Soros Foundation Moldova (FSM)

Good Governance

The mission of the department is to enhance transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness of government in accordance with the European agenda.

Justice and Human Rights

The Justice and Human Rights Department’s vision of rule of law is built on the solid grounds of a fair, accessible and predictable justice delivery system, which effectively safeguards fundamental human rights.

The Department develops and implements activities in several areas, crucial for the fulfilment of its vision, including Human Rights, Judiciary, Access to Justice, and Criminal Justice.

 


OUR PRIORITIES

Public Health

 

Our mission is to support and contribute to the development and promotion of health policies and practices based on evidence, which promotes human rights, social inclusion, and justice.

The Department also provides support to promote good governance in the health system through independent and neutral monitoring/evaluation of public health policies and health services.

Media Program

Media Department's mission is to contribute to the development of an open, participatory, pluralistic and value-based society in the Republic of Moldova by organizing, supporting and financing activities aimed at encouraging the development of an independent media sector and improving access to information.

 

Other initiatives

Education Support Project

Civil Society Scholar Awards

 

 

The Scholarship Programs’ Civil Society Scholar Awards support doctoral students and university faculty to undertake academic projects that will enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region.

 

The Civil Society Scholar Awards support doctoral students and university faculty to undertake academic projects that will enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region.

Civil Society Scholars are selected on the basis of their outstanding academic record as well as their active engagement with local communities, their potential to champion open society values in their home regions, and their ability strengthen critical scholarship and academic networks within their fields. Proposals may include international travel, but this is no longer required.

 

Eligibility Criteria
The awards are open to the following academic populations:

doctoral students of eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country
full-time faculty members (must have a minimum of a master’s degree) teaching at universities in their home country

Candidates must be citizens of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Libya, North Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Palestine, Rwanda, Serbia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.

Project duration: between three and 10 months
Eligible dates: March 1, 2021—December 31, 2021
Maximum funding requests: $15,000
We look to support academic research conducted within any field of the social sciences and humanities, but will prioritize research which specifically addresses pressing societal issues within the following themes, broadly defined:

defense against rising authoritarianism
sustainable development, climate action, and mitigating the effects of climate change
economic justice and worker rights
information democracy
addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an applicant’s home country or region

The program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, pregnancy and maternity, or marriage and/or civil partnership.

 

Ineligibility Criteria
Ineligible fields include: business administration, management training, computer science, finance/banking, marketing, engineering, hard sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, etc.), mathematics, medical sciences, or teaching English as a foreign language/language instruction.

Applicants with permanent resident status in, or dual citizenship with, Australia, Canada, the European Union, New Zealand, Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States are not eligible to apply.

Students or faculty currently enrolled in master’s degree programs are not eligible to apply.

 

Guidelines
Competition for the Civil Society Scholar Awards is merit-based. Selection will be made on the basis of proven academic excellence and the relevance of the project to the development of open society in the applicant’s home country. Priority will be given to applications addressing issues within one of the five broad focus areas described above.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to check the visa requirements of the host country (including the minimum level of funding required) before applying to the program.

Detailed guidelines on the conditions of these awards are available in the Download Files section.

 

Online Applications
Applicants are strongly advised to submit their application online.