United Nations U-INWEH Masters Scholarships for Developing Country Students, 2016-2017

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Deadline: June 30, 2016

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United Nations University Institute of Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) is pleased to offer limited number of scholarships for qualified candidates from developing countries on a competitive basis. These scholarships are available for pursuing joint master’s degree (MSc) programme in Integrated Drylands Management.

The MS Programme is designed to enhance the capacity of developing countries to manage their drylands resources. The programme provides young professionals and scientists an international perspective on integrated resources management approaches in drylands and allows them to gain practical experience in different dryland countries.

UNU-INWEH’s vision is to create a world free of water problems where sustainable human development and environmental health and security are assured for all.

Applicants must demonstrate proof of proficiency in English (oral and written).

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing joint master’s degree (MSc) programme at United Nations University (UNU), Institute of Arid Regions (IRA) [National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia (INAT)], Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA ), Tottori University (TU), the Global Mechanism (GM) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute – Bari.

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in the field of Integrated Drylands Management.

Scholarship Award: Tuition fee is US $6000, including costs of course delivery, supervision, and examination. The fee does not include travel costs between the country of the student’s origin and locations of the MSc Programme partners, and costs of living at the MSc Programme partners. Information on local food, accommodation, health insurance, and other logistical matters will be available from MSc Programme partners. The tuition fee will be waived for students who are Fellowship recipients. A limited number of Fellowships will be provided to qualified candidates from developing countries on a competitive basis. These fellowships will cover the travel costs between the country of origin and IRA, CAREERI, ICARDA, and TU, as needed. Japanese students may only apply for TU fellowships.

Scholarship can be taken at: Canada, Tunisia, China, Jordan, Japan, Germany and Italy

Eligibility: Admission is based on the following criteria:
-Applicants must already be registered in a Master’s degree programme at one of the Programme partner institutes and have completed their basic course work.
-Applicants registered in a Master’s programme at an accredited university outside the Programme partners may be eligible to apply if they have completed their basic coursework, and can establish a link with a Programme partners for their field research and thesis work which will be undertaken jointly with their current supervisor. Such applicants should contact the interested Programme partner institute directly to explore options and arrangements.
-Applicants must demonstrate a proved competence in relevant research methodologies, laboratory and computer skills.
-Applicants must demonstrate proof of proficiency in English (oral and written).
-Applicants must submit a research proposal of 5 pages, whose priority aligns with that of programme partner who will host the proposed research.
-Working experience in dryland management is desirable.

Nationality: Candidates from developing countries can apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must already be registered in a Master’s degree programme at one of the Programme partner institutes and have completed their basic course work.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: Applicants must demonstrate proof of proficiency in English (oral and written).

Supporting Material: The following supporting documents must be submitted together with the completed and signed application form:
-For applicants registered with a Programme partner, a letter of nomination from applicant’s supervisor/university where they are registered certifying completion of basic course work
-For applicants registered at an accredited university outside the Programme partners, a letter of nomination from their supervisor university where they are registered certifying completion of basic course work and clarifying the link between their university and one of the MSc Programme partners for joint supervision of research and thesis work
-A certified copy of academic transcripts for each institution attended
-An original, detailed MSc research proposal of 5 pages clearly outlining the problem statement, literature review, research question, methodology, expected results, workplan, and timetable
-Two (2) original supporting letters of reference, one (1) of which must be from their current supervisor
-Evidence of English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL score, English certificate, etc.), where English is not their first language

How to Apply: Applicants should send fully completed application form and supporting materials by email, fax, or post.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The deadline for application submissions is June 30, 2016.

Scholarship Link

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