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APPLYING FOR MASTERS PROGRAMS IN FOREIGN UNIVERSITIESThe highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.Rabindranath TagoreSPEAKER#1:SYED FARAZ AHMEDApplying to Graduate SchoolThe steps: Beginning Your Research: Should you go to Graduate School? Researching Your Options: Is this graduate program right for you? Your Application (Transcripts, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation, Interview, Testing Information) Funding Your Graduate Study Graduate Study @ The University ResourcesBeginning Your Research: Should you go to Graduate School? Why do You want to go to graduate school? Is it for the right reasons? What are your career goals? Will graduate school assist you in meeting your career goals? What will you specialize in? What are your interests? Do you have the motivation for another two to seven years of school? Do you have the academic and personal qualities to succeed?Beginning Your Research: Should you go to Graduate School?The Undergraduate Student Breadth over depth Recipient of Knowledge Externally directed The Graduate From apprentice to expert Depth over breadth Analyzer and creator of knowledge Self-directedBeginning Your Research: Should you go to Graduate School?The primary purposes of research-oriented, thesisbased Masters programs (e.g., MA & MSc) are: To understand thoroughly and think critically about what is known in a particular academic field To learn how to conduct research in that field (and perhaps prepare for PhD study) To begin affiliating with the academic community of the fieldBeginning Your Research: Should you go to Graduate School?The primary purposes of professional Masters programs (e.g., MEd, MArch, MEng) are: To understand thoroughly and think critically about what is known in a particular professional field To master skills (including research/ experimentation) that are necessary for advanced practice in a particular professional field To enhance affiliation with the professional community of the fieldAs Hamlet would say:Graduate School!To go, or ,not to go? That is (not) the Question (here).Researching Your Options: Is this graduate program right for you? You want a school with a good reputation. You should ask others in your field, especially those in charge of hiring, which programs they respect the most. Talk to other graduate students at various stages of their programs. You must look for the school that is the best fit for you in terms of faculty and curriculum. In addition to quality, you must look at cost and location.Your Application: The Process Who is involved? What goes into an application file? What counts most in an admissions decision? How long will this take? When is a good time to apply?Your Application: Who Is Involved?Your proposed program is going to evaluate your application, looking for (but not limited to): background preparation in the field of study academic ability/research ability (published papers etc.) relevant experience (for professional programs), etc. The graduate school office will evaluate your application on a slightly different basis. possession of the prerequisite degree grade point average, test scores, etc.Your Application: What Goes Into an Application File?An application file usually consists of the following items: An application form. A Statement of Intent / Purpose for Graduate Study Official transcripts Letters of Recommendation Additional items, such as: Courses-in-progress/Projected Coursework (if you are working on a degree at the time you apply). Samples of your research/published work Test scoresYour Application: Letters of Recommendation Usually two or three letters of recommendation are required. Some letters need to come from your instructors (professors), but others can come from employers, research advisors, and so on. Think about whether the letter will be relevant. Talk to the person about the nature of the letter. Supply him/her with an up-to-date resume, transcript and your statement of purpose. Ask the person to write a personal recommendation letter.Your Application: Personal statement Should be a persuasive statement market yourself. Keep it short -about one two pages. Make it relevant: Why you want to attend graduate school? What you hope to accomplish? How you plan to accomplish it? What you plan to pursue after graduate studies? Emphasize any research experience. Emphasize qualities that make you unique and desirable. Briefly explain any embarrassing grades. Type it, get it read by friends & peers, check for mistakes, sign it.Your Application: Testing Info GRE. Ensure you take the time to adequately prepare. Make sure that you sit the exam in time for the school to receive the marks when applying, marks older than 2 years may not be accepted. Find out how much weight the school places on these exams; and, whether or not the average multiple test scores or file the highest (or lowest) score if you are considering retaking the exam. International students may be required to take language assessment exams such as the TOEFL.What Counts Most in an Admissions Decision? The standards used by a particular program in evaluating applicants for admission will vary from program to program, and may vary from the general graduate school standards. Another major factor will be the level of competition in the admissions process. Because graduate study is highly specialized, it is the program that usually sets the standards on the background preparation required of applicants. You should ask (or find out!) at the schools you are considering what their criteria are, and what weight each criterion carries in their evaluation.Your Application: How Long Will This Take? Send in the application well ahead of any deadlines (good manners!). The deadlines are usually in Jan. or Feb or Fall Semester. Notification will probably occur during in 2 or 3 or 4 months time, the better ones get sooner.Funding Your Graduate Study Teaching/Research Assistantships Provincial and Federal Funding (OGS,SSHRC, NSERC in Canada) University sources of funding Learn what awards are common to your field Borrow wisely (if at all. Perhaps the last option!)ECE Masters in Canada Few very good universities U of T (Univ. of Toronto) UBC (Univ. of British Columbia) UoW (Univ. of Waterloo) Mcgill Univ. Others Queens univ., McMaster univ., Univ. of Western Ontario, Univ. of Alberta etc...University of Toronto Very good ECE Program Ranked 11th in 2007 Times Higher Rankings for Technology Universities Communication Biomedical Engineering Computer Engineering Electromagnetics Electronics Energy Systems Photonics Systems ControlUniversity of Waterloo Groups in Electrical and Computer Engineering* Communications and Information Systems o Broadband Communications (BBCR)Research Group o Centre for Wireless Communications Research Group o Leitch - University of Waterloo Multimedia Communications Laboratory o Coding and Signal Transmission (CST) LaboratoryUniversity of WaterlooCMOS Design and Reliability Group Control Systems Group Generative Software Development Lab Giga-to-Nano Electronics Group Integrated Quantum Optoelectronics Laboratory Intelligent Integrated Radio and Photonics Group (IIRPG)University of WaterlooNanotechnology Group Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence Group Power and Energy Systems Group Radio Frequency Silicon Device and Integrated Circuit Group Silicon Thin-Film Applied Research (STAR) Group Software Technologies Applied Research (STAR) Group VLSI Research GroupMcGill UniversityRanked 27th in 2007 Times Higher Rankings for Technology Universities Bio-Engineering Computational Electromagnetics Intelligent Systems Micro-Electronics and Computer Systems Nano-Electronic Devices and Materials Photonic Systems Power Engineering Systems and Control Telecommunications and Signal ProcessingUniversity of British Columbia West Coast of Canada Ranked 30th in 2007 Times Higher Rankings for Technology Universities Early Deadlines Reputable Research InstitutesUniversity of British Columbia Applied Electromagnetics Biomedical Engineering Communications and Signal Processing Computer and Software Engineering Control and Robotics Electric Power and Energy Systems Human Communication Technologies Microsystems and Nanotechnology Secure Systems Engineering Signal Processing and Multimedia Solid State Microelectronics Systems and Control VLSI & System-on-ChipECE Masters in Saudi Arabia King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) from 2010 onwards. KSU (King Saud University)KFUPM MS (EE) Electrical Engineering Digital Signal Processing esp. Image Processing, Digital Filtering etc. Power Systems Telecommunication Engineering MS (CE) Computer Engineering Computer Architecture VLSI, Digital Sys. Design Automation Computer Networks MS (SE) System Engineering Instrumentation & Control Industrial SystemsKAUSTKAUST DISCOVERY SCHOLARSHIPS KAUST will offer a pre-enrollment version of this general scholarship program to students attending first-university or bachelor's degree programs. KAUST will provide financial support to pre-enrollment Discovery Scholarship recipients at their home institutions prior to the University's opening. Upon graduation, these students will enter KAUST as master's degree students in September 2009 and 2010 to complete their graduate studies on a fully funded scholarship.SPEAKER#2:FARISH KAGALWALAStudying in EuropeStudy in EuropeProvides info on: Reasons to study in Europe Country Specific Info on Scholarships, Visa etc. English Courses Search Application Guide and much more. Visit: info on: $300 million annual budget, 50,000+ scholarships awarded annually German universities Course search University rankings German language and much more. Visit: www.daad.deTU9 - Excellence in Engineering and the Sciences made in GermanyThe members of TU9 are: Rheinisch-Westflische Technische Hochschule Aachen Technische Universitt Berlin Technische Universitt Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig Technische Universitt Darmstadt Technische Universitt Dresden Leibniz Universitt Hannover Universitt Karlsruhe (TH) Technische Universitt Mnchen Universitt StuttgartTechnische Universitt MunchenRanked 7th in Europe and 40th Worldwide amongst technical universities (THES 2007). International Masters Programmes:Communications Engineering Computational Science and Engineering German Institute of Science & Technology (GIST) offers following 3 semester programmes: Integrated Circuit Design (TUM-NTU) Microelectronics (TUM-NTU)Fees for GIST programmes is 30,000 Singaporean dollars! But 27,000 if you apply early (by 31st January). Fees is 500 Euros/semester for Communications Engineering. Deadline: 15th March for CE & ICD, 31st March for CSERWTH AachenPublic English-Taught Masters Programmes (nonconsecutive masters degree programmes) Biomedical Engineering (knowledge of medicine & natural sciences required with engineering) GRE compulsory Electrical Power Engineering Software Systems Engineering Communications Engineering Media Informatics50 Euros application fee 500 Euros/semester tuition fee Deadline: 1st MarchTechnische Universitt DarmstadtInternational Masters Programmes: Information and Communication Engineering (ICE) Automation Systems Electrical Power Engineering Integrated Nanoelectronics & Microelectronics Microengineering & Precision Engineering Information Technology & Communications EngineeringLanguage of instruction is both English & German in some programs. Requires online test. Deadline: 15th JulyUniversitt StuttgartInternational Graduate Programs: Information Technology (INFOTECH)INFOTECH offers three specializations CEMT: Communication Engineering and Media Technology ESE: Embedded Systems Engineering MO: Micro- and OptoelectronicsQualifying Examination must be passed in October to confirm admission. Step1: Email. Deadline 15th Feb Step2: Docs: Deadline 11th AprilTechnische Universitt Hamburg-HarburgInternational Academic Programs: Information and Communication Systems Joint European Master in Communication and Information Technologies (CIT) (TUHH-PDT-Aalborg)GRE required Master of Science in Engineering + Professional Master in Global Technology Management (MBA) with NIT (Northern Institute of Technology Management). Deadline 31st May but 28th Feb for double Masters.Technische Universitt KaiserslauternInternational Master Program 'Electrical and Computer Engineering offers following specializations: Automation and Control Communication Systems Digital Systems Microelectronics Power Systems MechatronicsIntensive German course and passing exam after 1st year compulsory for going into 2nd year. GRE strongly recommended Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships for top students available. 'Master Plus Program' is free of costs!********************************* Deadline: 30th April for Winter (starts 1st August), 31st October for Summer (starts 1st March)Christian-Albrechts-Universitt zu KielInternational Masters Degree: Digital Communications Deadline: 1st April No tuition fee.Universitt KasselElectrical Communication Engineering Two stage application: i online screening ii send docs by post Deadline for the winter semester: 15 July Deadline for the summer semester: 15 JanuaryNo tuition fee*Courses can be selected by students based on interests but 90 ECTS (3 semesters).Mailing Lists and Forums related to study in Germany m and there are moreStudying in the NetherlandsNuffic - Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education. HSP Huygens Programme offers 200 full scholarships to international students. Visit: www.nuffic.nlTU DelftRanked 5th in Europe and 17th Worldwide amongst technical universities (THES 2007). 40 MSc programmes in English amongst which are: Aerospace Engineering Computer Science Computer Engineering Embedded Systems Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (EM course) Optics in Science & Technology (EM course) Systems & Control Sustainable Energy Technology Electrical Engineering Electrical Power Engineering Telecommunications Microelectronics Tuition fee is 8460 Euros! Some scholarships available from TU Delft and other parties. Essay required! Application starts from 1st November and ends at 1st May. Outcome is announced in about six weeks.Technische Universiteit EindhovenAll programs in English. Computer Science & Technology Sustainable Energy Technology Systems & Control Nano-Engineering Electrical Engineering and Information Technology: Sustainable Energy Technology Broadband Telecommunication Technologies Embedded Systems Tuition fee is 8310 Euros! TU/e Talent Scholarship Program: 40 scholarships from ASML and 10 from Oce. 6 Royal Dutch/Shell Centenary Scholarships. Deadline for application with scholarships: 1st March. Deadline for application without scholarships: 1st May.University of Twente Embedded Systems Mechatronics Sustainable Energy Technology Computer Science MSc Electrical Engineering has five tracks: Microsystems and Microelectronics Measurement and Control Engineering Embedded System Design Biomedical Systems Telecommunication NetworksTuition fee is 8460 Euros!Mailing Lists and Forums related to study in the Netherlands (for University of Twente)Studying in FinlandCIMOs Discover Finland provides info on: Reasons to Study in Finland International Study Programmes Database Scholarships Practical Issues about Coming to and Living in Finland and more Visit: http://finland.cimo.fiTKK Helsinki University of TechnologyThe Faculty of Electronics, Communications and Automation offers three international master's programmes: Communications Engineering Electrical Engineering Micro- and Nanotechnology Deadline: 31st January Free Education!TAMPERE University of TechnologyInternational MSc Programmes: Biomedical Engineering Information Technology: Seven alternative areas of specialization are available: Communications Engineering Computational Systems Biology Digital and Computer Electronics Mathematics Multimedia Signal Processing Software Systems Machine Automation Radio Frequency Electronics Science and Bioengineering Deadline: 31st March Free Education!University of Vaasa Master's Programme in Telecommunication Engineering Deadline 28th February. Free Education!Mailing Lists and Forums related to study in Finland PakistanStudentAssociation_Finland@yahoogroups. comETH ZurichRanked 4th in Europe and 13th Worldwide amongst technical universities (THES 2007) Tuition fee CHF 580 per semester which maybe waived after 1st semester. Excellence scholarships cover full living + tuition expenses. Some courses offered in German only and German language certification necessary before enrolment. Pre-application gives chances of admission. Costs CHF 40 (USD 30). Pre-application period: 15 October 2007 - 15 January 2008 Application period: 21 January - 15 March 2008 Application fee is CHF 110.SPEAKER#3:AAMIR AHMED KHANScandinavian CountriesSwedish Universities Three most reputable universities of Sweden are,KTH Linkoping University Chalmers UniversityNo tuition fee in Sweden But may be implemented in 2010 Very few students jobs Swedish Currency is SEK ~ 12 PKR Living expenses amount to 2500 4000 SEK/monthRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)Most reputed and regarded university of Scandinavian region. Located in Kista, the Wireless Valley. Lots of ICT companies are headquartered in Kista, Stockholm. Stockholm has very harsh and cold winter season. International Master's Programs at School of Electrical Engineering Electric Power Engineering Electrophysics Network Services and Systems Systems, Control and Robotics Wireless Systems Engineering and Management of Information Systems Design and Implementation of IT Products and Systems Information and Communication Systems Security Interactive Systems Engineering Internetworking ICT Entrepreneurship Nanotechnology Photonics Software Engineering of Distributed Systems System on Chip DesignLinkping UniversityThe city of Linkping is known for its university and its high-technology industry. Saab AB, an aerospace and defense company is based in Linkping. International Master's Programs Biomedical Engineering Communication Electronics Computational Sciences Computer Science Computer Systems Control and Autonomous Systems Mechanical Engineering System-on-Chip (Socware) Wireless Networks and ElectronicsUniversityA very young technology university in Gothenburg, second largest city of Sweden. International Masters program Biomedical engineering Communication Engineering Electric Power Engineering Integrated Electronic Systems Design Microtechnology Nanoscale Science and Technology Networks and Distributed Systems Radio and Space Science Secure and Dependable Computer Systems Sustainable Energy Systems Systems, Control and Mechatronics Wireless and Photonics Engineering Starting from Fall08, Swedish Universities are follwing a centralized admission system Candidates file only one application at for upto 8 Masters program Deadline for online application is 1st March Deadline for paper application is 15th MarchMailing Lists and Forums related to study in Sweden pakchalmerist@yahoogroups.comAnd the best forum SAATFASE@yahoogroups.comScholarships for study in Sweden Various HEC scholarships Swedish Institute (SI) ScholarshipsSPEAKER#4:UMAIR BIN WAHEEDERASMUS MUNDUS The program supports European top-quality masters courses and enhances the visibility and attractiveness of European higher education in third countries. It also provides EU-funded scholarships for third-country nationals participating in these masters courses, as well as for EU-nationals studying at partner universities around the world. List of all courses can be found at rojects/index_en.htmlStructure of the Program Mostly, masters degree involves 2 years studies at two different European institutions. Others comprise of four semesters at four/three different partner institutions.Relevant Courses EMARO- European Master in advanced Robotics EMM-Nano- Erasmus Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology MERIT- European Master of Research on ICT NordSecMob- Masters program in Security and Mobile Computing SpaceMaster- Joint European Master in Space Science & Technology. MONABIPHOT - Molecular nano- and biophotonics for telecommunications and biotechnologies OPSCITECH - Optics in Science & Technology VIBOT - European Master in Vision & Robotics EuMAS - European Master Course in Aeronautics & Space Technology EU4M - European Union Master's Course in Mechatronic and Micro-mechatronic Systems MATHMODS - Mathematical Modelling in Engineering: Theory, Numerics, ApplicationsMERIT MASTER Partner Institutions include:1. Technical University of Catalonia, Spain (Coordinating Institution) 2. Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy 3. Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium 4. University of Karlsruhe, Germany Two years of study at two different universities Two or sometimes three scholarships for Pakistan (out of 20)Money Matters Scholarship amount: 21,000 / year Registration fee: 5000 / year Net Income is 16,000/ year given in ten monthly grants of 1,600. Living expenses: 250- 400 for accommodation 150 - 200 for mealAccording to a current MERIT master, It is not difficult to save Rs.22-24 lacs in two years of study and thats a lot of money for you to do anything after your masters.What are the things that can guarantee me an admission and a scholarship? Position A Genuine research paper Good GRE and TOEFL score A well-directed SOP Two Letter of Recommendation from your most beloved Professors.Application Procedure Admission opens in early December and close around mid-Feb. Documents to be uploaded and hard copies need to be sent also to UPC. No application fee.After Graduation Can go anywhere for PhD esp. in Europe the program is highly reputed Or can join industry. Mostly people are employed in the country of their second year of studyDe-MERITS: Language problem More emphasis on coursework A continuous state of mobilitySPEAKER#5:OSAMA ULLAH KHANGuide to US Top 10 Engineering UniversitiesBy Osama Ullah Khan Gold Medallist NED Electronic Batch 2002-2003AgendaAcknowledgement What factors To Consider? Cracking The GRE Exam How to fund your Education? Why very few Electronians have made in US Top 10? University Selection When to Apply Contacting With Professors & Useful web resources ConclusionAcknowledgementProf. Muhammad Nauman Dr. Zainab Zaidi Prof. Adeel Razi Prof. Hashim Raza Khan Sir Amar Hashmi Mr Muhammad Akbar Suhail My ParentsFactors To Consider1. Research Papers 2. Academics 3. Projects 4. Professional Experience 5. Statement of Purpose 6. Letter of Recommendation 7. GRE 8. TOEFLResearch Papers One or Two Quality Research Papers are sufficient Find a Phd in your field of interest under which you can workAcademics Ranking Counts! The Best thing you can do is to become a department topper Projects Plethora of Projects Proof by your work not by words!Professional ExperienceDepends from case to case but in general with the current standard of final year projects one year of professional experience in R&D organization will be helpfulStatement of Purpose Most Important while filing your application You are not there in front of the admission committee! It takes one or two months to write a good SOPGRE Exam 1300+ is good enough with current standards Quantitative 750+, verbal 550+Cracking The GRE Barrons GRE (Good for Mathematics) Kaplans GRE (Good for Verbal & Mathematics) Word Power Made Easy By Norman Lewis (Excellent for vocabulary but very limited words are there) Word Smart I & II for verbal section by Princeton Review (Good for vocabulary) Princeton Review Math & Verbal Workbook (Good Practice Books) ETS GRE Big Book (Must have it, as it contains original GRE Tests for practice) Toefl Exam Piece of cake for any student with adequate English. You just need to cross the threshold set by the graduate department to prove adequate English Language Proficiency.How to fund your education?US Top 10 Universities are most expensive in the world!Cont GRA/ GTA Awards Fellowships Full bright scholarship from US Government HEC higher educations commission scholarships Government Universities Faculty developments programs and R&D organizations scholarshipsWhen to apply?Recommended time is one month before the application deadline. Mostly the Deadlines are in December Beware of Rolling Admission!Contacting with Professors & Useful Web official ranking website Yahoo Group SAATFASEUS VisaThey want to give visa to genuine students! Two things are checked for Student visas i.e. Finances & seriousness of studentUniversity Selection"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." ~ Les Brown1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2. Stanford University (CA) 3. University of CaliforniaBerkeley 4. University of IllinoisUrbana-Champaign 5. California Institute of Technology 6. University of MichiganAnn Arbor 7. Carnegie Mellon University (PA) 8. Georgia Institute of Technology 9. Cornell University (NY) 10. University of TexasAustinOnline Help Orkut Community NED Electronics Department GuideLink on communityQuestions?Thanks! Feel Free to Contact the Speakers: Syed Faraz Ahmed Farish Kagalwala Aamir Ahmed Khan Umair bin Waheed Osama ullah Khan INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP LINKSInternational Education Financial Aid (IEFA) IEFA is a resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad: International Student An international student and study abroad website that provides news, information, resources for international students to prepare them for a study abroad experience: Science Careers The Science Careers website contains a section on funding sources for training in the sciences: Higher Education Council (HEC), Government of Pakistan This website includes a long list of scholarships for Pakistani and international students: World Bank 1. The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program has recently been restructured to provide awards for Master's degrees in Public Policy at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. 2. The Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) sponsored by the government of Japan, awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at universities renowned for their development, research and teaching. Applicant must submit evidence of current unconditional admission (copy of formal admission letter) to at least one development-related university Master's degree program and proof of application to another university located in any World Bank member country except the applicant's country. They should be between 25 and 45 years of age, hold a Bachelor's degree with superior grades and have at least two, preferably four to five, years of recent full-time professional work experience after a university degree in the their home country or in another developing country and usually in the public sector. Website:,,menuPK:64 168427~piPK:64168435~theSitePK:551553,00.htmlAsian Development Bank The Asian Development Bank (ADB) - Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB's developing member countries to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. Website: The Rotary Foundation Promoting Rotary's goal of world peace, goodwill, and understanding, the Rotary Foundation's Educational Programs include Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University Teachers, Group Study Exchange, and Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, and Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program. Information and application materials are available from their website: or by email at Ford Foundation The Ford Foundation's International Fellowships Program (IFP) provides support for up to three years of formal graduate-level study leading to a Masters or doctoral degree. Fellows are selected from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Russia, where the Ford Foundation maintains active overseas programs. US nationals are not eligible, although fellows may study in the United States. Fellows are chosen on the basis of their leadership potential and commitment to community or national service, as well as for academic excellence. Fellows may enroll in Master's or doctoral programs and may pursue any academic discipline or field of study that is consistent with the interests and goals of the Ford Foundation. The Foundation currently works in 15 fields to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. Once selected, fellows may enroll in an appropriate university program anywhere in the world, including their country of residence. The program provides placement assistance to those fellows not yet admitted to graduate school. IFP support also enables fellows to undertake short-term language study and training in research and computer skills prior to graduate school enrollment. In addition, new fellows attend orientation sessions, while current fellows actively participate in learning and discussion activities designed to create information and exchange networks among IFP fellows worldwide. Finally, the program strongly encourages IFP alumni to maintain contact with the program after completing the fellowships to help them remain current in their respective fields through the expanding IFP network. Shell Centenary Scholarships (TSCSF) (in the UK) Royal Dutch Shell Centenary Scholarships (in the Netherlands) Shell Centenary Chevening Scholarships Under various Masters programmes, the Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund (TSCSF) offers postgraduate students from developing countries the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Each year nearly 90 students are given major scholarships (for one year in the UK, and for two years in NL). Partners in the scheme are the University of Cambridge, Durham University, The University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, University of Leeds, The University of Oxford and University College London in the UK, and with Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente in the Netherlands. These universities also contribute to the funding of scholarships. Website: A number of scholarships are also jointly funded with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and are known as Shell Centenary Chevening Scholarships. Colombo Plan Awards Colombo Plan Awards are open to nationals of the following Asian and Pacific countries, among others: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and the US. Applications should be made through the appropriate authority, usually the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the candidate's home country. Website: COUNTRY SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIP LINKSStudents should consult the embassy website of the country where they wish to study as well as the website of the universitv where they will be studying to find out about available scholarships. Australia Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) provides opportunities for people from selected developing countries to undertake post-secondary level study in Australia. Website: Aga Khan Foundation Canada's International Development Scholarship (IDS) Programme Aga Khan Foundation Canada provides fully funded scholarships for Master's level courses to midcareer professionals in AKDN institutions who wish to upgrade their skills at selected institutions of higher learning in Canada. It is anticipated that such professionals will return to their country of origin and use their newly acquired knowledge for the benefit of their institutions, and in support of social and economic development. Applications forms are available from Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) representatives in their country of residence. The deadline for submission of applications is March 31. European Union Erasmus Mundus provides EU-funded scholarships for Master's studies at EU universities for third country nationals as well as scholarships for EU-nationals studying in third countries. Website: Germany The DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst or German Academic Exchange Service) awards scholarships and grants for study at German universities and research institutes-with funding from the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Funding is provided to-students, student trainees and interns, doctoral students, and academics and researchers. Website: Netherlands Nuffic is the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education. Website: The Netherlands Student Grantfinder is an online search engine for those who want to study in the Netherlands and are looking for financial aid. The Grantfinder contains information on a range of Dutch scholarships for foreign students. More information on studying in the Netherlands can be found on www.studyin.nlPakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) website gives information about scholarships available for Pakistani students for foreign study: UK 1. The British Council website provides information on all aspects of studying in the UK, including BC scholarships and other sources of funding and support: 2. British Chevening Scholarships These scholarships, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council, are prestigious awards which enable overseas students to study in the United Kingdom. Scholarships are offered in over 150 countries and enable talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and gain skills which will benefit their countries. The Chevening programme currently provides around 2,300 new scholarships each year for postgraduate studies or research at UK Institutions of Higher Education. Chevening runs a websites for people interested in the scholarship programme called About Chevening. It contains information and guidelines about the scholarship programme, gives details on who is eligible for scholarships, how to apply and contains links to the entire UK education resource which helps students identify the right course of study for them: 3. Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan (CSFP) The Plan aims to provide a network of study opportunities throughout the Commonwealth. The selection of candidates is a partnership between home and host country. When a country decides to offer awards, this is notified to those countries whose citizens will be eligible. The participation of each country is organised by a national nominating agency. Applicants should apply to the nominating agency in their own country in the first instance. In most cases, the agency is part of - or appointed by government agencies, though in the case of some award categories, the functions are filled by other bodies, such as individual universities or their representative bodies: http://www.csfp-online.orrr/about.html 4. Overseach Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS) ORSAS awards offer international postgraduate students the opportunity to carry out a broad range of research at well-established UK academic institutions of worldwide recognition. ORSAS awards provide funding to pay the difference between the international student tuition fees and the home EU student tuition fees charged by the academic institution that the student attends. ORSAS awards do not cover the home/EU fee element, maintenance or travel expenses.ORSAS awards are intended for students of fulltime postgraduate research study only: Prospective applicants should contact institutions directly for information on how to apply for an ORSAS award. 5. The Rhodes Scholarships tenable at the University of Oxford The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford: htto:// Intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes Scholarship. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel. 6. Gates Cambridge Scholarships Through a donation by the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, the Gates Cambridge Trust was established to provide grants to outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the university. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit, leadership potential and commitment of scholars to serving their communities. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to students who gain admission to the University of Cambridge through the University's regular procedures. They cover the full cost of study at Cambridge for a single person - namely, all approved University and College tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, a further discretionary allowance for study-related activities and one return economy airfare between the UK and the scholar's normal country of residence. USA 1. FinAid, the Smartstudent Guide to Financial Aid, provides information on scholarships, loans and other forms of aid at: 2. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) The AAUWYs International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents,Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Website: 3. The Margaret McNarnara Memorial Fund The Margaret McNarnara Memorial Fund provides grants for women from the developing countries who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in their home countries. Applicants must already be living in the US and enrolled in the program for which they intend to sue the grant. Website: 4. Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program This programme confers fellowships for Master's degree-level study in the US in the fields of business administration, economics, education, environmental policy and management, international affairs, journalism/mass communications, law, library and information science, public administration, public health and public policy for students and professionals from Eurasia. Candidates are recruited through a merit-based competition administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). Website: 5. The Johns Hopkins Sommer Scholars Program The Hopkins Sommer Scholars program supports up to 15 Master of Public Health and 15 doctoral students each year at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The program seeks individuals who have demonstrated innate leadership skills and want to channel those skills in the direction of public health. Applicants may include writers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, politicians, business executives, journalists, engineers, financial analysts, economists and others who want to make a difference in the world and are seeking the tools to do so effectively. Their training will enable them to confront the world's complex health issues by pursuing critical discovery and its translation into effective health policies and programs. For information: 6. US Government-sponsored Education Exchange Agencies International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) IREX facilitates the international exchange of students, scholars, and professionals through educational advising; standardised testing; study, research, and internships abroad; and fellowship administration. IREX is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in the following AKDN countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Russia, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan. Website:


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