Open Society Fellowships for Individuals Worldwide

Open Society Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: Ideas, Innovations, etc
Course Level: Fellowships
Provider: Open Society Foundations
Country to Study in: Any country

Scholarship 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.

Successful applicants will be eager to exploit the many resources offered by the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with its global network.

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.

Ineligibility Criteria:
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.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country in the world

Participating Institution(s)
Open Society Foundations

Project theme
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 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.

Number of awards
Not specified by the sponsor

Scholarship benefits
The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of fundamental open society challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.

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.

Method of Application
Those interested in the fellowship should first download and review the complete fellowship guidelines.

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 will be reviewed within 5 weeks. Applicants showing promise will be invited to submit a full application.

It is important to download/read the fellowship guidelines(pdf) and visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this fellowship and also to access the online form.

The deadline to submit letters of inquiry on these statements is March 1, 2017, with responses to applicants by March 24, 2017.

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.

Past and current fellows have included journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields.

Application Deadline: 1 March 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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