To be eligible for this scholarship, prospective applicants must:
Undertake master’s-level studies in the fields of zero-carbon energy, smart grids, electric transportation, energy storage, advanced electricity technologies, public policy, economics, law, political science, or other relevant fields
Eligible applicants must be pursuing full-time studies for at least one full school year (two or three semesters), beginning in autumn 2022. Students in the second year of a two-year program are eligible to apply, provided that they meet this requirement. Please note that the scholarship is not retroactive, it will cover tuition fees and living expenses for the year 2022-2023.
Be committed to contribute to their home country’s development after their studies
Be an outstanding student:
Graduates with excellent grades in the top 20% of their class
Is committed to zero-carbon energy development
Has a history of community involvement
Is determined to advance their knowledge and understanding
Education levelMaster’s-level students
Amount : Up to $10,000 US per year (max. two years)
Scholarships awarded : Approximately ten students annually
You must provide an electronic copy of all the documents listed below. If the language of your original documents is not English, we require a certified translation of the document which includes the name of the translator as well as a copy of the original (untranslated) document.
Passport (photo page only) or birth certificate
Curriculum vitae detailing your education, work experience (if applicable), awards, and participation in volunteer and/or extracurricular activities
Admission letter from your university program of choice:
Upload a copy of your official letter of admission from the university. Please note that each applicant can only submit the admission letter from their top choice of university program.
If this application is for the second year of a two-year program, please include proof of enrollment, as well as a copy of the official letter of admission. These should be uploaded together in one document.
Upload an outline of the curriculum or the courses you will be taking for your master’s program. You may alternatively share the URL of a webpage detailing your program of choice.
Upload a copy of your complete university transcript(s).
If this application is for the second year of a two-year master’s program, please include your transcript for your first year.
Two reference letters or forms:
At least one of the references must be from an Academic referee. An academic referee must be a faculty member or professor at your current or previous university who knows your academic abilities. You need to provide a completed copy of the Academic Reference Form. The form must be completed in English and signed by the referee.
The second referee may either be another Academic referree (as detailed above) or a personal referee. A personal referee should be a person (e.g. employer, supervisor, mentor, coach) who can discuss other personal qualities or interests that make you specially qualified to receive the scholarship. This referee cannot be a family member. Should you go with the Personal referee, the reference letter needs to be in letterform (with an official letterhead of the referee’s organization, if possible), written in English, and must be dated and signed by the referee. Please make sure that the referee includes your full name in their letter.
If you fail to file a self-assessment tax return you could be fined up to 30% of what you owe by HMRC
The number of people chased by HMRC dropped because of the pandemic – but the taxman is still doing checks that could result in demands hitting parents doormats.
Sean McCann, chartered financial planner at NFU Mutual, said: “HMRC dramatically increased the number of checks they made before the pandemic when over 120,000 families were contacted in a single tax year, but as staff were redeployed to deal with Covid schemes, that figure collapsed.
“Families who didn’t receive reminder letters last year shouldn’t assume the tax isn’t owed.
“If you have income over £50,000 and receive child benefit or live with a partner who does, you may need to repay it.
He added that with the self-assessment tax return deadline looming at the end of January it’s worth checking now if you need to pay the tax charge.
You need to file a self-assessment tax return by January 31, and do this for every year that you’re affected.
A RARE coin strikes a small fortune for a seller on eBay all because both sides share the same design.
The listing went up on December 31 and was live for seven days, with the coin eventually selling for £100.
The item was originally listed for £70 on December 31 2021, and increased by £30 on January 7 when the bidding ended.
Usually, one side of a coin will feature an artistic design or symbol, while the other often pictures the current monarch or leader.
That’s not the case for this 19 year old £2 coin which boasts the same design on both sides and was created by art teacher, Bruce Rushin, who won a competition open to the public to design the reverse of the coin.
The image shows the development of technology from the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution.
But despite its unusual identical error, the coin only piqued the interest of one bidder, meaning a bidding war was off the table.
Watch out when looking at error coins on eBay, as there may be fakes floating about.
Pay attention to the amount of people bidding for a coin, as this could give you a good indication of whether or not the coin is legit or even of interest.
This isn’t always a sure-fire way to sniff out a scam, as legit coins can have low bids like in the case of this £2 copycat coin.
You could also simply ask the seller if they have sent the coin off to be examined.
If you’re feeling iffy about a rare coin that seems too good to be true and you can’t authenticate it, it’s best not to buy it.
Can I sell a rare coin?
Though rare coins are fascinating, it’s no surprise they exist when roughly three to four million coins are manufactured by The Royal Mint a day.
Error or not, rare coins are still classed as legal tender, and as they are circulated there’s a high chance you’ll own one yourself.
The slightly longer way to check whether your coins have genuine minting errors would be to send them to The Royal Mint Museum, which will analyse it for you and leave you without a doubt if you decide to list it.
The cash can help you cover the cost of food, heating, white goods and essential repairs and you need to apply to the council directly to get the support.
Anyone on Universal Credit can also get help from Rutland County Council if they are living in the East Midlands area.
There’s £100 of free cash to help cover bills over the winter and you could also be eligible if you’re claiming other benefits, including Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Job Seekers Allowance (JSA).
THE UK’s maternity and paternity benefits are completed outdated – according to working parents and expectant adults.
One in seven of the 1,518 polled have already left a job due to poor perks at a time when they needed help the most.
While a further two thirds are prepared to switch careers if the leave and pay schemes don’t improve for new mums and dads.
And one third believe British businesses desperately need to update and improve their policies to allow for more time off, and better pay.
It also emerged more than half (52%) fear losing their job while on maternity or paternity leave.
One in 10 respondents have also been unhappy with the amount of time off they have previously received.
Of those, more than a third (36%) said this negative feeling led them to be less motivated to do a good job when they returned to work.
David Duffy, chief executive of Virgin Money, which commissioned the research to launch its new ‘A Life More Virgin’ benefits and flexible working package to colleagues, said: “The pandemic has permanently changed our approach to working life.
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“It’s clear to us that by taking a purpose-driven approach to how we work, we can help colleagues achieve a work-life balance that brings out their best.
“We have listened to how colleagues want to work and what benefits are most important, and as a result we’re bringing in A Life More Virgin, our compelling package for all colleagues that reflects the world we live in today.
“This includes equal parental leave, generous holidays with additional wellbeing days, and flexibility on where people work.”
Other worries about parental leave include not being paid enough during time away from work (58%) and not being given enough time off in the first place (51%).
More than half (58%) feared missing out on promotions or opportunities while on maternity or paternity leave.
Nearly one in three (29%) working parents and expectant parents think statutory leave in the UK is outdated.
While 28% believe it doesn’t support fathers enough – while a further 26% feel the UK lags behind other countries.
As well as parental leave, employees also expect their company to offer 30 days annual leave (55%), wellbeing days (39%), private medical insurance (31%) and the opportunity to work remotely abroad each year (28%).
Nearly half (46%) of those polled say a shared approach to parental leave would help lessen the burden on mothers.
And a further four in 10 believe it would provide families with greater financial freedom to decide what works for them from a career point of view.
It also emerged that more than half (54%) think guilty feelings for working and spending time apart from their child in its early years are among the biggest challenges to working parents.
Another 51% worry about being able to manage logistics of childcare while working, including dropping off and picking up from nursery or school.
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