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Open Society Scholarship Programs

The Open Society Scholarship Programs fund the participation of students, scholars, and professionals from the former Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East in rigorous, competitive academic programs outside of their home countries. Scholarship Programs work to revitalize and reform the teaching of the social sciences and humanities, provide professional training in fields unavailable or underrepresented at institutions in the countries served, and assist outstanding students from a range of backgrounds to pursue their studies in alternative academic and cultural environments.

The program has a long history of supporting innovative scholars who have made extraordinary contributions to their countries in fields ranging from education to human rights to economics, and beyond.

Scholarship Programs also work to drive social change by helping participants stay connected and aware of developemts in their fields of interest through alumuni grants, spring conferences, program listservs, and a biannual newsletter.

Scholarship Programs operate on the basis of cost-sharing relationships with universities, private donors, and government programs and agencies from England, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Canada and the United States.

Approximately 800 awards are offered in over 30 countries annually, with open, merit-based competitions administered via a network of OSF-supported educational advising centers, regional offices of partner organizations, and national Soros foundation offices.

Since the late 1980s, over 15,000 individuals have benefited from the academic support channeled through the Scholarship Programs. Recent scholarship recipients from Afghanistan and Uzbekistan completed graduate degree programs in communications and law and have worked on human rights issues and developing projects to advance inclusive education and rights for individuals with disabilities in Central Asia.

Alumni grants projects have focused on developing social work curricula to build awareness of HIV and AIDS in Mongolia, and training workshops on public speaking and debate methodology for secondary school teachers and students in Belarus. Over the years, some scholarships have been discontinued or have come under the purview of other institutions.

The Soros Supplementary Grant Program assisted citizens of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia who were pursuing advanced study within this region but outside of their home countries. The Palestinian Faculty Development Program (PFDP) sought to increase capacity within the higher education sector in the West Bank/Gaza by supporting PhD, short-term visiting fellowships for faculty members and scholars pursuing MA studies in Education from Palestinian universities at U.S. host institutions. Information about the Roma Memorial University Scholarship Program can now be found on the Roma Memorial University Scholarship Program website.

The primary focus areas of the Scholarship Programs are listed below. Please select an individual focus area for additional information.



Afghan Communications Scholarship
The Afghan Communications Scholarship provides fully funded fellowships to qualified citizens of Afghanistan.

Alumni Grant Program
The program offers grants to Scholarship Programs alumni to further expand the knowledge gained during their fellowship and make a positive contribution to their home country.

Centre National des Œuvres Universitaires et Scolaires
The French government program for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan offers awards for postgraduate study at universities in France, thanks to cooperation between the Open Society Foundations and the Centre National des Œuvres Universitaires et Scolaires.

Civil Service Awards
The Civil Service Awards of the Open Society Foundations offer fellowships for master’s degree study, providing professional training and development to public-sector employees engaged in policy analysis and implementation. Currently the program is offered in Georgia and Moldova.

DAAD-OSI Program
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Open Society Scholarship Programs cosponsor a scholarship program for graduate students in the Balkans and graduate students and junior faculty in the Transcaucasian and Central Asian countries of the former Soviet Union.

Doctoral Fellows Program
The Open Society Foundations Doctoral Fellows Program is a flexible program designed to provide the highest research and teaching qualifications to individuals from Georgia and Kyrgyzstan who are positioned to become leading scholars in the social sciences and humanities.

EARTH University Scholarships
The Open Society Foundations provide undergraduate scholarships for students from Haiti, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to study at EARTH University in Costa Rica.

Faculty Development Fellowship
Faculty Development Fellowships are offered to outstanding faculty in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Georgia Program for Education Professionals
The Georgia Program for Education Professionals offers fellowships for master’s degree study in the United States for individuals from Georgia.

Global Faculty Grants Program
Global Faculty Grants Program offers grants for mid-career and senior level faculty from select countries of the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Nepal to visit Western universities

Global Supplementary Grant Program
The Global Supplementary Grant Program offers supplementary grants to doctoral students from selected countries of Southeastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Mongolia, the Middle/Near East, and South Asia.

Middle East Rule of Law Masters Scholarship
The Middle East Rule of Law Masters Scholarship offers qualified applicants from Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria the opportunity for scholarships in the fields of public policy and public administration, media and communications studies, law (Master of Laws-LLM), and gender studies at universities within the United States.

Open Society Foundations Scholarships in European Studies
This program offers European Studies fellowships at Maastricht and Aarhus Universities to scholars from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and the Ukraine.

Social Work Fellowship Program
The Social Work Fellowship Masters Program supports individuals from Jordan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to complete a two year graduate program in social work at an American University.

South Asia Scholarship Program
The South Asia Scholarship Program provides full fellowships to qualified citizens of Afghanistan and Nepal to complete graduate degrees in sustainable development, counseling, and law.

Supplementary Grant Program Asia
The program funds students enrolled in academic programs primarily in Asia and who are likely to return to Burma to work toward its democratic and economic rebirth.

UK Scholarship Programs
The Open Society Foundations support scholarships, generally in the social sciences and humanities, for students and scholars from select countries in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Mongolia, and the former Soviet Union to study at graduate institutions in the UK.

Undergraduate Exchange Program
The Undergraduate Exchange Program supports students from Albania, Kosovo, and Ukraine for one year of non-degree academic studies in the United States, followed by one year community service in the scholar’s home country.

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