Fellowships at Harvard University

19 09 2008

The Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics encourages teaching and research about ethical issues in public life and the professions; helps meet the growing need for teachers and scholars who address questions of moral choice in practical ethics and in areas such as architecture, business, education, government, journalism, law, medicine, public health, and public policy; brings together those with competence in philosophical thought and those with experience in professional education; and promotes a perspective on ethics informed by both theory and practice.
Fellows participate in the weekly seminar of the Center, which discusses problems of teaching and research in ethics. They enjoy access to a wide range of activities in all of the professional schools at Harvard, as well as the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including opportunities to participate in courses, colloquia, curricular development, collaborative research, study groups, casewriting workshops, and clinical programs. A significant part of their time is devoted to conducting their own research in ethics.
A University committee of Harvard faculty members, representing several of the professional schools and Harvard College, select the Faculty Fellows. Applicants are judged on the quality of their achievements in their field of specialization and their ability to benefit from work in the Center; the contributions they are likely to make in the future in higher education through teaching and writing about ethical issues; and the probable significance of their proposed research and its relevance to the purposes of the Center. Applicants should hold a doctorate in philosophy, political theory, theology or related disciplines; or a graduate degree in one of the professions. Preference will be given to applicants at an early stage of their careers, normally no more than ten years from their first academic appointment. The Faculty Fellowships are open to all regardless of citizenship.
Stipends and Conditions
Fellows normally receive stipends of up to one-half their academic year salaries (not exceeding a maximum stipend set each fall) for the fellowship period. Their home institution is expected to provide at least half the salary, plus all benefits. Overseas fellows and those without regular academic appointments, or any other source of income, are eligible for stipends depending on individual circumstances. Each fellow is provided with an office, library privileges, and a research allowance. They are expected to devote fulltime to the activities of the Center during the period of the fellowship, September 1 through June 30.
How to Apply
Please submit to the Director of the Center:
  • An application cover sheet, available for download here
  • Letter describing your interest in ethics and plans for using the fellowship year (approximately 500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Proposal for the project you would undertake (approximately 1,000 words)
  • Scholarly paper (in English and unbound), preferably written or published within the past two years
  • Names and addresses of two persons who have agreed to write letters of reference*

*Applicants should ask referees to send letters directly to the Center Director.
Complete applications should be sent to:

The Director, Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Moreinfo: http://www.ethics.harvard.edu/fellowships_faculty.php

Eiffel Scholarship for Master and PhD/Becas Eiffel del Ministerio Frances de Asuntos Exteriores y Europeos

19 09 2008


For greater clarity, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is introducing a single application procedure for its Eiffel Scholarship and Eiffel Doctorate Scholarship programmes.
The new Eiffel programme thus covers two types of course:
  • Master’s postgraduate degree course
  • Ten-month co-tutored or co-managed component (preferably second or third year) of PhD course
The objectives of the Eiffel excellence programme run by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs remain unchanged. The first is to offer French higher-education opportunities for future public- and private-sector decision-makers in three priority areas: science; economics & management; and law & political science. (The Eiffel programme does not address students seeking careers in teaching or research; other programmes are available for students in these situations.) The second objective is to reach students from emerging countries (with priority on Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and new members of the European Union), though the PhD scholarships also address students from industrialized countries.
The Eiffel programme helps French centres of higher education attract high-calibre overseas students. Only French centres may submit applications. If an application is successful, the centre is required to enrol the candidate on the stated course.
1/ Objectives of Eiffel programme
Eiffel excellence scholarships are awarded to high-achieving overseas students to whom French centres of higher education would like to offer a place on a Master’s or PhD course. The courses taken by these students in France ultimately target positions of responsibility in the public or private sector, rather than careers in teaching or research.
The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs gives priority to candidates from emerging countries (starting with Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and new members of the European Union), though the PhD scholarships also address students from industrialized countries.
Applications from students currently studying outside France will be given priority over those from students already studying in France.
2/ Areas of study covered by the Eiffel programme
Eiffel grants cover the following subject areas:
  • Engineering sciences for the Master’s course, and sciences in a broader sense for the PhD course (engineering sciences, exact sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry) life sciences, nano- and bio-technologies, environment sciences, and information & communication sciences).
  • Economics and management.
  • Law and political science.

3/ Academic levels covered by the Eiffel programme
French centres of higher education putting forward candidates for Eiffel scholarships undertake to enrol successful applicants on one of the following types of course:

  • Master’s course
  • PhD course co-tutored or co-managed with partner higher education centre in the student’s country of origin

Candidates must not be aged over 30 (in the year of selection) for a Master’s scholarship or over 35 for a PhD scholarship.

4/ Ineligibility factors

  • Holders of other French government grants (including welfare coverage grants),
  • Previous applicants for Eiffel grants, even in a different subject,
  • Applicants not presented by a French centre (i.e. applications by students themselves, or submitted by a non-French centre)
  • Duplicate applications, i.e. students proposed by more than one French centre.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must be submitted with all the supporting documents listed on page 5 of the application form, and bear the official seal of the French higher education centre plus the signature of the official head of the centre (university dean, school director, etc.), formally certifying the statement of the centre’s international outreach policy. The quality charter must also be initialled separately to mark formal acceptance.

5/ Application procedure
Applications for Eiffel grants are submitted by French higher education centres from a shortlist of outstanding students they would like to enrol on their courses. Applications are not accepted from students themselves, or from non-French centres.

Centres submit applications on behalf of candidate students consistent with programme objectives, in accordance with instructions and guidelines issued by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

6/ Selection procedure
Selection is performed by a commission made up of three specialist committees (one for each of the three subject areas covered by the programme). Committee members are not allowed to assess applications submitted by their own centres.

Committee members are not allowed to assess applications submitted by centres with which they have professional links.

Selection is to three criteria:

  • Academic excellence of applicant, as attested by achievement to date (rated on a scale of 10 and weighted with a coefficient of 3).
  • International policy of centre submitting application, operations addressing the geographical region in question, calibre of host unit, and suitability with regard to the application (rated on a scale of 5 and weighted to a coefficient of 3).
  • Cooperation policy of French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, especially as regards the priorities set for different countries under the programme (rated on a scale of 5 and weighted to a coefficient of 1).

The commission assesses applications, rates them to these three criteria, and applies the weighting coefficients to produce a score out of 50. It then sets a pass mark and selects nominees to the following principles, on the basis of the number of grants available:

  • At least seventy percent of the grants are awarded to the highest-scoring applicants (main list).
  • The remainder go to higher education centres whose nominees scored above the pass mark but were not selected on the main list.

The commission then draws up and publishes the list of successful applicants.

7/ Notification of results
Results will be notified to the heads of the higher education centres concerned. The commission’s decision is final, and no discussion will be entertained regarding this decision or the reasons behind it.

8/ Schedule
The schedule for the 2008 Eiffel programme is as follows:

  • Application forms available online: September 2007
  • Applications to be submitted by 11 January 2008
  • Results announced in week beginning 24 March 2008

Results are published in March to enable students to give the French offer full consideration along with any other offers they might have; the best students will often have competing proposals (including offers on funding their studies) from other countries.

9/ Duration of Eiffel scholarship
Master’s course: The Eiffel scholarship is awarded for the duration of the course culminating in the qualification specified in the application, provided the student fulfils the academic requirements of each year.Upon request by the French host centre, Eiffel scholarship allowances for non-French-speaking students may be extended to cover preliminary French language training of up to one year.

The centre submitting the application must clearly state the overall programme duration, including any compulsory practical courses or internships in France or elsewhere.

PhD course: The Eiffel scholarship is awarded for a maximum of ten months, with no additional language training period.

10/ Amount of Eiffel scholarship

Enrolment fees at state-run higher education centres are waived for students on French government scholarship programmes such as this.

Master’s courses: Eiffel scholarship-holders on Master’s courses receive a monthly allowance of EUR1,181. In addition, the programme meets various expenses including return travel, health insurance and cultural activities. Scholarship-holders might also be eligible for additional accommodation allowance.

PhD courses: Eiffel scholarship-holders on PhD courses receive a monthly allowance of EUR1,400. In addition, the programme meets various expenses including return travel, health insurance and cultural activities. Scholarship-holders might also be eligible for additional accommodation allowance.

11/ French embassy assistance
If they wish, higher education centres may contact French diplomatic services (cooperation and cultural departments) for assistance in identifying potentially suitable applicants.

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commissioned Égide with management of the Eiffel programme.

Égide28 rue de la Grange-aux-Belles, 75010 Paris, France. Phone +33 (0)1 40 40 59 30

Practical information available on Égide website: www.egide.asso.fr/eiffel

Égide will take charge of paying students’ grants, and of answering enquiries from students and higher education centres regarding the Eiffel programme. contact: eiffel@egide.asso.fr