The Open Society Foundations/University of Essex offers scholarships in human rights for students from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lebanon, Nepal, Palestine, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The scholarships will enable suitably qualified students to pursue taught postgraduate programs within the human rights centre at the University of Essex for the academic year 2012-2014. Each award will provide academic tuition fees, examination fees, a monthly stipend for living expenses sufficient for a single student and other agreed upon allowances including one return economy airfare.
The Open Society Foundations/University of Essex Scholarships in Human Rights aim to provide opportunities for independent postgraduate study in the United Kingdom for students who are engaged in or intending to pursue postgraduate work in their own country. Applicants must demonstrate both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders in their own countries.
Applicants must: -be nationals of and normally reside in one of the selected countries in 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 relevant first degree of an equivalent standard to a good UK second-class Honours degree; -have passed an IELTS test at an appropriate level (this must be at least 7.0 overall with no individual band less than 6.5) at the time of taking up the award; -commit to returning to their home country at the end of their scholarship period to continue their studies/ work there.