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Academics in Sub-Saharan Africa

On May 12, 2017, we concluded the "Academics in Sub-Saharan Africa" annual project with a final workshop. "Academics in Sub-Saharan Africa" is the second workshop series in the Welcome Centre's "Academics in..."-series funded by the DAAD. It follows the initial focus, which was "Academics in China" in 2016/2017. The series "Academics in..." is a three year project funded by the DAAD support programme STIBET Doktoranden, following the self-initiated "Academics in Turkey"-pilot workshop in 2014.

The aim of the project was to provide junior researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa with a forum that allowed network building and an exchange about their specific knowledge of the Sub-Saharan academic system. The project participants came together for five workshops in total, starting with the initial workshop in October 2016 and closing with the Information and Networking Event on 12 May 2017. This gave them the opportunity to exchange their experiences as internationally mobile young researchers and explore shared interests in topics such as academic resources, joint research, initiating research cooperation, career opportunities for African academics in Germany, preparing for the job market back home and higher education in Africa.

The closing event with the title "Doing research in Sub-Saharan Africa - Institutions, Projects and Challenges" was opened by the head of the Welcome Centre, Eleni Andrianopulu, with a short presentation on the goals and structure of the "Academics in..." series and the current "Academics in Sub-Saharan Africa" project. Following this, Dr. Kurt Salentin of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (Institut für Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung, IKG) gave the attendees valuable insight into the dos and don'ts when submitting to a journal. After a short break, different research institutes in Botswana and Cameroon were introduced: the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (Phemelo Tamasiga and Ashenafi Teshome), The African Institute for Mathematical Science (Guy Fabrice Foghem, Ghislain Herman Demeze Jouatsa) and the International Society of Linguistics as well as the Institute for Training and Demographic Research (Roland Lakyim via Skype from Cameroon). Afterwards Charbel Gauthé presented on the Alumni Netzwerk Subsahara Afrika (ANSA), a network of German and African students and young researchers who have spent some time in either Germany or Sub-Saharan Africa and have or had a DAAD-scholarship. Gilbert Monthiou followed via Skype from Cameroon with a presentation of the field research he undertook concerning career opportunities for PhD-returnees in Cameroon, talking to different institutions and people about the possibilities and difficulties academics from Sub-Saharan Africa face when returning back home after gaining their PhD in Germany.

To conclude the event, the Welcome Centre had invited two renowned professors whose daily work consists of working in international cooperation in the academic world in Germany and Africa: Prof. Dr. David Simo and Prof. Dr. Norbert Sewald joined the event to talk about how they perceive the challenges and opportunities of doing research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Here you find a summary of the discussion.

All in all, both the challenges and the opportunities of doing research in Sub-Saharan Africa that were identified in the closing event show how important cooperation is in general. And especially so between Sub-Saharan Africa and Germany since there is so much to be gained from it for both sides. Hopefully, "Academics in Sub-Saharan Africa" has its share in furthering network building and cooperation among young researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa and with academics from Bielefeld University respectively.

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Scholarship for particularly engaged international doctoral candidates (STIBET) 2017

Together with the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD), the Welcome Centre announces a scholarship for particularly engaged international doctoral candidates. Successful applicants receive a monthly stipend of €850 for one up to 12 months. Prerequisites include a good academic record and previous voluntary (social) engagement serving international exchange. Good knowledge of the German and the English language as well as another modern language is advantageous. Applicants should be at least in the second year of the doctoral studies.

Closing date for applications: 29.05.2017

-> Announcement
-> Application form
-> Form for letter of recommendation (in German)
-> DAAD Guidelines (in German)

Final Degree Scholarship for international doctoral candidates STIBET 2017

Together with the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst, DAAD), the Welcome Centre announces a final degree scholarship for international doctoral candidates. Successful applicants receive a monthly stipend of €784 for one up to six months. Prerequisites include a good academic record and the expectation that the degree will be granted within a year.

Closing date for applications: 15.05.2017

-> Announcement
-> Application form
-> Form for letter of recommendation (in German)
-> STIBET FAQ (in German)

Newsletter March

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Academics in China

On 20 January 2017, we concluded the "Academics in China" annual project with a final workshop. The "Academics in China" workshop series were the first project of the Welcome Centre's "Academics in..." series, following the "Academics in Turkey" pilot workshop in 2014. The series "Academics in..." is a three year project funded by the DAAD StiBet-Doktoranden funding programme.

The aim of the project was to give Chinese junior researchers a platform where they can go into an exchange about their knowledge of the Chinese university system and their experiences as Chinese PhDs, PostDocs and internationally mobile academics in Germany.Thirteen interested Chinese researchers attended the event and gained further insight into the Chinese academic system, learned about Bielefeld University's cooperation with Chinese Universities and shared and compared experiences with their fellow researchers.

The event was opened by the head of the Welcome Centre Eleni Andrianopulu with a short presentation on the goals and structure of the "Academics in..." series and the current "Academics in China" project.
Next Masako Gröger-Suzuki of the International Office informed the attendees about Bielefeld University's cooperation with the East China Normal University. Afterwards Qiang Li gave a presentation on the Beijing Institute of Technology, followed by Peixin Xian giving a brief insight into her PhD thesis with a presentation on discourse acquisition of Chinese students in Germany (all presentations from the event are linked below).
To conclude the event Peixin Xian (formerly Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies at Bielefeld University, now Zhejiang International Studies University), Yedan Li (Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University), Qiang Li (Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics "CoR-Lab" at Bielefeld University), and Jiajun Yang (Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology "CiTec" at Bielefeld University) shared their experiences and insights on the Chinese and German academic systems, reviewed academic (and other) possibilities after having obtained a doctoral degree and answered questions of PhD students in a panel discussion.

The project series will be continued with the already running "Academics in Africa" workshops in 2017.

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Newsletter February

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Happy New Year!

We hope you all enjoyed relaxing and joyful holidays and wish you a wonderful new year 2017. Or, as we say in German, Frohes neues Jahr -
we are looking forward to seeing you this year!
Best wishes
Your Welcome Centre Team

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Newsletter November

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Support program for international Doctoral candidates STIBET 2017

International doctoral candidates, who need funding in order to complete their studies, can apply for a final degree scholarship. The scholarship is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service's (DAAD) Support program for international doctoral candidates (STIBET). Prerequisites include a good academic record and the expectation that the degree will be granted within a year.
Applications must be submitted complete to the Welcome Centre (including all enclosures) until 15.12.2016.

Announcement and documents:
-> Announcement (download)
-> Application form (download)
-> Recommendation form (download)

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Who will pay my pension one day..?

"Who will pay my pension one day?" was the main issue to be dealt with by the 30 participants of the workshop about pension systems on 9 May 2016. Representatives of VBL (Pension Institution of the Federal Republic and the Länder) and DRV (German statutory pension scheme) offered answers to the participants' questions as well as individual consulting.
The participants gained great insight into the system and their rights. For researchers who have been working and living in various countries it is particularly important to collect information about future pensions in advance. The most important pieces of information are summarised ->this video.

2015 Spouse Survey Results

In June of 2015, the Welcome Centre conducted a survey to get better insight into the academic and professional backgrounds of spouses or partners of Uni Bielefeld international PhD candidates and researchers. Their responses can help the Welcome Centre improve its current services.
The results can be found ->here.

Newsletter February

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->Here you can find the Newsletter.

DAAD-Publication

This bilingual publication from the DAAD shows various aspects of the German Higher Education and Research system and gives an overview about the structure. Find the whole document -> here.

Academics in Turkey

"Academics in Turkey", an event organized by the Welcome Centre, took place on 16 January 2014. The event was designed for researchers interested in learning about higher education in Turkey. Presentation and discussion topics included the Turkish university system, research financing, Turkish academic career paths, and the internationalization of Turkish higher education. Twenty-seven researchers attended the workshop, gaining good insights into cooperation with Turkish universities. Presentations from the event are included below.

"Academics in Turkey" was the first workshop of its kind at Bielefeld University in which future international researchers examined the different academic and cultural structure in their home countries, describing academic career paths and making them transparent for an interested university audience.

We plan to continue the series in 2016 with a workshop titled "Academics in China", providing the largest group of PhD students at Bielefeld University with information on China's higher education system, available financing and academic career paths.

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Support program for international Doctoral candidates STIBET 2016

Together with the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst, DAAD), the Welcome Centre announces a final degree scholarship for international doctoral candidates. Successful applicants receive a monthly stipend of €784 for up to 6 months. Prerequisites include a good academic record and the expectation that the degree will be granted within a year.

Closing date for applications: 01.04.2016

-> Announcement
-> Application
-> Form for letter of recommendation (in German)
-> STIBET FAQ (in German)

STIBET−Scholarship

The Welcome Centre announces a scholarship by the DAAD, a requirement for this is good knowledge in German language. You can find more information below and under the links.

Closing date for applications: 20.03.2016

-> Announcement (in German)
-> Application (in German)
-> Form for letter of recommendation (in German)
-> DAAD Guidelines (in German)

STIBET−Scholarship

The Welcome Centre announces a scholarship by the DAAD, a requirement for this is good knowledge in German language. You can find more information below and under the links.

Closing date for applications: 10.01.2016

-> Announcement (in German)
-> Application (in German)
-> Form for expertise (in German)
-> Guidelines STIBET-Programme (in German)

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