Call for Student Initiatives


Higher Education Support Program
Student Initiatives 2012

The aim of the Student Initiatives is to empower students to address issues related to systemic change in higher education. Student Initiatives supports the involvement of students in the democratization of the educational process and in building issue-based transnational student alliances in South Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

The International Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations is pleased to invite project proposals for new projects from students within its Student Initiatives from university student communities in Georgia.

I. Student Solidarity for Antidiscrimination and Access to Higher Education:

We are inviting project proposals that would study the current practices of exclusion and advocate for the access to and inclusion in higher education of students on the grounds of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, religion and sexual orientation.

We are looking for student organizations that are driven by the spirit of solidarity among various student groups to take a broad look at the practices of exclusion, discrimination, humiliation and hatred resulting in limiting particular student groups’ access to higher education and advocate for access and inclusion of excluded groups.

The project proposals should include developing a new/using an existing in-depth study of the current situation on the subject of the project and relevant advocacy and awareness building activities.

II. Examination of Higher Education Reforms and the Quality of Higher Education:

We are inviting project proposals by student organizations that will examine the implementation of the recent higher education reforms at national level and explore its potential and limitations for fostering higher education reforms from the students’ point of view. The projects should focus on problem areas which are connected to students’ needs and expectation; what exactly students perceive as the outcomes of the reform at the areas such as students’ freedom to choose, equal access, transparency, student mobility, student governance; student centered learning, etc.

The project proposals should include developing a new/using an existing in-depth study of the current situation on the subject of the project and relevant advocacy and awareness building activities.

III. The status of student organizations and their participation in university governance in Georgia:

We are inviting project proposals that will study the current practices of student involvement in the governance of Georgian universities, including such issues as the possible politicization of student organizations and the restrictions to student involvement by various bureaucratic and legal means, lack of student interest in university governance and others.

The primary focus of the projects should remain on advancing student participation in all areas of university governance.

The research component is expected to support advocacy campaigns by the participating student organization for more active and effective involvement of students and student organizations in university governance.

The project proposals should include developing a new/using an existing in-depth study of the current situation on the subject of the project and relevant advocacy and awareness building activities.

All submitted project proposals must meet the following requirements:

** initiated and implemented by undergraduate and graduate students;
** submitted and implemented by existing student organizations.

The maximum length of a project is 12 months. Earliest possible project start: June 2012.
The maximum amount of the budget request is 25,000 USD.

Project proposals may cover the preparation and actual running of the proposed activities. We are not able to support the purchasing of office equipment (computers, laptops, etc.), office space and equipment rental.

Applications must include:

** Completed Information Sheet
** Project Proposal (the detailed description of the project idea and the planned activities, the timeline of the project activities, expected outcomes of the project and the detailed budget of the project in USD or EUR)
** CV of the project leader(s).

Applications should be submitted electronically as one PDF file to: si@osi.hu no later than 29 February 2012.

Selection procedure:

An International Expert Committee will perform the selection of the applications. The results of the selection will be announced in March 2012. (In cases where minor changes are needed, applicants may be asked to resubmit their project proposals.)

For additional information please contact:

Ms. Krisztina Szeberin
Program Officer
Higher Education Support Program
Open Society Institute – Budapest
Phone: (+36 1) 882 3850
Fax: (+36 1) 882 3112
E-mail: si@osi.hu
Website: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/hesp

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