OSF Durham University PhD Scholarship Guidance Notes 2013

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					  The Open Society Foundations / Durham University PhD Scholarships
         in Social Sciences and Humanities for Afghan Women

                           2013 Guidance Notes for Applicants

1. What do the scholarships offer?

The scholarships aim to provide opportunities for independent postgraduate study in the United
Kingdom for female Afghan students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and the
potential to become leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers in their own country. Upon
completion of their studies in the UK, scholars are expected to return to their home country to
pursue academic career at Kabul University. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships lead to
the award of a PhD degree.

Applications are welcome in the field of law and related social sciences subjects (including but not
limited to human Rights, international relations, conflict resolution, and human geography), political
sciences, and psychology.

Each scholarship provides three years’ tuition fees at Durham University and a stipend to cover living
costs (for one person only) for four years (the fourth year being a write-up period subject to
satisfactory progress) and return air travel from the scholar’s home country.

2. Who is eligible to apply?

The scholarships are open to female applicants from Afghanistan.

Applicants must:

       Be female nationals of, and normally residents in Afghanistan. Applicants who are in the
        process of completing their MA studies in 2012-13 at Durham University are eligible to apply;
       Be a graduate of or working at Kabul University and intend to pursue academic work at Kabul
        University on completing their studies;
       Be graduates who have satisfied the entry requirements for Durham University, including
        English language and academic requirements (to Master’s Degree level);
       Demonstrate exceptional academic potential, language competency, familiarity with the
        chosen field of study, and clear commitment to open society goals as evidenced by previous
        work or academic experience;
       Gain admission into one of the eligible PhD courses at Durham University;
       Be selected jointly by the representatives of Open Society Foundations and Durham
        University for this scholarship.

Successful applicants are expected to return to their home countries at the end of their course of

Please note that if you have applied, or are applying, for other grants, fellowships, or scholarships
with the Open Society Foundations you should alert us to this in your application. While you may
apply for more than one programme simultaneously, you can be awarded only one Open Society
Foundations scholarship or grant for a given period.

Employees, employees’ relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than two
years before) of the local representations of the Open Society Scholarship Programs and the
participating universities will not be eligible to apply for these awards.

3. How can I apply?

You should complete Durham University’s application form which you can obtain from the University
website at:

or from the Open Society Foundations website at:

A copy of the following documents must be sent to Kate Sharples by e-mail to arrive by 4pm UK time
on 15 February 2013, OR by mail (in two copies) with a postmark deadline of 10 February 2013 (see
addresses and contact details below).

     A completed ‘The Open Society Foundations/Durham University PhD Scholarships in Social
     Sciences and Humanities for Afghan Women– Application Form’

     University Transcripts. These should be certified English language copies.

     University Degree Certificate

     English language test certificate (if any)

     Letters from 2 referees. These should be attached to your application form or be sent to Durham
     University in closed envelopes/via direct emails from the referees.

     A completed Eligibility Requirements Self-Assessment Form whereby you acknowledge your
     compliance with the eligibility criteria for this scholarship programme. This is available at the end
     of this document.

Applicants who apply by mail are required to submit 2 copies of the application package. Please do
not send original documents at this stage. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please note that you do not need to apply directly to the University for admission in addition to this
scholarship. Your scholarship application will also act as your academic programme application.

Please keep a copy of your completed application form for your reference.

4. How does the selection procedure work?

a) All completed applications received by Durham University by the deadline will be considered by
    an internal selection panel.
b) Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview and an English language test (where
    necessary) in their home country in April/May 2013. You must be available for interview during

   this period. You will be informed by your local representatives of the Open Society Scholarship
   Programs in March 2013 whether you have been shortlisted or not.
c) Interviews will be carried out by representatives of the Open Society Foundations and Durham
   University where possible.

d) The final awards will be decided jointly by the Foundations and the University. Candidates will be
     informed by early June.

Please note that all successful applicants will be expected to attend a one-month preparatory academic
writing summer school in August 2013. The Open Society Scholarship Programs Pre-Academic Summer
Program is designed to prepare Open Society Scholarship Programs scholars for a successful academic
experience in the UK. Successful applicants will be provided with the opportunity to refine their research
and writing skills through intensive courses in academic writing and social sciences. The exact date and
location of the summer school will be available at a later stage in the selection process.

5. How can I find out more about the Durham University?

        Visit the Durham University website:

        You may find useful information about studying for a PhD in Durham at the following

6. Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Please make use of all of the written documentation available to you including these guidance notes
and the information available on the university web pages.

If you have any queries about these guidance notes or any academic questions, then you should
contact either

     Kate Sharples, Durham University
         Fax or e-mail only:
         Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 6326
     Hyonseo Kwon, Open Society Foundations
        Fax or e-mail only:
        Fax: +44 (0)207 031 0201

7. Contact details

Electronic applications should be sent to Kate Sharples at:

Hard copy applications should be sent to:           Kate Sharples
                                                    Durham University
                                                    International Office
                                                    Palatine Centre
                                                    Stockton Road
                                                    DH1 3LE

   The Open Society Foundations / Durham University PhD Scholarships
          in Social Sciences and Humanities for Afghan Women

                       Eligibility Requirements Self-Assessment Form

You should complete this form if you are applying for the Open Society Foundations / Durham University PhD
Scholarships. By checking off the boxes below, you will confirm that you have read the Guidance Notes for
Applicants, understand the eligibility requirements and selection process and are prepared to submit a
complete application form with all required supporting documents. This form should be attached to your
application once completed and signed below.


Please read the statements below and tick the boxes on the right to indicate whether these statements are
true or false in your case.

A. I am a female national of and normally resident in Afghanistan                true □       false □

B. I checked the specific academic and English language requirements of my       true □       false □
selected PhD course.

C. I am a graduate who have satisfied the academic entry requirements for        True □       false □
Durham University.

D. I am not a recipient of any other Open Society Foundations scholarship for    true □       false □
the 2013/14-2016/17 academic years.

E. I am not a current employee/ or employees’ relative of any Open Society       true □       false □
Foundations representations directly working with the Open Society
Scholarship Programs in the region or the participating university and I have
not been employed by either of them in the past two years.

If you marked all of the above statements as true, you are eligible for the programme. Please submit your

If you marked any of the statements above as false, please be advised that you may be ineligible for the
programme but you can still submit your application if you still wish for it to be considered.

Should you have any questions concerning any of the criteria listed above, please contact your local
representative office of the Open Society Scholarship Programs.

Please make sure that you attach a copy of this form to each submitted application form.

By signing this form I confirm that the information provided above is correct.

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