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Welcome to the NRW Scholarship and Fellowship Programmes

Svenja Schulze

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 1000 students have applied for a bursary to do research at an institution of higher education in North Rhine-Westphalia. Of those, more than 300 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, North Rhine-Westphalia´s government is also engaged in local support measures in Israel, the Palestine territories and Jordan. This initiative enables German researchers to lecture at partner institutions in the Middle East and prepare students for a study visit to Germany.

The aim is to give students from the Middle East a deeper insight into German and European understanding of science and research and to establish contacts between educational institutions in Germany and the Middle East.

There is then the possibility for student from Jordan, the Palestine territories and Israel who have been successful within these measures to paticipate in a one-year Masters study programme in "European Studies" in Düsseldorf.

The purpose of this study programme is not just to analyse current European politics, society, economics and law from an academic perspective, but also to learn to understand European integration as a peace project and get to grips with the European Union´s selfperception with regard to human rights, democracy, social plurality, rule of law, liberal market economy and the welfare state.

I am convinced that these measures make a valuable contribution to consolidating cooperation between North Rhine-Westphalia, Israel, the Palestine territories and Jordan.

Svenja Schulze

Minister for Innovation, Science and
Research of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia

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