Open Society Institute to Support Advocacy Work of Physicians

Posted on August 15, 2003

[RFP Bulletin]

Open Society Institute to Support Advocacy Work of Physicians

Deadline: January 21, 2004

To inspire the medical profession to greater participation in civil society, service to the community, and active engagement on behalf of the public interest, the program on Medicine as a Profession of the Open Society Institute( has established the Soros Advocacy Fellowship for Physicians.

The fellowship is designed to enable physicians to develop or strengthen their advocacy skills through collaboration with U.S.-based advocacy organizations. The fellowship also will enable medical professionals to develop and implement new approaches that further the missions of those advocacy organizations.

Through the fellowship, participating physicians will design and implement projects that address health and service delivery or social issues such as racism, violence, environmental hazards, and education. Projects must be focused within the United States and should identify system or policy-level changes as the desired outcomes.

The program will select up to ten fellows a year for a fellowship period of twelve to twenty-four months, with a minimum commitment of 50 percent of their time. Awards will range from $40,000 to $80,000 in salary support, plus fringe benefits, depending on the fellow’s time commitment, prior experience, and base salary. The program also will provide up to $2,000 in funds for the fellow’s travel to MAP-sponsored meetings. Sponsoring advocacy organizations will be requested to cover overhead costs necessary to house the fellow and may request up to $5,000 from MAP to cover added costs associated with implementing the fellow’s project.

Applicants must apply for the fellowship with the backing of an advocacy organization that is prepared to house, mentor, and support them throughout the fellowship period. A list of advocacy organizations that have expressed interest in participating in the program is available at
the MAP Web site (

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