Funding brief: The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.
The Open Society Fellowship only accepts applications relevant to specific propositions (which can be found on the grants page). New propositions will be announced periodically. Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with the propositions in their proposals. Once chosen, fellows will work on projects of their own design and passion. At the same time, they are expected to take advantage of the considerable intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and contribute meaningfully to the Foundations’ thinking. Fellows will also have opportunities to collaborate with one another as a cohort. It is hoped that the fellowship will not only nurture theoretical debate but also bring about policy change and reform.
Fellowship Expectations: At the heart of the fellowship are the Open Society Foundations themselves. Fellows are invited to join the rich and diverse Foundations network, a global network of activists and institutions dedicated to defending civil society and improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable citizens.
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. Fellows are not required to take up residency in an OSF office, although that option is offered; fellows are, however, expected to spend a portion of their term visiting one or more of the organization’s main offices or at a national and regional foundation. While in residence or visiting, they are strongly encouraged to organize and participate in conferences and program events. Ultimately, fellows should sharpen the organization’s thinking, question its assumptions, and broaden its understanding of the pivotal political and social problems posed by a given proposition. In order to facilitate these interactions, proficiency in spoken English is required.
Donor Name: Open Society Foundation
Funding name: Open Society Fellowship
Deadline: February, 4th, 2019
Funding details link: Click to view
● Fellows will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income. The stipend does not necessarily equal the applicant’s current salary.
● In most cases, the program will advise fellows on ways to communicate their work to a broader audience and influence current debates. Staff also work to integrate fellows into the networks of OSF’s individual and organizational partners and grantees and with other members of the fellowship cohort.
● In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive a project budget. That budget may include expenses such as travel (including airfare and hotel), visa costs, part-time research assistance, conference fees and health insurance. Fellowship expenses should not include operational or programmatic costs, such as employees and physical infrastructure. The purpose of the fellowship is to support individual fellows; therefore, the program will cover mainly individual expenses.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Fellowships are awarded for one year.
Eligible organization: As below
● Eligibility Criteria
Ideal fellows are specialists who can see beyond the parochialisms of their field and possess the tenacity to complete a project of exceptional merit. Proposals will be accepted from anywhere in the world, although demonstrable proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Applicants should possess and demonstrate a deep understanding of the major themes embedded within the proposition above and be willing to work in a cohort of fellows with diverse occupational, geographic, and ideological profiles. Successful applicants should be eager to exploit the many resources offered by the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with our global network.
● 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 organizations or individuals acting on behalf of organizations will not be accepted.
Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Applicants are first required to submit a one- to two page, single-spaced, letter of inquiry that outlines the topic of the project, proposed work product, and relevance to the proposition. A CV should accompany the letter of inquiry. Letters of inquiry should address the following questions:
● What is the central argument of your proposed project as it relates to the proposition?
● How does your project advance or challenge current thinking?
● Who is/are the intended audience/s?
● What are the potential work products?
The letter of inquiry should be submitted through the online Grantee Portal. Letters of inquiry will be reviewed within 6 weeks. Inquiries showing promise will be invited to submit a full proposal.
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