Thursday, February 4, 2016

Seeking ASEAN Scientists for ASEAN-US Science & Technology Fellowship

Two days ago, i received another email from a friend working with WWF-Malaysia on this ASEAN-US Science and Technology fellowship programme. Allow me to share a little bit about this porgramme, who knows this is something that you are looking for in order to broaden your knowledge and your capacity.

Here a little bit of background, goals and priority areas for this programme:-

The ASEAN region boasts strong skills and potential in science and technology and seeks to leverage these capacities to increase regional competitiveness, foster innovation and entrepreneurship, improve resource management, and enhance the lives of its citizens. Currently, few non-governmental scientists are consulted by ASEAN Member State (AMS) governments on policy decisions, and these scientists generally have a limited understanding of the government decision-making processes and how to effectively engage. ASEAN has a role to play in fostering and institutionalizing a culture of science-based policy making throughout the region, and the Fellowship seeks to provide opportunities for policy-makers and scientists alike to learn from one another.

The goals of the ongoing ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship are the following:
  1. Advance regional cooperation on ASEAN strategic priorities; 
  2. Strengthen science-based policymaking throughout targeted national government ministries and/or bodies; and 
  3. Empower and build the capacity of scientists in ASEAN to take a more prominent role in their respective country’s efforts to integrate into the ASEAN Community.
The Fellowship provides opportunities for early career scientists who are citizens and residents of ASEAN Member State to contribute their knowledge and analytical skills to their national governments. Fellows will be embedded in sectoral or line ministries or other agencies within their home countries, providing these institutions with increased technical capacity to make informed, science-based decisions. More specially, Fellows will be hosted by entities that support technical work aligned with the following three ASEAN and U.S. science and technology priority areas:
  1. Sustainable Energy – Supporting development of strategies or policies to help national governments accelerate using efficient, environmentally friendly, and clean energy; addressing political and other barriers to help ASEAN achieve its goals of significantly increasing use of renewable energy.
  2. Climate Change and Climate Variability – Supporting development of national climate change strategies, policies or action plans; supporting government efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change on cities, communities, and ecosystems.
  3. Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy – Supporting the development of strategies, policies or frameworks to accelerate scientific activity or technology transfer; address intellectual property rights; foster collaboration between science and industry; catalyze STI investments, and promote entrepreneurship. (Note: Scientists with industry experience are especially encouraged to apply under this theme.)
For more information about this programme, please refer to the website ASEAN-U.S. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FELLOWSHIP and all application forms are there.

As for myself, once again i am not qualified to apply for this programme because the minimum academic qualification is Master Degree. I don't have that so i pass this again. All the BEST!

Hoping for Other Opportunity,
Rose Ragai

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