October 08, 2013

Boren Awards Application Announcement

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and
Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards
provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and
graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe,
Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add
important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic
backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught
languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean,
Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages
Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further
their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof,
Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic
year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language
study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients
commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

National Application Deadlines

Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014

Boren Scholarship: February 5, 2014*

*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline.
Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren
campus representative.

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of
our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please
visit www.borenawards.org. You can also contact the Boren Awards staff
at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education
Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International
Education.

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January 14, 2013

Open Society Foundation Scholarships for Middle East Rule of Law Masters Degree

Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Scholarship Programs are pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Middle East Rule of Law Masters Degree Awards

The Middle East Rule of Law Program (MEROL) offers qualified applicants the opportunity to study for Master’s degrees in the following fields at top-ranked universities in the U.S., Hungary, and the Middle East:
Public Policy / Public
Administration
Media / Communications
Studies
Law (Master of Laws – LLM)
Social Work
Gender Studies
Mission and Objectives

The Middle East Rule of Law (MEROL) program aims to assist in the creation of a critical mass of reform-minded professionals in the Middle East working in fields crucial to the development and sustainability of open societies.

In conceiving of the foundations of the “Rule of Law” to include the healthy functioning of various public sectors beyond law itself, MEROL represents an extension of the Open Society Foundations’ Palestinian Rule of Law Program (PROL). Since 2003, the PROL program has supported over 50 LLM fellowships for Palestinian lawyers who are now engaged in
law reform, teaching, and the development of a Palestinian rule of law infrastructure.

Eligibility:
Applicants must:
 be legally resident in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria, or Palestine (West Bank or Gaza, including East
Jerusalem) at the time of application
 demonstrate an excellent academic record and have an advanced degree (Minimum: Bachelor’s)
 display impressive civil society leadership potential
 prove strong English language ability through testing and interviews
(Minimum TOEFL score of 480)
 be able to begin the program in August or September, 2013
 be able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 visa (for students placed in the U.S.) or a Hungarian visa (for students
placed at the Central European University in Budapest)
 participate in an intensive academic writing program in summer 2013 prior to departure to US
 commit to returning to the home country upon degree completion
The fellowship provides:
 Tuition and mandatory university fees
 Monthly stipend for room, board, and living expenses
 Transportation to/from the U.S. or Hungary
 Accident and sickness insurance during program
 Funds for educational materials
 Funds for professional development
 Funds for an intensive academic writing program before starting at host universities(Please See Reverse Side)
The fellowship does NOT provide:
 Funding for dependent family members
 the option to choose university placement
Selection

Competition will be merit based and selection made on the basis of academic excellence, professional aptitude, leadership potential in the field of specialization, and proven commitment to open society values.

Pre-selection and Testing: All applications must include an English-language test (TOEFL, ITP, or IELTS) score report. Submitted applications will be screened by representatives from AMIDEAST, OSF and potential host universities. Applicants chosen to continue in the competition as semifinalists will be required to take the official
TOEFL test. AMIDEAST will make arrangements for semi-finalist TOEFL testing.

Interviews and Final Selection: Semifinalists will be interviewed in-person or via videoconference by a committee of representatives from OSF and potential US host universities. The committee will recommend finalists for placement at host universities. All finalists will need an official TOEFL test report. (Unofficial English test score reports will not be acceptable at the finalist placement stage.)

University Placement
Fellows are matched with US universities according to their academic and professional goals and experience. Decisions concerning host university placement are made by the program selection committee, which includes university graduate admissions staff and faculty. Each placement is available on the basis of previously negotiated agreements between OSF and the participating universities. Finalists are therefore not responsible for finding appropriate degree programs.

Potential Internship / Work Placement Funding
In some cases MEROL funding may be extended for six months after degree completion to cover public-sector and nonprofit internships. Information about internships will be shared with the grantees during the fellowship year.

Participant Responsibilities
Grantees will be required to live for up to two years in their home country after completing their degree. Grantees placed
in the U.S. should note that OSF supports the U.S. government’s J-1 policy, and expects grantees to apply the expertise
the fellowship has given them to the improvement of their home communities.

All finalists attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation and intensive academic writing program in the summer
preceding the award as well as other OSF-sponsored events during the fellowship period. The costs associated with these activities are covered by the fellowship.Fellows must uphold the academic and ethical standards of the host institution and undertake full-time study for the program’s duration. Failure to maintain academic and professional standards will result in dismissal from the program.The program is administered by OSF and AMIDEAST and funded by OSF and host universities.

For more information and an application, please visit the following website or contact a local AMIDEAST office on
the following page:
http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/middle-east-rule-law-masters-scholarship

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November 30, 2012

Miller-Sidgwick Exchange Scholarship

Telluride Association is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2013-2014 Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarship. The scholarship provides support for students from the University of Michigan to participate in an exchange program with the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Application materials for the Miller-Sidgwick Exchange Scholarship are attached to this e-mail. Full instructions are included with the application, and all qualified students are encouraged to apply. Applicants may also go to http://www.tellurideassociation.org/ for more information and for application materials.

Deadline for receipt of applications is January 18, 2013. Applicants should note submission formatting requirements and prepare materials accordingly. Late applications will not be accepted.

Founded in 1911, Telluride Association is a nonprofit organization that creates and fosters educational communities that teach leadership and service through democratic participation. Telluride aims to foster an everyday synthesis of self-governance and intellectual inquiry that enables students to develop their potential for leadership and public service.

Questions about the scholarship may be directed to Ryan Nefdt, Co-Chair of Telluride Association Overseas Student Exchange, at ryan.nefdt@tellurideassociation.org, or to Michele J. Wogaman, Michigan Program Director, at mpd@tellurideassociation.org.

MILLER-SIDGWICK INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIP

The Telluride Association Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarship provides scholarships for students from the University of Michigan, USA to participate in an exchange program with the University of Cape Town.

Program Description

The scholarship will award one grant for an undergraduate or graduate student from the University of Michigan to attend the University of Cape Town for one year of study. The recipient, known as a Miller-Sidgwick Scholar, is chosen on a competitive basis. The scholarship will cover tuition, health insurance, one round-trip airfare between the student’s home and Cape Town, room and board, and living expenses for the duration of the exchange year of study. In addition, the recipients will be required to participate in a community service project during the exchange year, broadly defined as July 15, 2013 through June 15, 2014.

Eligibility

The student selected from the University of Michigan must be a student currently pursuing a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree not in his/her final year of study during the exchange year of study. However, current Michigan Branch of Telluride Association housemembers are eligible to pursue the exchange year of study during his/her final year of study.

Criteria for Selection

Candidates must demonstrate the relevance of this educational experience to their long-term educational and/or career goals and the potential of the experience to enhance their contributions to society. Scholarships are not solely awarded on the basis of academic record. The academic record is relevant as evidence of the candidate's ability to successfully participate in the academic environment of the host institution.

Candidates must also demonstrate an interest in the region/country to which they will be going and how it relates to his/her academic goals and pursuits. Evidence of the candidate's capacity to adapt to an academically and culturally diverse environment will also be evaluated.

Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to democratic principles in the essay on governance.

Candidates must present an idea for a project that is thoughtful and has a capacity for making an impact yet is feasible given the budgetary and time constraints. This will be demonstrated in the essays as well as during the interview process.

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November 26, 2012

Abdelkader Education Project Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship Opportunities - National Essay Contests

2012-2013 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize

College and high school students across the U.S. are invited to participate in essay contests that reflect on the contemporary meaning of the life of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883). He was an Arab Muslim hero from Algeria admired by President Lincoln, Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX and countless others of different nationalities, religions, and social classes. Abdelkader’s life is an inspiring legacy of ethical leadership, civility, moral courage and cross-cultural and interfaith understanding. Upon his death in 1883, The New York Times eulogized, “The nobility of his character won him the admiration of the world…He was one of the few great men of the century.” Today, Emir Abdelkader is remembered as an esteemed humanitarian, statesman, military leader, and religious scholar who respected all cultures and faiths.

What began as a contest for Iowa students has grown throughout the U.S. as awareness of the relevance of studying about this man of great character has spread. Emir Abdelkader...a positive role model for today.

Essay Scholarship Prizes are offered with support from The Principal Financial Group:
Ø Iowa High School students (1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500) - also in U.S. competition
Ø U.S. High School students (1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500)
Ø U.S. College students (1st Place = $1,500; 2nd Place = $1,000)

Students are invited to compete for scholarships and enter a journey of discovery connecting cultures across centuries. Participants will:
Ø Read the biography, Commander of the Faithful…The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883) by John W. Kiser. Information about Abdelkader and the author can be found at www.truejihad.com.

Ø Examine Emir Abdelkader’s life of struggle during peace, war, imprisonment, and exile.

Ø Write a 1000-1200 word essay to broaden perspectives on historical, civic, global, cultural and interfaith awareness addressing the following points:
· Why does Emir Abdelkader’s life story and legacy deserve remembering today?
· What stands out in Emir Abdelkader’s life that is relevant to you?
· What do you think of Abdelkader’s education compared to your own?

Deadline for Essay Submissions: March 15, 2013 (Essays accepted before this date.)
1) Submit entry form (link on website)
2) Submit final essay (link on website) to abdelkaderproject@gmail.com

Contest details on AEP website www.abdelkaderproject.org. Updates posted during year.

Questions? Contact Kathy Garms at abdelkaderproject@gmail.com or 563.329.0448

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