Visiting Scholars and Small Research Grants, CMU

The Announcement for Visiting Scholars and Small Research Grants, Year 2008-2009

The fellowships aim to enhance capacity of human resources in the Mekong Region by using social sciences tools in exploring and understanding changes, relationships and complexity of issues such as transborder, resource management, ethnicity, cultural diversity, etc. in the context of regionalized development. It also aims to enhance understanding, information sharing and mutual learning regarding emerging issues of the Mekong Region, linked to a deeper and boarder conceptual understanding and analysis.

The Visiting Scholar Fellowships will be granted to academics, researchers, NGO workers from countries in the Mekong Region who would like to spend time in a dynamic multidisciplinary academic environment at RCSD for a period of three to six months. Fellows will be requested to write working papers based on their research projects and areas of their respective interests.

The Small Research Grants will provide the opportunity for interested people who are from both the academic and non-academic sectors such as a non-government organizations and media, etc to conduct research in the areas of social science and sustainable development focusing on the Mekong Region. Mid-career researchers, NGOs workers, development practitioners, and M.A and Ph.D. students who are pursuing their field research are eligible to applying for the research grants.

Both fellowships will be open to interested scholars, researchers, NGO workers, and media from countries in the Mekong Region whose citizenships were Thailand and neighboring countries in the Mekong Region namely; Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Southwest China only. RCSD will provide support which includes a monthly stipend, traveling costs, health insurance, books and supplies for the visiting scholars. As for Small Research Grants, the grant will also include monthly stipend, field research expenses and book and supplies.

Please find the announcement enclosed and an application form. It would be grateful if this information could be made available to the wider public and those who are interested applying for the fellowships. More information can be obtained by accessing our webpage: http://rcsd.soc.cmu.ac.th or contact us at rcsd@chiangmai.ac.th.

MPH Scholarship

Now my school, James P Grant School of Public Health (BRAC UNIVERSITY) is accepting scholarship application for one year MPH course and deadline is 30 June 08 .http://sph.bracu.ac.bd/ .

If you want degree with theory and practical experience, you should think this programme although it is in Bangladesh. According to programme, you have to go to field at every course and write report and make presentation after field visit. In our academic year, about 60% of our professors are come from other countries such as US,UK and Europe.

It is also very useful for someone who have years of experiences (atleast 3 years in NGO field) and need degree.Yes I don’t think fresh graduate is suitable for this course.Because she/he will not or cannot absorb easily.Or atleast he/she may not know about the benefits.

It is not same with Europe or US university where there are over 100 student per classroom normally. But our classroom is small size and about 30 students from 12 countries.Yes half of them are from Bangladeshi students.

By the way, if you cannot work or study the course the whole day from morning to midnight at least 6 months, it is better not to choose this course.You will feel regret for choosing this.

Finally your English level should be atleast Ban 6 in IELTS but it is better if your English level is ban 6.5.

Best Regards

AUNG KO KO