Open Society Foundations Fellowship

Posted by Open Society Foundations on June 23, 2014

Individuals Addressing Open Society Challenges Invited to Apply for Open Society Foundations Fellowship


A program of the Open Society Foundations, the Open Society Fellowship was established in 2008 to support individuals pursuing an innovative and unconventional approach to fundamental open society challenges. The program seeks to fund work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that has previously not been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address a familiar problem, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations, including human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; public-education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They also may engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues. Fellowship projects can include photography, outreach, and advocacy around documentary film and other forms of cultural production.

The program accepts proposals from anywhere in the world. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject and a track record of professional accomplishment. Past and current fellows have included journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields. Proficiency in spoken English is required.

Full-time fellows based in the United States will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be prorated for part-time fellows. For fellows based elsewhere, appropriate adjustments will be made to reflect the cost of living in those countries. In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive a project budget. Fellowships normally last for one year, but the program will consider requests for longer and shorter durations.

The fellowship’s online application system will be made available on July 1, 2014. Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the fellowship guidelines before submitting an application.

Visit the Open Society Foundations website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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