[UK] Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at University of Cambridge

The Managers of the Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Fund invite applications for a Fellowship in the areas of Astrophysics or Cosmology to be held either in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) or in the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at the University of Cambridge from 1 October 2010 or otherwise by negotiation. The Fellowship is available for between two and three years.
Eligible Candidate
Applicants must have received, or be close to completion of, a PhD, DPhil, or equivalent doctoral-level research degree. If an applicant has not yet formally received their degree, they must present evidence of having completed the academic requirements before commencing the Fellowship. In compliance with the wishes of Herchel Smith, applications are invited from doctoral or equivalent graduates from any university but normally excepting those who have obtained their PhD, or equivalent, from Harvard or Cambridge Universities.

The Fellowship is only available to early career researchers, defined as those who have no more than three years’ post-doctoral experience. The length of post-doctoral experience should be taken from the date of PhD viva (or equivalent) until the date of Fellowship commencement. Exceptions to this time limit will be made in the case of applicants who have taken a career break (e.g. for maternity leave or compulsory national service). In these cases, brief details about the period of interruption must be provided with your application.
Value of this fellowship
The Fellowship provides an opportunity for independent research, although the holder will usually work in close collaboration with established research groups. Preference will be given to applicants whose work is of interest to both DAMTP and IoA. The stipend will be on the University’s Postdoctoral Research Associate scale which currently is between £27,183 and £35,469 per annum. Appointment will be at an appropriate point on this scale.
Closing date: 31 January 2010.
Further details and an application pack are available from the Secretary to the Fund Managers, Tel. +44 (0)1223 761507, e-mail
* Limit of tenure: two to three years from the start date.

[German] African Scholarship Exchange Programme 2010

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is granting fellowships to students and young graduates enabling them to take part in a four-week seminar to be held from 14th August to 4th September 2010 in Germany and in March 2011 in South Africa.
The fellowship holders are invited to take part in an education programme that will encompass both talks with political decision-makers, personalities from civil society and industry, academics and journalists from both countries and will give participants the opportunity to take part in political and cultural events and excursions. The participants are to contribute towards implementing the programme by assisting in organising lectures and facilitating group discussions. They will also draw up an interdisciplinary strategy paper on an academic subject that will be prepared in Germany and will be written between September 2010 and April 2011.
The event is directed at students and young graduates from Germany, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Applicants should be between 21 and 28 years old and be studying or have a degree in political science, modern history, international relations, economics, business administration, African studies, cultural studies, media and communication studies or law.

The seminar will be delivered in English; the number of participants is limited to 24, twelve from African countries and twelve from Germany. The Federal Agency for Civic Education will cover the costs. Furthermore, there will be a compulsory preparatory seminar for the German participants in June 2010.
Students and graduates who are interested can apply to the Federal Agency for Civic Education by submitting an essay comprising a maximum of three A4 pages (approx. 6,000 characters) written in English. The essay must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae in tabular form, a letter of motivation comprising no more than one A4 page and a photograph (the following information must be provided: surname, first name, gender, date of birth, profession, job/field of study, place of study, place of work and place of residence).
Applicants must also issue a declaration stating that they wrote the essay without any help from third parties. Please note that the Federal Agency for Civic Education is not able to cover costs for obtaining visas or medical care. The acceptance of African participants to the programme only becomes final, when the German Embassy in the participant’s home country has issued the relevant visa. There is no possibility to legally claim the participation in the programme.
A further condition for receiving a grant is that applicants must be able to participate for the entire period.
Full applications (essay, CV, letter of motivation, photo) must be e-mailed to the Federal Agency for Civic Education at by 15 March 2010.


Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
Adenauerallee 86
53113 Bonn
Tel +49 (0)228 99515-0 (Zentrale)
Tel +49 (0)228 99515-115 (Kundenberatung)
Fax +49 (0)228 99515-113
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For more detailed information about the application process, please visit the website: Further Scholarship Information (pdf)

[Hong Kong] Overseas Student Scholarships-Lingnan University

Scholarships of HK$120,000 each per academic year will be awarded to successful applicants, covering tuition fee, hostel and other academic and living expenses. Each scholarship is offered on an annual renewable basis and is tenable for a period of up to 3 years, subject to continued outstanding academic performance. In 2009-10, the annual tuition fee is HK$70,000 and the hostel fee is HK$9,000 per year (excluding the summer term). Tuition fee for 2010-11 is HK$80,000 per year. Hostel fee for 2010-11 is under review.

  • Students should have attained at a recognised post-secondary institution outside Hong Kong a qualification equivalent to the Admission Requirements of the University and students will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Students may be required to gain a minimum of Grade C in English in the GCE O-Level or GCSE Examination or an equivalent public examination; or a TOEFL score of 213 in the computer-based test, or 550 in the paper-based test, or 79 in the internet-based test; or an IELTS overall band score of 5.5.
Selection Criteria
The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has good academic standing and a good track record in community services. For candidates of comparable academic merits, preference will be given to the candidate with better proven records of community services.

Application Procedures
Online Application:
Please complete the Online Application for Direct Admission and upload the completed Application for Overseas Student Scholarships together with relevant documents through the online application system on or before 31 March 2010.Please visit for details.
Paper-form Application:
Please submit the completed Application for Overseas Student Scholarships with your Application for Direct Admission form (both available, together with other supporting documents by post to
Admissions Office, 
the Registry,
Lingnan University,
8 Castle Peak Road,
Tuen Mun,
Hong Kong
on or before 27 February 2010. 
Late applications will be considered subject to the availability of places.

[Germany] 29 Scholarships for PhD Students and Postdoctoral Researchers – University of Hohenheim

The Food Security Center (FSC) is a newly established university center of excellence in development collaboration at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. FSC is one of five excellence centers of the program “exceed – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation”, which is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. FSC’s mission is to make effective and innovative scientific contributions in research, teaching, and policy advice to eradicate hunger and achieve food security in collaboration with partner Higher Education Institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and national and international development and research organizations. Thematically, FSC’s activities deal with issues of sustainable food availability, food access, food use, and food utilization. More information is available from
FSC awards up to 29 scholarships for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers for a period of 4 to 36 months, starting April 15, 2010. The Center wishes to attract outstanding PhD students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing a career in academia or development collaboration. The scholarships aim at increasing their previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. Furthermore, FSC aims at establishing an active, long-lasting collaboration with the supported researchers and their home institutions.
FSC offers three categories of scholarships:

  • Sandwich scholarships for PhD students (6 months)
  • Research scholarships for visiting postdoctoral researchers (4 months)
  • Excellence scholarships for FSC-supported PhD program “Young Excellence School” (36 months)

In category 1 and 2, FSC scholarships will support researchers from developing countries to conduct their research either at the University of Hohenheim (South – North) or at a national or international research institute in a developing country, for instance one of the centers of the CGIAR (South – South). There are few scholarships for students and postdoctoral researchers of the University of Hohenheim to visit a research institute in a developing country (North – South).
The application deadline for all scholarships in category 1 and 2 is January 30, 2010. Selection is carried out on a competitive basis and the decisions will be communicated up to March 16, 2010. Regarding the details of the different scholarships, the application process and the requirements, please consult FSC’s webpage ( ). Please read the information carefully before you apply. Only complete applications will be considered.
In category 3, FSC is supporting excellent PhD students to participate in the FSC-supported PhD program at the University of Hohenheim, mainly students from developing countries, but few scholarships are as well provided to students from Germany. The detailed application information for the scholarships of this category will be posted on FSC’s webpage end of January 2010; the PhD program will start in August 2010.
Visiting Address:
Food Security Center
University of Hohenheim
Wollgrasweg 43
70599 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone :+49 711 45924455
Fax :+49 711 45924456

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