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Doctoral Research Open Society Civil Society Scholar Awards for African Students and Faculties

Application Deadline: 31st March 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the Open Society Civil Society Scholar Awards for Doctoral Research Students and Faculties. Interested students should see the details below.


Scholarship Details and FAQs

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.

When is the application deadline?

31st March 2018

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?


Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

See Below

What is the category of this opportunity?

Research Grants, Awards

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

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 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.

What are the selection criteria?

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.

Requests for support for first-year tuition and fees only will be considered on the basis of a clearly demonstrated need from doctoral students who have gained admission to universities outside of their home country.

Selected grantees may be invited by CSSA to attend short-term trainings/summer school, and a participant conference during the grant period. Travel costs and accommodation for these events will be covered by CSSA.

How many scholarship awards are available?

Not specified

What is the value of the program?

Maximum funding requests: $10,000 for doctoral students; $15,000 for faculty members.

The awards support short-term, international academic projects, such as: fieldwork (data collection); research visits to libraries, archives, or universities; course/curriculum development; and international research collaborations leading to peer-reviewed publication.

Duration of Program

  • Project duration: between two and nine months
  • Eligible dates: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019

How to Apply for the Programme

Detailed guidelines on the conditions of these awards are available in the Program Webpage link below.

  • 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.

Program Webpage

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