The fellowship program seeks to fund work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching conversations within the Open Society Foundations and around the world.
A fellowship project might identify a problem that has previously not been recognized, advance a new policy idea 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 justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.
Fellows may produce a variety of products, including publications (books, reports, or blogs), innovative public-education projects, or even a new campaign or organization. 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. 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 their work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be pro-rated 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.
For more information please refer to: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/open-society-fellowship