JSPS’s RONPAKU Dissertation PhD Fellowships in Computer Science at University of Aizu

The aim of JSPS’s RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Program is to provide tutorial and financial support to promising young researchers in Asia who wish to obtain their PhD degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without going through a doctoral course. Grantees under the program (RONPAKU Fellows) are given the opportunity to visit their Japanese advisor once a year to receive direct supervision at the Japanese university where they will submit their PhD thesis.
As a faculty at University of Aizu, Japan, I am interested to guide interested students through this program. Please note that Univ of Aizu is a computer science oriented university and the degree will be in computer science and engineering. Research topics of interest to me include.

  1. Regional Weather/climate prediction research through dynamical modelling
  2. Distributed Geophysical Visualisation algorithms and implementation using Ruby Language.
  3. Application of Machine Learning to Climate and Weather Research.
  4. Reconfigureable computing for high performance weather/climate modelling.
Saji N Hameed,
Associate Professor,
ARC-ENV, Center for Advanced Information Science and Technology,
University of Aizu, Tsuruga, Ikki-machi,
Aizuwakamatsu- shi, Fukushima 965-8580,
Tel: +81242 37-2736
From FY2010, this program is offered to researchers in the following countries
ASIA (including Middle East countries)
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh*, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China*, Georgia, India, Indonesia*, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea*, Kuwait, Kyrgyz, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia*, Maldives, Mongolia*, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines*, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand*, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam*, and Yemen.
Algeria, Angora, Uganda, Egypt*, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Cape Verde, Gabon, Cameroon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Comoro, Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Swaziland, Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Chad, Central African Republic, Tunisia, Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, Niger, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Benin, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius, Mauritania, Morocco, Libya, Rwanda and Lesotho
* The ten countries marked with an asterisk(*)haveJSPS counterpart organizations that assist in applicant nomination and program implementation. Applicants whose home institution comes under one of these organizations submit a different set of forms than other applicants. Please refer to the Application Guidelines.
Each applicant for the Program must be a researcher who
  • belongs to a university or research institute in the above-listed countries
  • already holds a full-time position as a researcher in a university or research institution in his/her home country or will likely be appointed to such a position by 1 April of the starting year of the fellowship
  • is under age 50 as of 1 of the starting year of the fellowship. Further eligibility requirements for this program are provided in the Application Guidelines.
Further eligibility requirements for this program are provided in the Application Guidelines.
Number of Fellowships
About 40 per year (up to 30 from Asian countries and up to 10 from African countries
Duration of Fellowship
Up to 5 years
JSPS Support
  • RONPAKU Fellows may visit their Japanese host university once a year for a maximum period of 90 days for the purpose of studying under the supervision of their Japanese advisor.
  • JSPS provides RONPAKU Fellows with a roundtrip international air ticket (economy class), maintenance allowance and medical/accidental insurance, and covers expenses related to dissertation submission during their stays in Japan.
  • The Japanese advisor may visit the RONPAKU fellow’s home university or research institution once a year for a maximum period of 30 days for the purpose of supervising RONPAKU Fellow’s study.
  • JSPS provides Japanese Advisors with a roundtrip air ticket (economy class) and maintenance allowance, and covers their visa issuance fees and supervising expenses during their stays in the fellow’s country.
  • During the fellow’s stay in Japan, JSPS provides the Japanese Advisor with an allowance for supervising his/her study at the host institution.
For more information on JSPS’s financial support, please see the Application Guidelines.
Please note: Being awarded a RONPAKU fellowship does not automatically guarantee the obtaining of a PhD degree. Each RONPAKU Fellow is responsible for making the necessary effort to succeed in his/her dissertation research.
Selection Procedure
Under JSPS’s RONPAKU Program, a two-step procedure is used for selecting RONPAKU Fellows. Applications are first screened through a document review. Taking into account these results, a category-based panel review is held on the applications.
Selection criteria for JSPS review:
  1. Based on their record of scientific results, applicants must be seen as “mature” researchers.
  2. The applicant’s research proposal should be suited to pursuing a PhD degree through submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course. The feasibility should be very high that the applicant will obtain a PhD degree within a maximum of 5 years.
  3. The Japanese advisor must be suitable for supervising the Fellow’s research; sufficient advance communication must have been carried out between the advisor and the applicant; the research supervision plan must be well-prepared and specific
First step of selection procedure
In the first step of RONPAKU screening, JSPS has each application screened by three referees, chosen according to the applicant’s research area.
The first-step screening criteria are as follows: (1) Research ability, (2) Research plan, and (3) Japanese advisor’s suitability for supervising the RONAPKU Fellow.
Each referee scores applications by grades 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1.
5: Highest possibility that applicant can obtain PhD degree within the allotted tenure
4: High possibility that applicant can obtain PhD degree within the allotted tenure
3: Possibility that applicant can obtain PhD degree
2: Little possibility that applicant can obtain PhD degree
1: No possibility that the applicant can obtain PhD degree
Second step of selection procedure
As the second step, JSPS holds panel reviews on the applications. They are held in the following eight categories: Humanities and Social Sciences; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Chemistry; Engineering Sciences; Biological Sciences; Agricultural Sciences; and Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The number of applicants selected in each category is decided in proportion to the number of applications submitted.
Selection results are given to each applicant through his/her prospective Japanese advisor or the nominating organization in his/her home country.
Contact Information
Asian Program Division
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
6 Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8471 JAPAN
Telephone: +81.(0)3. 3263.2368  Facsimile: +81.(0)3. 3234.3700
Official scholarship website:

Amsterdam Business School / NTIO Joint Scholarships

University of Amsterdam Business School – Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) Programme for outstanding Taiwanese students for Academic Year 2010-2011 Scholarship Offer

  • The Amsterdam Business School (ABS) offers 2 scholarships:
    • one tuition waiver of € 13.500 for the fulltime MBA programme;
    • one tuition waiver of € 12.000 for the fulltime Master in International Finance programme (MIF).
  • An enrollment fee of € 2.000 is applicable for both programmes.
Requirements for OTS applicants:
1) Applicants must satisfy the online admission requirements as described on the website of the Amsterdam Business School,
For the MBA:
For the MIF:
Summary of ABS MBA entry requirements:
  • Bachelor degree: Applicants are expected to hold a good first degree;
  • Work experience: A minimum of three years of business experience is essential;
  • General Management Aptitude Test (GMAT): Proof of a valid GMAT score (not older than 5 years);
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Proof of sufficient English language proficiency.
Summary of ABS MIF entry requirements
  • A good undergraduate degree preferably in economics, finance, business, law, or a quantitative discipline. For students with no background in these areas, a one-week mathematics and statistics refresher course right before the start of the programme. Admission may be conditional on you taking the mathematics and statistics refresher course;
  • Work experience is desirable but not essential;
  • General Management Aptitude Test (GMAT): Proof of a valid GMAT score (not older than 5 years);
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Proof of sufficient English language proficiency.
Amsterdam Business School Application Deadline:
The OTS applicants should submit their complete application file online for admission to ABS before April 30th 2010and indicate that they are applying for the OTS.
If you have any question, please contact the or the
The Amsterdam Business School Profile (Or go to
Part of the UvA’s Faculty of Economics and Business, the ABS has a balanced portfolio of research based education in Accounting, Finance and Management addressing issues such as Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility and Leadership. Our staff is composed of top-level academics from more than 20 different countries.
In 2007 the Amsterdam Business School received EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) annual meeting. EQUIS, the European Quality Improvement System, is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation for higher education institutions in management and business administration.
The ABS’ educational philosophy is characterised by small scale interactive seminars, workshops and case based programmes, all designed to stimulate active student participation. Excellent international students are attracted by the ABS’s two flagship programmes, the Amsterdam Master of Business Administration, known as the Amsterdam MBA, and the Master in International Finance (MIF). Both programmes are taught entirely in English.
For the academic year 2010/2011, the Amsterdam MBA and the Master in International Finance each offer one NESO Orange Tulip scholarship to a highly qualified Taiwanese applicant. The scholarships take the form of te tuition fee waivers (except for an enrollment fee of EUR 2.000) and have a value of EUR 13.500 for the Amsterdam MBA and EUR 12.000 for the Master in International Finance.
Amsterdam MBA (one-year full time)
Taught by faculty with extensive experience in both international business and academia, courses introduce students to the theory they need to understand the business world, the best methods of practice and the most recent developments in international business. The part-time and full-time students interact throughout the programme. The ability to work with different kinds of specialists with different nationalities is one of the most fascinating and useful experiences that can be gained from an MBA. The MBA curriculum provides broad coverage of the main functional areas in management: accounting, finance, marketing and sales, operations management, information systems management, law and human resource management. It also provides basic instruction in economics and quantitative analysis. The curriculum is highly integrative and will include courses in business policy and strategy. Beyond the acquisition of knowledge and technical skills the curriculum puts theory into practice by focusing on the personal development of participants through such competencies as decision making, teamwork, leadership skills, entrepreneurial potential, negotiation skills, communication and presentation skills.

The Aston University PhD Research Studentships in Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Pharmacy, Optometry and Psychology

PhD Studentships for international overseas students with bursaries available against fees.  Projects are available in research groups allied to Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Pharmacy, Optometry and Psychology.
Applications are invited for three year Research Studentships to be undertaken in the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University to start in July or October 2010.
The School of Life and Health Sciences is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to pursue cutting-edge research. In the 2008 RAE, 85% of the research in the School of Life and Health Sciences was ranked as being of international  quality, and the School was ranked 3rd out of 61 UK University submissions to Allied Health Professions and Studies for quality and volume of research. The School currently has a research income of about £8m, with approximately 75 research students, (part time and full-time), who are registered in the School each year.
Project Details
Projects can be viewed by research topic and research supervisor at (
Financial Support
The projects are available to students meeting the University and School academic entry requirements and bursaries for international students will be awarded competitively on merit. The bursaries for international students will cover payment of £6,000 against the international fee of £12,650 per annum.
Application Requirements

  • Applicants should have or expect a good honours degree (either first class or upper second class) or hold an MSc in a relevant discipline.
  • The English Language requirements are a minimum score of 620 (260 minimum in computer test) in TOEFL OR IELTS with minimum marks of 6.5 in each section and an overall band of 7.0.
  • The studentships are for 3 years, subject to a satisfactory progress review at the end of the first year, and are available for July 1st and October 1st 2010 registration.
  • For an application form please visit:
  • Closing Date: Monday, 10th May 2010 for July entry or 9th August 2010 for October entry.
  • For informal enquiries or to return completed applications forms, please contact the Research Office, Room MB560, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET; email : +44 (0)121 204 4019).
Web Link
For further details, go to:

Second Level Specializing Master Scholarships for International Students at Politecnico di Torino, Italy

The Politecnico di Torino offers international students the possibility to receive a scholarship and other benefits attending a II level specializing master program. The initiative is promoted by the Politecnico di Torino and the Compagnia di San Paolo.
For the 2010/2011 academic year, applications for the following second level Specializing Master programs will be accepted:

  • Master in Automatica and Control Technologies
  • Master in E-business and ICT for Management
  • Master in Navigation and Related Applications
  • Master in Wireless Systems and Related Technologies
Level: Post graduate courses (after a Master of Science degree)
Location: Torino
Language in which the courses are held: English
Length: 1 year
The activities will begin in September 2010.
Academic requirements
In order to be admitted into a II level Specializing Master program, applicants must possess a university degree equivalent to a Master of Science degree, which is approximately equivalent to five years after secondary school.
For further information, please visit the “admission requirements” section of each Specializing Master program website.
Application is open to students who:
  • are not Italian citizens, or are Italian citizens who are also in possess of another citizenship;
  • are not recipients of any other scholarships, Italian or foreign.
In the website of each individual Master program are indicated the credits necessary to obtain the degree (see the “Course syllabus” section).
Selection criteria
Applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic career and of their Curriculum Vitae.
Amount of the scholarship
  • The gross amount of the scholarship is 6.000 Euro per year for the complete period (1 year).
  • The amount of the scholarship will not be increased in case the student benefits from an internship extension.
  • The allocation of the scholarship is dependent upon the submission, within 10 days from the arrival in Italy of the student, of the original documentation, which must correspond with the documentation attached to the online form (see the “Selection outcomes” section below).
  • Payment of the scholarship occurs periodically. The first instalment is dependent upon the possession of the relevant documentation (enrollment certification, residence permit, Italian fiscal code, and bank account in the name of the scholarship recipient), all obtainable upon arrival in Italy; for this reason, the first instalment is not paid at the moment of arrival at the Politecnico di Torino (September 2010), but at the end of October 2010.
  • Given that it is not possible to combine the benefits received from more than one scholarship, students who are assigned another study grant while receiving the Compagnia di San Paolo – Politecnico scholarship must promptly notify the Politecnico di Torino.
  • Payment of the scholarship will be suspended if the attendance of the recipient does not meet the requirements of the rules of the Specializing Master that will be handed over before the course start.
To apply, students must, under the penalty of being excluded from the selection process:
  • Deadline: 12 a.m. (Italian time) on May 17th, 2010.
  • Method: fill in the online application form by first registering and providing your biographical information, logging in and choosing your level and degree course, and subsequently submitting the application. Students must also provide information on their previous educational career, language abilities and work experience, and they must attach the necessary documentation in pdf format. After having completed these steps, the application for a scholarship will be considered complete.N.B. The scholarship or project for which the applicant is eligible is not specified in the application form, since the Politecnico will automatically assess your eligibility for the Compagnia di San Paolo – Politecnico scholarship based on the information you provide. At the end of the selection process, the Politecnico di Torino will inform you if you have been selected for a Compagnia di San Paolo – Politecnico scholarship (see the “Selection outcomes” section below).The following documentation must be attached in pdf format to the online application form:
    1. Passport or, for EU citizens, other ID document
    2. Official transcript(s) (original or authenticated copy) issued by the registrar of your university of origin containing ALL of the following information:
      • list of exams sustained in the program of study with the score of each exam
      • the planned duration of the program of study (no. of semesters)
      • the final score
      • the number of credits earned with each exam (where applicable)
    3. Curriculum Vitae
    4. The request to admission to the Master programs
    5. An English language certificate (if you do not have any English language certificate, you are required to insert, in the “other documents” section, a written declaration testifying your level of knowledge of the English language. In this case the Politecnico di Torino reserves the right to contact the candidate for a telephone interview)
    6. Optional letters of reference (2 maximum)
    7. Optional personal introduction letter (written by the applicant)
    The above documents must be rendered in English.
    We emphasize that the data shown in the documents must coincide with those inserted in the online application form. Moreover, failure to attach even one of the above documents will result in exclusion from the selection process.
Following the closure of the online application form, a master committee will meet to assess the applications.
At the end of the selection process, a provisional list of standings will be composed with the names of the students who have been awarded a scholarship and the names of the eligible applicants that may be awarded a scholarship in the event of one or more renunciations.
An e-mail message will be sent to all scholarship recipients and eligible applicants summarising the terms for the disbursement of the scholarship. This message will be sent to the address(es) specified by the students themselves on the online application form. NEVERTHELESS, THIS MESSAGE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION OF THE OUTCOME OF THE SELECTION.
The scholarship awardees and eligible applicants who wish to confirm their position must take the following steps:
  1. download the Master acceptance declaration which will be published together with the list of selection outcomes, fill it in and fax it to the number +39 011 090 5730 together with a copy of the receipt of the dispatch by express courier of the original documentation. Failure to send in the acceptance fax within the given period will constitute a definitive renunciation and the scholarship will be reassigned accordingly.
  2. send to the Politecnico di Torino the original of the documentation attached to the online application form (see the above list).
    The documents must be sent to the following address:
    Politecnico di Torino
    Ufficio Protocollo
    Master in ……(name of the second level Specializing Master)
    Progetto ……(name of the project)
    Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
    10129 Torino
    Failure to hand in the original documentation within 10 days from the student’s arrival according to the above conditions will result in the non-allocation of the scholarship.
Publication of the final list of standings is foreseen for June 2010.
We emphasize that the Politecnico di Torino assumes no responsibility for the applicant’s failure to view the list of standings and/or the terms for the acceptance of the scholarships as published online and on the Official Register of the Politecnico.
In all the e-mail messages and the correspondence sent to the Politecnico following the awarding of the scholarship, the recipient must clearly specify “Compagnia di San Paolo – Politecnico project” and the Specializing Master program for which he/she has been selected.
Tuition fees for Compagnia di San Paolo students are covered by the project.
Compagnia di San Paolo – Politecnico scholarship recipients, together with the second level Specializing Master courses, will benefit from:
  • an intensive Italian language course, free of charge
  • advice on lodging facilities (for more information visit the Accommodation section)
  • additional services offered to the student community (access to the Politecnico libraries and computer laboratories, WI-FI (Wireless LAN), etc.); scholarship recipients will also be entitled to all the services offered by the regional university student assistance organisation, Ente regionale per il DIritto allo Studio Universitario (EDISU Piemonte) at full fee: student canteen service, cultural and recreational activities, sports activities, libraries with lending service, etc. (for more information visit the Campus Facilities section)
  • assistance in obtaining an entry visa. For more information consult the Immigration Requirements section and the websites of the Italian Embassies and Consulates
  • assistance by the Stage and Job Placement office for internship and employment.
  • Please note that the Specializing Master programs will be activated only in the event that the minimum number of students required is reached. Only in that moment the selected students will be contacted in order to receive the corresponding letter to obtain the student VISA
  • The scholarship does not include accommodation costs, which are thus totally at the expense of the student
  • The Politecnico di Torino does not guarantee any type of accommodation for Compagnia di San Paolo – Politecnico scholarship recipients. For students turning to the private market to rent an apartment, the initial amount requested for the cautionary deposit is equal to about three months rent, plus any fees charged by the real estate agency, if applicable. The approximate amount of the rent for an apartment shared with other students comes to about 250 EURO/month per person, and the rent for a small/medium sized apartment is about 500 EURO/month.
  • Enrolment at the Politecnico includes insurance coverage for accidents occurring on the university premises.
    Medical insurance for emergencies (First Aid), as required by the law for non-EU citizens, is about 100 EURO per year. Upon their arrival in Italy, students must pay this amount to INA Assitalia: this is required for the conversion of the entry visa into a residence permit. For further information on these matters, see the Health insurance section.
  • We advise students to go to the Italian Embassy or Consulate to inform themselves on the necessary requirements to obtain an entry visa in Italy.
Ufficio Master e Formazione Permanente
Tel.:+39 011 090 5713
+39 011 090 5717
+39 011 090 6108
Fax:+39 011 090 5730
Official announcement available at:

The South Africa NRF Master-PhD Scholarships for Africans

The objective of the National Research Foundation (NRF) is to support and promote research through funding, human capacity development and the provision of the necessary research facilities, in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of the natural and social sciences, humanities and technology, including indigenous knowledge systems.
The NRF provide two types of complementary student support:

  • Free-standing scholarships and fellowships which will be awarded directly to students undertaking full-time study, on a competitive basis. Students must apply for these awards themselves, and remain responsible for the submission of all required documentation.
  • Grant-holder-linked assistantships and bursaries which will be granted to researchers within their NRF support packages and may be awarded to students selected by NRF grant-holders and linked to their research plans. Applications have to be made by the researchers in their applications for research grants in the respective NRF programmes.
Categories of free-standing student support
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded for full-time honours, Master’s and doctoral studies to top achievers in their research fields, for academic performance as well as their research potential. Applications for full-time honours and Master’s awards as well as closing dates are available at various tertiary institutions and post graduate research offices.
The following Free-standing student support in the natural, social and human sciences, engineering and technology is offered:
  • NRF Free-standing Honours Scholarships for full-time study in South Africa
  • NRF/DST Innovation Scholarships for full-time Master’s and doctoral study in South Africa
  • NRF/DAAD In-country Scholarships for full-time Master’s and doctoral study in South Africa
  • NRF/DST Innovation Scholarships for full-time Master’s and doctoral study in South Africa
  • SABI/NRF Scholarships for full-time Master’s and doctoral study in South Africa
  • NRF Prestigious and Equity Scholarships for full-time Master’s study in South Africa
  • NRF Prestigious and Equity Scholarships for full-time doctoral study in South Africa as well as doctoral study abroad
  • The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust (CCT) and the NRF joint funding of five (5) South African doctoral scholars
  • Postdoctoral fellowships for research, either in South Africa or abroad
  • Free-standing Innovation postdoctoral fellowships for research in South Africa
Contact Information
Physical Address:
Meiring Naudé Road
South Africa
Postal Address:
Box 2600
South Africa
Phone numbers: +27 (0)12 481-4081
General email address:
Please contact the scholarship provider website below for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.⊂=Overview

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