Monthly archives: September, 2016

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: 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!

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  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:



Phone:            (202) 261-8944


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 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

JNC Awards for Academic Units

The John Nuveen Center for International Affairs is accepting applications for the AY 2016-2017 International Development Fund for Academic Units.  We are pleased to announce that five awards will be available for AY 2016-2017.   This competition is open to all UIC academic units.

These awards are intended to encourage international program development at UIC by supporting units in activities that will result in an internationally enriched academic environment. Typically, proposals may involve, but need not be limited to presentations or round table discussions that include international components either because of the topic or because of the presenters.  Proposals may include campus programs of distinctive international component. The proposal will show evidence of the activity as initiation, strengthening, or expansion of a program or enriching the educational experience of the student population.

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

The deadline for this competition is: October 21, 2016

Applications should be sent to:

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

IDFU 16 17 application

Chicago Consular Corps (CCC) Scholarship

 UIC students are invited to apply for the CCC Scholarship for the academic year 2016-2017. Fifteen successful applicants will each receive $1,000.00. Thirteen scholarships are available to UIC international degree seeking students. Two scholarships are available to full time, degree seeking American students. Eligible are UIC undergraduates and graduate students from all fields. Eligibility for the scholarship is limited to students who have a minimum cumulative UIC GPA of 3.5/4.0

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS Friday, September 30, 2016

Only complete applications will be considered. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all parts of the application are received.

Apply through UIC SnAP! At

The following checklist will make it easier for you to complete your application:
  1. Academic Reference Form: The form must be completed by a college/university level professor/instructor and submitted through UIC SnAP app.
  2. Listing of academic awards or honors; clubs, activities and offices held; previous study/travel abroad; internships or volunteer work; and employment. This item can be a formal resume or similar document, which enables you to provide a description of yourself and your achievements in addition to the listing of courses and grades provided by your academic record (your transcript). There is no particular format required.
  3. A Statement of Goals (maximum of 500 words) explaining your academic and career goals, including any international aspects of such goals.
  4. For domestic students: Photocopy of applicant’s US passport page to include name, city of origin, and expiration date or another form of official ID. (uploaded into SnAP!)
  5. For foreign students: Photocopy of applicant’s passport page to include name, country and city of origin, & expiration date and copy of applicant’s foreign student visa page. (uploaded into SnAP!)

You will be notified about the status of your application after 10/01/2016.
Awardees are asked to participate of the CCC Award Ceremony to be held on mid-November at UIC.


International Lecture Series “Survivor’s Truths”

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Shwarzman Scholarship


Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.The program gives the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Students  live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies

Students  spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future

What are the important Schwarzman Scholars application dates?

Applicants who hold passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao will apply online from March 23 to June 15, 2016. Finalists will be notified before July 1, and will attend interviews to be held at Tsinghua University in Beijing, July 6-9. Final admissions decisions for Chinese Schwarzman Scholars will be announced before October 1, 2016.

Applicants holding a passport from any other country, will apply between April 15, 2016 and September 15, 2016. The application, including all supporting documentation such as references for currently enrolled undergraduate students, is due September 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST.

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