The Open Society Foundations and Staffordshire University’s Faculty of Business & Law jointly invite applications from outstanding university graduates for scholarships for the MPhil/PhD Economics program by distance-learning mode.
- be nationals of, and reside in, one of the following countries/regions at the time of applying for the scholarship: Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, or Montenegro.
- hold a first degree (the equivalent of a BA degree) with good grades in economics or related disciplines;
- hold a teaching or research position, as an assistant, junior lecturer, or researcher, at a higher education or research institution in Albania, the Republic of Kosovo, Macedonia, or the Republic of Montenegro;
- demonstrate knowledge of English by passing a TOEFL (ITP) or IELTS test at an appropriate level by the time interviews are held for these scholarships, or by other means (such as having completed an academic program in English at another institution, or having obtained a satisfactory mark in one of the above-mentioned tests at a date no earlier than January 2011);
- return to their home countries at the end of the scholarship period.
Please note that if you have applied, or are applying, for other grants, fellowships, or scholarships with the Open Society Foundations you should inform your local representative of the Open Society Scholarship Programs in your application. While you may apply for different forms of the Foundations' support simultaneously, you can be awarded only one Open Society Foundations scholarship or grant for a given period.
Employees, employees’ relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than two years before) of the local representatives of the Open Society Scholarship Programs directly involved in the Open Society Scholarship Programs and the participating universities will not be eligible to apply for these awards.
This program aims to support the reform of higher education in Central and Eastern European countries by providing opportunities for younger university teachers and researchers to gain access to Western European higher education and to pursue research in economics at an advanced level, leading to an MPhil or a PhD degree.
The program offers the opportunity for beneficiaries to spend a part of each year at Staffordshire University; the individual will spend the majority of their time teaching and researching work at their home institution. The aim is to ensure that scholars remain in their home regions and continue to be active members of their local institutions. The beneficiaries must agree to remain in their home region for at least two years after the completion of their doctoral program.
For further details, please contact your local representative of the Open Society Scholarship Programs and download and review the complete Guidance Notes and application form on the left.
Open Society Foundation for Albania
Rr. "Qemal Stafa", Pall.120/2, Tirana, Albania
Phone: +355 4 2234621; +355 4 2234223
Fax: +355 4 2235855
Contact: Ms. Brunilda Bakshevani
Youth Educational Forum
St. Drenak 34-A, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Phone: +398 2 3139 692
Contact: Ms. Bojana Nizamovska
International Links Officer
Staffordshire University Business School
Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST4 2DF, United Kingdom
Contact: Ms. Jenny Herbert