Open Society Foundations Call for Applications: Leadership in Government Fellowship for the Residents of the United States

Deadline: 25 June 2017

Applications are currently open for Open Society Foundations’ Leadership in Government Fellowship Program, founded in 2016 to support former senior-level government staff in the United States who have recently left public service and have played a significant role in advancing social change from within government in the United States at the local, state, or federal levels.

The Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs will award individual grants to people who have played a significant role in advancing social change from within government in the United States at the local, state, or federal levels. The individual grant will allow leaders fresh off their time in government to reflect on their public service, expand their network and knowledge, and insert their unique perspectives and expertise into the public dialogue.

Program Goals

The work of U.S. Programs is organized around four central goals:

  • Justice: seeking a society whose justice systems are fair and equitable for all, especially those who are most vulnerable, and whose public policies and institutions promote individual and community health and safety
  • Democratic Practice: Seeking to strengthen the quality and resilience of American democracy through inclusive and informed civic and political participation, and through accountable and effective institutions that adhere to and further the rule of law and human rights.
  • Equality: Seeking to counteract the distortions of racial and ethnic discrimination by increasing the individual and organizational capacity of immigrants and people of color to access opportunity.
  • Economic Advancement: Seeking to advance an economic system that provides full and equal economic opportunity for all, especially for marginalized and excluded individuals, by augmenting their participation in the economy and transforming the economic system in which that participation takes place.

Benefits

Fellows will receive a stipend in a general range of $90,000 – $130,000 depending on work experience, seniority, fellowship term, and percentage of time committed to the project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • S. Programs seeks fellowship applicants who have served in local, state, or federal government in the United States in a senior-level position.
  • The ideal candidates are public servants who have recently completed their time in government (within the last two years) or will have completed their term prior to the beginning of their fellowship and have served in the chief executive role or senior management of their agency or office.
  • Ideally, applicants see themselves serving as change agents within government in the future or are looking to apply their public service experience to an advocacy career. People of all political parties or ideologies are encouraged to apply, especially those who can challenge our thinking and approach to social change.
  • Successful applicants will demonstrate the following qualities:
    • a keen interest in reflecting on their government service;
    • a passion for solving problems and implementing policy;
    • the desire to advance ideas beyond their former jurisdictions; and
    • a desire to inject their work into the public dialogue.
  • The fellowship program only accepts individual applications.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must download an application form available on the given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit Leadership in Government Fellowship.

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