Google Hash Code team-based Programming Competition 2020 for a US$8,000 prize money

Application Deadline:February 17 2020, 11:00 (UTC)

Hash Code is a team programming competition, organized by Google, for students and professionals around the world. You pick your team and programming language and we pick an engineering problem for you to solve. This year’s contest kicks off with an Online Qualification Round, where your team can compete from wherever you’d like, including from one of our Hash Code hubs. Top teams will then be invited to a Google office for the Final Round.

How it works

Once you’ve registered for the contest, you’ll gain access to our Judge System. The Judge System is our online platform where you’ll form your team, join a hub, practice, and compete during the rounds. During the Online Qualification Round, you’ll watch our YouTube livestream to be introduced to the problem, and your team will have four hours to solve an optimization problem using the programming language and tools of your choice.

Teams can compete from a local hub or another location of their choice.

The top teams from the Online Qualification Round will be invited to the Final Round at a Google office, where they’ll work together to solve another challenge and compete for cash prizes

How to Enter.

Profile Creation and Contest Registration.

  • (A) To enter a Contest, you must first create a profile at g.co/codingcompetitions (“Contest Profile”). Once your Contest Profile has been created, you will be able to register for Contests. You will be required to provide additional information about yourself when registering for Contests.
  • (B) You may access each of your Contest registrations on the applicable Contest websites or through your Contest Profile.
  • (C) Registration times are listed on the applicable Contest websites. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE CORRESPONDING TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE. Google may modify the opening and closing dates for registration by an informational notice on the applicable Contest website. You are responsible for frequently reviewing Contest details on the applicable Contest website.
  • (D) You must register for each Contest before you can participate in such Contest. For example, if you registered for Code Jam and wanted to participate in Hash Code, you would still need to register for the Hash Code Contest. If you have created a Contest Profile but have not registered for a Contest, then you are not eligible to participate in such Contest.
  • (E) You may only register for a Contest with one (1) valid Contest Profile. If you compete in a Contest using multiple Contest Profiles, you may be disqualified.
  • (F) All the data provided through the profile creation and registration process must be complete, correct and provided in English.

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Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme 2020/2021

Application Deadline: March 31st 2020

The Aga Khan Foundation 2020-21 International Scholarship Programme application cycle is now open. Application forms can be obtained from the Aga Khan Foundation or Aga Khan Education Board/Service office in the applicant’s country of current residence.

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN.  Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July.  The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master’s level courses but is willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, only in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfilment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented).

Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.

ELIGIBILITY

Geographic Scope

The Foundation accepts applications from nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique.  In France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, applications are accepted from those who are originally from one of the above developing countries, are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.

Residency Requirement

The Foundation only accepts applications of eligible nationals listed above who are residing in one of the countries where there are local Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), or Aga Khan Education Board (AKEB) offices which process applications and interview candidates.

Age Limit

Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The main criteria for selecting award winners are: l) consistently excellent academic records, 2) genuine financial need, 3) admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study and 4) relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas.  Candidates are also evaluated on demonstrating thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans, their extra-curricular interests and achievements, potential to achieve their goals and likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic environment.  Applicants are expected to have some years of work experience in their field of interest.

Financial Assistance

The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only.  The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships.  Funding for PhD programmes is only provided for the first two years of study, after which the students are expected to find alternative sources of assistance.  Financial assistance is provided according to the needs of students, but the ISP must be considered a lender of last resort.  Applicants are requested to make every effort to obtain funding from other sources as well, so that the amount requested from the Foundation can be reduced to a minimum.  Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.

Loan Conditions

Half of the scholarship amount is considered as a loan, which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%.  A guarantor is required to co-sign the loan agreement.  The payback period is five years, starting six months after the study period funded by the Aga Khan Foundation.

Application Procedures

The application procedures of AKF’s International Scholarship Programme are decentralised.  Students may obtain application forms as of 1st  January each year from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence.  Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained. They should not be sent to Geneva.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of entire completed applications is 31 March, although in certain countries internal deadlines may be earlier in order to process and review applications.  Applicants are advised to contact the local offices for internal deadline dates and requirements as these may vary from country to country.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

INTERVIEW AND SELECTION NOTIFICATION

Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by local Scholarship Committees about their financial situation, their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements and career plans.

The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July and the Aga Khan Foundation notifies all students of the outcome of their application shortly thereafter.

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Mahmoud S. Rabbani Scholarship 2020 for MENA Students

Application Deadline: March 31st 2020

The Mahmoud S. Rabbani Scholarship is named in honour of the founder of the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation. It is intended for Arab students who have been officially accepted into a Master’s or Ph.D programme in the Netherlands or for Dutch students who have been accepted into a Master’s or Ph.D programme in the Arab World.

The goal of this scholarship, besides fostering interaction between Arab and European students, is to provide the means for students seeking to broaden their own horizons. In keeping with the foundation’s mission, all areas of study are eligible for the grant, and primary requirements are that applicants must have a firm grasp of English, or the language their program will be in. The scholarship is designed for dynamic students with an interest in fostering the formation of ties between these two regions.

Eligible Candidates

Candidates must be nationals of any of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen, or Sudan. Applications coming from the Netherlands should be by Dutch nationals.

  • The scholarship is open to Arab students who have received an official acceptance letter for a Master’s or a Ph.D programme in the Netherlands and to Dutch students who have received an official acceptance letter for a Master’s or a Ph.D programme in the Arab World.
  • The candidate should have a good knowledge of English and/or of the language of study if that is not English is necessary.

Duration

  • No support will be provided retroactively, i.e. to expenses linked to a Master’s or Ph.D programme that have already been implemented.
  • The Foundation’s scholarship is only valid for the proposed programme of study at the academic institution specified in the application and only for the academic year for which the application is made.

Terms and Conditions

  • Once the scholarship is granted and accepted, the signed terms and conditions form acts as a legal contract between the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation and the MSR scholar.
  • A mid-year academic report is required
  • Within two months time of completion of study, the student must submit a report of his/her experience to the Board of the Foundation. The Board of the Foundation reserves the right to edit the report for communication purposes.
  • Within a year of completion of study, the student will complete a questionnaire provided by the Foundation to evaluate the impact of the scholarship.

Maximum amount

The maximum amount of an MSR scholarship is €15,000

Criteria for the evaluation

  • Academic excellence
  • Personal growth: Assessing the contribution the proposed field of study would have on the applicant’s continued academic and professional development and/or its potential for impact in the local context.
  • Strong motivation in line with the ideals of the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation’s goal of promoting Euro-Arab dialogue and understanding
  • Financial need

How to Apply

  • Necessary documents are:
    • Motivation and purpose statement (in English);
    • Curriculum Vitae (in English);
    • Copy of passport plus an additional current passport photo in colour;
    • Copies of degrees or diplomas with academic transcripts (with English translation)
    • Two signed references from either academic or professional referees;
    • Letter of acceptance from Host University in the Netherlands;
    • An official course description of the programme offered by the Host University;
    • Budget: please provide a detailed financial overview including tuition fees and living expenses, as well as other sources of income to cover your study in the Netherlands for the academic year you are applying. The maximum amount that may be awarded is € 15,000 for the academic year.
    • Signed and dated MSR Scholarship Application Form

Please proceed to the Submission Portal to submit all the necessary documents here.

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International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Capacity Development Programme 2020 for young Professionals

Application Deadline: March 8th 2020

IRENA has initiated a Capacity Building Programme for young professionals from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Islands Developing States (SIDS). The programme will provide an opportunity for nationals from LDCs and SIDS, with the agreement and support of their governments and/or institutions, to serve at IRENA Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates or at its office in Bonn, Germany, for a period of one year (renewable to two years) aiming to build capacity for addressing renewable energy issues in SIDS and LDCs and to provide experience in an intergovernmental organisation setting.

Participating governments, universities or institutions would be asked to release selected employees to the Agency, for a period of one or two years, on a loan arrangement, whereby the government employee would continue to receive their salary and emoluments from the releasing government.  An additional remuneration and travel to and from the duty station will be provided by IRENA.

Eligibility:

  • The programme is intended for individuals who are 32 years of age and younger.
  • IRENA is looking for individuals from LDC and SIDS who have experience and/or education in the following career fields:

– International Development                        – Renewable Energy

– Energy                                                       – Economics

– Public affairs                                              – Government Relations – Communications                                        – Finance/Banking – Engineering                                               – Partnerships – Project Management                                  – Human Resources

– Fund raising                                               – Project Development

– Climate initiatives/NDC                            – Innovation & Technology

– Energy Planning                                        – Energy System Operations

– Outreach with Governments                    – Environment/Natural Science – Grid Assessment                                       – Energy Modeling

– Data Analysis and Statistics                       – Rural Electrification, including Mini-Grids – Energy Planning                                       – Off-Grid Energy Access

Work assignments may include, but not limited to:

  • Analysis of data and information;
  • Drafting of documents;
  • Undertaking literature reviews;
  • Preparing and making presentations;
  • Dialogue with governments, partners and other key national, regional and international stakeholders;
  • Contribute to the work programme outputs of the organization and work on specific projects;
  • Support the efforts of the team in daily activities;
  • Perform other duties, as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, analyze and formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Communication: Has excellent drafting ability and communication skills, both oral and written; creates and promotes enabling environment for open communication; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Accountability: Stands accountable for the accuracy and completeness of information under his/her control and handling of the information in a discreet and confidential manner; takes ownership for all responsibilities and honour commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes ownership of delegated responsibilities and authorities; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise, learns from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team member; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities to ensure successful completion of work assigned.
Qualifications

Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a field relevant to the list of occupational groups listed above.  A first university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: Minimum of one to five years of progressively responsible experience related to the desired occupational groups is preferred.

Language: Excellent command of both written and spoken English is essential. Working knowledge of another language is desirable.

Application Procedure:

Qualified candidates must apply for the above-mentioned vacancy on-line, through IRENA’s recruitment platform, Taleo by submitting a complete and comprehensive CV and a letter of interest, including details of three professional references who will be contacted if their application is shortlisted.

Candidates should ensure that their respective governments/institutions will release them for the period of the programme and reabsorb them at the completion of the assignment.  They should include information as to the focal point from their releasing government/institution/organization.

Applications from qualified women are highly encouraged.

Please note that due to the number of applications received, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for an interview and will receive notice of the outcome of the selection process.

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