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.
In evaluating each proposal, the selection committee weighs three factors: the applicant, the topic of the project, and the work product.
Proposals received by August 1, 2011 will be evaluated by November 21, 2011. The next deadline will be in early 2012 for evaluation that spring.