Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Developments in Electronic Residency Application Service for Foreign Medical Graduates.

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is a world leader in promoting quality health care — serving physicians, members of the medical education and regulatory communities, health care consumers, and those researching issues in medical education and health workforce planning. ECFMG’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), a support service developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (an ECFMG member), has recently undergone advancements to further assist medical school students and graduates in applying for residency positions in accredited U.S. graduate medical programs.

Among these developments, the number of international medical schools using ERAS has grown, with 95 schools now submitting documents electronically on behalf of their students and graduates. The ERAS new Letter Writer Portal has also been introduced to aid international medical graduates applying for U.S. post graduate training, by allowing letters of recommendation to be requested through and later uploaded directly to ERAS; this feature has seen success in accelerating this part of applying to U.S. programs.

Also accessible through ERAS, on Thursday, February 9th, the National Resident Matching Program will be hosting an informational web conference on the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP). This is one of multiple new web conferences, meant for both international medical schools and their students, which will include complete information on the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) implemented for Match week 2012, as well as information and guidelines for letters of recommendation, and information on the AAMC’s new release date for the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).

Interested participants can RSVP to

For more information, please visit:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

International PhD Scholarships in Biology at University of Queensland, Australia

The School of Biological Sciences is a large and research intensive unit at the University of Queensland, one of Australia’s most prestigious Universities. The School has broad expertise across the disciplines of ecology and evolution, molecular and quantitative genetics, developmental biology, behavior, plant and animal physiology, and conservation biology. Their research programs span all scales of biological organization, from molecules and cells, to organisms, populations, species and communities, and take advantage of study animal and plant systems in a large variety of habitats. The School has announced a new initiative that has made available a number of PhD scholarships for talented International students who enroll in their PhD program in 2012.

Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree with Honours, Master of Science, MPhil or equivalent, and must be accepted into the PhD program at the University of Queensland. The UQ Graduate School website provides further information on the entry requirements for admission to the PhD program (

Living stipend (scholarship) of $23,728 per annum for 3 years which is tax free, with the possibility of a 6 month extension. International students normally pay international student fees of $29,600 per year, however individuals successful in gaining one of these scholarships will also be granted a full tuition-fee waiver.

The Application Process
Interested students should identify potential supervisors within their research area of interest ( and contact them to discuss potential projects. Strong candidates will be invited to apply for entry to the PhD program, and if accepted into the program will be considered for the School of Biological Sciences International Scholarships on a competitive basis.

For further information:
For detailed information on research programs, see
For furher information on the application process please contact the Postgraduate Administration Officer Gail Walter

Monday, January 9, 2012

Four Year Doctoral Fellowship for International PhD Students; The University of British Columbia, Canada.

Study Subject(s):Courses offered by UCC
Course Level:PhD
Scholarship Provider: The University of British Columbia; Canada

Scholarship Description
  • The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) program will ensure UBC’s best PhD students are provided with financial support of at least $16,000 per year plus tuition for the first four years of their PhD studies. 
  • This program allows UBC to continue to attract and support outstanding domestic and international PhD students, and provide those students with stable, base-level funding for the first four years of their PhD studies and research.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Yes

  • Four Year Fellowships may be held by domestic and international students. 
  • In general, the fellowships are offered to students beginning their first year of PhD studies, but may be offered to continuing PhD students.
  •  In all cases, funding is offered until the end of the fourth year of PhD studies, subject to satisfactory academic progress. Students holding the following Tri-Agency awards automatically become 4YF designates: Vanier Scholarships, Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGSD), CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, NSERC Doctoral Postgraduate Scholarships (PGSD), and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.
  • Doctoral students who obtain Tri-Agency scholarships may be eligible for 4YF tuition coverage and will receive 4YF stipend and tuition support once their external scholarship funding ends, to the end of the fourth year of PhD studies. 
  • Other major external scholarship winners who are selected as 4YF designates may be eligible for 4YF tuition coverage and will receive 4YF stipend and tuition support once their external scholarship funding ends, to the end of the fourth year of PhD studies.

Further Scholarship Information and Application:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

United World College International Baccalaureate Diploma Scholarship, Malaysia

Study Subject(s): Courses offered by the university
Course Level: Diploma
Scholarship Provider: UWC National Committee (NC) – Malaysia
Scholarship can be taken at: Malaysia

·         Malaysian citizen.
·         Resident in Malaysia and having completed Form 5 and sat for the SPM (or currently in the final year of ICGSE or equivalent) in Malaysia. A student who purports to be resident in another country straight after Form 5, without their family being with them would not qualify as IQ and the application would be carefully scrutinized.
·         Between the ages of 16-19 years as of the 1st August in the year of entry to UWC.
·         Those on refugee status should contact the NC directly.)

Scholarship Open for International Students: Yes

Scholarship Description: Each year the UWC National Committee (NC) – Malaysia will receive from the UWC colleges a specific number of places (which may include a scholarship, bursary/partial scholarship or fee-paying place) for which they select students to study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Although strong academic achievement is valued highly at UWC, academic achievements are put into perspective with a demanding mix of community engagement, international affairs, physical activities and creative pursuits. Our student intake is deliberately diverse and each of the schools and colleges draws together students from many different nations and backgrounds. Our bursaries, scholarships and fee structures aim to ensure a broad socio-economic mix within the student body that adds value to the student experience and the organization

How to Apply: By Post; for application form, visit the website:

Scholarship Application Deadline: 17 February 2012

Further Scholarship Information and Application:

The Secretariat
(C/o En Ahmad Fhamy Sallehudin)
UWC National Committee – Malaysia
5 Jalan BK3/2,
Bandar Kinrara,
47180 Puchong,
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Telephone: 03 80767843
Telefax: 03 80767829

Email enquiries should be directed to Deborah Mazlan.