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PhD Grants Available for Structure Engineering Students

The Department of Civil Engineering at University of Minho / Portugal is seeking for two PhD students, in the framework of externally funded R&D. The work will be developed in the framework of structural engineering, namely with respect to: (1) seismic vulnerability of historic masonry structures; (2) health monitoring and innovative NDT techniques for structural diagnosis.

This PhD programme looks for motivated individuals with sound knowledge of mechanics of materials and structures, able to develop individual work, capable of innovation, and strongly attracted to the field. Very good knowledge of English is an important requirement.

The grant value is about 1000 euro/month for per person. The works should be started as soon as possible, being the PhD grant for a preliminary period of 12 months, which can be renewed up to 36 months.

Applicants should send a copy of Curriculum Vitae, plus a letter of motivation, together with a copy of graduate certificate to Professor Paulo B. Lourenço, University of Minho, Portugal, e-mail: sec.estruturas[at] The deadline for application is November 15, 2009. Additional information about the Masonry Group at University of Minho can be found at


Scholarships for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions

Applications for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions, approved and financially sponsored by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Programme, have just opened.
This Master Course is organized by a Consortium of leading European Universities/Research Institutions in the field, composed by University of Minho (coordinating institution, Portugal), the Technical University of Catalonia (Spain), the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), the University of Padua (Italy) and the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic). The course combines the most recent advances in research and development with practical applications.
A significant number of scholarships, ranging from 4000 to 21000 Euro, are available to students of any nationality.
The Consortium is also available to host outstanding third-country scholars who are interested in contributing to the Master Course Programme. Interested third-country scholars may receive scholarships for teaching and research activities for a period of up to three months. 
Please find full details on the MSc programme, as well as electronic application procedure, on the website:


Fellowships for 2009-2010: Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme

The East-West Centre announced new fellowships for the Asia Pacific Leadership Programme (APLP) for 2009-10. Entering its eight year, the APLP is the centre of excellence for leadership education in the Asia-Pacific region. The APLP is a graduate certificate programme combining the development of regional expertise with the enhancement of individual leadership capacity. Based at the East-West Centre in Honolulu, Hawaii, the programme has created a network of dynamic leaders in 48 countries who are helping to build a peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific community. All participants receive an APLP Entrance Fellowship valued at approximately $15,000.

The Programme seeks outstanding individuals with proven leadership experience or high leadership potential from across the Asia-Pacific, North America, and beyond. All participants have at least a Bachelors degree with the majority having graduate degrees as well. At least 20 countries are represented in each cohort. APLP fellows come together from all walks of life, including areas as diverse as government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders and education.

Deadline for submitting the application form is 1 December 2008. Details of the programme and guidelines for applicants are available at:


Rolex Scholarship

The Rolex Scholarship, sponsored by Our World - Underwater Scholarship Society, provides a hands-on introduction to underwater and other aquatic-related endeavours for a young person considering a career within this discipline.

Currently three Rolex Scholarships are available: North America, Europe and Australia. One scholar is selected from each of these three regions and each scholar spends approximately one year working side by side with current leaders in underwater fields. Each scholar travels primarily within his/her region, but may have opportunities throughout the underwater world.

The itineraries, which will be tailored for each scholar based on his/her background and interests, including time with specialists in such areas as biology, hyperbarics, anthropology and archaeology. The range of experiences may include active participation in field studies, underwater research, scientific expeditions, laboratory assignments, equipment testing and design, photographic instruction and other specialized assignments.

The deadline of the scholarships is 31 December 2008. For more details about the scholarships and guidelines of applications, please visit the webpage at:


John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - International Summer Fellowship Programme
The International Summer Fellowship Programme provides practical experience and instruction to up to 20 managers currently working in international non-profit performing arts organizations. This full-time, four-week intensive programme takes place in July 2008 and includes classes, seminars and practical work experience in the Kennedy Center’s fundraising and marketing departments. Individuals selected for this programme will return to the Kennedy Center for ongoing professional development for a total of three consecutive summer sessions. Lodging, per diem, travel, and materials are provided at no cost to participants.

For more information, please visit their website at:


Opportunities for Research Studies
Generous research scholarships are available, consisting of full tuition fees and monthly stipends in a degree programme leading to Master of Arts (Architecture), Master of Arts (Industrial Design) or PhD at the National University of Singapore. Areas of research work will be: urban studies, history and theory of architecture, design technology, and industrial design.

Interested students and scholars are welcomed to send inquiries to akilimem(at)