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Open Society Disability Rights Scholarship Program – 2018

Note: To successfully apply for this scholarship, ensure you read all instructions on this page.

The Open Society Disability Rights Scholarship Program provides awards for master’s degree study to disability rights advocates, lawyers, and educators to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, policy, research, and scholarship to harness the innovations and opportunities offered by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Application Deadline: 1st December, 2017

Eligible Countries: China; Ghana, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda; MexicoPeru

To be taken at (schools): Participating schools include:

  • School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada
  • School of Law, University of Leeds, UK
  • College of Law, Syracuse University, USA
  • Washington College of Law, American University, USA

Eligible Fields Of Study: Bachelor of laws (LLB; in exceptional circumstances, those without a LLB but with substantial relevant experience may be considered); for inclusive education, a degree in teaching, public administration/policy, anthropology, social work, psychology, or related field.

Type: Masters, Fellowship

Value Of Scholarship: The fellowship provides:

  • 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.

The fellowship does NOT provide funding for dependent family members.

Duration Of Scholarship: 1 year

Eligibility: To be eligible for this scholarship program, applicants must:

  • be a citizen and legal resident of an eligible country: 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 (LL.B.; in exceptional circumstances, those without a LL.B but with substantial relevant experience may be considered)—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.

How To Apply: It is important to see the complete guidelines and submit an application online , or contact the appropriate regional coordinator in the Program Webpage (See Link below)

Visit The Scholarship Webpage For More Information

Award Provider: Open Society Foundation

2 thoughts on “Open Society Disability Rights Scholarship Program – 2018”

    1. Hello Oseni,

      Relevant publications have been provided. If interested in any, please visit “The Official Website” of the institution to get guidelines on how to apply. Kindly reach out to the school directly If you have further issues applying for the scholarship.


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