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USA Scholarships for International Students 2018-2019

USA Scholarships for International Students 2018-2019

International Tuition Awards at University of Arizona in USA, 2018

Scholarship Description: The University of Arizona is offering International Tuition Awards which offers $4,000 – $24,000 per academic year for freshman or $5,000 per academic year for transfer students. Scholarship Provider: The University of Arizona is a public research university in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1885, the UA was the first university in […]

March 24th, 2018

RCC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at Harvard University in USA, 2018-2019

Scholarship Description: The new Postdoctoral Research Fellowships opportunity is now available at Harvard University for Distinguished Junior Scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this fellowship. This Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program is directed to junior scholars who have recently received their PhD, with honors (or […]

March 20th, 2018

USA Dixie State University International Freshmen Merit Scholarships 2018

Scholarship Description: The Dixie State University is offering International Freshmen Merit Scholarships to study in USA. Scholarships are available for new F-1 undergraduate, degree-seeking international students admitted directly into a university bachelor’s degree program. Scholarship Provider: Dixie State University is a public comprehensive university in St. George, Utah. The university offers 48 bachelor’s […]

March 16th, 2018

Obama Foundation Scholars Program at University of Chicago in USA, 2018-2019

Scholarship Description: Applications are invited for Obama Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Chicago. This program provides emerging leaders from around the world who will earn a Master of Arts degree focused on International Development and Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Scholarship Provider: The Obama Foundation […]

March 9th, 2018

Full Online MBA Scholarships at Anaheim University in USA, 2018

Scholarship Description: Applications are invited for Anaheim University Ferrotec Akira Yamamura Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students for pursuing online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programme. Scholarship Provider: Anaheim University is a nationally accredited for-profit university based in Anaheim, California. It was founded in 1996 as the Newport Asia Pacific University […]

February 16th, 2018

PhD Student Fellowship at MU Sinclair School of Nursing in USA, 2018

Scholarship Description: The Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri is accepting applications for two T32 Health Behavior Science Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. The T32 Health Behavior Science Pre-Doctoral Fellowship provides financial support (stipend, tuition/fees, health insurance, travel to conferences), mentoring and research skill development opportunities to goal-directed, full-time nursing PhD students dedicated to […]

February 4th, 2018

USA University of St. Thomas International Scholarships 2018

Scholarship Description: St. Thomas is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of merit-based scholarships to international undergraduate students. Scholarship Provider: The University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers bachelor’s degrees […]

January 27th, 2018

USA University of Hawaii International Merit Award Scholarships 2018

Scholarship Description: The University of Hawaii is inviting applications for International Merit Award Scholarships. This scholarship is an automatic scholarship awarded to students for each year of undergraduate study. Scholarship Provider: The University of Hawaii system is a public, co-educational college and university system that confers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees through […]

January 26th, 2018

USA Full Tuition Scholarships: Leadership Fellows Program 2018

Scholarship Description: Leadership Fellows is the full tuition scholarship program at Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. The Leadership Fellows Program at the Mandel School is designed for exceptionally qualified, highly-motivated candidates who are interested in leadership, best practice approaches to human service delivery and […]

January 26th, 2018

USA International American College of Surgeons NSQIP Scholarships 2018

Scholarship Description: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and the International Relations Committee offers International ACS NSQIP Scholarships for the surgeons from countries other than the United States or Canada. These scholarships will cover the amount of $10,000 each. The aim of the scholarships is to provide the Scholars […]

January 23rd, 2018

USA Southern Arkansas University Scholarships for International Student 2018

Scholarship Description: The Southern Arkansas University is offering International Scholarship Programme for first-time freshmen students. Scholarship Provider: Southern Arkansas University is a public four-year institution located in Magnolia, Arkansas, in Columbia County, Arkansas, situated less than 20 miles north of the Louisiana state line. Degree Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing undergrdaute programme. Available Subject: Scholarships […]

January 21st, 2018

USA International Freshman Scholarship at Kent State University 2018

Scholarship Description: The Kent State University is inviting applications for International Freshman Scholarship. The scholarship program is available to any non-immigrant to the United States who is an incoming New Freshman student at Kent State University. The aim of the scholarship is to support outstanding incoming students. Kent State University is large, primarily residential, […]

January 12th, 2018

USA University of Utah David Eccles School of Business Scholarships, 2018

University of Utah David Eccles School of Business Graduate ScholarshipsScholarship is offered in following subject : Finance,Information Systems,Business Analytics,Real Estate Development,Healthcare Administration.Deadline: February 2, 2018

January 2nd, 2018

USA Merit Scholarship at Wichita State Scholarships for PhD in Information Theory 2018

  • Wichita State University PhD Position.
  • PhD Scholarship in Information theory with applications in cybersecurity.
  • US and international students are eligible.
  • Open until positions are filled.
December 30th, 2017

Community Surgeons Travel Awards in USA, 2018

  • American College of Surgeons Travel Awards in USA.
  • Scholarship is available for medicine.
  • Deadline: July 2, 2018
December 28th, 2017

USA and Canada CLIR Postdoctoral International Fellowship Program, 2018

Scholarship Description: Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is now available on offer for citizens of any country. The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers recent PhD graduates the chance to develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities.  About University: CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that […]

December 22nd, 2017

USA Dr. Ursula Mandel Scholarship, University of California, 2018

Scholarship Description: Applicants are invited to apply for Dr. Ursula Mandel Scholarship to conduct doctoral programme in fields related to medicine. The scholarship will cover up to $15,000 which are applied to standard tuition unless the awardees has another tuition-payment source. The aim of the scholarship is to increase the capacity and level […]

December 22nd, 2017

USA Fully Funded Human Rights Essay Award at American University 2018

The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy that seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The essay must be a legal article. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for […]

December 20th, 2017

USA Tennessee Graduate Excellence Fellowship 2018

Scholarship Description: The new Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence (TFGE) is now available for all new domestic and international students to study at the University of Tennessee in the USA. The TFGE is the signature graduate fellowship program at UT. This prestigious fellowship is offered to top incoming students. About University: Founded in […]

December 19th, 2017

USA Falak Sufi Scholarship at New York University 2018

Scholarship Description: The Graduate School of Arts and Science of New York University is welcoming applicants for its Falak Sufi Scholarship to pursue the master degree. The scholarship is open to both US and international students. The aim of the scholarship is to encourage the Near Eastern Studies. About University: New York University is […]

December 11th, 2017

Facebook AI Research Residency Program in USA, 2018

Scholarship Description: The new Facebook AI Research (FAIR) Residency Program is now available for international students. The Facebook AI Research (FAIR) Residency Program is a one-year research training program with Facebook’s AI Research group, designed to give you hands-on experience of machine learning research. The AI research residency experience is designed to prepare you […]

December 8th, 2017

17 Albers Professional MBA Merit Scholarships in USA, 2018

Scholarship Description: The Seattle University is inviting applications for Albers Professional MBA Merit Scholarships. These scholarships are only available for incoming (new) PMBA students for summer and fall quarters only. About University: Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than […]

December 8th, 2017

USA Duke University Medical Center International Postdoctoral Positions 2018

Scholarship Description: Postdoctoral Positions Associate training opportunities available within the Center for Human Disease Modeling (CHDM). Research topics can be chosen based on the interests and background of the individual candidate. Positions will be offered with a renewable one-year appointment with the expectation of at least a three-year term. The ideal candidates will be […]

December 7th, 2017

USA 169 UIS Institutional Scholarships for International Students 2018

Scholarship Description: The University of Illinois Springfield is offering approximately 169 scholarships worth more than $350,000 for UIS students for the 2018-2019 academic year. About University: The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) is a public university in Springfield, Illinois, United States. The university was established in 1969 as Sangamon State University by […]

December 5th, 2017

USA Delaware Law School Scholarships for International Students 2018

Scholarship Description: The Widener University Delaware Law School offers scholarships for international students who wish to pursue a Masters of Law (LLM).  University offers tuition scholarships on a limited basis to qualified candidates, but these do not cover the costs of housing, transportation, books, travel or other expenses. About University: The Widener University […]

December 3rd, 2017

USA Warren Wilson College International Student Merit Scholarships 2018

Scholarship Description: The Warren Wilson College is pleased to offer both merit and need-based scholarships to international students. Warren Wilson College is a private four-year liberal arts college near Asheville, North Carolina, in the Swannanoa Valley. The college offers classes in a range of disciplines with Environmental Studies and Creative Writing among the most […]

November 30th, 2017

IWMF Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award in USA, 2018

Scholarship Description: The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is looking for excellent applicants for its Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. The award is exclusively open for full-time female photojournalists of any nationality. The aim of the award is to support female photojournalists whose work reflects the values of Anja Niedringhaus through compassion, […]

November 29th, 2017

Forward Focus MBA Scholarships at Arizona State University in USA, 2018

Scholarship Description: The W. P. Carey School of Business is proud to offer the Forward Focus MBA Scholarship, exclusively for Full-time MBA program. Students will receive a full scholarship covering the total tuition cost of the program. “The W. P. Carey School of Business educates tomorrow’s business leaders, takes an entrepreneurial approach to […]

November 28th, 2017

ISS Administered Scholarships at University of Hawaii in USA, 2018

Scholarship Description: For the academic year 2018-19, the University of Hawaii at Manoa has a number of international scholarships to study undergraduate programme. International Student Services (ISS), as a resource to international students and the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus community, encourages and supports international students to meet their educational, professional and […]

November 27th, 2017

Howard University Trustee International Scholarships in USA, 2018

Scholarship Description: Howard University Trustee Scholarships are open to international students. These scholarships are available for the new full-time undergraduate student. The aim of the university is to provide financial help to International citizens. About University: Howard University is a federally chartered, private, coeducational, nonsectarian, historically black university in Washington, D.C. It is […]

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Education is one of the essential factors that beautify society and even take it to lofty heights. This belief takes us into the survey of African education and the statistics recorded about the education systems of various African countries. Our target – countries with the best education systems in Africa 2018. In reality, it could be difficult to evaluate the best African countries in terms of education but with the help of certain criteriawe can still rate African countries and figure out the ones which maintain the best education systems. This article presents the Top 10 Countries with the Best Education Systems in Africa 2018. Meanwhile, this ranking is clearly based on the African countries with the highest literacy rates. Broadly speaking, the literacy rate is a tool that may be used in evaluating various countries’ academic standards based on the population of educated people. Educated people are those who can read and write and if a country is dominated by many literates, such a country should have a high literacy rate. Finallybelow is the list of Top 10 Countries with the Best Education Systems in Africa (2018). 

1. Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is regarded as the African country with the best education system in Africa 2017. This ranking is majorly due to its massive literacy rate of 90.70% –the highest in Africa. With this result, it is believed that the Zimbabwean population is largely dominated by those who can read and write. In Zimbabwe, English is the official language as well as the primary language. Meanwhile, this gives Zimbabweans the privilege to achieve the boasts of Africa’s best academic institution. Over and above that, South Africa is associated with the literacy rate of 86.40% and this proves that a high number of South Africans are literates.

2. Equatorial Guinea

It is quite surprising to find Equatorial Guinea in this spectacular position. Equatorial Guinea set up its major tertiary academic
institution in 1995 and this is regarded as an inconsiderable period for the country to attain a significant system of education.
Nevertheless, Equatorial Guinea maintains the second spot among the most educated African countries due to its impressive literacy
rate of 87.00% as well as its significant focus on the education sector. In Equatorial Guinea, every child is entitled to free primary
education and this is one of the reasons for the country’s high rate of literacy.

3. South Africa

Across the world, South Africa is prominent as one of the most influential African countries in terms of economy and military. South
Africa is a mixture of Afrikaans-speaking Whites (regarded as Afrikaners) and the blacks. Due to this coexistence, the country receives
immense contributions in every aspect of national development. Just behind Nigeria, South Africa claims the second spot among the
largest African economies.
There are a significant number of public and private academic institutions which offer tertiary education to South Africans. Meanwhile,
this gives South Africa some desirable and impressive academic standards.
South Africa deserves a significant position on this list of countries with the best education systems in Africa, due to the fact that it
boasts of Africa’s best academic institution. Over and above that, South Africa is associated with the literacy rate of 86.40% and this
proves that a high number of South Africans are literates.

4. Kenya

In Kenya, 8 years is the duration specified for primary education. Although education is not a mandatory thing for Kenyans, the government of Kenya makes provisions for the people to achieve the 8-year period of primary education. Kenya became an independent territory in 1963. As the aftermath of this, the country had to experience political crisis and great reforms. Nevertheless, Kenya has managed to keep an impressive education system and this gives the country the high literacy rate of 85.10%. In the entirety of Kenya, there are more than 30 tertiary institutions. Impressively this has attracted foreigners to Kenya in pursuit of tertiary academic standards.

5. Namibia

Namibia is one of the African countries which pay serious attention to education. In Namibia, it is mandatory for every citizen between the age limit of 6-16 to receive an education. For this academic period of 10 years (from age 6 to age 16), the Namibian constitution charges the government with the responsibility of providing academic funds. Meanwhile, the Namibian government is only responsible for the payment of children’s academic fees. On the other hand, parents cater for their children’s academic needs such as accommodation fees, school uniforms, and other related expenses. Namibia doesn’t have a significant number of tertiary academic institutions but the country obviously boasts of many schools –more than 1,500 schools. Likewise in Namibia, there is a literacy rate of 85.00%.

6. Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe have a literacy rate very similar to that of Lesotho but the two countries’ education systems differ in certain circumstances. Sao Tome and Principe is one of the African countries that attained independence from Portugal. Despite this independence (gained in 1975), the country is associated with academic instability. Sao Tome and Principe is associated with improper academic standards ranging from shortage of classrooms to poor academic finance and strategy. This is really a bad impression. Nevertheless, Sao Tome and Principe merit the sixth position among Africa’s best education systems due to the high literacy rate of 84.90%.

7. Lesotho

In 2010, Lesotho initiated the policy of free primary education and this significant advancement has triggered many citizens to pursue their academic standards. Over and above that, the government of Lesotho makes primary education a mandatory thing for every citizen to pursue. Through the new reforms introduced into the education system of Lesotho, the country has proven its determination towards lofty academic standards. Therefore, Lesotho has the literacy rate of 84.80% but despite the serious academic reforms in place, there are just three tertiary academic institutions and they are the University’s International School, the National University of Lesotho and the Lesotho Agricultural College.

8. Mauritius

From the moment it attained independence, Mauritius has progressively adopted the British education system. As a matter of fact, Mauritius is a riverine territory that attracts tourist activities. Besides that, the country is devoid of social crisis and political unrest. Meanwhile, Mauritius merits a place on this list as a result of its literacy rate estimated around 84.40%.

9. Congo

Congo sits in the ninth position with the high literacy rate of 83.80% and this makes it one of the most educated African countries. For many years, Congo has experienced serious constitutional crises and these have imposed severe setbacks on the country’s education system. Despite the fact that Congo is one of Africa’s most educated countries, there isn’t a significant number of tertiary academic institutions in the country.

10. Libya

The Libyan government offers free primary education to the citizens and makes it a mandatory thing for them. In recent moments, Libya experienced a civil war but the country has been striving hard to keep things in order. Besides being one of the most educated African countries, Libya’s vast deposit of oil makes it one of the wealthiest African countries. AlsoLibya maintains a literacy rate of 82.60% and this is undoubtedly the reason why it merits the tenth position among the African countries with the best education systems

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Xiaomi Mi 2 Band: Everything you need to know

Xiaomi Mi 2 Band: Everything you need to know

Chinese tech giant Xiaomi, has a new fitness band to show the world. The Mi Band 2 is an updated and upgraded version of its popular and affordable fitness band. The third generation tracker is, from last week, officially available to Chinese consumers. There is no word on Amazon availability, but you can pick up the device at GearBest for just under $40.

Xiaomi has been called the Apple of the East, and the company has been going from strength to strength. If you’ve never heard of them, Xiaomi is a smartphone manufacturer based in Beijing that was established in mid-2010 by businessman Lei Jun. Despite only releasing its first smartphone five years ago, Xiaomi has risen to become the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer.

The company’s original Mi Band, which launched two years ago with a retail price of around $15, sports a 30-day battery life, acts as an alarm clock and tracks your fitness and sleep. The low cost fitness tracker received a bump in specs late last year to include a heart rate sensor. We now have a new version.


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Xiaomi’s third generation tracker combines the best features of the predecessor devices, in addition to a 0.42-inch OLED display which is covered by a scratch-resistant glass and anti-fingerprint coating. This means that for the first time, Mi Band users will not be tied to their smartphones to check on their daily progress.

The display shows the time, how many steps you’ve taken, and heart rate data. Similar to the Apple Watch, it is activated through gesture — lifting your wrist turns on the screen. There is also touch button control. You cycle through the various metrics by pressing on the anodised 0.05mm ultra-thin button at the lower part of the Mi core.

The previous Mi Band only delivered this information through the smartphone app. Having a display to show your daily progress is a significant addition, as many people prefer to leave their smartphones aside while jogging or doing some other type of exercise.

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The Mi 2 Band comes with interchangeable more breathable, anti-sweat, silicon bands, and you can choose between Black, Blue, Green and Orange options. The whole thing is water resistant with an IP67 rating, which means that it is splash and sweat-proof.

This is a very lightweight device. At only 7grams, you will hardly feel it on your wrist. Rather impressively, despite the inclusion of a screen, the 70mhz rechargeable Lithium polymer battery will keep it running for up to 20 days (on standby).


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The 24/7 activity tracker features an upgraded pedometer algorithm and a more accurate optical heart rate sensor, along with the usual step, calorie, and distance tracking. Xiaomi’s optical heart rate sensors work by shining a LED light on the skin and measuring how the light is scattered by blood flow. Of course, sleep tracking is still a key feature, breaking down your deep sleep and light sleep patterns.

Mi Band 2 will automatically monitor the status of your activities. When you sit still for too long, it will vibrate to prompt you to get off the sofa.

With the addition of a display, you get some basic smartphone notifications as well. The Mi Band 2 will vibrate and notify you via the screen on incoming calls, texts and other notifications. For detail, you will need to look to your smartphone. The device is also capable of unlocking your Xiaomi phone and there is a silent vibrating alarm to wake you up in the morning.

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Image source: Xiaomi

Availability and price

We think Xiaomi is sitting on a winner here. The Chinese company shipped over 10 million Mi Band fitness trackers in the first nine months of 2015 and the new tracker may help it close the gap to Apple and Fitbit.

Aside from the bump in specs, one of the most highly anticipated wearables of this year has received a slight bump in price (149 Yuan) compared to Xiaomi’s other trackers. Nevertheless, it still sits firmly at the lower end of the budget fitness category.

Stay tuned – we will be looking to post a full review of the new tracker in the next week or two.

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What is bitcoin? Here’s everything you need to know

What is bitcoin? Here’s everything you need to know

You heard about this bitcoin thing?

Every bitcoin story must include an image of a physical bitcoin. Note: Physical bitcoin coins do not really exist.

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We’re guessing: yes, you have. The first and most famous digital cryptocurrency has been racking up headlines due to a breathtaking rise in value — cracking the $1,000 threshold for the first time on Jan. 1, 2017, topping $19,000 in December of that year and then shedding about 50 percent of its value during the first part of 2018.

But the Bitcoin story has so much more to it than just headline-grabbing pricing swings. It incorporates technology, currency, math, economics and social dynamics. It’s multifaceted, highly technical and still very much evolving. This explainer is meant to clarify some of the fundamental concepts and provide answers to some basic bitcoin questions.

But first: A quick backstory

Bitcoin was invented in 2009 by a person (or group) who called himself Satoshi Nakamoto. His stated goal was to create “a new electronic cash system” that was “completely decentralized with no server or central authority.” After cultivating the concept and technology, in 2011, Nakamoto turned over the source code and domains to others in the bitcoin community, and subsequently vanished. (Check out the New Yorker’s great profile of Nakamoto from 2011.)

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What is bitcoin?

Simply put, bitcoin is a digital currency. No bills to print or coins to mint. It’s decentralized — there’s no government, institution (like a bank) or other authority that controls it. Owners are anonymous; instead of using names, tax IDs, or social security numbers, bitcoin connects buyers and sellers through encryption keys. And it isn’t issued from the top down like traditional currency; rather, bitcoin is “mined” by powerful computers connected to the internet.

How does one ‘mine’ bitcoin?

A person (or group, or company) mines bitcoin by doing a combination of advanced math and record-keeping. Here’s how it works. When someone sends a bitcoin to someone else, the network records that transaction, and all of the others made over a certain period of time, in a “block.” Computers running special software — the “miners” — inscribe these transactions in a gigantic digital ledger. These blocks are known, collectively, as the “blockchain” — an eternal, openly accessible record of all the transactions that have ever been made.

Zoolander in the mine

Using specialized software and increasingly powerful (and energy-intensive) hardware, miners convert these blocks into sequences of code, known as a “hash.” This is somewhat more dramatic than it sounds; producing a hash requires serious computational power, and thousands of miners compete simultaneously to do it. It’s like thousands of chefs feverishly racing to prepare a new, extremely complicated dish — and only the first one to serve up a perfect version of it ends up getting paid.

When a new hash is generated, it’s placed at the end of the blockchain, which is then publicly updated and propagated. For his or her trouble, the miner currently gets 12.5 bitcoins — which, in February 2018, is worth roughly $100,000. Note that the amount of awarded bitcoins decreases over time.

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What determines the value of a bitcoin?

Ultimately, the value of a bitcoin is determined by what people will pay for it. In this way, there’s a similarity to how stocks are priced.

The protocol established by Satoshi Nakamoto dictates that only 21 million bitcoins can ever be mined — about 12 million have been mined so far — so there is a limited supply, like with gold and other precious metals, but no real intrinsic value. (There are numerous mathematical and economic theories about why Nakamoto chose the number 21 million.) This makes bitcoin different from stocks, which usually have some relationship to a company’s actual or potential earnings.

Without a government or central authority at the helm, controlling supply, “value” is totally open to interpretation. This process of “price discovery,” the primary driver of volatility in bitcoin’s price, also invites speculation (don’t mortgage your house to buy bitcoin) and manipulation (hence the recent talk of tulips and bubbles).

Bitcoin has made Satoshi Nakamoto a billionaire many times over, at least on paper. It’s minted plenty of millionaires among the technological pioneers, investors and early bitcoin miners. The Winklevoss twins, who parlayed a $65 million Facebook payout into a venture capital fund that made early investments in bitcoin, are now billionaires according to Fortune.

How do I buy bitcoin?

If you’re willing to assume the risk associated with owning bitcoin, there is an increasing number of digital currency exchanges like Coinmama, CEX, Kraken and Coinbase — the largest and most established of them — where you can buy, sell and store bitcoins.

Getting started is about as complicated as setting up a Paypal account. With Coinbase, for example, you can use your bank (or Paypal account) to make a deposit into a virtual wallet, of which there are many to choose from. Once your account is funded, which usually takes a few days, you can then exchange traditional currency for bitcoin.

What can I do with bitcoin?

You can use bitcoin to buy things from more than 100,000 merchants, though still few major ones. You can sell it. Or you can just hang on to it. Note that there are no inherent transaction fees with bitcoin, although exchanges like Coinbase typically charge a fee when you buy or sell.

Is all of this legal?

The former Silk Road homepage.


Short, qualified answer: Yes, for now, as long as — like any currency — you don’t do illegal things with it. For instance, bitcoin was the sole currency accepted on Silk Road, the Dark Web marketplace for drugs and other illicit goods and services that was shuttered by the FBI in 2013.

Since then, bitcoin has largely evaded regulation and law enforcement in the US, although it’s under increased scrutiny as it attracts more mainstream attention. Though it’s legal to buy and sell bitcoin, miners and exchanges occupy a gray area that could be vulnerable to future regulation and/or law enforcement action.

What are the risks?

Legal and regulatory hazards aside, as both an investment and currency, bitcoin is very risky. When you wake up in the morning, you know pretty precisely how much a dollar can buy. The financial value of a bitcoin, however, is highly volatile and may swing widely from day to day and even hour to hour. (Exhibit A: December 2017.)

Bitcoin transactions cannot be traced back individuals — they are secured but also obscured through the use of public and private encryption keys. This anonymity can be appealing, especially with companies and marketers increasingly tracking our every purchase, but it also comes with drawbacks. You can never be certain who is selling you bitcoin or buying them from you.  Opportunities for money laundering abound; in 2016, authorities in the Netherlands arrested 10 men for just this.

Theft is also a risk. The bitcoin subreddit is rife with individuals’ stories and even established exchanges are targets. Mt. Gox, based in Japan, “lost” 750,000 of its customers’ bitcoins in 2014 and hackers took $60 million from NiceHash in December 2017. There are few avenues for pursuing refunds, challenging a transaction or recovering such losses. Once a transaction hits the blockchain, it’s final.

Coinbase has been tested by a massive rise in interest in bitcoin.


OK, so what about — wait, there are more risks?

Because bitcoin is so new and decentralized, there is plenty of murkiness and many unknowns. Even the technical rules for mining are still evolving and up for debate.

The IRS views bitcoins as property, not currency. There are tax implications and a federal judge recently ruled that Coinbase must surrender records to the IRS on transactions of $20,000 or more.

Then there’s the fundamental question of whether you should trust a particular exchange. Even Coinbase, the most established of them all has struggled to keep up with demand, plagued by site outages, scaling issues and customer service complaints. Even if it’s venture-backed, every bitcoin player today is by definition a startup and comes with all of the associated risks.

Now I sort of understand bitcoin. WTF is Bitcoin Cash?

In August 2017, different sects within the bitcoin mining community had a disagreement about the rules governing the mining process — specifically, what constitutes the appropriate size (in megabytes) of a block. Unable to form a consensus, there was a fork in the blockchain, with the bitcoin originalists going one way and the group favoring larger blocks going another to start Bitcoin Cash.

Though they share a common digital ancestry, each now has its own individual blockchain with slightly different protocols. (For what it’s worth, bitcoin miners are sticking with 1MB blocks, Bitcoin Cash uses 8MB blocks.) Forking is almost assured to happen again in the future.

Are there other cryptocurrencies?

Yes. More than a thousand, with more sprouting up every day. Aside from bitcoin, which is the real progenitor of them all, other well-known alternative currencies include Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin. We take a look at the pros and cons of each, and how they stack up, in this explainer.

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Goethe University Master Scholarships in Germany for 2017/18

Goethe University Master Scholarships in Germany for 2017/18

Goethe University ranks among the top ten in external funding and among the top three largest universities in Germany, with three clusters of excellence in medicine, life sciences and the humanities.

Goethe University’s Master scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project, and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. For a period of five years (2016-2020) we will be of­fering 20 scholarships per year for various MSc and MA courses with a special emphasis on research.

They are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes, which are deeply embedded in our strongest research units (Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). Please visit our website for more information on the various Master’s degree programmes (content, requirements, language of instruction etc.) supported by Goethe Goes Global.

The purpose of the scholarship is to foster your academic career, to enable you to become involved in existing research projects and to actively support you during your Master’s degree studies. A Master’s degree is the prerequisite for starting a PhD in one of Goethe University’s seminal research units.




Goethe University will provide you, as a scholarship holder, with:

  • A monthly stipend of 1,000 € for the standard period of study in a Master programme at Goethe-University (generally 2 years)
  • Excellent academic supervision by professors and academic staff who work in most cases in the university’s most distinguished research units
  • The option to write your Master’s thesis and other seminar papers or do an internship in their respective research unit
  • Support and orientation by an experienced Master’s student buddy during your studies
  • Access to seminars focusing on professional skills at our Graduate Academy GRADE, normally open only to PhD students and postdocs
  • Innovative research environment and networks to fellow scholarship holders and other advanced researchers
  • Career support through Goethe University’s Research Support Office
  • Insight and involvement in the activities of multidisciplinary research groups at Goethe University


Please note each of the Masters program has different basic requirements and thus you are requested to study the program you are applying for. However, the basic requirements are:

  • You are well versed in your academic discipline and particularly interested in research?
  • You hold or are on track for an excellent or above-average Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a university outside Germany?
  • You are looking for an interesting Master’s programme and are considering a PhD in the long run?
  • You want a platform to exchange ideas with other international researchers about the topics you are passionate about?
  • You are seeking hands-on experience in research under the supervision of excellent professors in a renowned university with state-of-the art facilities?
  • You are highly motivated to conduct research in a particular research unit based at Goethe University?
  • You need a stepping stone to start a successful, international career and funding for your Master’s programme?

Eligible Regions: Open for All


Please follow the official website to learn more and apply.

Please Note:

The Goethe Goes Global scholarship is only available for a number of Master’s programmes at Goethe-University. In regard to the application process, the scholarship is connected to the Master’s degree programme of your choice. Therefore, the application deadlines for the Goethe Goes Global scholarships correspond with the application deadlines for the Master’s programmes. The selection processes for both the Master’s programme and the scholarship take place at the same time.


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African Union Commission 8th Batch African Union Youth Volunteer Corps(AU-YVC) – Multiple Locations Across Africa

African Union Commission 8th Batch African Union Youth Volunteer Corps(AU-YVC) – Multiple Locations Across Africa

The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa. The program aims to deepen the status of young people as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, ‘The Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Continent driven by its citizens. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.

Young African professionals are recruited to serve for a period of 12 months as AU Volunteers in an AU Member State other than their own. The next intake of volunteers for deployment in 2018 will be from the 11th – 31st of July 2017.

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants have to meet the following criteria:

  1. Citizen of an AU Member State living on the continent or the Diaspora;
  2. Aged between 18 – 35 years;
  3. Have a post-secondary certified qualification(s) (TVET, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  4. Available in 2018 to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
  5. Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
  6. Is proficient in at least one AU working language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);
  7. Has at least one year verifiable volunteering experience and one year professional work experience.

Application Process (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

Before clicking the apply now button below, please note the following

1. You will need to fill in a form on the next page. This form will help us assess your suitability for the program. Kindly respect the stated word limit. You are advised to type your answers in a Word Processor (such as Microsoft Word) before pasting in the relevant fields.
2. You will also need to add in a motivation letter with a maximum of 750 words. This should be added under the ‘Cover letter’ text box. Please ensure that your motivation letter answers the following:

  • Why you want to become an African Union Youth Volunteer?
  • Why you believe you are the best candidate to be an African Union Youth Volunteer?
  • What is your experience(s) (formal or informal) in youth civic engagement and participation, youth empowerment and/or promoting Pan-Africanism?
  • How has your previous experience(s) prepared you to work in diverse teams and cultures?
  • What change do you expect to see in yourself, the organization that you will be deployed in, and the community that you will be part of after your year of service?

3. Attach a copy of your CV
4. You will ALSO need to attach the following. Please merge these as one PDF document and attach that document. You might choose to use a service such as to do this.

  • A copy of the identity page in your passport or national identity card
  • Highest post-secondary certified qualification(s)
  • Signed Letter of Recommendation verifying your volunteer experience(s)

5. Deadline for submission of applications is Monday, 31st July 2017 at Midnight GMT+3

Please note:

  1. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered
  2. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified
  3. Candidates who had applied in previous years are and still meet the eligibility criteria are encourage to re-apply

Recruitment Process & Key Dates

  1. 1st August – eligibility Check;
  2. 14th August: Successful applicants will be notified;
  3. September 2017: Pre-deployment training;
  4. 2018: Deployment of trained volunteers.

Volunteer Entitlements:
For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission and its partners will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training.

On deployment, African Union Youth Volunteers receive the following:

  1. Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment
  2. A modest monthly stipend
  3. Health insurance cover
  4. Separation allowance upon successful completion of twelve months service

More Information:
For more information/queries, please contact Ms Prudence Ngwenya (Head of Human Resources and Youth Development Division); or Mr Daniel Adugna (AU Youth Program Officer) on

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