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The Alcan Prize for Sustainability is awarded each year to a not-for-profit, civil society or non-governmental organization based anywhere in the world for their contributions to addressing and furthering economic, environmental and/or social sustainability. The prize of US$1 million recognizes past performance and helps winning organizations continue to contribute to and impact sustainability through their ongoing activities. Entries are due by 31 March 2005. [Source: Digital Dividend Digest]
The Inlaks Foundation sponsors several award schemes for talented young people in India. The Inlaks Scholarships Abroad fund up to two years of study at top institutions in Europe, the UK and the US for advanced degrees in a variety of subjects (but not engineering or computer sciences). The Inlaks Take-Off-Grants finance work, research or training within India. Applications for the Scholarships Abroad are due by 15 April 2005, and applications for the Take-Off-Grants are accepted throughout the year.
The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development and the US Agency for International Development (USAID)/Mexico have issued a request for applications for the United States-Mexico Training, Internships, Exchanges, and Scholarships (TIES) Initiative. Eligible fields include environment and health. Successful applicant institutions will have significant private sector involvement and propose at least ten long-term (two academic semesters) scholarships for Mexicans to be embedded within a partnership, in addition to other training, internships and exchanges. Approximately 10 awards of up to US$500,000 each will be made through the program. The closing date for applications is 15 April 2005. [Source: Chronicle of Higher Education]
The Foundation For the Future’s Research Grants Program provides financial support to scholars undertaking research at a macro level that is directly related to better understanding the factors affecting the long-term future of humanity. Individuals and organizations may apply for grants of US$5,000–25,000 addressing one of the four questions listed on their Web site. Preliminary applications are due by 30 April 2005.
Every year, the Third World Organization for Women in Science offers Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South. Applicants must be young, female science graduates who plan to pursue postgraduate studies leading to a Ph.D. in an LDC country other than their own. Fellowships are awarded for studies in agriculture, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, medicine, earth and environmental resources, and engineering and technological sciences. Applications must be received by 30 May 2005.
The International Foundation for Science (IFS) accepts project proposals for IFS Research Grants from developing-country scientists who meet the eligibility criteria and conduct research on the sustainable management of biological resources. Proposed projects must be related to the sustainable utilization of the biological and/or water resource base. IFS specifically targets scientists in countries with developing science and technology infrastructures. Research grants for the purchase of equipment, expendable supplies and literature are awarded up to a maximum value of US$12,000 for a period of one to three years and may be renewed twice. The next application deadline is 30 June 2005.
The Rotary Foundation awards Grants for University Teachers to serve in low-income countries. The primary purpose of the Rotary Grants for University Teachers program is to build understanding while strengthening higher education in low-income countries. Grant recipients teach at universities and colleges in developing countries and promote the exchange of teaching methods and ideas between the recipients’ home institutions and the host institutions. This program also helps to advance development in low-income countries through sponsoring educators to teach subjects of practical benefit to the host country. Applications are submitted through local Rotary clubs, so deadlines vary but usually range from April to August.
The Royal Academy of Engineering offers multiple awards and fellowships to UK engineers and scientists, including programs to prepare young, outstanding engineers and life scientists for senior management careers in UK industry. Sainsbury Management Fellowships are designed to allow highly motivated engineers to complement their technical qualifications and skills with a first-class business education in an international environment. Sainsbury Management Fellowships in the Life Sciences support young scientists of high career potential to undertake activities related to their personal development plans. Both schemes are funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and applications are accepted throughout the year.
Financed by the Government of Japan, the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of the 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 Asia and Pacific Region. The ADB-JSP provides full scholarships for one to two years and currently enrolls about 300 students annually in 20 academic institutions located in the region. Applications are submitted directly to the academic institutions and are accepted throughout the year; they should, however, be submitted at least six months prior to the planned commencement of studies.
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) accepts applications year-round from institutions to become ICTP Affiliated Centers (ICACs): institutes or university departments of physics or mathematics that agree to carry out specific long-term research projects with well-defined purposes. The ICAC program was created to initiate, stimulate or make applicable research and training in the fields of physics or mathematics; to form and strengthen national or regional communities and research groups by supporting institutions or national societies for physicists and mathematicians at all levels; and to enhance physics and mathematics teaching. An ICAC is expected to have a regional character and to be strongly supported by the local authorities and the hosting institution.
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Third International Conference on Water Management; Algarve, Portugal;
11–13 April 2005
16th Global Warming International Conference; New York, New York, US;
19–21 April 2005
Bridging the Divide: Technology for Developing Countries; Berkeley, California, US; 21–23 April 2005
e-Learning—A Challenge for Modern Education; Warsaw, Poland;
1–17 May 2005
From Science to Business (STCU-NATO Workshop); Kyiv, Ukraine;
25–26 May 2005
Best Practices in Transfer of Science and Technology; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; 26–27 May 2005
European Research and Innovation Exhibition; Paris, France; 3–5 June 2005
ICTIS 2005: "Cooperation for the Present Millennium: Systems, Services & Technologies"; Tetuan, Morocco; 3–6 June 2005
International Sociology Conference "Environment, Knowledge and Democracy"; Luminy, Marseille, France; 6–7 July 2005
8th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation; Łódź, Poland; 6–8 July 2005
R&D Management Conference 2005; Pisa, Italy; 6–8 July 2005
22nd International Conference for History of Science; Beijing, China;
24–30 July 2005
Forces and Factors Affecting Higher Education in Europe and the Americas; Bremen, Germany; 24–30 July 2005
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