The Civil Society Scholar Awards 2016 -2017

Deadline:  15 February 2016
Open to: doctoral students of eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country
Scholarship: covers university fees, monthly stipend, program-related travel and accident and sickness insurance


The Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) support international academic mobility to enable doctoral students and university faculty to access resources that enrich socially engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region.

The awards support activities such as fieldwork (data collection); research visits to libraries, archives, or universities; course/curriculum development; and international collaborations leading to peer-reviewed publication.

Civil Society Scholars are selected on the basis of their outstanding contributions to research or other engagement with local communities, to furthering debates on challenging societal questions, and to strengthening critical scholarship and academic networks within their fields.


The awards are open to the following academic populations:

  • doctoral students of eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country
  • full-time faculty members teaching at universities in their home country

Candidates must be citizens of the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Libya, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, or Yemen.

Applicants may not request grant assistance for the following:

  • federal and/or state taxes
  • computer hardware, software or other computer-related equipment
  • automobile-related expenses
  • tuition/academic fees if the activity is not for the first year of a doctoral program
  • conference attendance which is not part of a larger research project
  • applications from more than one individual

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, dual citizenship, and/or asylum seekers in Australia, Canada, European Union, New Zealand, Nordic Countries, or the United States are not eligible to apply.

Students or faculty currently enrolled in master’s degree programs are not eligible to apply.


  • Project duration: between two to nine months
  • Eligible dates: August 1, 2016–August 31, 2017
  • Maximum funding requests: $10,000 for doctoral students; $15,000 for faculty members

The awards support short-term, international academic projects, such as: fieldwork (data collection); research visits to libraries, archives, or universities; course/curriculum development; and international research collaborations leading to peer-reviewed publication.

Requests for support for first-year tuition and fees only will be considered on the basis of a clearly demonstrated need from doctoral students who have gained admission to universities outside of their home country.


The deadline for applications is 15 February 2016. Interested applicants must complete and submit an online or paper CSLA application in English to be considered for CSLA support.

  • Online application – All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. To apply online please register HERE, and then follow instructions;
  • Paper applications – may be accessed HERE or by contacting one of the local administrative offices (see list in the official Guidelines).

For more information please read the official Guidelines or follow the official website.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

Summer Youth Job Opportunity in Minneapolis, MN, USA

Applications now accepted for STEP-UP summer youth employment program

The City of Minneapolis youth employment program STEP-UP is now accepting applications for 2016 summer interns. Eligible Minneapolis youths ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2016 STEP-UP class have until Feb. 5, 2016, to complete an application online.

STEP-UP is one of the country’s premiere youth employment programs, serving Minneapolis youths who face some of the greatest barriers to employment. This includes youths from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, youths of color, youths from recent immigrant families, and youths with disabilities. In addition to summer jobs with more than 230 top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies, STEP-UP also offers work readiness training, advanced-level internships and industry-specific career opportunities that help interns integrate their career exposure with post-secondary education and career planning.

Prior to being placed in their internships, youths receive work readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce that prepares them for a professional work environment. Returning interns receive advanced training that helps them deepen their professional skills. Throughout their internships, they gain valuable on-the-job skills, make strong professional connections, and become exposed to careers they may have not otherwise accessed without STEP-UP.

Since the program was launched in 2004, it has provided more than 21,000 internship opportunities. In 2015, STEP-UP placed more than 1,600 Minneapolis youths in jobs with more than 200 businesses, public agencies and nonprofits. The 2015 class held 91 percent youths of color, 40 percent youths from recent immigrant families, and 12 percent youths with disabilities or other significant barriers to employment. Representing 38 different languages from around the world, 30 percent of the class spoke fluently in languages besides English.

Businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2016 can find information on the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP website.

STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program in partnership with AchieveMpls, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Project for Pride in Living.

To learn more about STEP-UP or to access the online STEP-UP application, visit the City of Minneapolis website.