Deadline: January 22, 2018

The Open Society Scholarship Programs is pleased to solicit expressions of interest from current and former grantee organizations, partners, network offices and other affiliated entities of the Open Society Foundations’ network to serve as hosts for the Civil Society Professionals Program.   

Program Description

All potential interns are recent graduates of masters’ degree programs in various fields within the social sciences and humanities.  These fields of study include conflict resolution, economics, education, environmental studies and natural resource management, human rights, international relations, law, public health, social work, and sustainable development. 

All potential interns attended high-quality universities in Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Eligible applicants may come from the following countries:

  • Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan
  • East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar/Burma, China, South Korea
  • Eurasia: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
  • Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Syria

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be successfully graduating in 2018 with an excellent academic record;
  • Be able to commit to a 6 month internship;
  • Demonstrate a clear fit to the thematic areas outlined by the hosting organization;
  • Have working proficiency in the language of the host organization;
  • Be an independent self-starter with excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Be able to receive and maintain a visa and/or work permit as required by the host country.

Applicants must consider the list of host organizations carefully, outlining in their application their fit to and interest in the areas of work outlined by the host, their current expertise in the field, and what they hope to gain from the internship experience.

Hosting Organization Requirements

All hosting organizations should be able to provide the following:

  • Supervision and office space for an intern from September, October or November 2018 for up to 6 months;
  • Pre-program consultation for the intern to plan their internship activities and the aims for the experience;
  • Aid the intern in determining and securing all necessary visas and/or work permits, as required;
  • Advice on local accommodation options;
  • A mentor to supervise the intern for the duration of their placement;
  • A signed Memorandum of Understanding provided by OSF (in English) before the start of the placement.

No financial support will be provided by OSF to the organization. 

The host organization is asked to specify key areas of work or roles in specific projects they would propose for the internship.  The organization may outline several areas or projects which might appeal to a broad range of potential interns. 

Before confirming the internship with CSPP staff, potential host organizations will work remotely with a finalist to design the internship activities and submit an Internship Proposal, outlining what both parties hope to gain from the experience. The work to be performed by an intern should enhance the intern’s personal professional experience and support the intern’s future integration into his or her chosen field in the home country or region.  Such work should not include lobbying or political campaign activity, as described more fully here.

OSF will provide the following to the intern:

  • A living stipend, settling in allowance, travel to the internship, and funds to help obtain local health insurance;
  • Networking opportunities between CSPP interns before, during and after their internships;

OSF will provide the above as a grant to the intern, and will not have any employment relationship with the intern.  The host organization will be solely responsible for its compliance with law in all matters related to the internship, including without limitation any employment relationship it may be deemed to have with the intern under applicable law. 
 

Selection Process

Organizations interested in hosting CSPP interns should submit a hosting application by January 22, 2018.  

All potential host organizations will be vetted by CSPP staff in late January / early February 2018.

Should the organization fit the program after review by CSPP staff, a profile of the organization will be included on a list made available to prospective internship grantees (this will not include the direct contact details of any of the organization’s staff).  

OSF scholarship grantees interested in pursuing a CSPP grant must submit applications by early April 2018 which the CSPP selection committee will review in early April 2018.   

In mid-April 2018, CSPP staff will contact host organizations with details on possible internship matches.  CSPP staff may send up to 4 applications for the hosting organization to review and rank.   

Host organizations are asked to recommend possible interns by the beginning of May 2018.  The CSPP selection committee will then follow up with successfully-selected applicants for an interview. The selection committee will then select the finalists and communicate the results to hosting organizations.

In May and June 2018, finalists will work with their potential host mentor to identify the start date, compose the Internship Proposal, and initiate any applicable visa and/or work permit process.  Hosts are encouraged to offer informal advice on local housing options. Internship Proposals and a signed Memorandum of Understanding (drafted by OSF) must be finalized and sent to CSPP staff in July/August 2018.  

The CSPP selection committee will make a final review of the Internship Proposal and confirm the internships with the finalist and the host organization.

Internships begin in September, October or November 2018 and are supported for up to 6 months.

Please note that due to the nature of the process, there is no guarantee that an organization would successfully receive a CSPP intern. In cases where no suitable matches are identified, we request that organizations consider remaining on the list of hosts for the future.  

Contacts

Please submit any questions to the following CSPP staff at the Open Society Scholarship Programs:

  • Zoe Brogden, Program Manager: zoe.brogden@opensocietyfoundations.org 







Ends on February 14, 2018

The Open Society Scholarship Programs is pleased to announce the Palestinian Rule of Law Awards (PROL) for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Approximately five (5) scholarships supporting one-year LL.M. (Master of Laws) degrees for lawyers or law graduates normally resident in the Gaza Strip or West Bank, including East Jerusalem. 

 PROL scholarships are for one-year academic LL.M. programs and will be tenable at selected law schools in the United States and the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, an OSF-affiliated institution providing American-style teaching and U.S.-accredited qualifications.  Fellows may not select their host universities. During their term of study, PROL fellows must meet the academic standards and requirements of the PROL program and their host universities.

 All PROL fellows will attend an OSF-administered pre-academic summer course in July or August 2018, prior to traveling to their host universities to begin their degree programs.  Study at host university law schools will begin in fall 2018.


SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS

 Successful applicants will receive the following support:

  • Tuition and mandatory university fees
  •  Monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses
  •  Program-related travel
  • Accident and sickness insurance during the program 
  • Funds for educational materials and professional development
  • All costs associated with an annual student conference
  •  Possible internship support
  •  Pre-university academic program in July or August 2018 that prepares finalist for the rigors of graduate level academic study.

ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS
  • proficient in spoken and written English and Arabic;
  • able to demonstrate professional aptitude and leadership potential;
  • able to begin study in the United States or Hungary in the fall of 2018;
  • able to receive and maintain U.S. and / or Hungarian study visas;
  • able to receive and maintain a visa for one-month attendance at a pre-academic summer course in July 2018, location to be determined;
  • able to obtain travel documents to leave and return to the West Bank / Gaza;
  • committed to returning to the West Bank or Gaza after completion of the program to serve as leaders in their fields of specialization. 
INELIGIBILITY 
  • funding for study in fields other than law;
  • funding for dependent family members;
  •  funding for  individuals receiving other OSF grants during the scholarship period;
  • funding for employees of OSF directly involved in the administration of scholarship programs.

SELECTION PROCESS

Selection & Notification Cycle:
  •  Applications for PROL award considerations must be submitted by February 16, 2018.
  • Applications will be reviewed in mid-March 2018.
  •  Applicants will be notified of their status in mid-March 2018.
  • Short-listed applicants will be asked to take standardized tests, such as TOEFL or IELTS, in late mid-March 2018.
  • In late March 2018 short-listed candidates will be invited for an in-person, Skype, or telephone interview. 
  • Finalists will be notified in late March 2018; please note that all awards are conditional subject to university placement confirmation by PROL staff.
  • Successful finalists will be notified of their placement in April-May 2018.
  • Summer 2018 – OSF-administered Pre-Academic Summer Program for finalists.
  • Late August 2018 -- LLM Programs in US or Hungary (CEU) begin.

 The PROL program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.  Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for the program is merit-based and open to lawyers or law graduates normally resident in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip who are:

 Applicants should have an outstanding academic record (a BA in law or other law degree is required), professional aptitude and leadership potential. Preference will be given to candidates with some degree of practical experience.

Competition for the Palestinian Rule of Law (PROL) Awards is open and merit-based.  Selection is based on an applicant’s fit with the program’s objectives and graduate admissions criteria of the participating universities.  Academic excellence, professional aptitude, leadership potential in the field of specialization, proven commitment to open society values, and appropriate language proficiency are all important factors in evaluation. 

All eligible applicants will be reviewed by the selection committee; applicants are evaluated for a clear demonstration of intellectual potential and commitment to positive social change.  The proposed field of study should be logical for the goals expressed in the essays, and the application itself should be organized and complete.  Compelling candidates will be interviewed by a selection committee comprised of university representatives and OSF/PROL staff.

 Pre-selection and Testing:   Submitted applications will be screened by representatives from OSF and participating host universities.   Applicants chosen to continue in the competition as semifinalists will be required to take the TOEFL.  All applications must include an English-language test (TOEFL or ITP) official score report.  

Interviews and Final Selection:  Semifinalists will be interviewed in-person or via videoconference by a committee of representatives from OSF and potential US host universities.  The committee will recommend finalists for placement at host universities.  All finalists will need an official TOEFL test report. 

TOEFL Requirement: Applicants should note that the minimum TOEFL score required by most of the participating U.S. universities is between 550-600 on the paper-based examination, and 213-250 on the computer-based examination.

More detailed guidelines can be found by clicking here.