Apply for Open Society Foundations’ Civil Society Leadership Awards!

Deadline: 15 July 2017

Applications are now open for Open Society Foundations’ Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA), providing 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 Policy & Administration
  • Social Work & Social Policy

Award Structure

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

  • Pre-academic preparation via summer schools;  Program-related travel;
  • 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;
  • Accommodations during the application process and the duration of the grant for applicants with disabilities.

Eligibility Criteria

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate maturity, flexibility and civil society leadership potential;
  • Have a bachelor’s degree awarded before July 15, 2017 and an excellent academic record;
  • Demonstrate professional experience in a relevant area;
  • 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 2018 and start their degree program in August or September 2018;
  • Be able to receive and maintain a visa or study permit as required by the host country; and
  • Demonstrate a clear commitment to return to their home country or region to continue supporting open society development.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit applications online via given website.

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

For more information, please visit CSLA.

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