Welcome to the NRW Scholarship and Fellowship Programs
I am delighted that our short-term bursary programme affords you as students of Israeli, Palestinian or Jordanian institutions of higher education an opportunity to gain a personal impression of North Rhine-Westphalia's higher education and research scenery. Successful applicants will be invited to work at one of the institutes of a university or university of applied sciences in North Rhine-Westphalia for a period of up to three months, enabling you to do research that is crucial to completing your bachelor's or master's degree (e.g. measurements, model calculations, studies on archive material or public opinion research). Your travelling and overnight expenses and insurance cover will be defrayed under the bursary programme. In addition, you will receive funds for living and public transport expenses.
In the context of the North Rhine-Westphalia government's research cooperation with Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan, the short-term bursary programmes are one of numerous initiatives designed to intensify bilateral relations in the fields of innovation, science and research. The bursary programmes aim to develop and promote bilateral exchanges and networks which provide a basis for stepping up cooperation in the spheres of science and research.
Since 2004, over 200 students have applied for a bursary to do research at an institution of higher education in North Rhine-Westphalia. Of those, more than 100 have been invited to North Rhine-Westphalia. Over recent years, all universities, a number of universities of applied sciences and the Jülich-based research centre have been involved in the bursary programme, providing research opportunities for almost the complete range of academic study.
In addition, the North Rhine-Westphalia government has launched the "European Studies" fellowship programme in a move to help initiate and develop research cooperation with Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan. Under the fellowship programme, every year during the winter semester, two researchers from North Rhine-Westphalia will be working as lecturers in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan with the aim of establishing new or intensifying existing research cooperation projects with these partners. The lecturers' assignments especially include promoting the students' understanding of European and German ways of thinking and brokering contacts with Germany.
By their teaching activities at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel, the Palestinian Al Quds University in East Jerusalem and the Jordanian Royal Scientific Society in Amman, the fellows contribute towards educating future leadership elites and impart comprehensive knowledge about Europe, its history and development, and its institutions.
On the basis of close cooperation, Europeans, Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians build trust and mutual understanding in the Middle East region and foster the dialogue between Europe and the Middle East while being prepared for other cooperation initiatives in the future.
I am firmly convinced that the short-term bursary programmes and the fellowship programme will make a crucial contribution towards stepping up cooperation between Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan and North Rhine-Westphalia.
Minister for Innovation, Science and
Research of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia
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