Open Society Fellowship for International Students 2017

Applications are invited for Open Society Fellowship available for applicants from all parts of the world. This is a fellowship for individuals only and does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.

The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support 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.

Course Level: This is a one-year fellowship programme.


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Fellowship Support

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. The stipend does not necessarily equal the applicant’s current salary. In certain cases, fellows will receive additional financial support to enable them to meet the residency expectation.

In most cases, the programme will advise fellows on ways to communicate their work to a broader audience and influence current debates. Staff also works to integrate fellows into the networks of individual and organisational partners and grantees.


The Open Society Fellowship accepts proposals from anywhere in the world. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject and a track record of professional accomplishment. The Past and current fellows have included journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields.

Successful applicants will be eager to exploit the many resources offered by the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with our global network. Ideal fellows are specialists who can see beyond the parochialisms of their field and possess the tenacity to complete a project of exceptional merit. Proficiency in spoken English is required.

How to Apply

Those interested in the fellowship should first download and review the complete fellowship guidelines.

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.

Letters of inquiry will be reviewed within five weeks. Applications showing promise will be invited to submit a full proposal.

To apply, submit letters of inquiry here

Important Dates

The first deadline to submit letters of inquiry on these statements is 07th September 2016

Applicants will receive a response by 01st October 2016

The second deadline is 01st March 2017, with responses to applicants by 24th March 2017

Open Society Foundations

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