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Roma International Scholar Programme‏

Roma International Scholar Programme

Open to: Roma students

Programme Overview

Roma Education Fund Scholarships Programme (REF/SP) announces the fifth year of the Roma International Scholar Programme (RISP). The Programme is designed to provide partial support to Roma students who are citizens of one of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey or Ukraine, for pursuing Bachelor, Master, PhD or Postdoctoral education outside of their home country or their country of residence.

The scholarship is merit-based and awarded for one academic year with possibility for renewal if the scholar continues to fulfil the Programme requirements. The aim of the scholarship is to promote academic mobility of Roma students and support their academic integration internationally.

REF supports diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria of the REF/Scholarships Programme set standards, according to which applicants’ qualifications are assessed. The Programme Applications are screened for appropriate academic standards, completeness of submitted documents and deadlines met. The applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria of the Programme/s are not further considered in the academic competition of the Programmes.

Applicants should:

_be openly Roma, willing to appear publicly as Roma
_have been or will be accepted at a state accredited university in the country other than his/her home country as full-time students in the 2011-2012 academic year. Please note that the home country and country of residence has to be one of the Programme countries as follows: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey or Ukraine
_apply by the set deadline
_pursue their studies for obtaining a Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree
_submit a completed Application Form
_submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) outlining applicant’s academic background, work history (if applicable), as well as extracurricular activities and personal interests
_submit a Statement of Purpose that expresses their academic goals and/or accomplishments and shows their commitment and motivation to study
_provide official grade transcripts and official English translations about all academic qualifications they have obtained so far, including high school, Bachelor, Master or PhD degrees up to the 2010-2011 academic year.
_submit at least one detailed and informative recommendation letter, describing the academic performance and/or extra-curricular activities of the applicant
_sign electronically the Contractual Obligations section of the online application form
_study in one of the following fields: law, public administration, journalism, political science, sociology, psychology, pedagogy, philosophy, economics, finance and banking, business administration, history, international relations and European studies, communications and public relations, medicine, engineering, ecology or environmental studies, biology, mathematics, physics and arts
_provide evidence of acceptance in full-time university studies within a recognized university in a country other than the country where they reside or have a citizenship of
_present an original university enrolment certificate for the academic year for which s/he is applying for scholarship support

Additional Benefits of the Scholarship Programme

REF is in the process of developing an additional set of support activities for Scholarship beneficiaries to enhance their chances of graduating on time with good grades and starting a successful career afterwards. It is anticipated that these activities will include but not be limited to: participation in programme conferences and workshops, various training opportunities and information to promote educational, professional and personal development, possibilities for internships and small-scale community project initiatives. Participation in all these activities will be voluntary.

It is expected that these activities will be provided through a Beneficiary Networking Programme (hereinafter: BNP) which will also be open to persons who have been beneficiaries of REF Scholarships in the past.

In addition, BNP will develop a process of exchange and communication by which current and former beneficiaries can support each other in the expansion of their social and professional networks within and beyond the Roma community on both national and international levels. BNP will strive to develop a mechanism for current and former beneficiaries to self-organize around issues and concerns of interest to them, including but not exclusively Roma education.

In the longer term, one of the anticipated outcomes of the BNP will be a mutually supportive community of current and former beneficiaries that is committed to actively supporting the fulfilment of the REF mission and the broader promotion of Roma inclusion.

As a first step REF/SP Programme is launching a Beneficiary Pilot or Reference Group with a purpose to ensure beneficiary participation in the Programme planning and strategy elaborations as well as lay out the foundation for starting the Beneficiary Networking Programme.

In order to be informed about the opportunities offered under the BNP, scholars will need to clearly indicate in the section of the Contractual Obligation form (as a part of the Online Application Form) their consent to be contacted by the Programme for BNP purposes. Providing the consent for this part is on a voluntary base and does not influence the decision making of the scholarships selection process.

By providing their consent, scholars agree that the personal data they provide in the application form can be used for the following purposes:

_Sending to scholars invitations to participate in activities under the Programme;

_Creation of the database of those interested in BNP activities;

_Sharing contact information among the members of the BNP;

_REF Scholarships Programme outreach activities.