July 07, 2010

Germany: PhD Fellowships in Applied Mathematics

The International Graduate College “Stochastics and Real World Models” Beijing-Bielefeld advertises fellowships for PhD students, starting Oct 1st, 2010

In the framework of an International Graduate College (International Research Training Group, supported by DFG) we offer fellowships for a PhD program starting October 1, 2010, for up to 3 years duration.

The program is organized by the Bielefeld University Mathematics Department in cooperation with the Departments of Economics and Physics, the research institutions IMW and BiBoS, and together with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (partner institutions: IAM, AMSS, GUCAS). Doctorate degrees will be awarded by one of the three Departments of Bielefeld University.

The interdisciplinary training and research program is oriented towards the study of modern methods in Stochastics and their application in Physics and Economics. A structured course program will enable students to undertake research projects without undue delay. Lectures and courses by visiting scientists, as well as the exchange program with China, will further contribute to a broad and internationally viable education.

Graduates (Master level) from the aforementioned three fields with a pronounced interest in Mathematics and its interdisciplinary applications are encouraged to apply.
We are aiming to increase the proportion of female researchers in the college; given parity with respect to all other relevant criteria, female applicants will receive preferential treatment in the fellowship awarding decisions.
Candidates with physical disabilities who fulfill the abovementioned criteria are particularly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: August 13, 2010. Post-deadline applications may possibly also be considered.

Please submit PDF files of
  • your completed application form (including the names and contact data two possible referees) along with
  • your CV,
  • copies of your diplomas and certificates,
  • a sketch of your research interests, and
  • possibly your written work (papers, theses, etc.),

Prof. Dr. Michael Röckner
Fakultät für Mathematik
Universität Bielefeld

Email: roeckner@MATH
(CC: nicole.zimmermann@UNI)

(MATH is short for math.uni-bielefeld.de; UNI is short for uni-bielefeld.de)

website link:

July 05, 2010

Austria: 2 PhD Positions in Mathematics

Two PhD positions at the Inverse Problems group in RICAM, Austria

Description of the positions
Two PhD positions are open in the group “Inverse Problems”, at Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM), Linz, Austria. These positions are part of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project:[P22341-N18] “Electromagnetic Scattering by complex interfaces”, led by Dr. M. Sini.

The starting date is estimated for September 1st 2010 or as soon as possible but not later than January 1st 2011. The positions are limited to three years. The research is funded according to the FWF salary guidelines. The starting gross income (approx. 1851.00 Euros) includes social security (pension), health care coverage, and unemployment benefits. Some additional funds will also be available for research purposes (conference participation, research visits abroad, etc.). The working language is English.

For both the positions a Master’s degree in fields related to the mathematical analysis of partial differential equations is required and an advanced knowledge in computational mathematics (as boundary finite elements) is highly appreciated.

Application material to be sent to mourad.sini@oeaw.ac.at
  • A detailled CV, describing yourself, your research interests, achievements etc.
  • The scanned images of the Master’s degree certi¯cat as well as the academic transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation (one of them from your Master thesis advisor).
An abstract of the project
Scattering or boundary value problems for complex interfaces have at least two di®erent origins:
  • They are approximate models for penetrable obstacles where the material of the interior part of the obstacle is so highly reflecting and does allow only week absorbtion. Hence the transmission conditions across the interface of the obstacle are replaced by surface impedance type boundary conditions.
  • Artificial materials, distributed along the surface of the obstacle, are used to produce more (or less) scattering by the obstacle. These artificial materials are modeled by coefficients appearing in the ‘modified’ transmission conditions.
A complex interface is characterized by its location, its geometry and the material distributed in/on it.

We are interested in studying the inverse problems associated to these two situations for some models described by the Maxwell systems. We divide our study into two interdependent parts:
  • Inverse problems, In this case, we are given exterior measurements (boundary or scattering measurements) and we want to reconstruct the unknown complex interface.
  • Design problems. In this case, we know the (shape of the) obstacle and we want to design it in such a way to be more (or less, if needed) visible from exterior measurements. We are interested by designs using surface or body coatings.
More details can be found at http://www.ricam.oeaw.ac.at/people/page/sini/

website link: http://www.ricam.oeaw.ac.at/people/page/sini/FWF-Project-Abstract.pdf

July 03, 2010

China: International Young Scientist Fellowship of Institute of Physics

Program Profile
The Institute of Physics (IOP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) seeks applicants for its newly established IOP International Young Scientist Fellowship. IOP is a multi-disciplinary research institutefocusing on the basic and applied physics with a history of more than 80 years. Its current research activities concentrate mainly on condensed matter physics, optical physics, atomic/molecular physics, plasma physics, soft matter/biophysicsand computation physics. The IOP program of International Young Scientist Fellowship intends to recruit and support outstanding young researchers with exceptional prospect and encourage andto encourage ambitious collaborations between IOP and the international academia. The fellowship position is for one year and renewable up to three years.

  • PhD degree from a university outside Mainland China during the recentfive years.
  • Excellent academic standing with certain achievements.
  • A good team player with strong cooperation spirit.
Salary and Benefits
  • The annual salary is RMB 180,000 (~ $26,300).
  • A travel allowance up to RMB 20,000 (~ $2,900) per year is offered for international or domestic conferences.
  • Medical & health insurance package.
Application Procedure

All candidates are required to submit the materials specified as below:
  • Fill up the online form of International Young Scientist Fellowship.
  • A detailed resume including the education background, working experience and proposed research plan.
  • Three recommendation letters sent directly to IOP by the referees.
Applicants are encouraged to choose a sponsor from the IOP faculty members. If the applicant can not determine at the beginning, we will recommend one according to his/her research background. The selection committee will carefully evaluate all the applicants materials and arrange interviews for candidates on the short list. The travel expenses for the interview will be fully covered by IOP.

Application Deadline: Twice a year – Feb. 28 for spring term

- Aug. 31 for fall term

Notification of Fellowship Awards: – March 31 for spring term

- Sep. 30 for fall term


All the electronic materials can be submitted via e-mail to Ms. Wanyan Wang (iysfiphy.ac.cn).

Signed letters and original documents should be mailed to the address as below:

Ms. Wanyan Wang

Human Resource Department, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

P.O. Box 603, Beijing 100190, P.R. China

For online registration and more information, please visit: http://hre.iphy.ac.cn/hr/

July 01, 2010

Germany: 10 PhD Positions Mathematic Arithmetic Geometry

The DFG-Graduiertenkolleg GRK 1692 “Curvature, Cycles, and Cohomology” at the Department of Mathematics of the University Regensburg announces the opening of

10 PhD positions and 2 postdoc positions

starting October 1, 2010. Its areas of research focus on the interaction of arithmetic geometry, global analysis, and geometric PDE. The prospective applicant should have a Diploma or Master degree and seek to finish a PhD project within 3 years.

Applications are to be sent to

Prof. Ulrich Bunke
Universität Regensburg
93040 Regensburg

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

For further information see www-gkmathematik.uni-regensburg.de

June 29, 2010

Australia: PhD Scholarships Lipid Metabolism and Alzheimer’s Disease

Scholarship Description
University of Wolllongong (UOW) is a prestigious teaching and research University. The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) is a collaborative venture of UOW and the South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service (SWSIAHS). Its goal is to further develop health and medical research undertaken in the Illawarra, with a focus on collaboration across the academic and clinical research contexts. IHMRI is seeking two PhD students that will focus on project dealing with lipid metabolism and Alzheimer’s disease under the supervisor of ARC Future Fellow, Professor Brett Garner. Applicants must have attained a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant biomedical field. Sound communication, organisational and academic writing skills are required and background in lipid metabolism or an area of neuroscience would be desired.

Reference Number: 4918
Study Subject: Lipid metabolism and Alzheimer’s disease
Provided By: Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong
To be undertaken at: University of Wollongong.
Level: Post Graduate (Research)

This scholarship is offered once only to 2 people. Open for applications until July 11, 2010.
Payment Information

The value of this scholarship is unspecified (per annum). This award is to be used for living expenses. This scholarship is paid fortnightly for the period of 3 years.
Research Information

This scholarship is for one of the following fields of research: MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES.


This scholarship requires you to have achieved Honours 1 or equivalent, or Honours 2a or equivalent.
Application Details

To apply for this scholarship you must apply directly to the scholarship provider. Terms and conditions are subject to change. Always confirm details with scholarship provider before applying.

Main Contact
Prof Brett Garner (Illawarra Health & Medical Research Inst)
University of Wollongong
Email: brettg@uow.edu.au

June 24, 2010

MS/PhD scholarships at SEARCA

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) was established by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 1966 primarily “to provide to the participating countries high quality graduate study in agriculture; promote, undertake, and coordinate research programs related to the needs and problems of the Southeast Asian region; and disseminate the findings of agricultural research and experimentation.” The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) invites applications for its graduate scholarship (MS and PhD) in agriculture and related fields (including biological sciences, social sciences, economics and statistics, forestry and fisheries, environmental sciences, agro-industrial technology and engineering, biochemistry, and development management).

PhD Research Scholarship
Launched in November 2005, the SEARCA PhD Research Scholarship provides financial support to a limited number of qualified PhD students whose researches are relevant to the priority thrusts of SEARCA.

This scholarship program aims to:
1.Provide PhD students the opportunity to use the resources and facilities available at SEARCA and its network of universities for their research;
2.Produce quality research papers for publication; and
3.Enable them to work with SEARCA’s R&D personnel on mutually identified areas of concerns/interests in agriculture and rural development.

Eligibility for the Grant
Any graduate student who is a citizen of any SEAMEO member country and pursuing a PhD in agriculture or related sciences from any university in the world is eligible to apply for the scholarship.

The applicant must have already completed his/her course work with an approved dissertation proposal and is ready to conduct the dissertation research.The applicant’s research must focus on any of SEARCA’s priority thrusts under the broad themes of natural resource management and promotion of agricultural competitiveness.

Application Requirements
  • Filled out Application Form (see below);
  • Letter of application for the research scholarship;
  • Recommendation letter from the Dean of Graduate School of the university where the student is pursuing his/her degree program;
  • Dissertation research outline/proposal approved by the Advisory Committee and Dean of Graduate School;
  • Budgetary requirement for the entire research duly attested and recommended by the major adviser and Dean of Graduate School;
  • Certified transcript of academic records for all courses taken at the PhD level;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Letter from the student certifying that he/she is not receiving any other research grant from any other institution. If partial funding has been obtained from other sources, a certification from the funding agency indicating the amount of grant and the items in the research that are covered by the grant; and
  • Research timetable indicating the activities involved in the research, the expected date of defense and expected date of seminar paper presentation.
Application deadlines are 1 April and 1 September.
Applications should be addressed to:
Dr. Editha C. Cedicol, Manager of Graduate Scholarship Department, SEARCA, Los Baños 4031 Laguna, Philippines

PhD Research Scholarship
SEARCA PhD Research Scholarship application form
PhD Research Scholarship Invitation for Applications

MS/PhD Scholarships
Its people are Southeast Asia’s most potent force for progress. Hence, agricultural human resource development has been SEARCA’s primary goal since its establishment. SEARCA is one of the “centers of excellence” established by SEAMEO. As such, SEARCA assists SEAMEO member countries in producing highly trained human resources in agriculture and related sciences to accelerate agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia.

Two of SEARCA’s activities that carry out this mandate are the Graduate Study Program and the University Consortium. Both activities are handled by the Graduate Scholarship Department (GSD).
This degree scholarship was initiated in academic year 1968-69 and aims to ensure the relevance and responsiveness of Southeast Asia’s agricultural scientists and professionals to global sustainable development issues.

The program provides support for advanced studies leading to the MS and PhD degrees in agriculture, forestry, and related fields. Thus, SEARCA aims to prepare grantees for positions of leadership in developing economies of SEAMEO member countries.

Applicants may also view information on benefits and privileges of scholars, places of study, application procedures, where to apply, recruitment procedures, and conditions of the grant.

Benefits and Privileges
The SEARCA scholarship offers the following benefits and privileges:
  • Financial Support covers stipend, tuition, international and domestic travel allowances, thesis/dissertation support, book allowance, and health insurance. The domestic travel allowance is sometimes allowed to support registration fees in training courses/seminars/workshops.
Discounted Accommodation. Scholars are encouraged to stay at the SEARCA Residence Hotel (SRH) to meet other graduate students of different nationalities. Scholars who bring their families with them can stay in SEARCA apartments, also at subsidized rental fee.

Assistance with Student Visa Processing. The Center takes care of processing the extension of its scholars’ student visas for the duration of their scholarship.

Computer Purchase Loan. This is given to scholars without interest and payable to the Center in a specified number of months through automatic stipend deduction.

In-house and Other Training Courses or Seminars. Scholars may avail of these training courses upon request, especially in fields related to their studies. Official functions like the weekly SEARCA Agriculture and Development Seminar Series are also open to them. They are, therefore, exposed to exchange of ideas outside their classrooms.

Use of SEARCA Facilities. Facilities open to SEARCA scholars are the Center’s Library and Email Room. Scholars studying at UPLB are given free SEARCA e-mail accounts and e-mail access.

Participation in Sociocultural Activities. SEARCA scholars are introduced to the SEARCA family through orientation/welcome party. Being part of the SEARCA family, they are invited to the Center’s summer outing, sportsfest, anniversary celebration, and Christmas parties.

Counseling. Scholars who are experiencing academic difficulties and those with personal problems may seek guidance from the Graduate Scholarship Department.

Places of Study
  • Any of the following universities, as well as those that have institutional arrangements with SEARCA, may serve as study posts of SEARCA MS and PhD scholars:
  • University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Kasetsart University (KU)Bangkok, Thailand
  • Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB)Bogor, Indonesia
  • University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD)Quezon City, Philippines
  • University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV)Miag-ao, Iloilo, Philippines
  • Thammasat University Thailand
  • National University of Singapore Singapore
  • University of Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Five of these universities are members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources. SEARCA serves as the Secretariat of the University Consortium.
SEARCA reserves the right to make the final decision on the choice of ten scholars’ study post. Therefore, applicants are required to submit to SEARCA applications for admission to the Graduate Schools of three universities in the list.

Where to Apply

  • THE HEADBureau for International CooperationMinistry of Education and CultureGedung C. Lantai 7Jln Jenderal SudirmanSenayan, Jakarta 10270 IndonesiaTel: (62-21) 581 665, 582 954, 584 477Fax: (62-21) 573 6870
  • THE MINISTERMinistry of AgricultureRoom No. 3, 5th Floor, Building C, Jl. HarsonoRagunan, Pasar MingguJakarta, IndonesiaTel: (62-21) 581 665, 582 954, 584 477Fax (62-21) 573 8181, 572 0162
  • THE MINISTERMinistry of Forestry and Estate CropsManggala WanabhaktiJl. Jen Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270 IndonesiaTel: (62-21) 573 0213, 573 0475Fax: (62-21) 573 8732
Any interested national of a SEAMEO member country may apply for scholarship. Applications may be submitted to any one of the following Ministries of his/her own country:
  • Ministy of Education
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Forestry
  • Ministry of Fisheries
  • Ministry of Rural Development
Application forms and information brochures on the universities that may serve as study posts of SEARCA scholars are available at these Ministries.
Each applicant is required to submit the following documents:
  • SEARCA Scholarship Application Form (2 copies);
  • Application forms for admission to the Graduate School of the universities where the applicant may pursue graduate studies under SEARCA scholarship;
  • Official transcript of academic records of each degree completed (BS transcript for MS applicants and BS and MS transcripts for PhD applicants);
  • Certification of employment;
  • A two-page write-up on agricultural competitiveness or natural resource management;
  • A brief description of the research that the applicant plans to conduct for thesis/dissertation. The research topic must be in line with the priority thrusts of SEARCA. (SEARCA Five-Year Plan may be viewed at http://www.searca.org/web/e_library/reports/SEARCA%208th%20Five-Year%20Plan.pdf;
  • Two copies of passport-size pictures of the applicant;
  • Certification from a medical doctor that the applicant is in good physical and mental health condition and is fit to undertake graduate studies;
  • Official endorsement from the employer;
  • Results of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): score of 550 for paper-based and 213 for computer-based) or IELTS results (6.0). The TOEFL results must be issued by Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Check the schedule and venue of TOEFL tests in your country at http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/tclists/BOTH_a.html or download copy of the schedule here .
Application Forms
SEARCA – download

UP Los Baños Graduate School (UPLB GS)
- UPLB GS Form No. 1 (Application) download
- UPLB GS Form No. 2 (Recommendation) download
- UPLB GS Form No. 3 (English Proficiency) download

UP Diliman (UPD)
- College of Science download
- School of Economics download

UP Visayas (UPV)
- Graduate Program in Fisheries download
- Graduate Program in Marine Affairs download

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) – Graduate Program download
Kasetsart University (KU) – Graduate Program download
Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) – Graduate Program download
Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) – Graduate Program download

Contact detail: gsd@agri.searca.org or ecc@agri.searca.org
More info: www.searca.org

Germany: PhD Scholarships in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

The International Max Planck Research School for Science and Technology of Nanostructures is intended for young scientists and researchers who wish to obtain their doctorate degree. The research students work on experimental or theoretical projects in the interdisciplinary field of nanostructures and their properties. They will be provided with additional training in form of lectures, workshops and soft skill courses. The language of the Research School is English.

We are looking for excellent international and German students from physics, chemistry, engineering sciences or similar fields. The students should hold a degree equivalent to a Master or Diploma degree from a German university.

The Research School is a joint initiative of the Martin-Luther-University, the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials, and the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and encourages disabled individuals to apply. It also aims at increasing the number of female staff in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore encourages women to apply.

The next full call for applications will be published in June 14th, 2010 for classes starting in April 2011. Applications should be submitted before July 5th, 2010. Further details, additional information on the application procedure and the application form can be found at www.nano-imprs.mpg.de.

Contact: Dr. Ksenia Boldyreva, Scientific Coordinator, imprs@mpi-halle.mpg.de, Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle, Germany.

Field(s): nanotechnology
Application deadline: Jul 05 (Mon), 2010
Submitted: Jun 21, 2010
Contact: Dr. Ksenia Boldyreva
E-mail: imprs@mpi-halle.de
Phone: +49-345-5582624
Address: Nano-IMPRS, Coordination Office, Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle, Germany
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