The Open Society Foundations

The Open Society scholarship programmes support individuals passionate about improving their knowledge and their ability to advance positive social change in their home countries.

University-based education will empower these individuals to explore and develop intelligent and humane ideas, generated by free and open inquiry, critical analysis, and a nuanced understanding of the complex challenges facing open societies. 

Through professional degree and international research awards, The Open Society helps individuals in constrained environments access academic resources, which are more readily available in open societies. It prioritises grants to individuals in countries particularly challenged by repressive governance and constant threats to human rights.

Using transparent, open, and merit-based competitions, we offer awards for advanced study in the social sciences and humanities. Awards include enhancements such as preparatory summer programs, regional conferences, and internship opportunities, all designed to strengthen the networks and communities of the open society leaders we seek to build.

The scholarship programmes collaborate with universities, private donors, and government agencies around the world, as well as with other Open Society programmes and affiliated organisations.

Chevening and the OSF

In conjunction with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), OSF generously co-funds a number of awards available to applicants from the following countries who wish to study at the LSHTM:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Cambodia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan