Individuals Addressing Open Society Challenges Invited to Apply for Fellowship

A program of the Open Society Foundations, the Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals around the world pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship program seeks to fund work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching conversations within the Open Society Foundations network and globally.

For the current application round, the program invites proposals relevant to the following propositions: Human rights are under siege everywhere. Why?

1) Those who carry out human rights analysis and reporting have been seduced by legal frameworks and largely ignore imbalances of power that lead to rights violations.

2) Political leaders increasingly play on fears that human rights are a Trojan Horse, threatening societies by promising rights to dangerous "others."

These statements are intended as a provocation — to stimulate productive controversy and debate — and do not necessarily represent the views of the Open Society Foundations. Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with one or both of these statements in their submissions. Once chosen, fellows will work on projects of their own design and passion. At the same time, they are expected to take advantage of the intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and contribute meaningfully to the foundations’ thinking. Fellows also will have opportunities to collaborate with one another as a cohort.

The program accepts proposals from anywhere in the world. Applicants should possess 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.

Full-time fellows based in the United States 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. For fellows based elsewhere, appropriate adjustments will be made to reflect the cost of living in those countries. In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive a project budget.

Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than March 1, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete application by March 24, 2017.

See the Open Society Foundations website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.