German-African Scholarship Exchange Programme 2010

This came into my inbox today and although its not accessible for Nigerian scholars let’s pass on the word … meaning, go and repost it at the relevant sites!!!

Call for Papers 2010/11

German-African Scholarship Exchange Programme

14th August – 4th September 2010

An Initiative of the Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is granting fellowships to students and young graduates enabling them to take part in a four-week seminar to be held from 14th August to 4th September 2010 in Germany and in March 2011 in South Africa.

The fellowship holders are invited to take part in an education programme that will encompass both talks with political decision-makers, personalities from civil society and industry, academics and journalists from both countries and will give participants the opportunity to take part in political and cultural events and excursions. The participants are to contribute towards implementing the programme by assisting in organising lectures and facilitating group discussions. They will also draw up an interdisciplinary strategy paper on an academic subject that will be prepared in
Germany and will be written between September 2010 and April 2011.

The event is directed at students and young graduates from Germany, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Applicants should be between 21 and 28 years old and be studying or have a degree in political science, modern history, international relations, economics, business administration, African studies, cultural studies, media and communication studies or law.

The seminar will be delivered in English; the number of participants is limited to 24, twelve from African countries and twelve from Germany. The Federal Agency for Civic Education will cover the costs. Furthermore, there will be a compulsory preparatory seminar for the German participants in June 2010.

Students and graduates who are interested can apply to the Federal Agency for Civic Education by submitting an essay comprising a maximum of three A4 pages (approx. 6,000 characters) written in English. The essay must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae in tabular form, a letter of motivation comprising no more than one A4 page and a photograph (the following information must be provided: surname, first name, gender, date of birth, profession, job/field of study, place of study, place of work and place of residence).

Applicants must also issue a declaration stating that they wrote the essay without any help from third parties. Please note that the Federal Agency for Civic Education is not able to cover costs for obtaining visas or medical care. The acceptance of African participants to the programme only becomes final, when the German Embassy in the participant’s home country has issued the relevant visa. There is no possibility to legally claim the participation in the programme.

A further condition for receiving a grant is that applicants must be able to participate for the entire period.

Full applications (essay, CV, letter of motivation, photo) must be e-mailed to the Federal Agency for Civic Education at goafrica-at-bpb.de by 15 March 2010.

For more detailed information about the application process, please visit the website: www.bpb.de/goafrica. Further Scholarship Information (pdf)

Also, cf. Scholarship-Positions.Com

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