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Sunday, July 30, 2006

[UK] Oxford Undergraduate Scholarships for International Students

Kategori : Beasiswa S1 untuk Pelajar Insternasional

Deadline: 1 October

Oxford UniversityA number of Oxford colleges offer scholarships to students from developing
countries who, for political or financial reasons, or because equivalent
educational facilities do not exist, cannot study for a degree in their own
countries. This scheme is only suitable for candidates of the highest academic
ability who have outstanding examination results. However, financial need and
social commitment are also major criteria for selection.

The scholarships are largely financed by undergraduates (jointly with colleges and the University) and cover University and college fees and provide a maintenance grant. Awards are not tenable to read medicine due to the length and expense of this course.

Application forms and further information can be obtained from the website or the Student Funding and International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. The closing date for applications is 1 October 2006.

For more info, please visit the link below:

Application form for Oxford Students Scholarships 2007-8:

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[UK] John Lloyd Huck Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Reading

Deadline for
applications: September 4th 2006

Reading UniversityThe John Lloyd Huck Research Centre, in the Department of Management, University of Reading, is to make available a scholarship for postgraduate research to the value of £10,000 per year, for up to three years of full time study, and leading towards the degree of PhD. The general subject area for research will be organisational culture.


  1. Graduates who have an outstanding academic record including a First Class or good Upper Second Class first degree and a postgraduate Masters degree obtained at Merit or Distinction level. Preference will be given to candidates whose first or Master`s degree shows evidence of a quantitative element and has a dissertation.

  2. The scholarship is open to both EU and overseas candidates.

  3. Evidence of excellent spoken and written English (IELTS at 7).

  4. Candidates must have been accepted for PhD study in the University of Reading Business School.


  1. Candidates should submit a research proposal relevant to the general area of study.

  2. As a condition of the grant, the successful candidate will be expected to provide general support for the work of the Huck centre amounting to 150 hours per year (without pay), under the supervision of the Director of the Centre.
  3. The first call on the scholarship grant will be to pay academic fees. The remainder of the grant will be paid quarterly in instalments.

  4. Progress will be assessed each year normally in May. Failure to demonstrate satisfactory progress in the form of an annual report on research progress and research presentation will lead to termination of the award and of degree registration.


  1. The student will receive the award for three years full-time study subject to satisfactory academic progress.

  2. The award holder will be allocated office space and a computer.

  3. If the successful candidate has a relevant qualification they may be offered the opportunity of up to four hours tutoring per week (in term time) which will be paid at the standard tutorial rate.

Procedure for application:

Deadline for applications: September 4th 2006.

All applications must include a completed research proposal including full references. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to bring a copy of their Master`s thesis with them to interview.
Candidates should ask for an admissions pack from Jill Turner, University of Reading Business School, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, RG6 6AA

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation

Kategori: Beasiswa Jepang dari yayasan Atsumi Foundation untuk calon/kandidat doktor

Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation (AISF) offers scholarship to Ph.D candidates enrolled in the graduate schools located in the Kanto area in Japan.

(1)Eligibility requirements (All the following conditions must be satisfied).

1. A student from the world over with non-Japanese nationality who is enrolled in a graduate school in the Kanto area, and who is expecting to obtain his/her Ph.D. within the term of the AISF scholarship. This includes those who are enrolled in graduate school as researchers because of their going over the required period as a regular student, or because of their obtaining their Ph.D. from a foreign graduate school.

2. A student whose graduate school (or laboratory) and place of residence are in the Kanto area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama , Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Gunma Prefectures)

3. A student who is interested in international understanding and friendship, and willing to participate in AISF sponsored activities.


1. Scholarship recipients are expected to visit the AISF office monthly to receive their scholarship stipend, and to report their progress.

2. AISF will sponsor gatherings which will give all recipients a chance to meet the directors, trustees and members of the selection committee. At the end of the academic year, recipients are also expected to report their progress at such a gathering.

3. AISF will sponsor a three day Rest and Relaxation Trip to Karuizawa in July.

4. Travel Grant for post-AISF students with Ph.D. Any Atsumi scholarship recipient who is awarded a Ph.D., will be eligible for a travel grant. This grant will cover transportation, lodging, and registration fees to attend a conference held abroad within one year of the recipient being awarded his/her Ph.D. If one lives abroad, the grant can be used to visit Japan.

(3)Scholarship Benefits and Conditions.

1. The monthly stipend will be 200,000 yen. AISF will award the scholarship to 12 students since 2000 fiscal year.

2. A scholarship will be awarded for one year (April through March). No extension will be granted.

3. The scholarship will be terminated in any of the following cases:

a. When a recipient is no longer registered in a Japanese graduate program.

b. Due to illness or any other reason when a recipient is forced to withdraw or cannot continue his/her school work.

c. If the supervising professor deems a recipient unqualified to continue his/her study or research.

d. If AISF finds a recipient involved in any unethical behavior.

e. When it is discovered that the applicant's written application form contains misleading or false information.

f. If AISF deems a recipient unqualified to continue his/her scholarship.


1. Application forms are available either at the appropriate foreign students scholarship office of each graduate school or at the AISF office from July 1st. It could also be printed out from this internet homepage from July 1st.

2. Applications are accepted by mail from September 1st up to the 30th.

(5)Selection Procedure.

After the preliminary selection and interview at the foundation office, final selection with an interview is made by our selection committee. All applicants and their schools will be informed of the results in late November.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation:
3-5-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0014
Tel:03-3943-7612 Fax: 03-3943-1512

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Denmark: International Tax Law PhD Scholarship

Kategori: Beasiswa doktor hukum pajak internasional denmark

Ph.D. Scholarship, International Tax Law

Aarhus School of Business, Department of Law (Denmark)

Ph.D. Scholarship in international tax law

The Department of Law at Aarhus School of Business invites applications for a 3 year PhD scholarship in the research area International tax law, starting 1st October 2006 or later. The position is expected to be co-financed by Foreningen af Statsautoriserede Revisorer (FSR) and Forsknings- og Innovationsstyrelsen (FIST), and therefore the project will be submitted to both these for approval.

As part of the PhD scholarship the applicant will be enrolled in a PhD programme comprising a number of courses within the relevant research area. The Aarhus School of Business is participating in the newly created Law Research School and most courses must be taken in this School. The applicants are required to teach in the department study programmes. Furthermore, we expect that PhD scholars participate inactivities arranged by the department.

For further information about the PhD scholarship please contact Head of Department Karsten Engsig Sørensen, e-mail: or professor Aage Michelsen, e-mail: The appointment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the appointee’s organization.

To apply for the PhD scholarship applicants must submit their application including a full CV, a copy of the applicant’s M.Sc. certificate, a description of their research project (max. 10 pages) in two copies. The application should be sent by post to the Department of Law, Aarhus School of Business, Fuglesangs Alle 4, 8210 Aarhus V, Denmark.

The application must be received by the Aarhus School of Business no later than
Tuesday 15 August 2006 at 12.00 noon.

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Ireland: Master dan Doctoral Scholarships

Kategori: Beasiswa riset master dan doktor berbagai jurusan di Irlandia

Research Opportunities and Postgraduate Positions

Cork Institute of Technology incorporates the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork School of Music & The National Maritime College of Ireland. The Institute's research programme includes support for research of particular relevance to Irish and European Industry.

The Institute has recently secured research funding from a number of sources including, SFI, the EPA, the Technological Sector Research Programme and Enterprise Ireland, and now invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the following Research Opportunities and Postgraduate Positions.

Opportunities for postgraduate research are offered in the following areas:

CIT 1 True Random Number Generation using Multiscroll Chaotic Attractor Circuits for Data Block and Serial Data Stream

Encryption (Electronic Engineering/Mathematical Science)
Lead Supervisor: Dr Richard Guinee

CIT 2 MEMS Tunable Capacitor for Software Defined Radio (Electronic Engineering)

Lead Supervisor: Martin Hill Email

CIT 3 A Virtual Training Environment for Temporal Bone Surgery (Electronic Engineering)

Lead Supervisor: Dr Joe Connell

CIT 4 Occurrence and analysis of MRSA and other antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the community and comparison with hospital MRSA data (BioMedical Science/Applied BioSciences).

Lead Supervisor: Dr Leslie Cotter

CIT 5 Wireless Sensor Network Control of Fluorescent Light using Daylight Substitution (Electronic Engineering/Computer Science)

Lead Supervisor: Dr Fergus O' Reilly

CIT 6 Advanced software and cryptographic algorithms for next generation minimised/limited hardware platforms (Electronic Engineering/Computer Science)

Lead Supervisor: Dr Fergus O' Reilly

CIT 7 Flow Management for Real-Time Applications over large scale Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (Electronic/Computer Engineering)

Lead Supervisor: Dr Susan Rea

CIT 8 Data Management System for Large Volume Scientific Imaging (Applied Physics)

Lead Supervisor: Dr Niall Smith

CIT 9 Biocontrol of Mycobacteria (BioMedical Science/Applied BioSciences)

Lead Supervisor: Dr Jim O' Mahony

CIT 10 Purification and applications of cloned staphylococcal phage lysin for the control of multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus including MRSA (BioMedical Science/Applied BioSciences).

Lead Supervisor: Dr Aidan Coffey

CIT 11 Isolation and characterisation of Extracellular polysaccharide-producing Lactic Acid Bacteria with applications in functional foods. BioMedical Science/Applied BioSciences.

Lead Supervisor: Dr Aidan Coffey

The following project has received funding under the National Development Plan via the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation (ERTDI) Programme.

CIT 20 A Technical, Environmental and Economic Analysis of Dredge Material Recovery and Reuse Techniques for Ireland (Relevant Engineering or Science Degree)

Lead Supervisor: Dr. Joe Harrington

Irish National Centre for Membrane Technology -- CIT

The following projects have received funding under the National Development Plan via the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation (ERTDI) Programme.

CIT 12 Enhanced vacuum drying through improved solvent recovery, reduced process cycle times and prediction of drying duration (Relevant Engineering or Science Degree)

Lead Supervisor: Cillian O Suilleabhain

CIT 13 Pervaporation recovery of waste solvent streams
(Relevant Engineering or Science Degree)

Lead Supervisor: Cillian O Suilleabhain

CIT 14 Recovery of metals from waste streams

(Relevant Engineering or Science Degree)
Lead Supervisor: Noel Duffy

The Technologies for Embedded Computing Centre -- CIT

CIT has recently been awarded a major research grant by Enterprise Ireland for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Applied Research in the area of Embedded Computing.

CIT 15 Three post graduate research studentships leading to a Masters/PhD degree
are available.

Successful candidates will have a good honours degree in Electronic/Computer Engineering or Computer Science.

For further information contact:

CIT 16 Two Senior Researcher/Postdoctoral Researchers (2 year fixed term, fixed purpose contracts).

The Technologies for Embedded Computing Centre is now seeking applications from highly motivated individuals for the above posts. The successful candidate will join an ambitious team of researchers.

For further information contact:

Research Positions

CIT 17 Assess the scope of application of membrane separations in Ireland -- short term (6 month) appointment. An initial six month study will evaluate the existing and potential application of membrane separation processes in Ireland. This will provide a comprehensive review and inform the detailed planning of the three empirical areas to be researched. Qualifications: Relevant experience in the field, either research or industrial.

For further information contact:

CIT 18 Predictive Scheduling Software short term (6 month) appointment.

Carry out a technical study on the feasibility of using machine learning and statistical methods for planning maintenance activities in regulated industry. Candidates should have an honours degree in Computer Science, Statistics or a related discipline.

For further information contact:

CIT 19 Senior Researcher/Post-Doctorate Opportunity (2 year fixed term, fixed purpose contract).

This position will involve research/development in software engineering, cryptography, open platforms, service delivery and embedded/restricted systems

For further information contact:

Applicants for all of the post graduate positions should have an honours degree in the appropriate area. Successful applicants will be registered for a Masters degree by research and paid a grant to cover fees and maintenance for up to 24 months.

Click here to download the

application form.

For further information contact:

Ms. Ruth Coughlan, Development Office,
Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown, Cork.
Tel: 021 4326634 Email:

The closing date for postgraduate posts is 5.00pm on Friday, 28th July 2006.

The Technological Sector Research Programme is funded by the Department of Education and Science under the National Development Plan 2000 - 2006

Cork Institute of Technology is an equal opportunities employer.

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Australia: Australian Leadership Awards

Kategori: Beasiswa APS Australia program pascasarjana / master

Australian Leadership Awards 2007 application forms now available below
Applications for scholarships open 1 May 2006
Applications for scholarships close 31 July 2006
Successful applicants advised by 1 October 2006
Scholarship study must begin in Australia in calendar year 2007
Information on Fellowships will be available in August 2006

What are Australian Leadership Awards?

Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) is a new award under which the Australian Government offers scholarships and fellowships for current and future leaders from the Asia-Pacific Region.

Australian Leadership Awards provide exceptional educational opportunities in Australia. They are awarded to people who are already leaders or have a potential to assume leadership roles that can influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes, both in their own countries and in the Asia and Pacific region.

Australian Leadership Awards provide scholarships for longer-term post-graduate study at masters or doctoral level and fellowships for short-term research, study or professional attachments. They will bring around 3200 scholars and fellows in the five years from 2006-2011 to study in Australia.

Managed by AusAID as part of Australia's overseas aid program, Australian Leadership Awards are open only to citizens of countries in the region that have a current Australian aid program.

The Awards will be available to present and future leaders and personnel in corporate, academic, non-government and government services.

How do I apply?

Guidelines and application form are available here:

Guidelines [PDF 98KB]
Application form [PDF 70KB]
Application form [Word 589KB]


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Philippines: SEARCA PhD Scholarships

Kategori: Beasiswa doktor/s3 di FilipinaSEARCA PhD Scholarships

SEARCA is inviting applications for PhD Research Scholarships from qualified nationals of Southeast Asian countries, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.Any Southeast Asian citizen pursuing a PhD in agriculture or related sciences is eligible to apply for the scholarship. The applicantfs research must focus on any of SEARCA fs priority thrusts under the broad themes of promotion of agricultural competitiveness and natural resource management.

The research scholarship aims to provide PhD students the opportunity to use the resources and facilities available at SEARCA and its network of universities for their research. It also intends to help PhD students produce quality research papers for publication and enable them to work with SEARCAfs R&D personnel on mutuallyidentified areas of concerns/interests in agriculture and rural development. The research scholars are required to spend two months at SEARCA and present a seminar related to the research.

The application requirements are:
1) Filled out Application Form (see below);
2) Letter of application for the research scholarship;
3) Recommendation letter from the Dean of Graduate School of the university where the student is pursuing his/her degree program;
4) Dissertation research outline/proposal approved by the Advisory Committee and Dean of Graduate School;
5) Budgetary requirement for the entire research duly attested and recommended by the major adviser and Dean of Graduate School;
6) Certified transcript of academic records for all courses taken at the PhD level;
7) Curriculum vitae;
8) Letter from the student certifying that he/she is not receiving any other research grant from any other institution. If partial funding has been obtained from other sources, a certification from the funding agency indicating the amount of grant and the items in the research that are covered by the grant; and
9) Research timetable indicating the activities involved in the research, the expected date of defense and expected date of seminar paper presentation.
Applications should be addressed to the Manager,
Graduate Scholarship Department,
SEARCA, College 4031 Laguna,

For the second batch of PhD scholarships to be awarded for school year 2006-2007, the deadline for applications is 1 September 2006.
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Philippines: SEARCA Graduate Scholarship

Kategori: Beasiswa Filipina program master

Title SEARCA Graduate Scholarship


Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and other funding agencies

Sponsor type

SEARCA, friendly governments, and partner international funding agencies

Deadline note: 30 July 2006

Amount note:

SEARCA or the funding agency covers stipend, tuition, international and domestic travel allowances, thesis/dissertation support, book allowance, and health insurance. The domestic travel allowance may also be used to support registration fees in seminars/workshops.


An applicant must not be more than 35 years old and must be a regular employee of an academic or research institution or government agency in his/her country. The MS or PhD program to be pursued by the applicant must be in agriculture, social sciences, or related fields and the thesis research to be conducted must focus on the promotion of agricultural competitiveness or natural resource management (the list of priority areas is available on the SEARCA website).

Citizenship or Residency:

The scholarship program is open to all qualified nationals of SEAMEO member countries, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Activity location: The applicant may study at University of the Philippines Los baños, University of the Philippines Diliman, University of the Philippines Visayas; Universiti Putra Malaysia;

Institut Pertanian Bogor or Universitas Gadjah Mada, both in Indonesia; or Kasetsart University in Thailand, and other SEARCA-identified study posts. Requirements: An applicant is required to submit the following documents:

SEARCA Scholarship Application Form (2 copies);

Application forms for admission to the Graduate School of the universities where the applicant may pursue graduate studies under SEARCA scholarship;

Official transcript of academic records of each degree completed;

Certification of employment;

A write-up on agricultural competitiveness or natural resource management;

A study plan that specifies the major and minor fields and courses to be taken (information on courses/subjects/programs of study can be found in each university's academic catalog);

A brief description of the research that the applicant plans to conduct for thesis/dissertation. The research topic must be in line with the priority thrusts of SEARCA (the list of priority areas is available on the SEARCA website).

Two copies of passport-size pictures of the applicant;

Certification from a medical doctor that the applicant is in good physical and mental health condition and is fit to undertake graduate studies; and English proficiency test or TOEFL (score of 500) or IELTS results (5.0).

Abstract: The SEARCA Graduate Scholarship is provided to Southeast Asian nationals to help ensure the relevance and responsiveness of Southeast Asia's agricultural scientists and professionals to global sustainable development issues.

The program provides support for advanced studies leading to the MS and PhD degrees in agriculture, forestry, social sciences, and related fields. Thus, SEARCA aims to prepare grantees for positions of leadership in developing economies of SEAMEO member countries.

For more Information Graduate Scholarship Department,
SEARCA, College 4031 Laguna, Philippines
Tel: 63-49 5362290, 5362554, 5362365 to 67 local 134 or 167
Fax: 63-49 5367164 Contact email:

Reference link
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Saturday, July 15, 2006

UK: Undergraduate Postgraduate Hobsons Scholarships

Kategori: Beasiswa Inggris yayasan Hobsons program sarjana (s1) dan master

£1,000 Hobsons Bursary for International Under/Postgradute Students, UK Hobsons is offering several bursaries up to the value of £1,000 (US$1,800) for international students wishing to study in the UK.

Now in its second year, the Hobsons International Bursary has already provided
financial assistance to a number of students. If you have ambition to study in the UK, or are already studying, you can apply for a bursary today. The bursary is not means tested and application is simple but we do expect you to demonstrate good academic ability and determination towards your plans to study in the UK.

The deadline for 2006 applications is 10th September. Applicants will be required to register with Hobsons and upload a personal statement.

Terms and Conditions

* The Hobsons bursary is an international award and is open to applicants from all over the world.

* Applicants must intend to undertake, or at the time of application be enrolled in a programme of study at a nationally recognised institution of higher education or a boarding school.

Centres of learning that are not recognised in this way may be excluded from the
award criteria.

* Hobsons will make the final decision regarding the suitability of the intended study programme and institution for the bursary award.

This is at Hobsons' discretion.

* Entrants must be able to provide evidence of application/acceptance to the intended institute of study and the evidence must be recognised by the said institute.

* Bursaries cannot be awarded for unsupervised study or research.

* The bursary has a total fund of £3000 (GBP). This will be awarded via individual bursaries ranging in value from £250 to £1000 each. This is at Hobsons' discretion.

* Each bursary will be awarded as a one-off payment. There will be no further funding available from Hobsons and Hobsons takes no responsibility for the awardee's finance in any way other than the payment of the bursary. Hobsons is not responsible for any non-refundable fees or deposits.

* Payment of the award is made directly to the institution of study. No money will be paid directly to the award holder.

* The bursary winners will be chosen by Hobsons from the entries received. The award criteria is entirely at Hobsons' discretion. This decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

* All personal information will be kept confidential in accordance with Hobsons privacy policy. This can be read at

* All personal information, including contact details, given on the registration form must be correct and complete. Any applications that include incomplete or false information will result in the applicant's disqualification.

* Hobsons reserves the right to withdraw an awarded bursary if deemed necessary.


For more information and application form, please visit the Hobsons website at:

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Dutch Scholarship for Indonesian Talent (Nyenrode Business Universiteit) - Netherlands

Netherlands Education Centre (NEC) is a non-profit organization funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education. NEC is part of Nuffic, the Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education. NEC is the official contact point in Indonesia for all matters on higher education. NEC provides information on more than 1400 study programmes taught in English and personal counseling free of charge. NEC offers scholarships on behalf of the Dutch Government to 150-200 Indonesians every year. NEC also initiates and facilitates institutional cooperation between Indonesian and Dutch universities.

Dutch Scholarship for Indonesian Talent

Breukelen, the Netherlands, June 8 2006 - Nyenrode Business Universiteit, one of the oldest and most prestigious business schools in Europe, is exploring ways to attract more Indonesian management talents to its picturesque campus in the Netherlands. The university is celebrating its 60th anniversary as a business school by giving Indonesian citizens the opportunity to apply for the 2006-2007 International MBA program through the Indonesian Talent Scholarship, worth 10,000 euros (around 119,000,000 rupiahs). Nyenrode, with a campus on a 13th century estate, has created 60 scholarships to celebrate its anniversary with its future MBA and Masters of Science in Management students. Most of these scholarships are sponsored by various multi-national corporations and businesses, ranging from Gucci to Xerox, and many of them, in addition to the Indonesian Talent Scholarship, are also open for Indonesian students.

The ambition of Nyenrode and its alumni is to keep the MBA classes and with that the Nyenrode network as international and diverse as possible. Sarwono Satrio, an Indonesian Nyenrode alumnus: "Indonesia and the Netherlands share a special cultural relationship, which is shaped by the historical ties between the two countries. In this tradition, it was a great experience for me to study at Nyenrode and built a network with fellow students that reaches around the globe. The career services department of Nyenrode really helped me in finding an interesting job at SATOIL Oilfield Service."

On average, all Nyenrode scholarships are worth 10,000 euros and include guidance by a mentor of Nyenrode alumni or the sponsoring company. To win a scholarship, potential students must meet specific demands, such as writing a business plan or giving a presentation on entrepreneurship. Have a look at and the 60 scholarships website for a complete overview and the specific conditions of all the scholarships.

About the International MBA program

The International MBA is a full-time accredited program that takes 13 months to complete. Featuring an international module at Kellogg School of Management, USA, it is geared towards developing globally-minded business leaders and managers who possess specific competencies essential for the success of 21st century organizations. In addition to providing future business leaders with thorough grounding in the fundamental areas of marketing, finance, accounting and operations management, the program focuses on developing skills that are vital to effective management - the ability to communicate, motivate and lead people. Mandatory work in a small multi-cultural project fosters teambuilding, and manageable numbers allow our faculty to provide each individual with constructive feedback regarding skill acquisition and development. Active participation is required of everyone, with strong interaction between participants and faculty.

About Nyenrode

Nyenrode Business Universiteit was founded by business for business and is one of the oldest and leading universities in Europe. Located on a 13th century estate, Nyenrode prepares individuals with talent and ambition for entrepreneurship in an international setting with the global business cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam only 30 minutes away. The university offers master`s programs in business and accountancy, and develops executive programs for ambitious SME companies (Small-Medium Enterprise) and the cream of Dutch business.

For more information on the scholarship program, visit us online at

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Sunday, July 09, 2006


Swiss Scholarship Offer for Indonesian Citizens

Application Procedure
Scholarship Amount
Travel Expenses and Insurance
Obligations of a Scholarship Holder
Overview Swiss Universities
Website Swiss Universities

Swiss Scholarship Offer for Indonesian Citizens

The Swiss Government through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) is granting a limited number of scholarships to developing countries, among which Indonesia is included.

These scholarships are offered to Indonesian POSTGRADUATE students wishing to study at a Swiss university. The aim of the scholarship is to enable grantees either to further their education or to undertake research work in the fields in which the universities are particularly active. The intended study should be useful for the development in Indonesia. In principle, the scholarship holders can study at any national Swiss university or Federal Institute of Technology. The candidates should take into account the possibilities offered by Swiss universities. Following programs are not included in this scholarship:

1. Fine arts and music

2. Undergraduate studies

3. Hotel management studies

4. Student exchange programs

5. Part-time studies6. On-the-job studies

7. Correspondence studies

The duration of grant is for the nine-month academic year. Under certain conditions, which are justified by FCS and the related university, the scholarship may be renewed.


1. Indonesian citizen

2. University degree ( min. Sarjana Strata-1 or equivalent)

3. Candidates must be under 35 years old when applying (birth date after December 31,1970)

4. Sufficient knowledge of one of the official languages in Switzerland (i.e. German, French or Italian), depending on the location of chosen university, and English for some courses. Each candidates will have to undergo a language test at the Swiss Embassy in Jakarta in order to determine the oral and written language ability.

Note: It is a general requirement that applicants must have proficient knowledge of one of the official languages spoken in Switzerland. In principle this requirement still applies to applicants with good English abilities and also if the intended study program will be held in English. The applicant should fully benefit from the offered scholarship. Without knowledge of one of the national languages it will be difficult to handle daily situations (foreign police, post office, bank, university life, etc). A qualified applicant whose language proficiency is considered inadequate may still be granted a scholarship.

This, however, will be subject to the applicant?s attendance of a special three months? intensive language course at the University of Fribourg. The FCS will also cover the expenses for these courses, which usually start in mid-July.

5. Acceptance letter from the chosen university. Before applying the candidates need to contact the professor or direction of the postgraduate program at the chosen educational institution in order to get a written confirmation of acceptance which must be submitted when filing the application. The request of the acceptance letter must be completed with a detailed and precise plan of the intended postgraduate study program, curriculum vitae and certified copies of the university diplomas (including transcripts). A certified translation is required if the originals are not issued in English, German, French or Italian.

6. Detailed study/research plan describing clearly and precisely the aim of study. The possibilities offered by the Swiss universities should be taken into account, also the possibilities of professional reintegration when returning to Indonesia

Application Procedure

Please note that only applicants who fulfil the above mentioned requirements can obtain scholarship application forms. The application forms are available in June/July of the application year and will be sent only by post. To obtain the forms, the applicants should send a brief request letter which includes this following data and document:1. Complete name2. Date of birth3. Language. Please mention one the official languages in Switzerland which you speak fluently (German, French or Italian, depending on the location of the chosen university).4. Written confirmation from professor/university in Switzerland (by e-mail or fax) stating that your study plan is accepted and that you meet requirements and own a suitable academic background to be accepted as a student. In order to obtain this confirmation please contact directly the university (please take a look at the list of Swiss universities on the web site).5. Intended study field and university in Switzerland6. Complete correspondence addressPlease send the request by post or e-mail to the address below:

Embassy of Switzerland Cultural Section
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said, Kav. X 3/2
Kuningan, Jakarta 12950



The application forms must be completed and returned together with supporting documents before October 31, 2005 of the application year. All documents must be submitted in quadruplicate (4 sets of copies). Every document set must be prepared in following order:

1. Application form

2. Copies of secondary school certificates

3. Translation of secondary certificates

4. Copies of certificate of bachelor degree from university

5. Translation of the certificate of bachelor degree

6. Academic transcript

7. Translation of the academic transcript

8. Letters of recommendation from 2 professors/lectures in Indonesia

9. Precise and detailed plan outlining the program of the intended study or research in Switzerland

10. Curriculum vitae

11. Acceptance letter of an institute or professor of the chosen institution stating that your study plan is accepted and that you meet requirements and own a suitable academic background to be accepted as a student.

12. Medical certificate (on form supplied by the Embassy)

13. Other documents (language certificates, etc.) Photocopies of any documents such as general certificates of secondary education, university diplomas and transcripts, language certificates, etc. have to be certified as true copies. Certified translations into either English, German, French or Italian have to be attached to those documents which are not originally issued in one of these languages. Please note that only complete and orderly prepared application files will be taken into consideration. If all requirements are fulfilled, the applicant then will be invited to the Embassy to take a written and oral language test, as well as a short personal interview. In May 2006, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) will announce the
accepted candidatures.

Scholarship Amount

CHF 1.820,- for post-graduate studentsCHF 4.500,- for the three-months language course in Fribourg Please note that the scholarship recipients are exempt from the general semester fees but NOT for certain postgraduate courses as for example MBA-programms (which can reach thousands of CHF). The grant covers only living expenses in Switzerland.

Travel Expenses and Insurance

Recipients from Indonesia pay their own travel expenses to Switzerland, but the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) pays the return ticket (except for familiy members). The return travel will not be offered if grantees extend their stay in Switzerland beyond six months after completion of their studies, or if they take up employment or move to a third country.Health insurance (except for dental care) and accident insurance are provided.

Obligations of a Scholarship Holder

Scholarship holders must live in Switzerland at the study place and must comply with the laws concerning the residence of foreigners in Switzerland and the university regulations. The scholarship holders cannot take family members to Switzerland in the first year of study but they may visit Switzerland on their own costs as a tourist.When accepting the scholarship, candidates may have to give their written agreement to return to Indonesia after completion of the scholarship in Switzerland.Scholarships of the FCS cannot be cumulated with other scholarships. If the scholarship holders have another scholarship or another financial support (salary), they are not entitled to be granted a Swiss scholarship.

Overview Swiss Universities

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Website Swiss Universities

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Swiss universities
and offered study programmes
Education in Switzerland(information leaflet for foreigners)
studies at Swiss universities
Office for Education and Science

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Post-graduate Scholarship (France)

Kategori: Beasiswa S2 Luar Negeri (Prancis).
Master Degree Scholarships In France

The French Embassy in Indonesia and SFERE invite candidates for Master degree studies in France. The French Higher Education System, largely recognized in the world, offers low tuition fees to foreign students. Moreover, among accepted candidates, the French Embassy will select students who will be fully exempted of tuition fees, academic placement and monitoring fees, and French language course. Those students will only have to pay for their living expenses, yearly medical insurance, plane tickets and visa.

Available Master degree courses are in the following fields:
Engineering Sciences, Telecommunications, Comp Science, Food Tech,
Agriculture and Rural Development, Biomedical Engineering, Health
Management, Information Technologies, General Management, Public Administration, Finance and Marketing.

Interested candidates (individual or sponsored by an institution) must have a S1 degree (or equivalent) with mnimum IPK of 3, and be under 30 at the beginning of Nov 2001. Prior knowledge of French lang. is not required.
- Photocopy of S1 certificate and full transcripts, in English
- A two-pages max CV, in English
- A one-page descr, in English, of the intended field of master study
- Photocopy of birth certificate

A first selection will be conducted on the basis of the application documents. Those selected will be invited for an interview in Jkt by French professors.

Application documents must be sent to:
SFERE Indonesia
P.O. BOX 4598/JKTM, Jakarta 12700
or by fax to: 021- 719-8465
or email to:

Only completed application docs will be treated.

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Undergraduate 'open' Scholarship

Beasiswa S1 luar negeri (Inggris)

UK: Undergraduate "Open" Scholarship, University College London (UCL)

UCL Undergraduate "Open" Scholarship

UCL offers seven scholarships annually to applicants from any country outside the European Union for undergraduate study in any subject. The scholarships have a value of £3000 per year which is deducted from tuition fees for the duration
of the programme of study.

The scholarship is competitive and is awarded on the basis of academic merit. Applicants should:

Hold a conditional or unconditional offer of admission to a full-time programme of study at UCL which they have firmly accepted or which they intend to accept

Be self-financing and liable to pay tuition fees at the rate for overseas students.

Please note that accepting UCL as an insurance offer does not satisfy the conditions relating to this scholarship.

Application Procedure

Candidates can download the application form or request one to be sent to them from:

Entrance Scholarships Office
Educational Liaison
Registrar's Division
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Application forms should be completed and received by the Entrance Scholarships Office no later than 31 July.

Selection Procedure

The Selection Panel will meet in late August and candidates will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship applications by early September.

Further Information Please contact the Entrance Scholarships Office

Tel: +44 20 7679 4167
Fax: +44 20 7691 3112

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Biology Undergraduate Scholarship [UK]

Kategori: Beasiswa S1 luar negeri Inggris.
UK The Harold and Olga Fox Scholarships in Biology for for International Students The Harold and Olga Fox Fund has been established with a recent bequest to the Biology Department. We shall award one Scholarship per year to overseas (full fee-paying) students applying for the BSc degree programme in Biology, Zoology, Genetics or Human Genetics. The Harold and Olga Fox Scholarships will pay £5000 towards overseas fees in each of the three years of the Scholar's course, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

The Scholarships will be awarded according to academic merit. Please submit your entry to:

The Scholarship Committee
attn: Helen Shore Department of Biology
University College London
Gower Street

Your application should include:

* Full Curriculum Vitae
* Covering letter in your own handwriting
* An essay in English (approximately 1500 words) on a biological subject your
choice (eg. The importance of Biology in the 21st century.)

In your letter please explain why you wish to study at UCL. Email entries are not permitted.

Entries will be judged by the Scholarship Committee, whose decision is final. The deadline for applications is late June for entry in September of the same year. The result will be announced in July.

For further enquiries about this scholarship, please contact Kathryn Rowlinson at the Biology Department (, tel. (+44)-(0)20-7679-7098.)

Harold Fox completed his PhD thesis, "Development of the skull and associated structures in Amphibia with special reference to the Urodela," in 1951, in the Department of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, under the supervision of Dr. Michael Abercrombie. Harold remained in the department for the rest of his working life until 1994.

Contact UCL

General information about UCL is contained in the Undergraduate Prospectus,
obtainable as a printed document from:

Admissions and General Enquiries
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
Telephone: 020 7679 7365
or: Online enquiries

Contact UCL Biology

Informal enquiries to the Department are welcomed from prospective applicants and schools or colleges:

Admissions Tutor
Dr John Pearson
tel: 020 7679 3562

Assistant Admissions Tutor
Dr Hazel Smith
tel: 020 7679 6733

Department of Biology, UCL

Darwin Building
Gower Street


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USA University of South Florida International Undergraduate Scholars Award 2006-2007


The University of South Florida is pleased to announce the second annual

competition for the "University of South Florida (USF) International
Undergraduate Scholars Award". This award will offer scholarships to two
outstanding international students who meet competitive selection criteria and
who provide evidence of scholarly and leadership excellence.

Each scholarship will provide $15,000 per year for up to four years. Scholarship will be renewable each year based on maintaining a minimum 3.2 GPA semester average. USF International Undergraduate Scholars will be eligible for an additional award of $500 annually as USF Honors College students. Total value of USF scholarship assistance: $15,500 a year x four years.

Estimated expenses for 2006-2007 are $30,000, subject to change. Students will
be responsible for all expenses not covered by the scholarship. Please note that
this is not a cash award; USF will offer financial credit toward annual tuition expenses.


􀂾 Open to international students from all regions of the world whose permanent
residence is outside the United States (US citizens, dual citizens, and US
permanent residents or pending permanent residents are not eligible to apply);

􀂾 Must be applying from outside the US;

􀂾 Must begin studies for fall 2006 semester; students seeking spring 2007 semester admissions are not eligible to apply;

􀂾 Must be entering as a first time in college student who has never studied at
a US or other college/university (Transfer students are not eligible to apply);

􀂾 Must provide proof of leadership, community involvement, and academic honors;

􀂾 Award is renewable annually for up to four years from fall (August 2006)
based on the following conditions:

o Maintaining a 3.2 GPA per semester

o Continued enrollment in the Honors College and fulfillment of all Honors College requirements including Final Thesis; see for


o Minimum overall 3.3 GPA to graduate

o Continued participation in community outreach activities while enrolled at USF



􀂾 TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):

o Minimum 220 CBT (Computer Based Test) OR

o Minimum 560 P/B (Paper-Based) OR

o Minimum 83 Internet Based

􀂾 Standardized tests: Students must submit ONE of the following:
o SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test): Minimum 1270 total score (on critical reading and quantitative sections)
o ACT - minimum score of 29
o International Baccalaureate (IB) - minimum score of 35
o "A" Level examinations-minimum of 3 exams.
􀂾 ETS/College Board official score reports should be sent directly to the niversity of South Florida (code 5828) and arrive by February 4, 2006 at the latest.


􀂾 3.5 GPA minimum

􀂾 Applicants must submit translations and official evaluations of their local secondary/high school transcripts. See for guidelines.

ESSAY One page maximum, typed (no hand written essays will be accepted), in English

􀂾 Topic: "How will your previous volunteer and leadership experience in your home country help you promote better global understanding and people-to-people diplomacy as an international student leader at USF?"


􀂾 Academic/leadership awards, honors, or recognition

􀂾 Community service, volunteer work, employment, or membership in clubs outside school

􀂾 Extracurricular school activities, i.e. student government, student newspaper, school clubs, sports involvement, music club, student mentor


􀂾 Teacher recommendation

􀂾 Outside recommendation such as an employer or supervisor or community service coordinator

􀂾 School recommendation such as a guidance counselor, principal, or EducationUSA overseas educational advisor (see for an office nearest you)

APPLICATION FORMS: Submit admission and scholarship application forms listed

􀂾 USF International Undergraduate Application Form: Complete form and submit together with your $30 application fee by JANUARY 2, 2006 for fall 2006 admissions. See

􀂾 USF International Undergraduate Scholar Award application form: Complete and
submit scholarship application form, official TOEFL and SAT/ACT/IB/A Level scores, high school transcripts and official evaluations, letters of recommendations, proof of honors, community involvement, leadership activities,
and essay before FEBRUARY 4, 2006

􀂾 Contact for complete instructions and scholarship application forms.


􀂾 To view a menu of USF resources developed for international audiences, visit

􀂾 For further assistance with the application process and information specific to your country, please contact your local U.S. Embassy/U.S. Consulate/Office of Public Affairs for referral to an overseas educational advising center near you, or consult the list available on the U.S. Department of State's website at

Since only two
awards will be given, selection will be very competitive. USF will be looking for the best and brightest student leaders from around the world who meet and perhaps exceed our application criteria. The University of South Florida welcomes your interest, and looks forward to receiving your applications!

Evelyn Levinson
Associate Director of International Admissions
University of South Florida
Fax: +1-813-974-8044

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

PhD Student or Postdoc Within SINTEF`s Division for Materials and Chemistry (Norway)

Deadline: 28 August 2006

PhD student or postdoc (SINTEF`s Division for Materials and Chemistry, Oslo, Norway) PhD student (three years engagement) or postdoc (two years engagement)

Within SINTEF`s Division for Materials and Chemistry, a team of scientists develops mathematical models for metal processes such as casting, welding, and various forming operations. The research is focused on an in-depth understanding of the underlying physics, and the model development is based on a close interaction with experimental research activities and industrial use of the models. The projects are carried out in close collaboration with Norwegian and international industries, as well as internationally oriented research groups in and outside Norway.

Within a project entitled Casting Top Models, there is presently a vacant position for EITHER a PhD student (three years engagement) OR a postdoc (two years engagement). With focus on the physical phenomena occurring during solidification of aluminium alloys, the candidate will work on developing mathematical models addressing specific casting defects such as microporosity and hot tearing. Both continuum scale (finite element) and microscale models are relevant.

Casting Top Models is funded by Elkem Aluminium (Norway), Hydro (Norway), Corus (The Netherlands), and the Research Council of Norway. It is carried out by a team of researchers from the Institute for Energy Technology (Norway), The Netherlands Institute for Metals Research (The Netherlands), SINTEF Materials and Chemistry (Norway), and the industrial partners. The project team has close contacts also with other international research institutions.

  • Relevant background for applicants is an MSc (or equivalent) OR PhD in physics, mechanics or materials science, including a good knowledge and interest in the development and use of mathematical models.
  • SINTEF is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage female applicants. The working location will be SINTEF in Oslo.
  • If a PhD candidate is engaged, he/she will be enrolled as a PhD student at
    the University of Oslo.

  • A guest stay for some months at a foreign university will be encouraged.

We offer:

  • exciting and challenging research tasks based on industrially relevant
    challenges and approaches;

  • internationally oriented, skilful, experienced, creative, and
    collaborative research teams;

  • well-established national and international scientific and industrial

  • interesting career possibilities within science and industry.

Organisation - SINTEF (The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research)
Division/Faculty/Department - SINTEF
Materials and Chemistry
Street - Forskningsveien 1
City - Oslo
Postal Code - NO-0314 Oslo
Country - NORWAY
Mobile Phone - +47 930 59 442
E-Mail -
Website -

Application Deadline - 28/08/2006

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Essay Writing Sample - The Engineering Student

Category: Scholarship Tips

Essay Writing Sample - The Engineering Student
The Engineering Student

A simple bridge truss was the first structure I ever analyzed. The simple combination of beams that could hold cars, trains, and trucks over long spans of water fascinated me. Having the tools to analyze the loads on the truss further increased my interest in structures. I encountered the bridge in a textbook for my first engineering class.

Knowing that the professor, Mr. John Doe, was a tough teacher, I asked him for the textbook so I could study and get ready for the class over the summer. Just arrived from Belize, I was determined to succeed. In class we learned about forces on simple members and then we put the members together to form a simple truss. At this point I had almost decided that structural engineering was the career for me. From there the class just took off: We went on to frames, distributed loads, considered friction; basically we were incorporating real world considerations into structural members. I loved the practical, problem solving aspects of the field.

At UC my classes were even more advanced. In my analysis and design classes, I especially enjoyed studying steel design because we not only learned the use of the load resistance factor design but also applied that knowledge — I designed a four-story building. The professor was a practicing engineer, and he always related the subject to real life steel structures he had engineered, for example, the SB Medical Center, an all steel building with a base isolated campus. This is the kind of project on which I would like to work, designing the structure and considering how the building will respond to ground motion. After two quarters of structural analysis, I had come as close as possible to analyzing real world structures. Looking back I realize, I had learned great tools for structural analysis, but my "tool box" was still inadequate. I lacked a very important tool: finite element analysis. According to my professor, finite element analysis has revolutionized structural analysis.

Although I liked my classes, my internship experiences really confirmed my interest in structural engineering. While working at Caltrans as a student volunteer, I reviewed computer grading output for streets under construction. The computer suggested numbers for the road grading, and I had to plot the numbers and make sure there were no abrupt grade changes so the water can drain off easily to the sides of the road. It was exciting to know that I was the last checkpoint before the whole project went for approval. It was enjoyable working on something real — Main Street — but I was somewhat disappointed I did not have the chance to work on any structures.

At UC I volunteered through the Student Research Program to work in the geotechnical library. I worked directly with a doctoral student and helped him to develop a geotechnical data base for the local area. I interpreted the data Caltrans had collected and recorded it in a form accessible to the computer and easy to read. It took hours to finish the job, but I enjoyed the precision involved so I did not mind putting in the time. My supervisor liked my work so much, he hired me to continue the project during the summer. Working on this project also showed me the importance of soils in determining buildings' responses to earthquakes and awakened my interest in the response of skyscrapers to seismic stress and movement.

At First Choice U, I plan to enroll in the structural engineering and geomechanics program. In this program I hope to draw on my structural analysis and geotechnical research background as a foundation for studying more advanced concepts. I am particularly interested in researching the ties between the structural engineering, geomechanics, and applied mechanics. I believe research is necessary to acquire data and formulate theories, but it is just as important to know how to apply those theories and use that data in the real world. I hope to be involved in some structurally related research at First Choice U. I am particularly interested in two research facilities: The Structures and Composites Laboratory and the Earthquake Engineering Center.

After completing my degree in engineering and working on engineering projects, I know I want to design structures. That is what has fascinated me since I took Mr. Doe's class. I also know, however, that designing structures of a complexity that appeals to me requires "more tools in my toolbox." Those I can acquire only by continuing my education. To be competent and competitive I will need a masters degree. After completing my degree, I would like to work for an American engineering consulting firm and engineer complex structures and tall buildings, perhaps focusing on the problems surrounding designing for earthquakes. My long-term goals are to return to Belize and found my own engineering consulting firm there.

Structural engineering will allow me to pursue a career where I can be creatively involved in problem-solving and design functional structures, like the simple truss bridge that initially captivated me in Mr. Doe's class. My classes, work at Caltrans, and internship in geotechnical engineering have increased my knowledge of and interest in structural engineering since I first looked at the textbook shortly after my arrival in the U.S. A masters degree will give me the up-to-date tools and knowledge to be competitive and competent.

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How to Write a Research Proposal

Category: Scholarship Tips

How to Write a Research Proposal

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Research Director, Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology
Trinity Western University
Langley, BC, Canada

Most students and beginning researchers do not fully understand what a research proposal means, nor do they understand its importance. To put it bluntly, one's research is only as a good as one's proposal. An ill-conceived proposal dooms the project even if it somehow gets through the Thesis Supervisory Committee. A high quality proposal, on the other hand, not only promises success for the project, but also impresses your Thesis Committee about your potential as a researcher.

A research proposal is intended to convince others that you have a worthwhile research project and that you have the competence and the work-plan to complete it. Generally, a research proposal should contain all the key elements involved in the research process and include sufficient information for the readers to evaluate the proposed study.

Regardless of your research area and the methodology you choose, all research proposals must address the following questions: What you plan to accomplish, why you want to do it and how you are going to do it.

The proposal should have sufficient information to convince your readers that you have an important research idea, that you have a good grasp of the relevant literature and the major issues, and that your methodology is sound.

The quality of your research proposal depends not only on the quality of your proposed project, but also on the quality of your proposal writing. A good research project may run the risk of rejection simply because the proposal is poorly written. Therefore, it pays if your writing is coherent, clear and compelling.

This paper focuses on proposal writing rather than on the development of research ideas.


It should be concise and descriptive. For example, the phrase, "An investigation of . . ." could be omitted. Often titles are stated in terms of a functional relationship, because such titles clearly indicate the independent and dependent variables. However, if possible, think of an informative but catchy title. An effective title not only pricks the reader's interest, but also predisposes him/her favourably towards the proposal.


It is a brief summary of approximately 300 words. It should include the research question, the rationale for the study, the hypothesis (if any), the method and the main findings. Descriptions of the method may include the design, procedures, the sample and any instruments that will be used.


The main purpose of the introduction is to provide the necessary background or context for your research problem. How to frame the research problem is perhaps the biggest problem in proposal writing.

If the research problem is framed in the context of a general, rambling literature review, then the research question may appear trivial and uninteresting. However, if the same question is placed in the context of a very focused and current research area, its significance will become evident.

Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules on how to frame your research question just as there is no prescription on how to write an interesting and informative opening paragraph. A lot depends on your creativity, your ability to think clearly and the depth of your understanding of problem areas.

However, try to place your research question in the context of either a current "hot" area, or an older area that remains viable. Secondly, you need to provide a brief but appropriate historical backdrop. Thirdly, provide the contemporary context in which your proposed research question occupies the central stage. Finally, identify "key players" and refer to the most relevant and representative publications. In short, try to paint your research question in broad brushes and at the same time bring out its significance.

The introduction typically begins with a general statement of the problem area, with a focus on a specific research problem, to be followed by the rational or justification for the proposed study. The introduction generally covers the following elements:

State the research problem, which is often referred to as the purpose of the study.
Provide the context and set the stage for your research question in such a way as to show its necessity and importance.
Present the rationale of your proposed study and clearly indicate why it is worth doing.
Briefly describe the major issues and sub-problems to be addressed by your research.
Identify the key independent and dependent variables of your experiment. Alternatively, specify the phenomenon you want to study.
State your hypothesis or theory, if any. For exploratory or phenomenological research, you may not have any hypotheses. (Please do not confuse the hypothesis with the statistical null hypothesis.)
Set the delimitation or boundaries of your proposed research in order to provide a clear focus.
Provide definitions of key concepts. (This is optional.)
Literature Review:

Sometimes the literature review is incorporated into the introduction section. However, most professors prefer a separate section, which allows a more thorough review of the literature.

The literature review serves several important functions:

Ensures that you are not "reinventing the wheel".
Gives credits to those who have laid the groundwork for your research.
Demonstrates your knowledge of the research problem.
Demonstrates your understanding of the theoretical and research issues related to your research question.
Shows your ability to critically evaluate relevant literature information.
Indicates your ability to integrate and synthesize the existing literature.
Provides new theoretical insights or develops a new model as the conceptual framework for your research.
Convinces your reader that your proposed research will make a significant and substantial contribution to the literature (i.e., resolving an important theoretical issue or filling a major gap in the literature).
Most students' literature reviews suffer from the following problems:

Lacking organization and structure
Lacking focus, unity and coherence
Being repetitive and verbose
Failing to cite influential papers
Failing to keep up with recent developments
Failing to critically evaluate cited papers
Citing irrelevant or trivial references
Depending too much on secondary sources
Your scholarship and research competence will be questioned if any of the above applies to your proposal.

There are different ways to organize your literature review. Make use of subheadings to bring order and coherence to your review. For example, having established the importance of your research area and its current state of development, you may devote several subsections on related issues as: theoretical models, measuring instruments, cross-cultural and gender differences, etc.

It is also helpful to keep in mind that you are telling a story to an audience. Try to tell it in a stimulating and engaging manner. Do not bore them, because it may lead to rejection of your worthy proposal. (Remember: Professors and scientists are human beings too.)


The Method section is very important because it tells your Research Committee how you plan to tackle your research problem. It will provide your work plan and describe the activities necessary for the completion of your project.

The guiding principle for writing the Method section is that it should contain sufficient information for the reader to determine whether methodology is sound. Some even argue that a good proposal should contain sufficient details for another qualified researcher to implement the study.

You need to demonstrate your knowledge of alternative methods and make the case that your approach is the most appropriate and most valid way to address your research question.

Please note that your research question may be best answered by qualitative research. However, since most mainstream psychologists are still biased against qualitative research, especially the phenomenological variety, you may need to justify your qualitative method.

Furthermore, since there are no well-established and widely accepted canons in qualitative analysis, your method section needs to be more elaborate than what is required for traditional quantitative research. More importantly, the data collection process in qualitative research has a far greater impact on the results as compared to quantitative research. That is another reason for greater care in describing how you will collect and analyze your data. (How to write the Method section for qualitative research is a topic for another paper.)

For quantitative studies, the method section typically consists of the following sections:

Design -Is it a questionnaire study or a laboratory experiment? What kind of design do you choose?
Subjects or participants - Who will take part in your study ? What kind of sampling procedure do you use?
Instruments - What kind of measuring instruments or questionnaires do you use? Why do you choose them? Are they valid and reliable?
Procedure - How do you plan to carry out your study? What activities are involved? How long does it take?

Obviously you do not have results at the proposal stage. However, you need to have some idea about what kind of data you will be collecting, and what statistical procedures will be used in order to answer your research question or test you hypothesis.


It is important to convince your reader of the potential impact of your proposed research. You need to communicate a sense of enthusiasm and confidence without exaggerating the merits of your proposal. That is why you also need to mention the limitations and weaknesses of the proposed research, which may be justified by time and financial constraints as well as by the early developmental stage of your research area.

Common Mistakes in Proposal Writing

Failure to provide the proper context to frame the research question.
Failure to delimit the boundary conditions for your research.
Failure to cite landmark studies.
Failure to accurately present the theoretical and empirical contributions by other researchers.
Failure to stay focused on the research question.
Failure to develop a coherent and persuasive argument for the proposed research.
Too much detail on minor issues, but not enough detail on major issues.
Too much rambling -- going "all over the map" without a clear sense of direction. (The best proposals move forward with ease and grace like a seamless river.)
Too many citation lapses and incorrect references.
Too long or too short.
Failing to follow the APA style.
Slopping writing.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

How to write a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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How to write a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The CV (resume, in American English) is meant to introduce you and your background to somebody who does not know you and barely has time to get to know you. It should present you in the best possible light, in a concise and well-structured manner. There are plenty of resume-writing guides out there, that can teach you to the smallest details how to write one. Their regular problem is that they do not agree with each other when it comes to details. This is why we have put here together a number of generally agreed guide-lines, plus some specific details that could help EE students. A regular CV for business purposes should definitely not go over one A4 page. If you intend to use it for academic purposes and not for a job, the CV can pass that limit, on the condition that you use the extra space to describe academic activities, like conferences, publications list, etc. A well-written CV shows first what is most important, but contains all relevant information. To this goal, we advise you to adapt it to your target (specific type of job or scholarship). Cut information from your CV only as a solution of last resort, but pay attention to the order in which you present it in your CV.

Print the CV on plain-white A4 paper, save some of the same type for the cover letter - did we say that you should never, but never! send a CV without a cover letter - and find matching A4 envelopes. If the announcement does not say anything about a cover letter, you still should send one. It introduces your CV to the reader, attracts attention to certain parts of it that you want to bring to light, or mentions aspects that for some reason could not be listed in your CV.

To make it look neat, we suggest you use one of the Word pre-made formats, unless you are a computer-savvy and feel confident that you can produce an even better-structured and easier-to-read format. You will be able to introduce you own headers in that format; below we have a word of advice for those most-often met in a CV.

Personal details - here you should include your birth date, contact address, email, telephone number and nationality. In case you have both a permanent and study address, include both, with the dates when you can be contacted at each of them. Personal details can be written with smaller fonts than the rest of your CV, if you want to save space. They do not have to jump in the reader痴 attention - you will never convince somebody to hire you because you have a nice email alias! If your CV managed to awaken the reader's interest, he or she will look after contact details - it is important that they be there, but not that they are the first thing somebody reads in your CV. You should write your name with a bigger font than the rest of the text, so that the reader knows easily whose CV is he or she reading. If you need to save space, you can delete the Curriculum Vitae line on the top of your CV. After all, if you have done a good job writing it, it should be obvious that that piece of paper is a CV, no need to spell it out loud.

Objective - this is a concise statement of what you actually want to do. It's not bad if it matches the thing you are applying for. Don't restrict it too much "to get this scholarship", but rather "to develop a career in... " the thing that you're going to study if you get the scholarship. If you apply for a job, you can be even more specific - " to obtain a position in... , where I can use my skills in・. You can use a few lines to describes that specifically, but keep in mind that you should show what you can do for the company more than what the company can do for you. Writing a good objective can be tough; take some time to think about what exactly are you going to write there.

If you, the visitor of our site, are who we think we are - a young student, or a person who has just graduated, you should start your CV with your education. Very probably, at this age it is your most important asset. We suggest you use the reverse chronological order, since it is more important what master痴 degree you have rather than that, very probably, you went to high school in your native town. No matter for which order you decide - chronological or reverse - you should keep it the same throughout the rest of your CV. Try to give an exact account of your accomplishments in school: grades (do not forget to write the scale if it may differ from the one the reader of your CV is used to), standing in class (in percent), title of your dissertation, expected graduation date if you think this is an important aspect. There is no need to write all of the above, but only those that put you in the best light. Are you not in the best 20% of your class? Better not to mention ranking then, maybe you still have good grades, or your school is a renowned one. In any case, do not make your results better than in reality - you cannot know how this information may be checked and the whole application will lose credibility. Cheating is a very serious offense in Western schools.

Awards received - you should introduce this header right after the education, in order to outline all the scholarly or otherwise distinctions you have received. Another solution is to include these awards in the education section, but this might make the lecture difficult - the reader wants to get from that section an impression about the schools you went to and the overall results, not about every distinction you were awarded. Still, these are important! Therefore, here is the place to mention them - scholarships, stages abroad you had to compete for, prizes in contests, any kind of distinction. Here, same as everywhere in your CV, write a detailed account of what happened: do not just mention the year and "Prize in Physics", but rather give the exact date (month), place, name and organiser of the competition. For a scholarship abroad, write the time frame, name of the University, Department, the subject of classes there - e.g. managerial economics - name of the award-giving institution, if different from that of the host-university.

Practical experience - here you should include internships as well. Don't feel ashamed with what you did, don't try to diminish your accomplishments! Nobody really expects you to have started a million dollar business if you're still a student - even better if you did, though! Accountability is an important criterion for what you write in this section. The account should show what you improved, where, by how much, what your responsibilities were. The idea is that when you apply for a job you have to show growth-potential. That is, that you proved some kind of progress from one job to another and that especially at the last one you were so good, you could obviously do something that involves more responsibility - like the job you are applying for now. The overall result should portray you as a leader, a person with initiative and creativity - don't forget you have to convince the reader of your CV that you are the best pick for that job.

Extracurricular activities - if you're writing a professional, and not an academic CV, this is the place to mention conferences or any other activities outside the school that for some reason did not fit in the CV so far. A good section here can help a lot towards that goal of portraying you as a leader, a person with initiative, not just a nerd with good grades.

Languages - list here all the languages you speak, with a one-word description of your knowledge of that language. We suggest the following scale: conversational, intermediate, advanced, and fluent. List any certificates and/or results like TOEFL scores, with date.

Computer skills - write everything you know, including Internet browsers and text editing skills. There is no absolute need to know C++ unless you wanna be a programmer or something. List certificates and specialty studies as well.

Hobbies - list them if space is left on the page. They look fine in a CV, showing you are not a no-life workaholic, but a normal person. There is no need to have a 20,000 pieces stamp collection, you can mention reading or mountain tracking as well.

You can introduce other headers that suit your needs. Some CV's, for example, have a summary heading, that brings in front what the author considers to be the most important stuff in his/her CV. A references section, where you can list with contact details persons ready to recommend you can be added as well. If it misses, the recruiters will assume they are available on request.


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