[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:

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.


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!
Global Summit at the World Bank
Global Summit at the UN General Assembly http://www.iyla.info/program Sustained Dialogue Training

Briefing with the UN Chief of Cabinet
Design Thinking Seminar at UPENN
IBM Necessary Leadership Training

** 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)

** (https://www.facebook.com/iyla0)
** (https://twitter.com/IYLAinfo)
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** (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJPSc6DBRZD5fVcmhutHDog)
Copyright © *2016 International Young Leaders Assembly, All rights reserved.
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.

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.