Civil Society Scholar Awards

The Open Society Foundations Scholarship Programs are pleased to announce the Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) support international academic mobility to enable doctoral students and university faculty to access resources essential to their professional development as a scholar, teacher, or public intellectual. The awards support innovative projects that will enrich research, facilitate the exchange of ideas, and help build international networks.

Eligibility Criteria

Doctoral students of eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country, and full-time faculty members (master’s degree required) teaching at universities in their home country.
Eligible fields of study generally fall within the social sciences and humanities. Proposals related to the following subject areas are particularly welcome:

  • 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;
  • human rights.

Applicants must be currently affiliated with an academic institution, and projects must be clearly linked to current research and teaching responsibilities.

Ineligibility Criteria

Applicants with permanent resident status, dual citizenship, and/or asylum seekers in the country of the host academic institution are not eligible to apply.
Students or faculty currently enrolled in master’s degree programs are also not eligible to apply.
Ineligible fields of study include business administration, management training, computer science, finance/banking, marketing, engineering, natural sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, etc.), mathematics, medical sciences, or teaching English as a foreign language/language instruction.
Travel grants for conference attendance unrelated to the proposed project will not be considered, and applicants may not request grant assistance for the support of federal and/or state taxes; computer hardware, software or other computer-related equipment; automobile-related expenses.

Guidelines All applicants are required to submit the

Preliminary application form and a CV by April 27, 2014.
Completed paper applications are available from and can be submitted in hard-copy format to the office of Alliance for Social Dialogue. Alternatively, applications may be emailed to:

All applications received will be reviewed at the Open Society Foundations’ London and New York offices by a selection committee composed of Open Society staff. All applications will be acknowledged.

The committee will choose semi-finalists and notify them of their status by early May 2014. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit supporting materials

such as a selection of essays, transcripts, and letters of recommendation by late May 2014. 

The selection committee, composed of international experts and staff will then select finalists, who will be informed of their status by late June 2014.
Competition for these 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.
The program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Further details regarding the program, application guidelines, and a downloadable paper application may be found by visiting  opensocietyfoundations