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New Executives Fund


The Open Society Fellowship Program’s New Executives Fund provides key support to new nonprofit heads to help organizations navigate leadership transitions.


The New Executives Fund is an initiative of the Open Society Fellowship that aims to support newly appointed executive directors and chief executive officers who show promise to grow as leaders in fields that are central to Open Society’s core mission.

The initial period when a new executive is appointed can be the most challenging and simultaneously the most promising time for an organization. It is a period when new directors can bring fresh thinking to the organization and lead their staff into a meaningful phase of self-reflection.

Selected candidates will receive funds to support projects undertaken within the first 24 months of receiving a grant. Such support will allow new leaders to move forward with a new project early in the executive’s tenure.


The fund will not review unsolicited applications. Eligible candidates are nominated internally. For further inquiries, please contact

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