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Open Society Fellowship

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Individuals
for Projects to Combat Economic Inequality

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Fellowships starting at $80,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals for projects that explore how to fight economic inequality. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry before applying. Fellows are expected to work on a related topic of their choice and to produce work in a medium of their choosing, such as books, art projects, journalistic or academic articles, or a series of convenings.

In addition, fellowship cohorts may develop a joint work product of some sort. Fellowship staff will assist cohorts in brainstorming possible outputs.

Successful projects should push the boundaries of current thinking and carry lessons that can be applied to a variety of settings. Applicants should carefully consider the impact they want their work to have and the audiences they wish to reach. They should then think creatively about the activities and work products that will reach these audiences most effectively.

For all cultural projects, including documentary film, the proposal must also demonstrate rigorous and original thinking about how cultural expression can address the challenges embedded in the given proposition.

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.

Fellows who wish to work on their project in a country in which they do not have citizenship must satisfy and comply with applicable visa requirements. The program will help fellows obtain necessary visas and will cover all associated costs.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178081

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

Fellowships are awarded for one year.

A fellowship term can begin up to a year after selection, in consultation with program staff.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Open Society Fellowship chooses its fellows from a diverse pool of applicants that includes journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields. The fellowship program considers applicants from all parts of the world. Applicants should possess and be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the major themes embedded within the proposition for which they wish to apply and be willing to serve in a cohort of fellows with diverse occupational, geographic, and ideological profiles.

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.
- The fellowship will not fund the production of a documentary film from the project budget. However, projects involving pre-production research and development and post-production advocacy and outreach efforts conducted by a single person will be considered.
- 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.
- Projects that include lobbying activities will not be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are asked to submit a letter of inquiry online by midnight (EDT) on February 4, 2019. Letters of inquiry will be reviewed within 6 weeks. Inquiries showing promise will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI online:

Open Society Foundations
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
United States

Phone: 1-212-548-0600
Fax: 1-212-548-4600

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.