The Civil Society Scholar Awards 2021

Deadline: 22 July 2020
Open to: doctoral students of eligible fields or full-time faculty members (must have a minimum of a master’s degree)
Benefits: fully funded


The Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) support doctoral students and university faculty to undertake academic projects that will enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region.

CSSA will prioritize research applications addressing issues related to defense against rising authoritarianism; sustainable development, climate action, and mitigating the effects of climate change; economic justice and worker rights; information democracy; and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an applicant’s home country or region. Please note that CSSA supports applications from scholars within the social sciences and humanities only.

Civil Society Scholars are selected on the basis of their outstanding academic record as well as their active engagement with local communities, their potential to champion open society values in their home regions, and their ability strengthen critical scholarship and academic networks within their fields. Proposals may include international travel, but this is no longer required.


The Awards are open to the following academic populations:

  • Ph.D. students of the social sciences and humanities studying at universities inside or outside of their home country,
  • Full-time faculty members in the social sciences and humanities (minimum of a Master’s degree) teaching at universities in their home country.
  • Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Libya, North Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Palestine, Rwanda, Serbia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen.


Applicants can request for funding up to USD 15,000.

How to apply?

For more information and to apply, please visit this website.