Open Society Presidential Fellowship

There will be no fellowship intake for the 2018–2019 term.

The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded 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 Executive Office 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 2017 fellowship will commence in September 2017 with the term ending in July 2018. Fellows will receive a salary of $65,000 plus benefits.


For MPP/MPA applicants only, see complete guidelines and apply online. The deadline for this application is: January 4, 2017.

For MBA and JD/LLM applicants, visit the NYU website to apply. The deadline for these applications is: December 5, 2016. 

For more information about the Presidential Fellowship, please contact: [email protected].