Monthly Archives: January 2015

VT News: University program spurs change in Senegalese law governing universities

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 30, 2015 – Senegalese universities now recognize “community service” as a core value after passage of a law that is a direct result of Virginia Tech’s involvement in the West African country.

“The relationship of Senegalese universities to the public has been transformed,” said Mary Teuw Niane, Senegalese Minister of Higher Education and Research, at a research symposium in the capital city, Dakar, earlier this month. He credited “a new culture” introduced to public universities through the work of the Virginia Tech-led program Education and Research in Agriculture in Senegal.

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BHEARD candidates from Ghana

Michigan State University is the implementing institution for the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program, a USAID-funded initiative to train agricultural researchers from Feed the Future countries.

We are pleased to invite your institution to review the attached candidates from Ghana.  All of these are currently employed at research institutions in Ghana, and are seeking admission to doctoral programs in the U.S. starting in Fall 2015.

The BHEARD program will pay for all of their doctoral program expenses including the following:

  • Tuition, fees, living expenses, insurance, air fare, etc. at the U.S. university (please see Proposal Guidelines for further details)
  • A pre-dissertation trip home to Ghana for the student to design his/her doctoral research project
  • Research seed grant and post-degree reintegration grant

All doctoral research projects will be conducted in Ghana. The U.S. academic advisor of the student will receive funding for a trip to Ghana during the student’s field work, to provide guidance as needed, and to establish professional relationships with the student’s home research institution.

A list of candidates’ names and fields of study can be found here: BHEARDGhana2015 (Annex A). Full dossiers for each of these students are available on GoogleDrive, the link for which can be found in the guidelines. Student applications can be opened by using 20fifteen_Schol@rs.

All candidates have taken the GRE and TOEFL tests; scores obtained to date are listed in Annex B of the Proposal Guidelines. Please note that USAID requires full, regular, admission for these students. No funding is available for English training in the U.S.

The deadline for receipt of Ghana submissions is February 27, 2015.

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BHEARD candidates from Bangladesh

Michigan State University is the implementing institution for the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program, a USAID-funded initiative to train agricultural researchers from Feed the Future countries.

We are pleased to invite your institution to review the attached candidates from Bangladesh.  All of these are currently employed at research institutions in Bangladesh, and are seeking admission to doctoral programs in the U.S. starting in Fall 2015.

The BHEARD program will pay for all of their doctoral program expenses including the following:

  • Tuition, fees, living expenses, insurance, air fare, etc. at the U.S. university (please see Proposal Guidelines for further details)
  • A pre-dissertation trip home to Bangladesh for the student to design his/her doctoral research project
  • Research seed grant and post-degree reintegration grant

All doctoral research projects will be conducted in Bangladesh. The U.S. academic advisor of the student will receive funding for a trip to Bangladesh during the student’s field work, to provide guidance as needed, and to establish professional relationships with the student’s home research institution.

A list of candidates’ names and fields of study can be found here: BHEARD Bangladesh 2015 (Annex A). Full dossiers for each of these students are available on GoogleDrive, the link for which can be found in the guidelines. Student applications can be opened by using 20fifteen_Schol@rs.

All candidates have taken the GRE and IELTS tests; scores obtained to date are listed in Annex B of the Proposal Guidelines. Please note that USAID requires full, regular, admission for these students. No funding is available for English training in the U.S.

The deadline for receipt of all submissions is February 22, 2015.

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BHEARD candidates from Malawi

Michigan State University is the implementing institution for the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program, a USAID-funded initiative to train agricultural researchers from Feed the Future countries.

We are pleased to invite your institution to review the attached candidates from Malawi.  All of these are currently employed at research institutions in Malawi, and are seeking admission to doctoral programs in the U.S. starting in Fall 2015.

The BHEARD program will pay for all of their doctoral program expenses including the following:

  • Tuition, fees, living expenses, insurance, air fare, etc. at the U.S. university (please see Proposal Guidelines for further details)
  • A pre-dissertation trip home to Malawi for the student to design his/her doctoral research project
  • Research seed grant and post-degree reintegration grant

All doctoral research projects will be conducted in Malawi. The U.S. academic advisor of the student will receive funding for a trip to Malawi during the student’s field work, to provide guidance as needed, and to establish professional relationships with the student’s home research institution.

A list of candidates’ names and fields of study can be found here: BHEARD Malawi 2015 (Annex A). Full dossiers for each of these students are available on GoogleDrive, the link for which can be found in the guidelines. Student applications can be opened by using 20fifteen_Schol@rs.

All candidates have taken the GRE and TOEFL tests; scores obtained to date are listed in Annex B of the Proposal Guidelines. Please note that USAID requires full, regular, admission for these students. No funding is available for English training in the U.S.

The deadline for receipt of all submissions is February 22, 2015.

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100,000 Strong in the Americas Competion for promoting study abroad partnerships

NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Partners of the Americas, and the Department of State are pleased to announce the latest grant competition as part of President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative. 100,000 Strong in the Americas is the Administration’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere designed to foster region-wide prosperity through increased higher education collaboration. To implement the President’s vision, the Department of State established a public-private partnership with NAFSA: Association of International Educators and Partners of the Americas to raise money for competitive “Innovation Grants” for higher education institutions, following the work of the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program and the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Act.

  • Grants up to $25,000 will be awarded to institutions that show a commitment to increasing student mobility between the United States and Canada, the Caribbean, and/or Latin America.

Dates for your calendar:

  • Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015- RFP goes live! See the RFP here. See commonly asked questions from the previous Santander round here.
  • Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015- Webinar on 100K Americas Proposal Tips (English) Register here.
  • Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015- Deadline for Questions about Competition 6. Ask your questions here.
  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015- Webinar on 100K Americas Proposal Tips (Spanish). Register here.
  • Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015- Q&As posted online. See here.
  • Friday, Mar 6, 2015- Proposal deadline. Submit proposal here.
  • No later than April 15, 2015- Announcement of winners
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World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship

Every year the RSM Program provides grants of up to $25,000 to PhD candidates from developing countries to conduct innovative, development-related, PhD research under the supervision of a research advisor at a host institution abroad.

Fellows must commit to return to their home country when their fellowship ends to complete their PhD and to work.

Preference is given to lecturers and researchers who are employed in academic or research institutions in their home country and are currently enrolled in PhD programs.

Core Eligibility Criteria:

  • Home country is a World Bank member developing country.
  • Not a dual citizen of a developed country.
  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program in a member country of the World Bank.
  • Completed all coursework and exam requirements for your PhD.
  • Have a master’s degree.
  • Be 35 years or younger.
  • You meet one of the following conditions:

a) You are enrolled in a PhD program in your home country, and not currently employed.
b) You are enrolled in a PhD program in your home country or another World Bank member country and are working in an academic or research institution in your home country.

Apply here.

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Agricorps opportunities

AgriCorps is a Peace Corps type organization that sends American college graduates with a degree in agriculture to the developing world to teach agriculture. AgriCorps uses youth to transfer agricultural technology into farming communities and develop young agricultural leaders.

Here’s what we’re looking for:
1. Degree in Agriculture
2. Past 4-H/FFA experience
3. Production Ag background (Farming, ranching, SAE Projects, gardens, etc.)

Apply online (http://agricorps.org/agricorps-how/) by March 1, 2015 to volunteer in the July 2015-June 2016 year.

Have questions? Email Audrey Denney at: Audrey.denney@agricorps.org

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