[Germany] PhD Positions in Atmospheric Chemistry

[Germany] PhD Positions in Atmospheric Chemistry

The International Max Planck Research School for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics offers to excellent students with a Master degree in natural science and first experiences in atmospheric research PhD projects in an highly international working environment at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz / Western Germany. Very good English skills are necessary. First experiences in either trace gas analysis or instrumental construction or atmospheric modelling are desirable. Two reference letters are requisite.
Please follow our application guidelines
PhD projects may include research in laboratory work on atmospheric trace gases or aerosols, field measurements in diverse world regions or computer modelling of atmospheric chemistry and physics. Details depend on the focus of our research groups. Their research is described on the website:
Excellent applications are always welcome, there is no specific deadline for admission to the PhD program. PhD candidates will benefit from an educational program. They may be involved in University teaching.
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
Johann-J. Becher Weg 27
55122 Mainz

[Switzerland] 2 PhD Positions in Soil Environmental Chemistry

[Switzerland] 2 PhD Positions in Soil Environmental Chemistry

We are inviting applications for two PhD student positions in the Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics at ETH Zurich. The successful candidates will investigate the physicochemical structure and biogeochemical reactivity of nano-crystalline Fe(III)-(hydr)oxides formed in the presence of natural organic matter.
In natural environments, the precipitation of Fe(III)-(hydr)oxides is often influenced by dissolved or particulate organic matter such as humic substances or polysaccharides originating from microorganisms and plants. The structure and reactivity of such Fe(III)-precipitates containing significant amounts of organic carbon are of fundamental importance for understanding many biogeochemical processes, including contaminant behavior, carbon sequestration, weathering and soil formation.
One subproject will focus on the molecular and microscopic level characterization of such precipitates and their interactions with trace metals in abiotic systems. In the other subproject we will study their dissolution behavior in abiotic and biotic systems using Shewanella and Geobacter strains, and track speciation changes of trace metals associated with these solids. Both students will apply state-of-the-art analytical techniques, including synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The two sub-projects will be strongly linked and international collaborations are planned.
We are seeking highly motivated candidates with a strong interest in detailed laboratory research. Previous experience in the fields of mineralogy/crystallography, microbiology, and inorganic chemistry would be beneficial. Applicants should hold a MSc degree (or equivalent) in soil chemistry, environmental geochemistry, mineralogy, microbiology or a related basic science discipline. Good knowledge of spoken and written English is essential. Female and male candidates are equally invited to apply. Employment will be according to standard regulations of ETH Zurich (funding secured for 3 years). Start from March 2010 or upon mutual agreement.
Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, statement of research interests, copy of certificates, and addresses of 2-3 potential referees to Prof. Ruben Kretzschmar, ETH Zurich, CHN F23.1, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland (paper copy by mail or single pdf-file by e-mail to For further details on the project please contact Dr. Christian Mikutta.
Evaluation of applications will start 15.01.2010 until the positions are filled.
More information on our research group can be found

[Germany] 8 Full-Time Doctoral Scholarships at (B-IT Research School)

[Germany] 8 Full-Time Doctoral Scholarships at (B-IT Research School)

Deadline: January 2nd, 2010
The Bonn-Aachen International Research School of Applied Information
Technology (B-IT Research School) is operated by RWTH Aachen
 and the University of Bonn in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute
Center Birlinghoven Castle
The research school covers a wide range from foundations to different areas of application, including interdisciplinary topics:
  • Media Informatics and Advanced Human-Computer Interaction
  • Communication Systems Engineering
  • Software and Information Engineering
  • Life Science Informatics
  • Computer Graphics
  • IT Security
  • Data Mining, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
  • Algorithm Design and Formal Foundations of Applied IT
Applications are sought for up to eight Full-Time Doctoral Scholarships to be filled by March 2010, under the following conditions:
A very good Master degree in Informatics/Computer Science or another field related to the topics of the research school. The research school will also consider a few exceptionally qualified Bachelor graduates with an outstanding track record for a funded scholarship covering an integrated Master-Doctoral program linked to the international Master programs of the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (B-IT). Applicants should have a strong background and interest in one of the eight research areas above. Details can be found here.
Scholarship amount is 1.468 Euro per month, tax free. Under certain conditions, increased scholarships are available for candidates with children. Scholarships can be granted for a maximum of three years, with an intermediate evaluation.
Applications must include - a curriculum vitae, - copies of exam transcripts, - a recommendation by at least one university professor, and - a short description of work done so far (e.g., Master thesis or other research-related experience) and research interests, including the specific research area of interest and possibly first ideas for a thesis topic. - TOEFL (or IELTS) and GRE scores should be included.
The B-IT Research School has a strong interest in bringing in the full pool of talent in applied Informatics and therefore strongly encourages female students and students from outside Germany to apply. The working language of the research school is English.
Applications must be submitted electronically to no later than January 2, 2010.
Questions can be directed to the Coordinators of the B-IT Research School:
Prof. Dr. Matthias Jarke,
RWTH Aachen University
jarke AT dbis.rwth-aachen DOT de
Prof. Dr. Armin B. Cremers,
University of Bonn
abc AT cs.uni-bonn DOT de

[Japan] Non Degree Monbukagakusho Scholarship in Japanese Studies Program

[Japan] Non Degree Monbukagakusho Scholarship in 

Japanese Studies Program

Deadline: January 29, 2010
Japanese Studies Program is one of the Japanese Government scholarship programs (Monbukagakusho) specifically designed for japanese studies students to enhanced Japanese language skills and deepen understanding of Japanese culture. This program is a non-degree programs and the length is 1 year from October 2010.

  1. Students who are still active in college at one college who studied the language, culture, and literature of Japan.
  2. Age under 30 years old on April 1, 2010.
  3. Students from third level up in time to apply (no exceptions for those who have the ability and recommended by the college and who have learned more than one year in college on 1 April 2010 may participate although not yet reached a level three).
  4. Physical and spiritually healthy.
  • Without the bond department.
  • Flight ticket allowance, economy class Indonesia (Jakarta) - Japan.
  • Free entrance examination fees, tuition and registration fee.
  • Monthly allowance of \ 134,000 per month (there is a possibility to change).
  • Participants provided dormitory regulated solely by payment recipients.
How to apply
  1. Registration opened on 16 November 2010 and closed on January 29, 2010.
  2. Applying carried out collectively with the recommendations of the respective universities, not the individual directly to the Embassy of Japan.
  3. Completed form is returned to the Education Section Embassy of Japan with the necessary documents attached.
Documents Required
(incomplete documents will not be received)
  • Form. Write your complete address (no lodging) as well as phone numbers easily be reached on the form.
  • Passport photo (must be affixed on the form).
  • Letter from college who explained that the students concerned are those of the college. Must be equipped with information and date of birth place.
  • Letter of recommendation from the head of department or supervisor of the student personally.
  • Academic transcripts from one semester to date.
All documents written in English or Japanese. in A4 size paper
Selection stage
  • Japanese language written test on 16 February 2010
  • For those who passed the written examination will be summoned for an interview in Jakarta.
  • For those who pass the interview will be recommended to Monbukagakusho.
  • Those who pass the selection in the Monbukagakusho scholarship recipients will be.
Education Section Embassy of Japan
Jl. M. H. Thamrin 24 Jakarta 10350
Tel. 021 - 3192 4308 ext. 175 or 176
The registration forms can also be obtained by downloading from here

[India] Scholarships for Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon and Chad Students in India

[India] Scholarships for Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon and Chad Students in India

Deadline: January 31, 2010
During the India Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi in April 2008, the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India had announced Government of India's initiative to enhance the academic opportunities for students from African countries by way of increasing the number of Scholarships for them to pursue Under Graduate, Post Graduate and higher studies courses in Indian Universities & Institutions
In that context, following scholarship slots have been offered for meritorious students under the African Scholarship Scheme for the academic year 2010-11.
  • Nigeria – 4 (Four)
  • Benin – 2 (Two)
  • Cameroon – 1 (One)
  • Chad – 1 (One)
Nominations from desirous meritorious students are invited for the said scholarship slots. The last date for submitting duly completed application form to First Secretary (Cons) at or 15, Rio Negro Close, Off Yedseram Street, Maitama, Abuja (Nigeria) is 31 January 2010.

[England] Margaret Parkinson Scholarships

Margaret Parkinson Scholarships

Deadline: February 1, 2010
Margaret Parkinson SRN SCM (1906-1993) spent her entire working life in the nursing profession. She did her training at the Middlesex Hospital in London, qualifying as a State Registered Nurse in 1928.

She was then in attendance to the late Lord Savile at his country residence, Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire, until his death in 1931. When she returned to London she worked for a time at the Royal Heart Hospital and then spent the time during the war years as a district nurse in the Walthamstow area of the East End. She qualified as a State Certified Midwife in 1944. In 1946 she opened her own nursing home in Wimbledon which she successfully ran until its closure in 1966. She then worked for a period at the Wimbledon Hospital and subsequently took on private nursing work before finally retiring in 1972.
The sculptor Frederick Mancini, as a token of his thanks and appreciation for her care in nursing his wife, gave to her the prototype of the life-sized figure of Florence Nightingale which he sculptured for St Thomas' Hospital in London and which stands there today. In 1987 she presented this prototype to St Margaret's Church, East Wellow, Hampshire, where Miss Nightingale is buried and it may be seen there today. A friend of Miss Parkinson (who wished to remain anonymous) left funds for the maintenance and repair of that church and the establishment of these Scholarships.
Categories of Awards
As well as these Margaret Parkinson Scholarships to encourage university graduates to take up nursing, there are also Margaret Parkinson Bursaries administered by the Royal School for Deaf Children Margate to help post-registration nurses to learn sign language. For details of the bursaries for sign language, please contact the Royal School for Deaf Children Margate direct on 01843 227561.
Scholarships for Pre-Registration Graduates
To encourage graduates with a non-nursing degree to qualify as a Registered Nurse by studying for a diploma, or a degree, in nursing, by providing scholarships:
  • normally between £500 and £1000 per annum for up to 3 years*
  • Successful applicants will need to demonstrate satisfactory achievements in their course of study for the award to be renewed each year.
The closing date for applications for the year 2010 is: Monday 1 February 2010
Applicants shortlisted for interview will be notified in early March 2010. Interviews will take place on 17 March 2010 and all applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible after that date.
Click here for further Scholarship Information and Application (DOC)

[Germany] 12 PhD Positions in Applied Math at University of Heidelberg

[Germany] 12 PhD Positions in Applied Math at University of Heidelberg

Deadline: Februari 26, 2010
The Research Training Group (RTG 1653) funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and associated with the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, offers 12 Doctoral Positions (TV-L 13) for research projects focusing on statistical and optimization aspects of modeling, learning and inference with probabilistic graphical models, and related challenging applications of image analysis in computer vision, environmental science, life sciences and industry.

The Research Training Group is run by a consortium from the Institutes of Applied Mathematics (Bock, Dahlhaus, Gneiting, Thorarinsdottir), Theoretical Physics (Heermann), Computer Science (Ommer, Reinelt), the Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (Hamprecht, Jähne, Schnörr) associated with the IWR, and supported by the Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences.
It distinguishes itself through a structured research program, joint teaching and supervision, and a study program consisting of interdisciplinary lectures and seminars. For more information, please visit the website
Positions in the salary class TV-L 13 are awarded for up to 3 years, starting on April 1, 2010.
Additional material cost allowance will be paid. Childcare allowance can be granted if applicable.
Successful applicants hold a master degree in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or a related field with a strong background in one of the fields of Statistics, Stochastics, Optimization, Statistical
Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Image Processing or Computer Vision. A good command of the English language, good programming skills, and a strong interest in Mathematical Modeling and
Computational Methods are indispensable prerequisites.
The RTG 1653 aims at increasing the proportion of female staff and is proactive in inviting women to apply. This policy applies also to disabled persons. The RTG will take measures to support the research
carrier of excellent candidates up to 12 months after their 3-year doctoral period.
Applications include a cover letter, copies of certificates of academic qualifications held, curriculum vitae, a statement of interest in the position offered, one or more letters of recommendation to be sent directly by the referees, and should be addressed – preferably in PDF format by Email – not later than February 26, 2010, to:
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schnörr,
University of Heidelberg,
IPA Group / HCI, Speyerer Strasse 6 D-69115
Click here for more information about the PhD position (PDF)

[Switzerland] PhD position in Quantitative Modeling at ETH Zurich

PhD position in Quantitative Modeling at ETH Zurich

The Chair of Systems Design, ETH Zurich, offers a position for a PhD student working in the project "On the Interplay between Social Interactions and Software Architecture in Open Source" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), starting as soon as possible.

This project brings together the fields of software engineering, statistical physics, and management to reap synergies between them and to advance the understanding of the complex socio-technological dynamics underlying Open Source Software, beyond the scope of one particular discipline.
The aims of this project are:
  • To establish a holistic picture of the phenomenon of Open Source
  • To understand the statistical laws governing the evolution of the software architecture, which may help developers to steer development towards favorable architectures
  • To study the self-organization of projects and the resulting social dynamics, on the level of both software users and developers
  • To analyze the link between software architecture and the project organization, as well as between the corresponding dynamics, which may enable new management principles or provide tools for smoothening the interface between software, developers, and users
  • MSc degree or equivalent in computer science or a related field
  • ability to develop formal models and computer simulations
  • ability to combine data analysis and modeling
  • good knowledge about graph algorithms and social network analysis is a plus
  • strong abilities to communicate in an interdisciplinary scientific environment
  • interest in becoming acquainted with methods from physics, economics, and management
We offer excellent working conditions in a lively team and cooperations with leading institutions worldwide.
Applicants are kindly requested to send their curriculum vitae, list of publications, names of at least three references, and an overview of their research interests (all in PDF files), to
Ms. Rahel Dulik

For specific inquiries, please contact
Prof. Dr. Dr. Frank Schweitzer
Click here for more information about the PhD Position

[England] Scotland's Saltire Scholarship for Canadian, Chinese, Indian and US nationals

[England] Scotland's Saltire Scholarship for Canadian, Chinese, Indian and US nationals

Deadline: June 11, 2010
This exciting scholarship opportunity is open to Canadian, Chinese, Indian and US nationals. Awards worth £2000 each are available towards the cost of tuition fees for full time Masters Programmes in a wide range of subject areas. These scholarships are supported and funded by the Scottish Government in partnership with University of Aberdeen.

To be considered for the scholarship you will need to have applied to the University of Aberdeen for a place starting in September 2010 and have firmly accepted an offer, either conditional or unconditional by 11 June 2010.
The scholarship can only be held by a student of the University commencing study in September 2010 – it cannot be transferred to another institution.
The scholarship will be awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit.
The closing date for applications is 11 June 2010.
Notification of Awards
A Selection Committee will meet in late June 2010. Successful applicants will be informed by 30 July 2010.
How to Apply
A completed application form, transcript and one academic reference should be posted or emailed to:
Student Recruitment and Admissions
University of Aberdeen
University Office
King's College
AB24 3FX
Click here for further scholarship information and application (PDF)

[Australia] Scholarships and Call for Applications Master of Human Rights and Democratisation

[Australia] Scholarships and Call for Applications Master of Human Rights and Democratisation

Applications are now being accepted for study and for scholarships in the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) (MHRD). The MHRD is a unique Master degree program in which students undertake a foundational semester of study at the University of Sydney, and then a second semester at one of the four partner universities:
  • Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia)
  • Mahidol University (Thailand)
  • Katmandu School of Law (Nepal)
  • University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Graduates of the course will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific, and will have opportunities to research and examine the application of human rights and democratisation in the field with the partner institutions.
Course Structure
In the first semester at the University of Sydney, students will undertake a foundational course in social science, legal and political approaches to human rights and democratisation. During the second semester students will follow two core units of study complemented by either supervised research, an internship at an in-country organisation specialising in human rights/democratisation or undertake further specialised electives. Students must select one of the four partners universities listed above to undertake their second semester study.
Core Courses
  • Human Rights Norms and Laws (1 & 2)
  • Human Rights and Democratisation Research
  • Dynamics of Human Rights Violations
  • Democratisation: Theory and Practice
  • Critical and Emerging Issues in the Asia Pacific
In the second semester, students will take one of the following options:
  1. Specialised electives
  2. Internship program
  3. Research thesis
Graduates will have both the ability to undertake independent scholarly research on current issues pertaining to human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific and skills to put their academic understanding and practical experience to use in real situations.
Potential Students
We are looking for people who have a strong commitment to or experience on working on issues about human rights and democratisation. The degree will strongly benefit people already working in, or seeking to work in the fields of human rights and democratisation in our region.
Through a combination of academic and practical educational experiences, the objective of the program is to produce graduates who can support ongoing efforts to strengthen institutions dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy and to enhance a regional culture of human rights and democracy. Recognising the critical institutional developments that are taking place both regionally and in particular countries during this time, the program has been set up to ensure that human rights and democracy advocates in the region are well resourced to lead us into the next decades.
Thirty scholarships, covering course fees and a living and travel allowance, will be offered to outstanding applicants from across the Asia Pacific region. This is made possible with the support of a significant grant from the European Commission.
Scholarships will be available to citizens of Asia Pacific countries (a full list of countries is available from the Academic Director upon request). The award of scholarships will be determined by academic qualifications and potential contribution to human rights and democratization.
Applications are now open.
Applications for the MHRD close on 30 April 2010 and are considered upon receipt.
Applications for the Human Rights and Democratisation Scholarship close on 12 March 2010.
Contacts and Further Information
If you are interested in the program, you can find more information here
For any questions, or for a copy of the application form, please contact
Academic Director
Dr. Danielle Celermajer

[England] Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship for Africa, India and Commonwealth Countries

[England] Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship for Africa, India and Commonwealth Countries
Deadline: April 30, 2010
105 scholarships are available for Masters students from Africa, India and countries of the Commonwealth who want to make a real difference to the development and prosperity of their home country
30 Full Tuition Fee Scholarships
75 Tuition Fee Scholarships of 50%
You can apply for this scholarship if you
  • are from Africa, India or one of the Commonwealth countries listed below AND
  • are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
  • already hold an offer to start a full-time Masters degree programme (including MRes) at Nottingham in 2010 – Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences and Faculty of Science, plus some courses in the School of Geography, Institute for Science & Society, Institute of Work, Health & Organisations, and courses allied to Operations Management in the Business School
1 FULL Tuition Fee Scholarship is also available for a student from Africa for the MSc in Crop Improvement School of Biosciences
How to apply
  • Complete and submit an online application form by 30 April 2010
  • Application forms are available here
We aim to notify applicants of the outcome within 6 weeks of the closing dateDeveloping Solutions/Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
In partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID) under the British Aid programme and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), The University of Nottingham will also offer 6 FULL Scholarships (tuition fees, airfare, maintenance award and additional allowances) to new students registering on Masters programmes in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences in September 2010.
A list of eligible countries for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme can be found here (PDF)
Please note that nominations for this scholarship will be chosen from the Developing Solutions Scholarship applications – you should apply only once on the Developing Solutions Scholarship application form
For information on other sources of funding please visit our scholarship funding database
Scholarship Flyer (PDF)
If you have any questions please e-mail:

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