Open Society Fellowship
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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.
Download the complete fellowship guidelines.
Download the proposal tips.
Ben Rawlence2013Ben Rawlence was conducting interviews with young Somali refugees in Kenya and recording their stories of survival and their aspirations for the future.
Helen Epstein2013Helen Epstein was writing a book on charity and the politics of epidemics.
Jennifer Gordon2013Jennifer Gordon was looking at the harms posed to workers worldwide by increasingly common labor recruitment and subcontracting practices.
Madawi al-Rasheed2013Madawi al-Rasheed wrote about young Saudi Islamists and their attitudes toward democratization and the Arab uprisings.
Timothy A. Wise2013Timothy A. Wise studied the hidden links between food security and commodities markets.
Vanda Felbab-Brown2013Vanda Felbab-Brown was researching seven illicit economies to determine how best to understand and manage them in ways that enhance human security and human rights.
Ambika Satkunanathan2018Ambika Satkunanathan's fellowship project looks at how the failure to consider patronage networks and political power relations can hamper the enforcement of human rights laws.
Nadia Marzouki2018Nadia Marzouki is challenging the traditional view that liberal secularists are locked in battle with religious fundamentalists. Instead, she sees "civic ecumenism" as an effective counterweight to religious nationalism.