• Position title: DIRECTOR & TREASURER
  • Grade: EL-5
  • Position N°: 50000891
  • Reference: ADB/ 14/080
  • Publication date: 29/12/2014
  • Closing date: 26/01/2015


The Treasurer of the African Development Bank Group oversees the following critical functions: mobilize funds from capital markets for the Bank’s activities; develop investment strategies and manage the liquidity of the Bank Group; manage the banking relationships and effect payments authorized; and develop new financial products and provide related services in support of the Bank Group’s operational activities. In addition, the Treasurer is expected to actively contribute to or provide leadership on several important Bank Group initiatives.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Vice President - Finance, plans, directs, coordinates and supervises the work of the Treasury Department. Key activities are summarised below:
  1. Leadership and Supervisory Role: Provide strategic leadership and vision on all departmental activities.
  2. Financial Policies and Operating Framework: Review and implement all policies that pertain to borrowing and investment activities, and foreign exchange and interest risk management. Makes appropriate policy recommendation to the Asset-Liability Management Committee of the Bank (ALCO).
  3. Oversee the activities pertaining to the Bank’s borrowings in capital markets.
  4. Supervise the implementation of liability management activities.
  5. Participate in the annual review meetings with the rating agencies.
  6. Advise and participate in the capital increase of the Bank and replenishments of the Fund.
  7. Management of Investment Portfolios: Provide guidance in the formulation, determination and implementation of investment strategies and optimum asset allocation. Ensure that portfolios are managed within the Bank’s guidelines and risk parameters.
  8. Cash flow management: Liaise with other departments and units of the Bank for cash flow management, and effecting payments including for disbursements and debt services.
  9. Financial Technical Services: Maintain proactive knowledge of the Bank Group clients’ needs and leads the development of new financial products.
  10. Maintains appropriate contacts with the financial community (investment banks, central banks, local regulators and investors), countries (including shareholders), rating agencies, external auditors, and other multilateral development banks (MDBs) and borrowers.
  11. Administration: Monitor cash flow requirements to ensure funds availability and approve and execute all payments, and maintain an on-going dialogue with other departments of the Bank in order to improve payment and accounting procedures.
All other related tasks as requested including representing the Vice President Finance when required.

Selection Criteria

  • At least a Master's degree in Finance, Economics Business Administration or related quantitative discipline
  • Preferably a minimum of ten (10) years of professional experience in international capital markets and fixed income products with at least 5 years at managerial level/leading a team, and knowledge of financial working of MDBs will be an advantage.
  • Ability to produce well-structured, actionable business documents and reports in English and/or French
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in French and/or English, with working knowledge of the other language. English language skills should allow candidate to effectively interact with international investors
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of financial instruments, particularly bonds, derivatives, structured products, and risk management concepts
  • Strong awareness of the evolving regulatory environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with diverse individuals
  • Demonstrated ability to cope with multiple demands and competing priorities under pressure
  • Team player with ability to lead people with complementary skills to ensure success
  • Command of standard computer software applications (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint), SAP and Bloomberg/Reuters
  • Knowledge of Summit/Numerix would be an advantage

Apply online

To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.
  • Submitted by: Division Manager, CHRM.1
  • Approved by: Director, CHRM

Consultant Roster: Internal Auditor (WFP, FAO and IFAD)

The Internal Auditing Services of the World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are currently seeking consultants with experience as Auditors for inclusion on a joint roster. These Internal Auditing Services provide independent and objective assurance on the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls, financial management, governance and risk management processes towards the achievement of the respective organization’s objectives. All three internal audit functions work in compliance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors and design the internal audit work, whether audits or advisory, so as to bring a systematic and disciplined approach. Duties and Responsibilities (These duties are generic and thus

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Intern - Human Resources at Economic Commission for Africa

Posting Title: INTERN - Human Resources, I
Department/ Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 17 December 2014-1 January 2015
Job Opening number: 14-HRE-ECA-39396-R-ADDIS ABABA (O)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Special Notice
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include: Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
List your top three areas of interest.
Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Human Resources Services Section, Division of Administration (HRSS/DOA), Learning and Organizational Development Unit
The internship is for a period of three months with an opportunity for extension, depending on the needs of the Section.
The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the Section to which they are assigned.
The functions of the intern will depend on the individual's background and on the current projects / workload of the Section. Duties may include, but are not limited to: Recruitment and Placement
  • Prepares and maintains case files for candidates, ensures and monitors the transfer of files of candidates between offices, and arranges for interviews.
  • Assists in the filling of posts, including initiating and following-up on reference checks and academic verifications, ensuring the completion of the pre-recruitment formalities, and preparing and dispatching offers of appointment and Statement of Emoluments.
  • Prepares agenda and provides relevant documentation required for recruitment related meetings.
Maintains databases.
  • Staff Development and Career Support Training
  • Assists in the organization and conduct of training courses and workshops
  • Provides logistics and administrative support to trainers.
  • Performs day to day administrative tasks at the Career Resource Centre:
  • Records Keeping, maintaining Time and Attendance, providing support to the scheduling of teachers and programmes and other Front Office functions.
General Administration
  • Undertakes research on a range of HR related issues and assists in the preparation of notes/reports.
  • Provides general office support services; processes, drafts, edits, proofreads and finalizes for signature/approval a variety of correspondence and other communications; sets up and maintains files/records (electronic and paper); schedules appointments/meetings, monitors deadlines, etc.
  • Operates a variety of office equipment in the performance of basic office functions, e.g. photocopier, printer, scanner, etc.
  • Undertakes other related activities as assigned by the supervisor.
Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from clients's point of view.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met: Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
Be computer literate in standard software applications;
Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Work Experience
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.

Programme Management Officer - Economic Commission for Africa

Closing date: Sunday, 22 February 2015
Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, P3
Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer
Department/ Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 24 December 2014-22 February 2015
Job Opening number: 14-PGM-ECA-38682-R-ADDIS ABABA (X)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Special Notice
UNECA is committed to promoting geographical distribution and gender equality within its Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Division (RIITD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Trade Policy Center Coordinator (ATPC).
Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Work with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects;
  • develop and enhance guidelines for programme assessment, monitoring and reporting to advance results-based programming;
  • provide substantive guidance and facilitate the Project's monitoring and evaluation processes;
  • consolidate periodic reports on progress in achieving the outcomes of the project;
  • liaise with relevant partners; and identify and track follow-up actions;
  • Carry out research on selected aspects of programmes, review relevant documents and reports;
  • collect, analyse and present statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources;
  • Provide substantive support for evaluation exercises;
  • Organise and report on Board meetings;
  • contribute in performing consulting assignments as well as in the planning and organization of workshops and other interactive sessions;
  • Participate in survey initiatives, issue data collection tools, review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare preliminary conclusions;
  • Prepare various written outputs such as background papers, analytical notes, reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc;
  • Responsible for ATPC newsletter and for supervising inputs for the ATPC website;
  • Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings and conferences including proposing agenda items, identifying and proposing participants, preparing background documents and presentations, and the handling logistics, etc.;
  • Undertake outreach activities and participate in the development of training workshops, seminars, conferences including making of presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Participate in field missions, including the provision of substantive, administrative and related support as well as data collection, etc;
  • Provide substantive inputs into and facilitate ATPC's annual work programmes;
  • carry out programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of ATPC including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance indicators, reporting on programme performance, assist with the administrative aspect of recruitment process for staff, consultants, fellows and interns, representing ATPC, as required, at meetings, seminars, etc.;
  • Undertake any other assignments as may be determined by the Director of RITD and the Coordinator of ATPC
  • Proven ability to provide seasoned technical advice in a broad range of programme formulation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting; in depth knowledge in programme/project management and administration;
  • good analytical ability, ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given is required.
  • Familiarity with database management, spreadsheet applications and statistical packages is desirable.
Planning& Organizing
  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • adjusts priorities as required;
  • allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • uses time efficiently.
Client Orientation
  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from clients' point of view;
  • establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
  • identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
  • monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
  • keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
  • Advanced University Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in business administration, economics, social sciences or related field is required.
  • A first level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Work Experience
  • At Least five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management or related field is required.
  • This experience may have been gained through involvement in policies and programmes, research or related work in project and programme formulation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • Practical experience in planning and organizing important international meetings as well as working experience in Africa are highly desirable.
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For this post, fluency in oral and written English or French is required.
  • Knowledge of the other is an advantage.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Facilities Management Assistant - Economic Commission for Africa

Closing date: Sunday, 18 January 2015
Department/ Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 19 December 2014-18 January 2015
Job Opening number: 14-ENG-ECA-39465-R-ADDIS ABABA (O)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Special Notice
Recruitment for this position is done on local basis, whether or not the candidate is a resident of the duty station. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidates are identified from the duty station, and subject to a passing grade on the relevant entry-level examination. If selected, external candidates will be responsible for any expenses incurred in order to take the ASAT examination, and, in the event of an employment offer, any cost relating to travel and relocation to the duty station on appointment and separation. The candidate will also be responsible to get any visas and work permits in order to take up the appointment. If selected, external candidates will be recruited on local basis and they would not be entitled to international benefits. Candidates who are short-listed to be considered for this position will be contacted by the recruiter to be scheduled to sit for the ASAT at a later date at the duty station.
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Division of Administration, Facilities Management Section, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Within delegated authority, the Facilities Management Assistant will carry out the following duties:
  • Coordinates construction, repair, maintenance and installation of conventional buildings, temporary buildings, infrastructure and sites and premises including grounds in the mission area.
  • Coordinates maintenance services of installations, systems and equipment throughout the buildings.
  • Plans construction and renovation projects, including conceptual design, identification of design parameters, analysis of functional/special needs and recommendations on alternative solutions.
  • Draws , plan, prepares technical specifications, measures quantities and prepares cost estimates for renovations and alteration works;
  • Investigates need for major maintenance and prepares program provided technical data and submits recommendations;
  • Performs/or participates in maintenance activities as and when required;
  • Reviews contractors' invoices and assists with cost recovery as required.
  • Prepares scopes of work and technical specifications including engineering drawings, bill of quantity and cost estimates for construction/modification/alteration works taking into consideration the interpretation of building codes for construction, health and fire safety.
  • Carries-out technical evaluation of offers and, after contract has been awarded to successful contractor, supervises coordinates and monitors implementation of contract and progress of work to ensure compliance with drawings and specifications and determines justification for technical changes to the contract and prepare progress reports.
  • Assists in developing standards for existing and future facilities and guidelines for the on-going management of buildings.
  • Liaises with Safety and Security for safety inspections of premises; reports and investigates accidents and recommends correction of safety or fire hazards.
  • Assists in identifying common issues and best practices, making strategic recommendations and developing a plan to achieve objectives and increase efficiency.
  • Drafts responses to the board of auditors, OIOS and Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) on audit-related issues and additional information requests on construction and common service subjects/studies in the JIU work programmes as required. Monitors the implementation of internal and external audit recommendations.
  • Drafts status reports, briefing papers, updates and ad-hoc reports on status of the various stages of the planning, design, construction, environment, safety-related projects and common-service aspects of the programme as required, communicating findings, recommendations, analysis and concepts to the Chief of Unit/Section as appropriate.
  • Reviews proposals for rental/lease or construction of new facilities to ensure conformity with approved space standards, building construction guidelines and legislative policies/recommendations and draft comments/recommendations.
  • Assists in the implementation of work plan of the Unit/Section and in managing the resources, and participates in the preparation of biennial budget and spending plan of the Unit/Section.
  • Supervises general service staff of the Unit/Section.
  • Coordinates specialized needs for special events or special construction and operational issues.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Knowledge of the Organization's rules and regulations as they pertain to building management and of industry codes and standards.
  • Knowledge of the Organization's financial rules and regulations, as well as budgetary, administrative procedures, policies and directives.
  • Ability to read and interpret architectural floor plans.
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements;
  • demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise;
  • is willing to learn from others;
  • places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning & Organizing
  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • adjusts priorities as required;
  • allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • uses time efficiently.
  • High school diploma is required. Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) or equivalent is an advantage.
  • Must have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away.
Work Experience
  • A minimum of ten years of progressive work experience in facilities management, building management, engineering, architecture or related areas is required
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of French is desirable.
Assessment Method
  • The assessment method for this Job Opening is a technical written test and competency based interview.

Japanese Association of University Women International Fellowships Program 2015 - Botswana Citizens

Deadline: 31 March 2015
Open to: international woman master graduates
Fellowship: up to 1,000,000 japanese yens ( 6,850 euros) for 6 months


Japanese Association of University Women (JAUW) is now calling for Applications for its 2015 International Fellowships.
This program is to offer core funding to financially help you come and stay in Japan when  you have found that it is preferable or very important for you to stay in Japan to further pursue your ongoing study/research.
If selected, you must:
  • engage in the proposed study/research for which the grant is awarded;
  • submit a written summary report of 500 to 700 words by the end of the funding period;
  • make an oral presentation based on the above report toward the end ofthe funding period at a meeting to be held by JAUW.


  • You are a woman of any nationality but other than Japanese, living outside Japan at the time of application;
  • You have received a Master’s degree or its equivalent, and presently work outside academia, or you are a student/researcher higher than MA /its equivalent level (typically of pre-doctoral or dissertation level). Postdoctoral researchers may apply but they may be placed lower in priority;
  • You have to find a host university or institution in Japan by yourself, and have to submit, at the time of application, a letter of Acceptance from that host or from your prospective supervisor thereof. JAUW will not extend any help regarding to this matter;
  • You have to explain in your proposal why you have to come to stay in Japan to pursue your ongoing study or research;
  • You have to state clearly in your proposal how and in what aspect you will contribute to your home country through your study/ research in Japan.


The amount of grant will range from ¥700,000 to ¥1,000,000 per grantee. The duration of your stay in Japan and various other factors will be taken into consideration in deciding the total amount of grant.
  • This grant is for 5 to 6 months between September 2015 and March 2016, depending on your proposal;
  • One third of the total amount will be paid at the time of your arrival in Japan. The rest will normally be paid within 40 days after the initial payment. However, the latter amount (i.e. two thirds of the total) may be payable in two or three installments, depending on circumstances surrounding the grantee in Japan.


  • 3 copies of Application Form Part 1 (Personal Data)
  • 3 copies of Application Form Part 2 (Proposal & Related Data)
  • 3 letters of Recommendation.(⇒see No.6 of Application Form Part 1). Each letter should be signed by the writer and enclosed in a sealed and signed envelope;
  • a letter of acceptance/confirmation/ invitation (referred to as a letter of Acceptance.). written by your host supervisor or partner depending upon your status in the proposed place of your study/research in Japan;
  • medical certificate of health issued by a qualified medical doctor stating in English that you are healthy enough to conduct your study in Japan for the proposed period
  • a 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm photo of yourself.
All Application documents must be sent in one single packet via airmail to:
International Fellowship Committee
Japanese Association of University Women
11-6-101 Samoncho, Shinjuku-ku,
Tokyo 160-0017,

Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering , 2015 , Botswana Citizens

Deadline: 9 January 2015
Open to: students of all nationalities with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, material sciences, chemistry, physics, applied physics, architecture, urbanism or related fields
Scholarship: €48,000 for Non-European students/ €20,000 for European students


The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Fire Safety Engineering is organized by the Universities of Ghent (Belgium, coordinator), Edinburgh (Scotland) and Lund (Sweden).The main objective of this two-year full time educational program is providing the required knowledge for a professional fire safety engineer in a Performance Based Design environment.
The classes in the first semester, covering basic topics in Fire Safety Engineering (FSE), can be attended in Ghent or Edinburgh. All students spend the second semester in Lund, where emphasis lies on enclosure fire dynamics, risk analysis and human behaviour. In the third semester, classes are again taught in Ghent (for general FSE) or Edinburgh (with focus on structural engineering in the context of FSE). The fourth semester is devoted to the Master’s thesis, hosted by one of the 3 full partner institutes, or an Associated Partner institute or even a company.


The academic requirements in order to be eligible are:
  • Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution (minimum 3 years full-time study or 180 ECTS credits) in civil / structural / mechanical / electrical / chemical / industrial engineering, material sciences, chemistry, physics, applied physics, architecture, urbanism and spatial planning or a related discipline.
  • Proficieny in the English language (see language requirements HERE).


The scholarships are classified into two different categories:
  • Category A- Non European students: scholarships  are expected to be worth €48,000 for the 2-year programme.
  • Category B- European students: scholarships are expected to be worth €20,000 for the 2-year programme.


The IMFSE application procedure consists of different steps:
 1) Determine your student category.
 2) Create an account through the online application tool.
 3) Complete the application form. Throughout the online application process, you will be asked to upload digital copies of the following documents:
  • A passport photo.
  • A copy of your passport (or other official identification proof for EU students).
  • Legalised copie(s) of your Bachelor’s diploma (and Master’s, if applicable) in the original language.
  • A certified English translation of your Bachelor’s and Master’s (if applicable) diploma, unless the document was issued in English.
  • A legalised copy of your detailed Transcript of Records in the original language.
  • A certified English translation of your Transcript of Records (unless the document was issued in English).
  • A copy of your English language test scores or language certificate (max. two years old).
  • A letter of motivation for the programme (Use 12-point font and no more than 1 A4-size page).
  • At least two letters of recommendation.
4) Once all the information is duly filled in, submit the application form. You will receive a unique application number and an e-mail with further instructions. Only completed application forms will be taken into consideration at the time of the selections.
5) Send hard copies of your sumbitted application form and required documents listed under step 3) plus a print of your application form with application number to the IMFSE secretariat.
The deadline to apply for a scholarship is 9 January 2015.
For further information please visit the official website.

2015–2016 Civil Society Scholar Awards - Botswana

Deadline: 2 March 2015
Open to: doctoral students or full-time faculty members from Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Libya, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, or Yemen.
Grants: requests for funding for doctoral students should not exceed $10,000 and  $15,000 for faculty projects.


Civil Society Scholar Awards support international academic mobility to enable doctoral students and university faculty to access resources essential to their professional development as a scholar, teacher, or public intellectual. The awards support innovative projects that will enrich research, facilitate the exchange of ideas, and help build international networks.
The awards support activities such as fieldwork (data collection), research visits to libraries, archives or universities, course/curriculum development, and international collaborations leading to a peer-reviewed publication.


Doctoral students of eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country, and full-time faculty members (master’s degree required) teaching at universities in their home country, who are citizens of the following countries, are eligible to apply:
Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Libya, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, or Yemen
Eligible fields of study generally fall within the social sciences and humanities. Proposals related to the following subject areas are particularly welcome:
  • law, justice, and governance;
  • sustainable development and natural resource management;
  • economic rights and empowerment of the poor;
  • public health, social work, and community development;
  • new media law and policy;
  • inclusive education;
  • post-conflict studies;
  • human rights.
Applicants must be currently affiliated with an academic institution, and projects must be clearly linked to current research and teaching responsibilities.
Ineligibility Criteria:
  • Applicants with permanent resident status, dual citizenship, and/or asylum seekers in the country of the host academic institution are not eligible to apply;
  • Students or faculty currently enrolled in master’s degree programs are also not eligible to apply;
  • Ineligible fields of study include business administration, management training, computer science, finance/banking, marketing, engineering, natural sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, etc.), mathematics, medical sciences, or teaching English as a foreign language/language instruction;
  • Travel grants for conference attendance unrelated to the proposed project will not be considered, and applicants may not request grant assistance for the support of federal and/or state taxes; computer hardware, software or other computer-related equipment; automobile-related expenses.


Most projects will last between 2 and 10 months. Requests for funding for doctoral students should not exceed $10,000. For faculty projects the maximum considered will be $15,000.


All applicants are required to submit the preliminary application_form and a CV by 2 March 2015. Detailed information about how and where to submit the documents is included at the end of the form.
All applications received will be reviewed at the Open Society Foundations’ London and New York offices by a selection committee composed of Open Society staff. All applications will be acknowledged.
Competition for these awards is merit-based. Selection will be made on the basis of proven academic excellence, a clear and justifiable need for international travel to complete the research project, and relevance of the project to the development of open society in the applicant’s home country.
The program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
Check the official call for applications.

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