Open Society Civil Society Scholar Awards 2016/2017 for International Academic Mobility

Application Deadline:February 15, 2016

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 Open Society Foundation believe in taking on controversial issues and supporting bold, innovative solutions that address root causes and advance systemic change. We also believe in encouraging critical debate and respecting diverse opinions.  Universities play a key role in advancing these aims and are a vital part of civil society.

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.


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 (must have a minimum of a master’s degree) teaching at universities in their home country;

Who are citizens of: 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, 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. 

Supported Grant Activities:

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 a peer-reviewed publication. 

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.

·         Project Duration: Between 2 – 9 Months

·         Eligible Dates: August 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017

·         Maximum Funding Requests:  Doctoral Students: $10,000; Faculty Members: $15,000.

Ineligible fields include: Business Administration, Management Training, Computer Science, Finance/Banking, Marketing, Engineering, Hard Sciences (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, etc.), Mathematics, Medical Sciences or Teaching English as a foreign language/language instruction.

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.

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Visit the Official Webpage of the Open Society Civil Society Scholar Awards 2016 



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