Doctorate | Scholarship for Nigerians and Africans - Part 3

Research Scholarship for Foriegn candidates for a Joint Doctorate, Belgium

The PhD-student has to stay minimum 6 months and maximum 24 months at Ghent University. The stay may be divided into several periods within the span of 4 years.No restrictions are imposed on the field of research, nor on the age of the applicant.
Who can apply
This call is open to both foreign and Belgian candidates who are enrolled as a PhD student at a non-Flemish university or institution for higher education who want to take a joint doctorate at both their home institution and Ghent University.
How does it work?
The candidate applies for this funding jointly with a promoter of Ghent University. To find a promoter candidates can browse through the list of faculties.

The Research Council makes a selection of the applications. The selection is based on the evaluation of the project, the added value of the stay at Ghent University for the joint doctorate, the qualifications of the applicant and the scientific potential of both the promoter’s research group and the research group at the partner institution.
The applications must be submitted in English.

How much funding is involved?
The candidate can apply for either a PhD scholarship or for cofunding for his/her stay at Ghent University, depending on whether the candidate already receives a scholarship from the home institution/country during the stay at Ghent University.

The maximum amount for this scholarship is € 81.940 for 24 months (consisting of a grant of ± € 74.500 and a bench-fee of € 7.440 intended for the Ghent University promoter).

The cofunding consist of a fixed amount of € 1.000 per month’s stay at Ghent University to cover (part of) the costs for travel, accommodation, insurances, etc. plus a bench-fee of € 310 per month intended for the Ghent University promoter.
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Deadline 2010: 7 September 2010

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Criminology / Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, Norway

The main purpose of the postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for higher academic positions. The fellowship period is 4 years and within the position is assigned a teaching component of 25 %. It is required that the appointed candidate takes courses to be granted certification of basic teaching skills at a university level within the 4 year period.

Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian PhD/doctoral degree. Candidates who have submitted their doctoral thesis for an evaluation at a Norwegian research institution before the closing date for the application may also apply. For candidates writing their doctorate at a foreign research institution, the doctoral thesis must be completed and approved within five months after the closing date. The doctoral thesis as well as letter of confirmation from the research institution must be submitted together with the application.

The applicant shall submit a project proposal for the planned research. This proposal shall include a plan for the progress of the research. The applicant is expected to be able to complete the project during the period of appointment. In ranking the applicants, emphasis will be on originality of thought, diversity of perspectives and an analytical approach. Quality and originality rather than quantity will be emphasised.

Applicants are requested to submit a complete overview of their education, former positions and other relevant experience, a complete publication list and up to five scholarly publications. The submitted publications must be in English or in a Scandinavian language unless otherwise specifically agreed upon.

Personal suitability and co-operation skills will receive special attention in the selection process.  Short listed applicants may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.

Applicants must within the closing date submit four copies of:

  • A letter of application
  • A research proposal, maximum 10 pages
  • A CV ( a complete overview of the applicants’s education, former positions and other relevant experience)
  • Copies of certificates, diplomas and recommendations (in English or Scandinavian, or with certified translations into English). Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university’s grading system.
  • Up to five scholarly publications. If the submitted publications are co-authored, the division of work between the authors must be confirmed in the form of a co-author statement.

Contact :
The Head of the Department, Professor Kristian Andenæs, tel. (+47) 22 85 01 05,, or
the Head of the Administration Turid Eikvam, tel. (+47) 22 85 01 45,

Closing date: September 1st 2010

Human Rights Scholarship (HRS) 2010,Australia

The Human Rights Scholarship is awarded to applicants wishing to undertake graduate research studies at the University in the human rights field and who are able to demonstrate their commitment to the peaceful advancement of respect for human rights.


Each year the University of Melbourne offers 2 HRSs to applicants wishing to undertake a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne.

Benefits & conditions

Human Rights Scholarship benefits include:

* a living allowance of $26,000 per annum (2010 rate)
* a Relocation Grant of $2,000 awarded to students who are moving from interstate in order to study at the University of Melbourne or $3,000 awarded to those who are moving from overseas
* a Thesis Allowance of up to $420 (2010 rate) for masters by research and up to $840 (2010 rate) for PhD and other doctorate by research candidates, and
* Paid sick, maternity and parenting leave.


Please note that the HRS does not cover international graduate research degree course fees.

Local graduate research degree HRS recipients are not charged course fees as they are allocated a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place. RTS places exempt students from the Higher Education Contribution (HECS) Scheme. Time limits and other conditions apply to RTS places. For further information please contact the Melbourne School of Graduate Research (PhD, MSc, MPhil, MIS and MOptom students) or your faculty office (all other students).

Eligibility criteria

1. Applicants for the HRS must be able to demonstrate that their commitment to the peaceful advancement of respect for human rights extends beyond their academic studies (such as voluntary work and/or work experience).

2. A high H2A (ie. 78-79% and above) is the minimum grade average usually required to be competitive for an HRS.

3. Applicants must have applied for, or be currently enrolled in, a graduate research degree in the human rights field at the University of Melbourne.

4. International students must have an unconditional course offer at the University of Melbourne for the course for which they seek the support of a HRS. See below for local and international HRS application procedures.

5. Applicants seeking a HRS to undertake a graduate research degree must normally meet the academic requirements that apply to the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS). Click here for further details about APA/MRS Eligibility.

6. HRSs are not awarded to applicants who:

* cannot provide evidence that their demonstrated commitment to human rights extends beyond their academic studies
* have already completed a course deemed to be at the same, or higher, level for which they are seeking scholarship support
* as a result of previous candidature and/or prior scholarship, have a maximum tenure of less than 12 months
* have previously received an MRS, FMS or PES, or
* have already been awarded or later receive another equivalent award, scholarship or salary for the studies for which they seek a HRS. An “equivalent” award is regarded as one greater than 75% of the base HRS rate (75% of the base 2010 HRS rate = $19,500).

Selection criteria

Selection of the HRS is based on four main criteria: area of study, evidence of commitment to human rights over a period of time, academic merit and strength of supporting documentation.

Application Deadline 31 October 2010