Announcements

On Monday, 19 October, the European Endowment for Democracy is hosting the discussion 'One Week after the Belarusian Presidential Elections: Opposition Candidate tells her story'.  Belarus held its presidential elections on 11 October 2015. Tatsiana Karatkevich was the only democratic candidate opposing President Lukashenka.
She came second in the elections, which were noted for their “substantial shortcomings” by the OSCE. The first ever female presidential candidate in Belarus, she is the new face of the Belarusian opposition.

This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at OSCE/ODIHR must be borne by their authorities. Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

The Young Strategists Forum is an initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) that seeks to develop a new generation of strategic thinkers for an age of constrained resources and mounting international challenges.

The 5th Young Strategists Forum, in partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, will convene from January 29-February 3, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. This call for applications is open to emerging leaders - academics, journalists, policymakers, business professionals, and military officers—between the ages of 25 and 40, from the United States, Europe, Japan, and other likeminded countries in the Asia-Pacific.

Applications are invited for Facebook fellowship program available to domestic and international students for full-time PhD accredited doctoral program focusing on a topic or field relevant to Facebook.

Up to 12 academic fellowships are awarded for a period of for 2 years.

Each Facebook Fellowship includes several benefits like tuition and fees for the academic year(s)as well as $37,000 yearly grant, paid visit to Facebook HQ to present research and opportunity for paid internship. Deadline: 1 November.

The EU-funded Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme is inviting cultural and creative industry organisations from the six EaP countries (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia) to apply for a study tour and partnership programme in Poland.

The main aim of the call is to develop a long-term cultural partnership through a series of partnerships between organisations active in the cultural and creative sectors in Poland and in EaP countries.

Six organisations will be selected to train and work with six pre-selected Polish counterparts in spring 2016. Applicants should be related to the field of culture and creative industries.

The Programme will cover the costs of the study tour. Those wishing to participate should submit their completed application form by 7 December, 2015.

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is now recruiting its next Research Assistant team (start January 2016). The NATO Parliamentary Assembly employs 10 research assistants every year. The majority of these positions are given to candidates from NATO member countries. However, the International Secretariat also accepts candidates from non-NATO members as part of the Loïc Bouvard Scholarship, which was created in tribute to Loïc Bouvard (France) who was President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (1992-1994) and played a vital role in establishing partnerships with non-NATO member countries.

In November 2014, ODB Brussels in cooperation with the National Institute for Higher Education organized a seminar on the opportunities of accession and cooperation with Magna Charta Universitatum Observatory, with input from representatives of this reputable international organization. Last week International University "MITSO" became the first institution of higher education in Belarus to sign the Magna Charta of the European Universities. The signing took place during the international conference "Values Beyond 2015: The Global Challenge for Universities and their Students" which was held on September 17-18 in Bologna (Italy).

Co-organised by JEF Europe and JEF France, the International Seminar “Europe 2.0 – Now!” will take place in Strasbourg from 11th to 15th November 2015. The seminar will mainly consist of workshops followed by a public event in which participants to the previous activities will get the opportunity to discuss the results of the work plan with relevant European stakeholders. The publication “Europe 2.0: European Democracy Upgraded” will collect the proposals made by young people and youth organization for an updated and upgraded democracy in Europe, and present them to policymakers.

The World Bank Group Youth Summit 2015 invites young people from around the world to use their knowledge and creativity to crowd-source solutions for climate change that contribute to growth and development in developing and emerging countries. The Youth Summit will be held on 16-17 November 2015 in IFC Auditorium, Washington, DC.

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) is organizing a new course focused on crimes against the environment. The course, which will be held at the United Nations Campus in Turin on 21-22 January 2016, is tailored to journalists and chief information officers, as well as those who want to specialize in this area.

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