University of Cambridge, Scholarships in Social Sciences and the Humanities

Deadline: 25 November 2011
Open to: Students from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia,  Moldova, Palestine, Serbia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine
Scholarship: The scholarships will cover the University Composition Fee at the overseas rate, approved college fees, a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student, and one return economy airfare to the UK.


The Open Society Foundations/University of Cambridge Scholarships enable students of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Palestine, Serbia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine to obtain a MPhil or LLM degree in a range of subjects within the social sciences and the humanities.

The OSF Cambridge Scholarships is intended to provide opportunities for postgraduate study in selected fields in the United Kingdom for scholars and young professionals who demonstrate both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision makers and opinion formers in their home countries. Applicants should have excellent academic qualifications,a clear and  precise proposal describing what they wish to study, and a fluent command of the English language.
MPhil in Conservation Leadership
MPhil in Education
MPhil in Environmental Science
MPhil in Environment, Society and Development
MPhil in Environmental Policy
MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies
MPhil in Public Health
LLM (Public Law)

Selection Process: Academic staff at the university will consider the applications for university admission and will compile a shortlist of applicants to be interviewed for the scholarship. Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview and an English language test in their home country in May 2012. Interviews will be carried out by representatives of OSF–London, and in certain cases, there may also be a panel member representing the interests of the University. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the scholarship competition in June 2012. Please note that successful applicants will be invited to attend a one-month Academic Writing School organized by Open Society Scholarship Programs in Istanbul in August 2012.


  • Applicants must be citizens of and resident in one of the following countries during the academic year in which they apply for the award: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia,  Moldova, Palestine, Serbia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.
  • Applicants who are temporarily out of the country (for a total period of less than three consecutive months) may be treated as being resident.
  • Demonstrate exceptional academic potential, familiarity with the chosen field of study and clear commitment to open society goals. This requirement will be treated as of considerable importance in the selection process, and applicants should be sure to complete Section B (6) of the Graduate Admission and Scholarship Application Form (GRADSAF) fully and appropriately;
  • Applicants should be planning to return to their home country at the end of the period of study.
  • Already hold (or expect to hold by the time of taking up the award) a first degree of an equivalent standard to a good UK second-class Honours degree.
  • Applicants will be required to have passed an English proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS) before being offered a Scholarship. The minimum requirement for some of the courses available is in TOEFL 600 (250 in the computer-based test) or IELTS 7.0; however most courses require the higher minimum requirement of IELTS 7.5, and some IELTS 8.0. Please refer to the University of Cambridge Graduate Studies Prospectus for further details.
  • A preference will go towards applicants who have not studied previously outside of their home countries.
  • Employees, employees’ relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than two years previously) of the Educational Advising  Centers or local Open Society Foundations representations directly involved in the Open Society Foundations Scholarship Programs administration in the region or of the participating universities will not be eligible to apply.


The scholarships will cover the University Composition Fee at the overseas rate, approved college fees, a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student, and one return economy airfare to the UK. No financial support is provided for dependants or family members.


  • Scholars should obtain information about the relevant degree and its requirements (including English language requirements) by consulting the University’s Graduate Studies website.
  • Application forms.
  • Applicants should  check the requirements for individual courses since additional supporting materials such as written work may be needed.
  • Local representatives of Open Society Foundations will assist you by arranging for your application to be sent to Cambridge,and will also arrange for payment of  the  application fee. Please submit your GRADSAF (including all required supporting materials) to the  address below by 25 November 2011. Please also enclose with your scholarship application form the Self-Assessment Form where by you acknowledge your compliance with the eligibility criteria for this scholarship programme.

For more information:
Inga Pracute, Open Society Foundation-London, email:
or OSF Local Representative Offices:

European Humanities University
Tauro g. 12
LT-10101 Vilnius
Tel: 00370 5 274 0622
Contact person:
Kevin Reiling:

Educational Development Center
“BILIM-Central Asia”
Masanchi St., 83, Almaty
050022, Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 727 2597620 [22]
Fax: +7 727 2597622
Contact persons:
Larissa Gorbunova:

Soros Foundation–Kyrgyzstan
55A Logvinenko Street
Tel: +996 312 663475 ext. 112
Fax: +996 312 663448
Contact person:
Rakia Rustemova:

American Educational Center—Youth Educational Forum
Library “Brakja Miladinovci”
Partizanski odredi 22
Skopje 1000
Tel:   +389 2 3112 464
Fax: +389 2 3224 981
Contact person:
Bojana Nizamovska:

Educational Advising Center
str. Puskin, 16, Chisinau, MD 2012
Tel/Fax: (373 22)221167, (373 22)221172
Contact person:
Angela Muset, Scholarship Program Director:

Palestine- TBC

Belgrade Open School
Masarikova 5/XVI
Tel. (381 11) 3061 371
Fax (381 11) 3613 112
Contact person:
Jelena Babic:

The Official Website

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