Swiss Government Scholarship Programme Academic Year 2012/13 For Indonesian Citizen

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The Swiss Government through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) grants a limited number of scholarships to developing countries, among which Indonesia is included. These scholarships are offered to Indonesian POSTGRADUATE students wishing to undertake research or study in a master programme at a Swiss university or Federal Institute of Technology as mentioned on page 5. Priority will be given to research fellowships.
Following programmes are not included in this scholarship:
1. Fine arts and music
2. Undergraduate studies
3. Hotel management studies
4. Student exchange programmes
5. Part-time studies
6. On-the-job studies
7. Correspondence courses
The duration of grant is basically for the nine-month academic year (always from September to June. It is not possible to start the scholarship in the Spring semester or any other time in the year). It can be extended up to 12 months. The extension request will be analyzed according to the FCS criteria.

1. Indonesian citizen
2. University degree (min. Sarjana Strata-1/bachelor degree )
3. Candidates must be under 35 years old when applying (birth date after December 31,1976)
4. Sufficient knowledge of the teaching languages of the intended programme (German/French/Italian and/or English). Applicants for master programmes must have international recognized language certificates.
5. Applicants for research fellowship must have a confirmation letter from a professor at the intended university.
6. For research fellowships: applicants must have a clear research proposal For master programmes: applicants must have motivation explaining the study intentions and the importance for the future career. Additionally the applicants must apply for the chosen master programme while applying for the Swiss Government Scholarship.
Please note that an applicant with the following conditions cannot be taken into consideration:

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NEH Grant : Challenge Grant For Two Year Colleges

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The National Endowment for the Humanities invites two-year colleges to apply in a special Challenge Grant competition to strengthen their long-term humanities programs and resources.  Two-year colleges are major educational assets that have too often been overlooked, even though over half of students in post-secondary education attend two-year institutions.  The humanities can and should play a vital role in community colleges. The perspectives of history, philosophy, and literature can enrich the educational experience of students attending two-year colleges, deepening their understanding of questions related to differences among cultures, as manifested in diverse understandings of citizenship, politics, and ethics.  NEH seeks to encourage two-year colleges to develop models of excellence that enhance the role of the humanities on their campuses.  The goals of this initiative are

  • to enable two-year colleges to strengthen programs in the humanities, especially the study of the world’s many cultures and civilizations;
  • to support model humanities curricula at two-year colleges that may be replicated at other institutions; and
  • to encourage two-year colleges to broaden the base of financial support for the humanities.
Challenge Grants for Two-year Colleges are capacity-building grants intended to help eligible institutions secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds (that is, funds that are invested, with both the income and the principal being expended over a defined period of years) that generate expendable earnings to support ongoing program activities. Funds may also be used for one-time capital expenditures (such as construction and renovation, purchase of equipment, and acquisitions) that bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. NEH is especially interested in applications for programs that respond to the Endowment-wide Bridging Cultures initiative.
Because of the matching requirement, challenge grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support.  The required match is two-to-one: every dollar offered by NEH must be matched with two dollars in new nonfederal donations. Eligible institutions have six years in which to raise the required match.
Samples of successful proposals can be found under the Program Resources section of the sidebar on the first page of the guidelines.

Successful applicants will be offered a matching grant. The requested grant amount should be appropriate to the humanities needs and the fundraising capacity of the institution. The maximum amount an applicant may request is $500,000.  Smaller grants for sharply defined purposes are encouraged.  Potential applicants are urged to consult with NEH staff about the size of their requests.  

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Open Society Foundation - Call For Proposal 2012: Addressing the Situation of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Post-Conflict Countries

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The Open Society Foundations’ International Women’s Program and the Disability Rights Initiative announce a call for proposals addressing the situation of women and girls with disabilities in the following post-conflict countries: Nepal, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Colombia. Only proposals from these countries will be considered for support.
We invite proposals focusing on one or more of the following objectives:
1.) Reducing discrimination and violence against women and girls with disabilities. We seek to support efforts that improve the status of women and girls with disabilities by:
  • Strengthening legal frameworks and enforcement mechanisms to enforce the rights of women and girls with disabilities;
  • Strengthening civil society’s capacity to hold governments accountable to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), particularly CRPD articles 12, 13, 19 or 24 as they relate to women and girls with disabilities;
  • Increasing women’s and girls’ capacity to understand and claim their rights under CRPD articles 12, 13, 19 or 24, with priority given to projects that work with populations of particularly marginalized sectors of the disability community, such as women and girls with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities.
2) Strengthening access to justice for women and girls with disabilities. We seek to support efforts that strengthen judicial responses to rights violations against women and girls with disabilities and reduce their obstacles to accessing justice by ensuring:
  • Legal aid, counsel and assistance is available and resourced;
  • Judges, lawyers, prosecutors and police understand the barriers to accessing justice that women and girls with disabilities face and take steps to ensure these barriers are mitigated;
  • Transitional justice mechanisms are equitable and inclusive of women and girls with disabilities.
3) Increasing women’s and girls’ with disabilities self-determination and role as decision-makers and leaders. We seek to support efforts that encourage and increase women’s and girls’ with disabilities role as decision-makers by:
  • Challenging policies and practices that limit the right of women and girls with disabilities to be recognized as persons under the law as established in CRPD Article 12;
  • Ensuring enforcement of the right to political participation for women and girls with disabilities, and that appropriate accommodations are guaranteed to ensure their free and private exercise of the right to vote, on an equal basis with others;
  • Ensuring the active participation of women and girls with disabilities in public policy formulation and implementation.
Please note: The Open Society Foundations does not provide funding for electoral purposes.

Grant Support

Preference is given to:
  • Organizations managed and led by women with disabilities;
  • Organizations that have a track record of approaching disability from a rights-based perspective and demonstrate sustainability;
  • Organizations that forge partnerships with other civil society groups;
  • Local or indigenous independent nongovernmental organizations or initiatives that link local and international organizations.

Grant Amount and Funding Timeline

Organizations can apply for one to three year grants from $25,000 to $200,000 per year. Please note that multi-year proposals require an annual assessment report from the grantee, which is used to inform the Foundations' decision whether to obligate the subsequent tranche of funds.

To Apply

Proposals must be received using the accompanying narrative and financial proposal templates in English by email (preferred), fax or mail on or by December 5, 2011. Incomplete proposals or those received after December 5 will not be considered.
Please email the completed templates to: Please write: December 2011 Call, the country of focus, and your organization’s name in the subject line of your email.
If your organization does not have email access, please fax or mail the application to:
International Women’s Program
Open Society Foundations
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019, USA
Fax: 1.646.557.2601
Successful applicants will be notified of a decision within six months.

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