2017

1. Purpose
Support doctoral students (candidates)registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research and writing of their doctoral dissertations.
2. Duration
From six months to two years.
3. Eligibility
• Non-Chinese citizen;
• HSK test score level 3 is required, and priority is given to applicants with higher level of proficiency in Chinese under same conditions;
• Applicants who are currently participating in Chinese Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for this Program.
4. Application materials
• Ph.D. Study Certificate;
• Two letters of recommendation from scholars in related field;
• HSK transcript;
• Abstract of master’s thesis or other academic publications;
• Abstract of doctoral dissertation;
• A research plan for the study in China;
• Priority is given to applicants who obtain a letter of recommendation from local Confucius Institutes.
5. How to apply
The applicant shall submit the online application,(ccsp.chinese.cn )and then post the application form and other supporting documents to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
6. Assessment Process
The Confucius China Studies Program Expert Committee will review the application materials and conduct video interview.
7. Funding
• Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year
• Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year
•Round-trip international airfare
• Tuition;
• Other support provided by the host Chinese university
• Expenses for the foreign supervisor’s visit or research in China
• Expenses for life and medical insurances in Chi
• Expenses for the foreign supervisor’s visit or research in China
• Expenses for life and medical insurances in China
• Group activities and cultural experience
Making all voices count offers opportunities for people to work as Fellows with all travel and salary covered.
Further information about the fellowship is available at the following link.

2016

Open Call for Fellowship Applications, Academic Year 2016-2017
The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) has opened its call for fellowship applications. This programme is for internationally renowned senior scholars who wish to spend the 2016-2017 academic year, or a semester, in residence at TILT as part of its multi-disciplinary research team to work on some of the most interesting, challenging and urgent issues relating to emerging and disruptive technologies. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2016.
 
We invite applications from tenured or tenure-track academics with a record of strong legal scholarship from around the globe working on legal, ethical and social opportunities and challenges related to technologies such as ICT, bio- and nanotechnology, neurotechnology and robotics.
 
Through this open call, we seek to advance our collective work and to deepen and broaden our networked community and to provide the senior fellow the opportunity to collaborate with Dutch and European peers.
 
About TILT’s Fellowship Programme
TILT’s fellowship programme offers some of the world’s most innovative scholars the opportunity to deeply engage with one of the largest Law & Technology research groups in Europe to develop and share ideas, collaborate, and have fun. The program encourages and supports fellows in an inviting and rigorous intellectual environment, with community activities designed to foster inquiry and to identify and expose the common interests amongst the entire team.
 
TILT offers a highly international (some 20 nationalities) and diverse research team of 35 people, embedded in the internationally oriented Tilburg Law School, offering ample opportunities to collaborate. TILT has a highly active academic programme comprised of (bi-)weekly seminars, work in progress meetings, reading groups, ad-hoc discussions and film screenings. The fellows are actively integrated into the Law School community through various academic and social programs. Additionally, they will be treated as much like members of TILT and the Tilburg Law School as practicable for the duration of their residency. By the conclusion of their semester or year in residency at TILT, the fellow will have produced a major publishable piece of scholarly work.
 
For further information on requirements please click here

The new Master of Communication Studies is a one-year (two semesters) academic master on New Media and Society in Europe (60 ECTS) focusing on current trends in the rapidly changing field of media and communication. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the English language programme allows students from all over the world to concentrate on business, policy and/or user aspects of new media in a European context.

 It comprises one set of compulsory courses and one set of optional courses, but students can also decide to do an internship.

Programme Details

BRUSSELS – THE HEART OF EUROPE:
Situated in Brussels, the heart of Europe and located near the European Commission, the NATO and other international institutions, visits to the European institutions, and a lecture series with communication professionals are part of the official programme.
In addition, students are regularly invited to participate in all kind of events, seminars and conferences taking place in Brussels and dealing with current issues in the field of media and ICT in Europe.

VUB, SMIT AND IES:
The master pogramme is organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and supported by state of the art research from two partnering research institutes: the centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) and the Institute for European Studies (IES).

All students will be in constant exchange with researchers from these two international research centers and have the occasion to get to know their work via internships, conferences and lectures.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSION:
An Admission Board evaluates applications on an individual basis for all international students and students holding an academic bachelor degree in another discipline than Communication Studies.

The application period for 2013-14 is still ongoing. Don’t loose any time as the application deadline 1st of July is approaching!

Apply Now

CONTACT INFORMATION:
For further information pleaase visit the website or feel free to email your queries to Master.New.Media@vub.ac.be

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2015

ITS Global Policy Fellowship Programme 2015

Programme overview:

The Institute of Technology and Society (ITSrio.org) invites researchers, graduate students as well as professionals working with technology policy, to apply to its Global Policy Fellowship Program and spend four weeks* in Brazil at ITS. Last year, the programme welcomed six fellows from all over the world, who contributed immensely to the success of the Fellowship Program.
(See the list of our 2014 fellows here, and what they have to say about their experiences here ).

Global Fellows will have the opportunity to work with the team who created and developed the landmark “Marco Civil” legislation, a bill protecting fundamental rights, including privacy, net neutrality and freedom of expression, approved as law in Brazil in April 2014. ITS will offer the opportunity to work with research in the five broad areas, namely:
•    Law, democracy and technology (dealing with topics such as civic engagement, online participation, and others);
•    Access to technology, justice and human rights (dealing with topics such as connectivity, accessibility, digital divide and others)
•    Internet regulation and Internet governance;
•    Privacy and data protection (dealing with topics such as big data, anti-surveillance, data protection and mass surveillance);
•    Rethinking culture, media and education (working with topics such as intellectual property, digital entrepreneurship, art & technology, online teaching, and others).

The ITS Fellowship Program will offer the opportunity for those interested in internet and technology policy to deepen their knowledge about the Brazilian technology context. An intensive 4-week* programme has been prepared  for fellows, which include visits to the biggest technology national and international companies operating in Brazil, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) and visits to São Paulo and Brasília, including meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Culture, and Congress members who are advocating for policies related to internet and technology.
During their stay, selected fellows will be expected to:
•    Present at least one public seminar, organised in partnership with ITS. Suggested topics can include: broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and creativity, consumer privacy, open government, government surveillance, data security, data innovation, freedom of expression, democracy and technology and human rights.
•    To publish at least one article or webpost about their experience as a fellow in Brazil.
•    To collaborate with the ITS team and its projects.

Who should apply?

The programme is looking for students, researchers, and professionals who are following the debates in the public policy field, and who want to spend part of their summer/winter in Brazil, learning about Internet policy. People from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For the selection processes, please send:
•    Your complete academic and professional resume, including your LinkedIn profile and other online references you want us to consider;
•    A 1-page personal statement about your motivations to work in Brazil;
•    A brief work description of your experience with technology policy;
•    Proposal for a public presentation of your work;
•    Indication of one of the five main areas ITS which you would like to work on;
•    One project or idea you would be interested in developing while at ITS.
Portuguese skills are not required (but English is mandatory).
 All documents must be sent in one single e-mail message to itsrio@itsrio.org, with the subject “Global Fellows Application :: YOUR NAME”.

Fellowship Package includes:

•    Intensive 4-week* programme for the fellows;
•    Air tickets to São Paulo and Brasília;
•    Accommodation in São Paulo and Brasília during the days of our visit;
•    Shared office space at our headquarters for four weeks*;
•    A visit to a “samba” music club will also be organised, but is not mandatory;

Fellowship Package does not include:

•    International Traveling to and from Brazil;
•    Accommodation for the four weeks* in Rio de Janeiro, where the programme takes place;
•    Other costs related to your stay in Brazil other than those mentioned above.
•    Necessary visa to entry the country.
The team will provide tips and information about how to find accommodation in the city during that time.

Relevant Dates:

Applications deadline: March 20th, 2015;
Announcement of fellows by e-mail: March 31st, 2015;
Fellowship Program will start: June 29th, and will finish in July 27th, 2015*;

* Fellows are expected to stay in Rio from 29/June/2015 to 27/Jul/2015. After this date, fellows can coordinate with ITS the possibility of staying for a longer term if they wish. Visa and costs for additional stays are to be provided by the fellows.

CPRsouth 2015 conference
Innovation Center for Big Data and Digital Convergence: Yuan Ze University, Taiwan

(26 – 28 August 2015)

2015 Young Scholars’ Seminar

(24 – 25 August 2015)

Extension of deadline for applications: 23 March 2015


30 Young Scholars from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region will
be selected to participate in a tutorial programme taught by recognised scholars and practitioners from Africa and Asia. They will then attend CPRsouth 2015. Tutorials are scheduled to be held on the 24th and 25th of August 2015, prior to main CPRsouth 2015 conference.


Full application details may be found at www.CPRsouth.org

Online application form

Kindly direct all enquiries to Ondine Bello:
admin@researchictafrica.net or info@CPRsouth.org

THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF ICT GOVERNANCE AND PRACTICE – CONVERGENCE AND BIG DATA

Innovation Center for Big Data and Digital Convergence:
Yuan Ze University, Taiwan

(26 – 28 August 2015)

2015 Young Scholars’ Seminar

(24 – 25 August 2015)

Deadline for applications: 19 March 2015

Following highly successful Afro-Asian conferences in Port Louis, Mauritius (2012) and Mysore, India (2013), CPRafrica and CPRsouth formally merged under the banner of CPRsouth in 2014.  This first joint conference was hosted at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. CPRsouth 2015 will be hosted at the Innovation Center for Big Data and Digital Convergence at Yuan Ze University in Taipei, Taiwan.

30 Young Scholars from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region will be selected to participate in a tutorial programme taught by recognised scholars and practitioners from Africa and Asia. They will then attend CPRsouth 2015. Tutorials are scheduled to be held on the 24th and 25th of August 2015, prior to main CPRsouth 2015 conference.

Who will qualify?

·      Masters/PhD students in Economics, Public policy, Communications and Journalism
·      Officers of government/regulatory agencies undertaking ICT policy research, developing/ gathering indicators (monitoring and evaluation)
·      Staff of private companies in the communication industries working in regulatory affairs
·      Officers in NGOs/INGOs working in policy and regulation
·      Researchers from think tanks, university research centres
·      Journalists covering communication public policy and regulation

Seminar

The seminar will cover a number of topics over the two days such as:

·      policy analysis using supply-side or demand-side data;
·      ICT impact analysis;
·      convergence, net neutrality;
·      funding broadband network extension, open access networks, spectrum;
·      sector and competition regulation;
·      research to policy interventions;
·      Internet governance – privacy, surveillance, human rights online; and
·      introduction to big data, open data.

Previous tutorial presentations can be accessed at http://www.cprsouth.org

Application deadline: 19 March 2015

Application guidelines

Applications should reach info@cprsouth.org by 19 March 2015, and must contain the following:

1.    one-page curriculum vitae; and
2.   one-page write-up outlining why you wish to become an African or Asia-Pacific based expert capable of contributing to ICT related policy and regulatory reform in the region.

Applicants’ write-ups and biographies should be in a single word document, and named as follows:  CPRsouth2015_YoungScholar_ApplicantLastName.

Kindly note: Late applications and applications that do not conform to the prescribed format above will automatically be disqualified.

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

1.    content of application;
2.    evidence of interest in, and commitment to, policy-relevant research for Africa or the Asia-Pacific region;
3.    quality of writing; and
4.    gender and country representation.

The selection committee may contact your supervisor or mentor before making the final selections.

Candidates selected to participate in the tutorial programme must:

·      provide a one-page research proposal upon acceptance onto the tutorial programme
·      participate in all tutorial sessions
·      participate in the entire CPRsouth 2015 conference

Funding

Selected young scholars who are passport holders of, and travelling from, low and middle income countries within the Asia Pacific and Africa (as classified by the World Bank http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income) will be provided with:

·      lowest-cost economy airfare to conference destination (less USD 150 registration fee);
·      ground transfers between the conference venue and airport; and
·      twin sharing accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, 5 lunches and 1 dinner for the duration of the  conference and tutorials (24 – 28 August 2015). Not all meals are covered.

The registration fee for young scholars to attend the conference and tutorials is USD 150, and airfares will be reimbursed less this registration fee.  Participants will be required to cover:

·      transport to and from airports in their home countries;
·      visa fees (if any);
·      meals not provided; and
·      any other incidental costs

As the registration fee is so low and should be met personally even if there is no institutional support for attendance of the course and conference, only under exceptional circumstances of extreme financial hardship will organisers consider a waiver of the conference registration fee. Such waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and only where a scholar would otherwise be prevented from attending the YS programme and conference.

Visas

Letters of invitation will be provided for purposes of visa applications after participant selections have been made. Participants are responsible for securing heir own visas to enter Taiwan, and are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately on receipt of confirmation of their participation.

Kindly direct all enquiries to Ondine Bello: admin@researchictafrica.net or info@cprsouth.org

2014

Research ICT Africa is advertising a final call for applications from prospective Google Policy Fellows.

The Google Policy Fellowship programme was inspired by Google’s Summer of Code with a public policy twist. The programme offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organisations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and creativity, consumer privacy, open government, government surveillance, data security, data innovation, free expression and more. More detail on RIA’s fellowship focus areas may be found here.

Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organisation and will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organisation, including conducting policy research and analysis; drafting reports and analyses; attending government and industry meetings and conferences; and participating in other advocacy activities.

Your application should reach us on or before the 15th of November 2014, and may be submitted at this link.

For additional information please contact admin@researchictafrica.net.

2013

ICTD2013 are pleased to invite emerging scholars to submit a maximum 600-word abstract focusing on the theme, “ICT ecosystems in developing countries.” Your abstract submission will be for the pre-conference ICTD symposium (2-6 December 2013).

If you submit an abstract, your abstract will be peer-reviewed. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified to submit a full paper and you will be invited to present the full paper at this symposium. Travel scholarships will include your flight, accommodation, meals and registration paid by ICTD2013.

You will have to submit an abstract for the symposium to get funding for the two events (pre-conference and ICTD2013). You do not need to have a paper accepted for ICTD2013, and you can present your ICTD paper at the symposium if it concerns the theme of “ICT ecosystems”. Preference will be given to scholars from the global South.

Abstracts can be submitted to the Scholarships Committee online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14PGQuojtgmARjqyPe6BA_8ewbMqLeoev8yPQNRkXxwk/viewform.  
Abstracts should be no longer than 600 words.

Deadlines

  • July 26: Abstract Submission deadline (17h00 GMT)
  • August 12: Notification of Acceptance, Request to prepare Full Paper
  • October 30: Final Papers Submission deadline
  • November 15:  Discussants asked to review papers
  • December 2-6: ICTD pre-conference symposium
  • December 7-10:  ICTD2013 Cape Town

Eligibility
You may apply for the pre-conference and ICTD2013 travel scholarship as an emerging scholar, only if you are:

  • an emerging scholar in the Information & Communication Technology for Development field of no more than 45 years old;
  • if you are a PhD holder, then you are only eligible if you have no more than seven years of post-graduate teaching/research experience;
  • and 

preference will go to those affiliated with an academic, government, research or civil society institution, consortium or institution based in the global South such as the Africa, Latin America and Asia regions.

Thank you also to all who participated in our initial survey!

Preconference Symposium Organizers:
Contact us at: scholarships@ictd2013.info
University of the Western Cape
University of Cape Town



Conference Information
:
Conference website: http://ictd2013.info
Follow or visit at: Twitter @ICTD2013
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ICTD2013

CALL FOR MOTIVATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE 2013 YOUNG SCHOLARS’ PROGRAMME

Fifteen Young Scholars from Africa (and the same number from the Asia-Pacific region) will be selected to participate in the tutorials taught by recognised scholars and practitioners scheduled to be held before CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013 (3-4 September 2013).

Who will qualify?
  • Officers of government/regulatory agencies
  • Entry/mid level officers of private companies in the communication industries
  • Masters/PhD students in Economics, Public policy, Law, Communications and Journalism
  • Entry/mid level officers in NGOs/INGOs.
  • Researchers from think tanks
  • Journalists interested in regulation and public policy, with an emphasis on communication
Faculty at previous CPRsouth/CPRafrica tutorials:
  • Alison Gillwald, PhD (Research ICT Africa, South Africa)
  • Aslam Hayat (Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Center, Fiji)
  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala, PhD (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras)
  • Christoph Stork, PhD (RIA, South Africa)
  • Emmanuel Lallana, PhD (IdeaCorp, Philippines)
  • Ernesto Flores-Roux, PhD (Telefonica, Mexico)
  • Helani Galpaya (LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka)
  • Judith Mariscal, PhD (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico)
  • Milagros Rivera, PhD (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Pirongrong Ramasoota, PhD (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  • Rohan Samarajiva, PhD (LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka)
  • Roxana Barrantes, PhD (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Peru)
  • Sujata Gamage, PhD (LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka)
  • Supriya Singh, PhD, (RMIT, Australia)
  • Yuli Liu, PhD (National Chengchi University, Taiwan ROC)
  • William Melody, PhD (LIRNE.net, Denmark)
Previous tutorial presentations can be accessed at http://www.cprsouth.org
Application Guidelines
Applications should be submitted via email to admin [at] researchictafrica [dot] net on or before 02 June 2013, and must contain the following:
  • a one-page curriculum vitae
  • a one-page write-up outlining why you wish to become an African- based expert capable of contributing to ICT-related policy and regulatory reform in the region
  • The document should be named: CPRafrica2013_YoungScholar_YourLastName
Please note that the write up and bio should be in a single document.
Notification of acceptance will be emailed on or before 17 June 2013, with instructions on travel arrangements.
Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
  • Content of application
  • Evidence of interest in, and commitment to, policy-relevant research for the Asia Pacific/Africa
  • Quality of writing
  • Gender and country representation
  • The selection committee may contact your supervisor or mentor before making the final selections.
Individuals selected for the Young Scholars Programme must:
  • Provide an one-page research proposal
  • Participate in all tutorial sessions
  • Participate in the entire CPRsouth8/CPRafrica2013 conference
Funding
Selected young scholars, who are passport-holders, will be provided with:
  • lowest cost route economy airfare, to and from India
  • shared accommodation, including bed and breakfast, for the duration of the conference (Organisers will provide 3 lunches and 1 dinner from 3-7 September 2013, but not all meals are covered)
All other costs are to be borne by the participant.  Participants who are able to receive institutional support to attend are requested to do so in order that others, who are not, are able to attend.
Visas
Visas are required to enter India, with some exceptions. Letters will be provided for this purpose after final participant selections have been made. Participants are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately upon notification of their selection.
Key Dates for the Young Scholars’ Programme
  • Deadline for applications: 02 June 2013
See www.researchICTafrica.net for updates

2011

This one-day masterclass on spectrum valuation was convened by Prof Alison Gillwald and was part of a new component of the Graduate School of Business programme in Management of Infrastructure Reform and Regulation (MIR).

It was offered in collaboration with Research ICT Africa and designed to enhance the strategic thinking of senior decision-makers in the information communication technology sector in developing countries and emerging economies.

The aim of the programme was to address the many challenges in spectrum management posed by the current stage of telecom reform to governments, regulatory agencies, operators, and other stakeholders.

Delegate profile
Decision-makers in telecommunications and related sectors in Africa including government; regulatory agencies; operators; ICT journalists and ICT specialists within unions, consumer groups and NGOs active in the sector.

Programme benefits:
• Delegates gains a deeper understanding of the spectrum valuation so that they can navigate its complexities.
• They considers the changing value of spectrum in the dynamic ICT market and the responses in different jurisdictions to this.
• They considers the merits of different approaches to valuation of spectrum, particularly in countries with resource constraints.
• With wireless access to Internet assuming a more prominent position in economies and societies, civil society and media can learn how to equip themselves to participate in its governance and to secure commons.
• The opportunity to reflect on the challenges and approaches to valuing in the company of peers and away from the daily demands of the office environment is essential.

Download the information sheet for further details.
Download the Programme.

The Executive Course “Connectivity and Convergence 2011: Alternative Regulatory Strategies for Telecommunications” has been postponed. For further information, please contact info [at] researchictafrica [dot] net

Programme Summary

Successfully offered through the UCT GSB in association with Research ICT Africa and LIRNE.net, this programme is designed to enhance the strategic thinking of a select group of senior decision-makers in telecom and related sectors in developing countries and emerging economies. The aim of the programme is to address the many challenges posed by the current stage of telecom and ICT reform to governments, regulatory agencies, operators and other stakeholders.  The certainties of yesterday are no more: traditional approaches to the licensing of networks and services is being challenged by converging technologies services and innovative business models; individual assignments of frequencies are being questioned in the light of new standards such as Wi-Fi and WiMax; the distinctions between wired and wireless are being blurred; classic price regulation is becoming less central to the missions of regulatory agencies; new pro-poor business strategies are challenging conventional universal service models; and all industry players are being challenged to address content issues at various levels.

Delegate profiles

Decision-makers in telecommunications and related sectors in Africa including government; regulatory agencies; operators; unions, ICT journalists, consumer groups and NGOs active in the sector.

Programme Benefits

  • Delegates will learn how to respond more effectively to the growing demands on the regulatory process and agencies, with the same resources
  • Policy makers will gain the knowledge of developments within the sector from current and relevant research to think in alternative ways about creating an enabling environment for development and growth
  • Regulators will be provided with alternative approaches to regulation, particularly in developing countries with resource constraints, to facilitate more effective regulation.
  • Operators will gain a deeper understanding of the regulatory process so that they can navigate its complexities
  • With telecom assuming a more prominent position in economies and societies, civil society and media can learn how to equip themselves to participate in its governance
  • Knowledge on how to deal with these new challenges is vital
  • The opportunity to reflect on these issues in the company of peers and away from the daily demands of the office environment is essential.
  • As part of the University of Cape Town’s Infrastructure Management Programme, the course will be offered by LIRNE.net, a global collaboration of applied research and training entities in the South in collaboration with prestigious institutions and emminent professional  in the North, specialising in ICT policy and regulation, led by Research ICT Africa

Dates: 4 – 8 April 2011 (Applications close 1 March)
Venue: Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Tuition fees: R 16 800

Contact: Alexandra Allem
Email: aallem@researchictafrica.net
Tel: +27 21 447 6332
www.researchictafrica.net

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