The Open Society Foundations (OSF) work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. OSF announces the opening of the Higher Education Support Program which is committed to strengthening universities and members of their communities by nurturing their capacity and leadership for well-informed, vigorous, and inclusive social deliberation.

link for the Foundation website : http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/

The Program encompasses 3 major grants:

  1. Call for departmental partners
  2. Call for returning scholars program
  3. Academic Consultants Program.

 

CALL FOR DEPARTMENTAL PARTNERS

The Academic Capacity Development Program (ACDP) is expanding its cooperation with university departments in the social sciences and humanities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and inviting applications from departments interested in a partnership with the program in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Departments must be at universities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza Strip).
  • An ideal partner department is in one of the following disciplines: gender studies, human rights and public law, international relations, journalism and media studies, political science, public health, public policy and public administration, social work, sociology, social anthropology, and social psychology.
  • Departments should have the interest and commitment to host and work with at least two Returning Scholars (RS)* in 2015-2016 academic year, with a prospect of increasing the number of RS over the subsequent academic years.
  • * A junior faculty who are at the beginning of their academic career and seek a university position in Palestine after receiving a postgraduate degree from a higher education institution based in a member country of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Interested departments should submit a completed application form.

Departmental partnerships last one academic year and are renewable.

The application must be submitted no later than March 15, 2015.  

 

CALL FOR RETURNING SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Returning Scholars Program invites applications from junior faculty who are at the beginning of their academic career and have returned or are returning to university positions in Palestine after studying abroad. A Returning Scholar has received an internationally recognized post-graduate degree from a reputable institution of higher education (typically in an OECD country) and has obtained (or will obtain by September 1, 2015) a PhD in one of the following fields: gender studies, human rights and public law, international relations, journalism and media studies, political science, public health, public policy and public administration, sociology, social anthropology, social psychology, and social work.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications from junior faculty who are at the beginning of their academic career and have returned or are returning to university positions in Palestine after studying abroad.
  • A citizen of Palestine,
  • A faculty member with a long-term contract (3-5 years) at one of the ACDP partner departments.
  • Teaching a minimum of four semester-long courses per academic year in that department.

Grant Package:

  • A monthly stipend
  • Various allowances including professional development, and is renewable for the following academic year.
  • Benefit from the expertise of supported Academic Consultants who provide scholarly mentorship in such areas as professional development, curriculum reform, research methods, teaching/learning methodologies specific to their discipline, service to the discipline and the community.

The application must be submitted no later than June 30, 2015. Grant contracts commence on September 1, 2015, and end on August 31, 2016, with the possibility of renewal for the following academic year.

 

ACADEMIC CONSULTANTS PROGRAM

The Academic Consultants Program selects highly qualified scholars in the social sciences and humanities to assist selected partner departments in their development efforts. They work on-site with the departmental faculty members during two or three short, but intense visits during the academic year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates must be senior, well-established scholars.
  • Hold an internationally-recognized PhD (or equivalent highest degree) awarded in one of the academic fields listed in point 4.
  • They should have significant curriculum development and research experience.
  • Supported fields are: gender studies, human rights and public law, international relations, journalism and media studies, political science, public health, public policy and public administration, social work, sociology, social anthropology, and social psychology.

Grant Package:

  • A modest fee.
  • Academic materials allowance.
  • Coverage of travel expenses related to the site visits.

The application must be submitted no later than June 30, 2015. Consultancy contracts begin on September 1, 2015, and end on August 31, 2016 and are renewable for the following academic year.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We advise you to kindly Cc. the Academic Cooperation Office at AQU, so we can follow up with you and provide you with any assistance you need at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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For Application Form and Information on the Call for Departmental Partners please click here.

For Application Form and Information on the Call for Returning Scholars Program please click here.

For Application Form and Information on Academic Consultants Program please click here.​