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Admissions to MPhil and Doctoral Research Programme 2018 in Education at TISS, Mumbai.

The Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research (CEIAR)  is an independent Centre of TISS at Mumbai, established to develop and incubate innovative practices relevant to addressing issues of access to quality education through research and field action.  The faculty of the Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research will be accepting students the MPhil-PhD (Integrated) programme and the Direct PhD programme in Education for the academic session starting in June 2018.

MPhil-PhD (Integrated) 5 seats
PhD (Direct): 5 seats

The Centre has research active faculty involved in teaching, collaborative work, field action and curriculum development.  Areas of interest of the faculty of the Centre who can supervise/guide research students include:  Cognition, cognition and culture, mathematics education, science education, education policy and governance, curriculum and pedagogy, ICT and education, design based research, education and peace, citizenship, teachers, teacher education, anthropology/ philosophy of education/education thinkers involving qualitative, ethnography, quantitative and experimental designs, document analysis, conceptual analysis, action research, comparative research.  The Centre also welcomes applications from candidates with interest in practice based research for MPhil and PhD involving design and development.

Details of programme and eligibility:
MPhil-PhD (integrated) is a full time programme in which the first two years are for the MPhil. There is an option converting to PhD after 1 year of MPhil based on meeting requirements of course completion and grades.  For practice-based MPhil, applicants must have a minimum of three years of relevant experience and knowledge of techniques/skills.  Post Graduates in education and science, social science with experience and interest in education, are eligible to apply
PhD (direct) is open to both full time and part time candidates, and requires a post graduate degree in the relevant area with either MPhil or five years of relevant experience.  Working candidates admitted to the programme are expected to complete modular coursework/recommended compulsory coursework.

How to apply: online application is to be filled at   http://www.tiss.edu/admissions/  under School of Education, Mumbai.   (Details of the CEIAR are included under School of Education, Mumbai; please scroll down).  Last date 13th January 2018.  Admission process will involve a written test (Research Aptitude Test) and personal interview on February 2018(for details look under admissions). You will need to provide a statement of purpose of your research interests in the form of a short research proposal.

You are welcome to contact and correspond with faculty in your areas of interest (http://www.tiss.edu/faculty/) and send us your enquiries (sunita.badrinarayan@tiss.edu).  You can read more about the centre and its work at http://www.tiss.edu/view/6/mumbai-campus/centre-for-education-innovation-and-action-researc/about-us-11/ and its major development and field action research projects www.clix.tiss.edu and www.tatatrustsite.org

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Orange Tulip Scholarship for Indian Students

Nuffic Netherlands Education Support Office (NESO) India, is happy to announce the ORANGE TULIP SCHOLARSHIP (OTS). This scholarship is exclusively for Indian Citizens only.

The programme (OTS) gives talented students in India the opportunity to study in the Netherlands. It is offered by higher education institutions, multinationals and government institutions.

Each institution offers different schemes ranging from the program to the amount of scholarships provided.

Following are the list of participating universities.

Kindly click on each universities to find out the eligibility criteria. Terms and conditions applied.

Nuffic Netherlands Education Support Office (NESO) India, is hosting a WEBINARon  ORANGE TULIP SCHOLARSHIP (OTS). 

Objective of the webinar is to provide information to Indian students on studying in Holland and to introduce the Orange Tulip Scholarship. Topics covered are as follows

  • Introduction to Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS)
  • Facts about OTS
  • Criteria to apply for OTS
  • Q&A

This is on 16th November 2017 3.00pm-4.30pm

Register NowFor more information CLICK HERE or email to ots@nesoindia.org

Numerous PhD scholarships available in Melbourne

The Australian-German Climate and Energy College at the University of Melbourne has a number of PhD scholarships available. The scholarships are available to Australian and international candidates that are keen to research climate or energy transition issues from any discipline or perspective. For many topics, there is the opportunity to undertake joint PhDs with our German partner universities.

Candidates may design their own projects, choose one in relation to existing topics listed here, or contact a potential supervisor at the University of Melbourne with whom they would like to design a project.

Applications close on 6 November 2017 and projects will commence early in 2018. The link for submitting applications is http://climatecollege.unimelb.edu.au/join-us.

Note that only applicants with an equivalent score of at least 80% in their last research degree (Master or Bachelor with honours or Diploma) can be considered.

We particularly encourage women, and people from minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds to apply. More information is available on the College website at http://climatecollege.unimelb.edu.au.

The potential PhD topics:

*Global emission scenarios: How to turn a zero carbon economy into an opportunity?*

This PhD project will investigate the new set of SSP-RCP emission and concentration scenarios, to be released in 2016/2017. One focus could be to look at the the dynamics of potentially swift technology shifts that could – on a global level – lead to emission budgets consistent with warming of less than 2C or 1.5C, the Paris Agreement goals. From those insights, strategic investment opportunities as well as policy implications (for example sustainable biomass and CCS) could be derived. Further areas of research will include: the extent to which current investments in the energy sector could become stranded investments; the dynamics of penetration rates of renewable energies once they become economically competitive in more market sectors; and the technological, institutional and regulatory limits to penetration rates. Interested PhD candidates will be asked to frame the subject matter according to their own research interests.

*Paris Agreement: Investigating the balance between anthropogenic emissions and sources*

The Paris Agreement and its Art. 4.1 charted the goal of anthropogenic emissions: to be in balance with anthropogenic sinks in the latter half of the century. This PhD could look at the regional implications of such a goal (and the transition towards it) from both a geoscientific point of view (land-use needs, CCS potentials, remainder agricultural emissions), metrics to compare differnt greenhouse gases (how is a balance defined exactly), the transition dynamics towards such a goal (thanks to a meta-scenario analysis of the SSP-RCP database), and the climate implications of different greenhouse gases (with the help of the climate-carbon cycle model MAGICC for example). The PhD candidate will be asked to refine the research question according to its own research interests.

*Future changes in extreme events*

The future evolution of extreme climatic events – particularly droughts, heat waves, cold spells and extreme rainfall – is crucial to evaluating future climatic impacts on society. In our previous work we have developed a method to derive the probability of record-breaking events from climatic trend and variance estimates. This approach has been successfully used for gridded observational temperature data sets for the past century. In this PhD project, this statistical approach can be applied to analyse additional observational data sets, other than monthly gridded temperatures. It can also be applied to generate spatially explicit scenarios for the frequency of future record-breaking extreme events, based on the large-scale climate projections of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP-5 and CMIP-6).

*Developing MAGICC on the basis of CMIP6 output: ice, ocean, the carbon cycle, permafrost and the atmosphere*

This PhD research project will focus on the characteristics of the Earth Climate system as modelled by the CMIP6 suite of climate models. The specific focus area will be defined by the PhD candidate. The basic study object will be the CMIP6 ensemble model runs that will become available in the next years. The working horse will be the MAGICC climate model and refined or new parameterisations of those uncertainty ranges in Earth System responses (as seen in CMIP5 and CMIP6 models). For example, building a simplified carbon-cycle model that includes a nitrogen cycle. Alternatively, building a number of gas cycles that take into account different tropospheric OH, photolysis and other sinks for a wide array of greenhouse gases. The PhD candidate could also look at other areas of her/his interest that are part (or could become part) of the MAGICC model (see live.magicc.org). The MAGICC model is one of the primary tools to determine an emission scenarios likelihood to stay below 1.5C or 2C and was widely used in IPCC AR5. Strong modelling capabilities in Fortran and MATLAB are an advantage.

*Towards an efficient global impact model*

This project is about synthesising integrated assessment knowledge by developing water, food, and socio- economic impact emulators. Probabilistic quantifications of water, food and socio-economic impacts at different levels of global warming, including uncertainty assessments, are rare but seriously needed in the context of the discussion about mitigation targets. This PhD thesis is dedicated to the development of simplified impact emulators and will be based on the ISI-MIP (isi-mip.org/) data set that provides for the first time consistent multi-model global scale projections of climate impacts within the water, biomes, agriculture and health sector. Emulators will have different levels of complexity, reaching from simple scaling with global mean temperature, via linear response functions accounting for the history of the forcing, to non-linear tools. In addition to global mean temperature, regional climate changes or extreme indicators will be tested as potential predictors. In close coordination with project 3.3, the developed impact emulators will form the second level of EXPACT building on the regional geophysical climate projections generated on the first level. Quantification of the inter-impact-model spread of the projections will finally allow for highly efficient probabilistic impact projections.

*Exploring synergies between mitigation and adaptation in land use and agriculture*

Without reducing GHG emissions from agriculture and land use change, ambitious climate mitigation targets are unlikely to be achieved. At the same time, agricultural production has to adapt to changing climate conditions. Large-scale impacts of new production systems on land use emissions as well as resilience to unfavourable future climate conditions will be assessed. Among other options, production of certain types of bioenergy may create important synergies. This will be assessed with a suite of biophysical and agro-economic models. The results will be useful for designing agricultural and energy policies at the interface between climate change mitigation and adaptation.

*Healthier mobility choices in congested cities*

The project will focus on the transport choices of individuals in order to encourage behaviour that considers and improves urban climate. It will develop mobility-as-a-service mechanisms that incentivize mobility behaviour reducing traffic emissions, and active mobility choices along routes of less unhealthy environmental parameters. Integral part are a consideration of predicted emissions for modes and routes, and economic models of incentivization. This is a joint PhD project with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, a global leader in intelligent transportation. The candidate will spent one year of the project in Karlsruhe. In Melbourne it is linked to the vibrant Climate and Energy College, and integrated in the future cities agenda of the university.

*Floodplain Restoration and Climate Change*

There is a massive floodplain restoration effort underway across the Murray-Darling Basin involving the delivery of environmental water onto floodplains to restore their natural ecosystem function and biodiversity. However little consideration has been made of the effectiveness of this program under conditions of climate change and the potential contribution of the program to carbon sequestration. In this project, novel water quality and sediment monitoring systems developed by the KIT (Karlsruhe institute of Technology) supervisors will be deployed in a floodplain wetland on the Murray River. The project will examine how weather conditions (wind and solar radiation) interact with water regime to influence carbon cycling within the floodplain. The project will evaluate potential effects of climate change on wetland processes and the potential for carbon sequestration that might be achieved through floodplain restoration.

This is a joint PhD project with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.

* Policy and regulations for optimising the embodied energy and GHG emissions of the built environment*

The contribution of the built environment (buildings and infrastructure, in particular) to global energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions is significant (over 40%). Energy efficiency policy, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mitigation efforts and building regulations focus predominately on operational performance and improvements. Considerable gains have been made globally in reducing the energy demand and GHG emissions associated with building operation. Solutions typically focus on passive design, high performance materials, and renewable energy systems and terms such as zero-energy and Passive House are becoming increasingly common.

Recent research shows that energy and GHG emissions associated with (embodied in) production and transportation of materials, and the construction process itself are even more significant than in-use energy demands and emissions. However, this aspect is inherently more difficult to address as it involves the broader supply chain (miners, manufacturers, logistics etc.). The aim of this project will be to explore international examples of policy, regulations and strategies for addressing these embodied energy demands and related GHG emissions associated with construction projects. This will be used to inform optimal strategies for improving existing policy and regulations to optimise embodied energy and GHG emissions within the built environment.

* Techno-economic modelling of the Australian energy system*

While there are major discussions about transitioning towards a low-carbon electricity system, less attention has been given to the need to decarbonise the whole Australian energy system. This requires addressing the critical role of other energy sectors such as heating/cooling and transport, as well as interactions with the gas sector and other potential energy vectors such as hydrogen. The aim of this project is thus to develop a “multi-energy systems” view of Australia, supported by a techno-economic operational model that can also support whole-system planning. Different technologies and opportunities across different sectors will be considered, including, in particular, the possibility of providing different forms of energy storage coming from different sectors. These include the role of buildings and industrial processes to provide virtual storage from thermal inertia, the possibility of using the gas network as long-term store of hydrogen coming from renewables-based electrolysis, decarbonisation of transport through electric and hydrogen vehicles that could represent a further form of energy storage, and so forth. Both operational and infrastructure technical and economic aspects will be taken into account, so that a full cost-benefit analysis of different options to decarbonise the whole energy system could finally be carried out.

*A comprehensive assessment of the impact of reducing livestock emissions*

In order to meet the COP21 Paris target we may need to consider either removing CO2 from the atmosphere or focus more attention on Short Lived Climate Pollutants. As methane only lasts in the atmosphere for around 12 years, but has a relatively high global warming potential during this period, there are increasing calls for reduced consumption of livestock products. However, having a choice in your diet is limited to around 10 to 14% of the affluent few in the world. However, at the same time we have a rising world middle class estimated to be 4.9B by 2030, with a clear trends towards more animal-based protein in their diet. Livestock in the developing world are more than just a source of food, being a essential source of power for planting crops, integral in religious observance and a symbol of wealth. This study will compare the theoretical against the likely the true potential of reduced livestock consumption to address global warming, including the competing factors, alternative uses of livestock in society and recommending the future place of livestock in a warming and more populated world.

*Reconciling the global methane budget*

There is still a gap between our bottom-up accounting of methane emissions and top-down measurement of methane concentrations in the atmosphere. If we add all methane emissions estimated through data inventories and models, the estimate of global methane concentrations is larger than the growth in methane concentrations. Isotope signatures suggest that the majority of the recent increase in atmospheric methane might be of biogenic origin. This highlights the need for better accounting and reporting of methane emissions and further research on the fate of methane in the atmosphere. The project will look at methane sources and sinks, at agricultural and wetland emissions, as well as fugitive emissions from fossil fuel infrastructure, including the breakdown of methane in the biosphere, to refine our understanding of the global methane budget.

*New business models for scaling up distributed energy resources (DERs)*

Empirical analyses of how DERs can be scaled up across different socio-economic, geographical, or sector-based business model approaches. Especially interested in business model testing as related to distributed smart solar+storage and/or microgrid business models and/or those that can be applied in different geographical contexts (especially India, remote Australia).

*The next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs*

Interested in hearing about projects that look at the processes of innovation and roles of entrepreneurs, accelerators and incubators in getting companies off the ground and successful clean energy businesses and technologies into the mainstream. Empirical and theoretical projects, and specifically interested in candidates with expertise in carrying this work out in India (although other regions also considered) and those with business venturing / entrepreneurship theoretical approaches.

*The Social Dynamics of Energy Transformations*

Dealing with transformation of the energy supply will require a significant redistribution of both risk and benefits not only to governments but to individuals and communities. Continuation of coal and purchase of carbon abatement (e.g. through the REDD+ scheme) potentially has significant effects for people whose livelihood depends on the forest. A turn to gas, such as coal seam gas, has potentially negative effects on farm land, the development of wind also has generated concern in some communities. This research investigates the way relationships between local communities, governments and energy companies can best be developed to ensure the best outcomes for both climate and community.

A Fair Chance for Education: Gendered Pathways to Educational Success in Haryana, India

Applications are now invited for a fully-funded doctoral studentship to commence in October 2018. The studentship is embedded in a research project on gender and educational success in Haryana, India, which is funded by the Fair Chance Foundation. It is co-funded by Fair Chance Foundation and the University of Warwick’s Collaborative Postgraduate Research Scholarships (WCPRS) scheme. The studentship reflects the university’s commitment to producing the next generation of international leaders in social science research. Fair Chance Foundation, which was founded by a Warwick alumnus, is committed to improving the future livelihoods of disadvantaged children and young adults through education. The principal goals of Fair Chance Foundation are to: research attitudes towards education as a means to end poverty and gender bias; develop interventions which create desire for education as a means to end poverty and gender bias; formally research and publish interventions and outcomes; develop guides and promote the research to help policy makers make informed choices about which interventions are likely to have most impact; provide direct support to children and young adults.

Details here: https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/research/projects/rlaaa3083/applicationform/

James Cook University Merit Scholarships for Indians in Singapore

The James Cook University is offering Merit Scholarships to study an undergraduate course or postgraduate programme.

Scholarships are awarded to study the subjects offered by the university.

The deadline of the scholarship is October 2, 2017 for South Indian and for North Indian is October 10, 2017.

Students can get more information through the given link:
James Cook University Merit Scholarships for Indian Students in Singapore

More scholarships are available for Indian Students

100% scholarship on academic year

Fully Funded Masters – PhDs

https://laitestinfo.blogspot.in/2017/09/fully-funded-masters-phd-scholarship.html?m=1

 

Tata Trusts invites applications for research grants in areas of: (i) Autism (ii) Dyslexia (iii) Public Health

Tata Trusts invites applications for research grants in three areas — autism, dyslexia and public health. Individuals not attached to any institution (such as academic institutions, research institutions, NGOs) are encouraged to apply, provided they meet the requirements. Individuals of all ages may apply.

The duration of the research grant varies from six months to one year to two years. Tata Trusts reserves the right to evaluate the projects, with respect to the topic and duration. The grant covers the following — a monthly stipend, a book / journal / research database allowance, and a communication and travel (domestic) allowance. In some cases, funds for international travel may be considered.

Eligibility criteria (General)

Junior fellowships
Open for applicants with a master’s degree or a PhD and with 4-10 years of relevant experience

Senior fellowship
Open for applicants with a master’s degree or a PhD and with 10-15 years of relevant experience, with a demonstrated ability to conduct or lead an independent research programme

Eligibility criteria (Educational qualifications)

Autism and dyslexia
Master’s degree in psychology (general or a relevant branch), education or counselling

Public health
Master’s degree or PhD in public health or community-based medicine — MMBS / MS / MD

Please note: Individuals who have already received a grant from any other entity are not eligible to apply

How to apply
Please click in the below link to download the form and send the duly filled in form along with the requested documents to igpedu@tatatrusts.org.

http://www.tatatrusts.org/article/inside/application-invited-for-research-grants-in-areas

Please note: Application forms will be accepted by the Trusts from July 24, 2017 to August 24, 2017.

The selection process
Research Fellows will be selected based on their written proposals and a personal interview by a panel, whose decision is final. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the date of the interview. Candidates may avail of the option of being interviewed over Skype or in person at the Trusts’ office. Candidates may note that inquiries into the status of the proposal will not be entertained. Additionally, once the decision is communicated, no further queries will be addressed.

Terms and conditions
Selected candidates will be addressed as Tata Trusts Research Fellow.

The amount of fellowship will be credited uniformly every month to their bank accounts through NEFT. Other funds will be credited as and when necessary.
Quarterly milestones will be set for the purpose of review and evaluation by a governing council. Adhering to milestones is mandatory for the continuation of the grant. Such intermediate progress reports may be submitted in the prescribed format, which will be provided once the research grant is awarded.

The Fellow should submit a final report, in the prescribed format, in the last month of the duration of the project. Fellows will receive a certificate from Tata Trusts on successful completion of their research.

In case the research project involves lab work, Tata Trusts is not liable for any damage to the person of the Research Fellow.
Research Fellows will undertake to refrain from publishing any content relating to the research until it is completed to the satisfaction of Tata Trusts. They may do so after the completion of the research with an appropriate credit to Tata Trusts.

Tata Trusts strictly adheres to a ‘no plagiarism’ policy. Should it come to light that the Research Fellow has plagiarised, the research grant will be terminated with immediate effect and Tata Trusts will reserve the right to seek the return of all the monies paid to the Research Fellow.

MPhil in Development Practice AUD

The Education Initiative (TEI), partnership of Pradan with the Ambedkar University, Delhi, is an important facet of our endeavours to bring the “best and brightest” to the grass-roots’ sector. Well appreciating the deficits in the higher education system in being able to produce the appropriate human resources for getting engaged in ‘transformative social action’ in the villages, PRADAN has evolved the M-Phil Programme in Development Practice along-with the excellent faculty of the AUD, which in itself is one of the pre-eminent institutions in the public sector, providing training on liberal studies. The M Phil programme is also in a way the culmination of AUD’s quest to innovate to redefine higher education, and PRADAN’s quest to professionalise rural grassroots work and induct high-quality people into the efforts to transform the rural. The focus of this M Phil, unlike a typical M Phil, is praxis, not stand-alone research. The programme as detailed in the enclosed bulletin, consists of classroom instruction of very high standards and an equal amount of field engagement in PRADAN projects.

We have already had five cohorts (batches) in this course and the admission to Cohort Six has begun. Please spread the word about this course so that we get diverse applicants to enrich the programme further.

Please see below two hyperlinks connecting to the AUD University website.

M Phil in Development Practice

Information on admission process

 

 

Swaraj University Admissions Open for 2017-19

Admissions Open at Swaraj University

Upcoming Orientations
June 17th-19th or July 7th-9th or July 28th-30th
Register now!

IMAGINE the joy of living your dreams by taking your learning in to your own hands. Imagine infusing your work with a sense of service and being a co-creator of a caring new world.
Be a khoji – learn, explore and be a part of a community of life long learners engaged in all this.
Swaraj University is a unique two year self-designed learning program for youth that builds deeper perspectives on self, environment and society. It supports youth to identify their hearts’ vision and build livelihoods true to their talents, dreams and what is needed in the world today.

The last 7 years have been a transformative journey with numerous khojis (learners) of Swaraj University growing in this nourishing environment. Are you ready to reclaim your life, your learning and be a part of a new world?

Come join the journey!

Admissions are now open at Swaraj University for the 8th cohort of khojis (learners) 2017-19.

Mark the dates and attend any one of the upcoming orientations at our Udaipur campus.
June 17th-19th or July 7th-9th or July 28th-30th

Register Here

Write to us at swarajuni@gmail.com or Call us at +91-8764279302

Research Studies on Specific Issues in Special Regions- ICSSR

INDIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
(Ministry of Human Resource Development)
Aruna Asaf Marg, New Delhi – 110 067

ICSSR Invites applications from the Indian Social Scientists
for Research Programme on
“Research Studies on Specific Issues in Special Regions”

The proposal of the study (app. 1500 words) should belong to a discipline of social sciences, and it may relate to political/social history; constitutional aspects of integration with India; bilateral treaties and agreements; issues of refugees, migrants and displaced persons; economic, political and social status of various sub-regions of these regions; state of Panchayati Raj institutions; status of women, children, elderly people and weaker sections; demographic changes; status of traditional and modern education; assessment of absolute and relative economic performance since independence and so on in respect of such special regions like J&K, North-East etc.

Details about eligibility/terms and conditions etc can be accessed and downloaded as under:

Application format-  Application for Home Ministry advertisement

Guidelines (http://icssr.org/adv/Revised%20Programme%20Guidelines%20for%20Special%20Programme%20of%20HM.pdf)

Last date of receipt of the application is 17th May 2017(Wednesday)

Applicants will require to submit the following:

1. Proposal of the proposed study in 1500 words.

2. Composition of the research team, including Co-Project Director, Department and

Institutions.

3. CVs of each Researchers.

4. Forwarding letter from the University/Institute of Affiliation.

5. Application form in prescribed format, and

6. Budget proposed.

7. SoftCopy of the proposal and CVs of Research Team should be sent through email at rpicssr@gmail.com

Member-Secretary

Assistant Director
RP (RPR & RPS) Division incharge
ICSSR
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg
New Delhi-110067
011-26742351/26716690