2017 -2018

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2017

The Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) support international academic mobility to enable doctoral students and university faculty to access resources that enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region.


The Awards are open to the following academic populations:

· Doctoral students of eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country; or

· Full-time faculty members (must have a minimum of a Master’s degree) teaching at universities in their home country;

Who are citizens of: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, BELARUS, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Libya, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, or Yemen.


Any subject areas within the social sciences and humanities are eligible, but particularly those related to:

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; and human rights.

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


The Awards support short-term, international academic projects, such as: fieldwork (data collection); research visits to libraries, archives or universities; course/curriculum development; and international research collaborations leading to a peer-reviewed publication.
Requests for support for first year tuition and fees only will be considered on the basis of a clearly demonstrated need from doctoral students who have gained admission to universities outside of their home country.

• Project Duration: Between 2 – 9 Months
• Eligible Dates: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018
• Maximum Funding Requests: Doctoral Students: $10,000; Faculty Members: $15,000.

Competition for CSSA 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.

For more information please consult the full grant announcement available here.