Apply for the Civil Society Leadership Awards Program with CEU

Deadline: 15 September 2015
Open to: applicants with an excellent academic records and a bachelor’s degree from eligible countries
Scholarship: covers university fees, monthly stipend, program-related travel and accident and sickness insurance


Central European University is an English-language, graduate university located in Budapest, Hungary. CEU offers master’s and doctoral programs in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy, business management, economics, environmental sciences and policy, and mathematics. Central European University is one of the participating universities in the Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) program.

The awards 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. 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. Awards are available for master’s degree study at various institutions across the world in  the following areas:

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

Further information about the Program, including a list of participating universities and eligible graduate degree programs, is available HERE.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of an eligible country (see list of eligible countries HERE);
  • Demonstrate maturity, flexibility and civil society leadership potential;
  • Have excellent academic records and a bachelor’s degree awarded before the deadline;
  • Have proficiency in the language of instruction (English, German 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 2016 and start their degree program in August or September 2016;
  • Be able to receive and maintain a visa or study permit as required by the host country;
  • Demonstrate a clear commitment to return to their home country or region to continue supporting open society developement.


Successful applicants will receive the following support:

  • Tuition and mandatory university fees;
  • Monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses;
  • Program-related travel;
  • Accident and sickness insurance during the program;
  • Funds for educational materials and professional development;
  • Attendance at a regional grantee conference;
  • Pre-academic preparation via summer schools in Turkey or Thailand.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2015. Interested applicants must complete and submit an online or paper CSLA application in English to be considered for CSLA support.

  • Online application – All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. To apply online please register HERE, and then follow instructions;
  • Paper applications – may be accessed HERE or by contacting one of the local administrative offices (see list in the official Guidelines).

For more information please visit the official website of CEU, read the official Guidelines or follow the official website.

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