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Civil Society Leadership Awards 2017

Civil Society Leadership Awards 2017

Open Society Foundation
Masters Degree

Deadline: 15 Sept 2016 (annual)
Study in:  various countries
Course starts Aug/Sept 2017

Brief description:

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.

Host Institution(s):

Host Universities in China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, UK and United States

Level/ Field of study:

Master’s Degree Programme in the following areas:

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

Number of Awards:

Not specified.

Target group:

The awards are available to citizens of the following 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

Scholarship value/inclusions:

CSLA grantees receive full funding for their degree studies, including accommodation and travel to the CSLA summer school prior to their studies, return travel to their host university, a living stipend for the duration of their studies, tuition fees and health insurance, a small fund for professional development, and travel to grantee conferences.


Applicants must meet 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, German, or French) at a level required for admission by partner universities, as evidenced by standardized language test scores
  • • be able to participate in an intensive academic writing program in July or August 2017 and start their degree program in August or September 2017
  • • be able to receive and maintain a visa or study permit as required by the host country
  • • demonstrate a clear commitment to return to their home country or region to continue supporting open society development

Application instructions:

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, Open Society will notify candidates and assist with the university application process. Deadline is 15 September 2016.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:  https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/civil-society-leadership-award-20160708

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