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2021 Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Spring Research Sprint for Masters and PhD-level students.

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Interested in real-world problem-solving, research with impact and networking opportunities? Join the Spring 2021 online research sprint open to Masters- and PhD-level students from all disciplines and geographies.

The Spring 2021 Research Sprint, hosted by the Digital Asia Hub in collaboration with the Berkman Klein Center and the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers, explores the evolving normative concept of “digital self-determination” as an enabler of – or at least contributor – to the exercise of autonomy and agency in the face of shrinking choices. In a world that is increasingly constructed, mediated and at times even dominated by digital technologies and digital media, including the underlying infrastructures, questions of control, power and equity become more critical.

The Digital Asia Hub in collaboration with the Berkman Klein Center and the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers and under the patronage of the Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier is looking for students who want to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team from mid-March to mid-May 2021 on exploring the notion of “digital self-determination” from different perspectives and across cultural contexts. The goal of the sprint is to create and populate an evolving repository of readings, case studies, examples, and narratives that together provide a thick description of the evolving notion of digital self-determination and its normative context.

In a nutshell:

  • The research sprint is hosted by the Digital Asia Hub with the support of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, and will take place virtually from March 15th – May 15th, 2021.
  • The program brings together leading experts and mentors from the Digital Asia Hub and the Berkman Klein Center and its global partner organizations from the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers.
  • The program consists of three elements: A series of up to 9 synchronous sessions online, with assignments and other occasional (optional) offerings, including “social” gatherings, for networking and mentorship.
  • Students at the Masters- and PhD-level from all disciplines are invited to apply and will be actively involved in all parts of the program.
  • We invite participation from students globally.
  • The program will use several computer applications to facilitate everything including Zoom, Google Drive, and Slack.
  • Students who complete the program will be eligible for a stipend of up to $1000.

Requirements

Passion for interdisciplinary research in a novel and highly collaborative program.Excellent academic qualifications (near-completed Masters degree; PhD in progress/planned or advanced PhD, post-doctoral researcher).Fluency in English and knowledge of one other language are a plus.Commitment to take part in weekly ~2-hour virtual sessions between March 15 and May 15 on Thursdays at 8am (Eastern Standard Time)/9pm (Hong Kong time) and a willingness to attend periodic social gatherings.Average time commitment of up to 10 hours a week, depending on your capacities.Motivation to produce research outputs within the time of the sprint and to contribute to a joint publication.

Benefits

  • Research with impact: A unique opportunity to participate in hands-on research activities on a pressing issue and with real-world impact opportunity.
  • Mentorship and networking: Engaging with leading experts in the field of digital technology, education, policy, and ethics and making connections with other scholars around the world.
  • Skill building: As part of an interdisciplinary research team and on an accelerated timeline, improve and expand research and collaboration skills.

Method of Application:

  • Please apply by filling out this application form by Tuesday, February 23 by 8:00am (EST/Boston time)/9pm (Hong Kong time). Applicants will receive notification of admission no later than Friday, March 5 by 5:00pm (EST/Boston time)/6am (Hong Kong time).
  • The form will require that you include a link to your CV or Resume that is accessible online (on a website, in a cloud-drive, etc). Please make sure if using a cloud-storage, the link settings are set to allow for people to access the document.

Support and Stipends:

  • Students who complete the program will be eligible for a stipend of up to $1000.
  • International students based in the US without an eligible work permit are NOT eligible for the stipend. Otherwise, students from around the world are welcomed to apply.  Please consult your legal counsel and institution if you have questions about your eligibility to participate/receive stipends. Stipend payments will come from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 23 2021

For questions and inquiries, please contact leaton@cyber.harvard.edu

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2021 African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) DAAD ‘In-Region Scholarship Programme

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The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand is seeking applications for MA and PhD scholarships offered by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) as part of its ‘In-Region Scholarship Programme South Africa’. Full scholarships are available for Four MA and Five PhD students accepted for the Migration and Displacement programme at ACMS in 2022 (see detailed DAAD call for applications here).

DAAD will make the final decisions and administer the scholarships. ACMS is in charge of the first phase of the application process, which involves pre-selecting and shortlisting candidates. ACMS will submit the shortlist to DAAD for the second phase of the application process and final decisions.

For the pre-selection, ACMS will use the following eligibility criteria. Applicants:

  • Must be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country (excluding South Africa);
  • Must have completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application;
  • MA applicants must have an Honours degree or equivalent with a total aggregate mark of at least 65%;
  • PhD applicants must have an MA degree with a total aggregate mark of at least 70%;
  • Must have been accepted to study for MA/PhD in Migration and Displacement at ACMS (please see application information here).

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter summarising qualifications, professional experience and reasons for interest in the Migration and Displacement programme;
  • A complete CV;
  • Copies of transcripts and degree certificates;
  • SAQA evaluation (for foreign qualifications);
  • A short research proposal (1500 words maximum) outlining the proposed research project;
  • A writing sample of not more than 10,000 words (e.g., a chapter; article; term paper).
  • Proof of admission or application for admission at Wits/ACMS

Application deadline (pre-selection): 30 April 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2021.

Email all queries and application materials to: naledi.mazibuko1@wits.ac.za

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2021 Full Tuition Business School Economics Division Scholarship at Leeds University in UK

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The University of Leeds is granting a Business School Economics Division Scholarship to high achieving students who are seeking to undergo a degree program at the Institution.

The programme will provide the following study expenses:

  • The award will cover full fees at the University of Leeds standard rate of fees.
  • A maintenance grant at the standard UKRI rate (£15,285 in Session 2020/21).

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should ideally have a first-class or at least a good upper second-class undergraduate degree. Also, they should hold a British Masters degree (or equivalent degree from an overseas university) or an equivalent professional qualification with a minimum average score of 60% (or equivalent), and in an appropriate academic discipline.
  • Applicants must have an IELTS of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course to be valid.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Eligible Countries: International

Type: PhD

Value of Awards: Full tuition fees plus a maintenance grant

Number of Awards: 1

Method of Application: To apply for this application, you should follow these steps;

  • Stage 1 – first of all, apply for a research place of study by completing a study application form.  You will be expected to meet our eligibility criteria for PhD candidates, including the English language requirements if your first language is not English once you have received your student ID number (a nine-digit number) move onto stage 2.
  • Stage 2 – apply for the Leeds University Business School Economics Division studentship by working your way through the application form found here.

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2021 Central Bank of Egypt/DFS Lab COVID-19 Innovation Sprint

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The COVID-19 pandemic will likely have lasting effects that will impact the Egyptian economy for years to come. We see startups playing a part in creating the short term – and long term – solutions for this new reality. 

Under the host of the Central Bank of Egypt and in collaboration with the Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA), we have partnered with FSD Africa on a COVID-19 Innovation Sprint that aims to unearth, develop, and refine FinTech solutions that directly address the pandemic in Egypt. 

This design sprint will bring together multiple Egyptian banks and financial institutions that are seeking solutions to help them adapt to COVID-19 together with local and international startups who are rapidly creating the products and services that serve their needs.

Benefits

Under the host of the Central Bank of Egypt and in collaboration with the Financial Regulatory Authority, the startups that are selected to participate in this sprint will work closely with the Egyptian banks and financial institutions. Egyptian financial institutions and banks are increasingly adopting FinTech concepts and collaborating with established FinTech startups to leverage their offerings and overcome unprecedented challenges that appeared during COVID-19 and its aftermath to help consumers adapt to the new norm. Participating startups – as well as the banks and financial institutions that startups will be working with – will also be featured in media and PR campaigns for the event.

If you’re building products addressing the following problem statements, we’d love to hear from you:
Category Problem Statement COVID-19 Barriers Potential Technologies
Remote lending and alternative data Social distancing prevents potential lending clients from delivering documents in person. Requires no touch/in-person collection and validation of data. Innovations in digital assessment and document processing, alternative data, digital lending flows, and e-KYC.
Remote KYC/onboarding Customers would like to sign up for bank accounts or other financial products without having to appear in person – especially in rural areas. Requires no touch/in-person, must identify the client. Also provide and validate necessary information and documentation. Digital ID, biometrics, KBA systems, remote sensors, digital document flows, and other digital onboarding solutions.
Data access for regulators Regulators cannot access financial data quickly to make decisions. Requires faster and more flexible decision-making. Open data APIs, regtech data dashboards.
Digital invoicing and supply chain payments/finance Difficult to send and track digital invoices and facilitate payments, creating financial history and data from MSMEs for lending. MSMEs need credit to survive massive drop in income. Digital invoicing, SME digitization solutions, factoring, merchant discounting, digital supply chain solutions
Cashless payments Payroll, remittances, and other disbursements or remote collections needs to become digitized. Paying employees in cash can be a vector for infection. Prepaid cards, virtual cards, NFC, QR code payments, mobile money, mojaloop, other digital payments.
Queueing and customer service People need to be able to learn about products, resolve customer service issues, and understand loan and other product terms remotely, without queueing in the branch or while queueing in a safe manner. Social distancing makes in person customer service and customer education challenging; and digital channels require new ways of communicating or queueing to assure client needs are met. Full or semi-automated chatbots or IVR that can deal with shared concerns and relay key messages, innovative queueing solutions, other intelligent interfaces or learning programs.
Remote marketing and education Sales, marketing, and customer education channels are largely in-person In-person customer engagement does not work in a pandemic especially in rural areas. Solutions that allow for digital marketing and digital customer engagement – especially through partner organizations
Regulatory interactions Policy makers are seeking innovative and secure ideas to efficiently conduct inspection remotely during and post COVID19 pandemic. Social distancing makes onsite inspection difficult. Also, remote inspections are more efficient and timelier. Regtech solutions allowing remote data inspection and validation.

Application Deadline: February 19, 2021

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