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Open Society Foundation Civil Society Scholar Funds 2020/2021 For Doctoral Students and University Faculties

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The Open Society Foundation is offering Civil Society Scholar Awards support doctoral students and university faculty to undertake academic projects. The Scholarship program’s Civil Society Scholar award will be provided on the basis of scholars outstanding academic record while undertake academic projects that will enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region

Civil Society Scholars awards, Scholars will be selected by the foundation on the criteria that scholars have excellence academic record as well as their active participation and contribution to local communities, their potential to champion open society values in their home regions, and their ability strengthen critical scholarship and academic networks within their fields.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Open Society Foundation Civil Society Scholar awards is July 20, 2020.


The Civil Society Scholar award has a maximum funding request of $15,000

We look to support academic research conducted within any field of the social sciences and humanities, but will prioritize research which specifically addresses pressing societal issues within the following themes, broadly defined:

  • Defense against rising authoritarianism
  • Sustainable development, climate action, and mitigating the effects of climate change
  • Economic justice and worker rights
  • Information democracy
  • Addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an applicant’s home country or region

Degree Level: Doctorate (Ph.D.)

Project duration: between 3 and 10 months

Eligible dates: March 1, 2021—December 31, 2021

Location: Candidates Home Country

Requirements and Eligibility Criteria

The awards are open to the following academic scholars: Applicants applying for the Scholarship program’s Civil Society Scholar award must be

doctoral students of eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country

Candidates must be nationals of any of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Libya, North Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Palestine, Rwanda, Serbia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.

full-time faculty members (must have a minimum of a master’s degree) teaching at universities in their home country

How to Apply for Open Society Foundation Civil Society Scholar Awards

Applicants are strongly advised to see the closing deadline July 22, 2020.

Application Procedure

Online Applications

Applicants are strongly advised to submit their application online (link is provided below).

Paper Applications

For those applicants wishing to submit a paper application, can be download application form . Find more details on submitting applications on the scholar’s award guidelines.

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Click here to apply for the  Open Foundation Society,  Civil Society Scholar Awards.

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