Wednesday, January 7, 2009

ISFiT 2009 - The International Student Festival in Trondheim

Do you want to change the world for the better? Do you want to share your opinions with other students from around the world? Are you ready for a challenge and an experience which you`ll never forget? Then apply for ISFiT 2009!

We would like to remind all students who want to participate in ISFiT 2009, that the deadline for submitting the application is the 30th of September 2008. You can apply by using the on-line application form on our website

ISFiT - The International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway, is the world`s largest student festival with a thematic focus. Every second year around 450 students from all over the world attend the festival. The next ISFiT will be arranged from 20 February to 1 March 2009. The main topic this time is peacebuilding.

All students who are above 18 years of age and a student at the time of the festival, are welcome to apply.

For more information about the festival and how to apply, visit our webpage at Questions regarding the application can be sent to

We`re looking forward to receiving your application!

Best regards,
ISFiT 2009

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Norway - NTNU Entrepreneurship Center Grants for PhD Thesis

In Collaboration with the Norwegian Research Council, DION (The interest organization for doctoral candidates at NTNU) and NTNU Technology Transfer, do NTNU Entrepreneurship Center give a total of six grants for PhD. candidates with product ideas in relation to their PhD. thesis.

With this grant the Norwegian Research Council wants to stimulate the process of bringing the good ideas out to the market. Those receiving the grant will get funding and guidance to help them explore the potential of their product idea. This will be done through writing a business plan which include central areas such as the market potential, further product development and needs for financing.

Purpose; motivate and to learn how to commercialize research.

With this grant the Norwegian Research Council wants to focus on and to contribute to commercialization of new technology, and this is why we give PhD. candidates this grant of 15 000 NOK. Those who receive the grant will get an opportunity to explore the market potential and need for further development and financing. The amount is based on two weeks salary and what’s left after direct cost or hired help is taxed as ordinary salary.

Important: Application for this grant is not to be mistaken as reporting ideas to the NTNU Technology Transfer Office, TTO. We will only encourage those who should report to the TTO, to do so. It is there fore not necessary to inform the TTO in advance of this application.

The Grant is to be considered as an education opportunity with a mentor. It is scheduled several meetings between the receivers of the grant, and the entire grant period is finished with a presentation of the project and awards, where investors and other persons from the entrepreneurial community in Trondheim are present. All information is kept confidential.

There will be a “ceremony” for handing over the grants on Wednesday the 28th of January. There will be served cake and coffee. Part of the program is information about opportunities and available reassures for persons with ideas. After the ceremony there will be an information meeting for those who are awarded the grant. There will be arranged lectures as a help for those ho who receive the grant, related to developing a business plan. There will also be a written feed back on based on the meetings with the mentor in advance of the final deadline. The goal is that you during the grant period work out a business plan and in this process learn more about, how to commercialize research results. We can also put you in contact with students with knowledge on marked analysis.

An individual agreement will be made with everybody who receives the grant before it is awarded. This agreement will state the need for help, obligations and demands for accomplishment. The grant is paid out after the award for best business plan in June 2009.

Deadline 22th of January, 2009

Send an application by 22th of January; to The application should include a short summary of the product idea, why it might have a business potential and the ones involved (included the student’s advisor). We also want to know your motivation for applying for the grant. Please do not hesitate to contact Magnus Hakvåg as soon as possible

In addition to the grant, there is also an element of contest to stimulate and encourage. It is put aside an award 20 000 NOK for the best business plane produced during the grant period.

NTNU Entrepreneurship Center
NTNU Entrepreneurship Center (NEC) is part of the institute of industrial economics and technology management at NTNU. In addition to research and education, NEC manages programs as Venture Cup, Take-Off and this grant. In addition to be an accelerator for new businesses, these activities are important arenas for practical and interdisciplinary cooperation for students

For more information contact:

Magnus Hakvåg
NTNU Senter for Entreprenørskap / NTNU Entrepreneurship centre
Telefon: 73597090/41306634


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Saturday, December 27, 2008


OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) is pleased to announce that qualified undergraduate students are welcome to apply for the OFID Scholarship 2009/10. The OFID Scholarship will be awarded to support an undergraduate student from any developing country, to pursue higher education in a relevant field of development, in any recognized university/college in the world. Through its scholarship scheme, OFID aims to help highly motivated, highly driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of advanced professional or graduate training. The winner of the OFID Award will receive a scholarship of up to US$100,000 The funds will be spread over a maximum of two years, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2009/10.

To be eligible the candidate must meet ALL of the following criteria:

Must be between the ages of 23-32 at the time of submitting his/her application.

Must be a graduating student with a Baccalaureate from a four-year, accredited college/university, or its equivalent.

Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 rating system, or its equivalent.

Must be matriculated at an accredited university for the upcoming academic year starting September 2009, and must maintain full-time status for the duration of the Masters Degree.

Must be a national of a developing country (please see list of eligible countries)

Must select a subject of study that pertains to OFID’s core mission, such as: economics of development (poverty reduction, energy and sustainable development), environment (desertification), or other related science and technology fields.

PLEASE NOTE: Please read ALL of the directions below before proceeding with the application process:

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications will be evaluated based on the information provided. Therefore, all questions should be answered as thoroughly as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed on it.

OFID will not consider applications received through a third party.

Please do not call or email OFID to ask if your application has been received, or to inquire about your status.

Please note that only the winner will be notified.

All materials submitted become the property of OFID and will not be returned to the applicant.

Applicants must complete the on-line application form and essay requirement, and must email the required materials to OFID’s email address provided below. All materials including the on-line application, recommendations, and other required information must be received no later than March 31, 2009.

Applicants should submit required documents via

Disbursement of the Scholarship Fund

The terms and conditions of payment will be determined in coordination with the student upon his/her selection in accordance with the following guidelines:

The tuition fees, including any supplementary examination fees, as may be required by the academic institution, will be paid by OFID directly to the academic institution. Health insurance will be paid in accordance with the institution’s own standard medical scheme.

A monthly allowance to cover living expenses, books and accommodation, will be transferred to the student’s own personal bank account on a quarterly basis.

Prior to the start of his/her first year studies, the student will be paid a relocation grant, equal to two-month allowance. OFID will also pay for travel costs from the nearest airport to the student’s place of residence, to the nearest airport to the chosen place of study. Upon completion of the studies, the student will be paid the cost of one-way air ticket to his/her home country.

Required documents

completed on-line application form.

scanned copy of the last university degree or certificate.

A scanned letter of acceptance from your chosen educational institution, confirming your admission, subject of study and duration of the Master’s degree program (must not exceed a maximum of two years).

proof of meeting any prerequisites, including language proficiency.

A short essay – of about 250 words in English – giving reasons for applying for OFID’s scholarship, explaining your educational goals, and clearly describing how you will use the experience gained from your Masters degree studies to help in the development of your home country.

Two letters of recommendation from professors and/or lecturers at applicant’s present university.

Eligible Countries

* In addition to nationals of OFID Member States, nationals of the following countries are also eligible: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d`lvoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome& Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Asia and the Middle East:
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Korea DR, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen

Latin America and the Caribbean:
Antigua Barbuda , Belize, Barbados, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Grenada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, , Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Panama, St. Christopher, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.:
Albania , Bosnia Herzegovin

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