The Open Society Foundations / University of Durham scholarships aim to provide opportunities for independent postgraduate study in the United Kingdom for students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers in their own country. Upon completion of their studies in the UK, scholars are expected to return to their home country to resume their studies or work there. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships lead to the award of a master’s degree.
Scholarships are available for the following master courses:
- MSc in risk and environmental hazards
- MA in risk and security
- MA in risk, health and public policy
Each scholarship provides tuition fees at Durham University, a stipend to cover living costs (for one person only), and return air travel from the scholar’s home country.
The scholarships are open to applicants from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, and Palestine (Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel are also eligible to apply).
- be nationals of, and normally resident in, the selected country during the academic year in which they apply for the award; applicants who are temporarily out of the country (for a total period of less than three consecutive months) may be treated as being resident;
- display intellectual ability and leadership potential;
- already hold (or expect to hold by the time of taking up the award) a first degree of an equivalent standard to an upper UK second-class Honours degree;
- have passed an appropriate English language test by the time of taking up the award. For the Risk Masters this would be an English language test score with overall band score of at least 6.5 in the IELTS test (with a writing score of 7.0 or above and no other element below 6.0) or at least 96 in the TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) (with individual components of Writing 27, Speaking 23, Listening 23, Reading 23 or above);
- return to their home country at the end of their scholarship period to continue their studies / work there.
Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied outside of their home country.
Please note that if you have applied, or are applying, for other grants, fellowships or scholarships with the Open Society Foundations you should alert us to this in your application. While you may apply for more than one programme 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 Educational Advising Centers or local Open Society Foundations representations directly involved in the Open Society Scholarship Programmes administration in the region and the participating universities will not be eligible to apply for these awards.
The University’s application form can be downloaded below or obtained from your local scholarship coordinator or the University of Durham website.
Complete Application Forms and Self Assessment Forms received by the local scholarship coordinator offices by the deadline will be forwarded to the University of Durham. All applications will be considered by an internal university selection panel including the Executive Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, The Dean of the Graduate School and Internationalization, The Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience and the International Partnerships Manager.
Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview in their home country in April/May 2012. You must be available for interview during this period. Those who successfully pass the interview stage will be invited to take an English language test in their home country where/if necessary. You will be informed by your local scholarship coordinators in March 2012 whether you have been shortlisted or not.
Interviews will be carried out by representatives of Open Society Foundations and the Durham University where possible. The final awards will be decided jointly by the University and OSF. Candidates will be informed by early June.
Please note that all successful applicants will be expected to attend a one-month preparatory academic writing summer school in August 2012. The Open Society Scholarship Programmes Pre-Academic Summer Programme is designed to prepare Open Society Scholarship Programmes grantees for a successful academic experience in the UK.
Successful applicants will be provided with the opportunity to refine their research and writing skills through intensive courses in academic writing and social sciences. The exact date and location of the summer school will be available at a later stage in the selection process.
Deadline: February 14, 2012
Please make use of all of the written documentation available to you including these guidance notes and the information available on the university web pages.
If you have any queries about these guidance notes, then you should contact:
- Your local scholarship coordinator
- Kate Sharples, University of Durham
Fax or e-mail only:
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 6134
- Emese Kovacs, Open Society Foundations
Fax or e-mail only:
Fax: +44 (0)207 031 0201
If you have any academic questions, please direct them to the academic staff listed below:
Please note that you do not need to apply directly to the University for admission in addition to this scholarship. Your scholarship application will also act as your academic programme application.
Please keep a copy of your completed application form for your reference.
Applicants are required to submit 2 copies of the application package to their local scholarship coordinator office. Please do not send original documents at this stage. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
For applicants from Palestine, please submit your applications directly to:
Ms Kate Sharples
Durham, DH1 3HP
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 6134
For more information, please visit official website.
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