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International programmes, scholarships and grants for specialists

This section contains information on foreign and international scholarship programmes for post-graduate studies, improvement of the level of professional skills and professional training abroad available to citizens of the Republic of Belarus.

Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS programme of the German Academic Exchange Service)

Postgraduate study programmes aiming to promote sustainable development through international collaboration and partnership of well-trained local experts. Graduates with at least 2 years' professional experience, with the last academic degree completed no longer than 6 years previously, are offered an opportunity to complete a study programme for a postgraduate or Master's degree at a state or state-recognised German university. Duration of the courses: 12 to 36 months. Candidates need to apply directly to the chosen study programme.

Application deadline: depending on chosen study programme.

Internships at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Internships for graduate students are available at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). These internships are intended to increase the intern’s understanding of current human rights issues at the international level and give them an insight into the work of the United Nations. The duration of an internship is 2–6 months. Participants are selected from graduate students and holders of graduate level degrees in disciplines: International Law, Political Science, History, Social Sciences. Applicants must have a good command of at least two of the six official languages of the UN.

Application deadlines: 30 April and 31 October (annually).

Interpol’s Internship Programme

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is recruiting students for internships at the General Secretariat in Lyon (France) and in the regional offices. Interns will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the activities of Interpol, learn about the principles of international police co-operation and work in a multicultural environment. The duration of internships is from 6 to 11 months. The programme is for students or graduates in disciplines related to the work of Interpol.

Applications are accepted all year round.

Marbach Fellowship Programme

The Marbach fellowship programme supports research projects that are based on the collections of the German Literature Archive in Marbach am Neckar. A completed university degree is a prerequisite for receipt of a fellowship; short-term fellowships for Master’s candidates are also offered. Additionally, the Archive issues thematic fellowships in cooperation with third-party donors and patrons. Applicants must point out the direct relevance of the Archive’s unique collection of manuscripts, library, special media collections, or art collections for their research projects. Applications may be submitted in German or English.

Application deadlines: 31 March and 30 September (annually).

MASHAV Professional Courses (Israel)

Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation in the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites professionals to the international educational courses. The cost of the training programme and residence costs are covered by the organizer.

Applications are accepted all year round.

Mobility Scheme for Targeted People-to-People-Contacts (MOST)

The project aims to expand professional contacts between citizens of Belarus and the EU in order to exchange best practices and improve mutual understanding. It provides for financed trips of Belarusians to the EU within the framework of international activities, internships, exchanges, and establishing of professional relationships. Applications are accepted from adult citizens of the Republic of Belarus working in the field of culture, education, science, technology and others.

Application deadline: at least 4 months before the planned event.

Scholarships of the Catholic Academic Exchange Service (Germany)

The Catholic Academic Exchange Service, within the framework of the East European Program, provides scholarships for studies, postgraduate studies or research projects in Germany for Christian students, university graduates and young scientists from Belarus. Fellows are free to choose educational or scientific institution in Germany. All academic disciplines are covered. Good knowledge of the German language is required.

Application deadlines: 15 January and 30 June (annually).

Visegrad Scholarship Program

Visegrad Fund, established by the governments of four Central European countries, supports scholarships for master and post-master students willing to study abroad in the universities of the Visegrad countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia. Applicants are invited to pick a suitable accredited higher-education institution in the destination country; a scanned letter of acceptance from the host university needs to be submitted with the application. Study period/length of support is 1–4 semesters for full-time Master’s level studies or 1–2 semesters for post-Master’s full-time studies/research.

Application deadline: 15 March (annually).