The Open Society Foundation has launched Soros Equality Fellowship to support emerging midcareer professionals whom they believe will become long-term innovative leaders impacting racial justice.
The Soros Equality Fellowship seeks to support individual leaders influencing and transforming the racial justice field. The Foundation understand the unique role an individual can play in rejecting old paradigms and presenting a new vision for the United States they hope to become.
The aim of the Fellowship is to be flexible and open—a space to incubate new ideas, promote risk-taking, and develop different ways of thinking that challenge and expand the existing assumptions. A successful project should identify a challenge and propose a critical intervention that will meaningfully address the systems that reinforce inequities and discrimination in the United States.
A successful project should identify a challenge and propose a critical intervention that will meaningfully address the systems that reinforce inequities and discrimination in the United States. Through this Fellowship, Open Society aims to provide a network of leaders, representing the diversity of experiences, with the resources to address racial inequality and the space they need to imagine a more equitable future.
- Fellows will typically receive a $100,000 grant over the 18 month fellowship to support expenses related to the project. These award amounts are all-inclusive are are intended to cover a fellow’s living expenses, project-related expenses, travel, conference fees, health insurance, etc. We do not provide additional funds beyond the fellowship award. Over the course of the fellowship, there may be additional OSF-sponsored conferences, gathering, or events.
- Fellowship Term and Time Commitment: Applicants must be able to devote at least 35 hours per week to the project if awarded a Fellowship; and the project must be the applicant’s only full-time work during the course of the Fellowship.
- Projects Based Outside the United States: Applicants may be based outside the United States, provided their work directly pertains to a U.S. racial justice issue and is able to demonstrate a proficiency in spoken and written English.
- Joint Applications: Up to two individuals can apply jointly for a Soros Equality Fellowship. However, joint applications will share one fellowship award. A joint application should be completed together as a single submission. For joint applicants, the “full-time work” requirement does not apply to each applicant. All other restrictions associated with an individual application still apply.
The program does not fund the following:
- Enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research;
- Projects that address racial justice issues outside the United States (applicants themselves, however, can be based outside the United States, as long as their work directly relates to a U.S. issue);
- Projects that serve as proxy for an organizational grant;
- Lobbying or political activities.
- There are three stages to the application and selection process. First, all applicants must submit a full and completed application by the deadline;
- Secondly, each application will be reviewed for critical need, competitiveness, ability to influence the racial justice field, innovation, and the leadership qualities of the applicant;
- Applications will be evaluated on the extent to which the applicant possesses the vision, drive, and skills needed to broaden understanding, spur debate, or catalyze change on the issues at the heart of the Open Society Foundations’ racial justice priorities. They will then select a group of finalists who will be invited to interview with a selection committee consisting of Open Society Foundations staff and outside social justice experts
- Finally, after each finalist is interviewed, they will select up to 15 individuals to receive a Fellowship award.
For more information, visit https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/soros-equality-fellowship