The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully funded 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.
CSLA directly assists future leaders in countries where civil society is challenged by a deficit of democratic practice in local governance and social development. Awards are available for master’s degree study in the following fields at universities participating in the CSLA program:
- Development Studies;
- Public Health & Health Management;
- Education Management & Leadership;
- Law & Human Rights;
- Public Policy & Administration;
- Environment & Natural Resource Management;
- Social Work & Social Policy;
- Politics & International Studies;
- Other select Humanities & Social Sciences.
- CSLA does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a citizen of an eligible country;
- Demonstrate maturity, flexibility, and civil society leadership potential;
- Have excellent academic records and an earned bachelor’s degree before applying;
- Have proficiency in the language of instruction (English or French) at the desired university program, as evidenced by standardized language test scores;
- Be able to participate in an intensive academic writing program in July or August 2015 and start their degree program in August or September 2015;
- Be able to receive and maintain a visa or study permit as required by the host country; and
- Demonstrate a clear commitment to return to their home country or region to continue supporting open society development.
The award does not provide:
- funding for applicants from any country not listed above;
- funding for foreign language teaching degrees, business administration, physical sciences, engineering, or medical degrees;
- funding for courses or universities not listed in the full guidelines;
- funding for dependent family members;
- funding for individuals receiving other Open Society–funded individual grants during the fellowship period;
- funding for employees of Open Society Foundations directly involved in the administration of scholarship programs.
.The awards are available to citizens of the following countries:
- Democratic Republic of Congo;
- Equatorial Guinea;
- Republic of Congo;
- South Sudan;
How to apply
- Interested applicants must complete and submit an online or paper CSLA application in English to be considered for CSLA support. Please note that some universities require a separate application for graduate study at that institution. In these cases, the Open Society Foundations will notify candidates and assist with the university application process.
Deadline: Application closes on December 15, 2014