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Jumat, 27 Desember 2013

Guide to Key Resources for Funding Work in Peacebuilding, International Dev and Related Fields

In this section, I will provide some of the key resources for obtaining funding for on the ground work. Please also take a look at the posting 12 Key Steps to Obtaining Funding for on the Ground Work which provides overall conceptual strategies.

Please note that we do not allow any requests for funding on this site as the network would be deluged.

Funding for peace and conflict work can come from a number of general resources, including self-generated funds, foundations, governments and inter-governmental organizations, and private sector. Obtaining funds for work can be challenging and thus it is critical to try and diversify funding streams. One of the more recent trends in funding has been the field of social-entreprenuership, which combines social change with business approaches, in which organizations often try to find means to generate their own funds. For example a non-profit engaged in community peacebuilding work, might try establishing a business and then use the profits from the business to reinvest in their community work. One of the best resources for learning about social entrepreneurship is the Skoll Foundation's Social Edge site.

Also see the Guide to to Fundraising for Community Based Organizations from Women Thrive Worldwide.

Another trend in recent years has been funding sites that allow organizations to directly post their projects to the Internet to try and attract funding. While there are many of these sites, the most reliable sites provide some type of verification to ensure that postings are legitimate and regular reporting to donors.

Below find some key resources for funding. Feel free to suggest additional resources/tools.

21 Key Funding Sources

1) Key Internet Based Funding Sites - a href="">Global Giving - is a marketplace for goodness - where you can browse ways to help others around the world, pick the ones you are most passionate about, and give to the solution. GlobalGiving works with experienced, respected nonprofit organizations to source high-quality international social, economic development, and environmental projects. Project Sponsors vouch for the projects they post on, working with Project Leaders to ensure that projects meet high standards, are well run, etc. They do occasionally invite new organizations to submit projects.
Other Online Giving Sites include the following:
Kickstarter - People who use Kickstarter to fund their projects ("project creators") keep 100% ownership and control. Currently only open to organizations in the US and by invitation (although this may change in the future)
TechSoup - Provides excellent resources and support for nonprofits regarding technology and guides for fundraising online.
Network for Good - Offers useful tips for how nonprofits can build their capacity to raise fund online.

2) Peace and Security Funders Group - is an association of private and public foundations, operating foundations, charitable trusts, grantmaking programs, and individual philanthropists who make grants or expenditures that contribute to peace and global security. Our purpose is to enhance the effectiveness of philanthropic activity across this broad area of shared interests and commitments. Note the group does not provide grants, but the individual members do. This a great resource to identify potential foundation support.

3) Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group - The Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group (AGAG) is a membership network of foundations that are currently funding in Africa or are interested in funding in Africa. AGAG was established as a forum for foundations to exchange information and work together in an effort to amplify current foundation funding and promote increased and more effective grantmaking in Africa to better address Africa’s development challenges. The Group does not provide direct funding, but the members organizations do provide support.

4) International Human Rights Funders Group is an association of grantmakers devoted to supporting efforts to achieve the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the treaties and laws it has generated so that all people may enjoy a truly and fully human existence. The group does not provide direct funding, but the member organizations do provide support.

5) FedGrants is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal government grants. You can sign up on the site to receive daily postings of new grant opportunities (particular for international funding USAID and DOS offer many relevant opportunities).

6) Global Giving - is a marketplace for goodness - where you can browse ways to help others around the world, pick the ones you are most passionate about, and give to the solution. GlobalGiving works with experienced, respected nonprofit organizations to source high-quality international social, economic development, and environmental projects. Project Sponsors vouch for the projects they post on, working with Project Leaders to ensure that projects meet high standards, are well run, etc. They do occasionally invite new organizations to submit projects.

7) Funders Online in Europe is an initiative of the European Foundation Centre. The mission of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) is to promote and underpin the work of foundations and corporate funders in the New Europe. The Information and Communications programme of the EFC provides a public record and a public information service on foundations and corporate funders active in Europe.

8) The Foundation Center - The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.
The is the nation's (US) leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.

9) Google Grants - supports organizations sharing our philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Designed for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, Google Grants is a unique in-kind advertising program. It harnesses the power of our flagship advertising product, Google AdWords, to non-profits seeking to inform and engage their constituents online. Google Grant recipients use their award of free AdWords advertising on to raise awareness and increase traffic. This can be a great way to increase your organization's profile and bring people (and possibly donors) to your website.

10) Charity Channel - Funding Notice - Offers a weekly summary of a variety of new funding opportunities, including a number focused on international issues.

11) WOMEN’S FUNDING NETWORK - As a worldwide partnership of women's funds, donors, and allies committed to social justice, the Women's Funding Network seeks to ensure that women's funds are recognized as the "investment of choice" for people who value the full participation of women and girls as key to strong, equitable, and sustainable communities and societies. The organization does not provide funding, but many of the member funds to offer support.

12) International Development Research Centre - is a Canadian organization that helps developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face. Our support is directed toward creating a local research community whose work will build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.

13) British Department for International Development - DFID works in partnership with a range of different organisations to ensure effective use of our development budget and to assist us in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These include multilateral institutions (such as the World Bank, European Community and UN agencies), developing country governments, civil society organisations and the research community. Although the greater part of our development assistance funding is channelled through multilateral agencies, direct budget support and larger scale programmes, there is still substantial support provided through a variety of other funds for smaller scale initiatives. These are aimed at promoting sustainable development and eliminating poverty.

14) Bi-Lateral and Multilateral Funding Agencies - Many of the leading donor countries development agencies offer grants and funding opportunities. The UN has put together a terrific list of these agencies.

15) UN Agencies and Trust Funds - Many UN Agencies provide funding for specific projects. For example see UNDP. In addition the UN maintains a number of trust funds that offer support in specific areas, such as democracy, violence prevention, human security and more.

16) National Endowment for Democracy Directory of International Fun... - This database contains information on over 100 philanthropic organizations that provide funding, fellowships and awards for those working in the area of international democratic development.

17) Social Entrepreneur Organizations - There are many social entrepreneur organizations providing funding for innovative social change work around the world. Some of the leading organizations include The Skoll Foundation , and Echoing Green.

18) Leading International Foundations - There are a number of leading foundations that are potentially great sources of support. Many of these are listed in the Peace and Security Funders Group and/or some of the other networks listed on this page. Each funder has their own priorities and respective geographic focus. Several of the most prominent include:
The Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, The Open Society Institute/Soros Foundations (has foundations in ov..., Rockefeller Brother's Fund, MacArthur Foundation, Kellog Foundation

19) Local Funding Networks- Many countries and regions have their own respective funding networks and organizations. Thus you're encouraged to search and find possible opportunities (and also post them on this site).

20) Embassies - Many international embassies located in developing countries might have small grants available for specific topic areas. Search embassy websites, ask your colleagues and look at local publications.

21) Businesses
- Local and international businesses can also be another great source of support.

22) Diaspora Communities - Many diaspora communities have significant financial resources that can be accessed to provide support. Look up diaspora organizations, religious organizations, and more as they may be able to provide possible support.

23) is an online initiative, working for the sustainability of NGOs by increasing their access to donors, resources and skills. The site provides useful updates on funding opportunities and key donors.

24) National Endowment for Democracy - makes grants to organizations around the world. Also has an excellent Funding Source database of over 100 organizations that provide grants.

25) Check out some of the new online platforms for raising funds such as Kickstarter, GoodTwo, Deals for Deeds, DealGooder,Causeon, or Philanthroper.

What are some of your Suggestions of Key Resources?

Source : 

Top Resources for Finding Scholarships/Fellowships in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

Dear Colleagues,
There are countless opportunities for individuals seeking to pursue academic study at all levels to obtain financial support from private foundations, directly from academic institutions and from various governmental and intergovernmental agencies. In addition, there are a number of fellowships that provide funding for independent research/internships/language study as part of (or after completing) an academic program. As part of developing increased field experience and opportunities, outside funding can be a wonderful opportunity to support work. It is not always easy to obtain a fellowship, as there can be significant competition for a limited number of fellowships. This guide is divided into four parts. The first is general suggestions how to obtain funding, the second is how to develop/write a successful funding application, the third is key funding/scholarship resources and the fourth is a list of key funding institutions.

  • Direct Funding from the University - A number of competitive universities at the BA (sometimes) MA (more often) level will offer partial (and occasionally full scholarships) directly to the most competitive students and especially at the Ph.D. level.
  • Outside Scholarships - See the resources on the this page for outside funding for academic (mostly graduate) study. There are many, many resources available to students depending on the location of study. The Ford International Fellowship is great (only open to citizens of certain countries), the Rotary World MA Peace Fellows (open to all, for study at six select universities. Applicants need to be over 25 and have at least a few years work experience in the peace/development field).
  • Government Agencies - Often select government agencies do provide funding opportunities. For example the US government provides Fulbright Scholarships and others. The German Government has the DAAD Agency. Check with the embassies of respective countries on their websites in your country or do some general searching.
  • Friends/Family/Local Businesses - Sometimes through a combination of creative support from friends/family and local business there may be a way to piece together funding. However, investing some time in energy in researching and applying for appropriate opportunities can be invaluable. Below are some suggestions for how to write a successful funding application and information on several leading fellowships and key organizations.



  1. Carefully Read the Funding Requirements and Goals of the Fellowship - This may sound like common sense, but it is critical to carefully read over the details of any funding opportunities. What are the goals of the funder? What are the administrative details (deadline, citizenship restrictions, etc.)? Many people do not take the time to educate themselves and frame their applications using the appropriate language to meet the goals of the funders. Alternatively, they may miss key logistical details that can cause an application to be disqualified.

  1. Frame Your Previous (and future) Experience as Part of a Coherent Narrative - One of the keys to writing a winning application is to demonstrate clearly how your previous academic and professional experience makes you qualified for a particular opportunity. Write a coherent narrative, demonstrating long-standing interest in a particular region, topic, explain how the fellowship will help you develop additional expertise and how this will be useful in the post-fellowship period in your career and for the larger society.

  1. Search out Multiple Fellowship Opportunities - Applying for fellowships can be very competitive. If possible, apply for several different fellowships at the same time. Consider that for many competitions there can be between 5-20 applicants per fellowship. Thus if you can identify various opportunities that are of interest and apply for several this will help increase your chances of having at least one (or more successful applications).

  1. Keep your Essays Focused, Clear and Logical - For most fellowship review processes, a single reviewer may read between 20-50 applications. Thus, it is important that in writing your essays that you provide clear, logical and easy to follow arguments. If it is a research fellowship, explain your research goals, questions, methods of research and intended outcomes. If it is a language fellowship, provide a clear plan of study and demonstrate your commitment to pursuing further language beyond this particular fellowship.

  1. Proofread and Peer Review - One method that can help ensure a quality application is to have your professors and/or colleagues read through the application. Ask if your essays are compelling, to assist with grammatical editing, etc. Sometimes working in peer groups where you might share your initial ideas with colleagues can help in further refining and developing your proposal.

  1. Learn from Rejection – Often applications may not be approved. You can take this a learning opportunity. Some donors will provide you with feedback about why you were not successful and perhaps encourage you to revise and resubmit in future years.

  1. Start Early – Many fellowship applications are due eight-12 months in advance. Thus you need to start research and exploring opportunities with sufficient time.

  1. What are other Suggestions? Please feel free to provide additional suggestions for writing successful scholarship applications?


There are many resources for finding scholarship opportunities and the list below provide some key suggestions.

  • Consult Your University – Often your academic advisors, study abroad offices and other university divisions can be a wonderful source of information about fellowship opportunities. Also when you’re applying to academic institutions for study, inquire about specific funding that may be available if you’re admitted.

  1. The Peace and Collaborative Development Site There are hundreds of scholarship and fellowship opportunities posted on this site. You can find these opportunities in the forums on Fellowship Opportunities and also Research. A useful way to identify opportunities is to search by keywords such as fellowship, scholarship, graduate, Ph.D., "Call for Applications", etc.
  3. See the Association of Professionals Schools in International Affairs Guide toFellowships and Scholarships.
  4. The Alliance for Peacebuilding Member List – Listserv for Alliance for Peacebuilding Members that provides information on many scholarship opportunities around the world at all levels.
  5. The Chronicle of Higher Education – Provides information some advanced (usually post-doc) fellowship opportunities.
  6. Idealist, one of the leading nonprofit career sites has recently developed the Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center. This is a terrific site that has key information for individuals seeking to pursue graduate programs related to social change. The resources includes tips for how to select a program, how to write an effective application, application procedures, identifying funding and more.
  7. H-HET Website network that provides information on numerous fellowship opportunities related to academia.
  8. American Political Science Association Funding Resources- - Maintains a wonderful list of fellowships and grants for undergraduate, graduate, post-doc and research opportunities.
  9. Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Fellowship - Rotary Centers provide Rotary World Peace Fellows with the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in conflict resolution, peace studies, international relations, and related areas. Each year, up to 60 Rotary World Peace Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis at six Rotary Centers, which operate in partnership with seven leading universities. Applications need to be over 25 years of age and have several years experience.
  10. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship - The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others
    the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host
  11. Echoing Green's Fellowship Program - Echoing Green awards two-year fellowships to emerging social innovators. Annually, we award fellowships to individuals with innovative ideas for creating new models for tackling seemingly unsolvable social challenges. These fellowships offer them the opportunity to develop and test their ideas.
  12. Ford International Fellowships - The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) was launched by the Ford Foundation in 2000 to provide opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. To ensure that Fellows are drawn from diverse backgrounds, IFP actively seeks candidates from social groups and communities that lack systematic access to higher education. IFP's New York-based secretariat collaborates closely with partner organizations in 22 countries and territories.
  13. Fulbright Fellowships – Offers fellowship for US students and faculty to study and conduct research/teaching abroad and for international students and faculty to pursue opportunities in the US.
  14. United States Institute of Peace Senior and Ph.D. Fellowships – The Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards Senior Fellowships to enable outstanding scholars, policymakers, journalists, and other professionals from around the world to conduct research at the U.S. Institute of Peace on important issues concerning international conflict and peace. Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships (open to Ph.D. students studying in the US). These fellowships are intended to support the research and writing of doctoral dissertations addressing the sources and nature of international conflict and ways of preventing or ending conflict and sustaining peace.
  15. The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund (US) The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.
  16. The Herbert Scoville Jr.Peace Fellowship (US) The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites college graduates (Graduate Student or Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional) to apply for full-time, six to nine-month fellowships in Washington, District of Columbia. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues.
  17. National Security Education Program – The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate) to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). NSEP was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government.
  18. Thomas Pickering Fellowship (Graduate and Undergraduate). The goal of the fellowship Graduate Fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.
  19. Gates Cambridge FellowshipThe Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship established by the Gates Cambridge Trust in order to give students from around the world the opportunity to study at Cambridge in one of three programs: a second Bachelor's degree, one-year postgraduate course leading to a Master's degree, or research and work leading to a Ph.D. (scholars are funded for a period of 1 to 4 years). The Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides University tuition, a stipend for living expenses, and one return airfare.
  20. Chevening Scholarships - are prestigious awards available to international students for post-graduate study in the United Kingdom. They are available in more than 130 countries and around 1000 new Chevening Scholarships are awarded globally each year. Chevening scholarships offer an ideal opportunity for young, high-flying graduates not only to study their chosen subject, but also to meet and network with their peers in the unique learning atmosphere that the UK provides. The ultimate objective is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries.
  21. Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace for Summer Language Study at Middlebury College - The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed supported by the program which include Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian.
  22. Reagan-Fascell Democrcy Fellows Program National Endowment for Democracy, enable democratic practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED’s research arm located in Washington, D.C.
  23. Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme -aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong's institutions.

Many of these institutions sponsor and/or administer a number of fellowship opportunities. Therefore spending some time on each organization’s website to explore given opportunities can be invaluable.

  • Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute - Offers a number of fellowship and scholarship opportunities for students and professionals around the world. One new fellowship opportunity started in 2008 is the Open Society Fellowship
  • International Institute for Education - Offers a number of fellowships for students and non-students. Most notable include Fulbright Fellowships (which are often open to non-students), National Security Education Program for Undergraduates and Graduates (study abroad program), and many others. They also maintain a wonderful site on Scholarships for US and International Students, see
  • International Research & Exchanges Board - Offers several fellowship opportunities for graduate students and faculty to conduct field research abroad (short-term and long-term)
  • Social Science Research Council - SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship.
  • American Council of Learned Societies - CLS offers fellowships and grants in over one dozen programs, for research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
  • AMIDEAST - Administers a number of private, institutional, and non-U.S. government scholarship programs for students and professionals from the Middle East and North Africa, most of which are for study at U.S. universities.
  • The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Souther... (OSSREA) is a regional membership-based and donor-supported research and capacity-building organization whose mission is to promote dialogue and interaction between researchers and policy-makers in Eastern and Southern Africa with a view to enhancing the impact of research on policy-making and development planning. Its headquarters is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They offer several research fellowships each year.
  • The International Institute of Education maintains a useful directory of scholarships for study abroad, IIE Passport. This valuable funding resource allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need. Our comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality.
  • Alfa Fellowship Program The Alfa Fellowship Program provides a new and exciting opportunity for young professionals from the US to live and work in Russia and to enable them to develop a genuine expertise through individualized professional assignments.
  • German Academic Exchange Council - DAAD offers a wide range of opportunities to students, scholars, for study and research in Germany
  • Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) - The NFP are demand-oriented fellowship programmes designed to promote institutional development. The NFP target group consists of mid-career professionals who are in employment. They offer MA, Ph.D. and short-course fellowships for applicants from select countries to study in the Netherlands.
  • Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Scholarships in Conflict Resolution (only open to EU Citizens) - This Scheme will offer opportunities for suitably qualified women and men to pursue one of the following post-graduate degrees at a recognised higher education institution in Ireland which include MA and Ph.D. Degrees at select institutions that are research based.
  • Other Suggestions?

Minggu, 08 Desember 2013

Tempat Berlabuh di Utrecht Belanda

Jadi ceritanya malam ini saya baru ingat, sekitar satu bulan lagi saya sudah berusia 21 tahun. Ya, saat ini saya masih 20 tahun. Tiba-tiba, entah karena sebab apa saya ingin sekali menulis catatan sederhana ini. Dengan selalu produktif menulis, saya berharap mimipi-mimpi yang selama ini masuk ke 35 dreamlist tahun 2013 ini segera terkejar.

Masih ingatkah,
Pertama kali saya masuk di Pendidikan Geografi adalah mahasiswa lugu dan selalu ingin tahu hal-hal baru. Saya bertemu dengan kawan-kawan kelas A yang beraneka ragam budaya. Ada yang dari medan, palembang, bandung, kebumen ngapak, jawa timuran, sampai trah warga jogja seperti saya. Itu menjadi awal pertemuan kami dan perjalanan kami di semester 1. Entah oleh sebab apa juga, saya langsung diamanahi sebagai ketua kelas, sebuah amanah yang selalu melekat semenjak SD-SMP-SMA hingga kuliah. Mungkin memang takdir dari Allah, dan saya insyaAllah ikhlas menerima.

Masih ingatkah,
Ketika kali pertama OSPEK di fakultas mendapat satu buku setelah mendapat award 'maba inspirartif' ? Apa karena saya pernah mengumpulkan puluhan Mahasiswa Baru pra OSPEK di hall rektorat kala itu ? Ketika itu saya pun berhasil memanggil ketua OSPEK (Mas Taat FIS,mas Afi MIPA). Ketika itu juga saya mendirikan grup Kamilah Cendekiawan Muda UNY 2011 yang membernya sudah 2ribuan ? Saya juga bersyukur bisa mempertemukan para maba dari seluruh fakultas kala itu. Ini masa-masa maba.

Setahun mengabdi di kelas A geografi 2011 memberi pelajaran untuk saya, bagaimana menjadi seorang pemimpin itu. Bukan kita yang mengajukan diri, tetapi orang-orang di sekitar kita lah yang memilih. Saya mulai belajar, bahwa saat itu saya harus berguna untuk orang lain, itu prinsip awalnya. Hingga kala itu, mindset 'penelitian' mulai menghampiri. Ketidakpuasan mengikuti karya ilmiah remaja selama satu tahun di SMA yang ujung-ujungnya ditunjuk sebagai ketua telah mengingatkan saya untuk kembali ke dunia yang satu ini. Saya mencoba mengembangkan potensi, melalui keikutsertaan di Himpunan Mahasiswa Pendidikan Geografi. Saya bertemu mas Ganang yang selalu menginspirasi dan menyemangati, sudah dianggap kakak sendiri. Ada mas Sapta, Jaya,mas Gur,mbak Kiki dan lainnya yang peduli. Saya bergabung di divisi penelitian dan pengembangan HMPG, bertemu dengan Dian,Eka,Dharma,Arif,mas Baizil,Mbak Sugi,Nifa yang memberi warna tersendiri. Saya terpacu untuk kembali berkarya dan menulis. 

Tidak hanya di HMPG, ada UKMF Penelitian SCREEN yang juga memikat hati saya. Ya, karena pernah diberi kesempatan masuk 3 besar karya terbaik, saya termotivasi oleh mbak Dwi,mas Asep,mbak Alif,dan kakak2 UKMF penelitian FIS ini. Saya pun mulai bergabung departemen Pengembangan Penalaran dan Studi Ilmiah yang dikomandani oleh mbak Putri. Sejak saat itu, rutinitas bekerja di rumah hijau (untuk HMPG) dan rumah biru (untuk SCREEN) menjadi rutinitas sehari-hari selain kuliah. Teringat juga ketika masa-masa sulit semester 2, menjadi ketua semarak geografi tingkat nasional dan SDP Penelitian FIS, benar-benar tantangan sendiri. Semua menginginkan kehadiran saya. Maka saya mencoba mengatur waktu dengan catatan kecil yang selalu ada di saku saya.

Semester 3 menjadi waktu yang lumayan padat kala itu. Untung saja saya punya teman2 baik seperti Arif,Rohmad,Lulut,Gilang,Aziz,Marda,Intan,Iqbal,Rika dan semuanya yang selalu menyemangati. Menjadi asisten praktikum kala itu juga merupakan tantangan pertama di tahun ke 2 kuliah semester 1 ini. Terimakasih mas Tejo,Mas Wi,mas Simbah,dan Cusnan.

Hingga akhirnya, pada bulan Oktober tahun 2012...... Saya mengikuti pameran pendidikan Belanda di pertamina tower UGM. Sore itu, saya berangkat bersama 3 teman. Ada Arif,Pebri,dan Dani. Saya tertarik sekali untuk hadir di acara itu. Saya kagum dengan keindahan bunga tulip dan kincir angin yang ada di poster pameran. Sore itu, kami melangkah bersama menuju pertamina tower ugm. Memang orang ndeso tenan, saya bingung caranya ke atas bagaimana, kan ada lift :3 Ya, saat itu saya memang ndeso ya, karena kagum banget ketika melihat gedung yang tinggi itu. . ckck. Wah, syukur alhamdulillah saya bisa bertemu orang bule (baru pertama diskusi langsung dengan bahasa Inggris). Maklum saja, sebelumnya memang sangat kuper dan jaim (jaga iman). Mata langsung ebrbinar-binar ketika melihat banyak gambar kincir angin dan tuliiiip :-) Ya Allah, di sini banyak sekali universitas yang hadir. Saya pun bertanya sana-sini ke Mr Mervin dari perwakilan NESO. Saya juga baru kenal NESO saat itu. Sepulang dari ruangan pameran, saya Arif Dani langsung ke masjid mujahidin UNY untuk sholat Maghrib. Kami senang karena mendapat tambahan ilmu,pengetahuan,dan tas orange yang sampai saat ini selalu saya bawa ke kampus :-)

Setibanya di rumah, apa yang saya lakukan kemudian ? Saya baca dan pelajari brosur-brosur itu. Saya mulai mengenal apa itu beasiswa NFP,OTS,Stuned,Dikti,dan ada juga Erasmus Mundus. Hmm, selalu saja ingat Belanda ketika mendengar nama-nama beasiswa itu. Sampai akhirnya pada bulan Desember 2012, saya mencantumkan mimpi "Saya ingin mengenal Belanda lebih dekat, syukur-syukur bisa studi di sana." Hanya bisa berusaha dan berdoa, semoga Allah menjawab doa saya suatu saat nanti.

Jujur saja, saya tertarik dengan salah satu universitas di Belanda, manalagi kalau bukan Utrecht University. Ya, UU menyediakan passion saya di Human Geography and Planning. Di sana ada faculty geoscience yang menjadi mimpi saya untuk studi master nanti. Hingga pada akhirnya, pada awal tahun 2013 saya menemukan program summer school Utrecht. Ini pun pasti tidak bisa saya temukan kalau saya tidak 'aktif' searching info lomba,study abroad,dll. Masih ingat juga di awal tahun 2013 saya menegnal mbak Arum,beliau rumahnya dekat dengan rumah saya,juga satu SMP 1 Sleman sepertinya. Beliau lah yang membuka mata saya untuk lebih mengenal 'dunia luar negeri' di awal tahun 2013. Saya yang saat itu ingin ke Thailand satu tim UNY ternyata belum mendapat rejeki. Tidak apa-apa, saya sudah berhasil membuat passport hijau tanggal 7 Januari, genap 20 tahun usia saya.

Utrecht Belanda, menjadi tempat berlabuh di Geoscience Summer School 2013, Contemporary Cities : Challenges and Opportunities. Hingga saya mendapat bantuan mbak Rizka Amalia,kakak alumni SMADA. Hingga saya banting setir keliling mencari dukungan. Alhamdulillah, bapak ibu merestui perjuangan saya. Sampai akhirnya Allah memberikan jawaban terbaik-Nya. Tidak menyangka, saat vertigo saya kambuh dan ujian semester 4 berlangsung, mimpi untuk ke Belanda akhirnya menjadi nyata. Tanggal 8-19 Juli 2013 menjadi perjalanan pertama saya ke luar negeri. Bertemu dengan para mahasiswa dari berbagai negara maju di dunia. Pengalaman ketika ATM terblokir,diusir dari kafe,sampai home sick karena 3 hari belum ketemu orang Indonesia. Allha memang maha bijaksana, kala itu saya bertemu dengan mas Richo,mas Ariyadi di depan kantor,tepatnya di Janskerkhof 30A. Kenangan sore itu memang tidak akan terlupakan. Masa-masa kuliah singkat di sana yang penuh makna, mengambil pelajaran positif dari inovasi negara Belanda, berkeliling sepeda, bertemu Mr Brian yang baik dan bijak, sampai ada kejadian salah masuk tempat buka bersama di sebuah masjid orang Turki. Terimakasih untuk mas Andi Yani yang udah nganter nyari kacamata, ams Ronal,mas Wahid,bang Novrizal,dan kakak2 PPI Utrecht.

Sampai akhirnya saya harus kembali ke Indonesia,bertemu Cak Mat yang bekerja di Dubai,kami berbincang sana sini dan akhirnya terpisah di bandara adi sutjibto,matur nuwun pak. Aktivitas pun kembali ke sedia kala. Pengalaman menghirup udara di sana semakin mendewasakan diri. Saya cukup banyak belajar dari mas Anies Baswedan dan mas Ridwansyah Yusuf Achmad, tentang makna seorang pemimpin. Beliau berdua memang inspirasi bagi saya. Semoga saja saya bisa sgera bertemu dengan mas Yusuf yang inspiratif itu ya :-)

Sampai akhirnya,sahabat2 saya mulai bertanya tentang Belanda,dan saya pun melayani semampunya. Saya doakan agar sahabat2 sekalin bisa berjuang meraih cita-cita,cinta,dan mimpi itu. Man Jadda Wa Jada.

Saya selama ini baru bisa bercerita di blog sebuah blog sederhana yang menjadi tempat saya berbagi. Alhamdulillah, masih ada yang mengunjungi :-)
Kalau mas Anies pernah memberi nasihat : genggamlah masa depanmu dengan tiga hal ini : MENULIS,berORGANISASI, dan menguasai BAHASA INGGRIS menjadi kewajiban saya untuk banyak belajar dari orang2 inspiratif seperti mas Obey,mas Rasman,mbak Meita,mbak Ninda,mbak Tria,mas Nova,mbak Rizky Hadi, mas Fian,semuanya menginspirasi. Saya juga harus bersyukur bisa membangun jaringan dari Aceh-Sulawesi. Ada mas Andi Aceh,ada Mardy makassar.ada anak UI,ITB,UGM,ITS,IPB,UNDIP,UNP,UNNES,UNESA,UNS,UNAIR,UNPAD,UAD,UNHAS,UNM,dan lain-lain. Nomor telepon teman2 sudah saya dikumentasikan di buku kuning,buku telepon yang selalu saya bawa setiap saat, barangkali sewaktu-waktu kita bisa berjumpa :-)

Yang terakhir, saya banyak mengucapkan terimakasih kepada bapak ibu adek Isti yang baru kelas 1 SMP. Bapak dan Ibu semoga selalu diberikan kesehatan, keberkahan dalam berjualan sayur di pasar sleman, dan menjadi keluarga sederhana yang selalu bersyukur dan berbagi, seluruh keluarga yang selama ini telah mendoakan janu,guru2 smada jogja.FSAK. Kepada teman-teman yang pernah berjumpa langsung maupun baru via online, terimakasih...doa terbaik untuk anda sekalian agar diberikan kesuksesan dunia akhirat ya. Mohon doa tulus agar saya bisa semangat berjuang menggapai cita-cita menjadi dosen geografi manusia. Mohon doanya agar diterima dan bisa kuliah gratis di Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University 2015. Semoga semangat menggapai mimpi selalu membara ! Semoga kita diberikan jalan lurus oleh Allah dan menjadi manusia yang banyak bersyukur dan berbagi. InsyaAllah, mohon maaf jika selama ini saya ada khilaf kepada Anda.

Man Jadda Wa Jada
Khairunnas Anfauhum Linnas

"Sebuah Refleksi Mahasiswa Es Satu"

UNY, 8 Desember 2013, 00.30 WIB

Hamba Perindu Surga-Nya

Janu Muhammad
Mahasiswa Pendidikan Geografi FIS UNY

Sabtu, 07 Desember 2013

Earth Hour : One Step Closer to Know World

Jadi ceritanya hari ini saya mengikuti kegiatan yang diinisiasi oleh komunitas Earth Hour Jogja. Sebenarnya tulisannya adalah EHJogja begitu. Ada yang belum tahu apa itu Earth Hour ? Mari kita simak dari penjelasan :)

Earth Hour Indonesia 2013 diadakan pada Sabtu, 23 Maret, jam 20.30 – 21.30 (waktu setempat). Tahun ini kelompok masyarakat, komunitas, media massa, korporasi, dan pemerintahan kota yang mendukung Earth Hour ada di 33 kota; yaitu Banda Aceh, Medan, Pekan Baru, Jabodetabek, Bandung, Cimahi, Semarang, Solo, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Gresik, Kediri, Sidoarjo, Denpasar, Pontianak, Palangka Raya, Banjarmasin, Balikpapan, Samarinda, Sangatta, Tarakan, Sorowako, dan Makassar. Setiap kota punya target untuk mematikan ikon kota/nasional dan mendapat dukungan dari pemimpin kota. Targetnya, kampanye perubahan gaya hidup ini dapat diadaptasi oleh 100% masyarakat Indonesia melalui inovasi baru dan kearifan lokal yang telah ada di budaya Indonesia.

Kampanye Earth Hour 2013 di Indonesia berlangsung selama 60 hari, yaitu 30 hari sebelum dan 30 hari sesudah 23 Maret 2013. Kampanye Earth Hour ditutup pada hari Bumi, yaitu 22 April. Kenapa? Karena Komunitas Earth Hour Indonesia hendak memberi pemahaman bahwa perubahan kebiasaan tidak bisa diraih hanya dengan proses edukasi yang dilakukan satu kali selama satu jam setiap tahun, tapi perlu dilakukan setiap hari. Dan, Earth Hour bukan peristiwa seremonial, namun momentum yang mengingatkan diri sendiri untuk perubahan kecil yang berdampak besar bila menjadi gaya hidup.

Kami tidak pernah berhenti ber-AKSI dan hendak mengapresiasi inisiatif yang telah dilakukan banyak orang namun belum diangkat. Maka tahun ini WWF-Indonesia dan Komunitas Earth Hour Indonesia mengadakan Penghargaan Aksi untuk Bumi bagi kota yang memiliki aksi menarik yang dilakukan sekolah dan kelompok masyarakat. Dan, Penghargaan Aksi untuk Bumi bagi korporasi yang telah mulai memperhatikan praktek 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) dan kampanye/kebijakan internal yang lebih ramah lingkungan. Aksiku! Mana Aksimu?

Itu petikan dari websitenya EH. Alhamdulillah, hari ini saya diberi kesempatan untuk mengikuti kelas KUMBANG, pada intinya adalah kumpul bareng untuk belajar. Ya, saya adalah salah satu volunteer baru EHJogja. InsyaAllah saya berniat untuk berbagi ilmu, apalagi saya dari geografi, erat kaitannya dengan hal-hal lingkungan hehe. Ini langkah saya juga untuk lebih dekat mengenal dunia.

Apa yang saya dapatkan untuk kumpul Kumbang tadi : ada penjelasan apa itu EH, semangat gaya hidup hijau, semangat berkontribusi untuk keberlanjutan lingkungan, cegah perubahan iklim. O iya, saya tadi juga sempat bertemu dengan kakak2 yang menjadi volunteer 350, Hilo, Young on Top, dan ehem..ada l-men jogja :3 Saya juga baru tahu mengapa Earth Hour ada tulisannya : 60+ Jadi, 60 itu maksudnya kita memadamkan listrik 60 menit pada tanggal 29 Maret yang menjadi puncak kampanya EH. Lalu ada + nya menandakan bahwa perilaku hemat listrik ini menjadi gaya hidup di masa sekarang dan depan.
pengin beli :3
Ya disyukuri saja ilmu-ilmu yang sudah didapat dan harus segera ditransfer ke teman-teman lewat blog sederhana ini. Melalui tulisan ini pula saya mengajak rekan-rekan untuk :
1. Membiasakan gaya hidup hemat energi
2. Membiasakan untuk peduli terhadap lingkungan sekitar
3. Membantu meneruskan pesan ini kepada orang di sekitar Anda

Mari kita ingat, bumi akan tetap hidup tanpa adanya kita. Namun, kita tidak ada apa-apanya tanpa adanya bumi. Mari jaga bumi kita agar tetap hijau lestari.
Earth Hour : One Step Closer to Know World
Let's try not to give up ! Ini aksiku, mana aksimu ?

Semangat menebar kebaikan dan menginspirasi :-)

Sleman, 7 Desember 2013


Jumat, 06 Desember 2013

Tentang Cita, Cerita, dan Cinta

"Jadi ceritanya hari ini saya mengikuti rapat 'istimewa' Unit Kegiatan Mahasiswa Fakultas (UKMF) Penelitian SCREEN (Social Community of Research and Empowerment). Istimewa karena hari ini akan dilakukan evaluasi Laporan Pertanggungjawaban, sebut saja LPJ. Ya, hari ini alhamdulillah begitu istimewa."

Jumat, 6 Desember 2013 saya masuk kuliah masih seperti biasa (terlambat jam pertama). Saya baru sampai di ruang G209 Pkl 7.20, padahal kelas dimulai Pkl 7.00 WIB. Saya langsung masuk dan mohon izin pak dosen agar bisa mengikuti kuliah Evaluasi Kerentanan dan Konservasi Lahan. Saya mengikuti kuliah dengan hikmat, hari ini kami diajarkan tentang konservasi tanah (intinya). Ketika berlangsung, saya sempat menerima telepon dari Kantor Internasional UNY agar nanti siang ke kantor, ada hal yang perlu dibicarakan katanya. 
Setelah EKKL selesai, dilanjutkan dengan Manajemen Pendidikan. Namun sebelumnya, saya pergi ke fotokopian depan kampus untuk mencetak beberapa dokumen 'penting'.

Perjalanan di UNNES

Saya tiba di jurusan untuk mengumpulkan tugas mitigasi bencana, tugas kali ini juga terpaksa mengumpulkan sendiri karena 'telat' dengan alasana khusus. Selanjutnya, saya beranjak kembali ke kelas. Sebagai mahasiswa pada umumnya, saya berusaha mengikuti presentasi di kelas manajemen dengan serius, meski kadang 'nyambi' buka hape atau laptop. Karena dosen tidak masuk, seperti biasa kecenderungan kami adalah mempercepat diskusi agar bisa pulang lebih awal. Ya, ini fenomena umum di kalangan mahasiswa, apalagi mahasiswa tingkat 3 seperti saya.

Siang itu, saya menuju rektorat UNY, memenuhi panggilan Kantor Urusan Internasional dan Kemitraan UNY. Kebetulan saya saat ini diamanahi menjadi Koordinator Student Volunteer UNY. Ya, bisa dikatakan relawan kantor internasional UNY. Tugas kami biasnya membantu pelaksanaan kegiatan-kegiatan internasional, seperti yang GCF dan sit-in mahasiswa CMU kemarin. Kali ini, saya diberi komando untuk menjadi bagian dari pelaksanaan International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement yang akan berlangsung mulai dari 2 Januari 2014 di Royal Ambarukmo, Sheraton, dan hotel berbintang lainnya di Yogyakarta.

Siang harinya saya sholat Jumat di masjid Mujahidin UNY, alhamdulillah bisa sholat di sini karena biasanya di sekolah SMA 2 Jogja sembari mengisi mentoring bersama adik-adik. Setelah itu, mengikuti diseminasi karya UKMF Penelitian SCREEN di Fakultas Ilmu Sosial. Saya pun diberi kesempatan untuk mempresentasikan karya tulis.

Cita, Cerita, dan Cinta

3C saya menyebutnya, kegiatan evaluasi LPJ sore tadi mengingatkan awal perjalanan saya bergabung di kepengurusan SCREEN. Berawal dari masa-masa mengikuti Student Development Program (SDP) Penelitian pada tahun 2011, akhirnya hati saya terpaut kepada penelitian. Ya, UKMF ini telah menjadi pintu gerbang saya untuk mengejar mimpi yang tertunda ketika SMA. Kala itu, saya pernah mengikuti ekstrakurikuler Karya Ilmiah Remaha (KIR) di SMA N 2 Yogyakarta. Sudah kelas XI baru bisa bergabung. Anehnya juga, tiba-tiba saya langsung diamanahi menjadi ketua, masyaAllah. Ya, dalam kurun waktu 1 tahun ternyata cita-cita saya untuk memberikan prestasi belum memuaskan. Namun, sejak saat itu sesungguhnya telah tumbuh benih-benih cinta-penelitian.

Cerita ini berlanjut sampai saat ini. Saya berusaha mengejar cinta itu, demi meraih cita-cita menjadi manusia pembelajar, peneliti, dan penulis. UKMF Penelitian SCREEN telah membuka pintu lebar-lebar. Saya tentu senang sekali bisa diterima oleh kakak-kakak yang menginspirasi dan membuat iri, iri karena prestasinya hebat-hebat. Kali pertama, saya menjadi seorang staf di departemen Penembangan Penalaran dan Studi Ilmiah (PPSI). Departemen ini memang khusus menjadi pusat/ruhnya penelitian, saya menyukainya. Hingga pada tahun 2012 saya diberikan amanah untuk menjadi ketua SDP Penelitian FIS. Suatu pencapaian yang tak terduga, inilah jalan Allah untuk saya. Pada kesempatan yang sama, saya pun diberi amanah menjadi Ketua Semarak Geografi Nasional. Subhanallah, benar-benar memori yang tak terlupakan.

Pada tahun 2013, pelabuhan cinta-penelitian itu pun semakin mendekati dermaga. Kapal cita-cita mengantarkan saya menjadi kepala departemen PPSI hingga saat tulisan ini diketik. Saya bersyukur bisa banyak belajar berbagi dan memberi kepada adik-adik angkatan saya yang masih baru (maba).


Cinta yang telah bersemi untuk mengabdi di organisasi ini telah mendewasakan saya untuk menjadi pribadi yang matang dengan segala potensi kepribadian yang dimiliki. Tak henti-hentinya rasa syukur saya sampaikan kepada Allah, orang tua, serta semua sahabat yang telah memberikan semangatnya. Cerita hari ini pun adalah saksi untuk cita-cita yang akan saya raih besok. Semangat meneliti, bersyukur, dan berbagi ^^


Dengan cinta, saya akan meraih cita. Dengan cerita, saya menjemput cita-cita. 
Semoga senantiasa istiqomah dalam menuntut ilmu, insyaAllah....

Senin, 02 Desember 2013

Promotional Talk EM dan Keinginan Kuliah di Gadjah Mada

Jadi ceritanya hari ini saya menyempatkan hadir di acaranya kampus sebelah, mana lagi kalau bukan Universitas Gadjah Mada. Sebuah universitas yang menjadi idaman-idaman saya saat SMA kelas 1. Bahkan saking penginnya menjadi mahasiswa di sana, saya sering main ke kampus itu, sering menghabiskan waktu di amsjid kampus UGM dan mengikuti beberapa evennya UGM. Maklum, saat itu saya masih mengikuti trend. Wajar saja ya, karena sebagian besar alumni sekolah saya dari SMA N 2 Jogja kuliah di sana, ibarat hanya 'naik kelas'. Sepertinya mudah sekali untuk diterima di Gadjah Mada, eh ternyata tidak. Allah berkehendak lain, saya justru diteria di Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta yang basisnya pendidikan, saya justru lebih senang meski kadang sedih. 
Lewat tengah rektorat

Sudah-sudah, itu kenangan masa lalu. Kenangan di bulaksumur yang belum kesampaian, kenangan jalan-jalan sore dan canda tawa bersama teman saat itu sudah menjadi kenangan penuh hikmah. Saat ini saya sudah berada di kampus yang tepat, UNY tercintah. Alhamdulillah sudah semester 5 ya ? Ternyata yang namanya usia tidak terasa begitu cepat berlalu.
ini poster publikasinya

Buat S-2 nanti, saya nggak ingin yang dulu kembali terjadi. Saya pasang target jauh-jauh hari agar persiapan lebih matang dan Allah lebih meridhoi. S-2, apa saya bisa lanjut sekolah lagi ya ? Tidak ada yang tidak mungkin, Allah pasti memberi jalan bagi hamba-Nya yang mau berusaha keras dan berdoa setiap waktu. Ya, Man Jadda Wa Jadda.

suasana promotional talk
Persiapan S-2 insyaAllah sudah saya mulai. Belanda, masih menjadi iarget utama untuk mimpi S-2 saya suatu saat nanti, insyaAllah 2015 saya akan meraihnya.Bagaimana saya bisa lanjut S-2 nanti ? Tentunya dengan beasiswa. Saya hari ini pun telah mendapat gambaran baru untuk beasiswa Erasmus Mundus yang sangat prestisius itu. Mari saya share kan beberapa hikmah yang bisa saya petik. 

 The Erasmus Mundus programme aims to enhance the quality of higher education and promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through mobility and academic cooperation.

Beasiswanya adalah beasiswa penuh, up to EUR 24.000 per tahun per orang. Jangan takut, jumlah ini pasti cukup untuk membiayai kebutuhan kuliah anda. Pembagiannya secara garis besar:
  • EUR 8.000 untuk tuition fee (bukan bagian anda, kemungkinan akan langsung dipotong dari beasiswa)
  • EUR 12.000 untuk living cost selama 12 bulan (mungkin didistribusikan dalam 12 bulan @ EUR 1.000)
  • EUR 4.000 untuk mobility cost (termasuk pesawat dari Indonesia ke Eropa, juga untuk perpindahan antar kota/negara dalam 1 tahun masa studi)


Di Indonesia, ada dua universitas partner yaitu hanya UGM sama ITB untuk menjadi target group 1 dan kalau UNY mau mengajukan, berarti bisa msuk kategori grup 2. EM seleksinya kompetitif karena memang full scholarship, semua dibiayai. Kita bisa kuliah di minimal 3 universitas dari 3 negara di Eropa.
Sebenarnya teman-teman bisa mendgakses ke untuk website resminya ya.
Saya menjadi bersemangat karena tadi sudah mendengarkan motivasi dari kantor internasionalnya, dan juga dari mahasiswa Gadjah Mada. Promotional Talk EM tadi sangat bermanfaat. 

Sekali lagi, siang tadi saya sekaligus nostalgia di balairung Gadjah Mada, berharap mimpi saya kuliah di Belanda bisa terwujud dengan beasiswa EM.InsyaAllah...
halaman tengah
halaman depan rektorat

Salam Hangat,