The Open Society Fellowship invites applications for the 2015 fellowships. A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations. Among these are human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.
Fellows are expected to take full advantage of the foundations’ expansive reach and work to bring new people and fresh ideas into the organization’s ambit. Successful projects should push the boundaries of current thinking and carry lessons that can be applied to a variety of settings. Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; innovative public-education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues.
Worth of Award
- Stipends are either $80,000 or $100,000.
- A fellow’s stipend is based on several factors including the fellow’s experience, seniority, prior earnings and the cost of living in the city where he/she is based.
- The stipend does not necessarily equal the applicant’s current salary.
- Applicants’ dependents are not factored into the stipend calculations.
- The Open Society Fellowship 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. Successful applicants will be eager to exploit the many resources offered by the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with our global network.
- Ideal fellows are specialists who can see beyond the parochialisms of their field and possess the tenacity to complete a project of exceptional merit. Proficiency in spoken English is required.
- The fellowship does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.
- This is a fellowship for individuals only; proposals from two or more applicants will not be accepted.
Interested applicants should first download and review the complete fellowship guidelines.
How to Apply
- Applications are done online via their website. See link below
- Applicants who are uncertain whether their topic fits within the Foundations’ focus areas are invited to submit a brief letter of inquiry, accompanied by a CV, before proceeding with the online application process. That letter of inquiry should be addressed to [email protected].
Deadline: August 3, 2015