Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Teacher Training Programs: Monbukagakusho Scholarship (Teacher Upgrading)

Registration for the departure in 2009 will be opened on 16 November and closed on January 29, 2010

Teacher Upgrading Program (Teacher Training Program) is one of the Japanese Government scholarship programs (Monbukagakusho) specifically designed for teachers for teaching in accordance with improving qualities. They will be given training in how to teach, making the teaching-learning plan more effectively and attract students and other things that can improve and quality of teachers. This program is a non-degree programs and the length is 1 year 6 months (including 6-month Japanese language learning) from October 2010.


1. Graduates of S-1 or D-4, and teachers who are actively teaching in elementary, junior, senior high school (including private schools and vocational).
2. Applicant has taught more than 5 years of formal education institutions on April 1, 2010. All fields are offered except, the Indonesian language, local language, Arabic language, religious education and hospitality.
3. Age under 35 years old on April 1, 2010.
4. Physically and spiritually healthy. (female applicants are not allowed in the pregnant condition)
5. Willing to learn Japanese because the language of instruction at the university is in Japanese.


1. Without the bond department.
2. Return economy ticket Indonesia (Jakarta) - Japan.
3. Free entrance exam fees, tuition and registration fee.
4. Monthly allowance of ¥ 170,000 per month (there is a possibility to change).
5. Participants are provided with dormitory regulated solely by payment recipients.


1. Registration opened on 16 November 2009 and closed on January 29, 2010.
2. For applicants, both public and private employees can directly submit / send the completed form to the Education Section Embassy of Japan with the necessary documents attached.
3. For applicants with the status of permanent civil servants to report and submit a photocopy of the form to the Bureau of International Cooperation (BKLN) Ministry of National Education.

(incomplete documents will not be received)

1. Form.
2. Passport photo (must be affixed on the form).
3. Diploma and transcripts.
4. Letter from the teaching that explains that the applicant is a faculty member who is still actively teaching and approved this scholarship program.
5. Letter of recommendation from employers about the person of the applicant.

* All documents should be written in English or Japanese.

Selection Steps

1. English written test (especially for teachers of Japanese: Japanese language test) on February 16, 2010.
2. Those who passed the written examination will be invited for an interview in Jakarta.
3. Those who pass the interview will be recommended to Monbukagakusho.
4. Those who pass the selection in the Monbukagakusho will receive scholarship recipients

Source: http://www.id.emb-japan.go.jp/sch_tt.html


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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Doctoral Position (Research and Teaching Assistant)

Chair of Professor J. Goeree
University of Zurich (Switzerland)

The candidate is expected to do research during a period of four years leading to a doctoral
thesis. In addition, he or she will be involved in teaching activities. A bachelor’s or master’s
degree in economics, mathematics or physics is required. The focus of the research in our
group is on microeconomics, in particular, auction theory and mechanism design. We
encourage applications of young researchers who want to benefit from and contribute to a
stimulating environment at an internationally renowned economics department.
The candidate will attend doctoral courses offered by UZH. The thesis typically consists of
three pieces of original research, including both single-authored and co-authored papers.

Please send applications by email to jgoeree@iew.uzh.ch. We plan to fill the position by
February 1, 2010.

For information on our research activities, please consult:

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The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments will
admit fifteen PhD students to its doctoral program to begin October 1, 2010. Ten of these
candidates will receive a Graduate School grant; the other candidates will be supported
in their quest for funding.

The Graduate School investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness
of Muslim cultures and societies. It invites applications from candidates whose
dissertation project fits one of the Graduate School’s Research Areas.
Successful applicants will have a master’s degree in one of the disciplines
represented at the Graduate School, with a ranking, where applicable, of above
average. The language of communication is English. Admission is for one year,
and, contingent upon a positive evaluation after the first year of study, will be
extended for another twelve months. Admission and grant can be extended for
a total of three years.

The application package needs to include the following documents: a completed and
signed application form; an outline of the dissertation project (up to 6 pages, with a brief
summary); a signed curriculum vitae; two letters of reference; certified copies of degrees
received; evidence of proficiency in the language(s) relevant to the dissertation project;
and for non-native speakers of English, proof of proficiency in English. Holders of PhD
scholarships that were awarded on the basis of academic references for the same project
with which applicants apply to the Graduate School can submit copies of these

Applications will be reviewed by the School’s Admissions and Grants Committee.
The complete application package must be submitted by November 30, 2009 to:
Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies
Managing Director
Dr Arnim Heinemann
Altensteinstr. 48
14195 Berlin

For further information, please contact the Graduate School’s office at

For more information visit our website at

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Doctoral Programs: PhD Position in Applied Mathematics, Vienna University of Tech., Austria

Ph.D. student and postdoc positions

We are looking for a Ph.D. student and a postdoc for the FWF Project Cross-diffusion in chemotaxis and tumor growth models, financed for three years. The Ph.D. candidate should have a diploma or master in Mathematics with a good knowledge in the analysis and/or numerical approximation of partial differential equations. The postdoc should have a qualified Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and a good research record. Both candidates are expected to be interested in mathematical questions concerning mathematical biology. The salary is according to the standards of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, see here for the salaries (in German).

Interested candidates should send their application (CV, diploma/Ph.D. copies, references etc.) preferrably by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Ansgar Jüngel, juengel(AT)anum.tuwien.ac.at, before November 10, 2009 (postdoc position) and before November 31, 2009 (Ph.D. student position). The Vienna University of Technology aims to enlarge the number of female scientists. Therefore, female graduates and female postdocs are particularly encouraged to apply.

For questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Ansgar Jüngel, juengel(AT)anum.tuwien.ac.at.

website link:

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Master Degrees Progams: Master of Public Policy, NUS

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is a graduate school of the
National University of Singapore consistently ranked amongst the top 30
universities in the world by QS World University Rankings 2008. The School
aims to educate, train and generate ideas amongst a new generation of
globally minded policymakers and leaders from the public and private
sectors. Our students are entrepreneurs, public sector officials,
ambassadors, senators, editors, and aspiring leaders who are working on the
ground to make a difference.

The School currently attracts over 300 outstanding candidates from more than
50 countries, including China, India, USA and South East Asia and
Europe. These students come from diverse backgrounds in the public and
private sector.

The School also attracts global luminaries including former Prime Minister
of Britain, Tony Blair, President of World Bank Robert B. Zoellick, Nobel
Laureate Amartya Sen amongst others.

Under the leadership of Dean Kishore Mahbubani, a world renowned public
intellectual and former UN Ambassador from Singapore, the school has made a
mark globally.

The LKY School is the first Asian School to be admitted into the prestigious
Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) set up by Columbia University’s School
of International & Public Affairs (SIPA), the London School of Economics &
Political Science (LSE) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
(Sciences Po). The school offers its students a unique opportunity to gain a
double Masters degree with one of its GPPN partners. We also have a long
standing partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School.

*Master in Public Administration *

The MPA programme is a one-year degree for mid-career professionals with
more than five years of professional experience. The MPA is designed to
enhance the effectiveness of mid-career professionals from the public,
private and non-profit sectors in addressing complex, multidimensional
policy issues. The MPA programme places great emphasis on management and

*Master in Public Policy *

The MPP programme is a two-year degree for young professionals with 1-5
years of experience. Students learn the fundamental skills of public policy
analysis from the disciplines of politics, economics, and public management.
They also have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of a specific
area by electing to focus their studies on one of five specializations:
Development Studies; Economic Policy and Analysis; International Relations
and Security Studies; Social and Environmental Policy; and Public Management
and Governance. Finally to provide an element of direct practical
experience, MPP students undertake a public policy or management study (the
Policy Analysis Exercise) for a client in the public, private or non-profit

*Double Degree Opportunities at Columbia University, LSE or Sciences Po*

The MPP programme also offers the invaluable opportunity for qualifying
students to obtain a double degree from the LKY School as well as from one
of our partner institutes which include Columbia University’s School of
International and Public Affairs (SIPA), London School of Economics and
Political Science (LSE), and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
(Sciences Po). Students spend one year in Singapore and the second year in
New York, London or Paris, and quite often the school provides full-funding
for the students to study there.

*Fully funded scholarships are available to outstanding candidates.

More information, along with programme application booklets, are available
online at http://www.lkyspp. nus.edu.sg/. The deadline for the MPP and MPA
applications with scholarship is 31 January 2010 for intake in July 2010.


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Doctoral Programs: 11 PhD Fellowships in SEACOT project

Surface Engineering for Antifouling -
Coordinated Advanced Training (SEACOAT)

This is a temporary web page intended to support recruitment to the network. A more detailed web-site will be running soon

Positions available:

11 Early Stage Researcher (PhD) Fellowships
6 Experienced Researcher (post-doc) Fellowships

Applications are invited for Early Stage Researcher Fellowships (leading to a PhD) and Experienced Researcher Fellowships (post-docs) funded through a Marie Curie Initial Training Network. Most positions are due to start on March 1st 2010 or soon thereafter.

The SEACOAT Network:

The main research goal of the project is to improve understanding of biointerfacial processes involved in the colonisation of surfaces by marine fouling organisms. This will inform the future development of new, environmentally-benign materials and coatings for the practical control of marine biofouling.

Our principal objective is to discover which nano- and micro-scale physico-chemical properties of surfaces influence the adhesion of fouling organisms, through the use of surface engineering technologies to fabricate coatings that vary systematically in relevant surface properties, and length scales.

We will use advanced surface analytical methods to characterise test surfaces for relevant physico-chemical surface properties and how these change after immersion. Parallel adhesion bioassays using a range of representative marine organisms will test intrinsic antifouling properties of surfaces.

Fellows’ individual projects will be integrated into one comprehensive research and training network which is strongly based on exchange and transfers between academia and industry. The network will also provide fellows with network-wide training activities (4 Advanced Training Courses, an international Workshop/symposium). All fellows are expected to collaborate with other Partners in the Consortium through secondments and visits.



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Scholarships from The Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF)


The Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF) invites excellent students to apply for the PhD Program in Finance starting in fall 2010. Up to six scholarships will be offered to the best applicants.
The program is open for students from all countries with all academic specializations, provided they hold a Master degree or equivalent and have sufficient level of formal training. Students who are going to graduate soon (by June 2010) may apply, too. To participate in the selection process a candidate's application must be received by January 7, 2010.

The VGSF PhD program in Finance consists of two parts: rigorous coursework and work on the PhD thesis. The students attend courses covering all major topics in finance and analytical methods required for research. In particular, the courses focus on Corporate Finance, Asset Pricing and Quantitative Methods in Finance. In the past academic years students had the chance to attend courses taught by international scholars such as Tomas Björk, Christopher Hennessy, David Lando, Jacob Sagi, Rossen Valkanov, Jiang Wang and Toni Whited. After passing the required exams, students start to conduct research projects on their own. In our weekly research seminar students have the opportunity to meet internationally renowned scholars presenting their state-of-the art research.

For further information on the PhD program and the application please visit our website: www.vgsf.ac.at

Josef Zechner,
Director of the PhD Program

Source : http://www.vgsf.ac.at/vgsf/home_vgsf

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Monday, November 2, 2009

PhD positions in EECS at Carleton University, Canada

Several openings are available for self-motivated PhD students in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, Canada. The positions will start in either Spring or Fall 2010. The successful candidates are expected to research on advanced wireless networking systems.

1. A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science/Engineering is preferred
2. A good background in mathematics and networking/communications/security
3. Good GPA in related fields

If you are interested in the position, please email your resume/CV to Prof. F. Richard Yu at Richard_Yu@Carleton.ca. Please also visit http://www.csit.carleton.ca/~fyu/ for further information.

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PhD opportunity in Geodynamics at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut (Bayreuth, Germany)

The Bayerisches Geoinstitute offers a PhD position in the field of Geodynamics.
The focus of the research will be on the effect of continental lids on the efficiency of mantle convective stirring.

Interpreting surface geochemical data requires the understanding of the mechanisms that can preserve or erase chemical heterogeneities over geological times. The effect of continental lids is known to have a first order impact on mantle convective dynamics and heat transfer. In particular it has be shown that the presence of continents influences the convective wavelength and the time dependency of the mantle motions. However the consequences on the efficiency of convective stirring have not been quantified and studied systematically. This will be the main objective of this thesis, using 2D and 3D numerical modeling of mantle convective motions.

Applicants should hold a master degree in Physics, Geophysics or equivalent. We are seeking for candidates with a solid background in fluid dynamics and heat transfer, knowledge in numerical methods and in one or more programming language (Fortran , C …).
Decent computational facilities are available at the Bayerisches Geoinstitute (www.bgi.uni-bayreuth.de ) and at the University of Bayreuth. Funds will be available for attending international conferences and workshops.

The position to be filled up as soon as possible, will be awarded for a period of three years.
To apply, please send the following documents in electronic form to : henri.samuel[at]uni-bayreuth.de

- A Curiculum Vitae
- The contact information of at least two referees
(www.bgi.uni-bayreuth.de )


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