Open Society Fellowship
Open Society Fellows are currently working on projects that address the following proposition:
New and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship, and financialization are needed to fight pervasive economic inequality.
Ideal fellows are specialists who can see beyond the parochialisms of their field and possess the tenacity to complete a project of exceptional merit. Proposals will be accepted from anywhere in the world, although demonstrable proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Applicants should possess and demonstrate a deep understanding of the major themes embedded within the proposition above and be willing to work in a cohort of fellows with diverse occupational, geographic, and ideological profiles. Successful applicants should be eager to exploit the many resources offered by the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with our global network.
The fellowship does not fund enrollment for degree or nondegree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.
This is a fellowship for individuals only; proposals from organizations or individuals acting on behalf of organizations will not be accepted.
Purpose and Priorities
The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing 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.
Open Society fellows produce work outputs of their own choosing, such as a book, journalistic or academic articles, art projects, a series of convenings, etc. In addition, fellowship cohorts may develop a joint work product of some sort. Fellowship staff will assist cohorts in brainstorming possible outputs if needed.
The Open Society Fellowship is not currently accepting letters of inquiry; any questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the complete fellowship guidelines.
Download the proposal tips.
Euclides Gonçalves2015Euclides Gonsalves looked at the creative ways citizens and government officials in Mozambique put bureaucratic documents to work to advance their own interests.
James Murombedzi2015James Murombedzi was looking at how land expropriations affect rural farmers and local governance in Africa.
Liz Evans2015Liz Evans was producing a guide to help urban communities change how addicts are seen and to improve methods of treatment.
Lucia Nader2015Lucia Nader was looking at how rights-based groups in Brazil, the United States, and Europe have responded to the demands of mass protest movements.
Pablo Ortellado2015Pablo Ortellado’s project was looking at why international protest movements often reject representative government while simultaneously demanding better public services from the state—and what can be done about it.
Sasha Polakow-Suransky2015Sasha Polakow-Suransky was writing a book on the long-term consequences of immigration—and the political backlash against it—in France, Denmark, Holland, South Africa, and Australia.
Shekhar Singh2015Shekhar Singh, an activist and academic, was exploring the mixed success of Right to Information laws in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh in achieving accountability from governments and other actors.
Chitrangada Choudhury2014Chitrangada Choudhury, a journalist and researcher, was chronicling the profound effects of resource conflicts on the lives of marginalized and indigenous communities in India’s forested mineral belt.
Katrin Hansing2014Katrin Hansing was examining the impact of the complex economic and social reforms taking place in Cuba.
Obinna Anyadike2018Journalist Obinna Anyadike will look into the recruitment and retention practices of Boko Haram to better understand the consequences of military approaches to violent extremism.
Papa Faye2018Papa Faye is investigating whether existing legal frameworks effectively guarantee human rights enforcement in resource-rich regions.
William Isaac2018William Isaac is exploring the human rights implications of predictive algorithms used in policing.
Zoltán Búzás2018Zoltán Búzás, a political scientist, is writing a book about the “evasion” of human rights laws and norms.