Scholarship MSc in Dependable Software Systems


Awarded Best New Postgraduate Course of 2013

**Scholarship Applications for September 2014 student intake close on 15th January, 2014** 

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The National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) in Ireland; the University of St. Andrews (UStA) in Scotland; and Université de Lorraine, Nancy (UL) in France are offering a two-year double Master Programme, named Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems (DESEM) Click here to download the Brochure.

Course Objective: Our objective is to provide students with the knowledge, skill and in-depth technical understanding of the key concepts required to design and build dependable software systems. This will be achieved by bringing together the theory and practice of software development and, in particular, through the transfer of knowledge from the classroom via research driven and commercially relevant projects.

Degree Description: The double-degree will be achieved over two years, through the allocation of 120ECTS. Students will study in two of the three partner universities, achieving a diploma supplement from each university in which they accomplish 60ECTS from the DESEM Programme.

A student will achieve the double Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems, through studying the relevant course components at two of the three partner universities.

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Netherlands : PhD Scholarships

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Master’s degree in economics, econometrics, computer science, psychology, behavioral genetics, epidemiology,

Several PhD positions for genoeconomics are available as part of a joint research initiative of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Amsterdam. Genoeconomics is a newly emerging research field that investigates the molecular genetic architecture of economic preferences (e.g. risk preferences, time discounting) and important lifetime outcomes (e.g. educational attainment, happiness, self-employment). This research could be transformative for the social sciences by providing new tools and insights to study the causes of behaviors and outcomes. Furthermore, the results of this research can inform medical research by identifying relevant causal pathways for disease outcomes (e.g. cognition-related or cardio-vascular diseases) that can help to identify individuals at risk early on. The PhD candidates will be embedded in an international, interdisciplinary research team that spearheads this new research field.

Keywords

Behavioral genetics, microeconomics, molecular genetics, genoeconomics

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ERIM PhD 2013 Geneconomics

Topic

Twin and family studies show that a broad range of psychological traits, economic preferences, and social and economic outcomes are moderately heritable. Discovery of genetic variants associated with such outcomes can lead to new insights into the causal pathways underlying human behaviour, including the complex interplay of environmental and genetic factors. Thus, social scientists, including economists and management scholars, have begun to look to genetics to inform their work. The overall aim of this new interdisciplinary research field is to address the following questions:

 

i. Can particular genetic markers associated with social-science traits be identified?

 

ii. To what extent can genetic data be informative about an individual’s traits?

 

iii. How does the environment moderate genetic effects?

 

iv. How can genetic insights be integrated into the social sciences?

 

v. How can medical research benefit from insights about the genetics of social-science traits?

 

The PhD candidates will address one or several of these research questions in projects that will focus on one or several economic variables, such as educational attainment, risk preferences, time preferences, or self-employment.

 

Approach

 

As a part of this PhD project, the candidate will learn and apply modern statistical methods for the analysis of molecular genetic data. This includes, but is not limited to, genome-wide association analysis, meta-analysis, polygenic scores and heritability estimates using molecular genetic data. The necessary skills for using the appropriate statistical methods can be learned during the first year of employment. The candidate will work with data from different sources, including the Rotterdam Study, the Health and Retirement Study, the Swedish Twin Registry, and the Social Science Genetics Association Consortium (http://www.ssgac.org).

 

Literature references

 

  • D. J. Benjamin et al., The genetic architecture of economic and political preferences. PNAS. 109, 8026-8031 (2012).
  • J. P. Beauchamp et al., Molecular genetics and economics. J. Econ. Persp. 25, 57-82 (2011).
  • D. J. Benjamin et al., The promises and pitfalls of genoeconomics. Ann. Rev. Econ. 4, 627-662 (2012).
  • D. Cesarini, C. T. Dawes, M. Johannesson, P. Lichtenstein, B. Wallace, Genetic variation in preferences for giving and risk taking. Q. J. Econ. 124, 809-842 (2009).
  • C. A. Rietveld et al., Molecular genetics and subjective well-being. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2013). doi:10.1073/pnas.1222171110
  • Van der Loos, Matthijs J.H.M., et al., The molecular genetic architecture of self-employment. PLoS ONE. 8(4), e60542 (2013).
  • C. A. Rietveld et al., GWAS of 126,559 individuals identifies genetic variants associated with educational attainment. Science. 340, 1467-1471 (2013).
  • R. Plomin, J. DeFries, V. Knopik, J. Neiderhiser, Behavioral Genetics (Worth Publishers, ed. 6th edition, 2013).

 

Cooperation

 

The position will be affiliated with the newly established Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute of Biology and Economic Behavior (EURIBEB) and can be located at the Erasmus School of Economics or the Amsterdam Business School. The candidate will be part of a team that is leading this research effort, including Albert Hofman (Epidemiology), Roy Thurik (Economics), Patrick Groenen (Econometrics), and Philipp Koellinger (Economics & Business). Furthermore, the candidate will work closely with the principal investigators of the Social Science Genetics Association Consortium (Daniel Benjamin at Cornell University, David Cesarini at New York University and Philipp Koellinger at the University of Amsterdam) and Magnus Johannesson at the Stockholm School of Economics. Research visits at one or several of our international collaborators are encouraged. The team is internationally leading the development of this new interdisciplinary research field.

 

Expected output

 

The outcome of the project will consist in a number of research papers that will form the contents of the PhD dissertation. The project is designed to result in publications in leading academic journals in the areas of economics, medicine and genetics.

 

Scientific relevance

 

Genoeconomics could have several important impacts, including the following three:

 

1. Understanding individual differences

 

Studying the molecular genetics of behaviour has the potential to be transformative for the social sciences because it addresses fundamental questions that social scientists are interested in: Why are people different from each other? Why do they do the things they do? A better understanding of the biological foundations of behaviour may identify structural parameters of theoretical models in the social sciences and provide an empirical basis for decomposing crude theoretical constructs (e.g., time preference) into more primitive, truly exogenous attributes.

 

2. Understanding causal pathways from biology to behaviour and outcomes

 

Once robust associations between genes and social scientific outcomes have been established, researchers are able to use genetic data to learn about the causal pathways of the outcomes they are interested in. This could lead to completely new insights that could be useful in improving theory and predicting behaviour.

 

3. Improving traditional empirical research in the social sciences

 

Social scientists may be able to use genetic data to improve traditional empirical research. In particular, genetic data can be used to better understand how the environment influences behaviour and economic outcomes. For example, an important concern is to understand the effects of public policy interventions such as expensive programs aiming to increase student achievement. Genetic information can be used to improve the precision of causal effect estimates of such interventions, especially in the context of randomized experiments where controlling for unobserved genetic heterogeneity can increase the statistical power to identify the effects of the treatment. In the latter context, genetic information can substitute, to some extent, for sample size in the experiment. This is particularly useful if the experiment is expensive, the number of participants in the experiment cannot be increased, and if genetic information of the participants is available at low or no additional cost.

 

Societal relevance

 

Insights from genoeconomics can contribute to several important societal goals:

 

1. Improving public policy: Genoeconomics can inform our understanding of how to craft effective public policies via different routes, including:

 

– A better understanding of the causal pathways contributing towards individual differences, behaviour, and socio-economic outcomes;

 

– Shedding light on the complex interplay between environmental conditions, public policies, and genetic predispositions of individuals;

 

– Developing and apply tools that contribute to the evaluation of the effectiveness of public policies, by using genetic data to get more precise estimates of the causal effects of such interventions.

 

2.  Contributing to better public health and lower health costs: The onset of many heritable diseases can be delayed or even prevented if individuals at risk are identified early and accurately. Even if the onset of disease cannot be prevented, early diagnosis can open up additional, effective treatment options and result in overall cost savings. Thus, early identification of people at risk can contribute towards increasing health outcomes and lowering the long-run costs of treatment. Genoeconomics can help contribute to these important goals in two ways:

 

– Improve existing statistical methods that use genetic data to identify persons at risk for heritable diseases in general;

 

– Leverage the insights from the genoeconomics to enable early diagnosis of people at risk for cognition-related disease such as dementia.

 

PhD candidate profile

 

Candidates should have a recently completed Master’s degree in economics, econometrics, computer science, psychology, behavioral genetics, epidemiology, or another field that provides a sufficient background in statistics. Good computer skills and some knowledge of programming languages are an advantage. Furthermore, curiosity and an interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment are regarded as assets.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 18 November 2013

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Europe : Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship-IT4BI

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Business Intelligence (BI) promises an organization of the capability of collecting and analyzing internal and external data to generate knowledge and value, providing decision support at the strategic, tactical and operational levels. Now that we live in a knowledge society, people and organizations are immersed in a constantly flowing torrent of information, and businesses succeed or fail based largely on how effectively they collect, clean, transform, integrate, store, explore, analyze and monitor this information to predict future trends and make the best decisions. To succeed in this day and age, organizations can no longer afford to treat information and communication technologies as administrative tools, but need to embrace them as a strategic asset and embed them fully in their decision-making process.

 

The added value of IT4BI consists of:

 

  • a two-year, English-language course in BI, given by world-renowned European institutions who jointly designed the courses and programme, including three choices of specialisation,

 

  • the first curriculum in Europe covering the broad scope of scientific and technological fields supporting today and tomorrow\’s Business Intelligence systems,

 

  • strong connections with research and industry, offered by 5 full partner HEIs cooperating with 12 industrial associated partners, 2 national research institutes, 2 regional public authorities, 4 HEIs around the world, and a European HEI network, all contributing to the programme and its development.

Applications for 2014-2016 to open September 9th

The new application session for 2014-2016, starts from September 9th, 2013.
As previously, that there are two distinct application periods, one for those applying for a scholarship, and the other for those applying as fee paying (i.e., self sustained) students. More information on the admission page.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 15 December 2013

Admission

Application Procedure

The application session for 2014-2016, starts from September 9th, 2013 onwards (see details below). Candidates are required to apply via the IT4BI online application form. Importantly, Category B students currently on their last year of Bachelor can submit their application even if they have not yet their diploma. If they are selected they need to submit their diploma and final grades for the last year not later than June 30th, 2014.

 

Candidates are informed that their personal data will be sent to the Agency and may be used by other bodies involved in the management of Erasmus Mundus (i.e. European Commission, Erasmus Mundus National Structures, EU Delegations, Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association) for facilitating the student/doctoral candidate access to the joint programme.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply to IT4BI, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

 

  • They have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree (i.e., the equivalent of 180 ECTS) with a major in computer science, from an accredited university. The university has to be listed in the International Handbook of Universities/World List of Universities or other Institutions of Higher Education, or be included in the following university rankings:

    Applicants could also use the following link to check if the University complies with this criterion: http://www.iau-aiu.net/content/list-heis. Please refer to the FAQ for questions regarding Bachelor’s degree.

  • They must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The consortium will rely on how certification bodies evaluate their own equivalences against this framework, e.g., Cambridge General English FCE, IELTS (Academic) 5.5, TOEFL (paper based) 570, TOEFL (computer based) 230, TOEFL (internet based) 88, etc. Please refer to the FAQ for questions regarding proof of proficiency in English.

Application Periods

There are two application periods. Students applying for a scholarship must apply between September 9th, 2013 and December 15th, 2013. Those applying as self funded students must apply between March 1st, 2014 and April 30th, 2014 or June 30th, 2014 depending on the nationality. The deadlines are recalled below:

 

  • Students applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship: December 15th, 2013.
  • Students not applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship:
    • Non European students: April 30th, 2014
    • European students: June 30th, 2014

 

Selected candidates will be notified after validation of the consortium selection proposal by the European Commission.

Important dates are summarized below:

 

Application opening for scholarship September 9th, 2013
Application deadline for scholarship December 15th, 2013
Deadline for uploading reference letters January 7th, 2014
Deadline for uploading proof of Bachelor degree
(Non-European)
March 31st, 2014
Deadline for uploading proof of Bachelor degree
(European)
June 30th, 2014
Preliminary decision of the scholarship End of February 2014
Deadline for receiving paper documents No later than 1 month after the preliminary decision
Formal confirmation of the scholarship May 2014

 

Application opening for fee paying students March 1st, 2014
Application deadlines for fee paying students
(Non-European)
April 30th, 2014
Deadline for uploading reference letters for fee paying students
(Non-European)
April 30th, 2014
Deadline for uploading proof of Bachelor degree for fee paying students
(Non-European)
April 30th, 2014
Preliminary decision for fee paying students
(Non-European)
End of May 2014
Deadline for receiving paper documents for fee paying students
(Non-European)
No later than 1 month after the preliminary decision
Application deadlines for fee paying students
(European)
June 30th, 2014
Deadline for uploading reference letters for fee paying students
(European)
June 30th, 2014
Deadline for uploading proof of Bachelor degree for fee paying students
(European)
June 30th, 2014
Preliminary decision for fee paying students
(European)
Mid July 2014
Deadline for receiving paper documents for fee paying students
(European)
No later than 1 month after the preliminary decision

 

Start of the academic year September 2014

 

Selection procedure

Applications will be scored according to the following categories:

 

    • Domain of the bachelor : Points will be assigned proportional to the percentage of Computer Science credits in the curriculum.
    • Academic results : This will be calculated as the weighted average of the marks in the different subjects.
    • Other studies : A second bachelor or master will score depending on the obtained credits in computer science. Extra-curricular courses taken will be scored based on lecturing hours taking.
    • Professional experience : Points will be given by year of work on IT or BI position (regarding the position held and the topic).
    • Personal project : Points will be assigned based on the following categories: organisation, sequencing, content, vocabulary and word choice, critical thinking, originality and creativity, accuracy of facts.
    • Reference letters : Points will be assigned based on the approval, comments and reputation of the referees, as testified by the reference letters and the referees’ H-factor.

 

 

A final ranked list of candidates, based on all obtained points, will thus be produced. A main list containing the top 20-25 students will be submitted to the European Commission for scholarship approval. A reserved list is also produced.

Visa conditions

To apply for a visa as a self-funded student, you will need to have a financial guarantor. The guarantor must be able to prove that he has a monthly income that is sufficiently high for him to be able to pay you 604€/month, while retaining 973€/month for himself and 150€/month for each dependent. If these conditions cannot be met, the Belgian consulate will not issue a student visa.

Note that it is very difficult, and in some cases impossible, for an accompanying spouse or partner of a non-European student, to obtain a visa.

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Women Scholerhips,2013 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in Asia-Pacific (APAC)

The Google Anita BorgThe Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and Google offers Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Women applicants in Asia-Pacific. The applicants of Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and India are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Each scholarship recipient will receive a scholarship amount specific to their local region in respect to tuition. All scholarship recipients will also be invited to visit a Google office in Sydney, Australia for a networking retreat.

Study Subject(s): The scholarship is provided to study Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a closely related technical field at their universities. Students will also be invited for a networking retreat. It will include workshops with a series of speakers, panels, breakout sessions and social activities, and will provide an opportunity to meet and share experiences.
Course Level: Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is for pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degree level.
Scholarship Provider: The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and Google
Scholarship can be taken at: Asia-Pacific (specific to applicants local region). Students will also be invited for a networking retreat at Google office in Sydney, Australia.

Eligibility: Applicants must:
-Be a female student enrolled in full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at an university.
-Be enrolled at a University in any of the following countries: Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and India. Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply.
-Be studying Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a closely related technical field.
-Maintain an excellent academic record.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: The students of Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and India are eligible to apply for this Google scholarship.The Google Anita Borg

Scholarship Description: Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic performance, leadership experience and demonstrated passion for computer science. A group of female Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD students will be chosen from the applicant pool across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and India. Each scholarship recipient will receive a scholarship amount specific to their local region in respect to tuition. All scholarship recipients will be invited to visit a Google office in Sydney, Australia for a networking retreat. It will include workshops with a series of speakers, panels, breakout sessions and social activities, and will provide an opportunity to meet and share experiences.

Number of awards offered: Not Known

Duration of award(s): Not Known

What does it cover? Each scholarship recipient will receive a scholarship amount specific to their local region in respect to tuition. All scholarship recipients will be invited to an expenses paid retreat held in Sydney, Australia in September. In addition to free time for sightseeing and socializing, the formal part of the retreat typically includes: Welcome meal and tour of Google; Informal ice breaker activities and introductions; Introduction to the Anita Borg Institute and the scholarship program and Personal insights, technical talks, and workshops.

Selection Criteria: Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic performance, leadership experience and demonstrated passion for computer science.

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: Application should be completed and all required documents should be submitted online. First-time users will be required to register and create an account. Applicant will be asked to submit electronic versions of the following: Resume, Transcripts, Two letters of recommendation, Answers to three short essay questions. The deadline for your references to complete the letter of recommendation is June 10, 2013.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Please complete the online application for Google Anita Borg Memorial  International Scholarship and submit all required documents online by 31st of May, 2013.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

Scholarship Europe : European Master in Software Engineering (EMSE)

The Consortium of Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (FUB)- Italy, Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH)-Sweden and  University of Kaiserslautern (UNKL)-Germany, offer to EU and NON-EU students scholarships and contribution to tuition fees  to participate to the European Master Course in Software Engineering (EMSE) 2013-2015 edition.

EMSE is a two year (120 ECTS credits) Joint Masters Programme, completely taught in English, that aims at training students in emerging research domains that shape the future of Software Engineering. Students will prepared for industry and research carriers as PhD programmes. After completing the EMSE studies the student will have gained expertise, competence, and practical skills on software management and quality, innovation and creativity, software process and product standards, social and economic market of IT, and teamwork.

The international dimension of the Masters Course guarantees that students familiarise with different educational methods and a multicultures. Since 2006 EMSE has been funded by the Erasmus Mundus Programme. However, the course has therefore been awarded by the European Commission/EACEA with the Erasmus Mundus Brand Name (EMBN) by which it commits itself to maintain the requirements and level of excellence expected from an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course.

Program

The program foresees a mobility period: students choose 2 out of the 3 universities and spend one year of their master study in each university (50% of ECTS in each institution).

Project, internship and thesis work will be carried out at the second university and will be jointly supervised and evaluated by two supervisors, one from each university visited. The EMSE curriculum consists of core topics, specificities, a project, and a master thesis and cover a wide range of topics, such as software process management, verification and validation, software design, and requirements engineering, and a pool of specificities like software quality, distributed systems and development, open source software, and agile methods.

To improve trading-off theory and practice, to enforce a seamless synergy between the industrial and academic stakeholder and to help students’ employability, the curriculum includes a compulsory Internship Program.
Successfully Students get a double degree from the two visited  universities

Scholarship For the course 2013-2015  scholarships and contribution to tuition fees will be offered to EU and NON-EU students:

·  up to 3 (from 21,450 to 24,000 € per 2 year) are reserved to students visiting FUB and UNIKL

·  up to 4 (from 11,475 to 15.420 € per 2 year) are reserved to students visiting BTH and FUB or UNIKL

·   up to 1  is reserved to NON EU students visiting FUB or UNIKL and then BTH

Eligibility:

Students are accepted in the program regardless of sex, age, or nationality.

In order to be considered for the selection all students must fulfill the following admission requirements:

-Respect the application deadline.

-Have been awarded a BSc in Software Engineering, Computer Science or Computer Engineering or degrees with equivalent skills in the three areas: Software Engineering, Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

-Provide proof of proficiency in English language proved by TOEFL (>550 PB; > 213CB; >81 IB), IELTS (>6) or equivalent certificate. An English proficiency certificate is not required in case of native speakers who come from countries where English is an official language. The consortium can request a further personal interview to assess the student’s English level.

Applicants that fulfill the admission criteria will be ranked according to the selection criteria. A ranking list and a reserve list will be defined for each learning path according to the following criteria:

– Language skills

– Type of entrance qualification

– Academic records

– Work experience and professional qualifications

– Motivation and willingness.

Deadline: Submission closing date for NON-EU and EU applicants is February 25th, 2013

Notification: Notification of admission and scholarships award is March 15th, 2013 and notification to the students of the reserve list is March 21st, 2013.

Apply: The application is submitted online at  http://emse.case.unibz.it/submissions/index.php

Further Information: http://www.inf.unibz.it/emse-dokuwiki/

E-Mail: emse-secretariat@unibz.it

Further Information

Application Deadline : 31 March 2012

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