The Civil Society Leadership Awards is now open for submission

Deadline: 15 May 2019

Open Society Foundation is seeking applications for its Civil Society Leadership Awards to provide fully-funded scholarships for master’s degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities.

Areas of Study

Awards are available for study in the following areas:

  • Communications, Journalism & Media
  • Culture, History & Society
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Education Management & Leadership
  • Environment & Natural Resource Management
  • Gender Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Law (including Human Rights law)
  • Politics & International Studies
  • Public Health Policy & Health Management
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work

CSLA Award Structure

CSLA grantees will receive financial and administrative support for the following:

  • Pre-academic preparation via summer schools;
  • Program-related travel to/from Host University;
  • Tuition and mandatory university fees;
  • Monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses;
  • Accident and sickness insurance during the program;
  • Funds for educational materials and professional development;
  • Attendance at a regional Scholarship Programs conference;
  • Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
    • be a citizen of an eligible country;
    • demonstrate maturity, flexibility, and civil society leadership potential
    • have an earned bachelor’s degree as of May 15, 2019 with an excellent academic record;
    • demonstrate professional experience related to their chosen field of study;
    • demonstrate proficiency in the language of instruction (English, German or French) at a level required for admission by host universities;
    • be able to participate in an intensive pre-academic summer school in July or August 2020 and start their degree program in August or September 2020;
    • be able to receive and maintain a visa or study permit as required by the host country; and
    • demonstrate a clear commitment to their home country or region to strengthen open society development.
  • The Open Society Foundations and Scholarship Programs are committed to equal opportunity, and exercise that policy in relation to all admissions processes. CSLA does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

For more information, please visit https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/civil-society-leadership-award

  • Avatar Charlie says:

    Can Solomon Islands be included?

  • Avatar Tazo E. Teke says:

    What was open society criteria for selecting these countries? Why is Cameroon not in the list?

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Tazo E. Teke,

      Unfortunately, Cameroon is not eligible for this program. Please find some great opportunities for Cameroon by visiting https://www2.fundsforngos.org/tag/cameroon/

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

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