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Grants for Global Responsibility & Leadership The UCF Foundation was established in 2019 to make the Global Responsibility & Leadership bachelor's program accessible to students from all over the world, regardless of their financial status. Vision We believe that sustainable development can only be achieved by looking at contemporary challenges from different perspectives. These challenges need to be addressed by inclusive leaders who have been trained to integrate knowledge from different disciplines, cultures and backgrounds. We strive for a future where these research and learning opportunities are accessible to everyone, regardless of someone's financial background. Mission Our goal is to make research and education within the three-year bachelor of science in Global Responsibility & Leadership accessible to everyone and thus create a diverse learning environment. In the training, young people from different backgrounds are trained to take the initiative to connect global challenges with local solutions. We achieve our goal by raising funds for prospective students from all over the world and awarding scholarships to students based on need and merit. Student Misha Haider explains why this is important: Hi! My name is Misha Haider and I am from Pakistan. Presently, I am enrolled in the bachelor program ‘Global Responsibility & Leadership’, at University of Groningen.After finishing high school, my focus on what I wanted to achieve in life was crystal clear. I wanted to acquire the skillset necessary for a professional career geared towards achieving a cleaner environment, absolute tolerance for diversity of opinion, greater gender equality and eradicating poverty and hunger through advocacy for social and distributive justice. That was when I got to know about this new program starting at the university, which seemed really intriguing to me. Hence, today I am one happy and content student studying in what I believe. The ambiance of the campus and the people involved in building it are all very helpful and sweet which made me feel right at home since the beginning. The scholarship I received to cover a part of the living expenses acted like an added cherry on top. More information? Please visit www.ucffoundation.nl)    Misha Haider What do we do with your donation? With your donation we create scholarships for students who would otherwise not be able to study with us because their financial means are insufficient. We focus specifically on students from non-EU/EEA countries, because the tuition fees for them are € 12,600 per year (three times as high as for EU/EEA students). Would you please help us? Any amount is welcome! €17.429 Raised €20.000 Target 87% Reached
Travel grants for students 2021-20222 The Groninger University Fund (GUF) supports students who want to study or to follow an internship abroad for a while, contributing to travel and accommodation costs. For example, Jeri Nijland, master student Biology at the Faculty of Science & Engineering. She followed a research internship at the McGill University in Montreal from October 2014 to May 2015.   'With the help of the GUF scholarship for Excellence Students, I had the opportunity to visit the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University) in Montreal, Canada. In addition to the treatment of patients, this institute also researches psychiatric disorders and treatments. I worked there as a Research Trainee at the department "Study and Treatment of Circadian Rhythms", under the guidance of prof. dr. Diane B. Boivin. This department uses special research rooms, the so-called "time-free spaces", which allow the study of the biological clock under strictly controlled conditions. Because the lab was part of the psychiatric hospital, this foreign internship offered me the opportunity to do highly specialized research into psychiatric disorders.' - Jeri Nijland    The purpose of her internship was to study light therapy as an intervention for the treatment of depression in patients suffering from a bipolar disorder. There are currently few good treatments for this group of patients. Light therapy could possibly mean something as this has shown a positive effect on other types of depression. In addition, bipolar patients often suffer from disturbed sleep and disordered rhythms in activity throughout the day. The idea is that these factors may affect the state of mind. During her project, Jeri studied the effects of light therapy on sleep and rhythms in activity in depressed bipolar patients. The results showed a number of very interesting findings, and at the moment she is together with prof. dr. Boivin and prof. dr. Beaulieu busy getting the findings published. Jeri: All in all, my study visit has been an incredibly fine educational experience, in which I have developed both professionally and socially and have learned a lot. I would like to thank the Groninger University Fund for the financial contribution that this trip has made possible. The Groninger University Fund would like to give more students the opportunity to study abroad, but unfortunately there are not sufficient resources. Would you please to help the Groninger University Fund?   €7.918 Raised €15.000 Target 52% Reached