The Open Society Fellowship supports 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.
Amount: One year fellows will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be prorated for shorter term fellows. In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive a project budget.
Faculty Research Office: If you wish to have feedback on your application allow at least one week – contact Karen Kueneman
Letter of Inquiry: March 1, 2017, (with responses to applicants by March 24, 2017)
Description: For the current application round, the Open Society Fellowship invites proposals relevant to the following propositions:
Human rights are under siege everywhere. Why?
- Those who carry out human rights analysis and reporting have been seduced by legal frameworks and largely ignore imbalances of power that lead to rights violations.
- Political leaders increasingly play on fears that human rights are a Trojan Horse, threatening societies by promising rights to dangerous “others.”
These statements are intended as a provocation—to stimulate productive controversy and debate. Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with one or both of these statements in their submissions. Applicants are required to submit a one- to two-page, single-spaced letter of inquiry that outlines the topic of the project, proposed work product, and relevance to the statements above. A CV should accompany the letter of inquiry.
Eligibility: 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. Applicants should possess and demonstrate a deep understanding of the major themes embedded within the statement for which they wish to apply and be willing to serve in a cohort of fellows with diverse occupational, geographic, and ideological profiles.