2017 SOROS EQUALITY FELLOWSHIP

DEADLINE: November 16, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST)

The Open Society Foundations' (OSF) Soros Equality Fellowship supports emerging mid-career professionals who will become long-term innovative leaders impacting the racial justice field.  The Fellowship award provides individuals: 1) from $80,000 to $100,000 to produce innovative racial justice projects over the course of 12 to 18 months; 2) leadership development training; 3) professional networking; 4) and other opportunities to advance their project and careers.     

Application Process

Before submitting a full proposal, all interested applicants must submit a CV or resume and a one-to-two page, single-spaced, Letter of Inquiry, which outlines the topic of the project, proposed work product, and relevance to the fellowship guidelines.  Letters of Inquiry and CVs are due by November 16, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST) and may be submitted beginning October 28, 2016.  Within two weeks of the November 16th deadline, OSF will invite approved applicants to submit full proposals. Once a letter of inquiry has been reviewed, the applicant may be invited to submit a full proposal. We will not consider any uninvited applications for the fellowship. Invited full proposals are due by December 19, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST) and must be submitted online (the online system will begin accepting applications on November 28, 2016).

 Fellowship Overview

The Soros Equality Fellowship is based within the Open Society Foundation’s U.S. Programs Equality team and seeks to support emerging mid-career professionals whom we believe will become long-term innovative leaders impacting racial justice.  This approach recognizes the power of individuals to use a variety of tools, from traditional advocacy to the arts, to impact change and uplift the mission and values of an Open Society.  The Fellowship award includes $80,000 to $100,000 over the course of the fellowship period, accompanied by the requisite skill building, mentorship, and support to ensure a fluid leadership pipeline between early career promise and later-career expertise.  We seek a diverse cohort of applicants and finalist pool, including activists, artists, scholars, journalists, and organizers, to produce projects with meaningful impact.  


Applicants are required to submit a CV or resume of no more than three pages and a one-to-two page, single-spaced, letter of inquiry that outlines the topic of the project, proposed work product, and relevance to the stated racial justice priorities of the Equality team.  

Letters of inquiry should address the following questions:

  • What is the central argument of your proposed project as it relates to the statement?
  • How does your project advance or challenge current thinking?
  • Who is/are the intended United States-based audience/s?
  • What are the potential work products?
  • How does your project contribute to the United States racial justice field?
  • How will this project support your skill and leadership development?

Letters of inquiry will be reviewed within six weeks of the submission deadline. Inquiries showing promise will be invited to submit a full proposal. Unfortunately, we do not have the staff capacity to provide specific feedback on all inquiries.  In general, we strongly discourage re-submitting unsuccessful letters of inquiry.

Once a letter of inquiry has been reviewed, the applicant may be invited to submit a full proposal. We will not consider any uninvited applications for the fellowship.