Deadline: 15 December 2014
Open to: citizens of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Grant: tuition and mandatory university fees, monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses, program-related travel, accident and sickness insurance
The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully funded 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.
CSLA directly assists future leaders in countries where civil society is challenged by a deficit of democratic practice in local governance and social development. Awards are available for master’s degree study in the following fields at universities participating in the CSLA program:
- Development Studies;
- Public Health & Health Management;
- Education Management & Leadership;
- Law & Human Rights;
- Public Policy & Administration;
- Environment & Natural Resource Management;
- Social Work & Social Policy;
- Politics & International Studies;
- Other select Humanities & Social Sciences.
Please see the accompanying guidelines for a full list of eligible fields of study at participating universities.
Scholarship Open for citizens of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:
- Be a citizen of an eligible country;
- Demonstrate maturity, flexibility, and civil society leadership potential;
- Have excellent academic records and an earned bachelor’s degree before applying;
- Have proficiency in the language of instruction (English or French) at the desired university program, as evidenced by standardized language test scores;
- Be able to participate in an intensive academic writing program in July or August 2015 and start their degree program in August or September 2015;
- 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.
CSLA is a fully funded award for master’s level study. Successful applicants will receive the following support:
- Tuition and mandatory university fees
- Monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses
- Programme-related travel
- Accident and sickness insurance during the programme
- Funds for educational materials and professional development
- All costs associated with an annual student conference
- Possible internship support
Interested applicants must complete and submit an online or paper CSLA application in English to be considered for CSLA support. Please note that some universities require a separate application for graduate study at that institution. In these cases, the Open Society Foundations will notify candidates and assist with the university application process.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the CSLA scholarship online. Please register for the , then follow the instructions.
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