International Students Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT) 2011

What is ISFiT?

ISFiT – The International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway is the world’s largest student festival with a thematic focus. About 450 students from all over the world attend the festival. The themes have changed over the years, but have always been related to social and political topics with international relevance.

World figures often attend ISFiT and past speakers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former Director-General of WHO Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Dr José Ramos-Horta and Professor Wangari Maathai. Using modern technology, both former US president Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Desmond Tutu have relayed their thoughts about the global significance of ISFiT to plenum ceremonies at the festival.

As students are the future leaders of the world we believe that their voices should be heard and international networks established. Thus, the purpose of ISFiT is to be a meeting place for discussion and debate, an arena where ideas are born, friendships are made and valuable lessons are learned. The festival aims at fostering inspiration and being a starting point for international cooperation amongst students. ISFiT is a non-profit festival. Continue reading

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2010-2011 Fellows/Visitors, USA

The Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG), directed by Helen V. Milner, is pleased to announce the selection of its 2010-2011 fellows for the Center’s three fellowship programs: Globalization and Governance Fellowship Program, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Regional Political Economy, and Global Leaders Fellowship Program. 

Globalization and Governance Fellowship Program

Through the Globalization and Governance Fellowship Program, NCGG will award six one-year research positions to a group of very talented scholars chosen from a large pool of close to 100 applicants from all over the globe. These awards are designed to promote basic research in the areas of international and comparative political economy, international organization, global governance, and globalization. For more information click the following link:

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Regional Political Economy

The Niehaus family’s generosity to the Center has funded the new Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Regional Political Economy created with the goal of developing a new generation of scholars able to analyze and make policy recommendations about the regional political economy in the Middle East, East, South, or Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. This fellowship program attracted over 90 applicants for only two slots. The Center will welcome its third class of fellows in the regional political economy fellowship program, Shana R. Marshall and A. Kadir Yildirim. For more information click the following link:

Global Leaders Fellowship Program

Up to six fellowships will be awarded in each of the next four years for a year’s study at Oxford followed by a year at Princeton. The program will create a network of scholars and practitioners with expertise in the key issues surrounding globalization. For further information on this click the link:

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Global Women’s Health Fellowship, USA

About the Fellowship

The Global Women’s Health Fellowship is an inter-disciplinary and cross-collaborative program organized through the Connors Center for Women’s Health and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). This organization includes Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. The purpose of the fellowship is to promote educational initiatives and research pertinent to the development of global women’s health, domestically and internationally, through development of academic, clinical and administrative skills in global medicine, disaster and humanitarian response, war medicine, and areas specific to women’s health including reproductive health and gender-based violence.


The goal of the fellowship is to train leaders in global women’s health who will be able to:

1. Advance the specialty and education of global women’s health worldwide

2.Participate in effective humanitarian relief and disaster response efforts in conjunction with international aid organizations and local governments

3. Develop, fund, implement, monitor, and evaluate global women’s health programs

4. Conduct clinical and field research based on solid epidemiologic methods and biostatistics

5. Maintain a working knowledge of global public health issues and government and non-governmental organizations and infrastructure around the world

6. Understand international humanitarian law and human rights as they relate to conflict, humanitarian crises, and global women’s health

Background and Statistics

Women are a vulnerable population, and programs that improve women’s health have a direct impact on maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Women’s health is particularly at risk due to pregnancy, childbirth, their role in conflict and in displaced populations, and lastly because of their role in society. Reducing vulnerability and improving health also requires attention to the overall health of the community, specifically in areas of HIV/AIDS, literacy and economic well-being.

Fellowship Structure

The fellowship begins July 1 and lasts two years.  A one-year fellowship for applicants who already have an MPH degree is also available.  Fellows divide their time between international projects and research, Harvard School of Public Health classes, and clinical work in a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital within their discipline.

The curriculum is tailored to fellows’ individual interests and is divided into the following outlined below: (1) Clinical Medicine, (2) Harvard School of Public Health, (3) Global Women’s Health Concentrations, (4) Global Field Work, (5) Research and (6) Mentorship.

Application Requirements

Applicants must be board certified or board eligible in their trained specialty when they begin the fellowship.  Successful applicants must also (1) receive a clinical appointment by a Harvard teaching hospital, (2) receive an appointment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, (3) obtain a Massachusetts medical license, and (4) be accepted into the MPH program by the Harvard School of Public Health.

Please note that all application materials are usually received in October for recruitment into the program the following July.  Currently, we are only accepting candidates trained at a Harvard teaching hospital.

Please submit the following items by email (preferred), fax or mail:

1. Completed application form
2. CV
3. Personal statement
4. Three letters of recommendation (one from residency director or chairman)
5. Official transcript of USMLE results
6. Official medical school transcript

Please see the Detailed Application Instructions and the Application Form below for information on each of these requirements.

Global Women’s Health Fellowship Program Description

Global Women’s Health Fellowship Application Form

You must also apply separately to the Harvard School of Public Health Masters in Public Health program by December 15. The Fall 2010 application for admission is available through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) at Please submit your completed application through SOPHAS at least two weeks prior to the December 15 deadline.

Important Dates

Fellowship Application Deadline October 1, 2010
Fellowship Interview Date October 21, 2010 and October 26, 2010
Notification Date December 1, 2010
HSPH Application Deadline December 15, 2010

For more information, please contact:

Jaclyn Chai, MPH
Administrative Director, Global Women’s Health Programs
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.525.6766
Fax: 617.525-7746



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