• Deadline: July 19, 2015
  • Event Start: October 05, 2015
  • Event End: October 09, 2015
  • Discipline: Science
    The school is an initiative of the Departments of Chemistry and Biology of the Technische Universität Dresden (TU-Dresden). Using plant derived polyphenols as an example the aim of the school is to bring together all scientific disciplines necessary for the identification, standardization, chemical and biological characterization, as well as pharmacological and toxicological evaluation of traditional medicinal products and single chemicals obtained thereof. Prerequisite for pharmacological and toxicological testing is the availability of sufficient quantities of test chemicals. Therefore the second aim of the school is to provide insight into synthetic Organic Chemistry of natural compounds which represents an integral part of this school.
On July 14, 1789, the French stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress-prison in Paris in one of the key moments of the French Revolution.
The average people were fed up with the Ancien Régime — aka the monarchy — and they were protesting the vast inequality between themselves and the upper echelon.
Fast forward 266 years: inequality is still a major issue.
"We have reached a tipping point. Inequality in OECD countries is at its highest since records began," OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said in a recent report.
Mexico, Chile, the US and Turkey have the highest inequality among the OECD members. And inequality is even higher in emerging economies. On the flip side, Denmark, Slovenia, and Czech Republic have the lowest. 
"The evidence shows that high inequality is bad for growth. The case for policy action is as much economic as social. By not addressing inequality, governments are cutting into the social fabric of their countries and hurting their long-term economic growth," Gurría added.
For what it's worth, France is below the OECD average.
  • Deadline: May 31, 2015
  • Discipline: History
    History and Politics in the Caucasus
    Historical narratives have played, and continue to play, an important role in the political development and national consolidation of the states and ethnic territories of the Caucasus region. The political elites, together with historians, are the driving force in writing and presenting history. History serves as basis for national mobilization and means to create a consensus on a national past. In most cases, national narratives have been established as opposed to the supra-national Soviet and imperial histories. In conflict situations, history serves as a powerful force to legitimize specific claims – over territory, resources and peoples. History is often being used as a tool of political competition rather than critical analysis.
    History is highly politicized especially in countries facing deep political or even territorial divisions; in these countries, national narratives often develop around political claims rather than representing a reflection of the past in its own right. In Georgia, we see a tendency to use historical narratives as part of a political and propagandistic fight against Russia. In Azerbaijan, there is a prominent trend of putting the nation into the context of ancient civilization and using this as an argument in the country’s struggle against Armenia over Karabakh. In Armenia, too, history is often used as a political instrument, especially when dealing with Azerbaijan over the Karabakh question. A strong “anti-colonial” focus on history can be observed within the secessionist territories of the South Caucasus (Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Karabakh), or in some of the autonomous republics in the Russian part of the Caucasus (Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, etc.). In Russia, the most important political player in the Caucasus region, the historical discourse has been fluctuating between nostalgia for the empire and attempts to critically reconsider the Soviet Communist past.
    Historical research cannot flourish and live up to academic standards when put to the service of political goals. This conference seeks ways beyond the politics of history towards the development of
    Russia-Georgia Relations: Contested Issues
    The incorporation of Georgia into the Russian Empire 
    The Bolshevik take-over and incorporation of Georgia into the Soviet State (1921) 
    Stalinist terror in Georgia / Stalinism in Georgia (1930s-1950s)
    Georgia and its Minorities Georgian-Abkhaz/Georgian-Ossetian/GeorgianArmenian relations in the early 20th century (preferably the period of the Russian Civil War to the early Soviet period) 
    The issue of “Georganization” in the later Soviet period 
    Georgian nationalism in the 1980s and minorities responses
    Nagorno Karabakh / Armenian-Azerbaijan Relations 
    Pogroms / mass violence in the early 20th century (preferably late Tsarist period, Civil War, early Soviet period) 
    Soviet nationalities policy in the 1920s and the issue of Karabakh 
    The Karabakh issue during late Soviet times
    The North Caucasus / Russia and the Peoples of the North Caucasus 
    The issue of “genocide”, deportations, forced resettlements in North Caucasian history (19th/20th centuries) 
    Soviet nationality policy (“korenizatsiia”) towards the mountaineers of the North Caucasus “Banditry” and armed revolts during the early Soviet period 
    The issue of “collaborationism” during World War II The North Caucasus in the late Soviet period: A time of “non-events”?
    We welcome proposals from senior as well as younger researchers from all over the world, but especially encourage PhD students and Postdocs from the Caucasus region to apply. Please submit your application via Email (including a one-page outline of your proposed paper, a CV and list of publications) by May 31, 2015, to:
    Prof. Dr. Jeronim Perović
    University of Zurich, Department of History
    Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006 Zurich, Switzerland
    About the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN):
    ASCN is a programme aimed at promoting the social sciences and humanities in the South Caucasus (primarily Georgia and Armenia). Its different activities foster the emergence of a new generation of talented scholars. Promising junior researchers receive support through research projects,capacity-building trainings and scholarships. The programme emphasizes the advancement of individuals who, thanks to their ASCN experience, become better integrated in international academic networks. The ASCN programme is coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). It is initiated and supported by Gebert Rüf Stiftung. 

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Application Deadline: 31st May 2015.
The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic advertises scholarships for accredited study programs at public universities for the academic year 2015/2016. These scholarships are designed for applicants meeting required general criteria and criteria related to selected type of study stay.
During Study in 1st and 2nd Degree University Study Programmes
  • Designed for foreign universities undergraduates in full time form of university study of first and second level  (bachelor, master) to be pursued in the public universities in the SR,  without restriction of the course of study, in  Slovak or English language, subject to the admission by the university in the SR
  • Study at foreign university study programme related to that one the applicant is applying for in the SR
  • Submit a completed application form for the provision of a scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR with preliminary acceptation letter from anticipated academic department in the SR and also with the respective appendices (electronically at http://scholarships.studyin.sk/en/application)
  • Only students of bachelor, master, engineer and doctoral degree study programmes in age from 18 to 26 years may apply for the scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR.
During Study in 3rd Degree University Study Programmes
The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport  of the Slovak Republic advertises for the academic year 2015/2016:

  • Designed for foreign universities undergraduates in full time form of university study of third level (PhD students) to be pursued in the public universities in the SR, without restriction of the course of study, in Slovak or English language, subject to the acceptance  by the university in the SR.
  • Have completed university education in a second degree study programme (having gained the academic title “MSc.” at a foreign university or “Mgr.”, “Ing.”, “MUDr.” or “MVDr.” at a university in the SR) and study selected study department at foreign university.
  • submit a completed application form for the provision of a scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR with a statement of the study department of the doctoral study according to the applicable list of study departments of doctoral study carried out in the SR with a preliminary acceptance of the anticipated department or institute in the SR, as well as the respective appendices (electronically at http://scholarships.studyin.sk/en/application),
  • only students of doctoral degree study programmes in age from 23 to 35 years may apply for the scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sportof the SR.
3-months academic stay: 
For graduates of foreign universities continuing  in the areas of education and research, to be implemented in the workplaces of public universities in the SR. Persons applying for a scholarship for academic stay in the framework of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR offer must fulfill these conditions:
  • Have completed university education in a minimum of second degree study programme (having gained the academic title “MSc.” at a foreign university or “Mgr.”, “Ing.”, “MUDr.” or “MVDr.” at a university in the SR) and work at foreign university or at foreign academic institute,
  • Only university graduates in age from 30 to 50 years may apply for the scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR.
Scholarship Worth:
These ministry of education scholarships will be awarded for three types of study programs as follows: 
During study in 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree university study programmes (hereinafter referred to as bachelor, master and doctoral study) in Slovak Republic: For the approved period of time the scholarship holders, as decided by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR pursuant to internal state, will be provided the following:
  • A monthly scholarship in total amount of 280 € (1st and 2nd degree); a monthly scholarship in total amount of 330 € (3rd degree)
  • Accommodation in student halls of residence and catering in student dining halls at a fee equal to that for students with the SR citizenship,
  • Education at the selected public university, under the same conditions as provided for citizens of the SR during the approved study stay.
3-months academic stay: 
For the approved period of time the scholarship holders, as decided by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR pursuant to internal state, will be provided the following:
  • A monthly scholarship in total amount of 550 €,
  • Accommodation of collegial type and catering in employees dining halls of receiving organization for a consideration.
  • Healthcare with the exception of spa treatment and prosthetic works based on individual insurance policy concluded by the scholarship holder prior his/her arrival to the Slovakia Republic.

An undergraduate degree
As guidance, you should have a 2.1 ( 3.5 GPA) or its equivalent. If you were not awarded a minimum of 2.1 you may still be considered provided you have a very strong employment record demonstrating a high degree of responsibility.

As evidence, you will be asked to upload all your University degree academic transcripts/mark-sheets to the online application form. These must outline the subjects studied or grades obtained from each academic year. If your original transcripts are not in English you must also supply an official translation. If you are invited to attend an interview after submitting your application we will ask you to bring or send us original copies of your transcripts.
You should have at least two years of previous full-time work experience.
Our current class has on average six years full time work experience. We do not look for experience in an specific sector, our students come from a variety of backgrounds, from engineering and finance to academia, armed forces and non-profit. We look for evidence of career progression and international exposure. You should be able to work as part of a team, as well as be able to show leadership potential.
GMAT or GRE score
We look for a high level of quantitative and analytical skills evidenced in the GMAT/GRE results.
GMAT:  While we don't ask for a minimum score, we recommend that candidates apply with a GMAT score of 650 or above. Our current class has an average GMAT score of around 690. When preparing for your GMAT please bear in mind: 
  • All sections of the GMAT must be taken in order to be considered valid
  • Official online scores must be accessible by our admissions department for your application to be considered complete. For GMAC to release your official scores to Saïd Business School, please give your test centre the following code: Q0G-4B-59
  • GMAT scores are not valid if they are older than five years on the application deadline date
  • Contact GMAC directly to arrange to take the test: www.gmac.com
GRE: We recommend that candidates apply with a GRE verbal score of 160 and a quantitative score of 161.  When preparing for your GRE please bear in mind: 
  • All sections of the GRE must be taken in order to be considered valid
  • Official online scores must be accessible by our admissions department for your application to be considered complete. For ETS to release your official scores to Saïd Business School, please give your test centre the following institution code: 0807
  • GRE scores are not valid if they are older than five years on the application deadline date
  • Contact ETS directly to arrange to take the test: www.ets.org/gre 
  • English test
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) must be taken, and all minimum scores met if: 
    • Your first language is not English OR
    • You are not from a majority English speaking country, as defined by  the UK Visas and Immigration below.*
    *List of majority English speaking countries as defined by the UK Visas and Immigration office:
    Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize,  Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana,  Jamaica, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland,  St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, UK.
    Minimum Score 110
    Minimum required on each component:
    Listening - 22
    Reading - 24
    Writing - 24
    Speaking - 25

    Minimum required on each component:
    Waivers for the English language test:
    The requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency may be waived at the discretion of the University, in cases where you have:

    Successfully completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months, at a recognised institution, where the medium of instruction and assessment was entirely in English.

    Evidence of the above must be provided by either:
    • Uploading to the application form transcripts from your institution, which clearly indicates that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English OR
    • Uploading to the application form an official letter from your institution stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English.

    You have completed a degree in a majority English speaking country,* as outlined above, by the Home Office.

    As evidence, we will review the transcripts you upload to the application form.
    Further information about  TOEFL and IELTS
    The institution code for ordering your official TOEFL score sheet from ETS is 0807. There is no department code, this can be left blank.
    If you choose to take the IELTS you need to sit the academic test. If you sit the TOEFL it must be the general test.
    TOEFL and IELTS scores will not be valid if they are more than two years old on the application deadline date of the stage in which you are applying. Exchange programmes/ distance learning/ online courses cannot be considered for the waiver.
    Please note that we reserve the right to request a test of English to be taken at any time.Using the online application form you will need to submit two professional or academic references. Once referee details are input onto the form, your referee will receive an automatic email from the School with details on how to complete the online reference form.
    Mandatory essays
    1. What should Oxford expect from you? (Maximum 500 words)
    2. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will the MBA and Oxford assist you in the development of these ambitions? (Maximum 500 words)
    3. Plus your preferred essay from the options below:
    • Sport is pure competition. What does it teach us about companies, individuals, and markets? (Maximum 500 words) OR
    • The business of business is business. Is this true? (Maximum 500 words)
    If you are applying under the 1+1 scheme you also need to submit the following essay:
    1.  Explain why you see this as particularly beneficial for you and how it fits with your careers and personal development aims (Maximum 250 words)
    Re-applicants will need to complete the essays mentioned above and another essay on the topic:
    1. What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (Maximum 250 words)
    When reviewing your essays the Admissions Committee will be looking for evidence of the following: Good communication skills, leadership potential, analytical skills, fit within the Oxford MBA community and well-researched post-MBA career plans, among other characteristics
    Please ensure your application is complete upon submission. The admissions committee can only consider a candidate once all supporting documentation has been received. We conduct spot checks on a regular basis to ensure the authenticity of applicants' references, work experience and academic background. We also reserve the right to ask for supporting evidence if necessary.

Conf/CfP - Fourth Junior Scholars Conference in German-Jewish History: "Heritage" in the Study of Jewish and Other (Diaspora) Cultures — The Search for Roots as a Recurring Theme of 19th and 20th Century History, German Historical Institute, Washington

 Conference at the Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg

Co-organized by the German Historical Institute Washington, DC, the Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg, the Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck Instituts (Miriam Ruerup, Anne Schenderlein, Mirjam Zadoff)

Call for Papers

We invite proposals for papers to be presented at the Fourth Junior Scholars Conference in German Jewish History, to take place at the Institute for the History of the German Jews in Hamburg in July 2015. We seek proposals specifically from post-doctoral scholars, recent PhDs, as well as those in the final stages of their dissertations. The aim of the conference is to bring together a small transatlantic group of junior scholars to discuss and explore new research and questions in German Jewish history and 19th and 20th history more broadly. During a two-day workshop, the participants will give short presentations (20 min.) of their individual research projects and engage in discussions on sources, methodology, and theory to assess current and future trends in the historiography on German Jewry.This year's workshop will focus on the themes of heritage and diaspora and we invite papers pertaining to these and closely related topics. We are specifically interested in creating a dialogue between scholars of Jewish history and historians working on other ethnic, religious, social, and cultural groups. In bringing together a cross-field group of historians, we hope to broaden our understanding of different approaches and sharpen our eye for particularities and commonalities in the study of heritage and diaspora. Working from the observation that genealogy research is increasingly popular today, while Jewish museums are being built and Jewish heritage tourism is flourishing all over Europe, we would like to examine this Jewish interest in heritage and place it within a broader comparative perspective. Among some of the questions we are interested in exploring are: When and why is heritage important to a community? What role does the experience of diaspora, migration, persecution, and forced exile play in a community's focus on heritage? How does Zionism and the goal of overcoming the Jewish diaspora affect diasporic searches for roots and inventions of a common past? Does heritage have a specific place and space? How are heritage sites chosen, created, invented, and represented? What role does tourism play?

The workshop language will be English. The organizers cover expenses for travel (lump sum) and accommodation.

Please send short proposals (2-3 pages max.) and a one page CV to Anne Schenderleinby . For questions, please also contact Anne Schenderlein. Successful applicants will be notified by April 7.

  • Eligible Country: International
  • Country: United States
  • Conference: Call for Papers
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). This international educational and cultural exchange program brings future leaders to the United States to experience the U.S. educational system, enhance their knowledge, and explore U.S. culture and values. It also affords students the opportunity to share their cultures and traditions with people in the United States. Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of ECA.
Global UGRAD will provide a select group of 250 students with scholarships for one academic semester of undergraduate, non-degree study in the United States. The scholarship will cover international travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, a small monthly stipend, and funding for books. Global UGRAD is a substantive exchange program designed to expose students to the U.S. educational system, society, and culture. Finalists represent diverse disciplines, from architecture to engineering, biochemistry to literature and education.  Students will live in university dormitories and will have the opportunity to participate in campus organizations and activities.
· Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in their home country.
· Participants must be at least 18 years of age when they begin their UGRAD Program in the United States.
· They must also have at least one semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the UGRAD Program.
· The UGRAD program cannot be the final academic term of a student’s undergraduate study.
·  This is a non-degree program, so it is the students’ responsibility to check with their home institutions whether any credits accumulated during the UGRAD program will be transferred.
· All male applicants must have valid deferment.

Please visit http://goo.gl/o8ffVo to learn more about the program and apply!

Deadline:  1 April 2015
Open to: distinguished scholars from the humanities, political and social sciences, education sciences or law who hold a Ph.D. and have excellent knowledge of English

Venue: 22-27 June 2015, Braunschweig, Germany


The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) and the International Center for Transitional Justice
 (ICTJ) are pleased to announce the second Georg Arnhold International Summer School, exploring the theme of transitional justice and education: "Transitional Justice and Education: Engaging Children and Youth in Justice and Peacebuilding through Educational Media, Curricula and Outreach." It will take place in Braunschweig from June 22 to 27, 2015.
The Summer School will focus on educational media, curricula and curriculum reform, educational activities, and diverse actors such as teachers, NGOs, UN bodies, communities and governments in the context of transitional justice processes and policies. Particular emphasis will be placed on measures supporting a conflict-sensitive approach to coming to terms with past conflict and violence. In creating a bridge between the concepts of transitional justice and education for sustainable peace, the Georg Arnhold Summer School aims to reflect on lessons learned and explore innovative ways to help engage children and youth in justice and peacebuilding efforts through education, fostering their capacity for critical thinking and supporting their social and political empowerment and the social cohesion of the societies they live in.


Distinguished scholars from the humanities, political and social sciences, education sciences or law who hold a Ph.D. and have excellent knowledge of English may apply. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding academic or professional achievement in their fields. Individuals with extensive high-level international experience in government or non-governmental organizations or in international organizations may also apply.


No registration fees apply. Accommodation and meals will be provided for all participants and economy class travel expenses will be reimbursed.


The GEI and ICTJ invite suitable applicants to submit abstracts on their research project of no more than two pages together with a CV and (if applicable) a list of publications and the completed application form. Submissions should be made electronically. All documents must be in Word or PDF format and the total file size must not exceed 3 MB (file name: last name, first name). Please send applications to summerschool@gei.de, with the subject line "Arnhold Summer School, Edu-Active.com"
The deadline for completed applications is April 1, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by April 30, 2015.
If you have any questions, write to: Martina Schulze:   schulze@gei.de