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The British Academy: 2020 Global Professorships Program for International Scholars

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The Global Professorships is a funded program for mid-career to senior scholars in disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Scholars who are currently employed outside the United Kingdom, have the opportunity to be based for four years in the UK and make a contribution to UK research and higher education.

The Global Professorships are expected to add significant value to the UK host institutions and vice versa, and thus the projects must be significant, leading to novel and innovative collaborations. With the Global Professorships, the Academy is looking to support academics that are proposing ambitious, beyond the state-of-the-art applications that break new ground. The Academy views the Global Professorships as an opportunity to apply to undertake high-risk, curiosity-driven research in the humanities and social sciences that enables the award-holders and their UK host institutions to achieve a step change in their respective research programmes.

Awards will not be made retrospectively: the work for which support is requested must not have commenced before the award is announced.

The Academy welcomes applications from a diverse range of UK host institutions. In the current competition round, the Academy wishes to particularly encourage applications from historically and / or structurally disadvantaged groups, low-income countries and from female applicants.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be recognised scholars or researchers with exceptional promise who are on a permanent contract outside the UK (which may be part-time or full-time) or, if temporary, would normally be on a contract that will not end during the course of the grant unless expressly agreed with the Academy prior to the application being submitted that such an application would be considered eligible, in any field of the humanities or the social sciences.
  • Hold a doctoral degree (or have equivalent research experience).
    • Be available to take up an unpaid leave of absence, a long-term secondment or employment at an eligible UK host institution. Eligible institutions include but are not limited to the British International Research Institutes.
    • Provide a formal statement of support from a senior member of their proposed host institution in the UK (normally expected to be a Pro-Vice-Chancellor or equivalent, or at minimum Head of Department/Faculty/Institute).
    • Nominate one academic referee who is not based at the UK host institution or at the overseas institution at which the applicant is currently based at the time of application and is not involved in the programme of research and other activities submitted as part of the application.

Awards are only available to individuals, to be held in an institutional context. Co-applicants are not permitted.

For more details on eligibility, please see the scheme notes.

Value and duration

Awards are for a period of four years and must be taken up between 1 August 2020 and 1 February 2021.

The British Academy will provide funding of up to £187,500 per annum, and up to £750,000 over four years.

The host UK institution is expected to contribute up to £37,500 per annum (or 20% of the Academy’s annual contribution) towards the costs of the Professorship, excluding indirect and estate costs.

Application process

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s grants application system, Flexi-Grant.

Application, reference, supporting statement and UK host institution application approval deadline: 17.00 (UK time) on Wednesday 19 February 2020.

For more information, visit the British Academy Global Professorships website

 

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5 affordable abroad study destinations to consider

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If you wish to pursue your education abroad, it is important to consider budget for tuition costs, costs of living and all associated expenses. If you’re on a budget, countries with high living costs should not be considered even if the tuition costs of schools are low. 

Here are 5 suitable countries to consider for individuals interested in obtaining good degrees in foreign schools while on a budget.

Malaysia

According to Vanguard News, about 13000 Nigerian students study in Malaysian universities.  It’s a study destination for Nigerians due to its low cost of living, relatively low tuition fees and global recognition of academic qualification. There is also the occasional scholarship to international students.

Tuition fees will probably set you back anywhere between 3500 Euros to 5000 Euros per year. Costs of living will most likely be anywhere between 350 Euros to 500 Euros per month.

Hungary

Hungary according to a UNESCO survey is gradually becoming a destination country for foreign education. Three quarters of  international students in Hungary come from just ten countries. Nigeria is among these ten countries. 

International students will have to pay tuition fees which usually range between 1000-3000 Euros every academic year. Also, they may need to pay registration fees which range between 40-700 Euros depending on the course chosen by a student. Cost of living in Hungary is approximately 450-500 Euros per month.

Germany

The country’s higher education system has a strong reputation and, most importantly, tuition is FREE of charge generally for many undergrad and Masters courses. 

All you have to pay is a fee of around €100 (£75) to €250 (£185) per semester, which covers administration costs as well as the work of the student union.

Life in Germany is relatively cheap compared to other countries, too. The German Academic Exchange Service recommends a monthly budget of around €800 (£595) to cover expenses, which is enough to enjoy your stay without having to pinch pennies.

Portugal

Portugal has many beautiful and interesting features that make international students simply fall in love with this country once they come here for their study experience. For one thing, you enjoy amazing weather, beautiful beaches and landscapes, lovely cuisine and fine wines.

Secondly, Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in Europe, with low living costs, and Portuguese universities offer numerous quality study programmes while charging affordable tuition fees.

Tuition fees for bachelor’s and master’s degrees average around 950-1,250 Euros per year. Cost of living is approximately 800 Euros although this can vary depending on lifestyle.

 

Luxembourg

Although it is one of the tiniest countries in the world, Luxembourg offers a splendidly cosmopolitan environment and a home to plenty of top-ranked universities.

Luxembourg is also one of the safest nations in the world; and, due to its multiculturalism, any foreign student can easily adapt to the vibrant and lively atmosphere of Luxembourg.

Tuition fees will depend on what type of course you choose to study and at what level. On average, you should expect to pay between €400 and €800 per year. For business-related studies, tuition fees are around €4,000-€5,000 per year. Cost of living is approximately 300-450 Euros.

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AgriLab Ideation Workshop & Incubation for Young Nigerian Startups

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Ventures Platform, an Abuja based Nigerian technology hub has partnered with the Embassy of Ireland to bring Agrilab program to Nigeria.  

AgriLab aims to enable young Nigerians to turn their startup ideas into full-fledged business models ready for investment.

AgriLab focuses on the agritech sector, an area where Ireland is a world leader and in which Nigeria needs to develop in order to diversify its economy and meet the demands of a fast growing population.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • You are a Nigerian with a business idea in the agritech space that clearly identifies the problem it solves.
  • You have a sustainable and scalable business model.
  • You are resident in Nigeria
  • You are between the ages of 18 – 35
  • You are available to participate in the entire program if selected
  • You are able to travel to Ireland for a business visit as part of this program
  • You have a valid International Passport for the duration of the trip.
  • Team Capabilities
  • Agribusiness is Tech-enabled
  • A completed application form

Benefits:

3-Day Ideation Workshop and Bootcamp

Selected startups get to learn the requisite knowledge needed to be accepted into the Incubation Program.

Incubation

Participants will be exposed to workshops, mentorship and office spaces.

Seed Capital

Participants get to receive $2,000 in seed capital.

A Trip to Ireland

The winning team will receive an all-expense paid trip to Ireland to meet and network with potential business partners and state agencies.

Apply Here

Application deadline – 18th December 2019

For more information, visit http://agrilab.venturesplatform.com/

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