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The Netherlands Ministry for Development Cooperation's Master's and doctoral scholarships in sustainable Poverty Reduction

The opportunity

Students from Asian developing nations are offered the opportunity to pursue their master's or doctoral studies in fields relating to sustainable poverty reduction at one of Asia 's leading postgraduate institutions.


The scholarships

The Netherlands Ministry for Development Cooperation and the Asian Institute of Technology have partnered to offer a program called “Human Resource Development for Asian Partner Countries” from October 2006 to December 2009. Master's and doctoral scholarships will be provided to students from seven partner countries of the Netherlands in Asia, i.e., Afghanistan , Bangladesh , Indonesia , Mongolia , Pakistan , Sri Lanka and Vietnam . Priority will be given to qualified students from Afghanistan and Mongolia .

The scholarships cover the costs of degree programs in fields relevant to sustainable development, environmental protection and the promotion of gender equity. The three focal areas are water engineering and management, rural development and sustainable use of natural resources, and urban environmental management.

Water engineering and management includes waterways and coastal engineering, irrigation engineering, water resources and water supply drainage. Expertise areas also include water transport, flood control, beach protection, erosion, water supply and wastewater collection and sewerage treatment systems, and integrated watershed development management.

Rural development and sustainable use of natural resources addresses rural development and the need to consider economic productivity versus the necessity to conserve rural areas. In AIT many programs aim to contribute to technology to stimulate rural developments including agricultural and food engineering, bioprocess technology, aquaculture and aquatic resources management, pulp and paper technology, natural resources management, as well as regional and rural development planning.

Urban environmental management addresses the sustainable development of urbanized areas as many of the partner countries are facing rapid urbanization. Thus, the concerns should address urban economy and living environment, conservation of urban natural environments and greening, prevention of environmental deterioration, impacts of urbanization, urban transportation, urban affordable sanitation and sewage treatment. Urban environmental management focuses on the utilization of human and other resources to improve and maintain the quality of urban areas.


Details

•  Scholarship recipients will be selected according to AIT's admission criteria, rules and regulations to ensure that the most suitable candidates are admitted based on an assessment of the needs in the Netherlands ' seven partner countries in Asia .

•  At least 40 per cent of the scholarships will be offered to women candidates.

•  After successful completion of graduate studies and professional training in AIT, the scholarship recipients are obliged to return to their home countries for strengthening institutional capacities and contributing in building sustainable societies.

•  Recipients are required to conduct thesis research on topics relevant to their respective home country's development needs incorporating environmental protection and sustainable development concerns.

•  A scholarships provides grants for tuition and fees, monthly stipend, medical insurance, educational visa and one round trip air travel.

•  For the master's program, preference will be given to staff of public sector agencies, government departments, training institutions and universities.

•  Doctoral scholarships are available only to candidates who are lecturers or university teaching staff. Doctoral degree program candidates must be certified by their local employers to study abroad and must have re-employment contracts to ensure that they return back to work after their completion of the doctoral degree program at AIT. Applicants must provide a relevant research proposal and demonstrate a strong academic background and experience.

•  All recipients of the scholarships should take at least one course on gender and development issues.


Entry requirements

•  Applicants must adhere to AIT's admissions requirements, procedures and policies.
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Deadlines

August semester: 15 February

Note: Applicants who are required to attend Bridging program, who require early offer of admission or who have visa or passport restrictions, are encouraged to submit applications at least two months before the deadline.

You may apply online or download application forms at: http://www.ait.ac.th/apply

You may also receive the application package by mail for a nominal application processing fee of US$25.

Please contact:

Admissions and Scholarships Unit
Asian Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 4 , Klong Luang
Pathumthani 12120 , Thailand
Phone: (662) 5245031-5033
Fax: (662) 524-6326
E-mail: admissions@ait.ac.th
Web site: www.ait.ac.th