Applications are invited for Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) available for fully funded master’s degree study at universities participating in the CSLA program. Awards are available to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities.
The Open Society Foundation provides modern educational and research environments that will enable students and researchers to face current challenges and to focus on knowledge as a principle driving force for development.
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
Applicants must 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.
Course Level: Awards are available for pursuing master degree study at host universities across the world.
Study Subject: Awards are available for master’s degree study in the following fields at host universities across the world:
- communications and media
- culture, history, and society
- development studies
- education management and leadership
- environment and natural resource management
- human rights and/or gender studies
- law (including human rights law)
- politics and international studies
- public health policy and health management
- public policy and administration
- social work and social policy.
Scholarship Award: Successful applicants will receive the following support:
- Tuition and mandatory university fees;
- Monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses;
- Program-related travel;
- Accident and sickness insurance during the program;
- Funds for educational materials and professional development;
- Attendance at a regional grantee conference;
- Pre-academic preparation via summer schools.
Scholarship can be taken in China, France, Hungary, India, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, UK and USA
Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:
CSLA does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
The awards are available to citizens of the following countries:
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Republic of Congo
- South Sudan
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.
Nationality: Awards are 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, and Uzbekistan.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have excellent academic records and an earned bachelor’s degree before applying.
English language Requirements: All applicants who do not have a valid language test score (taken within the past 2 years) and who are invited to an interview will be advised to take a language test in November 2015. You will be advised by program staff of the appropriate test and a timeline for taking the test. For candidates who wish to study at a CSLA host university in the United Kingdom, an IELTS test is mandatory, as the TOEFL is not accepted. Other universities generally accept both IELTS and TOEFL. For universities in France offering study in the French language, semi-finalists will need to have evidence of one of the following tests of French language competence at a satisfactory level: Test de connaissance du français (TCF); Test d’évaluation de français (le TEF); Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF); or the Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF). Exceptions are made for citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as French is recognized as the official language of instruction. For universities in Germany, programs with instruction in English usually accept TOEFL and may recognize IELTS results. For programs with instruction in German, candidates may be requested to take a TestDaf examination.
How to Apply: Electronic applications and all supporting materials should be submitted to csla-at-infoscholar.org by September 15, 2016.
Application Deadline: Application deadline is September 15, 2016.