Puerto Rico Youth Fellowship
Note: Due to complications related to the coronavirus pandemic, the deadline has been extended to Friday, April 3, 2020.
Puerto Rico is witnessing a historic moment, as young people continue to call out their government’s abandonment of the country’s most vulnerable communities. Responding to the recent earthquakes, as well as the government’s inadequate efforts to support those without secure housing, young people continue to organize to defend the rights of their communities. With the motive to continue supporting social and political movements led by young people, Open Society Foundations is pleased to announce the second year of the Puerto Rico Youth Fellowship.
The duration of the fellowship is 18 continuous months starting in August 2020 (approx. August 2020–February 2022). Recipients of the fellowship will receive $45,000, structured to cover project related costs as well as a living stipend.
To apply, please attach a copy of your resume and your letter of intent, and e-mail email@example.com on or before April 3, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EDT).
- Curriculum vitae, resume or biography: no more than two pages
- Letter of intent: You must complete Part 1 (Table of Questions) and Part 2 (Essay, Video, or Voice note) of the letter of intent. If you are applying for a part-time project, you must complete Part 3. Please refer to the letter of intent document for more information.
For more information, please download the guidelines and application document below. For further inquiries, please contact the Puerto Rico Youth Fellowship team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Informational Conference Call
For more information about the 2019 Fellows as well as information about the eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply, join our conference call on March 27, 2020.
Date: March 27
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Call-in number: +1-800-747-5150
Call-in code: 2797188#
Download the complete guidelines and application. (Updated: March 17, 2020)
Download the letter of intent instructions.
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