Soros Justice Fellowships

Posted by on August 10, 2009

Open Society Institute Seeks Applications for Soros Justice Fellowships
Deadline: October 14, 2009

A program of the Open Society Institute, the Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals working to implement innovative projects that advance OSI’s efforts to reform the U.S. criminal justice system. OSI’s strategy takes aim at two overarching ills: the over-reliance on incarceration and harsh punishment, and the lack of equal justice, especially for people of color and the poor.

Fellows receive funding through the following two programs:

Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships fund outstanding individuals — including lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, activist academics, and others with important perspectives – who initiate innovative policy advocacy projects at the local, state, and national levels that will have a measurable impact on one or more of OSI’s U.S. criminal justice priorities. Advocacy fellowships are eighteen months in duration and may be implemented in conjunction with a host organization. Advocacy Track I fellowships, designed for new and emerging leaders, provide a stipend of $75,000; Advocacy Track II fellowships, aimed at individuals with a demonstrated record of achievement and expertise in their fields, provide a stipend of $105,000.

Soros Justice Media Fellowships support writers, print and broadcast journalists, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects for local, regional, and national markets. Media fellowships are one year in duration, and fellows are expected to make their projects the primary focus of their work during the term of the fellowship. Media fellowships provide a stipend and project budget of $45,000.

Complete fellowship guidelines are available at the Open Society Institute Web site.

Link to Complete RFP:

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