Dec 28, 2011

PhD and Master Scholarship at Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) offers scholarship through the McDonnell International Scholars Academy program. This scholarship is partnership based and it is open for Indonesian citizens who are graduates of University of Indonesia.

Admission is open until February 1, 2012.

For the 2012-13 academic year, Scholars will receive:

1. full tuition for study in a graduate or professional degree program. This support will continue as long as the Scholar is making satisfactory progress toward a degree.
2. a 12-month living stipend for each year that the Scholar is making satisfactory progress toward a degree. This stipend is set at $26,000 for the year beginning August 16, 2012.
3. a one-time travel allowance of up to $1,500 for travel to St. Louis for a period of study as an Academy Scholar.
4. an annual travel allowance of up to $2,000 for a trip to the Scholar's alma mater.

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*Important notes:* WUSTL is a fully funded university where many graduate studies offer a waiver for the tuition fee and provide stipend for accepted graduate students. In other words, even if you do not get a scholarship, acceptance in WUSTL graduate schools might still mean a full coverage of education and living cost. Application to WUSTL graduate schools (not McDonnell scholarship) is open for students from any background, *not only for UI graduates*. Please refer o each graduate school’s website for further info. WUSTL main website is

Sherria Ayuandini

2010 McDonnell Scholar

PhD candidate in Anthropology
Washington University in St. Louis

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PhD scholarship available at QUT’s BPM Group

Applications are invited from suitable qualified graduates for four PhD scholarships at the
Business Process Management Group, Information Systems Discipline at Queensland University of Technology as part of the ARC project “Designing Process Models for Decision-Making”. The term of the scholarship is three years. The scholarships provide financial support towards study and living costs.

Project Background
When seeking to re-design business processes – a perennial top priority of chief information executives – organisations use graphical documentations of their business processes, so called process models. These models act as blueprints of organizational processes, and are a key tool for making re-design decisions, i.e., decisions about where, how and why changes to the processes should be enacted to warrant increased revenues, business growth, improved operational efficiency, cost reductions or increased compliance.

A process model that documents a business process in an incomplete, incorrect, cumbersome to decipher, or otherwise deficient manner will not convey the information about the business domain to the decision maker such that a good decision can be facilitated. Any re-design of the processes, in consequence, will then fail to deliver the expected benefits. When creating process models, therefore, business analysts require principles that guide them in conceiving graphical representations of business processes that are useful, intuitive and accurate to the
decision-makers (process owners, process managers, business analysts, systems designers and the like) working with these models.

This project aims to develop a theory, and theory-driven guidelines, for developing
understandable process models. Specifically, it will deliver:
• A fundamental theory about factors and consequences of process modelling for decision-making tasks; and
• on the basis of the new and validated theory, practical guidelines based on rigorous empirical insights to guide the creation of useful, intuitive and accurate process models for decision-making.

Project Governance
The research project is led by Associate Professor Jan Recker, PhD. Jan is Alexandervon-Humboldt Fellow and Associate Professor for Information Systems at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, where he is co-leader of the Business Process Management research group. His main areas of research include business process design in organizational practice, user acceptance and IT-enabled business transformations. His research is published in the MIS Quarterly, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, the European Journal of Information Systems, Information & Management, the Scandinavian Journal of Information
Systems, Information Systems, and other key journals.

Jan is currently the highest ranked researcher in Information Systems in Europe and Australia, based on publications in the top six journals over the last three years. He is an Associate Editor for the Communications of the AIS, a member of the editorial board of several international journals and serves on the program committee of various conferences.

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The Research Group
QUT’s BPM research group is one of the largest BPM research groups in the world with impressive academic achievements, significant third-party funded research projects and major industry linkages.

QUT’s BPM Group is situated within the Information Systems Discipline, the highest ranked IS research department in Australia based on research quality. The discipline is currently the highest ranked IS department in Australia or Europe in terms of publications in the top six IS journals worldwide.

QUT’s BPM Group has a global reputation for its work on BPM maturity management, process improvement, process modeling, and workflow technology. The group has had substantial impact on the global body of BPM knowledge and its uptake in industry and academia. Research from the BPM group has appeared in premier outlets journals such as the MIS Quarterly, the Journal of the AIS, the European Journal of IS, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems, ACM
Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, and others.

To find out more, please visit the research group’s website
( Application Criteria

The successful applicant
- has a Master's degree in information systems, business administration, or a comparable field. He or she completed the Master’s degree with a GPA of 6 or higher (or equivalent).
- has the ambition and capabilities to complete a high-quality PhD project within 3 years.
- has a strong research mindset, and evidence of skills in theoretical and empirical research.
- possesses strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
- speaks and writes fluently in English.
- likes to work in an international setting.

Application Procedure
Applicants are required to submit a letter of application for the scholarship to Associate Professor Jan Recker ( by 31 December 2011, briefly describing qualifications, relevant skills and areas of research interest.

Applicants will be screened and, if suitable, invited for further assessment and interviews.

The following supporting documents are required:
- CV including a comprehensive list and details of all publications if any.
- Certified copies of academic transcripts.
- Copies of most important research papers or theses
- A letter stating how the above criteria are met by the applicant
- 2 letters of reference from academics who have taught/supervised the applicant at university.

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Dec 7, 2011

UNESCO-IHE twenty PhD positions on pro-poor sanitation innovation

UNESCO-IHE and partners offering twenty PhD positions on pro-poor sanitation innovation
Updated - Monday 05 December 2011

Twenty PhD Positions are available in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project on pro-poor sanitation innovations, named "Stimulating local innovation on sanitation for the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia".

UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands, and its partners Makerere University in Uganda, KNUST in Ghana, AIT in Thailand, 2iE in Burkina Faso, ITB in Indonesia, UCT in South Africa, UFMG in Brazil, and Univalle in Colombia were awarded a US$ 8 million grant from the Gates Foundation to finance the 5-year capacity building and research project.

To support the research component of the project 20 PhD positions for junior researchers are funded by the project at 8 host institutions.

The five research themes are:

Smart sanitation provision for slums & informal settlements
Emergency sanitation following natural & anthropological disasters
Resource oriented decentralized sanitation
Low cost wastewater collection & treatment
Faecal sludge management
Deadline for application: 15 December 2011

For more information and application instructions go to the UNESCO-IHE web site

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Dec 4, 2011

Master and Research Scholarships KFUPM 2012 2013, Saudi Arabia

Info Saudi Arabia Postgraduate Scholarships KFUPM 2012/2013 for master and research

We welcome outstanding and talented prospective graduate students from around the nation and the world to apply for Graduate Studies. Besides national students, KFUPM currently has international graduate students from 28 different nationalities. This adds to the richness & diversity of the academic and research environment at KFUPM.

The University currently offers 30 Master programs and 10 Doctoral programs in a full range of traditional disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary programs that anticipate market trends and respond to national needs. KFUPM provides full MS and PhD scholarships for distinguished graduate applicants who demonstrate high potential for conducting original research in the fields of Engineering, Sciences and Business.

Online Application

All graduate admissions are administered by the Deanship of Graduate Studies (DGS). Candidates who intend to enroll in graduate programs at the University need to submit an online application available on the website of DGS on the link The online application is available only during the application periods according to the posted application deadlines on the link . The graduate admission is open twice a year for the two semesters: The Fall Term (usually starting in September) and the Spring Term (usually starting in February).

After submission of the online application, mandatory documents need to be uploaded through the Upload System using the same Login ID and PIN created for the online application using this link:
Mandatory documents for application (without which application will not be processed)

Copy of identification (National ID for Saudi nationals / Passport for international applicants / Iqama for residents of Saudi Arabia).
Complete official transcripts for BS degree and MS degree (if applying to PhD).
Statement-of-Purpose (a one-page essay focusing on career and research goals).
Recommendation Letters from 3 Professors through the online recommendation system after submitting the online application.
GMAT scores for MBA program (for international applicants).

Other supporting documents (needed for final admission decision)

Certificates for BS degree and MS degree (if applying to PhD).
TOEFL score (min. is 68 iBT for MS and 79 iBT for PhD).
Acceptable GRE General score (min. Quant. is 700, min. Analytical is 3.0).
Upon approval, original/certified copies of degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) are to be sent through postal mail.

Application Deadlines
The online application is available only during the application periods according to the posted application deadlines on the link
Distinguished Partnership of KFUPM with International Institutions
KFUPM has very strong collaborative partnership on conducting innovative research with the following international institutions:

MIT: Clean Water and Clean Energy research.
*Stanford University: Oil and Gas research.
California Institute of Technology (Caltech): Refining and Petrochemicals research.
Cambridge University: Oil and Gas research.
KAUST: Many research disciplines.
Saudi Aramco (the largest oil company worldwide): Many research disciplines.
SABIC (the 5th petrochemical company worldwide): Petrochemical research.

Centers for Research Excellence at KFUPM
To provide extreme support for research in areas of excellence, KFUPM has established the following Centers for Research Excellence, in which graduate students can conduct their research:

KFUPM-MIT Collaboration Center on Clean Water and Clean Energy.
National Center of Excellence on Nanotechnology.
National Center of Excellence on Renewable Energy.
National Center of Excellence on Refining and Petrochemicals.
National Center of Excellence on Corrosion.

Graduate Scholarships:
Two types of assistantships are offered to enrolled Master students:

Graduate Assistantship: Open to exceptional Saudi Graduate Assistants continuing MS degrees at KFUPM, who display outstanding performance in their Bachelor education.
Research Assistantship: Open to national and international Master students, whose performance is exceptional in their Bachelor education.

Two types of lectureships are offered to enrolled Ph.D. students:

Lecturer: Open to exceptional Saudi Lecturers continuing Ph.D. degrees at KFUPM, who perform excellent in their Bachelor & Master education.
Lecturer-B: Open to national and international exceptional Ph.D. students, whose performance is exceptional in their Bachelor & Master education.

Part-Time Education
Like most reputed international universities, KFUPM also offers this flexible opportunity to working individuals who are interested to pursue higher studies. Such students are charged a modest tuition fee. This prospect is limited to the nationals and residents of the Kingdom.

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Dec 2, 2011

PhD fellowship humic substances - University of Naples

Dear Colleagues,

A call for a PhD fellowship at the University of Naples Federico II reserved to foreign students is now open.

I recall that the experimental work will focus on the application of Humeomics [Nebbioso and Piccolo. Basis of a Humeomics Science: chemical fractionation and molecular characterization of humic biosuprastructures. /Biomacromolecules/ , 12, 1187-1199 (2011)] to determine humic molecular biomarkers in natural and agricultural soils. Candidates should have a backgound in humus and general chemistry and willingness to apply physical-chemical instrumentation such as NMR, GC-MS and LC-MS.

Interested candidates should contact Prof. Alessandro Piccolo
(alessandro.piccolo@ With best regards, Alessandro Piccolo Prof. Dr.h.c. Alessandro Piccolo
Ordinario di Chimica Agraria
Università di Napoli Federico II
Via Università 100
80055 Portici, Italy
Tel. +39 081 2539160
Fax +39 081 2539186
E-mail: alessandro.piccolo@

And Director of CERMANU
Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca sulla Risonanza Magnetica Nucleare
Università di Napoli Federico II
Via Università 100
Tel. +39 081 2539448

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12 PhD positions at Gjovik University College, Norway

Currently announced positions (deadline is 15th of December):

The faculty of Computer Science and Media Technology announces 12 PhD projects. The faculty consists of two sections: the Norwegian Information Security Laboratory (NISlab) and the Media Technology Laboratory (MTL). Of the 12 positions are 8 within NISlab and the remaining 4 withing MTL.

Positions within NISlab (click on the project title for more detailed information) :

Algorithmic Game-Theoretical Models of Colluding Adversaries under External Constraints (NISlab)
The project seeks to extend recent results in coalitional and algorithmic game theory where the transferable utility assumption commonly made does not hold. These constraints arise from the notion of active adversaries, which do not allow for equilibria to be studied naively, and also from the need to accomodate the existence of a nature player simultaneously.
Contact: Prof. Stephen Wolthusen (stephen.wolthusen@

Civil Law Concepts in Access Control (NISlab)
The project is to investigate how access control models could benefit from integration of civil law concepts: Business contracts could be more easily expressed as access control policies; liability for events in computer systems could be addressed more easily.
Contact: Assoc. Prof. Hanno Langweg (hanno.langweg@

Fake-Resistant Fingerprint Biometrics
Authentication of individuals based on fingerprints is a widely used approach. However it is easy to reproduce an artefact and thus fake state of the art sensors. The project shall research effective spoofing countermeasures based on new imaging techniques.
Contact: Prof. Christoph Busch (christoph.busch@

Forensic Author Attribution (NISlab)
The project will study machine-learning techniques for the forensic attribution and identification of authors of text-based communication, e.g., email, messages and chat. Main objective is to design computational methods that are able to cope with sparse, imbalanced data sets, obfuscation, and partial knowledge in the final decision-making.
Contact: Prof. Katrin Franke (katrin.franke@

KEYstroke dynamics BiOmetric Authentication Research and Development (KEYBOARD) (NISlab)
The project seeks to investigate security and performance of static and continuous keystroke dynamics systems. Special attention will be on biometric keystroke dynamics on mobile devices like iPad and using keystroke dynamics to enhance security for online. One of the main research goals will be to investigate the security of keystroke dynamics systems.
Contact: Assoc. Prof. Patrick Bours (patrick.bours@

Large-Scale Online Learning for Intrusion Detection and Proactive Forensics (NISlab)
The project will study and develop new machine-learning techniques for intrusion detection and proactive forensics. A main objective is to design computational methods and algorithms that are able to cope with massive data, obfuscation, adversarial activities and changing environments.
Contact: Prof. Katrin Franke (katrin.franke@

Process Tracking for Forensic Readiness in Operating Systems (NISlab)
Forensic analysis of computer systems suffers from a sparseness of logging of events. The project seeks to establish a log of all state-changing activities of important processes, analogous to a flight data recorder used to investigate plane crashes.
Contact: Assoc. Prof. Hanno Langweg (hanno.langweg@

Using Theories from Economics and Finance to Address Information Security Risk Management (NISlab)
Risk is a consequence of lack of information. To ensure effective risk management, it is not obvious what kind of information should be collected and how much resources should be spent on collecting this additional information. The research will take a multidisiplinary perspective, importing ideas from (behavioural) economics, (computational) finance, Information Security, Computer Science etc.
Contact: Prof. Einar Snekkenes (einar.snekkenes@

Positions within MTL (click on the project title for more detailed information) :

Audio- and Video-Guided Interactive Performance of Computer Music (MTL)
The project is to investigate into how auditory, visual, and other clues and cues can be used to guide the performance of computer music, turning the computer into more of an interplayer. This will enable the improvisation tempo, dynamics and phrasing found in human performances.
Contact: Assoc. Prof. Ivar Farup (ivar.farup@hig. no).

Mobile and Web-Based Learning (MTL)
This project focuses on the use of mobile and web-based technologies in technology-enhanced learning. A main objective is to investigate how such technologies can be used to improve the value and the importance of students' own learning activities as they are creating, interacting with, augmenting, and sharing learning objects.
Contact: Prof. Rune Hjelsvold (rune.hjelsvold@

Mobile Augmented Reality and Pervasive Gaming (MTL)
This projects focuses on the intersection of mobile augmented reality with gaming. Specific areas of research will include improvements to the tracking, display, and interaction with augmented data.
Contact: Assoc. Prof. Simon McCallum (simon.mccallum@

Quality Evaluation and Enhancement of Reproduced Images (MTL)
The project will focus on the development of image quality metrics correlated with perceived image quality as well as the innovative usage of such metrics to improve or optimise the quality of colour image reproduction algorithms, devices, or systems.
Contact: Prof. Jon Yngve Hardeberg (jon.hardeberg@

General information on a PhD positions at the faculty of Computer Science and Media Technology, as well as specific information on NISlab can be provided by the head of NISlab, Ass.Prof. Patrick Bours (patrick.bours@ Specific information on MTL can be provided by the head of MTL, Ass.Prof. Terje Stafseng (terje.stafseng@ All the above position will soon be officially announced at (or for the norwegian version).

General requirements for these 12 PhD positions:
The successful candidates will be chosen to provide the best possible match between research projects and candidate qualifications. Candidates should state clearly one or at most two projects of interest from the above lists. Applications must be made through the electronic application system EasyCruit (link will be availble from and

Candidates are expected to have successfully completed an undergraduate and MSc degree in a relevant discipline and should have demonstrated the ability to successfully conduct research projects. English language proficiency (both written and spoken) should also be documented. Individual research areas described above may have further requirements.

Gjøvik University College particularly invites applications from qualified female candidates. The department provides a friendly, highly international research environment using English as its working language.

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PhD studentship at School of Mathematical Sciences at University College Dublin

A PhD studentship in mathematics is available in the School of Mathematical Sciences at University College Dublin for up to four years to work on a project Positivity in Matrix Theory. The project addresses one of the most intriguing and challenging mathematical topics in the theory of positive operators: spectral properties of nonnegative matrices.

(Positivity arises in a large variety of settings: time, money, goods, buffer sizes, queue lengths, network data, packet flow rates, human, animal and plant populations, concentration of substances, light intensity levels, probabilities---these are all positive. The wide range of applications of positivity gives rise to many problems that have substantial value in pure mathematics and enrich research in linear algebra and other branches of mathematics.)

Candidate Profile

The successful applicant should have a B.S. or masters degree in pure or applied mathematics. Relevant background would include linear and abstract algebra, functional analysis, combinatorics, computational skills and experience writing mathematical text.


The fellowship includes an annual stipend of e18,000 (tax free) and payment of annual tuition fees for European Union students, as well as funding for international research visits and attendance at international conferences. Note that the scholarship does not cover full tuition for students from outside the European Union, which is significant.

How to apply

Applications should include a CV, unofficial transcripts of undergraduate grades, a short statement (no more than 200 words) of mathematical interests, and the names and contact details of two academic references. Application materials should be sent as e-mail attachments in PDF format.

Enquiries and applications should be made to Dr Helena Šmigoc:
Helena dot Smigoc at ucd dot ie


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US/Canada Grants for the Academic Year 2012-13

For students from developing countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada, the MMMF awards grants of approximately $12,000 each; grants are not renewable. The MMMF also typically invites the recipients to Washington DC to participate in a three day Awards Program organized in their honor.

A woman is eligible to apply for an MMMF grant if she meets all the following criteria:
has a record of service to women and children and a commitment to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries
resides in the U.S. or Canada at the time she submits the application
is enrolled (in residence) at an accredited U.S. or Canadian educational institution for the academic year 2011-2012, and intends to be enrolled for the 2012-2013 academic year
will use the grant toward the completion of her degree
is a national of a lower or middle income developing member country, as designated by the MMMF Country Eligibility List
is not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, permanent U.S. resident or Canadian Landed Immigrant
intends to return to her country (or other developing country) within two years of completing use of the MMMF grant and perform at least two years of service
demonstrates financial need and satisfactory academic performance
is at least 25 years old by December 31, 2011
is not related to a World Bank Group staff member or his/her spouse
There are no exceptions to the MMMF Scholarship criteria listed above.


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Howard E. LeFevre '29 Emerging Practitioner Fellowship

The Architecture Section of the Knowlton School of Architecture (KSA) is searching for applicants with demonstrated talent and enthusiasm for the making and teaching of architecture. Within an award-winning facility designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, the KSA fosters a unique environment for innovative design research and critical inquiry. The School enjoys the benefits of a large research institution including collaborative relationships with The Wexner Center for the Arts and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design. The School is comprised of three sections: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning. Architecture has approximately 300 students (225 UG and 75 G), 14 fulltime faculty members, and 20 adjunct faculty members. The strong regional base of the school is complemented by a broad global agenda, evidenced by international programs and initiatives throughout the world. Augmenting the intellectual environment of the Section are the Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professorships, the Howard E. LeFevre ’29 Emerging Practitioner Fellowship and outstanding lecture and exhibition series. Publications include Source Books and PRAXIS, Journal of Writing and Building.

The Fellowship provides a 9-month residency for an emerging practitioner to investigate a specific project related to his/her overall development, to produce within the Fellowship period an exhibition and lecture of that work, and to develop their ideas in the context of teaching in architectural design studio. A Graduate Research Assistant will assist in producing the proposed project and monograph. A wide range of possible topics for study will be considered, with preference to those which can most take advantage of the school’s resources in history, contemporary culture and theory; advanced techniques in the design of buildings and cities; and research in technology, media and material assemblies.

To apply, send a letter of interest, a 1 page proposal of the residency project, curriculum vitae, 3 references, and portfolio to the address below. The search will remain open until the postion is filled.

Electronic submittals are encouraged; contact chair of committee for details. Material should be sent to:
Douglas Graf, Chair
Architecture Faculty Search Committee
The Knowlton School of Architecture
275 West Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1138

The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity, Affi rmative Action Employer. To build a diverse workforce, Ohio State encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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PhD Scholarship for research on either the Environmental or Maritime History of Southeast Asia

A fully funded three and half year PhD scholarship is available to work under the supervision of Professor James Warren, who is coordinating one research stream of a 7-year Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) anchored at McGill University entitled 'The Indian Ocean World: The Making of the First Global Economy in the context of Human–Environment Interaction'. For further information please download the flyer here

The Asia Research Centre provides high quality training to postgraduate students. In-house seminars, seminars held in cooperation with other institutions at Murdoch University, and visits to the Centre by eminent scholars, policy-makers and industry representatives ensure that postgraduates interact in a stimulating and supportive environment.

The Centre encourages application from potential doctoral students.

As a first step, prospective students should acquaint themselves with staff expertise outlined on this web site. This should give some indication of whether or not the topic being proposed falls within the range of interests and capacities of the Centre.

If this looks to be the case, prospective applicants should address the thesis proposal structure laid out below. Potential students are required to submit a thesis proposal (no more than 8 pages) in keeping with the headings outlined in the following PDF document entitled "Phd Thesis Proposal".

Please note that this proposal is not a formal application for admission to Murdoch University. The admission process information is available at for international students and for domestic students.

Scholarship options for international students include AusAID, and Endeavour Awards,

Asia Research Centre postgraduates are eligible to apply for both the ST Leong Memorial Scholarship and School of Social Sciences and Humanities Bursary to help fund their fieldwork.

Please e-mail thesis proposals to the Postgraduate Coordinator of the Asia Research Center at with a copy to the Centre’s Administrative Officer, Mrs Tamara Dent at

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2 MPhil/PhD Fee-Waiver Bursaries in History


The Department of History is inviting applications for 2 three-year bursaries, open to incoming students, tenable from 24 September 2012. Bursaries will be initially offered for one year and will be renewed annually, subject to satisfactory progress reports.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 8 May 2012

The department will waive the full-time Home/EU tuition fees otherwise payable by the student. This award is open to applications from incoming students who have been awarded a full-time place on the MPhil/PhD programme in the History department commencing in September 2012.

We also welcome applications from international students – however, the award will not exceed the home/EU fee per annum. In this instance, the bursaries will comprise fee-discount awards rather than full fee waivers.

Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Consideration will also be given to allocation of awards across the spectrum of subjects studied within the department. For more details on the existing expertise in the department, see:

The award cannot be held in combination with an award from a Research council or similar body.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Tuesday 8 May 2012. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews on Wednesday 6 June.

In order to apply you should fill out and e-mail the PhD bursary application form to Ms Kerstin Feurle, the History Department Postgraduate Coordinator, at k.feurle ( Please mark your e-mail with the subject heading BURSARY APPLICATION.

NB You must have first been awarded a place on MPhil/PhD programme in History before applying for a bursary.

Any queries should be directed to Ms Feurle at k.feurle (

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Goldsmiths Humanitarian Scholarship

There are four awards available to students studying for a taught Master’s degree at Goldsmiths. The scholarship provides full tuition fees and living costs for one year, as well as airfares to and from the UK.

Two of these awards will be reserved for students from Palestine. The remaining two scholarships are open to students who are from countries affected by widespread oppression, persecution, political or military strife such that their human right to postgraduate education is denied to them.

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must have applied for a place on a full-time postgraduate taught degree and have an international fee liability. You will also need to demonstrate academic excellence and/or significant achievement in your chosen field of study.

Please note that you will not be eligible to apply for this scholarship if you:

Are currently studying in the UK
Are currently resident in the UK
Already hold a Master’s qualification
How to apply

You will need to complete a Humanitarian scholarship application form 2012-13 (MS Word) and return it by email to or by post to International Office, Goldsmiths University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, United Kingdom.

Please note that your application form for a scholarship is processed separately from your application form for admission. You must therefore ensure that you provide COPIES of all relevant transcripts and certificates with the application.

We encourage students to apply as soon as possible. Applications must reach us by 1 April 2012.

Selection criteria
All applications will be assessed on academic merit and potential to contribute to the life of the college – financial circumstances will not be taken into account.

Further Information
If you have any queries regarding these scholarships, please email

Please note that scholarship and funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are therefore urged to check this information regularly to ensure that they are aware of available schemes, current procedures and deadlines.

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Nov 22, 2011

CfP: Romanian Journal of Political Science (PolSci), DL 30.11.2011

Submissions are now accepted for the next issues of the biannual Romanian Journal of Political Science (PolSci) edited by the Romanian Academic Society (http://www.sar. PolSci is indexed by ISI Thompson under the Social Sciences Citation Index and by other prominent institutions such as IPSA, GESIS, EBSCO, CEEOL and ProQuest. Previous PolSci contributors include Francis Fukuyama, Larry Diamond or Philippe Schmitter, as well as a significant number of young researchers.

The winter issue of PolSci is open to contributions from Romanian and foreign social scientists of different backgrounds (political science, history, sociology, etc.). We are mainly interested in theory-grounded papers based on solid empirical work. Contributions drawing upon inferential analysis are especially encouraged, as are papers from fields currently under-covered, such as comparative politics, public policy, political economy, political psychology. Foreign policy scientists writing on Romanian or broader Central and Eastern European issues are also encouraged to contribute.

The publishing language is English. The recommended length of an article submitted for publication is between 5000 and 8000 words (book reviews should be no longer than 1000 words). The articles submitted should be edited in Times New Roman, 12 font size and 1.5 lines spacing. References and citations will preferably follow the HarvardStyle. Your submission must be accompanied by the following information:

name and surname of the author(s);
institution and position held;
research interests (max 50 words/ author);
abstract (200-250 words);
keywords (max 5).

Please submit your work saved as a Microsoft Word document at robefore the 30 of November, midnight Central European Time. Please note that we will not review manuscripts that have already been published, are scheduled for publication elsewhere, or have been simultaneously submitted to another journal. The POLSCI selection board is committed to ensuring a timely selection process and informing the authors of the selection process outcome in 20 days or less from the call deadline. The Romanian Academic Society requires the assignment of copyright.

For further information and additional questions please contact the editorial team at ro.

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Diaspora: Sultan Post Doctoral Fellow - University of California at Berkeley

UC Berkeley, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), the Department of Near Eastern Studies (NES), the Department of Architecture (ARCH), and the Department of the History of Art, invite applications for a Sultan Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow / Visiting Assistant Professor in the area of History of Islamic Art, Architecture, and Urbanism. This is a shared position between the above units but the Sultan Post Doctoral Fellow will be based at the CMES, and one of these departments will serve as the home department for the teaching component of the position. (Individuals who hold the Assistant Professor title may be eligible for this position as Visiting Assistant Professors, otherwise the appointment will be at the lecturer rank.)

The appointment will be for one year with a possible extension for another year depending on funding and performance. The Sultan Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow is expected to teach 2-3 courses a year and advise students. The Ph.D. must have been completed by the end of the spring of 2012. Salary scale for the Sultan Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow is equivalent to the Assistant Professor Step I position at Berkeley ($50,000).

Endowed through a gift from the Sultan bin AbdulAziz Al-Saud Charity Foundation, the Sultan Program in Arab Studies supports teaching, research, and public outreach on topics related to the Arab and Muslim worlds with the overarching goal of furthering scholarship on this
important region at UC Berkeley and beyond. The Sultan Program encompasses the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields, with a special emphasis from the following disciplines: anthropology, architecture, history, literature, sociology, and urban studies. The
Sultan Program currently offers grants in the following categories: Post-Doctoral Fellowship; Graduate Fellowship; Undergraduate Scholarship; and Other Scholarly Initiatives. This position is part of the first component of the program.

We seek an outstanding interdisciplinary scholar with training in the history of Islamic art, architecture, and urbanism. Interest and expertise in early and modern Islamic visual expression is expected. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and effective teaching. Teaching duties may include: an introductory undergraduate survey course of Islamic Art and Architecture (from 7th century to present) along with a graduate level seminar on Arab, Muslim, or Middle Eastern Urbanism, and possibly a third course in the scholar’s area of specialty. Teaching experience and a publication record are desirable.

Please send CV., dissertation abstract, letter of interest, one page curriculum proposal for each of the three courses described above, teaching evaluations, citizenship or resident status, and three letters of reference, to: Professor Nezar Al Sayyad, Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 340 Stephens Hall #2314, Berkeley CA 94720-2314 (cmes@berkeley. edu). Deadline: January 20, 2012.

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CfA: Programul de burse DanceWeb 2012, VIena, DL 15.12

A fost lansat Programul de burse DanceWeb 2012!

Programul de burse DanceWeb se deruleaza sub forma unei rezidente de 5 saptamani, in fiecare an in lunile iulie si august in Viena, in cadrul Festivalului international de dans ImPulsTanz. Programul ofera unui numar de aproape 65 de tineri dansatori si coregrafi profesionisti - in
principal din Europa, dar si din tarile non-europene - posibilitatea de a participa intr-un program multinational de formare intensiva.

Sunt invitati sa se inscrie dansatori si coregrafi cu ambitii profesionale incontestabile din tarile europene, est-europene si non-europene, de preferat cu varsta intre 22 si 30 de ani si cu cunostinte bune de limba engleza. Calitatea pregatirii candidatilor in dans reprezinta principalul criteriu de participare in acest program.

Data limita pentru inscriere este: 15 decembrie 2011

Mai multe informatii gasiti in baza de date Eurodesk:

sau direct pe site-ul programului:

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PhD scholarships, Center for the Study of Manuscript Cultures,

The Graduate School of the "Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures" (CSMC, Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsber eich 950 "Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und
Europa") at the University of Hamburg invites applications for 6 PH. D. Scholarships (2012-2015)

Scholarships of € 1.365 per month (tax free) are granted for a period of three years, starting April 1st, 2012. Additional support according to individual need is available.

The CSMC is a unique research centre for the historical and comparative study of manuscript cultures in Asia, Africa, and Europe building on decades of manuscript studies at the University of Hamburg. It was recently established with a generous grant from the German Research Association (DFG) in order to develop a comprehensive approach to manuscript cultures including disciplines such as philology, palaeography, codicology, art history, and material analysis.

Communication in the international research community of the Centre is conducted in English, Ph. D. (Dr. phil.) dissertations should be written in English or German.

First information can be found on the Centre’s webpage which will be continually updated:

We are looking for highly qualified and highly motivated Ph. D. students with an M.A. or equivalent degree in all disciplines studying manuscript cultures regardless of region. Applications from candidates expecting to finish their degree before April 2012 are welcome.
Applications with a research proposal compatible with the programme of the Centre’s objectives, CV and copies of B.A., M.A. or other relevant certificates must be sent to the Director of the Graduate School before December 31st, 2011: Prof. Dr. Oliver Huck, Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaft en, CSMC, Edmund-Siemers- Allee 1, 20146 Hamburg, Germany or via email to
oliver.huck@ uni-hamburg. de.

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Graduate School of North American Studies invites applications for 10 Doctoral Grants

The Graduate School of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies invites applications for the academic year 2012/2013. Six academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences collaborate in offering a structured curriculum. The doctoral program
is interdisciplinary in its approach and focuses on those social transformations impacting the United States and Canada at the beginning of the 21st century. Areas of emphasis include domestic and foreign policy, economic development, ethnic identity and relations, as well as recent transformations in media, art, literature, culture, and religion. The language of instruction is English. Applicants interested in pursuing a doctorate with an emphasis in North American Studies must have a completed degree (Master, M.A. or the equivalent) with above average marks in one of the following disciplines or closely related academic programs: American Cultural Studies, American Literature, History, Political Science, Sociology and Economics.
Grants are awarded for a maximum of three years. Continued funding past the first year is based upon a positive annual evaluation of progress. Scholarships amount to ca. 1.500 euro per month.

It is also possible to apply for admission to the program independently from applying for a stipend. Guest students are welcome to stay for a period of up to one year. Guest students must be self-supporting. All application materials (completed application form, statement of purpose of 3 pages, outline of dissertation project of 8-10 pages, curriculum vitae, two recent letters of reference, copies of earned degrees, proof of language skills, and a writing sample) must be received by January 31, 2012 at the following address: Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute, Graduate School of North American Studies, Dr. Katja Mertin, Managing Director,
Lansstrasse 5-9, 14195 Berlin, Germany

For further information on application requirements and the graduate program, and for the application form, please see:
Please address all inquiries to our Program Assistant: office@gsnas. fu-berlin. de

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CfP: 5th Global Conference--Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Friday 29th June 2012 – Sunday 1st July 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers:
This inter- and multi-disciplinary project seeks to explore the contemporary experience of
Diasporas – communities who conceive of themselves as a national, ethnic, linguistic or other form of cultural and political construction of collective membership living outside of their 'home lands.' Diaspora is a concept which is far from being definitional. Despite problems and limitations in terminology, this notion may be defined with issues attached to it for a more complete understanding. Such a term which may have its roots in Greek, is used customarily to apply to a historical phenomenon that has now passed to a period that usually supposes that Di­asporas are those who are settled forever in a country other from where they were born and thus this term has lost its dimension of irreversibility and of exile.

In order to increase our understanding of Diasporas and their impact on both the receiving
countries and their respective homes left behind, key issues will be addressed related to Diaspora cultural expression and interests. In addition, the conference will address the questions: Do Diasporas continue to exist? Is the global economy, media and policies sending different messages about diaspora to future generations?

Papers, workshops, presentations and pre-formed panels are invited on any of the following themes:

1. Movies and Diasporas
The presence and impact of displaced / globalized populations of audiences, spectators and producers of new mainstream /Hollywood /Bollywood cinema are crucial to the emergence of this post-diasporic cinema, as these narratives from texts to screen constitute a fundamental challenge for the negotiation of complex diasporic issues

2. Motivational Factors for Research into Diaspora Factors are numerous including most prominently, artistic and musical creations, intellectual outputs, and specific religious practices and which have made a significant international impact.

3. Myths and Symbols: how to meet, and get to know each other through the use of creative lenses
Diasporas group, re-group and their group myths and symbols change accordingly. Or Diasporas
remain dominated, their myths and symbols mirror (or rebel) their domination. This manifestation
could take in linguistic, artistic and other creative forms…right down to graffiti to propaganda. The effects of Diaspora through a creative lens, as often this is where the true
effects of migration and cultural adjustment expose themselves in a personal and celebratory
way. These could include:

* Creative Expression as a result of shifting and integrating cultures. Cross cultural and cross
disciplinary practices / cross cultural collaboration / representing the self and the nation / connecting history to the future / third space practice

* Shifting Art Practices and how traditional folk based art forms (art / music / literature /
dance) can accommodate and represent modern diasporic communities in flux

* New Languages that represent broken boundaries such as graffiti / rap / interactive&
web based art forms / global design aesthetics / symbolism / sound& vision / poetry and text /

4. Public, Private and Virtual Spaces of Diaspora The controversial meaning of private/public spaces remain fundamental arenas in the re/construction of gendered identities in an in-between space as a Diaspora context nurtures challenges to traditional socio-cultural behaviors. Virtual
Diasporas – This questions a range of pre conceived notions about physicality, actuality and
place (which in turn open up the discussions around ownership, representation and nation). Virtual diasporas are not limited to the arts of course but the shifts toward new
technologies within art and design production are highlighting such issues through various forms of creativity and the critique that surrounds it.

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to those working/researching in
philosophy, education, ethics, cinematic / literature, politics, sociology, history,
architecture, photography, geography, globalization, international relations, refugee studies, migration studies, urban studies and cultural studies.

5. Novel ways to think about Diaspora due to globalization In the new global world in which
cultures act simultaneously how should we be thinking about Diaspora?

Some pertinent questions in this area that the conference is interested in addressing are: What
are some of the ways to identity and define the subject in changing political boundaries where
cultural interactions are amplified? What are the processes of social formation and reformation of? Diasporas that is unique to a global age? How do an intensified migration age that is coupled with broader and more flexible terrains of social structures can give Diaspora communities a window of opportunity to redefine their social position in both the country of origin and the host country? How does immigration in an age where the media and the internet are highly accessible, bring individuals to deal with multiple levels of traditions and cultures? What new cross- 'ethnoscapes' and cross-'ideoscapes' are emerging in? In what new methods can we capture the web of forces that influences Diasporas at the same time?

Other aspects of Diaspora that we are interested in having discussions about are:

* Economics of diaspora
* Gendered diasporas
* Queer diasporas 'flexible citizenship'
* Contested diasporic identities
* Invisible diasporas
* Emerging and changing patterns – is there an
'American diaspora' in China? In Dubai? Etc.
* Stateless or homeless diasporas – diasporas of no return
* Guest workers as diasporans?
* Diasporas created by shifting state boundaries
* Internal (intranational diasporas) – for example, First Nations or Indigenous/Native migration into urban areas
* Diasporans by adoption or 'diasporans- in-law' (partners of diasporans adopted into diasporic communities, extended diasporas through family relations, etc.)
* Overlapping diasporas, entanglement
* Competing claims or multiple claims on diasporans Inter-diasporan or multi-diasporan realities

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers
will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 13th January 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 11th May 2012. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) af filiation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: DIAS5 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Dr S. Ram Vemuri
School of Law and Business
Faculty of Law, Business and Arts
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT0909
Email: Ram.Vemuri@cdu.

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Leader
Inter-Disciplinary. Net
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom
Email: dias5@inter- disciplinary. net

The conference is part of the 'Diversity and Recognition' series of research projects, which in
turn belong to the At the Interface programmes of ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from
different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume.

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CfBC: Immigrant Entrepreneurship, Institutions and Deveopment, DL 23.12.2011

We inform you about an upcoming book on "Immigrant Entrepreneurship, Institutions and Development" , which will be edited by a reputed publisher in Granada / Spain and coordinated by a research team from University of Granada.

The papers will be evaluated by the scientific committee. The language of publication is Spanish. However, for evaluation only, texts will be accepted in English and French. Finally, if the paper receives a positive evaluation and is accepted, the Spanish translation will be completed by the author.

Deadline: 23rd of December 2011

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Predoc: Dynamics of Institutional cooperation in the European Union

Research Position available within Initial Training Network Dynamics of Institutional cooperation in the European Union (INCOOP) This multi-disciplinary Initial Training Network (ITN) on Inter-institutional Cooperation in the EU (INCOOP) brings together a group of 8 Universities, 3 professional organisations and high-level officials which share an interest in a better understanding of the functioning of institutions in the European system of multi-level
governance. The participating Universities are: Maastricht University (coordinator) ; Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies; Cambridge University, Fondation nationale des Sciences Politiques Paris (Sciences Po); University of Loughborough; Université de Luxembourg; University of Mannheim; University of Osnabrück.

The University of Mannheim offers a pre-doctoral position for the duration of 24 months (maximum), starting in February or March 2012. The position is financed by the European Union within the framework of the People Programme: Initial Training Networks (FP7-PEOPLE- ITN-2008) .
The focus of the research is the rapidly evolving field of inter-institutional cooperation within the European system of Multi-level governance.

The main objective of INCOOP is to improve the European career opportunities of young researchers by offering them a coherent academic training programme, complemented with a professional skills training programme and by exposing them to experience on the
work-floor through an internship at a professional organisation such as the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA, Maastricht), DLA Piper Brussels and the and Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS, Brussels).

Who is eligible?
a) Nationality The researcher may be a national of a Member State of the European Union, of an Associated Country or of any other third country.

b) Mobility The researcher shall not be a national of the State in which the host institution is located. At the time of appointment, the researcher may not have lived or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3
years immediately prior to his/her appointment. For more information see:

Application requirements
Applicants need to meet the following requirements: - a Master’s degree or equivalent (for doctoral researchers) in political science;- excellent command of the English language;- be highly motivated;- and where relevant meet the requirements of the host institution.

Recruitment Procedure

Please provide- a covering letter including a statement of research interests and motivation, including how this relates to the work of the host institution; - a detailed curriculum vitae;- certified copies of diploma / grade list of master degree;- two letters of recommendation; - 1 sample of written work.

The selection procedure will also comprise an English language test, unless the candidate’s first language is English or s/he has studied at an English-speaking University (all non-native English candidates have to pass the Academic IELTS – minimum score: 7,5 – or TOEFL Internet-based test – minimum score: 113).

Application and further information
Applications must be received no later than 10 December 2011 and sent by Email to Prof. Dr. Berthold Rittberger (berthold.rittberger
For more information please see:

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CfP: 2012 Annual SOYUZ Symposium "Affections / Afflictions / Afterlives", University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI March 23-24, 2012

SOYUZ, the Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest group, invites paper proposals for its 2012 meeting. The symposium has met annually since 1991, and is an intimate forum where scholars (from graduate students to senior faculty) from across the world can exchange ideas.

The 2012 symposium will ponder the sentiments, the failures, and the successes around making do with those ongoing, productive connections that are afforded by infrastructures and procedures conceived during (or in response to) socialism.

How to speak about what lives "after" without abjecting the "remains"? Topical foci might draw upon themes current in the humanities and social sciences: biopolitics and biopowers (for instance, bricolage in ways of dealing with affliction, means of training the body, etc.);
knowledge-making or sentiment-forming (e.g. recombination of religious, ethnic-folk, scientific, poetic ideologies and resources); material and narrative repurposing; modes of redistribution or
(re)portioning of entitlements.

The 2012 symposium will feature a keynote address by Judith Farquhar, Max Palevsky Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago.

SOYUZ began in 1991 as a regionally focused group responding to the fall of the Soviet and socialist states. Since then, it has broadened to include scholars working in any region touched by socialism, by the oppositions of socialism to capitalism, or by those phenomena formerly
known as "post-socialist. " The 2012 conference organizing committee includes University of Michigan anthropologists working across regions where socialism has figured in important ways: Kelly Askew (Tanzania), Anya Bernstein (Buryatia), Krisztina Fehervary (Hungary), Alaina Lemon
(Russia, Romani diaspora), Erik Meuggler (China), Damani Partridge (Germany).

Presentations may work in any discipline (anthropology, history, sociology, literary criticism and film studies, etc.) and may focus on any aspect of social life (religion, politics, kinship, sexuality, exchange, performance, etc.). At the same time, papers must strive to combine ethnographic evidence with theory.

We hope to make a limited number of travel subsidies available to graduate students as well as to presenters from outside the United States.

The deadline for abstracts is December 15, 2011

Please send abstracts of 250 words by email to: amlemon@umich. edu

Please include your full name, paper title, and academic affiliation, and please write "SOYUZ 2012" in the subject line. Papers will be selected and notifications made by January 15, 2012.

Sponsors: U-M?s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; African Studies Center; Center for Chinese Studies; Department of Anthropology; Institute for the Humanities;
International Institute; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Office of the Vice President for Research; and Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.

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PhD in General Linguistics; French

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics
French Linguistics
Required Language(s): French (fra)


The Department of French and Italian at The University of Texas at Austin will Offer merit-based graduate scholarships for outstanding students in French Linguistics entering in fall 2012. The Julia Emerson Walther Scholars will Receive generous multi-year packages that include highly competitive stipends, Professional development support, and pre-dissertation funding for extensive Study in a Francophone country.

There is currently a strong cohort of 18 graduate students in French Linguistics In the Department of French and Italian and 6 full-time faculty members. Interested applicants are invited to visit our homepage to view the profiles of French Linguistic faculty and graduate students or to visit us on Facebook:

Students in French Linguistics gain a strong theoretical background and Methodological training that enable them to conduct extensive empirical research On the French language. Areas of specialization within the Department include Historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, language contact and Language change, dialectology, second language acquisition, and language Production, perception and processing. The Department has an excellent
placement Record for its graduates.

The program, which aims to train future French linguists who intend to pursue a Career in academic research and teaching, benefits from strong links with the Departments of Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychology, Education, Spanish, German, Middle Eastern Studies, and Communication Sciences. In addition, the University of Texas at Austin has a student and faculty research exchange with The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Several long standing student-organized language and linguistics conferences are Held on an annual basis at the University of Texas at Austin, including SALSA (Symposium about Language and Society-Austin), TexFLEC (Texas Foreign Language Education Conference), and the TLS Conference (Texas Linguistics Society Conference).

In addition, UT-Austin is now home to The Center for Open Educational Resources And Language Learning (COERLL). The Center seeks to draw on and expand UT's many Open educational resources for language learning. One such resource, designed at UT for the Internet public, is the globally popular Tex's French Grammar.

Applications Deadline: 01-Jan-2012

Apply on-line:

Interested applicants should contact the Graduate Adviser, Professor Barbara E. Bullock

Application Deadline: 01-Jan-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www.utexasedu/cola/depts/frenchitalian/graduate-program/Admissions1.php

Contact Information:
Prof Barbara E. Bullock

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Nov 18, 2011

Black Sea Link Fellowships

The Black Sea Link Fellowship Program, sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung (Hannover, Germany), targets talented young researchers from Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as from other regions around the Black Sea. The grants allow fellows to work on projects of their choice while in residence in Bucharest, Romania. NEC welcomes a wide variety of disciplines in the fields of the humanities and social sciences.

Conditions: Applicants must be doctoral students, or hold a Ph.D. title. Preference will be given to candidates below the age of 40.

Duration of the Fellowship: one term (5 months), from October 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013, or from March 1 to July 31, 2013; or a full academic year (10 months) from October 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013.

Location: New Europe College-Institute for Advanced Study in Bucharest.

The Fellowship consists of: a monthly stipend of 650 € (tax free), accommodation, international transportation to and from the home country of the Fellows at the beginning and the end of the Fellowship. Fellows are offered a one-month research trip abroad to an institution of their choice (2,600 € for transportation, accommodation, and per diem). In addition, fellows can order literature for up to 500 €, to be used for their research during the Fellowship, and included, at its end, in the library of their home institution.

Working languages: English, French, and German. A good command of English is desirable.
The deadline for sending the completed application is January 15, 2012.

The evaluation procedure includes several stages, among which an interview with the international Academic Board of the NEC, scheduled for March 29-31, 2012. Applicants selected for the interview will be notified by the beginning of March 2012.

The application form and additional information on the Program and on New Europe College can be downloaded from: or requested by e-mail from: (please include in the Subject entry of the message the following: “Black Sea Link Fellowships”).

Contact person: Irina Vainovski-Mihai
Mailing address: New Europe College
str. Plantelor 21, 023971 Bucharest, Romania
Phone: (+4) 021 307 9910,
Fax: (+4) 021 327 0774

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Nov 16, 2011

PhD position in Highly Multiplex Assays using Mode-Locked Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators, University of Manchester, UK

This project is intended to create microscopic lasers to replace coded fluorescent beads in multiplexed bioassays. Current methods of coding are cumbersome and require labelled analytes to permit the analyte concentration to be determined. Our proposed laser method will provide a high degree of multiplexing, while also eliminating the need for labelling of analytes. The method will work either as a homogeneous assay using flow cytometric measurement methods, or as a heterogeneous assay where the microlasers are tethered to a surface. The homogeneous assay methodology would permit a high throughput of measurements, while the heterogeneous method would permit time courses to be measured or binding kinetics to be determined. The lasers will be created using two-photon stereolithography, using one of only three instruments of this type in the UK. This technique permits objects to be written with a resolution of ~ 150 nm.

see for details of the application process

Funding Notes:

Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a first or upper second class UK honours degree, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

The studentship provides funding for fees and stipend at the Research Council UK rate and are available to eligible UK and EU nationals (due to funding criteria, EU nationals MUST have resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship). EU applicants that have not resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship, are eligible for a ‘fees only’

PhD Supervisor:Prof N Goddard

Application Deadline:25 November 2011

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Phd position in Chemical Biology Tools for Structure-Function Studies on Heparan Sulfate Glycans, University of Liverpool, UK

The heparin/heparan sulfate family of complex glycans are important cellular regulators of the activity of proteins, including growth factors and enzymes of therapeutic relevance. This project will develop and apply novel methods for exploring the structure-function relationships of these molecules. The aim will be to design and synthesise heparin/HS mimetics for testing in bioassays, along with the development of novel tools for understanding heparin-protein interactions and biology (including on-chip glycan synthesis using mass spectrometric reaction analysis and glycan molecular imaging probes). The student will receive training in advanced glycan analysis (including glycoarrays and mass spectrometry), glycan synthetic chemistry and bioassays.

This inter-disciplinary project will be carried out jointly between Liverpool and CIC biomaGUNE (a Bionanomaterials research institution in San Sebastain, northern Spain). The Spanish supervisors will be Prof Manuel Martin-Lomas and Dr Niels Reichardt. Applications are invited from students from residents of the UK and EU who are strongly motivated for research and discovery and either hold or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second class Honours or an equivalent degree (eg Masters level) in natural sciences or medicine.

Applications will be reviewed starting from 15 September.

Funding Notes:

Inter-disciplinary 4-year PhD studentships where the successful candidate will spend two years in Spain and two in Liverpool. This studentship is open to candidates from any European country, including Spain and the UK. The scholarship will cover the tuition fee and provide a tax-free salary of £14000 per annum.


Zhi Z, Laurent N, Powell AK, Voglmeir J, Wright A, Karamanska R, Fais M, Blackburn J, Crocker PR, Russell D, Flitsch S, Field R. & Turnbull JE. (2008) A Versatile Gold Surface Approach for Fabrication and Interrogation of Glycoarrays. ChemBioChem 9, 1568-1575.

SE Guimond, TM Puvirajesinghe, M Skidmore, I Kalus, T Dierks, EA Yates and JE Turnbull. (2009) Rapid purification and high sensitivity analysis of heparan sulfate from cells and tissues: towards glycomics profiling. J Biol Chem. 284, 25714-25722. Paper of Week & Cover image.

AK Powell, YA Ahmed, Yates EA & JE Turnbull (2010) Generating heparan sulfate saccharide libraries for glycomics applications. Nature Protocols 5, 829-841 (2010)

Construction of N-Glycan Microarrays by Using Modular Synthesis and On-Chip Nanoscale Enzymatic Glycosylation. Serna S., Etxebarria J., Ruiz N., Martin-Lomas M. and Reichardt N.C.; Chem. Eur. J. 16, 13163 - 13175 (2010).

A New Linker for Solid-Phase Synthesis of Heparan Sulfate Precursors by Sequential Assembly of Monosaccharide Building Blocks. Czechura P., Guedes N., Kopitzki S., Vazquez N., Martin-Lomas M. and Reichardt N.C.; Chem. Commun. 47, 8 2390 - 2392 (2011).

Application Deadline:15 December 2011

PhD Supervisor:Prof J E Turnbull
Co-Supervisor:Dr E A Yates

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