Offer: Open Society Fellowship
The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals who are developing innovative solutions to pressing open society challenges. The fellowship program seeks applicants eager to communicate original and provocative ideas to a broad audience, as well as to shape policy and inspire critical debate among activists, intellectuals, decision makers, and the public. Deadline for applications: August 1, 2011.
The program also aims to sharpen the Open Society Foundations’ thinking, question its assumptions, and broaden its understanding of pivotal problems.
The Open Society Fellowship is open to journalists, activists, academics, and public policy practitioners from around the world.
The Open Society Fellowship chooses its fellows from a diverse pool of applicants that includes journalists, activists, academics, and public policy practitioners in a variety of fields from around the world. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject area and a track record of professional accomplishment.
Possible topic areas that fellows may explore in the coming years:
Global migration and the rights of displaced minorities
Organized crime, corruption, and state failure
The economic crisis and its effect on open societies
Movement-building and state repression in societies affected by climate change
The impact of new technologies on citizen access to information and justice
The link between governance, transparency, and economic development.
Open Society Fellows are currently investigating the corrosive effect of the global arms trade on democratic institutions, the challenges of community organizing in rural America, and new techniques of outreach and communication with victims of mass atrocity.
What these projects share is a zeal for problem-solving, the confidence to test hypotheses against observed reality, and an impatience with conventional or clichéd thinking.
Applicants who are uncertain whether their topic fits within the Foundations’ focus areas are invited to submit a brief letter of inquiry, accompanied by a CV, before proceeding with the online application process.
Full-time fellows based in the United States will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be prorated for part-time fellows. For fellows based elsewhere, appropriate adjustments will be made to reflect the cost of living in those countries.
Deadline for submitting the application is August 1, 2011