Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program

Qualified citizens of developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), who intend to pursue postgraduate studies in economics. management, science and technology, and other development-related fields are invited to apply for scholarships under the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program. Upon successful completion of the graduate program, the scholars are expected to return to their countries and contribute to its socioeconomic development. Scholar-ships are awarded for graduate studies at designated institutions in courses of study approved by ADB. The Program especially welcomes qualified women applicants who have limited financial means to obtain university education.

The Scholarships

Level of Education:      postgraduate (diploma, masters, and doctorate degrees)
Duration:                         from 1 to 2 years
Coverage:                         tuition fees, books, subsistence and housing allowance, insur ante, economy airfare, and research subsidy

Academic Institutions

  • Australia-National Centre for Development Studies/ Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney
  • China, People’s Republic of-University of Hong Kong
  • India-Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Japan-International University of Japan, Nagoya University (Graduate School of International Development), Keio University (International Graduate Programs on Advanced Science and Technology), National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Ritsumeikan University (Master in Economics), Saitama University(Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), University of Tokyo (Department of Civil Engineering, School of International Health, Institute of Environmental Studies, and Department of Urban Engineering)
  • New Zealand-University of Auckland
  • Pakistan-Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Philippines-Asian Institute of Management, International Rice Research Institute/University of the Philippines in Los Banos
  • Singapore-National University of Singapore
  • Thailand-Asian Institute of Technology, Thammasat University
  • USA-East-West Center Continue reading

Asian Youth Fellowship (AYF) Program

Asian Youth Fellowship (AYF) Program aims to nurture human networking among ASEAN countries, Bangladesh and Japan.

The AYF preparatory course before entering Japanese Graduate School as Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship student is offered by The Japan Foundation. AYF program is open to university graduates in the region who wish to contribute to regional cooperation after obtaining a Master and/or Ph. D. Degree in Japanese Graduate Schools as follows:

Features of the Asian Youth Fellowship Program

AYF consists of the following component:

  • Coordination of a host professor and research plan development during the preparatory course in Japan
  • Preparatory course (Japanese Language and cultural activities)
  • Follow ups after completing the preparatory course Continue reading

Oslo Peace Scholarship, Australia

The Graduate Studies in International Affairs (GSIA) program in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, in partnership with the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and Bjørknes College, offers one scholarship each year for full-time study in the Master of International Affairs specialising in Peace and Conflict Studies degree program. Tuition fees will be covered by The Australian National University and Bjørknes College; and students will receive some funding towards living costs as a stipend.

Program: Master of International Affairs specialising in Peace and Conflict Studies (Code 7815SPEACE)

Canberra: A$6,200 – in fortnightly payments
Oslo: NOK 30,000

Tuition Fee
Canberra: A$12,000 (international students) or A$8,400 (Australian or New Zealand students)
Oslo: NOK 40,000

Maximum Duration: 2 sessions/semesters full-time

Application Close: 30 April

Take Up By: 15 May
Oslo Session Commences: 17 August (tbc)

Oslo Session Ends: 11 December(tbc)

Canberra Semester Commences: 22 February Continue reading

Free Blog Hosting Sites

These services make it super easy to create a blog


TypePad is an excellent blog solution for small businesses because it includes the ability to customize your blog’s design, moderate comments, decide whether or not to display ads, and much more. TypePad blogs are optimized for the search engines with features such as Google Site Maps and search engine friendly URLs. You can get a 14-day free trial of the service with no obligation.


Blogger lets you create one or more free blogs, into which you can easily post text and photos. You can enable comments on a blog-wide or post by post basis, authorize other blog authors, and establish your blog profile. You can change the design of your blog by choosing different colors and fonts, selecting a new template or even editing the HTML directly. There are a wide range of tools you can drag and drop onto your blog, such as polls, slideshows and link lists. You can also blog directly from a mobile phone, adding text and photos without even logging in. Continue reading

How to Create a Free Website

Let’s say you’ve already learned what it takes to create a website, but you’ve decided that you don’t want to pay. Here’s how to go about establishing a website without spending a dime.

1.       Find a free web host. Choosing a web host is tricky in general. The most important question to ask when you’re choosing a free web host is: how do they make money? If they’re not making money from you, they must be making money from advertisements. What kinds of advertisements do they use?

  • Email advertisements: Some free hosting companies provide their service by signing your registration account up for email promotions (spam).
  • Embedded advertisements: Hosting companies using embedded ads will place advertisements on any pages you create using their service.
  • Referrals: Referral systems require that you refer a certain number of paying customers to the company to receive your hosting for free.
  • Advertising Partners: Be wary of free hosting companies that require you buy something from another company to get free hosting. If you have to pay for anything you might as well pay for the hosting. Continue reading

How to Make a Website

 Having trouble making your own website and don’t know where to start? Read on!

1.       Think of idea for your new website. If you already know what you want to make your website about, skip this step. Search other band sites for layout ideas. Brainstorm and write down all of your ideas, no matter how ridiculous they may seem. There’s no better place than the Internet to turn an idea into gold. You can also get help by searching the web with “website ideas”.

2.       Identify your market. What kinds of people would each of your website ideas serve? Some websites, like Yahoo or Google, are as general as it gets, while other sites, like Weebles, serve a very specific bunch. Write down the target market next to each of the ideas on your list. Conduct market research–Who is your audience? What do they do? How old are they? What are their other interests? All of this information can help you make your website more useful to you.

3.       Do keyword research to determine if other people are searching for your topics and learn more about your potential clients. There are many free keyword tools to help you get more information about your topic. You will need to find keywords that are in demand (people are looking for it) yet have some chance of finding your site. Like a site on web hosting is too broad of a topic. Forum webhosting is a little better (narrower) topic.

4.       Figure out your commitment. How much time and money are you willing to put into your website? You can start and run a website for free, but the more money you want to make from your site, the more time and money you’ll have to invest. If you do not care too much about making money (like if you’re just interested in showing off your dried bug collection) you can get away with free web hosting and sporadic maintenance. Continue reading

How to Write a Famous Blog

Blogs, or web logs, are one of the fastest-growing means of mass communication. Articles about blogs, a form of online public journal, have appeared in the New York Times, Time, and Newsweek. The “blogosphere” has affected elections and corporate policy, and some blogs have thousands of readers a day. Moreover, they are fun to read, and writing them can be enjoyable too.

  1. Go to a simple blog creation site. A few common sites for blogging are: Choseit,,,,,,,,, or the ever popular You can also try using a Google search for free blog hosting sites, and you’ll easily find one that fits your needs.
  2. Choose one that appears to be “User Friendly” for you. Many bloggers don’t know how to make a good site, and, let’s face it, HTML is hard to learn, so check it out. If it looks a little too hard to create, and navigate the blog site and you’re confused, then don’t use that site. Some recommend Blogger, some recommend InTheWire, etc. Just try to find one that works for you. Continue reading