Applications are invited for Open Society Fellowship available for applicants from all parts of the world. This is a fellowship for individuals only and does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research. International Fellowship terms are for one year which covers stipend, accommodation, airfare, visa costs, research assistance, conference fees and health insurance. Most fellows spend a portion of their term in one or more Open Society Foundation offices. The deadline for application is January 4, 2016.
Study Subject(s): The Foundation’s core areas of concern are human rights, government transparency, access to information, access to justice, the promotion of civil society and social inclusion. Project themes should cut across these areas of interest.
Course Level: This is a one year fellowship program.
Scholarship Provider: Open Society Foundation
Scholarship can be taken at: Most fellows spend a portion of their term in one or more Open Society Foundation offices in New York, Washington, London, Brussels, or Budapest, or at a regional foundation. 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.
Eligibility: 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. Past and current fellows have included journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields. Successful applicants will be eager to exploit the many resources offered by the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with our global network. 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.
Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: This Open Society fellowship considers applicants from all parts of the world.
Scholarship Description: 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. 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. Fellows should take advantage of the considerable intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and expect to contribute meaningfully to the Foundations’ thinking in return.
Number of award(s): A small number of applicants are selected as finalists.
Duration of award(s): International Fellowship terms are for one year, the program will consider requests for shorter or longer durations. Slight preference is given to applications for full-time fellowships, but the program will consider applicants who can only work part-time on their projects.
What does it cover? 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. In certain cases, fellows will receive additional financial support to enable them to meet the residency expectation. 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 its networks of individual and organizational partners and grantees. 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 only cover individual expenses.
Selection Criteria: Fellowship staff evaluate applications in consultation with Foundation colleagues and outside experts. Reviewers consider whether the applicant’s background, track record, and depth of expertise give reason to believe that the project will be successfully completed and whether the applicant offers persuasive evidence that the fellowship project will significantly inform and challenge the Open Society community.
Notification: All applicants who have submitted an inquiry will receive responses by February 1, 2016. Full proposals will be evaluated by early June 2016 and all applicants will subsequently receive a response.
How to Apply: 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 above, accompanied by a CV. This is the first stage in the application process. Letters of inquiry will be reviewed within 6 weeks. Applicants showing promise will be invited to submit a full application.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is January 4, 2016.