Current Grant Opportunities
Last Updated on 8 Oct 2010


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Research grant Micro-Grant Research Fund UN-HABITAT

The Micro-Grant Research Fund is a new initiative launched by the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Dr. Anna Tibaijuka on 11 May 2010. The Fund promotes innovative research in the area of sustainable urban and regional development leading to the publication of working papers, as part of UN-HABITAT’s Micro Research on Sustainable Urbanisation series. The Fund supports researchers and practitioners to conduct research on sustainable urbanization. It particularly encourages young researchers and those from the developing countries to pursue their research on topics related to sustainable urbanization and human settlements, which include housing and land, economic development and finance, urban planning and management, environmental issues, infrastructure, social development, information and monitoring, disaster and risk management.

The Monitoring and Research Division (MRD) of UN-HABITAT accepts research applications for financial support from the Fund all the year around. Young researchers and those from the developing countries dealing with sustainable urbanization issues in developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply for grants. Successful applicants are required to produce a research paper to be published as part of UN-HABITAT’s Micro Research on Sustainable Urbanization series. There are two categories of grants. One is young researcher scholarship which is open to those under 35 years old and each young researcher scholarship is limited to a maximum of US$ 5,000. Another is micro research grant which is open to everyone and each micro research grant is limited to a maximum of US$ 10,000.

Candidates who apply for either type of micro research grants are required to submit an application package which includes a detailed research proposal, a detailed CV and a support letter from the candidates’ affiliated organizations.

The research proposal should be in the following format:

1. Addressing the rationale and importance of the research topic
2. Providing a summary description of major contents of the research topic
3. Proposing an indicative outline of the research
4. Stating the innovation of the research (describing the main innovative aspects of the       research)

The Selection Criteria will be based on:

1. The quality of the research proposal
2. Academic qualifications and research experiences of the candidates
3. The geographic distribution of research topics and candidates
4. For scholarships, the applying individual must be sponsored by an academic or             research institution who should confirm in writing that:
  1. The applicant is a currently enrolled student at the sponsoring institution
  2. The sponsoring institution has arranged adequate faculty member(s) to supervise the planning, execution and reporting of the research and
  3. There are mechanisms in place to ensure the grant provided is used for the intended purpose.

Once the candidates’ applications are approved by UN-HABITAT, the grants to the candidates will be channeled to the sponsoring institutions which will then distribute to the individual winning applicants in their institutions.

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Program/ Project grant Global Fund Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund receives over 3,000 proposals a year and is able to award about 600 grants annually.

1. General Support Grants

These are flexible, small grants to cover general operating and project expenses.

  • Your group must meet ALL the basic criteria (listed under "application requirements" of the grant application form) to be eligible for a grant.
  • A group may only have one proposal of any type under consideration at a given time.
  • Amount granted may be less than the amount requested if and when an award is made.

2. Travel Grants

These are small grants that allow members of an organization to attend conferences and events.

  • Your group must meet all the basic criteria (listed under "application requirements" of the grant application form) to be eligible for a grant.
  • A group may only have one proposal of any type under consideration at a given time.
  • Amount granted may be less than the amount requested if and when an award is made.
  • Applicatons for travel and event grants must be received at least 8 weeks before the beginning of the event. Funds for these kinds of grants are limited.
  • Because travel grant funding is limited, priority will be given to former Global Fund for Women grantees that do not have access to other funding sources.

3. Organizing Meeting/Event Grants

These are small grants to support organizations planning a time-sensitive conference or event.

  • Organizing Meeting/Event requests must be received no later than 8 weeks before the beginning of the event.
  • Because our funding for such travel grants is so limited, priority will be given to former Global Fund for Women grantees that do not have access to other funding sources.
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Scholarships University of Canterbury University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury (UC) offers a number of scholarships for study towards a PhD degree. There is strong competition for these scholarships and applicants must have at least an A average (or the equivalent) for it to be worth applying.

To be considered for a UC Masters or Doctoral scholarship, in addition to submitting a scholarship application form, a complete application for admission should be made before or at the same time as the scholarship application is made. If admission has not been approved by prescribed dates, the scholarship application will not be considered.

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Fellowship ICNC Curriculum Support Program ICNC

ICNC has launched a special curriculum support program to promote development of seminars on civil resistance in international academic institutions, preferably in recently established democracies and developing countries. ICNC is looking for scholars interested in studying, researching and teaching civil resistance, its tactical effects and strategic impact on the problems it strives to address, and its long-term influence on rights, institutions, culture and civil society.

ICNC Curriculum Support Program includes: 
  • Travel and lodging expenses for instructors to attend an academic training workshop prior to teaching a seminar on civil resistance; 
  • Stipends for instructor participation in academic events related to studies of civil resistance (conferences, workshops and other academic forums), in-country or abroad, and  visits to other academic institutions in the region to deliver lectures on civil resistance; 
  • Support for curriculum development, including syllabus design, and teaching methods based on free access to books, articles, films, and other materials. 

Qualifications for applicant:

  • Currently teaches at a local academic institution (undergraduate or graduate level) outside the United States; 
  • Is able to plan and teach, at least two times during a two-year period, a credited or graded seminar on civil resistance in a recognized academic institution either in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters (minimum 30 teaching hours per course); 
  • Speaks English. Seminars can be taught in English or in a local language. The syllabus, including course evaluation forms will need to be prepared in both languages; 
  •  Is interested in the research and teaching of civil resistance. 

The curriculum support provided by ICNC is competitive and the applications are considered on an ongoing basis.

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Fellowship Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-driven fellowship programmes designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 61 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members.

The NFP is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the development cooperation budget.

NFP offers a variety of both master's degree programmes and short courses.

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Program/ Project grant

Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship support social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on critical challenges of our time: tolerance and human rights, health, economic and social equity, peace and security, institutional responsibility, and environmental sustainability. These issues are at the heart of the foundation’s vision of empowering people to create a peaceful, prosperous, sustainable world.

Skoll social entrepreneurs are innovators who have tested and proved their approach, are poised to replicate or scale up their work to create equilibrium change and engage others with a message that resonates with individuals whose resources are crucial to advancing these solutions. The Skoll Awards are designed for leaders who contribute value to a peer network committed to continuous learning. By telling their stories, they join in the foundation’s ongoing celebration of the power of social entrepreneurs.

The Skoll Awards provide later-stage, or mezzanine, funding, subject to payment limitations described below under Budget Guidance. In most cases, the grant is provided for core support to help organizations expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable equilibrium change. The Skoll Awards are not intended for new or early-stage programs or initiatives. Programs submitted for consideration should have a track record of no less than three years. In addition to core support, the Skoll Foundation supports the participation of Award recipients in the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

4 August 2010

(Applications are accepted and reviewed on a year-round basis)

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Scholarship INSEAD Syngenta Endowed Scholarship(s) for Emerging Country Leadership INSEAD Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2007 were approximately US$ 9.24 billion. Syngenta employs some 21,000 people in 90 countries. Headquarters is located in Basel, Switzerland. Since Syngenta strongly believes that talented people are the key to successful businesses they embrace INSEAD's mission to train the brightest and best from around the world for the challenge of tomorrow's business world. Syngenta is particularly committed to the dynamic emerging market regions and has therefore chosen to offer this scholarship opportunity to future leaders from emerging countries. Two scholarships will be awarded per class and candidates for this scholarship will need to demonstrate: (a) outstanding academic achievement and promise (b) aptitude for business and financial management (c) leadership potential and (d) a commitment to contributing to their country or region at some point in the future.
Eligibility:Candidates must be a national of an emerging economy and have spent a substantial part of their lives in the developing world, in education and/or professional experience. Experience in industry will be considered a plus. Preference will be given to candidates who require proven financial assistance.

18 August 2010;

11 Feb 2011

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Scholarship 2011 Mexican Government Scholarship Program
for Foreign Students
Mexican Government

The scholarships are granted for specialization, master's, Ph.D., and medical
specialization courses as well as for postgraduate-level research, postdoctoral
stays, postgraduate mobility programs, artistic creation residences, high-level
conferences, residences for Mexicanist researchers, residences for media
collaborators, and special chairs for visiting professors.
Scholarships are not granted for preparatory courses; distance, open
learning courses; and direct doctorates (programs that comprise M.A. +
Ph.D.)
The scholarships are open only for the programs, institutions and hospitals
listed in this Call.
Scholarships are not offered for dentistry, plastic surgery, marketing,
accounting, advertising, and business management.
Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis for a duration of up to:
· 1 year for specialization studies
· 2 years for M.A. studies
· 3 years for Ph.D. studies
· 3 years for medical specialties and subspecialties
· 1 to 12 months for postgraduate research and postdoctoral stays
· 3 to 5 months for postgraduate mobility programs

15 October 2010;

30 November 2011

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Competition Global Development Awards and Medals 2010 - Medals for Research on Development Global Development Network

The Medals for Research on Development – as part of the Global Development Network’s Global Development Awards and Medals 2010 – is a competitive grant program. Only completed research papers that demonstrate academic excellence on any one of the themes given below. The central topic of the themes is ‘development finance.’

Theme 1: External Capital Flows and Financing for Development
Theme 2: Domestic Resource Mobilization and Financial Sector Development: Another Angle to Look at the MDGs in a post-crisis world?
Theme 3: Innovative Sources of Development Finance

The grant awards include a first prize of US $10,000 and a second prize of US $5,000.

Citizens and permanent residents of developing and transition countries and citizens of developing and transition countries who are temporarily based in a developed country but not for more than five years can apply for this award. All applicants should be less than 45 years old as on 18 October 2010.

18 October 2010 See link here
Scholarship Macquarie University International Scholarship Macquarie University

Macquarie University International Scholarships are available across most courses to cover international tuition fees for study on campus at North Ryde in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree. Postgraduate courses not available under MUIS are Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Management, Master of Applied Finance (MAF), Master of Advanced Surgery and Master of Surgery.

Scholarships will be granted to cover the credit points required to complete a single undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

The scholarship provides course fees for the minimum course duration. No additional allowances are payable. The scholarship does NOT provide financial support in the form of a living allowance, nor does it provide for the cost of visa application, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), airfares, accommodation, conferences or other costs associated with study. Annual renewal of the MUIS is subject to satisfactory performance in the Macquarie University degree program.

MUIS online applications for Semester 1, 2011 must be submitted by 31 October, 2010

AND

MUIS applicants must also submit their International International Undergraduate or Postgraduate Application Form by 1 October, 2010

Semester 2, 2011 Commencement

MUIS online applications for Semester 2, 2011 must be submitted by 30 April, 2011

AND

MUIS applicants must also submit their International Undergraduate or Postgraduate Application Form by 1 April, 2011

31 October 2010,

1 April 2011

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Research grant Global Development Awards and Medals 2010 - Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development Global Development Network

The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development – as part of the Global Development Network’s Global Development Awards and Medals 2010 – is a competitive research grant program. Organizations or researchers can submit proposals to carry out research on any one of the three themes listed below:

Theme 1: External Capital Flows and Financing for Development
Theme 2: Domestic Resource Mobilization and Financial Sector Development: Another Angle to Look at the MDGs in a post-crisis world?
Theme 3: Innovative Sources of Development Finance

The main topic of all the three themes is ‘development finance’ and all proposals should reflect this concept. The research proposal which holds the best promise of for improving the understanding of the relevant issue will be selected for the grant awards.

The grant awards include a first prize of US $30,000 and a second prize of US $5,000.

Citizens and permanent residents of developing and transition countries and citizens of developing and transition countries who are temporarily based in a developed country but not for more than five years can apply for this award. All applicants should be less than 45 years old as on 18 October 2010.

1 November 2010 See link here
Project grant World Habitat Awards Building and Social Housing Foundation

The World Habitat Awards were established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation as part of its contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless.

Two awards are given annually to projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems, from the global South as well as the North. Every year an award of £10,000 is presented to each of the two winners at the annual United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day.

Projects & approaches are sought that…

  • Demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries of the global South as well as the North.
  • Can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate.
  • View the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, capacity building or education.
1 November 2010 See link here
Scholarship Asia Research Institute Scholarships Asia Research Institute

The Asia Research Institute is pleased to offer Ph.D. research scholarships from August 2011 in the following interdisciplinary areas:


- ASIAN MIGRATION

- CHANGING FAMILY IN ASIA

- CULTURAL STUDIES IN ASIA

- RELIGION & GLOBALISATION IN ASIAN CONTEXTS

- SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY

- ASIAN URBANISMS


The PhD scholarship is to be taken up jointly with the appropriate discipline-based department. This would normally be with a department of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, but where appropriate could also be with the Faculty of Law, School of Business or School of Design & Environment at the National University of Singapore. Please note that some departments / Programmes only have one intake per year in August (Semester 1).

Interested applicants are required to submit their application by 15th November 2010, indicating clearly both which ARI interdisciplinary area they wish to join and which department they would be attached to. Application procedures and forms can be obtained from the NUS website via NUS Research Scholarship webpage

Applicants must use the application forms in the respective Faculty websites depending on the Faculty to which they wish to seek admission. They should send their applications directly to their respective faculties, indicating their interest to be attached to ARI. Applicants should not send a duplicate copy to ARI.
15 November 2010 See link here
Scholarship INSEAD Syngenta Endowed Scholarship(s) for Emerging Country Leadership INSEAD Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2007 were approximately US$ 9.24 billion. Syngenta employs some 21,000 people in 90 countries. Headquarters is located in Basel, Switzerland. Since Syngenta strongly believes that talented people are the key to successful businesses they embrace INSEAD's mission to train the brightest and best from around the world for the challenge of tomorrow's business world. Syngenta is particularly committed to the dynamic emerging market regions and has therefore chosen to offer this scholarship opportunity to future leaders from emerging countries. Two scholarships will be awarded per class and candidates for this scholarship will need to demonstrate: (a) outstanding academic achievement and promise (b) aptitude for business and financial management (c) leadership potential and (d) a commitment to contributing to their country or region at some point in the future.
Eligibility:Candidates must be a national of an emerging economy and have spent a substantial part of their lives in the developing world, in education and/or professional experience. Experience in industry will be considered a plus. Preference will be given to candidates who require proven financial assistance.

11 Feb 2011

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Project grant Rolex Awards for Enterprise Rolex

The next Rolex Awards for Enterprise will be presented in 2012 to five new Laureates for their projects that demonstrate innovative thought and benefit the world we live in. For their new ventures or completion of ongoing projects, each Laureate receives US$100,000, a Rolex chronometer, and the benefits of international publicity.
Is your project eligible?

The Rolex Awards are open to any individual of any age, with a concrete working project. Proposals may be submitted in almost any area of activity, including science and health; applied technology; exploration and discovery; the environment; and cultural heritage.

31 May 2011 See link here