Monday, August 11, 2008

Scholarship Grant from Abroad

Grant: STIMULATE 8 (Belgium)
Category: Grants

What: International Training Program: STIMULATE 8
Where: Brussels, Belgium
When: 1 October-19 December 2008
How much: Free
Source: VLIR


Universities and Libraries:
an Active Training Environment
(Edition 8)


Information about this training program can be found on the WWW starting from:

The program is planned to take place mainly in Brussels, Belgium, for 3 months:
October 1 - December 19, 2008.

Language used is English.

Our motto is

“Helping educators and innovators to advance knowledge and to enrich lives”

Context and evolution of the program:

The initiative has been approved by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) and is sponsored by the Belgian Government (the directorate named DGOS since December 2002). This fits in a series of similar international training activities that have been organized since 1991, named MIST 1, 2, 3, KNOW-HOW, and STIMULATE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

This initiative is aimed primarily at persons with a university degree (Bachelor or Master), who work in universities, information and documentation centres, and libraries, including of course university libraries, and who have a few years of practical experience.

The term Active Training Environment in the title of the training program reflects our wish to create an environment in which each participant is stimulated to get involved actively, supported by the lecturers and the infrastructure provided by the training program. This fits well into the general, worldwide trend away from “teaching” to “learning management”.

Aim / goal of the training program:

The main aim and goal of this International Training Program is to offer a stimulating learning environment to the participants. These are young scientists and professionals who have a function as information intermediary in the area of science and technology, so as to sharpen their skills in collecting, storing, retrieving, presenting and managing information. This can be of great benefit to the teaching and research activities going on in their institute and to the further development of their organisation and region.

This initiative corresponds well with the basic, general aim of all the International Training Programs that are supported by VLIR: to train young scientists and professionals from developing countries in a domain that is relevant for the further development of the country, and to stimulate the participants to transfer their increased knowledge and skills to their colleagues and other stakeholders in their home country.

More specific objectives of the training program:

– to provide participants with a clearer view on the importance of information in general and for their environment in particular, and on how to manage information:
summarised: ”Management in libraries and information centres”

– to learn the participants to cope with modern technology, in view of the increasing importance of ICT;
summarised: “Information and communication technology for libraries and information centres”
– to guide them in retrieving information that is publicly accessible on an international scale:
summarised: “Information retrieval/searching”
– to learn them to store, organise, present, manage, publish information resources at personal, institutional, regional or national level:
summarised: “Information architecture”

After being actively involved in this International Training Program, every participant will have improved the ability

– to appreciate and explain the importance of access to information for their organisation

– to present information to users and potential users, using appropriate information technology

– to train interested persons in the use and management of information, using appropriate presentation techniques

– to contribute to the planning of the (further) development of an information service

– to communicate through the Internet with users of information, information providers, colleagues,…

– to apply quantitative methods in decision making related to information systems and services

– to retrieve information from the Internet

– to store information for later retrieval and access by potential users, using information technology

Contents of the program:

3 months means about 10 weeks or about 50 days.

During about 3 days per week for 10 weeks = 30 days, the participants will be guided by professors and other experts.

During the other 2 days per week for 10 weeks = 20 days, they will work on tasks=assignments as individuals or in groups, and their reports will be presented and discussed afterwards again guided by professors and other experts.

The sessions are organised in such a way that
–the first month = introduction level,
–the second month = intermediate level, and
–the third month = more advanced level.
Thanks to this approach and organisation, it may make sense to participate exceptionally during only one or two of the three months, depending on expertise. However, the available scholarships are granted only to persons who will participate for the full three months.

To start with, the participants are offered an orientation tour of the University and the University Library. Then some of the following subjects are covered. Of course, due to the limited available time, not all the mentioned subjects can be discussed in each training program, but a SELECTION will be made by the organisers. The concrete content of each training program depends on the availability of suitable expert lecturers from Belgium and from abroad during the period of the training program. As soon as possible, the concrete schedule is made available through the WWW site of the program.

Participation, registration=tuition fee and costs:


Participation is free of charge (!) for 12 participants from developing countries. They are selected by the Steering Committee of the program, by VLIR (the Flemish Inter-university Council) section for University Co-operation VLIR-UOS, and by DGOS. They also receive a return flight ticket plus a scholarship to cover the costs of transport from the airport upon arrival to their room, accommodation, health insurance during the stay in Belgium, transport in Belgium, and finally transport from their room to the airport. The detailed forms that are needed to request a grant=scholarship should be available through the Internet from the WWW site of VLIR-UOS. Their site is

At the time of writing this text, the required forms, one for the request and one for the recommendation letters could be downloaded primarily from
and from

Grant applications must be received by VLIR before the end of January! (and NOT before the end of February as in previous years up to 2005)

Official and formal requests for a grant-scholarship or any other correspondence about the grants should be sent to VLIR-UOS in Brussels, and NOT to the organizers/co-ordinators of this specific program. Contact:

The ideal participant applying for a grant is younger than 40 years, and will be able to apply what has been learned directly in a professional scientific or technical environment afterwards.

How to contact the organizers?

E-mail (Internet): stimulate at (or in case that this does not seem to work, to Paul.Nieuwenhuysen at
(change at in @ when you want to use an address)

Fax 32 2 629 2693 (or 2282)
Tel. 32 2 629 2629 or 32 2 629 2429 or 32 2 629 2609
Telex 61051 vubco-b

Classical mail:
STIMULATE-ITP (or Paul NIEUWENHUYSEN), University Library, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, BELGIUM


1 comment:

ELMER said...

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