Deadline: February 14, 2022
Applications are open for the Open Society U.S. Soros Equality Fellowship 2022. The Soros Equality Fellowship seeks to support individual leaders influencing and transforming the racial justice field.
They understand the unique role an individual can play in rejecting old paradigms and presenting a new vision for the United States they hope to become. They invite applicants to be bold, innovative, and audacious in their submissions.
The aim of the Fellowship is to be flexible and open—a space to incubate new ideas, promote risk-taking, and develop different ways of thinking that challenge and expand our existing assumptions. A successful project should identify a challenge and propose a critical intervention that will meaningfully address the systems that reinforce inequities and discrimination in the United States.
- Applicants must be able to devote at least 35 hours per week to the project if awarded a Fellowship; and the project must be the applicant’s only full-time work during the course of the Fellowship.
- Applicants may be based outside the United States, provided their work directly pertains to a U.S. racial justice issue and is able to demonstrate a proficiency in spoken and written English.
- Up to two individuals can apply jointly for a Soros Equality Fellowship. However, joint applications will share one fellowship award. A joint application should be completed together as a single submission. For joint applicants, the “full-time work” requirement does not apply to each applicant. All other restrictions associated with an individual application still apply.
- Projects that include electioneering, lobbying, or other activity that does not fall within IRS 501(c)(3) guidelines will not be funded.
- There are three stages to the application and selection process. First, all applicants must submit a full and completed application by the deadline of February 14, 2022.
- Secondly, each application will be reviewed for critical need, competitiveness, ability to influence the racial justice field, innovation, and the leadership qualities of the applicant. Applications will be evaluated on the extent to which the applicant possesses the vision, drive, and skills needed to broaden understanding, spur debate, or catalyze change on the issues at the heart of the Open Society Foundations’ racial justice priorities. They will then select a group of finalists who will be invited to interview with a selection committee consisting of Open Society Foundations staff and outside social justice experts.
- Finally, after each finalist is interviewed, they will select up to 15 individuals to receive a Fellowship award.
For more information, visit Soros Equality Fellowship.