Open Society Foundation Equality Fellowship / Deadline: February 13


The Open Society Foundations seek applicants for the Soros Equality Fellowship, which aims to support long-term leaders influencing the racial justice field. The fellowship award provides individuals with $100,000 to support the production of an innovative racial justice project over the course of 18 months.

The aim of the fellowship is to incubate new ideas, promote risk-taking, and develop different ways of thinking that challenge and expand our existing assumptions. The proposed project must provide considerable value to the racial justice field and inspire new approaches to address issues of structural inequities and discrimination.

Applicants are encouraged to consider their project within the current social and political moment. Toxic narratives, racialized anxiety, economic insecurity, and an outright assault on civil rights protections have reinforced divisions and the systems that perpetuate inequities. Applicants are asked to contextualize their project and explain how and why their project is necessary to counter these threats and move toward a new and inclusive multiracial democracy.

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. Fellows cannot be full-time students during their fellowship. In addition, if awarded a fellowship, applicants must be available to attend a set of activities during the fellowship term: New Fellows Orientation in New York (tentatively set for July 2020); the Soros Equality Fellowship retreat (tentatively set for fall of 2020); fellowship class network calls; and a Rockwood Leadership Institute training. Exact dates and locations will be confirmed upon fellowship selection.

Click here for more information and to apply.