Open Society Foundation’s Community Youth Fellowships: Inviting Youth of the United States

Deadline: 22 March 2017

The Open Society Foundations’ Youth Exchange, in partnership with the Open Places Initiative, seeks applicants for its Community Youth Fellowships.

The Community Youth Fellowships will support dynamic activists aged 18-25 who want to implement a project of their own design that advances human rights in Buffalo, San Diego, or Puerto Rico. Successful applicants should demonstrate a connection to the community in which they will be based. Human rights projects could include those relating to criminal justice, workers’ rights, employment, education, health, housing, or immigration, among other subject areas.

Through these fellowships, the Open Society Foundations aim to provide young people at the early stage of their work with the support they need to develop great ideas that contribute to dismantle challenges in their communities and advance the values of an open society. Applicants may employ, either alone or in combination, any number of strategies to achieve the goals and objectives set forth in their projects. These strategies include but are not limited to: grassroots organizing, public education, strategic communications, policy advocacy, and coalition building.

Award and Duration

The fellowships come with an award of up to $60,000 for full-time, 18-month projects (prorated for part-time or 12-month projects).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be between the ages of 18 and 25. Their proposed projects must focus on human rights and take place in underserved communities in Puerto Rico, Buffalo, or San Diego.
  • Applicants must be at the earliest stages of their careers, have and want to learn more about what it takes to be most effective as an activist. Applicants directly affected by, or with significant direct personal experience of, the challenges, policies, practices, and systems their projects seek to address are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with intellectual and developmental disabilities are also strongly encouraged to apply regardless of support required. Effective and meaningful support will be provided to ensure the candidate is successful.

Community Youth Fellowships do not fund the following:

  • Enrollment in an academic institution for degree or non-degree study, including dissertation research. However, candidates who apply for a part-time fellowship may continue their academic studies on their personal time.
  • Please carefully review our Tax Law Lobbying Rules before submitting an application. If awarded a fellowship, applicants must agree to refrain from engaging in restricted lobbying activities during the term of the fellowship.

How to Apply

To apply, applicants must complete the online application form available on the given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit Community Youth Fellowships.

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