2015/2016 Open Society Civil Society Scholar Awards for International Academic Mobility

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Application Deadline: MARCH 2, 2015
  • Project duration: 2–10 months
  • Eligible dates: August 1, 2015–August 31, 2016
  • Maximum funding requests: $10,000 for doctoral students; $15,000 for faculty members
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.

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

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 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.

SUBJECT AREAS:
Any subject areas within the social sciences and humanities are eligible, but particularly those related to:
law, justice, and governance; sustainable development and natural resource management; economic rights and empowerment of the poor; public health, social work and community development;
new media law and policy; inclusive education; post- conflict studies; and human rights.
  • Project duration: 2–10 months
  • Eligible dates: August 1, 2015–August 31, 2016
  • Maximum funding requests: $10,000 for doctoral students; $15,000 for faculty members

Selection:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to enquire with host institutions to investigate the minimum levels of funding required for visa issuance before applying to the program.
Competition for 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.
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.

All Applicants:

1.      Completed Application Form  (online or hard copy);

2.      Copy of the identification pages of your passport/any visas you hold for the country in which you studying;

3.      Scan of current official graduate school transcript (doctoral applicants) or the final transcript of highest degree obtained (faculty applicants);

4.      A letter of invitation from a faculty member or senior administrator at the institution where your research will take place, if applicable (scanned and attached to application).

Doctoral Student Applicants Must Also Provide:

1.      An official letter from your institution confirming your enrollment status, department, and expected completion date (scanned and attached to application);

2.      A personal reference letter from an academic or professional in your field in your home country who can speak to your accomplishments, future aspirations, and ties to your home country (scanned and attached to application or submitted by e-mail).

3.      An academic reference letter from your academic supervisor supporting the research for which you seek funding (submitted online directly by the recommender, or submitted in original hard copy or submitted by e-mail).

For first-year doctoral students who have not started their programs, an academic reference letter from your previous professor/supervisor will suffice.

Faculty Applicants:

1.      An official letter from your institution of employment endorsing the proposed time away from your position (scanned and attached to application);

2.      An academic reference letter from a senior colleague in your field with direct knowledge of your work and your proposed research topic (submitted online directly by the recommender, or submitted in original hard copy or submitted by e-mail).

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