Open Society Foundation Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) 2019/2020 for Doctoral Students & University Faculty.

Application Deadline: March 29th 2019

The Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) support international academic mobility to enable doctoral students and university faculty to access resources that enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region.

Civil Society Scholars are selected on the basis of their outstanding contributions to research or other engagement with local communities, to furthering debates on challenging societal questions, and to strengthening critical scholarship and academic networks within their fields.

Eligibility Criteria

The awards are open to the following academic populations:

  • doctoral students of eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country
  • full-time faculty members (must have a minimum of a master’s degree) teaching at universities in their home country

Candidates must be citizens of the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Libya, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, or Yemen. 

  • Project duration: between two and 12 months
  • Project location: projects must take place outside of the country of the applicant’s current residence
  • Eligible dates: September 1, 2019–August 31, 2020
  • Maximum funding requests: $15,000

Application Guideline:

Guidelines

Competition for the CSSA awards is merit-based. Selection will be made on the basis of proven academic excellence, a clear and justifiable need for international travel to complete the research project, and relevance of the project to the development of open society in the applicant’s home country. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to check the visa requirements of the host country (including the minimum level of funding required) before applying to the program.  

Detailed guidelines on the conditions of these awards are available in the Download Files section.

Online Applications

Applicants are strongly advised to submit their application online.

Paper Applications

For those wishing to submit a paper application, an application form and budget/timeline template can be downloaded from the Download Files section.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Open Society Foundation Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) 2019/2020

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