The Vera Scantlebury Brown Child Welfare Memorial Trust Scholarship

The Vera Scantlebury Brown Child Welfare Memorial Trust Scholarship was created in 1946 to commemorate the work of Dr Vera Scantlebury Brown, OBE, Director of Maternal Infant and Pre-School Welfare in Victoria from 1926 to 1946. It represents a celebration of Dr Scantlebury Brown’s leadership in the development of female professionals and as such is open to women only. Women who work in the area of prenatal, child and family health, development and well being are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of the Scholarship is to enable the successful applicant to undertake further studies or research overseas or in Australia.

The scholarship is generally offered every year and will be awarded next in late 2009 for commencement in 2010

Benefits and conditions
The Recipient will receive up to $7000
Every applicant shall at the time of her selection agree that within a period of no more than 12 months from the date of her completion of her study she shall return to Victoria and work for at least 12 months in the area in which she has gained training and experience.

Eligibility criteria
To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant should be a female and working in the area of prenatal, child and family health, development and well being

Selection criteria
Selection of the The Vera Scantlebury Brown Child Welfare Memorial Trust Scholarship is based on three main criteria: personal circumstances, academic merit, and strength of supporting documents

Application process
You will need to fill out the application form (please click on this link) and provide us with the relevant supporting documents. All applicants should provide a breakdown of their expenses with their application.

Closing date and timelines
Applicants must complete and submit an application to the Department of Paediatrics by August 14th 2009 Applications will be taken from the 1st July.

For further information
Please contact Andi Jansz-Gallent on 934 4545 or [email protected]

Contact information
Postal address
Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
Level 4, Front Entry Building
The Royal Children’s Hospital
Flemington Road, Parkville VIC 3052

Street address
As above

tel: +61 3 9345 4545
fax: +61 3 9345 6777
email: [email protected]


Student Talented Athlete Recognition Scheme (STARS)

Up to £1000 per annum

The Bursary is eligible to all full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students who are either already attending the College or who have applied for admission and have been accepted onto a course at Royal Holloway. Applicants for the scheme must have an outstanding ability in particular sport, being currently junior or senior international performers, or showing strong evidence of international potential. They must also make themselves available to represent the College and/or University of London in their sport.

The package offered is very generous and among a range of benefits include free access to sports therapy, limited on campus self-catering accommodation throughout the student's study period, and free access to campus sport facilities. More information is held at

Students interested in applying for a STARS Bursary can also contact the Sports Development Executive: [email protected], 01784 414431.

Completed application forms must be received by no later than 1 August 2009.

Download an application form or click here for further information.


The James Randi Educational Foundation Critical Thinking Scholarship Awards

The James Randi Educational Foundation
Critical Thinking Scholarship Awards
2009-2010 Academic Year Awards
How to Apply and Criteria for Awards

The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), will award up to $10,000 in academic scholarships this fall. The scholarships, in amounts of $5000, $2500, $1500, and $1000, may be awarded to deserving students in potentially any field of study, at the graduate or undergraduate level. A committee composed of a physicist, a social scientist, a physician, and a very senior member of the staff of Scientific American magazine will select the winners, with the awards being announced on or about September 1, 2009.

The criteria for awarding the scholarships will include the applicant's academic potential, background, and most importantly, their plan for building critical thinking skills into their chosen field of study, reflecting the goals and values of the James Randi Educational Foundation. The James Randi Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1996. Its aim is to promote critical thinking by reaching out to the public and media with reliable information about paranormal and supernatural ideas so widespread in our society today.
Persons interested in applying for the scholarships should download and completely fill out an application located on the JREF website at this link.
  • Each applicant must complete the application form, a transcript (unofficial is acceptable) from your college or university, or High School (if not yet in college), as well as scores on SAT, ACT, AP, LSAT, MCAT or other placement tests.
  • International applicants, or others without standardized test scores, should include as much information as possible in their applications about their academic records. Applicants will NOT be disqualified simply because they do not have current exam scores for such tests
  • Applicants with academic transcripts and/or records from schools that do not use the US-standard A-F (4.0 - 0.0) scoring system must include an explanation of how their school's particular grading system works. Explain clearly how your scores relate to the possible range of scores your school awards. For example, if you earned a grade of "E" for "excellent" please explain that clearly, as to a North American reviewer, the grade might be confused with a failing grade by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Letters of recommendation are not required. If applicants wish to submit letters on their behalf, however, the letters should be sent directly from the writer, on appropriate letterhead, directly to the post office box noted below.
  • Please do NOT include additional materials beyond those stated. For example, do not include articles you have written, chapters from dissertations, etc.
Attach a typed, double-spaced essay (500 words maximum) clearly and directly addressing this question:

How do you intend to apply critical thinking skills to your chosen area of study, and how does your proposed study include the mission goals of the James Randi Educational Foundation?

Once completed, the application must be sent to:

JREF Scholarship Committee

Attn: Dr. Raymond Hall
Department of PhysicsCalifornia State University, Fresno
2345 E. San Ramon Ave. M/S MH 037
Fresno, CA 93740-8031

Applications must be received in hard copy form at the above address to be considered. Specific questions can be sent to the Scholarship Committee Chair, Dr. Raymond Hall.

All applications MUST be received by August 1 2009.

  • Up to Four (4) scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of
  • $5000, $2500, $1500, $100
  • Each winner will be given his or her award directly in the form of a check. The winners are solely responsible for proper accounting of the monies involved after the awards have been given.
  • Thanks to the generosity of JREF supporters Dean and Dorea Schramm, each scholarship recipient will also receive an additional cash stipend. The Schramms have also offered to the winners a one-year subscription of Church and StateFree Inquiry magazine, or Freethought Today, as well as a copy of Dean Schramm’s humanist book Dreamtrial magazine, to any winners who elect to receive them.
  • Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, commitment to enhancing critical thinking skills, potential, and the content and quality of the essay, as well as other factors.
  • Decisions of the Scholarship Committee will be final.
  • The committee will consider the totality of each applicant's skills, background, and career path, as well as the applicant's choice of university and field of research.
  • Scholarships may be awarded to students enrolled, or admitted to, colleges and universities at the graduate or undergraduate level in potentially any field of academic study, in the United States or internationally.
  • Committee reserves the right to evaluate quality of school and school's academic reputation as part of the awarding criteria. Scholarships are not based on financial need applicants must formally apply using the form downloaded from the JREF website, and mailed to the scholarship committee beginning 1 April 2009 Scholarships will be announced on 1 September 2009
  • Employees and Senior Volunteers of the JREF, members of the scholarship committee, and their families, are not eligible.

Country Director, International Medical Corps - Kenya

Organization(s): International Medical Corps
Country/Region: Kenya
Contract Length: Full-time staff position
Apply by: 30 July 2009

Please use company website to apply


  • Implement, monitor and report to IMC Headquarters and donors on all Kenya country programs.
  • Design new program initiatives
  • Liaise between field offices, headquarters, donors, local and regional officials, and partner agencies
  • Manage and motivate highly independent, self-directed staff members
  • Oversee project logistics, finance and administrative support
  • Draft donor reports and proposals, in coordination with Headquarters
  • Host periodic donor visits

  • 10+ years of field experience in humanitarian relief programs preferably focused on primary health care and public health in insecure settings.
  • A graduate degree in Public Health, Public Policy, or related field.
  • Strong experience designing, implementing and monitoring primary health programs, with particular experience in HIV/AIDS.
  • Experience managing a diverse team of local and international staff.
  • Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced environment, managing several projects at once.
  • Knowledge of donor practices, the program proposal process, and humanitarian or development program solicitations and applications, particularly USAID, CDC and PEPFAR.
  • The ability to conduct and supervise new program assessments and write cogent proposals, budgets and program set ups.
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs.
  • Knowledge of Kenya, and the donor community in Kenya a plus.
  • Fluency in English (required).

The US's White House releases Staff salary list

Swali ni hivi, Mr. President wangu wa WaDanganyika, how much money do you and your staff make Mzee wangu Mheshimiwa sana? But anyway, I know you won't tell me and even if you were going to, what can I do? I will piga kelele weee, but you continue to ziba masikio yako and go on with business as usual. Kelele za chura hazizuii mbuzi kukunywa maji bana. Wacha nitwange miguu kibaruani, kuchapa kazi manake nikiendelea kubishana na wewe hapa ntafulia bure tena bila ya sabuni niishie na kuula wa chuya. We endelea tu, Mungu anakuona (as if hanioni)!

News from the CNN by Political Research Director Robert Yoon
Here is the list:
Top-level staff members of the Obama White House earn the same amount as their predecessors in the Bush administration, according to a report submitted to Congress Wednesday. The president announced the pay freeze on his first full day in office for White House employees earning more than $100,000.

The report, which a 1994 law requires be submitted annually to Senate and House oversight committees, shows 487 employees on the White House personnel list. Of those, 455 are employed directly by the White House, while an additional 32 are so-called "detailees" on loan from other federal agencies.

Among the actual employees, 122 staffers earn more than $100,000 annually, compared to 125 employees in the final year of the Bush administration. Twenty-two Obama White House staffers make the top possible salary of $172,200, compared to 18 employees who made that amount in the Bush White House.

View list of staffers making over $100,000

Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and press secretary Robert Gibbs both make the top amount, as did their Bush counterparts Joshua Bolten and Dana Perino. Other top Obama aides who earn the maximum salary are senior adviser David Axelrod, White House Counsel Gregory Craig, communications director Anita Dunn, speechwriting director Jonathan Favreau, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, National Security Adviser James Jones, and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers.

The highest-paid White House staff member is Public Health Policy Director David Marcozzi, who earns $192,934. However, as a detailee from the Department of Health and Human Services, his salary is not paid directly by the White House.

PhD Assistantship--Montana State University

*Location:* Bozeman, MT 59717

*Job Description*: Ph.D. Research Assistantship in the Department of Ecology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student at the PhD level to join a collaborative project investigating the role of biodiversity in infectious disease risk. We are using salmonid whirling disease (parasite: Myxobolus cerebralis, alternative host: Tubifex tubifex) of western streams as the model system. This interdisciplinary project involves collaboration with engineering and molecular population genetics faculty at the University of Vermont. The MSU student will be most directly involved in both field surveys and laboratory experiments relating the tubificid community to disease risk in salmonids.

*Qualifications:* Applicants should have a BS or MS degree in ecology, zoology, biology or a related field. Strong quantitative and writing skills required. Prior experience with field methods used in stream ecology and benthic macroinvertebrate collection and identification and/or disease ecology preferred. Position available starting mid August 2009 with enrollment commencing Fall semester 2009 or Spring semester 2010. Submit cover letter, resume, copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and names and telephone numbers of 3 references to DR. BILLIE L. KERANS ([email protected]), Department of Ecology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717 by either email or regular mail.

*Salary:* Stipend of $18,000 per year with substantial tuition waiver

*Last date to apply:* August 1, 2009


*Contact:* Dr. Billie L. Kerans
Email: [email protected] (preferred)
Phone: 406 994-3725

M.S. Research Assistantship -- Desert Tortoises and Invasive Grasses

M.S. Research Assistantship -- Desert Tortoises and Invasive Grasses
School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona

A research assistantship is available to investigate effects of buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) invasion on Sonoran Desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) in and near Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona.

Start Date: mid-August 2009.

Required Qualifications: B.S. in wildlife science, ecology, zoology, or closely related field. Strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a member of a team under challenging field conditions. Strong interest in applied population ecology, minimum GPA of 3.2, and competitive GRE scores.

Preferred Experiences: Surveying and handling wildlife, orienteering in backcountry settings.

Support includes a stipend of approximately $15,000 per year for two years (and possibly longer), including a waiver of out-of-state tuition (but not fees).

To Apply: Submit (either by mail or email) a letter of interest, resume, copies of transcripts (unofficial is fine), GRE scores, and names and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Bob Steidl
325 Biological Sciences East
School of Natural Resources
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721

email: [email protected]
phone: 520-626-3164

Deadline for submitting materials: 21 July 2009

IWC Water Leader Scholarships

The IWC Water Leader Scholarships offer full and partial tuition scholarships for Australian citizens, permanent residents and international applicants for the Master of Integrated Water Management program.

Master of Integrated Water Management
The IWC Water Leader Scholarships are available for the Masters program full-time or part-time/distance study mode. The course commences in March 2010.

Use the following link to read more about this scholarship:

or click on the image below to download the Download the Master of Integrated Water Management brochure
Integrated Water Management brochure 

Closing date: Applications must be received by IWC and UQ = 1 August 2009

Notification of scholarship decision sent out to all scholarship applicants = 10 September 2009

Final date for receipt of Agreement and Response to Scholarship Offer by successful applicants =29 September 2009

Preparation for study in Australia for international students (including visa application, travel and accommodation arrangements, etc.) = October 2009– February 2010

International students attend compulsory international student orientation programs prior to commencement of Program = February 2010

Master of International Water Management Program commences = 2 March 2010