Specific problems that will be addressed as part of a broader research platform include:
Inverse problem solution: Extraction of depth-resolved distributions of material properties inside weakly scattering materials by means of Finite Element Updating and the Virtual Fields Method from experimentally measured displacement fields using optical methods.
Medical applications: Evaluation of elastic modulus distributions from displacement measurements through-the-thickness of the human eye cornea to numerically predict corneal behaviour after laser ablation in refractive surgery.
Engineering applications: Measurement of 3-D displacement fields inside polymers and composite materials under known loads to evaluate structural damage and extract constitutive parameters.
Further info on research project at:
The ideal candidate will hold, or be expecting, a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in mechanical engineering or physical science subject, preferably with proven experience in Finite Element Analysis. Strong theoretical and numerical analysis skills, proven ability to undertake experimental projects and proficiency in MATLAB/C++ computer programming language are also required.
At Châlons en Champagne, a scholarship grant of 13,200 € p.a. will be paid by the Champagne Ardenne Regional Council. At Loughborough University, a scholarship grant of £12,600 p.a. plus PhD student fees will be paid by the Wolfson School for EU applicants; in all other cases the student will be responsible for £4,600 towards the cost of the full overseas rate.
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact Dr. Pablo D. Ruiz, Loughborough University, at or Prof. Fabrice Pierron, ENSAM, at Please contact Ms Jo Mason, Research Administrator ( for further information and an application form. Please quote the reference PDR031109 on your initial enquiry to Ms Mason and on the application form.

The closing date for applications to this post is 30th November 2009.

Uk: Phd at Cranfield University - Ultra precision and micro-manufacturing for bio-medical devices

Cranfield University

Academic Supervisor: Dr Silvia Marson and Professor Paul Shore
Duration: 3 years
Closing Date: 1 February 2010
Supported by UPS2 Integrated Knowledge Centre and McKeown foundation a studentship of up to £17,000 p.a. for 3 years plus fees* is available
Cranfield University has an exciting opportunity for a motivated graduate to undertake research that investigates new processes and technologies in precision engineering for the fabrication of bio-medical devices (lab-on-a-chip devices and bio-impedance probes).
This PhD aims to investigate the use of microreplication technologies for the fabrication of challenging bio-medical polymer products/parts. The project will involve conceptual design, design for manufacture and metrology, moulds manufacturing using state of the art ultra precision and micro fabrication facilities, polymer parts manufacturing using micro-injection moulding facilities. Additional tasks may include modelling and simulation.
The successful candidate will be required to become familiar with the relevant regulatory issues covering the bio-medical devices under development. They will be part of a multidisciplinary team and will be provided with any required training.
Cranfield University is world-renowned for its research in ultra precision technologies. It manages the UK’s Integrated Knowledge Centre in Ultra Precision and Structured Surfaces (UPS2), which is recognised as the leading Centre of Excellence for the development of value adding surface technologies, components and high value products and conducts commercial work alongside research.
This research can also be undertaken as a 1-2 year MRes/MPhil.
Start date: March 2010
Entry requirements
Applicants should have a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent in an engineering, physics or related discipline, with a special interest in engineering applied to bio-medical devices. Applicants should be enthusiastic and motivated with the ability to thrive in an interdisciplinary and challenging environment and feel at ease interacting with scientists in different disciplines.
*Supported by UPS2 Integrated Knowledge Centre and McKeown foundation research grant, this studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Non UK/EU students will have to pay the remainder of their tuition fees up front before commencing their studies. Applicants are also eligible for a bursary of up to £17,000 p.a. for three years dependent upon qualifications and experience.
How to apply
In addition to your CV, please complete the application form at:
Alternatively, for more information and an application form please contact:
School of Applied Sciences
T: 44 (0)1234 754086

UK : Phd at University of Stirling - A Clean Engine for Regeneration? Hydro-electricity and Environmental Impact, 1945 - 2008. Energy, Climate Change and Adaptation Research Cluster

A Clean Engine for Regeneration? Hydro-electricity and Environmental Impact, 1945 - 2008. Energy, Climate Change and Adaptation Research Cluster

University of Stirling

As part of a major initiative to explore issues of Energy, Climate Change and Adaptation, the University of Stirling is offering a doctoral research studentship on ‘A Clean Engine for Regeneration? Hydro-electricity and Environmental Impact, 1945-2008’. This will focus on hydro-electric energy policy in Scotland and Norway since 1945. The studentship will be for the value of £16,240. Suitably qualified applicants with a good first degree in history, politics, environmental science or geography, or who may have studied hydrology, fluvial geomorphology or aquatic ecology, are encouraged to apply. You should also be keen to develop an understanding of the environmental impact of hydropower generation and environmental policy relating to water and renewables.
This thesis will provide an Environmental History of Hydroelectricity in Britain, set into the wider context of the North Atlantic/northern European experience. Its primary foci will be Scotland and Norway, two of the first countries to begin commercial exploitation of this form of power generation (Scotland 1896, Norway 1906). The research will compare and contrast governmental policy in both countries towards hydropower, and explore public perceptions of and the environmental debate surrounding development. A central issue will be the causes and consequences of the major expansion of hydropower in both Scotland and Norway in the third quarter of the 20th century and the divergent paths followed thereafter, within a chronological span framed by the inception of the UK’s post-1945 energy policy and the sequence of White Papers and Reports of 2003-7 (the 2003 Energy White Paper, the Energy Review Report of 2006, the Energy White Paper of May 2007), and subsequent public statements on Britain’s future energy needs. It will have particular reference to the political, social economic and environmental/ecological controversies and debates surrounding the location and impact of generation schemes on a local, regional/provincial and national scale, exploring recurring conflicts crudely characterised as between economic interests and environmental/cultural pressure groups.
Application Process:
The deadline for applications is 15 February 2010.
Informal enquiries in the first instance may be made to Professor Richard Oram ( Applicants should ensure that they have submitted an application for postgraduate admission to the Postgraduate Admission Office, University of Stirling, STIRLING, FK9 4LA.
Please also submit a brief CV and an abstract outlining the nature of your interest in this research topic to Professor Richard Oram, Centre for Environmental History and Policy, School of History and Politics, University of Stirling, STIRLING, FK9 4LA. email:
All documentation must be submitted by 15 February 2010. It is anticipated that the studentship will start on 1 March 2010.

UK : PhD Studentship University of Edinburgh - at Informatics Graduate School - Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Program EuroSPIN

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Program "EuroSPIN" (European Study Programme in Neuroinformatics) is inviting applications from students having a solid background in mathematics, physics, computer sciences, biochemistry or neuroscience (on a master level or equivalent), in all cases with computer science skills. Documented interest in research like activities (e.g.demonstrated in the form of master thesis work, or participation in research related activities) is of large importance. Also fluency in English is requested.
Neuroinformatics combines neuroscience and informatics research to develop and apply computational tools and approaches that are essential for understanding the structure and function of the brain.Four partners participate in EuroSPIN:- KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden- University of Edinburgh (UoE), UK- National Centre for Biological Science (NCBS), India- Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (ALUF), Germany
These four partners are all research leaders in the Neuroinformatics field, but they have complementary strengths. In addition, two associated partners, the Honda Research Institute and Nordita, participate.
Each student will spend most of the time at two of the partner universities, and also receive a joint (or double) PhD degree following a successful completion of the studies. The mobility periods, as well as the courses a student will follow, are tailored individually based on:
a) the PhD students background;
b) which constellations of partners that are involved, as well as
c) the specific research project. During the PhD period each student has one main supervisor from each of the two universities that grant the PhD degree.
During the application process, the students are asked to indicate their preferences with regard to constellations of partners, and also preferred project ideas/areas can be indicated and motivated.
There are excellent scholarship opportunities for students accepted to an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme. A stipend or employment contract will be given to all selected PhD students during the study time, which is between 3-4 years.
If you are interested, go to our homepage:
Deadline for Application (non-EU students): December 15, 2009.
Deadline for Application (EU students): about March 2010 (will be announced).

Sampoerna Foundation Overseas MBA Scholarship – 2010 Intake

The Sampoerna Foundation Overseas MBA Scholarship is a means to groom Indonesia’s future business leaders. Sampoerna Foundation provides one (1) scholarship to pursue a Master’s of Business Administration degree at leading university overseas. Upon completing the program, the scholarship recipient is required to return to Indonesia and endeavor to transfer his/ her knowledge to his/ her fellow citizens.
Application deadline is February 1, 2010
Sampoerna Foundation Overseas MBA Scholarship consists of the following options:
  1. Sampoerna Foundation MBA in the USA
  2. Australian Education International – Sampoerna Foundation MBA in Australia
  3. Ambassade de France en Indonésie – Sampoerna Foundation MBA in France
  4. British Council – Sampoerna Foundation MBA in the UK
  5. Singapore Education – Sampoerna Foundation MBA in Singapore
Basic Requirements:
  • Indonesian citizen who is under 35 years of age when lodging the application;
  • Hold a local Bachelor’s degree from any discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale);
  • Have a minimum of 2 year full-time professional work experience after the completion of the undergraduate degree;
  • Currently did not enroll in graduate or post-graduate program, or obtained a Master’s degree or equivalent;
  • Did not graduate from an overseas tertiary institutions, unless was on a full scholarship;
  • Do not receive other equivalent award or scholarship offering similar or other benefits at the time of the award;
  • Has applied to the university(ies) that are recommended by Sampoerna Foundation for the academic year 2010/2011 by the closing date of this scholarship application (February 1, 2010);
  • Submit the result of TOEFL/ IELTS and GMAT with the minimum score as required by the chosen university;
  • Have motivation to return to Indonesia and work in Indonesia upon completion of the MBA program.
What is Covered?
The scholarship covers the following:
  • GMAT and TOEFL/ IELTS reimbursement, one time only, based on original invoice;
  • University application fee, for up to two (2) universities;
  • Student visa application fee;
  • Return airfares from Jakarta to the place of study;
  • Tuition fees, for the duration of study;
  • Living allowance, to support living costs during period of study;
  • Literature allowance, to purchase textbooks required for study.
List of Universities:
Sampoerna Foundation MBA in the USA Scholarship
  1. Harvard University – Boston, MA
  2. Stanford University – Stanford, CA
  3. Northwestern University (Kellogg) – Evanston, IL
  4. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) – Philadelphia, PA
  5. Massachusetts Institut of Technology (Wharton) – Cambridge, MA
  6. University of Chicago (Booth) – Chicago, IL
  7. University of California-Berkeley (Haas) – Berkeley, CA
  8. Columbia University – New York, NY
  9. Yale University – New Haven, CT
* Reference: USNews: America’s Best Graduate Schools 2009 (
Australian Education International – Sampoerna Foundation MBA in Australia Scholarship
  1. Australian Graduate School of Management
  2. Melbourne Business School
* Reference: Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2009
Ambassade de France en Indonésie – Sampoerna Foundation MBA in France Scholarship
* Reference: Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2009
British Council – Sampoerna Foundation MBA in the UK Scholarship
  1. London Business School
  2. University of Cambridge (Judge)
  3. University of Oxford (Said)
* Reference: Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2009
Singapore Education – Sampoerna Foundation MBA in Singapore Scholarship
  1. National University of Singapore
  2. Nanyang Technological University
* Reference: Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2009
Prospective applicants should directly contact the universities to find out about the admission process and requirements for enrolment. Applicants’ inquiries about the scholarship (requirements, conditions, coverage, etc) should be directed to Sampoerna Foundation.
How to Apply?
Download the application package (application form and reference form)
The completed application package should be submitted by the deadline (February 1, 2010) to Sampoerna Foundation office:
Sampoerna School of Education
Jl. Kapten Tendean No.88C, 5th Floor
Jakarta Selatan 12710, Indonesia
When submitting the application package, please write the name of the scholarship program at the top right corner of the envelope.
Further Information.
Before applying, the applicants must read and understand the terms and conditions of the scholarship, including our policy about Alumni Contribution Scheme. For further explanation, please visit our website at, e-mail us at, or call us at 021-5772340 ext.7153.

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