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202018 Campus France PRESTIGE Postdoctoral Research International Fellowships, France

2018 Campus France PRESTIGE Postdoctoral Research International Fellowships, France

Applications are invited for PRESTIGE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in France for the year which is open all year round for applicants worldwide. The programme is open to any scientific field and research topic, as far as in compliance with EU ethics regulation and rules.PRESTIGE aims at fostering the international mobility of post-doc researchers.

Three mobility schemes are available:

  • Incoming, allowing foreign or French researchers complying with the Marie Curie Actions mobility rules to carry out their post-doctoral research work in France;
  • Outgoing, for researchers already working in French research institutions and universities (French citizens or other nationalities) wishing to carry out a post-doctoral research project in another country
  • Re-integration, targeted at nationals of the EU Member States or Associated Countries working in research for at least 3 years in another Third Country to come to France to further develop their career.

Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue postdoctoral programme.

Study Subject: PRESTIGE is open to all scientific fields provided that each proposed research project is in compliance with the EU ethics rules. Co-financing partners may, however, limit the eligible scientific fields, according to their own prioritized thematic areas.

Scholarship Award: PRESTIGE is a co-financing programme, funding about 1/3 of the post-doc fellow’s living, mobility and research allowance, whiles the remaining 2/3 are financed by another partner, either public or private. PRESTIGE should help to strengthen and broaden various existing mobility initiatives, thus making both France and the European Research Area (ERA) more attractive to researchers.

Minimum Financial Conditions for Prestige Fellows

Incoming Outgoing Re-integration
Living allowance 37000 €/year 12000 €/year 40000 €/year
Research costs 2000 €/year 4720 €/year
Mobility costs 2000 €/year 10000 €/year 2800 €/year
Total 41000 €/year 22000 €/year* 47520 €/year

* The living allowance for Outgoing mobility is intended as amount paid in addition to the regular salary, as this scheme is for researchers who are already employees of French institutions

EU co-funding:

Researchers will be partly financed through PRESTIGE by a EU grant (roughly 1/3 of the salary) paid by Campus France to the host or sending institutions which commit themselves to finance the remaining amount. Please note that the actual grant amount will be prorated depending on the duration of the mobility.

Number of Scholarships: Not Known

Scholarship can be taken in the France

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for fellowship:

  • The applicant must be in possession of a doctoral degree or having at least 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent). Ph.D. students can apply provided that they will be in possession of their doctoral degree by the start of the post-doc mobility.
  • The applicant must comply with the Marie Curie Actions mobility rules (not have resided or carried out his/her main activity – work, studies, etc. – in the country of his/her host organization for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the application deadline)
  • The hosting/sending research institution must be in France
  • There is no age limit and no nationality requirement (although for the Re-integration mobility some restrictions apply)
  • The applicant should not already benefit grant from another EU grant
  • The applicant must provide a letter of recommendation from the host institution
  • The applicant must provide a commitment letter from the hosting/sending institution on the co-financing of his/her research mobility
  • The online application must be completed and sent by the relevant cut-off date
  • If selected for funding, the researcher must be paid from the hosting/sending institution at least the PRESTIGE minimum living, mobility and research allowance

Researchers must be Experienced Researchers (according to the terminology of Marie Curie Actions) in possession of a doctoral degree (or be awarded such a degree by the starting date of their mobility) or an equivalent research experience of 4 years and they may apply after a career break. Their proposals must fulfill all of the below-mentioned eligibility criteria if they are to be retained for evaluation. These criteria will be rigorously applied. A proposal can be declared ineligible, at any time, if it becomes clear that it does not meet the requirements.

  • Proposals must be received before the deadline for a specific cut-off date;
  • All fields of interest to the European Union are eligible for funding, except areas of research covered by the EURATOM Treaty;
  • For Incoming mobility: experienced researchers (permanent researchers as well as post-docs) from any country of the world. The mobility rule of the PEOPLE programme applies. At the time of the submission of proposals’ deadline, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline;
  • For Outgoing mobility: fellowships for researchers working in French research institutions and universities (French citizens or other nationalities). The other nationalities may originate from any country within Europe or from outside Europe;
  • For the Re-integration scheme: Member State or Associated Country nationals having carried out research in another Third Country for at least 3 years, to establish them in a longer-term career in France after this transnational mobility period;
  • Proposals must be complete and prepared in cooperation with a host institution. A letter of recommendation of the host organization, having checked the relevance of the proposal in terms of priorities (economic, regional, national), must be joined to the proposal.

Research topics are to be previously defined after a discussion between the host research unit/laboratory and the applicant. In the fellowship scheme, the choice of research topics and destination is free but may depend on regional priorities and on host organizations’ capabilities to ensure appropriate conditions of research.

A prior declaration signed by both the applicant and the host research unit/laboratory will have to be joined to the application declaring that research works to be undertaken will be in line with the ethical rules of the FP7 programme.

Nationality: PRESTIGE fellowships are open to applicants from any country.

Postdoctoral Scholarships

How to Apply: The mode of application is online.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The PRESTIGE Call for applications is open all year long with four cut-off dates:

  • 31/03
  • 30/06
  • 30/09
  • 31/12
  • http://www.prestige-postdoc.fr/
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Freigeist Fellowships for International Researchers in Germany, 2018

Freigeist Fellowships for International Researchers in Germany, 2018

Volkswagen Foundation is offering fellowship for international young researchers in all disciplines. Ten to fifteen fellowships for researchers will be awarded per year.The Freigeist funding initiative provides an opportunity for outstandingly qualified, creative and independent early career researchers to conduct their own research. It aims to encourage exceptional research personalities to embark on visionary, risk-taking research projects at the intersections between established fields of research.

The ‘Freigeist’ initiative builds upon the previous funding scheme for junior research groups and the Dilthey- and Schumpeter Fellowships which were terminated recently.

Their doctorate must have been obtained not longer than five years previously (with regard to the date of the defense relative to the deadline of the initiative).

Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing research programme at the university or research institution in Germany.

Study Subject(s): The ‘Freigeist’ scheme is deliberately open to all disciplines and topics.

Number of Awards: Ten to fifteen fellowships will be awarded per year.

Scholarship Award: Ten to fifteen fellowships will be awarded per year. The initial funding period is five years; depending on the field of research and career experience, projects in a total amount of up to 1,000,000 Euro can be applied for:

  • The Fellow’s position (salary scale TV-L 14, comparable to similar junior research group leaders)
  • Positions for scientific personnel (doctoral students, PostDocs)
  • Non-personnel costs relevant to the project (e. g. consumables, travel expenses, equipment)
    Important:
  • The Foundations does not grant any overheads.
  • In case the maximum amount of funding has not been fully taken up with the initial application, additional funds (so called modules) can be applied for during the course of the Fellowship to provide flexible support (e. g. for personnel, resources, sojourns abroad, cooperation measures, translations, workshops, stays at institutions representing other research fields). Applications for these modules should be submitted – if possible – within the context of annual reporting on the funded project.
  • A second funding period of up to three years may be provided. This requires a positive evaluation (by the Foundation), generally at the end of the fourth year, and a clear perspective for a permanent position for the Fellow at the host institution. The maximum funding for this second period amounts up to 400,000 Euro.

Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility: Anyone can apply who identifies with the goals of a ‘Freigeist’ Fellowship and whose proposed research project fits in with the aims pursued by the Freigeist initiative. Candidates must, however, conform to the following conditions:

  • Their doctorate must have been obtained not longer than five years previously (with regard to the date of the defense relative to the deadline of the initiative).
  • The Fellowship must from the outset be integrated within a university or an extra-mural research institution in Germany.
  • Candidates must already have changed their academic environment and moved to a new location – at the latest when starting the Fellowship. A return to the working context of the doctorate will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
  • A previously completed research sojourn abroad, at the latest integrated into the proposed research project.

Nationality: The funding scheme is open to early-stage researchers of all nationalities. 

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Their doctorate must have been obtained not longer than five years previously (with regard to the date of the defense relative to the deadline of the initiative).

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

International Fellowship

How to Apply: For each of the Foundation’s funding initiatives there is a separate sheet entitled ‘Information for Applicants’, in which you will find details of the framework conditions and requirements for content and form. Here you will also find practical tips on how to submit your application. Should you still have queries, you can always refer to the contact person named in these sheets. For information with regard to project proposals for the funding initiative ‘Off the Beaten Track’, you should contact the persons responsible for the corresponding disciplinary field. Applications must be filed electronically via the electronic application system.

Online Application

Application Deadline:  The next deadlines for applications is October 12, 2018.

https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/nc/en/funding/our-funding-portfolio-at-a-glance/freigeist-fellowships.html

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Eiffel Scholarships for International Students in France, 2018

Eiffel Scholarships for International Students in France, 2018

The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs offers Eiffel scholarships for international students annually. These scholarships are awarded for pursuing a master degree at French host higher education institutions and a PhD through a thesis joint supervision or co-tutorship with a foreign higher education institution partner.It helps to shape the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study, and encourages applications from emerging countries at master’s level, and from emerging and industrialized countries at PhD level.

The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme was established by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development to enable French higher education establishments to attract top foreign students to enrol in their master’s and PhD courses.

When pre-selecting non-French-speaking candidates, establishments must make sure that their language skills meet the requirements of the relevant course of study.

Course Level: French higher education institutions which submit candidates for Eiffel program, undertake to register them:

  • In courses leading to a master’s degree;
  • Either in an engineering degree
  • Either a doctorate in the framework of a cotutelle or joint supervision of a thesis with a foreign higher education institution partner.

Study Subject(s): The four major fields of study concerned by the Eiffel scholarships are:

  • The right ;
  • Economics and management;
  • Engineering sciences for the master’s level, sciences in the broad sense for the doctorate level (engineering sciences, exact sciences: mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences, nano and biotechnologies, earth sciences, of the Universe and the Environment, Science and Information Technologies and communication);
  • The political sciences.

Scholarship Award: 

  • Master level: Eiffel fellows receive a monthly allowance of 1.181 € (€ 1,031 maintenance allowance + € 150 monthly allowance), to which is added the direct support of several services:
    -An international transport ticket routing – repatriation;
    -Social protection Campus France for over 28s, the complementary health (mutual) for – 28 years old;
    -Cultural activities: They may also benefit, under certain conditions, from additional housing.
  • PhD level: Eiffel fellows receive a monthly allowance of € 1,400, which is added the direct support of several services:
    -An international transport ticket – repatriation (for students who would make multiple trips, one return trip will be taken care of);
    -Social protection Campus France for over 28s, the complementary health (mutual) for – 28 years old;
    -Cultural activities

Eligibility:

  • Nationality: this program is reserved for candidates of foreign nationality. The Bi-national candidates, one of whom is French, are not eligible.
  • Age: Master level, the candidate must be at least 30 years old on the committee date Selection ; that is, born the same day or after March 12, 1988. At the doctoral level, the candidate must be 35 years old or older on the date of the selection; that is, born the same day or after the 12th of March, 1983.
  • Origin of the files: only the candidatures transmitted by the establishments French are admissible. The latter undertake to register the winners in the training for which they have been selected. Applications submitted by other ways are not acceptable. In addition, a candidate presented by an institution will be rejected.
  • The formations concerned: are eligible candidates likely to integrate training leading to a master’s degree, including in school engineers, and doctoral candidates. The French formations relocated to abroad are not concerned. Training as part of an apprenticeship or professionalization contract are not eligible for the Eiffel Scholarships.
  • Cumulation of scholarships: foreign students already benefiting from a scholarship French Government under another program, at the time of the filing of the application, are not eligible, even if it is a fellowship that does not take into charge as social coverage.
  • Eiffel Master scholarship: the candidacy of a student whose file has not been retained during a previous selection is not admissible, even if this application is submitted by a different institution or in another field studies. The candidacy of a student who has already benefited from an Eiffel scholarship Master level is not acceptable for this same level.
  • Eiffel Doctoral Scholarship: institutions can present for a scholarship doctorate a candidate who has already benefited from an Eiffel scholarship at the master’s level. A candidate who has already benefited from an Eiffel scholarship as part of his doctorate is not not eligible once again for an Eiffel grant. The candidacy of a student whose the folder was not selected during a previous selection for this level is not not admissible, even if submitted by an institution different or in another field of study.
  • Language level: institutions that pre-select non-qualified candidates Francophones must ensure that their language level is adequate with the level required by the training. Students studying abroad have priority over those who already reside in France.

Nationality: International students (except French students) are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have their previous degree.

English Language Requirements: When pre-selecting non-French-speaking candidates, establishments must make sure that their language skills meet the requirements of the relevant course of study.

How to Apply:

  • French higher education establishments pre-select candidates for the Eiffel Programme from among the foreign students to whom they have offered a place on a course of study.
  •  The establishments complete and submit applications for these candidates online.1 They must make sure that the applications fulfil the Programme criteria. The total length of the course and any compulsory work placements in France 1 There is a different application form for each branch of the Programme. Page 5 of 6 or abroad must be clearly mentioned in the application. Each establishment can nominate no more than 40 candidates per field of study for a master’s scholarship. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
  • The establishments must send to Campus France, by 6 January 2017, by recorded post with acknowledgement of receipt, a list of the applications submitted online. This document must bear the establishment’s stamp and the signature of the head of the establishment (university president or principal), or his or her representative.

Application Deadline: Deadline for receipt of applications by Campus France is January 12, 2018.

http://www.campusfrance.org/en/eiffel

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Student Summer Research Fellowship for International Students at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, 2018

Student Summer Research Fellowship for International Students at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, 2018

The Computer Science Department at ETH Zurich is proud to offer Student Summer Research Fellowship for students from around the world. Fellowships will be competitively awarded every year to a number of applicants with excellent track records and an interest in research.ETH Zurich is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics university in the city of Zürich, Switzerland.Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Course Level: This is a Student Summer Research Fellowship programme. The program will take place from 1 July to 31 August 2018.

Study Subject: The program is committed to increasing diversity in the computer science area. Research opportunities are available in the following areas:

  • Algorithms and theory
  • Computer systems
  • Human-computer-interaction and cyber-physical systems
  • Information and system security
  • Machine learning
  • Information and system security
  • Programming languages and software engineering
  • Visual Computing

Scholarship Award: Fellows at ETH Zurich will receive a monthly stipend of about CHF1.750 to cover housing and living expenses. Travel and visa expenses will be covered. Students can claim the travel costs against receipts at the beginning of the program.

Number of Scholarships: Number of scholarship is not given.

Scholarship can be taken in the Switzerland

Eligibility: The Student Summer Research Fellowship program is open to all students who are:

  • At the beginning and for the duration of the program, at most one year away from completion of their Bachelor’s program or are registered in a Master’s program. Expected graduation date: January 2019 or later.
  • At the beginning and for the duration of the program, enrolled in a regular study program in computer science or a closely related field of study (e.g. electrical engineering, mathematics, physics)
  • In addition, please note that the duration of the fellowship covers the full two months of July and August. No exams and no travels outside the program.

Nationality: Applications for the programme are open to students across the globe.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: At the beginning and for the duration of the program, at most one year away from completion of their Bachelor’s program or are registered in a Master’s program.

English Language Requirements: Formal evidence is not required. You will need a good working knowledge of English in order to participate fully. Your language ability may be assessed during the interview.

How to Apply: Apply online

  • Please read the information on this page carefully and prepare all required documents before submitting your application online.
  • First, you need to register with SiROP (press CTRL+click to open in a new window)
  • To register search for your home university in the list provided or create an account using an email address.
  • After completing your SiROP registration, click the online application link below where you will find the «Apply now» button at the bottom of the linked SiROP page.

After clicking the «Apply now» button on the linked SiROP page you will be asked to fill in personal data and upload several documents:

  • Your CV. You may use any CV format you wish. If you feel uncertain, please feel free to use the Europass format.
  • Official academic transcript from your home university.
  • Letter of motivation/personal statement (max 1 page). Describe in your own words why you have chosen your proposed scientific area of research. Explain what you hope to accomplish by coming to ETH and how it will support your academic or professional goals and prepare you for a career in research. A good personal statement can be written in half a page and you should aim not to write more than a full A4 page. Lay it out carefully to make it easy to read.
  • A letter of recommendation by an academic referee. The referee can sign the recommendation, scan the letter and mail it directly to: SSR_Fellowship-at-inf.ethz.ch. Note that the reference letter needs to be sent by the referee to the e-mail address, not by the applicant himself/herself. Please indicate in the subject line “reference letter for first name and surname of student”. The deadline for reference letters is 15 February 2018 (12:00 p.m.).

Application Deadline: Scholarship application deadline is December 31, 2017.

https://www.ethz.ch/en/studies/non-degree-courses/summer-projects/ssr-fellowship.html

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Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship in Australia, 2018

Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship in Australia, 2018

 is pleased to offer scholarships for international students in 2018 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate degree program at Macquarie University.

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship provides a partial tuition fee scholarship for outstanding students to study at Macquarie University North Ryde campus. It has been designed to recognize academic excellence and provide financial assistance for international students.

Recognized internationally, Macquarie University is consistently ranked in the top two percent of universities in the world* and within the top 10 in Australia*.

Applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 for Postgraduate applications and minimum requirement of an ATAR equivalent of 90 out of 100 for undergraduate applications. All international students at Macquarie are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. Macquarie University requires the following as proof of meeting standard English language requirements (ie equal to IELTS 6.5)

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing an undergraduate and postgraduate degree at Macquarie University in Australia.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in all subjects available at the Macquarie University. Priority areas are Engineering, Environment, Human Science, Media, Linguistics, and Education).

Scholarship Award: The amount is varied up to AUD$10,000 and it will be applied towards their tuition fee.

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships do NOT provide financial support in the form of a living allowance, nor does it provide for the cost of visa application, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), airfares, accommodation, conferences or other costs associated with the study.

Scholarship can be taken in Australia

Eligibility: Applicants must:

      • Have citizenship of a country other than ASEAN*, an European^ country, Australia or New Zealand.
      • Have met the University’s academic and English requirements for the course to be considered for a scholarship (must hold a full offer of admission for North Ryde by the application deadline).
      • Have achieved a minimum GPA of 5.0 out of 7.0 for Postgraduate applications and minimum requirement of an ATAR equivalent of 90 out of 100 for Undergraduate applications.
      • Have applied for a program that is longer than one Session in duration.
      • Commence study in session and year indicated in the scholarship offer letter.
      • Have applied for a course which has a full-time study load.
      • Commence study in the semester and year indicated in their offer of Scholarship. Commencement may not be deferred.

Nationality: International students other than Australian or New Zealand students can apply for these partial scholarships.

Сollege Admission Requirement:

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 for Postgraduate applications and minimum requirement of an ATAR equivalent of 90 out of 100 for undergraduate applications.

Test Requirement: Not Required

English Language Requirements: All international students at Macquarie are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. Macquarie University requires the following as proof of meeting standard English language requirements (ie equal to IELTS 6.5)

International Scholarship

How to Apply: 

      • Applicants must complete an online course application form. Online course application will enable you to select your course and upload scanned copies of the required documents. Once your course application has been processed, you will receive a Macquarie University Student Number which is compulsory to submit the online scholarship application form.
      • Applicants must complete an online scholarship application form and type “Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship” in the Scholarship Name field.
      • Please note that applicants can only receive one scholarship.
      • Applicants applying for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship will not be required to submit Referee’s Report or a Statement of Purpose. Once you have completed the online scholarship application form, a confirmation email will be sent to you at your nominated email address. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline: Application deadline is January 31, 2018.

https://www.mq.edu.au/study/international-students/scholarships/details/vcis

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National University of Singapore Graduate School Scholarship (NGSS) for International Students, 2018-2019

National University of Singapore Graduate School Scholarship (NGSS) for International Students, 2018-2019

National University of Singapore is offering PhD scholarship for international students.  The NGS Scholarship is awarded to support talented students with an aptitude for innovative, high calibre PhD research.The NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS) is the home of cutting-edge PhD research at the forefront of science, engineering, and related aspects of medicine at NUS.Applicants must have at least 2nd Class Upper honours (or equivalent qualifications). Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing PhD programme at National University of Singapore.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in all subjects available at NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering (NGS).

Scholarship Award:  Monthly stipend, up to 4 years of the PhD studies, or up to date of graduation, whichever is earlier, of

  • S$3,500 for Singapore Citizens, plus Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions at a rate pegged to the prevailing employer’s contribution rate set by CPF
  • S$3,200 for Singapore Permanent Residents
  • S$3,000 for International students
  • Full tuition fee subsidy for 4 years.
  • Other allowances include: computer allowance, book allowance and conference allowance.
  • Student must commit to PhD from the outset, cannot exit with MSc.

Scholarship can be taken in Singapore

Eligibility:

      • Opens worldwide.
      • Graduates with a passion for cross-disciplinary research in science, engineering, computing, and related aspects of medicine.
      • Graduates with at least 2nd Upper Honours, or equivalent qualifications.
      • GRE is
        • Compulsory for all applicants, Please note it cannot be substituted by GATE.
        • Compulsory for NUS and NTU Masters students and graduates.
        • Only waived for NUS and NTU Bachelor degree holders and final-year undergraduates.
        • Native tongueTOEFL / IELTS (either can be used) is only compulsory for applicants whose
        • Medium of undergraduate instruction is not in English

Nationality: Students from any country can apply for this NGS scholarship.National University of Singapore

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have at least 2nd Class Upper honours (or equivalent qualifications).

Test Requirement: GRE is compulsory for all students who are applying from overseas. Please take the GRE General Test.

English Language Requirements:

      • TOEFL is compulsory (only applicable for applicants whose native tongue or medium of undergraduate instruction is not in English).
      •  Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Singapore Scholarship  

How to Apply: Please follow the application instructions

Important

        • Only online applications
        • You must also complete a critical Google Questionnaire.
        • Your application is only considered COMPLETE after you
          • Submit your PDF dossier
          • Submit your hardcopy package
          • Complete and submit  your Google Questionnaire

Before

  • The application deadline.
  • Please refer to the application instructions here for comprehensive details.

For NGS Scholarship – specific enquiries, please contact Ms Anuradha Chandra <ngsack-at-nus.edu.sg>.

Online Application

Application Deadline: The application deadline is December 15, 2017.

http://www.nus.edu.sg/ngs/NGSS.html

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Tunable infrared photodetectors based on 2D materials

Tunable infrared photodetectors based on 2D materials

 Engineering Physics, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal

Project Description

Context:
The Laboratory for Nanostructured and Molecular Photonics (http://www.polymtl.ca/lnmp/en) is seeking outstanding students to work on the development of infrared photodetectors based on nanostructured black phosphorus. Black phosphorus is a stable allotrope of phosphorus with a layered structure that can be exfoliated, like graphene, down to a single monolayer. It possesses several distinctive features: remarkably high carrier mobilities, an anisotropic band structure, and a direct bandgap to efficiently absorb light. Most importantly, it shows two characteristics unmatched by any other 2D or bulk materials: a tunable direct bandgap from the mid-infrared to the visible via the sample thickness and the ability to dynamically tune the gap through an applied electric field.

Project:
In partnership with Excelitas Technologies, a global leader in optoelectronic components, the Laboratory for Nanostructured and Molecular Photonics is seeking graduate student applications for the development of efficient and tunable photodectors based on exfoliated layers of ultrathin black phosphorus and black phosphorus quantum dots. This project will involve photodetector design, exfoliation and/or synthesis of nanostructured black phosphorus, device fabrication and characterization.

Relevant skills:
Students with backgrounds in Physics, Electrical Engineering and Materials Science/Chemistry are invited to apply. Skills relevant to these projects include an excellent understanding of semiconductor device physics, 2D materials, optical spectroscopy, inorganic synthesis, and micro/nano-fabrication. Previous experience in any of these areas will be considered assets for the project.

Funding:
PhD studentships will be fully-funded for the duration of the project. Outstanding students will be encouraged for prestigious provincial (FRQNT PBEEE) and national fellowships (NSERC Vanier).

About the group:
The Laboratory for Nanostructued and Molecular Photonics is led by Prof. Stéphane Kéna-Cohen, the Canada Research Chair in Hybrid and Molecular Photonics. It is currently composed of 6 graduate students and 1 post-doctoral researcher. The group is active in the development of optoelectronic devices based on novel materials as well as quantum optics. The Lab is already equipped with extensive equipment for device fabrication, device characterization and optical spectroscopy. It is also in the process of a major infrastructure acquisition project. Moreover, group members have access to the Polytechnique’s Microfabrication Laboratory, a cleanroom equipped with state-of-the-art photolithography, etching and electron-beam lithography tools.

Polytechnique Montréal:
Polytechnique Montréal is located in Montreal, Canada—the world’s best city for students according to the QS rankings. Polytechnique is a flagship of engineering in the province of Québec and also one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the 3rd largest Engineering faculty in terms of research funding in Canada. In keeping with its mission since 1873, it has trained nearly 46,000 engineers, specialists and researchers. Polytechnique has strong activities in Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, an area where, in partnership with the University of Montreal, it has invested more than 150M$ towards developing world-class infrastructure and trained over 400 graduate students since 2010.

How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to contact Prof. Kéna-Cohen and include their CV, transcripts and cover letter. e-mail:

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=90621&Email=1
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Development of Soft Sensors for the manufacturing of drug-eluting implants

Development of Soft Sensors for the manufacturing of drug-eluting implants

  • Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Precision Engineering, Materials and Manufacturing (PEM) Research Centre, Institute of Technology, Sligo

Project Description

Medical implants are increasingly seeing the incorporation of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) to reduce implant site complications and improve biocompatibility. Such molecules include antibacterial drugs, immunosuppressive drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs, or APIs that in various ways stimulate cellular proliferation and tissue regeneration. Implant materials suited for drug release purposes are typically bioresorbable polymers such as polylactic acid (PLA) which degrade over time into non-toxic byproducts while slowly but continuously releasing the drug trapped within its matrix. Ideally the polymer provides initial mechanical support (e.g. cardiovascular stent, bone fixation screw etc.) and degrades completely over time as the host tissue heal and the implant is no longer required.
The incorporation of drug into polymer can be done in a number of different ways but Hot Melt Extrusion (HME) has a number of advantages over other methods including: enhanced bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs; fewer processing steps; less scale-up issues resulting in a shorter development time; possible automation of the production line; reduction of production costs and waste; a reduced time to market; less product variability and improved product quality.
However HME of such devices is still complex and expensive with long development times — not only in the formulation of the product but also in identifying suitable process conditions and adapting to variations between batches of raw materials. Processing conditions affect the degradation of the polymer, degradation of the drug, drug-polymer interaction, dispersion of the API, the crystallinity of the drug and other factors critical to mechanical properties and drug release behaviour. The effect of process settings on these factors are not well understood and the industry is still dominated by off-line quality testing in a laboratory with very slow feedback to adjusting the process parameters.
The proposed research targets this knowledge gap by aiming to use on-line process measurements, including Process Analytical Technology (PAT) to predict key final product quality characteristics in real-time during processing using mathematical modelling techniques. The successful candidate will research a variety of process sensors; set-up a data acquisition system; run plant trials; carry out a variety of product characterisation tests in the lab and explore modelling techniques capable of predicting the product quality from the available in-process data. Multivariate analysis and machine learning techniques will be explored as appropriate.
Research questions to be addressed:
1. How do extrusion processing parameters affect the quality of extruded bioresorbable API-loaded medical implants?
2. Can in-process Raman and/or NIR spectroscopy data yield real-time insight to the structure and properties of the drug-polymer systems for the production of such implants?
3. Is it possible to use this data, with or without other process data, to predict final product quality metrics in real-time with similar accuracy to conventional off-line laboratory testing?
The outcomes of the research have the potential to reduce development time and costs of new innovative medical devices with ultimate benefits to patients.
https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=90529&Email=1
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Avancez Scholarships at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, 2018

Avancez Scholarships at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, 2018

The Chalmers University of Technology will award a number of scholarships funded by the Chalmers Foundation. Scholarships are available to all citizens from non-EU/EEA countries who are liable to pay tuition fees for Swedish university education.The selection is based on the applicants’ relative academic excellence, which primarily includes weighted average grade but also home university’s stature (including position on global ranking lists) and priority order of the application for Chalmers Master’s programmes.

Chalmers is a highly progressive university situated in Gothenburg, Sweden. From this beautiful and dynamic part of the world we have become known locally and globally for education, research and innovation with a wide range of applications.

Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing master degree at Chalmers University of Technology.

Study Subject: The field/s of study to which the scholarships will be awarded is determined annually by the University President. For the academic year 2018/19 the field of study is unrestricted, but it will be distributed according to targeted areas of education determined by the university management, based on the total number of applicants per each area of education from previous academic year.

Number of Scholarships: A number of scholarships are available.

Scholarship Award: 

  • A 75% reduction of the tuition fees (4 semesters/2 year programme)
  • Students who excel during their first year of studies may receive an increased reduction, which covers 85% of the tuition fees during the second and final year of studies
  • No funds are transferred to the scholarship laureates

Scholarship can be taken in Sweden

Eligibility:  

  • Citizens from non-EU/EEA countries who are required to pay tuition fees for Swedish University education.
  • 1st year Master’s programme applicants

Nationality: Non-EU/EEA countries are eligible to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have their previous degree.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Sweden Scholarships

How to Apply:  The scholarship application portal is now open for the academic year 2018/19.

Preparation
  • Apply for a Master’s programme
  • Scholarship applications will only be processed after the corresponding online application for Master’s programmes at universityadmissions.se has been completed, including having submitted all the required documentation verifying your eligibility and having paid the application fee. Only applicants fulfilling the eligibility requirements for the Master’s programmes applied for are considered for a scholarship.
  • Rank your programme: The ranking of the Master’s programmes that you applied for (no. 1 to 4) is crucial for the assessment of your scholarship application. To maximize your chances of being offered a scholarship from Chalmers you should select a Chalmers programme as your number one priority.
  • Scholarship application: The scholarship application has to be made online and it consists of two steps. We encourage you to apply for scholarships as soon as possible, but no later than 16 January 2017, since this will greatly expedite the assessment process. However, there is no correlation between how early an application is made and the likelihood of receiving a scholarship.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is January 15,  2018.

http://www.chalmers.se/en/education/fees-finance/Pages/Avancez-Scholarships.aspx

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Ghent University’s Russia Platform Short-term Fellowship Program in Belgium, 2018

Ghent University’s Russia Platform Short-term Fellowship Program in Belgium, 2018

With this call, the Ghent University’s Russia Platform invites ambitious researchers to apply for Short-term Fellowship programme for the academic session of 2018. The Russian Platform aims to host three visiting fellows every year.The aim of the fellowships is to coordinate, facilitate and stimulate cooperation with Russia and knowledge about Russia in the field of education, research and service to society.

Ghent University is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. Ghent is one of the largest Flemish universities, consisting of 41,000 students and 9,000 staff members.

Course Level:  These fellowships are available to pursue research.

Study Subject: These fellowships are awarded in the following fields:

  • 1 scholarship for a research stay at one of the following faculties: Arts & Philosophy, Law & Criminology, Economics & Business Administration, Psychology & Educational Sciences, Political & Social Sciences
  • 1 scholarship for a research stay at one of the following faculties: Sciences, Engineering & Architecture, Bioscience Engineering, Medicine & Health Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • 1 scholarship for a research stay at any of the faculties above

 Scholarship Award: These fellowships will cover the followings:

  • These fellowships include a grant of 2000 € for a minimum stay of one month, which is meant to cover (part of the) travel costs, housing and living expenditures. The visiting scholars will be given an office space and access to facilities (such as the library) as a Ghent University visitor.

Number of Scholarships: Three fellowships are available.

Scholarship can be taken in Belgium

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The Russian Platform Fellowships are geared towards scholars who have earned their doctoral degree and who are affiliated with a Russia based higher education or research institution.

Nationality: Russian applicants are eligible for these fellowships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement:  Applicants must have doctoral degree.

English Language Requirement: Applicants must have an excellent command of English.

Research Fellowship

How to Apply: Applicants can apply via email.

  • Personal information
  • A cover letter, in which you indicate the mobility period and the research group you would like to be affiliated with and in which you motivate how your current and future research would benefit from a research stay at Ghent University
  • A research plan (research objectives, methods and materials, a work plan for the intended visit, possible long-term cooperation plans, bibliography, …) of max. 2500 words
  • A list of your five most important publications and a 250 words explanation for each of those publications why you consider them your most important publications
  • Your signature and the signature of the UGent promotor
  • Your CV (max 2 pages) in annexe to the application form

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is November 30, 2017.

https://www.ugent.be/russiaplatform/en/funding/overzicht.htm

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