Open Society Presidential Fellowship

The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded yearly to recent JD, LLM, MPA, MPP, and MBA graduates from accredited law, public policy, and business schools. Based in New York City, fellows pursue work related to human rights, good governance, and justice through an 11-month residence within the Office of the President at the Open Society Foundations.

Fellows will work with staff, grantees, and other fellows on special initiatives that address the legal, business, policy, and organizational issues confronted by the Foundations’ various programs and projects. They will gain exposure and connections to the Open Society Foundations’ leadership and partner organizations, and cultivate knowledge about open society strategies.

The term of the Open Society Presidential Fellowship is 11 months. The 2016 fellowship will commence in September 2016 with the term ending in July 2017. Fellows will receive a salary of $60,000 plus benefits.

Eligibility Criteria

The Open Society Presidential Fellowships will be awarded to three (3) students graduating in 2016 from an accredited U.S. law, public policy, or business school.

Purpose and Priorities

Through the Presidential Fellowship, recent law, business, or policy school graduates will work on an unusually wide variety of external and institutional issues encountered by the Foundations and the nonprofit organizations that it funds. It will also provide an opportunity to identify an emerging or changing area of legal, public, or economic policy or practice and to explore that area in depth, examining it within the real-life context of a complex, sophisticated global philanthropy.

The mix of work is approximately two-thirds assignments and projects chosen by the president of the Open Society Foundations, and one-third work on an issue the fellow chooses to explore in depth with the approval of the president.


Download the complete guidelines and email all application materials in a single PDF to the email address indicated in the guidelines. The deadline for the MBA fellowship is February 19, 2016. The MPP and JD positions are closed.