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Foundation representatives are welcomed to a village in Myanmar's northern Shan State, near the city of Lashio.

The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation is a US 501(c)(3) private foundation serving four distinct purposes:

 

Recent News

 

The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) seeks grant and fellowship proposals

(Sep. 22, 2016) - The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) seeks grant and fellowship proposals for projects aimed at promoting an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria (including Habsburg Austria) in the fields of history, politics, economics, law and cultural studies.

Grant and Fellowship applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications in July 2017. Grants and fellowships will be distributed on or before September 1, 2017 with the grant award period beginning on September 1, 2017 and ending on August 31, 2018.

For more information please visit the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies page.

 

The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation and the Central European University Announcment

(Sep. 22, 2016) - The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation and the Central European University CEU are pleased to announce the Botstiber Fellowship in Transatlantic Austrian and Central European Relationships. Fellowships are available for all scholarly work related to the historical, political or economic, and cultural relationship between the United States and present-day Austria or the countries that historically make up the Austro-Hungarian or Austrian Empires.

Nadia Al-Bagdadi, director of the IAS CEU said: “CEU is very pleased to be partnering with the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation to help advance a historical understanding between the U.S. and both present-day Austria as well as the areas that formerly make up the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. With its strong track record of facilitating advanced research on related topics and supporting fellows and access to collections and facilities at CEU, within Hungary and beyond, including neighboring Austria, the Institute is ideally positioned to partner with the Foundation to expand and deepen its impact through advanced research on these topics.”

Terrance A. Kline, trustee and administrator of the DWBF said: “Dietrich Botstiber’s concern for trans-Atlantic understanding was reflected in his life experiences and in his Indenture of Trust where he authorized the use of funds to facilitate scholarship in this area. To that end, we are honored to work with CEU to establish an international fellowship program for outstanding junior and senior scholars from around the world to advance this understanding.”

The call for applications for the first around of fellows is now open. For more information on the Botstiber Fellowship and to apply please visit the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University’s website at https://ias.ceu.edu/botstiber-fellowship.

The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1995 by the late Dietrich W. Botstiber. His charitable intentions were to provide scholarships to talented students of good moral character in the fields of science, technology and commerce; to promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria; and to support programs that prevent cruelty to animals and human beings. The Foundation manages four programs to advance the Botstiber mission. They include the Botstiber Scholars Program at Penn State, the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, Botstiber World Service and the new Botstiber International Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control.

The Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (IAS CEU) has as its primary mission to support excellent scholars in their pursuit of knowledge in a multidisciplinary scholarly environment. Each year, IAS CEU invites some 20 researchers in the social sciences and humanities to spend 3 to 10 months as fellows working on their own research projects. Visiting scholars benefit from the University’s academic and technical resources and from the vibrant cultural and intellectual scene in Budapest. IAS CEU seeks to build connections among its fellows, CEU faculty, and local and regional academic institutions to facilitate high-level interdisciplinary cooperation. For further information on IAS CEU, please visit: http://ias.ceu.edu/.

 

The Humane Society of the United States and Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation Launch Wildlife Fertility Control Institute

Institute will advance non-lethal wildlife population management

WASHINGTON (Sep. 1, 2016) – The Humane Society of the United States and the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, based in Media, Penn., are launching the Botstiber International Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control, which aims to advance the development and implementation of humane, non-lethal fertility control methods to manage wildlife populations. The Institute will also serve as the world’s premier clearing house and scientific resource center of wildlife fertility control.

The Institute will specifically focus on the following:

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said: “Despite immense progress on fertility control issues, there is currently no entity with the sole purpose of promoting and advancing this field of wildlife management. The Institute will lead that humane-minded effort, with the goal of revolutionizing the way we manage wildlife around the world.”

Terrance A. Kline, trustee and administrator of the DWBF said: “Dietrich Botstiber’s concern for animal welfare was reflected in his life experiences and in his Indenture of Trust where he authorized the use of funds to prevent cruelty to animals. To that end, we are honored to work with The Humane Society of the United States to establish an institute dedicated to alleviating animal suffering by advancing the use of humane, non-lethal methods for managing wildlife populations around the world.”

For centuries, wildlife populations have been managed using cruel, indiscriminate and archaic methods such as culls, trapping with body-gripping traps and snares, aerial gunning and toxicants (i.e. Compound 1080, sodium cyanide, etc.). In the early 1990s, new technologies showed much success using an immunocontraception vaccine known as porcine zona pellucida to prevent mares from foaling on Assateague Island National Seashore, a unit of the National Park Service. Since then, researchers from around the world have been testing the field applicability of PZP and other contraception methods. They have successfully prevented births of “surplus” zoo animals and the needless killing of wild horses, deer, elephants, birds, bison, elk and others.

 

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated most effective by our peers. For 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read more about our 60 years of transformational change for animals and people. HumaneSociety.org

The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1995 by the late Dietrich W. Botstiber. His charitable intentions were to provide scholarships to talented students of good moral character in the fields of science, technology and commerce; to promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria; and to support programs that prevent cruelty to animals and human beings. The Foundation manages four programs to advance the Botstiber mission. They include the Botstiber Scholars Program at Penn State, the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, Botstiber World Service and the new Botstiber International Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control.

 

Penn State welcomes first four Botstiber Foundation scholars from Africa

Scholarship leads to new opportunities

August 15, 2016 -Earlier this year the Botstiber Foundation and Penn State formalized plans to launch the Botstiber Scholars Program which awards full undergraduate scholarships to select students from sub-Saharan Africa to study in the fields of science, technology and commerce.

“The Botstiber Foundation is providing a life-changing opportunity to young scholars in Sub-Saharan Africa to study at Penn State. It will not only transform their lives, but the ripple effect on their communities cannot be underestimated,” said Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs.

The first cohort of four scholars to University Park have traveled from Zimbabwe, Rwanda and two from Ghana.

“We chose Penn State as our partner for its academic excellence, diverse and inclusive environment, and global perspective,” said Terrance Kline, administrator of the Botstiber Foundation.

Recruiting a pool of select high school students in sub-Saharan Africa was a new challenge. Through a joint effort with Education USA Advisors, Peace Corps Volunteers, Penn State staff, and Global Programs’ own Jessica Gardner, Penn State expanded its reach into the cities, towns, and villages of the continent. Then, a committee consisting of Bostiber Foundation leadership, Penn State faculty and admissions staff evaluated applications from over 15 countries to recommend the first four Botstiber Scholars.

“It was truly a team effort,” said Jennifer Campbell, director of Student Engagement and Operations for Global Programs. “This would not have happened without the office of Admissions, Development, Housing, the Registrar, all working together.”

“After months of recruiting, selection, visas, travel and planning it is wonderful that our Botstiber Scholars have arrived!” said William Shuey, sponsor relations manager in Global Programs. Shuey and his team also manage the Transition Partners who are current international students and will serve as mentors to the Botstiber Scholars.

Every year more than 9,000 international students, scholars and faculty from 140 countries choose Penn State, adding to the vibrant global community in State College. Penn State is ranked as a top 50 world university, according to the Center for World University Rankings, which can be accessed at http://cwur.org/2015/.


The Botstiber Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, except for grant requests to the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies.

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