Civil Society Leadership Awards 2018/2019 for Social Change Agents (Fully Funded Master’s Degree Scholarships)

Application Deadline: July 15th 2017

The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provides 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Demonstrate maturity, flexibility, and civil society leadership potential
  • Have a bachelor’s degree awarded before July 15, 2017 and an excellent academic record
  • Demonstrate professional experience in a relevant area
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the language of instruction (English, German or French) at a level required for admission by host universities
  • Be able to participate in an intensive pre-academic summer school in July or August 2018 and start their degree program in August or September 2018
  • Be able to receive and maintain a visa or study permit as required by the host country
  • Demonstrate a clear commitment to return to their home country or region to continue supporting open society development

The awards are available to citizens of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Cambodia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Myanmar/Burma
  • Republic of Congo
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan


CSLA grantees will receive financial and administrative support for the following:
  • Pre-academic preparation via summer schools;
  • Program-related travel;
  • Tuition and mandatory university fees;
  • Monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses;
  • Accident and sickness insurance during the program;
  • Funds for educational materials and professional development;
  • Attendance at a regional Scholarship Programs conference;
  • Accommodations during the application process and the duration of the grant for applicants with disabilities.

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 Policy & Administration
  • Social Work & Social Policy

Selection and Notification Cycle

  • Applications must be submitted by midnight, July 15, 2017, Eastern Daylight Time.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status via email in September 2017.
  • Applicants selected as semi-finalists will be invited for an in-person, Skype, or telephone interview to be held in October or November 2017.
  • Semi-finalists will be required to take an official language test by the end of November 2017; all candidates invited to an interview are entitled to one (1) language test, arranged and paid for by CSLA.
  • CSLA will have a final selection meeting in November 2017, and results will be sent via e-mail by mid-December 2017.
  • Finalists will be notified of their recommended host university placement; some finalists may be asked to submit separate applications to potential host universities at this time.
  • CLSA will confirm placement of finalists at a CSLA host university and the CSLA grant will be offered via email in Spring 2018.

Download Files:

Online Application

All candidates are strongly encouraged to apply online if possible using Submittable, an online platform. To apply online, please register on Submittable and then follow instructions.

Paper Application

Paper applications may be accessed in the Download Files section of this page. Please download the application form before completing or printing, and review the accompanying materials before submitting your application.

If you have further questions, please first consult the Frequently Asked Questions. If you do not find answers there, you may email us at [email protected].

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Civil Society Leadership Awards 2018/2019


  1. I have Degree in Broadcasting and Journalism, i want scholarship to further my studies to do masters what can i do?

  2. Hi! it is very good opportune; and I am searching for it if there Water resources and irrigation engineering field of study. Thank you

  3. my name is lemlem tesfaye in am from Ethiopia. i have bachelor degree in medical laboratory technologist now i wanna to enjoy free scholarship program please accept me, thank you for all.

  4. my name is yakob degnet i am iterested to learn your institution by Environmental and Natural Resource mamagment.


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