10 Master Scholarship Journalism

Global Communication and International Journalism – Double Degree Master’s Program


Saint Petersburg State University (SPbU)-Freie Universität Berlin (FU)

The Master’s Program Global Communication and International Journalism is conducted by the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, FU Berlin, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, SPbU. It attracts graduates with a BA level or higher academic degree or a Specialist university degree in social sciences as well as humanities. The program provides students with the analytical, methodological and practical competencies necessary for understanding and researching global communication and international journalism developments.

The graduates of the double degree program are well prepared for a career in journalism as well as an academic career in media research both in universities and in the private sector. They have the necessary competencies to engage in editorial boards or management of organizations and various sectors of global mass media. They are ready to work in media consultancy, political education and intercultural communication.

Courses are taught in English; an academic degree from both universities is provided upon graduation. Students attend courses in St. Petersburg and in Berlin.

Major Aims and Topics

Students will get a double-competency qualification based on academic studies and practical training. They are to acquire accurate and deep understanding of communication theory and develop comprehensive knowledge of important research in the field of international media and communication. They must further learn to develop their own research questions in the context of existing theories and relevant research areas. Special significance is attributed to international comparative theoretical and empirical approaches that consider structural changes in media and society: following this perspective, the development of global media and communication processes is understood as crossing national borders.

Professional and independent work on an international level is one of the major goals of the program. Students analyze and develop a thorough understanding of new media technological developments and the impacts and obstacles of the digitalization of mediated communication. They critically assess the importance of innovation and globalization in mass media from political, economic, cultural, legal and ethical perspectives.

Core Areas of Research and Teaching

  • Communication Studies and Research Methods
  • Journalism Studies and Journalistic Practice
  • Media Systems in Comparative Perspectives
  • Globalization and Media
  • International Journalism Culture
  • Modern Media Management
  • Internship / Research Practice

Detailed information on the curriculum of the program is provided in the study and examination regulations (German version, pdf).

Important Information on the Course of Studies

The first and third semesters are studied at SPbU in St. Petersburg, the second semester is studied at FU in Berlin. Depending on the student’s individual choice of the MA thesis supervisor (following research interest and chosen topic), the final semester is either studied at SPbU or FU.

Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Duration 4 semesters
Application period for
international students
May 25 – July 10, 2014
Program start Winter semester, September 2014
Language English

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Both universities offer up to 10 funded places for German / international students. While studying at SPbU, German students can apply for an additional DAAD scholarship. While studying at FU, Russian / international students can apply for a grant.

FU Berlin does not charge tuition fees for consecutive master’s programs. Instead, the university charges all students with “semester fees and contributions” of circa EUR 300, including public transportation costs in Berlin.

Students enrolled on the fee-paying basis pay tuition fees set by SPbU, which is fixed at the sum of 90.000 roubles per semester.

Pictures above: © Saint Petersburg State University (left), FU Berlin / CeDiS (right)


Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. It is worth $50,000 per year for three years and is available to both Canadian and international PhD students studying at Canadian universities.


The deadline date is November 6, 2013 (8:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Canadian universities must submit all nominations to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat via ResearchNet by the deadline date.

Note: Each Canadian university has an internal deadline date for students to submit their applications. The Canadian university should be contacted for this information.

Review Process

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships are awarded after a competitive review process.

University review

Students must be nominated by an eligible Canadian university. The scholarship liaison officer at each eligible Canadian university is responsible for coordinating the university review to determine the selected candidates and forwarding those nominations to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat —the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)—in accordance with their university’s allocation.

Selection committees

Once submitted to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat, each nomination is evaluated by an agency-specific selection committee. Each selection committee recommends the top 55 or 56 candidates (for a combined total among the three federal granting agencies of up to 167 candidates) to the Vanier-Banting steering committee based on the candidate’s academic excellence, research potential and leadership (potential and demonstrated ability).


Vanier-Banting steering committee


The Vanier-Banting steering committee, which is comprised of the presidents of the three federal granting agencies and the deputy ministers of Industry Canada and Health Canada make the final decisions on funding. Each year, the Vanier-Banting steering committee approves up to 167 Vanier Scholars for funding based on the recommendations of the agency-specific selection committees. The Vanier-Banting steering committee also oversees the program’s process, policies and results to ensure that the program achieves its objectives.


When can the Vanier CGS be taken up?


Once notified of the results, Vanier Scholars may take up their Vanier CGS on May 1, 2014, September 1, 2014 or January 1, 2015. The start date chosen must not overlap with any prior federal granting agency funding received and the Vanier Scholar must be registered for full-time studies at the Canadian university as of the Vanier CGS start date.


Supplementary Funding


Vanier Scholars who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada may also be eligible for supplementary funding. Please visit the following websites to view available opportunities:





For more information regarding the Vanier CGS program, please contact: vanier@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 6 November 2013

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Switzerland : Master Grant for Six outstanding students

Six outstanding foreign students are eligible for monthly financial support for the duration of a Master’s programme. The Master Grant is awarded for all programmes offered by the University of Bern with the exception of Biomedical Science. For more information about the offered programmes please visit Master-Programmes as well as Faculties.

1. Value and Duration of Funding

The monthly payment is 1’600 Swiss Francs (for further information on costs of living in Switzerland, see FAQs).
The Grant is first awarded for a period of 13 months starting 1 September 2014. When the Grantee demonstrates academic progress, the Grant is prolonged for the entire regular duration of the Master’s programme.

Besides the above-mentioned financial aid, the Grant covers also the ordinary registration- as well as semester fees for the entire regular study period.  However it is important to note that all grantees must pay per semester 55 Swiss Francs for administrative costs in the admissions office as well as the membership fee for the student union

2. Nomination Process

Nomination of the Grantees is a multi-step process. In the first stage the focus lies on the completeness of the application files. A committee of experts will then nominate the Grantees according to criteria of qualifications, potential in the field, academic goals as well as reasons and motivation for choosing to pursue a Master’s degree in Bern.

3. Eligible for a Grant are Persons

Whose permanent domicile at the time of application is outside of Switzerland, and who obtained their Bachelor’s degree outside of Switzerland

  • Whose Bachelor’s degree is in the relevant field of study
  • Who will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree no later than July 2014


4. The Application Must Contain


  • The application form;
  • A motivation letter, integrated in the application form, in the language of instruction of the chosen Master’s programme;
  • Recommendation letters by two professors of the home university. These must be printed on official letterhead and duly signed;
  • A certificate of language proficiency in the language of instruction, e.g. TOEFL, Goethe-certificate, etc, (Level: German C1, English B2);
  • One photocopy of the Bachelor’s degree or a confirmation (no older than three months) from the home university that the applicant will graduate by the end of July 2014;
  • One photocopy of the transcript of records;
  • One photocopy of the baccalaureate (school-leaving or university entrance certificate).


Depending on the Master’s programme, additional documents may be required. As soon as your application reaches the third stage of the nomination process, you should be prepared to swiftly submit such documents. Please check what documents apply to your case: Additional Documents to be Submitted (pdf, 82KB)


5. Submission Deadline


The complete application, in duplicate and packed in one parcel, must arrive no later than 30 November 2013 at:


University of Bern
International Office
Hochschulstrasse 4
3012 Bern


Any applications arriving after the above-mentioned deadline will not be considered.


6. Communication with the International Office of the University of Bern


The International Office will communicate with applicants in the following manner:


  1. Upon arrival of the documents, all applicants will receive an acknowledge of receipt per e-mail
  2. After the first evaluation, rejected applicants will receive an e-mail (about January 2014)
  3. After the second evaluation stage, rejected applicants will receive an e-mail (about March 2014)
  4. Applicants who are nominated or put on the waiting list will receive an e-mail (End of March/Beginning April 2014)

7. Remarks

Submitted documents will not be returned. Please send us NO originals.

  • Master Grant applications are not accepted as regular enrolment in a Master’s programme.
  • Fulfilment of the prerequisites does not guarantee entitlement to the Grant.
  • Reasons for rejection cannot be provided individually.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 30 November 2013

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10 doctoral positions,sociology, history, political science and social anthropology.


Description: We are seeking highly motivated researchers with genuine interest in an academic environment that fosters creativity through interdisciplinary exchange. Successful candidates are expected to conduct research within the doctoral programme, and in the end receive the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in history or sociology. The Graduate School promotes research in the fields of sociology, history, political science and social anthropology.

Qualifications: Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in sociology, history, political science, social anthropology or gender studies; applications from related disciplines are welcome. We strongly encourage women and candidates with an international background to apply. All information on the application process and the evaluation procedure can be found at: www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/bewerbung/stellen. Applications – in English or German – must be submitted online by 15 October 2013.

Terms of employment: The position is a 2 year part-time appointment (65 % full-time equivalent, salary scale TV-L13) with the option of a 1.5 year extension upon positive evaluation. The BGHS is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create a workplace free from discrimination.

Qualified candidates with severe disabilities or similarly disabled candidates are explicitly encouraged to apply.

Bielefeld University has repeatedly received awards for its gender equality policy and is certified as a family-friendly university. We encourage applications from women, in particular in the areas of science, technology, IT and industrial trades, and all applications are treated in accordance with the North Rhine-Westphalia Gender Equality Act.

For more information, please contact Ruth Pohl-Grund: application-bghs@uni-bielefeld.de


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Doctoral Positions in the Life Sciences : Giessen, Germany

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The International Giessen Graduate School for the Life Sciences (GGL) of the Faculties of Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Nutritional Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the Ph.D. Programme of the Faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine invite applicants to the

Doctoral Programmes in the Life Sciences.

The Doctoral Programmes consist of a three-year interdisciplinary graduate course curriculum combined with an experimental project leading to a dissertation. Each doctoral researcher will be supervised by two professors from different faculties and will benefit from our Doctoral Researcher Development Programme. Seminars and courses are conducted in English; German language courses are offered for international students.

Poster SE13

Depending on the project selected and own qualifications students may receive a scholarship and may be eligible to register for one of the doctoral degrees offered at the Justus Liebig University Giessen (Ph. D., Dr. med., Dr. med. dent., Dr. biol. hom., Dr. med. vet., Dr. biol. anim., Dr. phil., Dr. rer. nat., Dr. agr. and Dr. oec. troph).

Applicants can choose from eight interdisciplinary research sections:
Nutrition and Metabolism;
Infection and Immunity;
Heart, Lung and Blood Vessels; Protein and Nucleic Acid Interactions;
Reproduction in Man and Animals;
Stress Resistance and Adaptation;
Molecular Interactions at Natural Interfaces.

A Master´s degree or equivalent is required for admission.

Prospective research projects and names of supervisors as well as other information necessary for application can be found online.

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