Funded Ph.D. Scholarships in Humanities from Open Society Foundation 2020

Deadline : 22 Jul 2020

Nonprofit organization: Open Society Foundations

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Funded Ph.D. Scholarships in Humanities from Open Society Foundation 2020

Study level: Postgraduate

Opportunities: Scholarships

Host Country: United States of America

Area: America

Eligible Country: Egypt , Syria , Libya , Palestine , Sudan , Tunisia , Yemen


  • Open Society Foundation is offering scholarships to international doctoral students and university faculty.
  • 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 to strengthen critical scholarship and academic networks within their fields.

Amount of Scholarship:

Maximum funding requests: $15,000

Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be a citizen of one of the eligible countries: Yemen, Libya, Palestine, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, and Syria.

The applicant must be a doctoral student in one of the eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country or be one of the full-time faculty members (must have a minimum of a master’s degree) teaching at universities in their home country.

Scholarship Specialties:

The scholarship supports academic research in any field of social sciences and humanities, but it will prioritize research which specifically addresses pressing societal issues within the following themes: 

  • Defense against rising authoritarianism.
  • Sustainable development, climate action, and mitigating the effects of climate change.
  • Economic justice and worker rights.
  • Information democracy.
  • Addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an applicant’s home country or region.

Ineligibility Criteria:

  • Ineligible fields include business administration, management training, computer science, finance/banking, marketing, engineering, hard sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, etc.), mathematics, medical sciences, or teaching English as a foreign language/language instruction.

  • Applicants with permanent resident status in, or dual citizenship with, Australia, Canada, the European Union, New Zealand, Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States are not eligible to apply.
  • Students or faculty currently enrolled in master’s degree programs are not eligible to apply.

Important Notes:

  • Selection will be made on the basis of proven academic excellence and the relevance of the project to the development of open society in the applicant’s home country.

  • The program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, pregnancy and maternity, or marriage and/or civil partnership.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to check the visa requirements of the host country (including the minimum level of funding required) before applying to the program. 

About the Open Society Foundation:

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. They seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. They help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. They believe in fundamental human rights, dignity, and the rule of law. Also, they believe in a society where all people are free to participate fully in civic, economic, and cultural life.

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