Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Open Society Scholarship Programs is inviting citizens of eligible developing countries who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities, to apply for the Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) 2019-2020, which awards Masters degree scholarships for studies at participating universities, in the fields of: communications, journalism and media; culture, history, and society; development studies; economics; education management and leadership; environment and natural resource management; gender studies; human rights; law (including human rights law); politics and international studies; public health policy and health management; public policy and administration; and social work and social policy.

The studies are to be undertaken at participating universities, which currently are in Hong Kong, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, The Netherlands, Poland, UK and USA (see the Official Website for detailed list of participating universities and eligible Masters programs).


This is a fully funded scholarship for the duration of the Masters degree studies, including accommodation for the application process and for the duration of the grant for applicants with disabilities, pre-academic preparation via summer schools, program-related travel, tuition and mandatory university fees, payment of a monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses, accident and sickness insurance during the program, funds for educational materials and professional development, and attendance at a regional Scholarship Programs conference.


Applicants must be citizens of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Myanmar, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, with excellent academic records and a Bachelors degree awarded before 15 May 2018.

They have to demonstrate maturity, flexibility, and civil society leadership potential and a clear commitment to returning to their home country or region to continue supporting open society development. Applicants have to be proficient in the language of instruction (English, German or French), and be able to participate in an pre-academic summer school in July or August 2019 and start their Masters degree program in August or September 2019. They have to be able to  receive and maintain a visa or study permit.

The following fields of study are ineligible: business administration or management; engineering; foreign language teaching; finance; medical sciences; and physical sciences.


Applications are to be submitted online or via email by 15 May 2018.

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