2018 OpenSocietySA25 Commemorative Postgraduate Scholarships For African Students


Applications  are currently ongoing at the new OpenSocietySA25 Commemorative Scholarships for South African nationals/African permanent residents/African registered asylum seekers. Boost your application by been the first to apply for the 2018/2019 OpenSocietySA25 Commemorative Postgraduate Scholarships. It is supported by strategic research, demonstration projects, convening on niche issues, and knowledge exchange with network and local partners. OSF-SA’s work is supported by two grant-making programmes and a Research and Advocacy Unit. See below for more details.

Scholarship Type:

Scholarships are available to pursue Postgraduate study programme.

Field Of study:

Applicants can pursue further studies in the following areas:

  • Law, Justice, and Governance
  • Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Management
  • Economic Rights, Justice and Empowerment of the Poor
  • Public Health and Inequality
  • Media Freedom and Expression
  • Land Policy;
  • Education and Inequality
  • Human Rights Advancement
  • Social Movements / Building Civil Society
  • Constitutionalising Foreign Policy
  • Political Economy

Scholarship Benefits:

The scholarship covers:

  • Tuition fees at a registered South African tertiary institution
  • Financial support to assist with the costs associated with the full-time study.

Host Country Of Scholarship:

South Africa

Country Eligible For The Scholarship:

Available to South African nationals/African permanent residents/African registered asylum seekers.

Eligibility For The OpenSocietySA25 Commemorative Postgraduate Scholarships:

To be successful, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Applicants must be South African/African permanent residents/African registered asylum seekers And not more than 35 years of age.
  • Must have at least two years of practical experience working in civil society on issues relating to the promotion of social justice
  • Must demonstrated commitment to human rights, social justice, and advancing constitutionalism in their careers
  • Applicants must be nominated and fiscally hosted (throughout the period of study) by a civil society organisation that is a current or former grantee of OSF-SA
  • The Scholarship Award is conditional on acceptance and admission into a registered South African tertiary institution of higher learning. Preference will be given to institutions in non-urban areas and those institutions considered to be ‘previously disadvantaged’
  • All applicants must utilise the award for post-graduate study in the 2019/2020 or 2020/2021 academic year/s
  • Family members and partners of OSF-SA Board and staff members are not eligible to apply
  • Close friends of OSF-SA Board and staff members may apply, but this will be subject to a rigorous conflict of interest check and verification by the convenor of the Selection panel (independent of the OSF-SA and OSF)
  • Fluency in English is mandatory

How To Apply For The Scholarship:

Applicants must submit the following materials and supporting documentation via the online application portal:

  • A personal statement of two pages, describing the applicant’s qualifications and interest for applying. Applicants must discuss their current and previous human rights work, motivation in and commitment to the human rights and social justice sector and field, and career goals
  • A description of the issue the applicant wishes to explore if their application is successful and why it is important for the promotion of an open society (800 words maximum)
  • Letter of nomination from a current or former OSF-SA grantee (host organisation) and statement of commitment to financially host the applicant for a period of 12 months and administer the scholarship (tuition and stipend, with no overhead cost)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional referees (that is not a family member/friend/ staff or Board Member of OSF-SA) that speak to the applicant’s prior work and future potential as a social justice advocate, scholar, and/or practitioner. Applicants may be asked to submit a further letter of reference should the Selection panel deem it necessary
  • A two-page abridged CV
  • A short biographical statement
  • One high-resolution (file size at least 2MB) colour photo (headshot)

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Application Closing Date:

August 31, 2018

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