The Open Society Foundations is currently seeking applications for the Civil Society Scholars Awards (CSSA).
The Scholarship Programs’ Civil Society Scholar Awards support doctoral students and university faculty to undertake academic projects that will enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region.
CSSA will prioritize research applications addressing issues related to defense against rising authoritarianism; sustainable development, climate action, and mitigating the effects of climate change; economic justice and worker rights; information democracy; and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an applicant’s home country or region. Please note that CSSA supports applications from scholars within the social sciences and humanities only.
Maximum funding requests: $15,000.
Project duration: between three and 10 months.
Open Society Foundation looks to support academic research conducted within any field of the social sciences and humanities, but will prioritize research which specifically addresses pressing societal issues within the following themes, broadly defined:
- defense against rising authoritarianism
- sustainable development, climate action, and mitigating the effects of climate change
- economic justice and worker rights
- information democracy
- addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an applicant’s home country or region
The program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, pregnancy and maternity, or marriage and/or civil partnership.
Ineligible Fields Include
Business administration, management training, computer science, finance/banking, marketing, engineering, hard sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, etc.), mathematics, medical sciences or teaching English as a foreign language/language instruction.
The awards are open to the following academic populations:
- Doctoral students of eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country
- Full-time faculty members (must have a minimum of a master’s degree) teaching at universities in their home country
- Candidates must be citizens of the following countries:
- Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Libya, North Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Palestine, Rwanda, Serbia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
- Ineligible fields include: business administration, management training, computer science, finance/banking, marketing, engineering, hard sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, etc.), mathematics, medical sciences, or teaching English as a foreign language/language instruction.
- Applicants with permanent resident status in, or dual citizenship with, Australia, Canada, the European Union, New Zealand, Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States are not eligible to apply.
- Students or faculty currently enrolled in master’s degree programs are not eligible to apply.
For more information, visit https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/civil-society-scholar-awards