UIC AY16-17 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Miiri Kotche

OIA is pleased to inform that Dr. Miiri Kotche has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award in the field of bio engineering in Finland. Her research focuses on user-centered product design that intersects technology and health care delivery. The results of her research will be used to further prepare UIC students to be global engineers in medical device design.

Visit the UIC News post for more information here: http://news.uic.edu/uic-bioengineer-receives-fulbright-to-study-in-finland

For an example of Dr. Kotche’s work, see here: https://news.uic.edu/east-meets-west-designing-medical-products


UIC AY16-17 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Joanna Michel

OIA is pleased to inform that Dr. Joanna Michel has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study The Role of Cultural Keystone Species in the Wellbeing of Displaced Women and their Families in Medellin, Colombia

Her research focuses on the intense process of internal displacement and rural-to-urban migration experienced during the past fifty years of armed conflict in Colombia. Ninety-three percent (93%) of the displaced population has been relocated to urban centers. As a result, over 70% of the Colombian population currently resides in urban areas. Adaptation to new environments is a multifaceted process and one poorly understood as it relates to culturally important plant species, also known as cultural keystone species, or CKS used for nutritional and medicinal purposes. This Fulbright sponsored research takes place in the city of Medellin; the second largest city in Colombia with a current population of over 2.5 million inhabitants. This a collaborative endeavor between the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Universidad de Antioquia. Research will occur over a four month period and will combine qualitative public health and ethnobotanical field methods to conduct interviews and focus groups with female heads of households living in some of Medellin’s  poorest neighborhoods.

The overarching objectives for this research are to:

(1) Explore the role of women in internally displaced urban communities in Medellin, specifically the roles that they play in taking care of their families’ health care needs.

(2) Document and identify culturally important plants, or cultural keystone species- CKS, mentioned by women to take care of themselves and their families.

(3) Understand the effects of urban relocation on access and utilization of CKS.

(4) Evaluate the impact of urban gardens on women’s overall wellbeing and sense of place, as well as related changes to diet and plant-based medical practices .

The movement of refugees and internally displaced populations into urban areas continues to escalate across the globe. This study will contribute new information about the unique cultural beliefs and health needs of rural-to-urban displaced women and children in Colombia, and the role of culturally important plants and community gardens in improving their health and wellbeing. Such information can be used to inform public and private public health agencies about the needs of displaced populations, and promote the inclusion of female heads of households in community health programming and the formation of sustainable urban communities.

See below for a gallery of images provided by Dr. Michel.


New Fulbright-ENS Rennes Award

Fulbright is offering a new exciting grant to France in partnership with ENS Rennes. There are two fully-funded awards for American students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree at ENS Rennes, one in the social sciences/humanities and the other in the hard sciences. The award is for one year renewable, conditional upon good academic results during the first year, and includes a tuition waiver plus monthly maintenance allowance.

Fulbright-ENS Rennes Awards Flyer

Click here for the Fulbright France Website

Fulbright U.S Student Program


[MEXT Scholarship] Research Applications Available

The Japan Information Center is delighted to announce that applications for the 2018 Japanese Government MEXT Research Student Scholarship are now available! This scholarship provides for college graduates to conduct an independent research project at a university in Japan under the supervision of a professor for 18 to 24 months. Any field of study is eligible for the scholarship, but applicants must find a professor at a Japanese university willing to supervise their research.

“Being able to further my education in Japan has truly been an experience of a lifetime.” -Catherine Shasteen, MEXT Research Scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo (click the link to read Ms. Shasteen’s full account)

The application is available online at the Japan Information Center website under the “Research” header: http://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/mext.html.  Applications are due on Friday, June 2nd. Those who pass the initial application screening will be asked to sit for an interview and Japanese language exam on Thursday, June 15th. Final selection will come from MEXT in February, with scholarship recipients departing for Japan in April or September of 2018.

For more information, please see the MEXT Scholarship website, or the Study in Japan website (http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/).


2017 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship

The MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship application is now available. This scholarship offers current undergraduate students majoring in Japanese Language, Japanese Literature, Japanese Studies, or Japanese Culture an opportunity to deepen their understanding through academic study at one of several universities in Japan.

Applications, Guidelines, and a FAQ are currently available online at the MEXT Scholarship website under the “Japanese Studies” header:
http://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/mext.html

Applications are due Friday, February 24th. Those who pass the initial Application screening will be asked to sit for an interview and Japanese language exam on Friday, March 3rd. Final selection will come from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in June with scholarship recipients departing for Japan in September of 2017.


ThinkSwiss Scholarship Program

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships 2017

ThinkSwiss is an official scholarship program managed by the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. The program is funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, Canada. The aim of the program is to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for American and Canadian students and to foster the exchange between Swiss, U.S., and Canadian universities and research institutions.

Please see attached PDFs for more details.

US Embassy ThinkSwiss 2017 Flier

2017 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship Application Information


Apply Now to the 2017 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program!

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education provides grants to K-12 and postsecondary educators to study and travel abroad?

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides short-term seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Each seminar features educational lectures and activities specifically designed for the group, including visits to local schools and organizations, meetings with teachers and students, and visits to cultural sites. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new, cross-cultural curricula for their classrooms and school systems back in the U.S.

In 2017, summer programs will be offered in Bulgaria, Chile, and Thailand. A total of 48 awards are available (sixteen per program). The program covers airfare, room and board, and program costs. Teacher participants are responsible for a cost-share of $600.

2017 Seminars Application NOW AVAILABLE

The 2017 Seminars Abroad application is now available on the G5 website at www.g5.gov.

If you are a new user, click “Sign Up” on the G5 Homepage. Once registered and activated, click on “Package Submission” under Grant Setup. Follow the steps provided, filling out the forms and uploading the necessary files. See the Application package for more detailed directions.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

In order to be eligible for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Must have at least 3 years of full-time teaching or administrative experience by time of departure
  • Must be currently employed full-time in a U.S. school, institution of higher education, Local Educational Agency, State Educational Agency, library, or museum as a teacher/ administrator
  • Must be an educator in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences (this criterion does not apply to administrators)
  • Must work at the grade level of the seminar
  • Must be physically and psychologically able

Application deadline is December 28, 2016.

Webinar: Application Technical Assistance, December 5

Join us for a webinar at 2:00pm ET on December 5, 2016, for technical assistance in preparing your Seminars Abroad application. IFLE staff will provide webinar attendees with guidance on how to use the G5 electronic application system, prepare a competitive application, and troubleshoot technical issues.

In order for the webinar to best serve the needs of all applicants, please submit any questions regarding the competition and application in advance to Maria Chang (maria.chang@ed.gov) so that we can be sure to address them during the session.

When:  Wednesday, December 5, 2016 (2:00pm – 3:00pm ET)
How to Participate:  Register online at http://ow.ly/sgWU306cTQa


Spring 2017 Arabic Research Internship

The Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution is pleased to announce the opening of a Spring 2017 Arabic Research Internship position. Responsibilities will include providing Arabic and English-language research support and programmatic and administrative assistance to staff and scholars in the Center for Middle East Policy. This is a paid internship position; applicants with strong Arabic-language skills are preferred.

To learn more about the position, please visit:http://brook.gs/2ehTT7e.

If you have any questions, please email  MIddleEastPolicy@brookings.edu.


Leadership opportunity at the United Nations, World Bank, US Congress, etc. for students of University of Illinois – Chicago

About 1800 young leaders from more than 120 countries participated in the International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA) last year from throughout the US and the world.

Besides constant interaction with diverse, accomplished colleagues, delegates will have the opportunity to engage with globally significant leaders and institutions, such as the World Bank, U.S Congress, U.S State Department, Embassies, National Constitution Center, and the United Nations.

IYLA 2017
Moral and Innovative Leadership
Washington D.C., Philadelphia & New York August 7-17 Online Application (https://www.123contactform.com/form-2228230/)
Flyer (http://media.wix.com/ugd/a6c656_0d0e778769124912a440b885e1571a7b.pdf)
Take a look at 2016 Highlights!
http://www.iyla.info/program
Global Summit at the World Bank
http://www.iyla.info/program
Global Summit at the UN General Assembly http://www.iyla.info/program Sustained Dialogue Training

http://www.iyla.info/program
Briefing with the UN Chief of Cabinet
http://www.iyla.info/program
Design Thinking Seminar at UPENN
http://www.iyla.info/program
IBM Necessary Leadership Training

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** 2016 Program Report (http://media.wix.com/ugd/a6c656_38c2d68bf5a94546bce16556c108088a.pdf)
** (http://www.un.org/pga/180815_statement-international-young-leaders-assembly/)
Statement from UN General Assembly President

** (http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sgsm17985.doc.htm)
Statement from UN Secretary-General,
Ban Ki-moon

Video Messages
** (https://www.facebook.com/iyla0/videos/490118311157795/)
UN Secretary-General’s  Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi

** (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unqhHSC2Ygg&list=PLAnaPlbKzAZH90T8ShIkHdNFgTkMXljhZ&index=6)
UN ECOSOC President

Here’s what the participants say:
“IYLA is really amazing! It helped me further develop my leadership skills and has expanded my social circle. I got to interact with people of different race and aspirations.”
–Anna Loraine Uy, Philippines Delegate

“I love that we get to practice what we’ve been learning and studying ourselves as young professionals; being able to say, ‘Okay, let’s test it out on this international stage.”
–Natalie Gray, USA Delegate

“Really powerful feeling to be able to go to Capitol Hill and deliver a speech.”
–Lim Wensi, Singapore Delegate
What about 2015 Participants?

** International Young Leaders Assembly USA 2015-Video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDulm8VcYRc)

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** (https://twitter.com/IYLAinfo)
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Our mailing address is:
9320 Annapolis Rd. Suite 100, Lanham
Maryland, 20706. United States
Contact us:
Tel: ** 202.688.5959 (tel:202.688.5959)
Fax: ** 888.688.4085 (tel:888.688.4085)
Email: ** info@iyla.info (mailto:info@iyla.info)


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.