Alfred Bader Scholarship

June 28th, 2012 by Jonathan Frankel

Alfred Bader Scholarship
Deadline: July 2

The Alfred Bader scholarship is available to one individual who is currently performing organic chemistry research in Canada. This scholarship will grant one awardee a $3,000 award and up to $500 for travel. Individuals must be nominated to be eligible for this award, however, nominations will remain eligible for up to three years.

This award is offered through the Chemical Institute of Canada, is sponsored by Alfred Bader, HFCIC and is a chance to present worthy individuals with a mark of recognition for their research in organic chemistry.

Scientists who are nominated for the Alfred Bader scholarship must be age 59 or younger and agree to present a lecture at the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition. The awardee for the Alfred Bader scholarship will be chosen by a selection committee consisting of the CSC director of awards, the past chair of the organic chemistry division and the past two winners of the Alfred Bader scholarship.

For further information on the Alfred Bader scholarship or details on how to nominate an individual, you can start here.


Florida Undergraduate Tuition Increases for 2012

June 25th, 2012 by Jennifer Frankel

Last Friday, Florida’s State University System – approved by the Board of Governors – agreed to increase the state tuition among public universities. Among the 11 schools that will be affected by this ruling, tuition increases will run between 9% – 15% higher for this year’s tuition. Not to fear, however, even with these increases Florida will still remains one of the most affordable, ranked 45th in tuition and fees (out of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia).

There were four Florida universities that had a full 15% tuition increase. Out of these four, the highest undergraduate tuition will now be Florida International University at $4,669 per year assuming a normal load of 30 credits – which equates to an annual increase of $609.

The lowest tuition is at $4,154 at the University of South Florida branch of both St. Petersburg and Sarasota. While they had an increase as well, they only went up $446 – an 11% increase over last year.

This rate increase is controversial as many supporters state that it will help avoid closing programs and laying off faculty. Those against the ruling state that many people cannot afford to pay more. In either case, here are this year’s new annual tuition beginning this Fall 2012:

  • New College: 15% tuition increase (or $561), $4,303 new annual tuition
  • Florida A&M: 12% tuition increase (or $449), $4,191 new annual tuition


SOM Architecture, Design and Urban Design Traveling Fellowship

June 21st, 2012 by Jonathan Frankel

SOM Architecture, Design and Urban Design Traveling Fellowship
Deadline: July 23

Individuals that submitted their intent to apply in April for the SOM Architecture, Design and Urban Design Traveling Fellowship are getting closer to the actual submission deadline for this award.

The SOM Architecture, Design and Urban Design Traveling Fellowship will grant $50,000 to the first place winner and $20,000 to the second place winner for research and travel during their fellowship of research on architecture and design. The mission of this fellowship is to allow talented students who are studying architecture and design the opportunity to study outside the realm of established patterns.

Interested candidates who submitted their intent to apply in April need to submit the following by July 23:

  • The cover sheet attached in the program guidelines
  • A sealed letter of recommendation
  • The authorization form in the program guidelines
  • The copyright release statement
  • A portfolio with the inclusions as listed in the guidelines
  • A research abstract and travel itinerary

This fellowship is through the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Foundation, research findings made through this fellowship will be expected to be shared through educational means like publication, exhibit or a lecture series.

Further information on the SOM Architecture, Design and Urban Design Traveling Fellowship and the full list of application rules can be found in the program guidelines in the website found at the link provided here.


2012 College Admissions Data for International Students

June 18th, 2012 by Jennifer Frankel

It’s that time of year again, international students from around the world have applied to colleges and universities, and are preparing themselves to both live and study in the US. This year, the 2012 college admissions data for international students is in, and we would like to share some of the findings.

According to the New York Time’s report, we have preliminary data of the admissions yield which reflects the number of students who have accepted admissions and who have also paid their tuition deposit – and therefore are planning to enroll in their college or university the new school year.

While this is subject to change as we approach the new academic term, the new data reflects that the Ivy League schools – the dream of any international student wanted to study in the US – were even more selective this year.

Harvard University, for example, one of the most recognized US school for higher education shows that international students will make up 11.3% of the total student body this year. With over 34,000 applicants, the New York Times reported that only 5.9% were accepted – an even higher standard over last year’s 6.2% acceptance rate.

Brown University, located in Rhode Island, will also have a relatively large student body population where they accepted 348 international students – 191 of which said “yes” and are planning to attend this semester. International students are expected to make up 12% of the total student body for the class of 2016.

Dartmouth College is planning to have 1,080 students for the Class of 2016 – 10% of which are expected to be made up of international students.

You can view more from this New York Times article and check out other school profiles and 2012 college admissions data for international students. There is no doubt that schools are looking to gain an international edge by creating a diverse environment with an international student body.

If you are an international student planning to study in the US, what criteria do you look at when you apply to a college or university?


IMT Lucca PhD Scholarship

June 14th, 2012 by Jonathan Frankel

IMT Lucca PhD Scholarship
Deadline: September 26

IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca has 36 full PhD scholarships available to individuals that will attend IMT, who meet the necessary requirements and who submit the complete application form. Along with tuition fees being waived, accommodation and school dining are also provided to the scholarship awardees.

IMT is an international graduate school, institute of technology and institute for advanced studies that places emphasis on research. IMT Lucca PhD Scholarship applicants can be of any nationality, but must be proficient in English and have a degree equivalent to at least a 4 year university degree.

The selection process will include a review of the online application submission. Short-list candidates will then follow through to a comprehensive interview. If candidates will not be in Italy at the time of the scheduled interview, other accommodations for the interview will be made available according to the program. The gross amount of this scholarship is €13,630.

You can find more information and the link to the IMT Lucca PhD Scholarship application by visiting here.


Steps to Apply for an International Student Loan

June 11th, 2012 by Jennifer Frankel

Are you an international student looking to apply for a loan? With the added cost of travel, living expenses, tuition, and books, students may sometimes find that they need additional financial aid to support their dream of studying overseas.

If you are going to apply for a student loan, you may find that some US lenders don’t work for international students. You may also find that if they do – lenders only work with select colleges and universities.

If you are an international, study abroad, or foreign enrolled students, we’ve made the steps to apply for an international student loan even easier. We’ve streamlined the process so that you can quickly be matched with lenders that work for you.

Here is a simple guide with the steps to apply for an international student loan:

  • Step 1. You can complete the compare student loan tool by selecting your citizenship and school on our International Student Loans partner site.
  • Step 2. Click compare student loans.
  • Step 3. Review the basic terms and conditions of each lender – and choose the one that’s right for you.
  • Step 4. When you’ve decided on your loan, “Apply Now” to begin the application right online.

It’s just as simple as these easy steps to apply for an international student loan. You can get initial approval as early as a few weeks of completing your application. Keep in mind, student loans require you to pay back the amount you borrow along with interest. It is important to consider all of your financial aid alternatives and maximize funding from scholarships and grants first before applying for a loan.

Compare international student loans and apply online today!


International Watercentre Masters Scholarship

June 7th, 2012 by Jonathan Frankel

International Watercentre Masters Scholarship
Deadline: August 1

The International WaterCentre (IWC) is now accepting applications for individuals interested in receiving a full tuition scholarship. This scholarship is available to Australian citizens and international students who have been accepted into the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management program. To qualify for this award, individuals must also have completed an undergraduate degree from an internationally recognized institution and have demonstrated English language proficiency. An applicant that has at least two years of practical training experience is also looked favorably upon in the application selection process.

The International Watercentre Masters Scholarship will be awarded to individuals who have a commitment to water management, an excellent academic record, relevant employment history or achievements, leadership abilities and a potential outcome to produce a positive impact for both themselves and the water sector.

The International Watercentre Masters Scholarship is valued at approximately AU$44,400 and is usually awarded to individuals with a strong background in water management.

Before applying, you must read the IWC Masters Scholarship terms and conditions. You can find these terms and conditions, more information on the scholarship and the link to apply by visiting here.


STAR Act Proposed to Help Foreign Students with Work Visas

June 4th, 2012 by Jennifer Frankel

United States Senator, John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas introduced the STAR Act which aims to help international students with graduate degrees live and work in the US post graduation. The bill is an attempt to give more H-1B visas to students who graduate with high level degrees in needed fields in the United States. Currently, there is a cap of 85,000 visas issued annually – far lower than the demand, and arguably need, that currently exists.

The Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century Act, or STAR Act, aims to allocate 55,000 work visas for those students with a job offer who have obtained a master’s or doctorate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics from a US institution.

According to the Senator, “The U.S. attracts the best and the brightest, but because of our cap on the number of visas, we usually send these people home. Then they turn around and compete with us by creating jobs in their native countries.”

Taking this merit-based approach, many companies and other government officials are praising the bill, saying that it is a way to retain and attract some of the best and brightest people from around the world to stay in the United States.

Read more about this in the Bellingham Herald.