Opportunies For English Speakers

Open Society Foundations Fellowship 2016

Open Society Foundations Fellowship

Deadline: 4 Jan 2016 (annual)
Location: varies

Brief description:

The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. 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.

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.  The fellowship does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.

Host Institution(s):

Open Society Foundations

Project Themes:

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.

Number of Fellowships:

Not specified

Target group:

Open to anyone from anywhere in the world.

Fellowship amount:

Full-time fellows 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. The stipend does not necessarily equal the applicant’s current salary.


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.

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.

Application instructions:

As a first step, all potential applicants are required to submit a one- to two page, single-spaced, letter of inquiry that outlines the topic of the project and proposed work product in accordance with the guidelines, accompanied by a CV. This is the first stage in the application process. Letters of inquiry are submitted online before 4 January 2016.

It is important to read the fellowship guidelines and visit the official website (link found below) to access the online form and for detailed information on how to apply for this fellowship.


Official Fellowship Website: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/open-society-fellowship  

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