2017 Boren Awards: Funding for Language Study & Research Abroad

The application for the 2017 Boren Awards is now open at www.borenawards.org!

Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language-focused study abroad.

The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate-level research, and academic internships abroad.

Webinars on aspects of the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the fall and spring. Sign up today at www.borenawards.org/webinars.html. Additional information on preferred countries, languages, and fields of study can be found at www.borenawards.org.

Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed in a directory on the website, for institution-specific guidance. They may also contact Boren Awards staff directly at 1‑800‑618‑NSEP or boren@iie.org.

Science and Research Opportunities in India Young Investigators Meeting – Chicago

The Science and Research Opportunities in India (Sci-ROI, http://home.sci-roi.org/) organizing committee is pleased to extend an invitation to the Young Investigators Meeting – Chicago (YIM-C, http://www.winstepforward.org/yimc2016) from October 21st- 23rd, 2016. Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, The Hon’ble Consul General of India, Chicago, will be launching the event on Friday, October 21st at the Indian Consulate. The event is co-hosted by the University of Chicago On Saturday, Oct 22nd and Sunday, Oct. 23nd.

Please do not hesitate to email us at info@sci-roi.org if you have any questions.

CLICK HERE for the event schedule.


Global Executive Council Job Fair – Skokie

Skokie Job Fair

Job Opening for Executive Director of the African Philanthropy Forum (APF)


APF is a non-profit organization which inspires, equips and strengthens the work of African philanthropists and social investors who are committed to inclusive and sustainable economic development throughout the African continent. It organizes regional and continent-wide convenings of African philanthropists, offers match-making and capacity support services, and engages with the media to raise the profile of philanthropy in Africa.

APF was incubated by the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), based in California from 2014 to 2016, and will establish a formal presence on the African Continent in early 2017 under the leadership of the new Executive Director and reporting to an independent board. It is anticipated that, once established as an independent entity, the APF will serve as the African affiliate of the GPF.

This position will be based in a major African city. The Executive Director will manage a small team of local staff and volunteers and report to a distinguished Board of Directors.
The successful candidate must reside on the Continent (absolutely no exceptions). Apply by Oct. 15th for priority consideration.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Board to develop and implement comprehensive strategies and goals for APF
  • Build and manage a world-class team that will deliver APF’s programs and services
  • Oversee the program design and execution of the 2017 APF Conference in Africa
  • Establish and manage an affiliate relationship with the Global Philanthropy Forum; establish and manage strategic relationships as appropriate with local and international partners, such as relevant social sector organizations, networks of emerging leaders and financial advisory services working with HNWIs in Africa
  • Raise funds to ensure organizational sustainability, develop and manage APF’s budget and ensure transparency and efficient use of the organization’s financial and non-financial resources
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the APF, representing the organization at local and international events
  • Build and manage the APF brand and interface with local and international media
  • Provide regular reports on APF’s progress to board members, funders, supporters and other stakeholders

Personal Qualities:

  • A person of high integrity and moral courage
  • An experienced project manager with experience in leading high performing teams
  • A skilled negotiator and fundraiser, familiar with non-profit fundraising
  • An excellent communicator, both oral and written, capable of engaging local and international partners at a senior level on program and organizational initiatives
  • Flexible multi-tasker with good time management skills
  • Passion for African development and commitment to transforming the Continent

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ professional work experience with managerial experience
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic sector and philanthropic practices in Africa
  • Proven experience  and/or willingness to work in start-up environments
  • Experience in building organizations, leading agile teams
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Experience in program planning and delivery and measurement & evaluation
  • Strong analytical skills and a proven track record of leadership and team coordination
  • Practical knowledge of proposal writing, grant sourcing and donor management


Application Process

Please send your resume and a cover letter as an attachment to nnwuneli@philanthropyforum.org  Please include your name and “APF Executive Director” in the subject line. Preference will be given to resumes received by October 15, 2016 but applications will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is found.

Invitation to the launch party of France Alumni USA

An international platform France Alumni USA is being launched by the French Embassy and Campus France to promote networking among people who have studied, done research or an internship in France.

If you have spent a part of your studies in France whether for higher education, short or long study abroad program, research, internship or language courses, we would love for you to be part of this new global France Alumni network. Members have access to job and internship offers, invitations to special events organized for alumni, networking opportunities, and resources to value their experience in France. This is a place to create and explore new opportunities and reconnect with others.

We invite participants who have studied in France or will be going soon to the Chicago launch party France Alumni USA to locally meet and exchange with peers. The party will be held on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at 6:00pm.

Free event but RSVP required.

Come to get back the French Feel!

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Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) 2017 Application

The Japan Information Center is pleased to announce that applications for the Japanese Government’s 2017 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program are now available!

The online application is available here: https://www.jetapplication.com. The deadline is Friday, November 18th. We would appreciate it if you could share this information with your students and colleagues!

We will also be holding a JET Program Information Session on Saturday, October 8th, from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM in downtown Chicago (737 N. Michigan Avenue, 7th Floor – please note the entrance to the building is on Chicago Avenue). JET Program Staff and Alumni will be on hand to discuss living and working in Japan as a JET and how to be a successful applicant. The Information Session is open to anyone, and no registration is needed.

International Lecture Series “Survivor’s Truths: Recovery in Post-Conflict Liberia

The Office of International Affairs and the UIC Great Cities Institute came together to host an International Lecture Series event “Survivor’s Truths: Recovery in Post-Conflict Liberia.” People from both east and west campuses as well as people from the surrounding community came to hear the lecture by Mr. Cooper Vuku, the Country Director of Survivor’s Truths Liberia. The event was held Thursday September 22nd in CUPPA Hall from 12:00-1:30pm.

Survivor’s Truths is a 501(c)3 organization which strives to bring together the best of social service, new media, and advocacy strategy to support groups affected by violence and discrimination. They do this by partnering with groups already providing services in the community.

Mr. Cooper Vuku with attendees from both the east and west campus as well as people from the larger community.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Webinars

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships 2017 application season webinars for undergraduate and graduate students start on Monday, September 19. Even if you attended information sessions last year, it is a good idea to participate as our new presentation has been reorganized to highlight the principal selection criteria.

Boren Fellowships (for graduate students and those applying to grad school)
First General Information webinar2:00-3:00 PM EDT on Monday, September 19

 Boren Scholarships (for undergraduate students)
First General Information webinar4:00-5:00 PM EDT on Monday, September 19

Click here register for the other 2017 season webinars. Upcoming webinars cover specific aspects of the application, tips for writing the essays, and Boren alumni panels. We will also have special webinars on the African Flagship Languages Initiative, the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative, and sessions for ROTC cadets and midshipmen.

Start your application for the 2017 Boren Awards today at www.borenawards.org!

Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages and conduct research in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

U.S. Department of State Franklin Fellows Program

Some of our most successful Franklin Fellows come from the academic community.  Some are recent PhD recipients.  Many are faculty members on sabbatical leave who bring specialized knowledge and expertise to State and to USAID for one to two years.  The Franklin Fellowship is not a research position per se – rather, Fellows are immersed in the experience of Washington tradecraft.  Fellows have made major contributions in critically important areas; almost all report that their Fellowship experience was professionally and personally rewarding.


A few examples:

Ø  In what he described as “an absolutely extraordinary experience,” a Catholic University professor provided key insights on Ukraine in the Secretary’s Office of Policy Planning.

Ø  A Purdue University professor was Science Advisor to the Bureau of African Affairs, helping AF to cope with the challenges of climate change, desertification, and energy.

Ø  A professor at BYU writes “I use [the Fellowship experience] every day in the courses I teach, in the articles I write, and in the policy analysis that I do as a political scientist.”

Ø  A senior advisor to the president of a major state university helped launch the Secretary’s Global Partnerships Initiative.

Ø  A professor from the Midwest serving with EUR brings expertise in evaluating how the religious dimensions of the migrant crisis are impacting European society.


The Department of State runs vacancy announcements on www.USAJOBS.gov  three or four times annually (watch for the next vacancy announcement on/about September 30).  Note that fellows must be U.S. citizens; the fellowships are uncompensated – financial support is arranged by the fellows. The Franklin Fellows staff is always happy to speak with you or academics you send our way.  Our contacts:


E-mail:            FranklinFellowsProgram@state.gov

Phone:            (202) 261-8944

Internet:         https://careers.state.gov/work/fellowships/franklin-fellows

Facebook:       DOSCareers

Linked In:      U.S. Department of State Company Page

JNC Awards for Faculty

The Nuveen Center for International Affairs is accepting applications for the AY 2016-2017 International Development Fund. This competition is open to all UIC faculty.

We are pleased to announce that ten $1,000.00 awards will be available for AY 2016-17.  These awards are intended to encourage international program development at UIC by supporting faculty in activities that will result in an internationally enriched academic environment.  Typically, proposals may involve but need not be limited to:

  • the initiation, strengthening, or expansion of collaborative programs; and
  • student and faculty exchanges, fellowships, and development programs.

The deadline for this competition is:  Friday, October 21, 2016.  Notification of the results will be emailed thirty (30) days following the application deadline date.

For additional information, please contact Nora Bonnin in the Office of International Affairs at nbonni1@uic.edu or (312) 996-5455

Applications should be sent to:

International Development Fund
John Nuveen Center for International Affairs (m/c 590)
509 University Hall
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7128

IDF_Faculty_AY16-17 Application