The purpose of the Program is to identify and support future civil society leaders to engage in local governance and social development.  For students from the People’s Republic of China, awards are available for master’s degree study at various institutions across the world in the following areas:

• Journalism & Media Studies

• Human Rights

• Law (including Human Rights law)

• Social Policy

Applicants must select a field of study that falls within the general categories listed above. 

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 a bachelor's degree awarded before the application deadline; 
  • 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 partner universities;
  • be able to participate in an intensive academic writing program in July or August 2017 and start their degree program in August or September 2017; 
  • 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 CSLA program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.  

CSLA Host Universities

Finalists are matched with universities according to their chosen area of specialization, academic profile, and professional aspirations. Final decisions concerning host university placement are made by the program selection committee, which includes university admissions staff and faculty, although finalists may be asked their preference. CSLA partners with universities worldwide. Although the list of schools changes yearly, possible partners for Chinese CSLA Finalists included: 

  • College of Business, Public Policy and Law, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Syracuse University, New York, United States
  • Washington College of Law, American University, Washington D.C., United States

If you have further questions about the process before or after applying, please feel free to complete our online Inquiry Form

To apply for the 2017 CSLA Program, please complete the application below.