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Education USA weekly updates – No. 242 * 15 August 2011

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Issue # 242 August 15th, 2011

I. Financial Aid

UG: North Dakota State Academic & Cultural Sharing Scholarships

UG: Wartburg College Loret Ruppe Merit & Meistersinger Music Scholarships Postgrad/Postdoc: National Gallery of Art in Washington DC Fellowships Postgrad/Postdoc: National Endowment for Deomcracy Research Fellowships

II. Campus News

• Howard Hughes Medical Institute Recognizes Outstanding International Students in Science

• Yale Names Several International Students Andrew Sabin Environmental Fellows

• International Exchange Students Cultivate World Peace and Share Culture in Hawaii

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NORTH DAKOTA STATE ACADEMIC & CULTURAL SHARING SCHOLARSHIPS

The Academic & Cultural Sharing Scholarship at North Dakota State

University offers international undergraduate students the chance to pay

only 50% of the non-resident tuition rate, which is currently a savings of about $8,700 per year. This scholarship is available to all international undergraduates who qualify for admission at North Dakota State University, hold F-1 student status, and continue to uphold the necessary academic requirements and service requirements.

Recipients of the scholarship are expected to share their cultures with U.S. students, faculty, staff and members of the community in activities that are both academically and culturally beneficial. This will enable people in the community to increase their knowledge of the scholarship recipients’ home countries and cultures. Scholarship pplications for the 2012-13 academic year should be submitted along with the general application for admission.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/qIeCi7

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WARTBURG COLLEGE LORET RUPPE MERIT & MEISTERSINGER MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

At Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, the Loret Ruppe International

Student Scholarship provides international undergraduates with financial

awards ranging from $1,000 to $24,000 per year. Named in honor of former Peace Corps Director and US Ambassador Loret Ruppe, the scholarships are based on scholastic achievement, participation in co-curricular activities (such as sports, music, or drama), community service, and financial need. Scholarships are renewable each academic year if students maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

International students are also eligible for the Wartburg College Meistersinger Music Scholarships, which recognize students skilled in vocal, keyboard, and instrumental music. Check Wartburg’s Global Admissions website in early 2012 for scholarship information for the 2012-13 academic year. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/nrNhU4

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART IN WASHINGTON DC FELLOWSHIPS The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National

Gallery announces its annual program of support for advanced predoctoral and postdoctoral research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, urbanism, and photographic media. Application for a predoctoral fellowship may

be made only through nomination by the chair of a graduate department of art history or other appropriate department. The nominee must be enrolled in a university in the United States and must have completed all departmental requirements, including course work, residency, and general and preliminary examinations, before November 15, 2011. Certification in two languages other than English is required.

CASVA also provides a postdoctoral fellowship for the academic years 2012-14. This award, valued at $50,000 per year, is supported by a grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. In addition to research and writing in residence, the fellow will participate in intensive seminars and teach one course at a university in the area. Applicants must have received their PhD in art history (or equivalent field) between October 1, 2006, and October 1, 2011. The application must be submitted by October 15, 2011.

Please see the website for a complete list of fellowship opportunities and eligibility criteria.

For more information, please visit: http://1.usa.gov/qKgyhz

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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEOMCRACY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is an international exchange program that offers practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world the opportunity to spend five months at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in Washington DC, in order to undertake independent research on

democracy in a particular country or region. Practitioners focus on strategies and best practices for strengthening democracy in their country of interest, while scholars conduct original research for publication.

The program hosts two five-month fellowship sessions per year, during which fellows are expected to work full-time on their projects. Projects may address the economic, political, social, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development and include a range of methodologies and approaches. All fellows receive a monthly payment, health insurance, and roundtrip travel reimbursement. The application deadline is November 1, 2011.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/osma6a

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HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN SCIENCE

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) recently announced the first 48 recipients of a new program designed to benefit international predoctoral students who have research expertise. This year, the International Student Research Fellowship allowed these 48 exceptionally talented graduate students from 22 countries to devote their full attention to research at a critical time during their professional development as scientists.

The International Student Research Fellowship program aims to support science and engineering students during their third, fourth, and fifth years of graduate school. HHMI chose to start this program because it recognized an ongoing problem: international students in U.S. graduate schools often have difficulty getting funding to support their studies because they are ineligible for many federal grants and state scholarships reserved for U.S. citizens. Details about next year’s HHMI Fellowship Competition will be available on the website soon.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/pK1qH7

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YALE NAMES SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ANDREW SABIN ENVIRONMENTAL FELLOWS

Several international students at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies have recently been named Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows. The fellowship recipients, who are from Mexico, India, China, Jordan, and Nepal, will receive up to $35,000, broken down into $20,000 for tuition in their second year of study and $15,000 for post-graduation to pursue environmental careers in their home countries.

Funded by the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, the fellowships aim to bring smart, dedicated professionals to Yale’s environment school for training and research. Fellows will then utilize their knowledge to address critical global environmental challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss and forest degradation.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/qW8Vro

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INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE STUDENTS CULTIVATE WORLD PEACE AND SHARE CULTURE IN HAWAII

World peace is being cultivated through a program that brings youth from all over the world to Hawaii for the chance to bridge cultures and build better understanding between countries.

In the process of their stay, they’ll help build better international relationships, one family at a time.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/mVSvkV

Contact an EducationUSA adviser near you for guidance on finding and applying to an accredited U.S. college or university. EducationUSA.state.gov (Note: students must apply for financial aid directly with the institution listed)

An archive of these and other past financial aid and news announcements is available at EducationUSA.info/financial-aid

EducationUSA would like to thank all the institutions, foundations, and other organizations which so generously provide the financial aid and news information contained herein.