Sunday, July 5, 2015

Virtual Student Foreign Service Internship Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program is bigger and better than ever!    Last year, 610 students were selected as eInterns.  In addition to contributing to important projects and work, eInterns are connected to each other through an online community and mentored by supervisors.
This year we have on offer more projects than ever.  And those projects represent  an even larger number of  U.S. Government agencies – 15 in total.

VSFS is a way for the American public and government employees to collaborate on projects of global importance.   Selected applicants will  volunteer up to 10 hours per week contributing to projects for an office or section from September 2015 through May 2016.   As eInterns, they will  play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, space, journalism, trade, environment, health, agriculture, technology, and housing initiatives. Together, we can create a more effective, efficient, and smarter government that takes advantage of an engaged and participatory citizenry. 
The more than 330 projects available this year can be found here.   Students can apply between July 2 – 22 on USAJobs to their top three projects from among those submitted by the following agencies:
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Weather Service
  • Peace Corps
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Applicants must  be U.S. citizens enrolled in university level courses in the U.S. or abroad.  Last year, we had students in programs ranging from undergraduate to PhD levels, both full and part-time, taking courses in person or online.  A resume, transcript, and statement of interest are required as part of the application process.  Interviews may be conducted in August.  eInternships are unpaid and do not require a security clearance or travel.
Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

Fulbright Canada Programs for US Students, Postdocs & Scholars

I am writing today to encourage you, your colleagues, and your students to apply to the Fulbright Canada Programs.  You will find below a list of all our programs for American Scholars and Students that I would encourage you to share.   Your expertise in identifying and encouraging American candidates to apply would be much appreciated.  If there are particular candidates that you would like us to follow up with, please send their contact information to Brad Hector (, Program Officer for Scholars.  Awards for American Students follows.  Please, also, feel free to reach out to me directly.

Applicants can apply to the:
Ø  Distinguished Chairs ProgramUS$35,000 for one semester (4 months)
Ø  Visiting Research Chairs ProgramUS$25,000 for one semester (4 months)
Ø  Traditional (All Disciplines) AwardUS$12,500 for one semester (4 months), or US$25,000 for a full academic year (9 months)
Ø  Fulbright-Carlos Rico Award for North American StudiesUS$12,500 for one semester in Canada plus US$2,300 per month in Mexico
Ø  Specialist ProgramShort-term collaboration on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities at Canadian institutions.

Research Theme Links

Instructional video: Awards for US Scholars
Inquiries: Brad Hector, Program Officer (Scholars),  

Core Facts about the awards
·        The Fulbright Canada competition for American scholars is now open, and closes August 3, 2015
·        The competition is for awards taken up September 2016 and/or January 2017

·        Candidates must be U.S. citizens, 
·        Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree as appropriate. Candidates outside academia (e.g., professionals, artists) with recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments are also eligible
·        Be proficient in English

Graduate Students can apply to the:
Ø  Traditional Fulbright student awardsUS$15,000 for one nine-month academic year. These all-discipline awards can be taken up at any college, university, think tank, or government agency in Canada.
Ø  Fulbright-mtvU FellowshipsGrants are for one nine-month academic year. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change. 
Ø  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) AwardsValued at US$120,000 for three academic years, this award is for students in STEM fields who wish to study at one of six top-ranked partner research institutions in Canada.
Ø  Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling FellowshipsGrants are for one nine-month academic year. Digital storytelling projects (using text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media) can take place in up to three countries on a globally significant theme.

Core Facts about the awards
·        Fulbright Canada competition for American graduate students is now open, and closes on
October 13, 2015
·        The competition is for awards taken up for one 9-month academic year starting September 2016 

·        Candidates must be American citizens, 
·        Be in receipt of a bachelor's degree prior to the proposed start date of the grant, and

Inquiries: Michelle Emond, Program Officer (Students),  

Fulbright Canada at a glance:
·        With approximately 360,000 Fulbright alumni in more than 155 countries, the Fulbright program is the gold standard in academic exchange and a leader in public diplomacy.
·        The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada) is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange.
·        The mandate of Fulbright Canada is to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States of America by providing support to outstanding individuals. These individuals conduct research, lecture, or enroll in formal academic programs in the other country. In doing so, Fulbright Canada aims to grow intellectual capacity, increase productivity, and assist in the shaping of future leaders.
·        For more information


Dr. Michael K. Hawes
Chief Executive Officer / Président-directeur général
Fulbright Canada
2015-350 rue Albert Street  Ottawa, Canada K1R1A4
t. 613.688.5509;   f. 613.237.2029;  

Program Officer, External Relations
Agente de programmes, Relations externes
Fulbright Canada
2015-350 rue Albert Street Ottawa, ON  K1R 1A4

Forwarded by Dean Eric Schwartz

Mexican Government Excellence Scholarships

Dear friends of the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul in Universities,

It pleases me to share with you the 2015 Call for the Mexican Government Excellence Scholarships for Special Programs offered by the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID):

The scholarships are for American citizens interested in participating in any of the following programs:

-          “Visiting Teachers”: scholarships for experts, researchers and faculty associated to a higher education institution or a research center, invited by a Mexican higher education institution or research center to dictate special lectures, courses, workshops, seminars, etc. Candidates must have a PhD or a distinguished career as a teacher/researcher in the area of knowledge that forms the basis of the visit to Mexico. Candidates must comply with a minimum of four hours work per week. Stay duration: minimum 1 month, maximum 6 months.

-          “High Level Conferences”: scholarships for faculty, researchers and experts that have been invited to dictate high level conferences in Mexican higher education institutions, research centers or cultural centers. Candidates must have a PhD or a distinguished career as a teacher/researcher in the area of knowledge that forms the basis of the visit to Mexico. Stay duration: minimum 5 days, maximum 1 month.

-          “Genaro Estrada Scholarship for Mexico Experts”: scholarships for faculty or researchers with a distinguished career in research related to Mexican topics, for a research stay in higher education institutions, archives, libraries, research centers or cultural institutions in Mexico. Candidates must be researchers and experts with a distinguished career in research and with publications on any subject area related to Mexico. They should have a research project approved by a tutor in the Mexican institution where they will be working. Stay: minimum 1 month, maximum 1 year.

-          “Improving the Quality of Mexican Higher Education Institutions”: scholarships for experts in education and for internationalization officials, to dictate conferences, courses, workshops and exchange best practices with their Mexican counterparts as to improve the quality, management, internationalization and direction of public higher education institutions in Mexico. Stay duration: minimum 5 days, maximum 1 month.

The Call will remain open until August 14, 2015 and submissions must be presented at least one month before the desired start date in Mexico. Stays must start between May and October 2015.

All of the requested application documents can be submitted to the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul in lieu of the Embassy of Mexico in the United States.

Kind regards,


Mónica Cruz Zorrilla
Asuntos Comunitarios
Community Affairs

Consulado de México en Saint Paul
797 E 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MDP faculty member receives 2015 Award for Global Engagement

2015 Award for Global Engagement recipient

JohnstoneTuesday, June 2, 2015 reprinted from U of M Brief

OLPD’s Christopher Johnstone, director of CEHD International Initiatives and Relations, has been awarded the U of M Award for Global Engagement for 2015. The award is given to faculty and staff to acknowledge achievements and contributions to global education, research, and engagement on behalf of the University.

Prof. Johnstone serves as faculty member and on the program committee for the U of M's Master of Development Practice degree and is currently the faculty advisor for the summer 2015 Kibera Girls Soccer Academy MDP field experience team in Nairobi, Kenya.

July 11-12 Immigration History Research Center Presentation

The Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) will be hosting a free, two-day digital storytelling workshop as part of its Immigrant Stories research and archiving project. The IHRC began Immigrant Stories in 2013 to collect, preserve, and share the experiences of Minnesota’s newest immigrants and refugees. The workshop will guide participants through the process of making digital stories about their personal or family immigration stories. No previous experience is required. All digital stories will be preserved in the IHRC Archives and shared via the Minnesota Digital Library.

The workshop will be held on July 11 and 12. Lunch and parking vouchers will be provided. This workshop is limited to ten participants.

To register:

For further information, contact IHRC Program Associate Elizabeth

Christopher J. Johnstone, Ph.D.
Director of International Initiatives
College of Education and Human Development
Twitter: @UofM_CEHD_Intl

Save the Children - Monitoring/Evaluation Manager

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 

 Save the Children - Monitoring and Evaluation Manager - Humanitarian Leadership Academy - London   Click here to view the original listing and apply!

Directorate: Global Programmes 
Department: Humanitarian 
Team: Humanitarian Leadership Academy 
Location: London 
Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 
Full / Part Time: Full-time 
Salary: £41-45k pro rata (dependant on experience) 
Contract Duration: 24 months 
Closing Date: 5 July 2015

The Academy
The mission of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy’s (Academy) is to empower people around the world to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries. The Academy will work with the humanitarian sector and new partners from the technology industry, private sector and universities to help communities become more resilient in the face of disaster and give them the training and skills to respond to crises in their own countries.
The role
Learning is at the core of the Academy's identity and we recognise that monitoring and evaluation form a key foundation for successful learning. We also see we need to do things differently and support innovation across the humanitarian sector, this critical role will drive forward these fundamental activities by providing leadership in the development and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation framework and system. We will identify and synthesis trends of activity and evidence of the impact of the effectiveness of our activities in learning and innovation, leading on the Academy’s efforts to optimise accountability to beneficiaries and partners.
The role will be responsible for developing and implementing a M&E framework and system for the Academy in the UK and in its global offices.  The role will provide technical support, leadership and quality assurance to all areas of the business to develop appropriate M&E strategies and processes. The role will represent and engage externally and internally on behalf of the Academy with partners and donors on M&E and accountability issues to best capture the latest recommendations and developments of Monitoring and Evaluation in capacity building.
About you
To be successful in this role will you have solid and extensive experience in developing and implementing monitoring, evaluation systems and frameworks to determine the success of the business strategies and programmes. You have experience of analysing monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment data in order to draw meaningful conclusions and reports. You will be able to demonstrate when you have created innovative opportunities for reflection and learning and you'll be at ease working several functions on complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
You'll be an outstanding communicator with the ability to articulate a vision, strategy or idea clearly and concisely with a vigorous eye for detail. Influencing, negotiation and contracting will come naturally to you along with a passion for innovating, seeing opportunities where others see problems.

July 11 Bastille Day celebration in Saint Paul

Join us for our annual Bastille Day celebration on Saturday, July 11

W 7th Place, St Paul
2 to 8 pm
This year, we are partnering with the Dakota Jazz Club and their new venue, The Vieux Carré, in downtown St Paul.
Come to enjoy live music, food and drink, kids activities (free crafts and facepaint!), artists' marketplace, pétanque games, Citroën car rides, a mime, a French book sale, and more! 
Musical acts include Mark Stillman & Francine Roche, Lo' Jo, and the New Standards!
An evening program will follow at The Vieux Carré. Bastille Day attendees will be welcome to attend free of charge.
Admission is $10, kids under 12 are free. Purchase tickets through our office (612 332 0436) or online
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