Sunday, July 27, 2008

CSIRO Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships

The CSIRO ICT Centre is working to establish Australia as a global ICT
innovator by delivering leading-edge Information and Communication
Technology solutions for industry and society. The Centre has over 250
researchers across Australia working in four capability-based
laboratories and two applications laboratories in four locations,
Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Hobart:

* Autonomous System
* Networking Technologies
* Wireless Technologies
* Information Engineering
* e-Health Research Centre
* Tasmanian ICT Centre

The 2008 Vacation Scholarship Program is designed to provide students
with the opportunity to work on real-world problems in a leading R&D
organisation. Participation in the Vacation Scholarship Program has
influenced previous scholarship holders in their choice of further study
and future career options. Many have gone on to pursue a PhD in CSIRO or
to build a successful research career within CSIRO, a University or

The scholarships are open to students who have completed at least 3
years of Undergraduate study and who have maintained a credit average or
higher. The students will be paid a stipend of $550 per week.
Scholarships are to commence early December 2008 and continue for a
period of 8-12 weeks. Each student will undertake a research project
under the supervision of a research scientist or engineer. Presentation
skills training is provided as well as an opportunity to participate in
an end of scholarship conference with other students and CSIRO research

More information about the scholarships and application can be found at


The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, ANSTO, will
again be conducting their Year in Industry Internship Program in 2009.
Based in Southern Sydney, ANSTO is currently seeking applications from
undergraduates to take up internships during 2009. The program provides a
relevant industry based learning opportunity for students to apply theory
and skills to the workplace.

There are various internships offered with engineering and science
students majoring in the following areas invited to apply:

* Environmental science/Ecology
* Earth Science
* Chemistry
* Environmental Science
* Physics
* Science/marketing
* science/business
* science/communications
* science/commerce
* science/creative arts (graphic design or web)
* Chemical Engineering
* Science Engineering
* Occupational Health & Safety
* Safety & Environment
* Mechanical / Electronic / Electrical / Mechatronic
* Materials Science

Our Year in Industry Internship program (YII) is open to University
students who have completed 2 years of a 3 year degree, or have completed
3 years of a 4 year degree. To be eligible you will have at least one
full year's study remaining in your undergraduate degree at the
completion of your internship at ANSTO.

All opportunities are full time over 12 months. To apply or for further
information please consult the vacancies page of our website or contact Megan Lusty on (02) 9717 3094.

To be eligible for appointment, applicants will require a security and
medical assessment and must be a penultimate year University student.

The program is available only to students at Australian universities who
have appropriate Australian work rights

Internship applications close: 12th September 2008.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Internet Commerce Security Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Internet Commerce Security
PhD Studies
$120k - Research Opportunity

The University of Ballarat is offering a unique opportunity for students
undertaking PhD studies in the area of Internet Commerce Security to receive
$120k over three years. You will work on real problems and data related to
current fraud activity faced by many financial organisations in the world of
eFinance and eSecurity.

The University of Ballarat, Westpac Banking Corporation and IBM have jointly
established the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) to carry out
research into Internet Commerce Security. It will focus on addressing some of
the most critical issues in the Internet Commerce Sector in the management of
identity, internet fraud, trust and the use of the internet. Research projects
will be in areas related to information security and data mining.

To be successful in your application you must have:
. A first class honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Information
Technology or Mathematics
. Excellent communication skills
. Ability and aptitude for both a research and commercial environment

You must be willing to:
. Successfully complete a PhD in this research area
. Be part of a motivated, dynamic and creative environment
. Apply your knowledge to critical real world problems
. Be ready for employment opportunities that will exist in this field

Scholarship: $26,000 pa (tax free).
The Scholarship term is 3 years. Candidates for the scholarships must be
Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.

Laboratory: Applicants are also able to apply for additional optional funding
of $14,000 pa (taxable) for Laboratory engagement.

Potential applicants should contact
Assoc Professor Paul Watters,
Director, Internet Commerce Security Laboratory

Sunday, June 1, 2008

PhD Scholarship in Nottingham University, Malaysia Campus

- First class hon (Hon Degree, MSC, MEng)
- good character, hardworking and practical

Phd area: Vision navigation (NO Choice) because it is funded by grant.
Student needs to do this topic. The project involve Hardware + software.
First supervisor: Prof Kenneth Ang

The research project is fully funded, the student will get
(1) 3 year school fees (paid), RM28k x 3
(2) allowance RM1500 per month for 3 years, RM18k x 3.
(3) equipments of this research project will be fully funded.
(4) conference travel (include registration, travel, accommodation etc)
for the first two years, fully funded by the grant
(5) funding for training (if needed) is available.

Monday, April 14, 2008

2008 Google Australia and New Zealand Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

***Attention girls!!!***

Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated leadership. A group of female undergraduate and graduate student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool. The scholarship recipients will each receive a $5,000 scholarship for the 2009 academic year and an expenses-paid trip to the 2009 Grace Hopper Conference in the United States. Remaining finalists will receive $1,000 each.

Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria to be eligible:
- Be a female student who has completed one or more years of a B.Sc/B.Eng degree with at least one year of study remaining, whether as part of a Bachelors or postgraduate degree
- Be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at an university in Australia or New Zealand in 2009
- Be studying Computer Science, Computer Science or Software, Engineering, Informatics, or a closely related technical field
- Maintain an excellent academic record (e.g. distinction average plus)

Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply. Past applicants and finalists are encouraged to re-apply also.

For more info:

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) anticipates at least 15 new graduate research assistantships for 2008-2009.

Stipends $22-26 K per year, all tuition, fees, health insurance, and a professional travel allowance.

Perform research with experts at NASA Langley Research Center, eminent faculty at NIA (including 6 chaired professors) and faculty on campus

MS and PhD degrees in Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Materials Science, Systems, Engineering Mechanics, Engineering Physics and other engineering fields from one of our consortium universities: Georgia Tech, Maryland, NC State, NC A&T, Virginia, Virginia Tech.

Residency fulfilled at NIA in Hampton. Earn degree from one of our universities while taking up to half of your courses from consortium partner universities. Coursework from on-site faculty as well as distance learning. Innovative new courses, including team-taught classes from our multi-university consortium.
For a brochure to post or share please click on the following link:

Additional information on the NIA graduate program may be found on

For additional information please contact Ms. Lisa Burke, or (757) 325-6731.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur awards

Methodist College is offering a limited number of SCHOLARSHIPS for its A-Levels March intake. Do take a look at and apply for them immediately.



Methodist College Kuala Lumpur awards Merit and Special Scholarships to post SPM/GCE O-Level students who commence their studies at MCKL:


Students with excellent SPM/GCE O-Level results will be considered for various scholarships for the following courses of study:
Course Academic Requirements Award
A-Level (Science) 10 1A's and above Full tuition scholarship
8 to 9 1A's Partial (50%) scholarship
5 to 7 1A's Partial (25%) scholarship

A-Level (Arts)
Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) 8 1A's and above Full tuition scholarship
6 to 7 1A's Partial (50%) scholarship
5 A's (1A's or 2A's) Partial (25%) scholarship

Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Dip.ECE) 5 1A's and above Full tuition scholarship
4 1A's Partial (50%) scholarship
3 A's (1A's or 2A's) Partial (25%) scholarship


Special Scholarships will be awarded to students in the following categories
Category Award
Children of Pastors of Methodist Churches Full tuition scholarship
Children of Pastors of Christian Churches Partial (50%) scholarship
Students of Methodist Churches in Malaysia Partial (50%) scholarship
Students from Private Methodist Secondary Schools Partial (30%) scholarship

Terms and conditions apply. A limited number of scholarships will be offered.

credits: cmteo from

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Funded Research Positions for Postdoctoral and Doctoral Students in

The Institute of Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria,
invites applications for Phd students and Postdocs in the Distributed and
Parallel Systems Group (DPS).

Your areas of interest should comprise:
- Application development and runtime environments for multi-core parallel
- Program analysis and optimizations for parallel systems
- Programming languages and methods for multiprocessor architectures
- Performance analysis and debugging for parallel programs

Prerequisites: applicants must hold a master or equivalent degree in
computer science as well as a working permit for the European Union

Profile of our group: DPS participates among others in the following EU
projects: EU CoreGRID, EU EC-GIN, EU edutain@grid, EU Adaptive Services
Grid, EU KWF Grid, EU EGEE 1 . 3, SFB Aurora and Austrian Grid.

Language skills: English; Note that the working and study language is
English. The entire course and research programme is held in English only.
There is no need to learn German for this position.

The City of Innsbruck, which hosted the Olympic winter games twice, is
located in the beautiful surroundings of the Tyrolean Alps. The
combination of the Alpine environment and the urban life in this
historically grown town provides a high quality of living. The university
has a long tradition dating back to the 16th century, and, with seven
schools (Theology, Law, Economics and Social Sciences, Medicine,
Humanities, Natural Sciences, Civil Engineering and Architecture), it
offers a wide spectrum of research and teaching activities and interesting
opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Besides, the Country of
Tyrol strongly supports various initiatives in the IT domain.

Applications can be submitted anytime. There is no deadline. Please direct
questions and your application to:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Fahringer
Institute of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck
Technikerstr. 21a, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Friday, February 1, 2008

Happy new year!

A late new year greeting (had been busy taking leave back home and attending wedding in NZ =p).

Hope these info help!

Scholarship Opportunities in the UK

For further information please refer to:

PhD Scholarship under an APAI Linkage Grant

Linkage Project – Structure and properties of aircraft alloys subjected to equal channel angular processing

Industrial partner – Boeing Corp, Phantom Works, St. Louis, USA.

Supervisor – Dr Peter Thomson, Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University

Stipend – currently $25,118 per annum – for three years with an expectation of renewal for a further six months as necessary.

For further information please contact:

Australian Federation of University Women Vic-Scholarship Program 2008

The scholarships listed below are offered only to female students who are enrolled at Victorian universities, or at the Victorian campuses of the Australian Catholic University. Applicants are asked to demonstrate that they are or have been experiencing disadvantage in the pursuit of their studies.

William and Elizabeth Fisher Scholarship $4000, two Bursaries $1500 each and International Scholarship $2000 for female students enrolled in 2008 in a postgraduate research degree.

Yvonne Aitken Scholarship $2000 for a female student enrolled in 2008 in a postgraduate Diploma of Education (DipEd).

AFUW-Vic Scholarship $2500 and two Bursaries $1000 each for a female student enrolled in 2008 in a postgraduate coursework degree. Mature age will be a preferential factor.

F.D. Daniels Scholarship $3000 and two Bursaries $1500 each for female students enrolled in 2008 in an honours year of an undergraduate degree.

Madeleine Capicchiano Scholarship $3000 for a female student enrolled in an honours year of an undergraduate degree who is conducting research human rights and/or social justice issues at the local, national or international level.

Indigenous Scholarship $2000 for a female indigenous student resident in Victoria enrolled in 2008 in an undergraduate degree course at a Victorian university.

For further information please refer to:

Chevening Scholarships

Closing Date: Friday 28 March, 2008

For further information please refer to:

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sheffield Hallam University Undergraduate/Postgraduate Scholarships

Q: My course has this programme where we need to continue in UK (SHU) to get our degree cert. But I'm not financially capable. Any suggestions what to do?

Scholarships offered by the university for international students (mainly Malaysians) includes:
Info from :
International Achievement Scholarship
- Minimum of £1,000
Scholarship applications for courses starting in September/October 2008 must be submitted by 30 June 2008. Applications for scholarships for courses starting in January/February 2009 must be submitted by 30 November 2008.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)
-covers tuition fees and living costs for the duration of a Masters course

So for undergraduates, International Achievement Scholarship is the only option. Unfortunately, I'm not very sure whether a student from twinning programme is eligible. It doesn't hurt to apply for it though.

External scholarships info given on the website:
British Council Education UK
International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
There's this International student loan :
which looks interesting but only applies to US residents. =(


I checked the twinning program, and found this:
"We have a number of courses for holders of certain TAR College diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, including the successful Summer Semester, Two Year Progression Degrees and Continuation Masters Degrees. These courses are offered at special discounts, available only to students of TAR College. "
I wonder how much of discount do they mean by that - (£2136 - £2233?)

There's a scholarship offered for the twinning programme:
Hallam Special Achievement Scholarship
"To apply, please download an application form. All applications must be in by 27 June, 2008. After this date, the applications will be judged and the scholarship presented. The panel's decision will be final!"
- However, it's only £300 each.


So it seemed like it's not easy to get either TAR college or Sheffield Hallam University to offer a scholarship for the twinning program. I would recommend apply for the ones mentioned, and look at scholarships/loan offered by local organisations.

and the scholarship listed in

During my undergraduate years, I have received loan of RM4000 a year (if you study in overseas university I think it's RM10k a year), from a local organisation. Can't remember is it DongZhong or TeoChew Association. (I've cleared off the loan so I don't have to remember lol). If I found anything else I'll let you know!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Do you need to learn japanese to study in Japan?

This entry is to answer saoirse question on whether learning japanese is necessary to apply for scholarship in Japanese University.

I did a quick google search and found this:
where the requirements include:

A completed application form with one attached photograph [PDF, 130kb]
Proof of citizenship in country with diplomatic relations with Japan.
Official certificate of a Master's degree (or a letter from a graduate school attesting to expected award of Master's degree) and an undergraduate diploma from a university or college (Bachelor’s or equivalent).
Official transcripts from the applicant's master’s and undergraduate programs. 
A certificate of English proficiency, preferably a TOEFL score.
A copy of the applicant's Master’s thesis (if completed).
Two confidential recommendation letters on the linked form [
PDF, 100kb]. Each letter should be sent directly to the Professor In Charge in a sealed envelope with the signature of the recommender over the flap of the envelope. One recommendation letter from a high-ranking person, such as the dean of a graduate school, chair of a department, president of a company, or a person in an equivalent position is strongly recommended.

Only English proficiency is required - therefore not being able to communicate in Japanese is so a problem.

As from personal experience, almost all classes (I havent't come across one that isn't though) in Nagoya University are conducted in Japanese, the same goes to the research seminars, even when foreigner who does not understand Japanese is there. I used to attend weekly meetings, conducted in Japanese with powerpoint slides in Japanese as well - lucky for me that I understand chinese, I could at least read the kanji on the slide. Otherwise I would fell asleep in that 3-5hours of weekly meeting...

Therefore knowing Japanese is important, as not much students/staffs will talk to you as they found it hard to express themselves and some are just too shy, even in the university. I did meet a few nice Japanese who love English and talk to me a lot, but I think I'm really lucky on that. But there're foreigners from China, Mexico, US, Brazil as research students too so you'll still be able to find someone to chat with when you are bored =p

And to learn Japanese, there're plenty of classes (some are free) conducted in the university, so you can start learning when you are in Japan. I personally think learning Japanese in Japan is more effective as you get to practise it the whole time =p

So, in short, picking up a bit of nihongo (Japanese) is definitely a plus - well you can always learn from anime, songs, lonely planet language book, pimsleur mp3 (I have this oral Japanese lessons mp3 with me) so you could at least make sure you could get to your accomodation once you reached there. But it's okay to only start learning when you are in Japan I guess =p

3 PhD Scholarships in Computational Engineering (Electronic Device Modelling)

RMIT University, Melbourne
The Project: The three-year program of research is targeting the development of C++ codes for the analysis, design, modelling and simulation of Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Devices for high-tech electronic applications. The candidates will be working in a research group which has extensive expertise in computational engineering and has pioneered the development of models for device simulation in Europe, United States and South East Asia since 1979.

The Person: Applicants will need a degree with honours in either Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Applied Science, have extensive experience in C++ programming language and algorithm design, and be mathematically minded. Successful applicants will preferably commence by early January 2008. These scholarships are available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Remuneration: The PhD Scholarships (3) will be awarded a stipend of $25,627 (2007) per annum, for a maximum of three years, plus project funds for overseas and national conference participation on an annual basis.

Contact: Interested candidates should email curriculum vitae and cover letter to Prof. Alireza

Closing Date for Applications: 07 December 2007

Research Associate

Fixed-term 3 years

$56,759 - $60,924 p.a. + 17% super

The Role: Professor Alireza Baghai-Wadji has an ARC Linkage grant commencing in 2008 and is looking to recruit an appropriately qualified and experienced researcher. This is an exciting opportunity to join a collaborative multidisciplinary team in developing models for the simulation of the characteristics of Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Devices in a research group which has pioneered numerous modelling and simulation tools for SAW devices in Europe, the United States and South East Asia since 1979. Funding is available to support attendance at overseas and national conferences annually.

The Person: You will require a PhD in either Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Mathematical Physics, have a strong research background in either computational techniques for electronic materials, device modelling or algorithms design, be proficient in C++ and have extensive experience in the development of customised codes using one or more of the following techniques: the Finite Element Method, the Finite Difference Method, the Boundary Element Method, or Evolutionary Programming.

PLEASE NOTE: An RMIT Application sheet must accompany your application.

Further information: Professor Alireza Baghai-Wadji +61 3 9925 2851

Applications Close: 07 December 2007

Quote reference no 50024060

Sunday, November 18, 2007

ACB PhD Scholarships

ARC Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics
PhD scholarships

Highly qualified students with training in molecular or cell biology,
mathematics, statistics, computer science, information technology or systems
analysis are encouraged to apply for a PhD scholarship within the Australian
Research Council Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics
(, Australia's leading research consortium in
bioinformatics and computational genome biology.

Priority research areas include:
* inference, computational modelling and analysis of regulatory networks
in stem cell development;
* inference, computational modelling and analysis of regulatory networks
in breast cancer; and
* imaging, mathematical modelling and visualisation of spatially dynamic
processes in mammalian cells.

Up to ten PhD scholarships, each valued at $25,000 per annum for three years,
are available at our nodes at The Australian National University, Macquarie
University, and The University of Queensland.

For further information, contact Professor Mark Ragan:,

Professor Mark Ragan
ARC Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics
Institute for Molecular Bioscience
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Qld 4072 Australia
Tel: +61-7-3346-2616 / 2617
Fax: +61-7-3346-2101

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Information Systems in UNSW, Australia

Lecturer: $71,779 - $84,618 pa
Senior Lecturer: $87,182 - $100,022 pa
Associate Professor: $104,301 - 114,433 pa

Applications are invited for this position from suitably qualified people in
the field of information systems or a related discipline. The successful
applicant will join a vibrant School that aims to provide high-quality
educational programs as well as a dynamic, productive, output-driven research

As well as undergraduate programs offered to officer cadets and midshipmen, the
School offers postgraduate programs to civilian and defence personnel,
including postgraduate coursework programs and research masters and PhD
degrees. A professional doctorate, the Doctor of Information Technology, is
also available. In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the
School also provides a number of technology awareness courses for defence
personnel, including several in enterprise architecture.

Active research programs in information systems are maintained in the areas of
decision making, enterprise architecture, information and communication
technology governance, risk management, soft systems modelling, systems
thinking, and software metrics. Other research programs in the School include
antenna arrays, artificial intelligence, complex systems, control theory,
evaluation of computer networks, image and video coding and transmission image
processing and interpretation, mobile communications, operations research,
quantum computing, radar and electromagnetic engineering, remote sensing,
robotics, speech processing and virtual environments. Bodies like the
Australian Research Council support many of these projects.

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake an active research
program. Applicants whose research interests are different, but complementary,
to existing areas are encouraged to apply.

The School is looking to appoint a staff member who will add to the School.s
research activities and who will complement the School.s teaching profile in
the area of Information Systems.

Depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant, an
appointment may be offered at Lecturer (Level B), Senior Lecturer (Level C) or
Associate Professor (Level D). The School is prepared to consider various types
of appointment, including continuing and fixed-term contract, full and part

Membership of an approved University superannuation scheme is a condition of
employment of this position.

Position description and selection criteria are available at Further information is
available from the Head of School Professor Michael Frater on (02) 6268 8236 or
by email on

Information on current research programs in the School can be found at

Applications close 7th December 2007. Please quote reference number: ITEE
11907. Interviews for this position will be held on Monday 17th and Tuesday
18th December 2007.

A written application addressing the selection criteria, a resume, and the
names and addresses (preferably email) of at least three referees should be
submitted to: HR Recruitment, UNSW@ADFA, Australian Defence Force Academy,
Northcott Drive, CANBERRA ACT 2600. You may email your application to: For confirmation of receipt of
application telephone (02) 6268 8726. People from EEO groups are encouraged to

Thursday, November 15, 2007

PhD Opportunities in Kyoto University, Japan

When I was in Nagoya University, my airfares and livings are funded by the COE grant. Now there's open scholarships for students all around the world to do a PhD in Kyoto University. (Kyoto is a very lovely city - see my travel pictures here, here and here =p!)

The Graduate school of Informatics, Kyoto University, has announced a new PhD
studentship opportunity in cooperation with a Japanese governmental project
called the Global COE program. Attached is the Call for PhD Student who can
enter Kyoto University from October 2008. The notable features of the program
are summarized as follows:

(1) All the accepted PhD students (totally 8 positions) are regarded as
students supported by Japanese Govenment.
(2) All the accepted PhD students are provided about 220,000 Japanese yen per a
month for three years. (That's around usd2,200!)
(3) All the accepted PhD students can apply to the "young leader fostering
program" of the fiscal year 2009. When accepted, each accepted applicant will
be provided the research fund (about 1 million - 1.5 million Japanese Yen) from
the Global COE program.

The deadline of the application is: January 10th, 2008. Notification of
acceptance/rejection will be provided from Kyoto Univeristy in March 2008
(final notification from Japanese government will be sent to July 2008.)
Accepted applicants must enter PhD course from October 2008.

Katsumi Tanaka, Professor
Dept. of Social Informatics,
Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University
Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8501,Japan
Tel : +81-75-753-5969
Secretary: +81-75-753-5385
Fax: +81-75-753-5979