UNU-EHS/ University of Bonn: Fully-funded masters scholarships for students from developing countries 2019

UNU-EHS/ University of Bonn: Fully-funded scholarships for students from developing countries 2019UNU-EHS and the Geography Department of the University of Bonn invite applications for the International joint MSc programme: Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security. This Joint Master’s is part of a selected group of international postgraduate programmes that benefits from the EPOS funding scheme offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Students from developing countries are invited to apply for the fully funded masters scholarships for the 2019 academic year.

A list of available programmes can be found here.

Application deadline: January 15th,2018

Eligibility

Eligible candidates should fulfill the following requirements in addition to the general eligibility criteria for the Master’s programme:

  • Being a candidate from an eligible Developing Country (check the list on DAAD website);
  • Having at least 2 years of work experience after the Bachelor’s and before applying for Epos programme (i.e. with an NGO, GO, or the private sector);
  • Having graduated from their Bachelor not more than 5 years ago;
  • Having completed no other Master in a similar field of studies;
  • Wishing to apply the post-Master knowledge in career as practitioner (not in an academic area/PHD) further contributing to development;
  • Being ready to fully commit to start with the Joint Master Programme once accepted by Joint Master’s selection committee and for funding through Epos

How to apply

Students wishing to be considered for these masters scholarships need to apply for the programme as well by submitting a separate application pack ; acceptance to the former does not guarantee acceptance to the latter.

Application process

UNU-EHS and the Geography Department of the University of Bonn welcome applicants who possess a first degree (Bachelor’s) in a higher education programme in Geography or a related discipline. The ideal candidate has a strong interest or experience in working in the field of human-nature relations and risk governance in the Global South. Applicants from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Joint Master’s Programme has an annual intake. The next programme will start in October 2019. Applications are accepted during the application period from November 2018 to 15 January 2019.

A complete application packet consists of the following documents:

  1. Completed, signed and dated application form
  2. A signed resume/CV
    • An up to date Résumé or CV including a chronological listing of employment and other significant activities must be submitted with your application. Make sure your CV information corresponds precisely to the certificates and letters of recommendation attached to your application!
  3. Letter of motivation
    • A written statement, one to two pages in length, describing motivation, area of proposed research, background, past work in the intended field of study, plans for further postgraduate study and any other information that is relevant. Applicants who are currently registered in a postgraduate programme at another university should explain why they wish to change programmes.
  4. Official transcripts reflecting the courses and grades achieved per each year and semester
    • Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college or university in which they were enrolled for any period of time, showing all courses, grades and degrees received;
    • Only transcripts that have been certified by the university where the degree was awarded will be accepted;
    • Additional Certified Transcripts in cases where additional academic credits were earned outside of Degrees awarded, or in case of courses attended within exchange programmes (i.e. Erasmus, student exchange etc.);
    • In cases where the transcript is written in any other language than English, a certified translation of the transcript into English is also required. Translated versions can be certified either by the originating university or an official national or international institution.
  5. Bachelor’s and, if applicable, Master’s Degree Certificate in English
  6. Certificate of English language proficiency; please check the language requirements
  7. A sample of academic writing written as part of the fulfillment of the first degree (preferably in English)
    • any academic writings (Essay, Research paper, published academic article etc.) written as part of the fulfillment of your university studies;
    • an Essay related to GeoRisk topic;
    • Bachelor’s Thesis or its extract
  8. Recommendation letters from your current and/or previous lecturers (these must be signed, dated, stamped, and on a letterhead); any other relevant documents – optional
  9. If the candidate wishes to be considered for the EPOS funding (Masters scholarships )by the DAAD the candidate should submit in a separate PDF file the following documents (all REQUIRED):
  • DAAD application form
  • CV / Résumé signed and dated
  • Motivation statement
  • Bachelor’s and, if applicable, Master’s Transcript of Academic Records reflecting the courses and grades achieved per each year and semester
  • Bachelor’s and, if applicable, Master’s Degree Certificate in English
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (check the language requirements)
  • Academic Recommendation Letter/s from your current and/or previous lecturers; these must be signed, recently dated, stamped, and on a letterhead
  • Professional Recommendation Letter/s from your current and/or previous employers; these must be signed, recently dated, stamped, and on a letterhead
  • Work certificate/s from your current and/or previous employers
    • Must reflect the period of the mandatory min. 2 years professional experience after Bachelor’s studies;
    • These must mention the period of employment, must be signed, dated, stamped, and on a letterhead;
    • The certificates must correspond chronologically to the info reflected in your CV/ Résumé.

All application documents for the Master’s Programme must be sent in one PDF (merged), and Epos scholarship application documents in another PDF file (merged). If the academic work is exceeding the accepted size, the applicant may submit it in a separate PDF file as well. Each file should not exceed 8 Megabytes (MB). Send completed application packet/s exclusively online to: master-georisk@ehs.unu.edu

Only digital versions sent via email will be accepted. We do not accept applications sent via post.

Completed application packets must be received before the application deadline = January 15th, at 23:59 CET (Central European Time) for Bonn, Germany.

All candidates get a notification on their application status by mid May 2019.

Selection process

The selection process for the EPOS funding among shortlisted candidates will happen between February and April each year.

Candidates that do not fulfill the EPOS requirements but wish to benefit from financial support during their studies are invited to apply individually and early to other available funding programmes in Germany.

For additional questions that are not covered by the FAQ, please contact: master-georisk@ehs.unu.edu.

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