11 Mar 2009

EPSRC vacation bursary scheme-2009

The School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering runs a vacation bursary scheme (alongside a similar EPSRC scheme) to provide funding for undergraduate students to gain first-hand positive and practical experience of research in a UK university under the close supervision of an experienced member of academic staff.

If you are interested in pursuing a research degree after your undergraduate studies have finished, or you simply wish to enhance your research potential then this scheme will certainly be of interest to you.

Each project will last for around 10 weeks and will take place in the summer of 2009 and all students will have completed their projects by the 30th September 2009, at the end of the project you will give a short seminar presentation about your research project to other students within the School.

At this stage you need to be thinking of an area of interest/project that is of interest to you, and you can speak to academic staff members about your ideas and seek their support as your potential supervisor. Once you have established your idea you need to complete an application form and submit it to the Graduate School Office, room 1.08a (within Civil Engineering).


To be eligible you should be registered for your first degree and also be in the middle years of your undegraduate degree, that is, in the second year of a BEng or the third year of an MEng degree. If successful in your application you will also receive a stipend of £220 per week.

Application deadline

The deadline for submission of your application is Friday 20th March 2009 and we hope to notify successful candidates by the end of April 2009.

Further information If you have any questions regarding this scheme please speak to either Lisa McMeekin in the Graduate School Office or Professor Mi Wang.

furher information:http://www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/pg/PostgraduateResearchScholarships.shtml

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25 Feb 2009

The French Government

The French Government, through the Embassy of France in Jakarta, has
been providing excellence scholarships to Indonesian citizens for
more than 28 years. In order to pursue its objective to improve
Indonesian human resources, the Embassy of France will offer
scholarships for the year 2009.

Those scholarships are given to government officials, lecturers,
students, with a priority to those involved in a cooperation program
between France and Indonesia, to undertake two kinds of training:

* Master degree
(maximum duration of 2 years)
* Doctoral degree
(maximum duration of 3 years, only on a shared cost basis)
* Minimum diploma: bachelor degree / S1

* Fluent in English (or French)

* Less than 35 years old

* Minimum GPA score of 3 (except for fundamental sciences - 3,5)

* Submit all the documents specified in the application form

The selection committee will give priority to applicants who have
already identified a master/PhD program and have had a positive
answer from a French professor (or an acceptance letter).
Priority will be given to the following fields of studies:

* Engineering (water management, agronomy, civil engineering,
information technology.. .)

* Sciences (biotechnologies, information and communication
technologies, environment, risk and disaster management, energy, etc.)

* Public administration, economy

* Law and political sciences

Applications from students in other fields are nevertheless welcome,
as acceptance will be primarily based on excellence.
* First step: selection based on application form and required
documents submitted

* Second step: motivation interview (French or English languages
only) in Jakarta

Download the application form on this website: www.ambafrance- id.org
Follow the link "Etudier en France" or "Belajar di
If you need more information, please send an email at: infobgf@yahoo. fr
* intensive French language course: length according to the
applicant's needs and level (from survival course to extensive 11 months

* monthly living allowance

* 1 return ticket

* tuition fees (in public institutions for programs taught in French

* insurance
All applications must be sent before the 15th of April 2009 at the
following address:

Ambassade de France en Indonésie
Service de coopération et d'action culturelle
Jl Panarukan n°35
Menteng - Jakarta 10310
Please note that applications sent via e-mail and after the deadline
will not be taken into consideration.
http://indonesia. campusfrance. org/IMG/pdf/ Flyer.pdf
<http://indonesia. campusfrance. org/IMG/pdf/ Flyer.pdf>

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20 Feb 2009

Doctoral research opportunities ESRC PhD Studentships

Four ESRC studentships are available from September 2009 tenable for either 1+3 or +3 scheme. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who have a first class or upper second class degree and a Masters in a related discipline to pursue PhD studies in any area of research expertise within the School.

Candidates who have not completed an ESRC-recognised research training masters course will be considered for 1+3 award. Successful 1+3 candidates are required to undertake one of the School's recognised masters courses, followed by three years doctoral research.

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Quota Studentships are available to candidates who are classed as Home student for tuition fee purposes. EU nationals who have not been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of an award are eligible for tuition fee only awards. Please refer to ESRC Guidance for full details.

The studentships cover tuition fees, a starting stipend of £13,290 per year (not subject to income tax or National Insurance deductions) and research training support grant.

Further details regarding eligibility for ESRC funding can be found at: www.esrc.ac.uk
information: mbs

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15 Feb 2009

Fully funded DPhil Studentship in Information Systems

The Information Systems Research Group is offering a fully funded D.Phil position in Oxford University's Computing Laboratory. This position is associated with the EPSRC project "Enforcement of Constraints on XML Streams", under the supervision of Professor Michael Benedikt, which will deal with issues in XML integrity-constraints and stream processing.

The studentship is fully funded (at EU fees level - overseas candidates will need supplementary funding) for 3 ½ years from 1st January, 2009. Students applying for admittance with a start date of 1st October, 2009 will receive a guarantee of 3 years funding. It includes a stipend of at least £12,940 per year as well as provision for travel to conferences.

Candidates must satisfy the usual requirements http://web.comlab.ox.ac.uk/oucl/prospective/dphil/dphil-criteria.pdf for studying for a doctorate at Oxford. In addition, the student should be skilled in theoretical computer science; applicants looking to work in database systems should have a strong background in databases in addition to solid systems-building skills.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 20th February, 2009 and you should see below for further information and how to apply. Previous applicants need not re-apply.

Further Information and how to apply can be found here:

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16 Jan 2009

Scholarship for Masters degree-Chevening/University of St Andrews

The Open Society Foundation, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the University of St Andrews invite applications for scholarships at the University of St Andrews.
The following taught postgraduate programs are available:
Masters in International Strategy & Economics, Masters in Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies and M.Litt in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Applicants must be nationals of and resident in Indonesia.

Applicants should have outstanding academic qualifications and good English. Each scholarship provides one year’s tuition fees at the University of St Andrews, a stipend to cover living costs (for one person only), and return air travel from the scholar’s home country. On completion of the scholarship scholars are expected to return to their home country to resume their studies or work there.

Visit the University of St Andrews' website for information about applying to the university.

Please download these documents for further information about the scholarship:

Completed applications should be returned to the address below by 6 February 2009.

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11 Jan 2009

Durham University Doctoral Fellowship

Scheme for 2009/10

The University offers a generous package of support to outstanding doctoral research students through the Durham University Doctoral Fellowship scheme. The scheme provides:

* Full payment of tuition fees at home or overseas rate
* A maintenance stipend at the national rate (£13,290 in 2009/10)
* A research training support grant (£1,000 in 2009/10)
* An allowance to attend the North East local Grad School.


Applicants must meet the standard University and department admissions criteria and have applied to the University for admission in the session 2009/10, as a registered research student, to a course of full-time study for a PhD. Students who are already registered for a PhD course are not eligible to apply for an award.
Nature of Awards

Awards will normally be extended for another two years subject to progress being deemed satisfactory by the academic department and the Graduate School's Postgraduate Awards Sub-Committee. If extended, the award would continue to provide a full waiver of fees, a maintenance award at the nationally agreed rate and a research training support grant.

Fellows will be required to participate in a programme of academic activities designed to further enhance their development as researchers. Details of this programme will be provided to Fellowship holders at the start of their programme of study.
Applications and Deadlines

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study using the standard on-line application procedure; there is no separate application form. In the standard on-line application form, in the section entitled "References, Finance and Funding", you should state that you wish to be considered for a Durham University Doctoral Fellowship in response to the question concerning how you intend to finance your studies (you should also mention any other applications you intend to make for financial support or sources of income already obtained).

Only those on-line applications submitted by 03:00 GMT on Monday 16 February 2009 will be considered for a Durham University Doctoral Fellowship. All additional documentation (references, transcripts etc) must have been received in the Student Financial Support Office by Friday 27 February 2009. Successful candidates will be notified of their award on Friday 3 April 2009; unfortunately, unsuccessful candidates will not be notified and so we would like to thank all applicants now for their interest in Durham University.

Please see the guidance below for further information on the Durham University Doctoral Fellowship Scheme, including how to apply.Durham University Durham Doktoral Fellowship Pedoman 2009/10. and www.dur.ac.uk

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7 Jan 2009

PhD position available at UNESCO-IHE (SSI-2 Project)

Upscaling small-scale land and water system innovations in dryland agro-ecosystems for sustainability and livelihood improvements (SSI-2)

Recently, an interdisciplinary research project was approved by the UNESCO-IHE Partnership Research Fund (UPaRF).

This project will form part of the broader successor programme of SSI, in which the following institutes collaborate: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (Delft, The Netherlands), University of Dar Es Salaam, University of KwaZulu Natal, Delft University of Technology, the International Water Management Institute, Sokoine University of Agriculture and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Within the current project a PhD positions is available, linked to the themes described below. If successful, the PhD degree will be awarded by Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

Project description

The project focuses on the semi-arid areas of sub-Saharan Africa, where 95% of the total agricultural land is used for rainfed agriculture, water availability is scarce and highly variable, and average yields often remain below 1 ton per ha. The resilience of the farming systems is low as well, due the large (and increasing) variability of the hydro-climatic conditions and a limited capacity to adapt. As a result, crop failure is the norm. Water availability is a key entry point to improve crop productivity in these regions (Falkenmark and Rockström, 2004).

The research and outreach programme of “Smallholder systems innovations in integrated watershed management” (SSI-1, 2004-2008) thus focused on the identification and application of innovative agricultural water management practices that offer opportunities to increase both food security and safeguard environmental integrity. The impact of these innovations on food production and ecosystems has been studied at field and watershed scale at sites in the Thukela river basin in South Africa and the Pangani river basin in Tanzania.

There is a growing awareness that a real transformation of the countryside will only be possible if innovative soil and water technologies and land and water management practices are adopted, and locally adapted, at a large scale and in combination with increased fertilizer use (see e.g. Rijsberman, 2004; Polak, 2005; Rockström et al., 2007). Only then will rural areas be able to transform from their current position of marginalization and poverty to a motor of socio-economic development (Prahalad, 2004).

Since the conditions under which such a transformation may occur, as well as the potential impacts at different scales, are still ill-understood, a new project will focus on the socio-economic and bio-physical conditions and impacts of upscaling these innovations. This new project (SSI-2, 2008-2012) will take note of some new drivers that influence the opportunities for agricultural innovation and rural socio-economic transformation: increasing food prices, increased access to information in the rural countryside, climate change impacts, and the limited access of farmers to energy sources in the face of an increasing global demand for biofuels (e.g., de Wit and Stankiewics, 2006; Uhlenbrook, 2007). The two PhD research projects form part of the broader SSI-2 programme.

PhD Project 1: Water processes at different spatial scales

This research theme addresses the hydrological implications for up-scaling land and water system innovations. The objective is to gain better understanding of the interactions between processes linking local and larger scales.

The analysis focuses on how the dominant hydrological processes may change at different spatial scales. The research builds on the understanding of the hydrological processes gained during SSI-1, with a stronger emphasis on groundwater-surface water interactions and potential implications of/for land management changes.

It is hypothesised that surface-groundwater interactions are critical to the impacts of water system innovations, and that it impacts vary with scale and different physiographic characteristics.

This hypothesis will be verified in the field and the results used for predictive modelling to determine impacts of up-scaled use of WSIs on water quantity and quality for downstream users under different scenarios. The surface-groundwater interactions (including wetlands) are also crucial for the hydrological variability and water resources availability at different scales and, consequently, for the provision of ecosystem services.

Research question: What are the hydrological impacts of small scale farming activities, incl. water system innovations, across different scales? Particular attention will be paid to different types of rainwater harvesting, supplementary irrigation and full scale irrigation.

Methodology: Understanding the hydrological impacts of small scale farming activities across different scales, requires the understanding of the hydrological processes at these scales. This research will take up the small scale hydrological understanding (project 3.1) and investigate the large scale (500-5,000-45,000 km2) hydrological processes through the use of remote sensing data combined with field observations (incl. hydro-chemical and tracers studies). Of particular interest is the groundwater surface water interaction (incl. generation of wetlands) and the impact of this on the downstream water availability (PBWO, 2006). A process-based distributed hydrological model will be developed to investigate different scenarios of uptake and extent of the small scale farming activities.

This study will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook, Dr. Jan Willem Foppen, Dr Shreedhar Maskey (UNESCO-IHE), Dr. T.A. Kimaro (UDSM).

The following applies to the position:

  • All topics will be carried out in a so-called sandwich construction with different phases at UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands and field research in Tanzania (with regular contacts with Tanzanian and Dutch supervisors).
  • PhD positions are funded with a fellowship for which NUFFIC regulations apply.
  • Starting date: April 1, 2009 for 4 years.
  • Qualifications: M.Sc. degree (average mark: 80% or above) in a discipline relevant to the topic, e.g. environmental engineering, socio-economics of the water sector, hydrology and water resources.
  • The applicants must demonstrate a strong interest and experience in conducting interdisciplinary research.
  • The applicant should be willing to co-operated with other researchers in the SSI-2 programme
  • The applicants should be willing to co-supervise MSc research projects.
  • The applicants must be fluent in English.
  • Preferred country of citizenship of the applicants is Tanzania.
  • Age: 40 years and below.
  • Work experience in relevant fields of studies is desirable.

The project it is jointly led by Dr. T.A. Kimaro (kimaro@wrep.udsm.ac.tz) and Ms. M.L. Mul (m.mul@unesco-ihe.org) of UNESCO-IHE.

Applications, including curriculum vitae, the names and contact details of three contactable referees, and a motivation letter, should be sent by email to both Dr. T.A. Kimaro and Ms. M.L. Mul before 31 January 2009. Please mention the subject heading “PhD application SSI-2 project 1”.

We intend to contact short-listed candidates on or before 15 February 2009.

source : www.unesco-ihe.org

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1 Jan 2009


The Open Society Foundation, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the University of Essex invite applications for the above scholarships at the Centre for Human Rights. Applicants will be expected to be both nationals of and resident in Indonesia and not have already received or be currently receiving financial benefit from a previous HMG Funded Scholarship.

Applicants should have outstanding relevant academic qualifications and good English. Each scholarship provides one year’s tuition fees at the University of Essex, a stipend to cover living costs (for one person only), and return air travel from the scholar’s home country. On completion of the scholarship, scholars are expected to return to their home country to resume their studies or work there.

Further information and application forms are available from the address below, and completed applications should be returned there by 19 January 2009.

Rowena Rompas
British Council
Indonesia Stock Exchange Tower II, 16th Floor
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav 52-53
Jakarta 12190

Employees, employee's relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than 2 years before) of FCO (including FCO Posts), the British Council, the Educational Advising Centers or other OSI-NSP representations in the region and the participating Universities will not be eligible to apply for these awards.

Find out more about the scholarship.


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