Japan 2015 MEXT Scholarship

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Research Student for foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities.

The Research Student Scholarship is aimed at university graduates, born on or after April 2, 1980 (for the 2015 scholarship year) who wish to study as research students. The research study area should be the same field that the applicant has studied or a related field.  The term of the scholarship is 18 months to two years (including 6 months of Japanese language training) starting in April or October 2015.

Application guides and forms are available on the Consulate General of Japan’s website:
www.vancouver.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/en/culture/mext.htm. Deadline for the 2015 scholarship year: May 16, 2014. Applicants who successfully pass the written application screening are required to undertake an interview and examination (English and Japanese language) to be held in late June/early July.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Chevalier at 604.684.5868, ext. 391 or by Email at education@vc.mofa.go.jp.

Steve Chevalier
Assistant to the Consul, Cultural Affairs
Consulate General of Japan
900-1177 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2K9

The World’s Beads: An Annotated Bibliography

A much-expanded version of the Researching the World’s Beads: An Annotated Bibliography has been uploaded to the Society of Bead Researchers website. Several hundred new references have been added with the hope that the bibliography will be of use to those researching beads. The emphasis is on archaeological material but some ethnographic references are also provided.

The bibliography has been divided into nine major political-geographical groups, two specialized theme groups, and a general/miscellaneous group.  These are in the form of PDFs.

This bibliography has been compiled by Karlis Karklins; revised and updated 28 March 2014.

MA/MSc European Studies – Germany/Denmark

MA/ MSc European Studies Program
University of Flensburg and the University of Southern Denmark

The program is a full-time two-year degree exclusively taught in English (with the opportunity to take electives in either German or Danish as well if desired at either of the two universities). The focus of the program is on regional development and cooperation as well as external relations of the EU, with the opportunity to direct work towards one’s own research interests. There are numerous opportunities to enrich the studies through an internship or summer schools (which can both be accepted for credits) at different locations across Europe. There is also the possibility to take German languages courses parallel to ones studies (from A1 beginner level to C1 advanced level) or other languages such as Turkish or Danish. The students come from many different cultural backgrounds (Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Hungary, USA, Argentina, etc.), as well as, scholarly backgrounds (e.g., law, economics, political science, and history).

The program has no tuition fees for both non-EU and EU students, just the 100 Euro administrative/ transit fee per semester for all students. There is also the opportunity to receive full scholarships through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2014-15: International Master in European Studies, University of Flensburg
DEADLINE: May 31, 2014 (postmark)

European Studies Flyer (pdf)

Forensic Field School in Guatemala – August & November 2014

Opportunity to participate in the fifth and sixth collaborative field schools between the International Field Initiatives and Forensic Training (IFIFT) and the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG) in August 4-29, 2014, and November 3-28, 2014.

The link to the website for the field school is: www.ifift.org

Here you will find information on the logistics for this initiative, including the application,brochure, general manual of recommendations of your time in Guatemala, a photo gallery, comments from previous participants and a blog. Individuals who participate in these field school initiatives may have an opportunity to volunteer with the FAFG after the completion of the field school (for one to three months).

If you have any questions, or if you require additional information do not hesitate to contact Cristian.

Cristian M. Silva Zuniga BA, MA,
Director of Operations,
International Field Initiatives and Forensic Training (IFIFT)
20-2007 Upland Street, Prince George, B.C. V2L-5B3, CANADA
Cell:250-617-0221 (CANADA)
502-4375-7770 (Guatemala)
Skype: cachilean

AUCC Scholarships & internships

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada administers a number of scholarships and internships for Canadian Students.

Check the AUCC website: https://juno.aucc.ca/wes/hes.aspx?pg=974 to see whether you qualify for any of them.  Some are specific to geographic region and/or subject.

First year students should check their eligibility regarding the 2014 Fessenden-Trott Scholarship. It is worth $9000 and is renewable up to three years!