Humane Studies Fellowships

Scholarships up to $12,000 for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad.

Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) to students interested in exploring the principles, practices, and institutions necessary for a free society through their academic work. IHS began the program in 1983 as the Claude R. Lambe Fellowships and in 2009 awarded more than 165 fellowships ranging from $2,000 to $12,000.

IHS considers applications from those who will be full-time graduate students, including law and journalism students, or undergraduate juniors or seniors during the 2010-11 academic year and who have a clearly demonstrated research interest in the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society.

Previous award winners have come from a range of fields such as economics, philosophy, law, political science, anthropology and literature. Their research focused on a variety of topics:

market-based approaches to environmental policy
the legal development of privacy and property rights in 18th-century England
the role of patient autonomy in bioethics
impediments to economic growth in developing countries
the relationship between U.S. presidential politics, fiscal policies, and economic performance
Select winners are invited to present and discuss their research at the annual Humane Studies Research Colloquium and to attend other colloquia throughout the year. Fellows also join a network of more than 10,000 IHS academics committed to the ideas of liberty and intellectual freedom.

Franklin Research Grants

Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. The Society does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution. Grants will not be made to replace salary during a leave of absence or earnings from summer teaching; pay living expenses while working at home; cover the costs of consultants or research assistants; or purchase permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, tape recorders, or laboratory apparatus.

Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible to apply, but the Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate. American citizens and residents of the United States may use their Franklin awards at home or abroad. Foreign nationals must use their Franklin awards for research in the United States. Applicants who have received Franklin grants may reapply after an interval of two years.

Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000 for use in calendar year 2010. Grants are not retroactive.

Grants are payable to the individual applicant. Franklin grants are taxable income, but the Society is not required to report payments. It is recommended that grant recipients discuss their reporting obligations with their tax advisors.

For applications and two letters of support:
October 1, 2009, for a January 2010 decision for work in February through December

December 1, 2009, for a March 2010 decision for work in April through December

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that all required materials, including letters of support, reached the Society on time; contact Linda Musumeci, Research Administrator, at [email protected] or 215-440-3429.

Reports are due no later than one month after completing the work for which the award was made.

Click here to apply online


Roman Abramovich "collapses" during attempt to conquer Kilimanjaro?

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Mr Abramovich succumbed to what appeared to have been symptoms of altitude sickness and needed medical attention. Pascal Shelutete, a spokesman for the Tanzania National Parks Authority, told the newspaper: "We were not given a reason for his failure to reach the peak, but there are reports from his team that he developed some breathing problems."Mr Abramovich's group tackled the western breach, which is the most difficult approach
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High Performance Computing Meeting, Berkeley, CA, Jun 2010

9th International Meeting on High Performance Computing for Computational Science

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) Berkeley, CA. June 22-25, 2010

VECPAR’10 is a meeting that focuses on High Performance Computing for Computational Science. It provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners in branches of science that require computer modeling and simulation to get together and discuss techniques and technologies that can contribute to the effective analysis of complex systems and phenomena. Therefore, the meeting is inherently multidisciplinary, engaging participants from academia, research laboratories and industry.

The selection of presentations for VECPAR’10 will be based on extended abstracts — between 5 to 8 pages.
Extended abstracts submitted for possible presentation should describe the purpose and scope of the work,
contribution to the state-of-the-art, methods used, essential results already obtained, conclusions and supporting figures, and references where appropriate. Submissions failing to meet these requirements may be rejected without technical review. A subset of the accepted presentations, comprising original and non previously published work, will be selected for publications in an international journal.

* Deadline for submissions: November 27, 2009
* Proposals for tutorials/workshops due: November 27, 2009
* Author's notification: January 22, 2010
* Tutorials/workshops: June 22, 2010
* VECPAR 2010: June 22-25, 2010

Organization: [email protected]

* large scale simulations in CS&E
* parallel and distributed computing
* numerical algorithms for CS&E
* multiscale and multiphysics problems
* imaging and graphics
* performance analysis

The Chevening Scholarships Programme worldwide

Chevening scholarships are prestigious awards and highly sought after by people from all over the world who want to make a difference. There are over 17,000 applications for about 1000 awards in 2009/10. A typical successful applicant is:
  • A graduate with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. These include:
-       influencing and communications skills, leadership track record, networking ability, ambition, plans for the future
-       intelligence, academic potential, drive, self management, strength of character, integrity, interests outside work
  • Motivated to make a career that will take them to positions of leadership in their own country within 10 years of their scholarship
  • Committed to networking to find global solutions
  • Able to use their studies and experience in the UK to benefit themselves, their countries and the UK
Applicants must:
  • Have good English Language skills and an IELTS score of 6.5 (or its equivalent) for admission to postgraduate courses
  • Meet the academic requirements for their courses of study
How to Apply
Details about all countries where the Chevening Scholarships scheme operates can be found here.

Prospective scholars applying for Chevening scholarships for 2010/11 will need to apply on-line here: E-Chevening. Remember though that you should first read your country page to see if there is any country specific information relevant to your application. Those pages will give you information about application dates for example.

Any follow up questions should be directed to your local British Council Office.

The links to all country pages should be below. A technical problem means you will have to type the following URL with the letter that corresponds to your country name at the end, e.g applicants from India or Indonesia etc should go to

Further Scholarship Information and Application at: