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Open Society Youth Fellowship for International Applicants, 2015

Applications are invited for Open Society Youth Fellowship from young activists and organizers to work on their proposed project. Fellowship supports in crafting solutions and new youth-focused approaches to open society challenges. All applicants should be under the age of 30. The youth exchange accepts proposals from anywhere in the world, with a particular interest in proposals from the global south. Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000–50,000 depending on experience and current income. The fellowship will also cover some travel and project costs related to the fellows‡ work to be discussed. The application deadline is May 15, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Fellowship supports in crafting solutions and new youth-focused approaches to open society challenges. Fellowship applications should relate to at least one of the following areas of work:
-youth mobilization and innovation in traditional human rights movements (i.e., the LGBTQ rights movement, disability rights, women‡s rights, drug policy reform, etc.)
-youth participation and civic engagement particularly around elections
-youth-led movements
-youth-led work in the field of justice (for example, policing, pretrial detention, incarcerated youth, or alternative sentencing)
-youth tactics in advocacy and awareness raising (for example new media, arts activism, peer-to-peer networks, etc.) around human rights issues
-youth in closed or transitional societies.
Course Level:
Fellowship is available for young activists and organizers to work on their proposed project.
Programme Provider:
Open Society Foundation
Award can be taken at:
 Anywhere in the world (outside of Open Society Foundations core offices.)

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Eligibility:
-All applicants should be under the age of 30. While they will consider applicants who are currently employed by a civil society organization or university, they will request additional information to confirm that the individual is acting on their own in regards to their proposed project, and that their current employer is flexible with their independent role as a Youth Fellow.
-The Youth Exchange accepts proposals from anywhere in the world, with a particular interest in proposals from the global south. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their particular field and a record of successful movement-building initiatives, innovative project management experience, and/or experience in research/tools development. Applicants must be proficient in spoken English.

Open for International Students: The Open Society FoundationsApplicants from all around the world are eligible to apply for this programme.

Description: The Open Society Youth Fellowship supports young activists and organizers as thought leaders and allies in crafting solutions and new youth-focused approaches to open society challenges. Youth 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. While fellows will work outside of Open Society Foundations core offices, they will liaise with the Open Society Youth Exchange to identify opportunities for both in-person and virtual engagement with Open Society staff and partners. The Youth Exchange will work with each individual fellow to identify additional opportunities for the fellow to learn from and collaborate with staff and partners through site visits, speaking engagements, and other fora. Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications, such as reports and blog posts; infographics and other visual content; innovative education and training resources and tools; the launch of new campaigns and organizations; and creation of artistic or cultural expression projects. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, and presenting on their work in other public spaces.

Number of award(s):  Not Known

Duration of award(s): Not Known

What does it cover? Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000–50,000 depending on experience and current income. The fellowship will also cover some travel and project costs related to the fellows‡ work to be discussed.

Selection Criteria: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of Open Society Foundations staff.  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 the public and the Open Society community.

Notification: The Fellows will be notified in late July 2015. The Fellows will be announced in early August 2015.

How to Apply: All interested applicants should complete the online application form and submit supporting materials for consideration. Applicants may submit a project proposal or other materials in a language other than English, as long as they also submit an English translation. Certified translations are strongly recommended. Note: Only applicants without internet access may send an application by post. All others must apply online.

Application Form (pdf)
Online Application

Application Deadline: The application deadline is May 15, 2015.

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