The South Asia Scholarship Program provides opportunities and scholarships for high quality post-graduate study for individuals from Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Nepal. Applicants should demonstrate both academic and professional excellence and the potential to become leaders in the fields of human rights and sustainable development.
Four types of awards are currently available under this program:
- Five scholarships are available for LLM (Master of Laws) degrees in the field of human rights, including topics such as Disability Rights, Minority Rights and Women’s Rights at the University of Hong Kong beginning in July 2013 and concluding in June 2014.
- Ten scholarships (up to five per country) are available for the MA in Sustainable Development Practice at TERI University in New Delhi beginning in July 2013 and concluding in May 2015.
- Ten scholarships (up to five per country) are available for the MA in Applied Psychology—Specialization in Counseling at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences in Mumbai beginning in June 2013 and concluding in May 2015.
- Five scholarships are available for Master of Journalism degrees at the University of Hong Kong for residents of Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Nepal. The one-year graduate program in journalism and media studies begins in September 2013 and concludes in May 2014.
These awards provide opportunities for outstanding individuals who have the potential to become leading practitioners in rights-based fields. The program also introduces students from Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Nepal to colleagues from across the region and encourages cross-national dialogue among professional communities. The skills and knowledge gained during the program will allow alumni to contribute to the economic and democratic growth of their home country and serve as leaders in their targeted field of specialization.
The program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. The competition is merit-based and open to applicants who:
- hold an undergraduate degree at the time of the application deadline with an excellent academic record;
- are legal residents of and currently living in their home country;
- have experience working in at least one of the fields listed above in home country;
- are proficient in English;
- are committed to returning to their home country after completion of the program to continue work and impart knowledge gained during their studies.
Fellows must uphold the academic standards of their host institution and undertake full-time study for the duration of the program. All fellows are expected to complete their degrees within the standard program period. Fellows must comply with the visa regulations of the host country and may be subject by the terms of the visa to a home residency requirement upon completion of the program. The Open Society Foundations expects that fellows will return to their home countries after completing the degree and take up meaningful posts in their field.
For detailed guidelines on each scholarship award, please see the attachments on the left.
Please note that this program has different deadlines:
- January 15, 2013 for TERI University (MA Sustainable Development Practice);
- January 15, 2013 for TATA University
(MA in Applied Psychology—Specialization in Counseling);
- January 31, 2013 for the University of Hong Kong LLM Program and Master of Journalism applicants for Afghanistan and Nepal only;
- February 15, 2013 for the Master of Journalism applicants from Bhutan (see separate Application form on the left)
Your local country coordinators can be contacted for more details:
Open Society Foundation Afghanistan
House No. 53 Shahre-Naw
Phone: +93 (0) 784 609 868
Contact: Mr. Mohammad Yusuf
Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy
P.O Box 1662
Telephone (975) 2 327903
Fax (975) 2 327219
Alliance for Social Dialogue
GPO Box 25334
Ramchandra Marg, Battisputali
Phone: +977 1 4472807
Contact: Ms. Srishti Adhikari