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2 PhD Scholarships - Emerging Worlds

The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for two 3-year PhD scholarships connected to the Centre of Global South Asian Studies (CGSAS) at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies. The positions are part of the collective research project ‘Emerging Worlds: Ethnographic Explorations of new South-South Connections’ funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research.

Emerging Worlds is concerned with the new South-South connections being forged within the Global South. It addresses the ‘emerging worlds’ of south-south dynamics by studying a new species of connections – produced through extractive economies, capital investments, development aid, migration – between the decolonized regions with special focus on India and Africa. What kind of possibilities, potentialities and contradictions does this fast evolving encounter entail? And how is this seemingly historic change to be theorized within the currents of postcolonial thinking and written into the history of the south?

We invite applications for 2 PhD Scholarships relating to one or more of the following topics that explore the new connections.

1. Extractive economies based upon exploitation of natural resources
2. Indian investments in Africa
3. South based development aid interventions
4. South-South migration

See this link http://phd.hum.ku.dk/Blivph.d./stipendieopslag/emerging_worlds/ for more information


Td Summer School 2014
Transdisciplinary Research at the Science | Society Interface 

The Td Summer School 2014 offers a Td Training Modul (Sep 1-5, 2014) that prepares researchers and practitioners for transdisciplinary research at the science | society interface and a Special Training Module on Mutual Learning in Urban Climate Change Adaptation (Sep 8-9, 2014). The Special Training is realized in cooperation with the Climate Service Center Hamburg, Germany/HZG. The courses provide both, theoretical and methodological foundations as well as experiences in designing and implementing transdisciplinary research processes. A special focus is on broadening the participants’ disciplinary and interdisciplinary research towards a transdisciplinary approach and on enabling practitioners to elaborate their role in contributing to transdisciplinary reserach.

The Td Summer School addresses researchers and practitioners from all disciplines and societal fields as well as graduate students with research experience who want to develop their research and professional activities at the science | society interface towards transdisciplinary approaches.

For further information see: www.leuphana.de/td-training

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IEASA 18TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE - The Internationalisation of Higher Education in a World of Geo-political Reorganisation

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

Conference Dates: 20 - 23 August 2014
Venue: Southern Sun OR Tambo Hotel, Johannesburg
Target Audience: Academics, Practitioners and Students
Format: Workshops on Day 1 and Parallel and Plenary Sessions on Day 2 & 3 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Online Registration:              Opens on 23 May
  • Early Bird Registration:         Closes on 30 June

Further information is available in the conference section of the IEASA website or feel free contact the IEASA office.

Web:     www.ieasa.studysa.org
Tel:        27(0)12 484 1146/481 2908

Email:    admin@ieasa.studysa.org


Excellence initiative of the University of Bordeaux 

Several recruitment opportunities are currently being promoted within the framework “Excellence initiative of the University of Bordeaux”, granted by the French national program Investing for the future.

 

Three individual calls for application are already open and running, each of them describing application modalities, examination processes and applicable calendars:

- Postdoctoral fellowship program: it is addressed to high-profile international young candidates promoting their own project to be developed in one of the site research    teams;

- Junior Chairs: supporting young, high-profile international researchers in setting up a research activity within one of the University of Bordeaux’s laboratories;

- Visiting professors, expected to contribute with their unique expertise to the development of research projects, training programs, innovation in higher education, or technology transfer.

Additional opportunities will be available soon, addressing associated professors and senior chairs.
 

Call for applications are available on the website: www.idex-univ-bordeaux.fr/research-opportunities


Internship Opportunity :The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)

Closing Date for Applications – 31 July 2013 [ Please note that the date in the attachment has been extended]

Nepad are offering the following internship opportunities as part of  their Young Professionals Programme to postgraduate students. Students are invited to apply for the following:

a. Internship Programme: to provide opportunities for graduate and postgraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments and periodic attachments at the NEPAD Agency.

b. Fellowship Programme: to assist AU Member States especially NEPAD national focal points to have an in-depth understanding of the NPCA mandate and NEPAD implementation.

c. Volunteer Programme: to mobilize volunteers to serve and support the NEPAD Agenda and African development in general.

Details of the Internship are contained in the attached pdf document.  Please note that the closing date has been extended to 31 July 2013 (Not 1 July as stated in the attachment)and that applications should be sent directly NEPAD.  Contact details for NEPAD are in the attachment.

NEPAD Young Professionals Programme (YPP)


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Global South Scholars-In-Residence and Global South Workshop 

GLOBAL SOUTH DOCTORAL WORKSHOP

- 30 Nov. to 7 Dec. 2013, Mexico City, application deadline: 30 March 2013 
- Open to PhD students from Africa, Asia, Latin America working in disciplines related to international and developments studies, an opportunity to present and discuss their research in a seminar format
- Fully-funded programme
- The workshop is organised jointly with the El Colegio de México


Download the Call for Application (pdf)
Fuller description and application: http://graduateinstitute.ch/southworkshop  

GLOBAL SOUTH SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME

- Fall semester 2013, Geneva
- Application deadline: 1 March 2013 
- Open to outstanding young university teachers from universities from developing and emerging countries pursuing advanced research in areas bridging the fields of international and development studies. 
- Fully-funded programme  

Download Call for Application (pdf) 

Fuller description and application: http://graduateinstitute.ch/in-residence


“Solar Decathlon” competition in Versailles in June 2014

The Embassy of France is pleased to announce that France will be hosting the annual “Solar Decathlon” competition in Versailles in June 2014. This will be the tenth edition of this international competition and the third edition to be held in Europe, following those held in Madrid in 2010 and 2012.

This multidisciplinary competition (which incorporates fields ranging from architecture to engineering, design and economics) was initiated in 2002 by the United States Department of Energy, and pits 20 university teams from around the world against each other.  Bringing together a diverse range of expertise (engineers, architects, etc.), the challenge is to design, build and present to the public, as well as to distinguished professionals, the prototype of a house that operates exclusively on solar energy.

Over a period of fifteen days, the structure will be judged on the following ten criteria: quality of construction and architectural design, energy efficiency, power balance, comfort, functionality, communication, industrial implementation/process, innovation and sustainability.

This competition offers an opportunity both to academics and students to participate in a holistic project that incorporates a variety of fields, and teams from all countries are encouraged to apply.  

The call for applications is now open and more information can be found on the site www.solardecathlon2014.fr.  Interested candidates are requested to prepare a document of not more than 20 pages explaining the proposed plan for this project and to submit it no later than midnight on 10 December 2012.  The applications will be considered by a selection committee who will identify the 20 teams by the end of this year.


 
NESANET : network for South African alumni of Dutch knowledge institutions

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SOUTH AFRICA – FRANCE

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH COOPERATION

 JOINT PROTEA CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS

Protea has been created to develop the relationship between the French and South African scientific communities through joint research.

The purpose of the co-operative programme is to encourage an exchange between researchers and to develop a synergy between the two scientific communities, thereby developing a durable network.

The co-operative research projects funded under this agreement are developed and submitted in both countries by French and South African researchers, working as partner teams and headed by two team leaders, one French and one South African, who bear the main responsibility for the project, including its technical and administrative coordination as well as scientific and financial reporting.  In South Africa this call is open to MSc-holding (preferable PhD) researchers residing in the country and affiliated with a recognised higher education or research institution such as a university, university of technology or science council.

Each co-operative research project will run for a maximum duration of two years. Each project will aim to fulfil well-defined contractual objectives and will have to dispose of the necessary means to ensure that these objectives are effectively achieved.

Particular emphasis is to be placed on the training of students and young researchers achieved through research and the transfer of knowledge and know-how aimed at socio-economic community development.  Industrial and institutional partners involved in the projects or in the communication of its results should be officially mentioned and recognised. The integration of young researchers and students, and the exchange of post-doctoral researchers are encouraged, as is the involvement of students and researchers from previously-disadvantaged communities.

Each project financed will undergo a final evaluation in order to examine its outputs and compare the results achieved with the objectives set out at the beginning of the project.

Note that both scientific and financial reporting on the project is an obligatory condition for continued funding.


Campus France SA

Research and studies in France

Visit the following website for more information:

www.ambafrance-rsa.org


Campus France South Africa Newsletter

Please click here for more information 


Exchange Programmes, vital to varsity development - Experts
 

Herewith copy of interview with Yunus and Lesley as published in the Peoples Daily today. You can see it at http://www.peoplesdaily-online.com under News and Education


Swiss South African Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP)

Please click here to view or download information on joint research opportunities.