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 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
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- be a citizen of an eligible country (Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Azerbaijan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan);
- demonstrate maturity, flexibility and civil society leadership potential;
- have excellent academic records and a bachelor's degree awarded before the deadline;
- 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 partner universities;
- 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.
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.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the CSLA scholarship online.
The application and reference forms can be found in the Download Files section of this page.
Electronic applications and all supporting materials should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2016.
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