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Civil Society Leadership Awards Scholarship 2020 (Fully Funded)

Civil Society Leadership Awards Scholarship 2020 (Fully Funded)

Fully Funded
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The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully-funded scholarships for 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.

Moreover, the competition for the Civil Society Leadership Awards is open and merit-based. Selection is based on an applicant’s fit with the program’s objectives as well as the graduate admissions criteria of the participating universities. Academic excellence, professional aptitude, leadership potential in the field of specialization, proven commitment to open society values, and appropriate language proficiency are all important factors in the evaluation.

The Open Society Foundations and Scholarship Programs are committed to equal opportunity and exercise that policy in relation to all admissions processes. In any case, CSLA does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Moreover, the awards are available for study in the following areas:

  • Communications, Journalism & Media
  • Culture, History & Society
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Education Management & Leadership
  • Environment & Natural Resource Management
  • Gender Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Law (including Human Rights law)
  • Politics & International Studies
  • Public Health Policy & Health Management
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a citizen of an eligible country;
  • demonstrate maturity, flexibility, and civil society leadership potential
  • Likewise, have an earned bachelor’s degree as of May 15, 2019, with an excellent academic record;
  • similarly, demonstrate professional experience related to your chosen field of study;
  • Additionally, demonstrate proficiency in the language of instruction (English, German or French) at a level required for admission by host universities;
  • Moreover, be able to participate in an intensive pre-academic summer school in July or August 2020 and start their degree program in August or September 2020;
  • Similarly, be able to receive and maintain a visa or study permit as required by the host country; and
  • Also, demonstrate a clear commitment to their home country or region to strengthen open society development.


  • Photocopy of the picture page of all valid passports or national IDs in your possession
  • Likewise, Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English.
  • Similarly, Academic and Professional Recommendation Letters
  • University Transcripts
  • Also, Evidence of Competence in Intended Language of Instruction

How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete an online or paper CSLA application with supporting documentation. Separate university applications are not due at this time. However, you may need a separate application at later stages in the competition. Should the need arise, CSLA staff will advise you.

Online Application

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply online, if possible, using the online Grantee Communities Portal. To apply online, please register on the Portal and follow the instructions. Further, a step by step guide and helpful information on how to use the Portal can be found on this online support resource.

However, if you find the Portal inaccessible, or you wish to complete an application in French, you
must complete a paper application.

Paper Application

The paper application may be accessed here or by contacting one of the administrative offices (see below). Please download the application form in Word before completing or printing, and review the accompanying materials before submitting your application.

Once your paper application has been received, CSLA staff will upload it to the Portal and you will receive an automated email notification to confirm we have received it.

You may submit Paper applications by mail, or by email to [email protected]

Mailed applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2019, and sent to either the New York or London address listed below:

New York Address

Scholarship Programs

224 West 57th Street

New York, NY

10019, USA


London Address

Scholarship Programs

Millbank Tower, 7th Floor

21-24 Millbank, London




Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline15 May,2019
Open toAll Nationalities
OrganizerThe Open Society Foundations
Contact the organizer+1-212-548-0600



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