SCHOLARSHIP for Tanzanian Students at University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Posted on 31 January 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Education, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships, Inclusion, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The University in Edinburgh, Scotland, is offering a scholarship for Tanzanian students for the 2009-2010 academic year. Students need to be enrolled at the Masters level. The application deadline is April 1, 2009.

The Julius Nyerere Master’s Scholarship will cover the full overseas tuition fee, living costs of £10,000, and a return flight from Tanzania to the UK. Details are available at http://www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/internat/nyerere.htm

You can find details of Masters level education courses at http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/finder/subjectarea.php?taught=Y&sid=14
Some examples include a program in deaf education; a program in inclusive and special education; a program in working with learners with visual impairments; a program in working with learners with specific learning difficulties; and many more.

Please send any queries direct to scholarships@ed.ac.uk



I learned about this scholarship opportunity via the EENET_Eastern_Africa email discussion group. This mailing list, which focuses on inclusive education in Eastern Africa, can be subscribed to for free.

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SCHOLARSHIP: For Students Using Wheelchairs in US Colleges

Posted on 18 December 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Call for Papers, Fellowships & Scholarships, Human Rights, Mobility Impariments, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

AmeriGlide is holding a competition for a $500 scholarship for students who ride a manual or electric wheelchair. The deadline for entering this competition is January 2, 2009. Students must be enrolled in two-year or four-year accredited undergraduate university programs in the United States. Students may be from countries outside the US, but must hold a valid student visa. Applicants should also have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.

In order to compete for the scholarship, interested students must submit an essay with a minimum of 500 words that answers the following question: “The American with Disabilities Act was established in July of 1990. Does this law do enough to help prevent discrimination and improve the lives of those who are mobility challenged? How has the American with Disabilities Act affected you?”

Foreign students in the United States will note that the Americans with Disability Act does protect their rights while they are in the United States and interacting with US-based institutions. The ADA requires US universities to provide reasonable accommodations to all students with disabilities, regardless of their country of origin. For example, if a class is initially scheduled in a classroom that is not accessible to a wheelchair rider, then the university must arrange to move the class to a more accessible location as needed.

Learn more about the scholarship program at

http://www.ameriglide.com/scholarship/

As with any competition, please read the instructions at the above website carefully before you enter. In many funding competitions, a common reason why many applicants fail is because they did not follow each of the instructions closely.

If you have missed the January 2, 2009 deadline, then please note that AmeriGlide plans to offer this scholarship again in the future, possibly twice a year. Please do continue to monitor their website.



Thank you to John Keeter at AmeriGlide for alerting me to this competition.

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Sharing University Papers on the World Bank

Posted on 2 September 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Opportunities, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Are you now, or have you been, a university student (undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate)? Have you written a research paper for your university about the World Bank?

The World Bank is interested in seeing what you have written–and sharing it with other interested parties. And in case you were wondering: their page states that the World Bank “will not reject papers simply because they are critical of the World Bank. At the World Bank, we encourage a free exchange of ideas around all key topics related to development.”

For more details on how you can participate, see http://www.worldbank.org/sup. This could be an opportunity for you to share your analysis and conclusions with a wider audience. You can also consult the database for papers written by other university students. At present, they only accept papers written in English, Spanish, or French. They may expand to other languages in the future.

Unfortunately, the search engine only allows for search by title, author, university, or country–not, apparently, by the full body of the paper itself. I tried looking for papers focusing on disability issues and found nothing. It is not clear, however, if there truly is nothing or if this is a limitation of the current search engine.

If you are looking to write a paper on World Bank activities with disabled people, then one starting point for finding information would be at http://www.worldbank.org/disability. Also try plugging in the word “disability” (or Deaf, blind, etc.) in the search engine from the main page for the World Bank. You can also look up information about some of the projects done by the World Bank around the world: look at the navigation bar at the top of the World Bank web site and click on “Projects & Operations.” Also look around http://www.worldbank.org/sup for more advice to student researchers on the World Bank in general. (If you have a visual impairment and have trouble navigating the World Bank site: I’m limited in what I could do to help, but I’d be interested in hearing from you.)

Have you written a paper that’s about international development but not primarily focused on the World Bank? The World Bank Student University Paper page recommends that you investigate other on-line communities such as the Development Gateway.

Full Disclosure Alert: I am employed at the World Bank, though not in the disability unit. However, I do not represent or speak for the World Bank in any way. I maintain the We Can Do blog (and my other blog) entirely in my own free time in my personal capacity as a private citizen. Any opinions expressed in this post, or in anything else written by me in either of my blogs, are wholly my own. My opinions cannot be taken as a reflection on World Bank positions or policies, whether related to people with disabilities or otherwise. This includes positions or policies from the disability unit of the World Bank.


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