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Durham University


Civil Society Leadership Awards 2020/21 Entry

The Civil Society Leadership Awards. (CSLA) provides fully funded Masters level scholarships for individuals who demonstrate both academic and professional excellence and have the potential to become civil society leaders in their home communities. The scholarship is available for students on particular programmes from one of a specified list of eligible countries.

Geographical Criteria

Applicants must be national of one of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Cambodia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Myanmar/Burma
  • Republic of Congo
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

Level of Study

Taught Master's Degree programmes

Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applicants for programmes commencing in 2020/21


MSc Defence, Development and Diplomacy
MSc Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

MSc Risk
MA Risk
MSc Sustainability, Culture and Development

MSc Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

For specific eligibility criteria please refer to the Open Society Foundation's webpage


One year


  • Full payment of tuition fees
  • Return airfare
  • An arrival allowance
  • Stipend for living expenses
  • Professional development allowance
  • Thesis allowance
  • Field research allowance

Number of awards available


Prospective applicants must:

  • Stage 1: submit a scholarship application directly to the Open Society Foundations by 15th May 2019

  • Stage 2: submit an online postgraduate academic application for an eligible programme, directly to Durham University before 30th November 2019. Please note we will not be able to consider your scholarship application unless you have also submitted an academic application by this deadline.

Scholarship application deadline

15th May 2019

For further information or advice:


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395

“I would like to express my deep thanks to Open Society Foundation and Durham University who have provided me with such a great opportunity, without your kind support my dream will never come true. Since being here my life has completely changed. I have experienced lots both academically and personally.”

Chanmoniroth Iv, MSc Risk & Environmental Hazards
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