Ends on July 15, 2017

To apply for the 2018 Civil Society Leadership Awards, please complete the application below.

For French application materials, please email csla@infoscholar.org.


The purpose of the Program is to directly assist future leaders in countries where civil society is challenged by a deficit of democratic practice in local governance and social development.

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of an eligible country;
  • Demonstrate maturity, flexibility and civil society leadership potential;
  • Have a bachelor's degree awarded before July 15, 2017 and an excellent academic record;
  • 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 host universities;
  • Be able to participate in an intensive pre-academic summer school in July or August 2018 and start their degree program in August or September 2018;
  • 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.

Eligibility – Citizenship

Civil Society Leadership Awards are available to citizens of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Myanmar/Burma
  • Republic of Congo
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

 Eligibility – Field of Study

On the application you will be asked to indicate your general field of study as well as specific programs within that general field based on our Host University Guide. Awards are available for study in the following areas:

  • Communications, Journalism & Media
  • Culture, History & Society
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Education Management & Leadership
  • Environment & Natural Resource Management
  • Gender Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Law (including Human Rights law)
  • Politics & International Studies
  • Public Health Policy & Health Management
  • Public Policy & Administration
  • Social Work & Social Policy

For example:

  • Those interested in studying Climate Change or Risk and Environmental Hazard would select Environment and Natural Resource Management.
  • Those interested in studying Arts Management, Indigenous Literature, Sociology or Anthropology, select Culture, History & Society.
  • Those interested in studying Disability Rights in a legal context, select Law. Those interested in studying Disability Rights in a sociological context, select Human Rights or Social Policy.

The following fields of study are NOT eligible:

  • Business administration or management
  • Engineering
  • Foreign  language teaching
  • Finance
  • Medical sciences
  • Physical sciences

Additional Support

For more detailed guidelines, please click here

For our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please click here.

For our How to Apply & Checklist, please click here.

For our Host University Guide, please click here

For our Disability Accommodations Questionnaire, please click here

For our Recommendation Form, click here

The CSLA program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.  

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