Apply to the Open Society Foundations Fellowship 2016

Apply to the Open Society Foundations Fellowship 2016

Deadline: September 7, 2016

The Open Society Foundations 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 fellowship seeks “idea entrepreneurs” from across the world who are ready to challenge conventional wisdom. Successful applicants will be eager to exploit the many resources offered by the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with the global network.


  • One year fellows will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be prorated for shorter term fellows. The stipend does not necessarily equal the applicant’s current salary. In certain cases, fellows will receive additional financial support to enable them to meet the residency expectation.


  • Open to journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields;
  • Applicants should possess and demonstrate a deep understanding of the major themes embedded within the statement for which they wish to apply and be willing to serve in a cohort of fellows with diverse occupational, geographic, and ideological profiles;
  • Ideal fellows are specialists who can see beyond the parochialisms of their field and possess the tenacity to complete a project of exceptional merit.
  • The fellowship program only accepts individual applications.

Application Process

  • Create an account here;
  • Applicants are 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 statements above;
  • A CV should accompany the letter of inquiry with a CV;
  • Letters of inquiry should address the following questions:
    • What is the central argument of your proposed project as it relates to the statement?
    • How does your project advance or challenge current thinking?
    • Who is/are the intended audience/s?
    • What are the potential work products?

Applicants will receive a response by October 1, 2016.

For more information, contact [email protected] or visit Open Society Foundations Fellowship.