Soros Equality Fellowship, Open Society Foundations

The OrganizationThe Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.

We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.

We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Position OverviewThe U.S. Programs’ Equality team seeks applicants for its Soros Equality Fellowship, which aims to support emerging mid-career professionals who will become long-term innovative leaders influencing the racial justice field. The fellowship award provides individuals with a grant of $100,000 to support production of an innovative racial justice project over the course of 18 months. 

We seek a diverse cohort of applicants, including but not limited to activists, artists, journalists, and organizers, to produce a project with meaningful impact. This approach recognizes the power of individuals to use a variety of tools, from traditional advocacy to the arts, to impact change and uplift the mission and values of an open society.

How To ApplyThose interested in the fellowship should first review the Soros Equality Fellowship application and guidelines. There are three stages to the application and selection process. First, all applicants must submit a full application by the deadline. Second, from the pool of applicants, we will select a group of finalists who will be invited to interview with a selection committee consisting of Open Society Foundations staff and outside experts. Finally, from the pool of finalists, we will select up to 12 individuals to receive fellowship awards.

Completed proposals are due January 10, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST), and must be submitted online.

Applicants who are uncertain about the parameters of the fellowships guidelines may submit a brief email inquiry to: Please do not submit an email inquiry before reviewing the appropriate documents.


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