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GRADschool 2011

The programme of 3 national GRADschools in 2011 is now confirmed and live on the Vitae site.  The events diary has been updated and bookings are open.

All courses are 3 days long and open to 80 PGRs. Dates/Locations are as follows:

GRADschool 1: Windermere, 1 - 4 March

GRADschool 2: Bournemouth, 14 - 17 June

GRADschool 3: Windermere, 11 - 14 October

For more information, visit

Study and Research Opportunities in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is, once again, offering a wide range of grants to students, researchers, and academics from UK universities during the academic year 2010/2011. Please note that most schemes are open to all subject areas.  The list below gives an overview of our funding programmes. For further details please see

Funding programmes for PGs (Master’s level):
One-Year Grants for Postgraduates (all subjects)
Funding programmes for PhDs/ post-docs / junior scholars:
Research Grants for PhD Students & Junior Scholars (7-10 months) (all subjects)
Research Grants for PhD Students & Junior Scholars (1-6 months) (all subjects)
Funding programmes for senior academics:
Study Visits for Senior Academics (all subjects)
Temporary Assignments for Guest Lecturers in German Studies

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science London Short-Term Award

Call for Applications with Fellowships to Start Between May 2011 to the end of March 2012
Closing Date: 17:30, Wednesday 1 December, 2010
We would like to inform you of our first call for applications for the JSPS Short-Term Award Programme for fiscal year 2011.  JSPS is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. JSPS plays a key role in the administration of various scientific and academic programmes, whilst expanding bilateral exchange between Japan and the United Kingdom.
The Short-Term Award provides the opportunity for pre and post doctoral UK researchers and European and North American researchers based in the UK to visit Japan for 1 to 12 months to undertake cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions.  The programme is designed to provide researchers with first-hand experience of the research and living environment in Japan.  Eligible research fields are not limited: computer, engineering, health, biological, life, natural and physical sciences, mathematics, humanities and social sciences etc. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 1 December, 2010 and successful applicants are asked to start their fellowship between May 2011 to the end of March 2012.
Electronic versions of all the application materials are available on our website at:  If possible we would like to ask you to advertise this award on your website and provide a link from there to the award information on the JSPS London website or similarly please forward this information to any eligible and interested parties. 
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at the JSPS London Office on 020-7255-4660 or by e-mail to:  We look forward to receiving applications from your institution.

Targeting Mitochondria

Strategies, Innovations & Clinical Applications

Berlin, Germany, 18-19 November 2010

Targeting Mitochondria: 1st World Congress on
Strategies, Innovations & Clinical Applications

Berlin, Germany, 18-19 November 2010

Deadline for Early Bird Registration
October 4th, 2010

Deadline for abstracts Submission
October 28th, 2010

Deadline for Targeting Mitochondria 2010 Innovation Award
October 28th, 2010



Excursions: The Postgraduate Journal for Interdisciplinary Research

Excursions  invites submissions that examine the theme of ‘Virus’, in all its potential interpretations.

Call for Papers:

The logic of the virus has become endemic. Viral ads mirror contagion to convey their message. Computers and systems are struck down by infections. Pigs and birds are transformed into sinister hosts. Terrorists form cells and virulent covert networks, globalisation becomes a creeping homogenisation attacking the idiosyncratic, and media rapidly evolve to overcome any censorial attempt at information immunisation.

We all live with the virus. Or perhaps, as the planet’s most abundant biological entity, the virus lives with us. It crosses boundaries of species and holds genotype in little regard, finding hosts in every form of life. This tenacious agent has escaped the confines of laboratories and medical institutions, and insinuated itself into all strands of our cultural, political, and technological discourses.

Excursions  invites submissions that examine the theme of ‘Virus’, in all its potential interpretations. Submissions may wish to consider, but are by no means limited to:

• The virus as a model and/or metaphor
• The politics and economics of the pandemic, epidemic and endemic
• Viral dissemination
• The synthetic and the viral
• The viral and systemic vulnerability
• The socio-cultural and scientific history of the virus
• Life, death and the place of the virus in evolution
• Bacteriophages or the good virus
• Contamination and the text/body/performance
• Parasitism vs. viral infection
• Viral hosts and hospitality
• The rhetoric of the virus/viral rhetoric
• Artistic (re)presentations of/responses to virulent       virtual media
• What does immunity mean?
• Viral identities – from living with infection to infectious trends
• The antiseptic space

Papers should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, follow MHRA formatting guidelines and be submitted via the Excursions website. Please contact regarding other forms of submission (i.e. film, photography, poetry etc). Please include an abstract and a brief biography (no more than 150 words) along with your submission, not later than 30th October 2010.

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