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UNESCO/Russian Federation Co-Sposnored Fellowships

Initiated in April 2008, As Energy issues are a priority for the international community and the United Nations system, the government of the Russian Federation, represented by the International Center for Sustainable Energy Development (ISEDC), Moscow, offers fellowships of two months’ duration. The aim of these fellowships is to enhance the capacity-building and human resources development in the area of sustainable and renewable energy resources in developing countries and countries in transition. 

In line with the strategy and objectives of the approved UNESCO Programme and Budget for 2010-2011(35 C/5) for the Participation Programme and Fellowships Section, the UNESCO Category II International Center for Sustainable Energy Development (ISEDC) in Moscow (Russian Federation) is offering twenty (20) fellowships of two months’ duration each. The training activities in the framework of these fellowships are tenable in specialized institutions in the Russian Federation. The language of instruction will be Russian. UNESCO will request applications from the developing countries and countries in transition (list of invited Member States).

FIELDS OF STUDY

In conformity with UNESCO’s objectives and programme priorities, as per approved 35 C/5, and in accordance with the decisions made by the Executive Board (161 EX/Decision 3.6.3 and 165 EX/Decision 8.6), candidates may apply under the following fields of study:

(a) Energy and sustainable development;
(b) Ecological management of energy resources;
(c) Renewable energy;
(d) Sustainable and renewable energy power generation.


DURATION

(a) Ten (10) fellowships will be awarded for a training period that will take place between April and June 2010; and

(b) Ten (10) fellowships will be awarded for a training period that will take place between October and December 2010


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

(a) Holder of at least a BSc degree or BA in Economics;
(b) Proficient in the Russian language;
(c) Not more than 50 years of age;
(d) Be in good health, both mentally and physically.

PROCEDURES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

(a) All applications should be endorsed by the National Commission for UNESCO and must be duly completed in English or French with the following attachments in duplicate:

• The prescribed UNESCO fellowship application form;
• Certified photocopies of Diplomas;

• Certificate of Russian Language proficiency – minimum 500 hours of language training (if Russian is not the mother tongue or was the language of instruction for some years of study);

• Six photographs;

• Subsequently, for those who have been selected, the UNESCO medical examination form duly completed by a recognized physician (not more than four months before the actual date of studies). The prescribed form of which will be sent along with the letter of award. Expenses incurred in the constitution of the medical dossiers will not be reimbursed.

(b) Files which are incomplete or which received after the deadline for application, as well as candidatures that do not fulfil the requirements mentioned above will not be taken into consideration.

(c) Each invited Member State is requested to nominate not more than two (2) candidates.


SELECTION OF BENEFICIARIES

(a) The implementing agency in the Russian Federation will be the UNESCO Category II International Center for Sustainable Energy Development (ISEDC). The final selection of the beneficiaries for a fellowship lies with them.

(b) The National Commission of selected fellows will be duly informed by UNESCO and the letter of award will immediately follow thereafter.

(c) UNESCO will authorize the departure of beneficiaries who have complied with the requirements stipulated in the letter of award.

(d) Candidates who have not been informed of their selection by 1 September 2010 should consider that their applications had not been approved by the donor.


FACILITIES OFFERED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

(a) Beneficiaries will be exempt from paying tuition fees for the entire duration of their studies/training;

(b) Fellows will undertake studies/training under the supervision of an advisor or study director that will be provided by the host institution;

(c) The donor will pay stipends to beneficiaries (up to US $1000 per month), on a monthly basis, in local currency to cover meals, pocket expenses and incidentals.

(d) ISEDC will assist in obtaining modest housing for the fellows.


FACILITIES OFFERED BY UNESCO

(a) UNESCO will cover the cost of the round-trip international travel at the most economical rate and the most direct flight.

(b) UNESCO will pay a one-time travel allowance amounting to US$100 (one hundred US dollars) prior to the fellows’ departure for the Russian Federation.

(c) Health insurance. To avail of this entitlement, beneficiaries should be declared medically fit by the UNESCO Medical Service that examines the complete medical dossier.


OTHER CONDITIONS

(a) No provisions can be made to finance or lodge the fellows’ family members.

(b) Beneficiaries will be required to submit to UNESCO a short progress report co-signed by ISEDC at the end of the first month and a final report upon termination of the fellowship. These reports could be written in English or in French and copies of which will be furnished to ISEDC.


VISA

Selected fellows from countries where there are Russian Federation Embassies or Consulates must obtain their entry visa in their country prior to their departure. Fellows from countries where no such embassy/consulate exists must secure their visa through the nearest country where the Embassy or Consulate of the Russian Federation can be found.

UNESCO and the Russian Federation provide no allowance to defray passport and visa expenses.


DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: 15 January 2010


List of invited Memeber States

AFRICA
Angola*
Benin*
Botswana
Burkina Faso*
Burundi*
Cameroon
Cape Verde*
Central African Republic*
Chad*
Comoros*
Congo
Côte d’Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo*
Djibouti*
Equatorial Guinea*
Eritrea*
Ethiopia*
Gabon
Gambia*
Ghana
Guinea *
Guinea-Bissau*
Kenya
Lesotho*
Liberia *
Madagascar*
Malawi*
Mali*
Mauritius
Mozambique*
Namibia
Niger*
Nigeria
Rwanda*
Sao Tome and Principe*
Senegal*
Seychelles
Sierra Leone*
Somalia*
South Africa
Swaziland
Togo*
Uganda*
United Republic of Tanzania*
Zambia*
Zimbabwe


ARAB STATES

Algeria
Bahrain
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Mauritania*
Morocco
Oman
Saudi Arabia
Sudan*
Syrian Arab Republic
Tunisia
Yemen


ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Afghanistan*
Bangladesh*
Bhutan*
Cambodia*
China
Cook Islands
Federal States of Micronesia
Fiji
India
Indonesia
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Kazakhstan
Kiribati*
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic*
Malaysia
Maldives*
Marshall Islands
Mongolia
Myanmar*
Nauru
Nepal*
Niue
Pakistan
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Samoa*
Solomon Islands*
Sri Lanka
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor - Leste
Tonga
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu*
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu*
Viet Nam

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia (plurinacional State of)
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti *
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela (Bolivarian
Republic of)

EUROPE

Albania
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Georgia
Hungary
Latvia
Lithuania
Poland
Montenegro
Republic of Moldova
Republic of Serbia
Romania
Slovak Republic
The former Yugolsav Republic of Macedonia
Turkey
Ukraine

ASSOCIATE MEMBER STATE

Tokelau

OTHER TERRITORIES

Palestinian Autonomous Territories


* = Least Developed Country

Project Document Announcement letter---UNESCO-Russian Federation Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2010-2011 (2010 Cycle).pdf
Announcement date 06 Nov 2009
Deadline for applications 15 Jan 2010
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