Open Society Foundations Disability Rights Scholarship

Award Amount: Tuition and mandatory university fees, monthly stipend

Number of Awards: Not Known

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Winner Announcement: Not Known

Brief Description:

The Open Society Foundations is thrilled to announce a scholarship program termed as “The Disability Rights Scholarship”. The Scholarship Program offers awards to individuals from China, and selected countries in Africa and Latin America for a one-year Master of Laws (LLM) degree. The program’s objective is to provide disability rights advocates and lawyers with the necessary expertise to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, policy, research, and scholarship to harness the innovations and opportunities offered by the United Nations (CRPD).

Host Institution:

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. The Open Society Foundations fund a range of programs around the world, from public health to education to business development.


To receive the scholarship, a beneficiary must:

  • Be a citizen and legal resident of China, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Mexico, or Peru at the time of application
  • Have work experience in the legal profession or advocacy focusing on human/disability rights
  • Have an excellent academic record with a bachelor of laws (LLB; in exceptional circumstances, those without a LLB but with substantial relevant experience may be considered)—a degree must be awarded by the application deadline
  • Have demonstrated leadership in the field of disability rights
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English or French and able to meet university-designated minimum scores on standardized language tests
  • Be able to participate in an intensive academic writing program in summer 2018
  • Be able to begin the graduate program in August or September 2018
  • Be able to receive and maintain visa or study permit required by host country
  • Demonstrate a clear commitment to return to home country to contribute to advancing the inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in their communities

Instructions for Applying:

To apply for the scholarship, the applicant must create an account by the given link:

Award Description:

The fellowship will be providing:

  • Tuition and mandatory university fees
  • Monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses
  • Program-related travel
  • Accident and health insurance during the program
  • Funds for educational materials and professional development
  • All costs associated with pre-academic summer program and annual conference
  • Support for students with disabilities to obtain reasonable accommodations necessary for participating in the program of study.

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