What is the OSF Fellowship in Nonprofit Law?
The OSF Fellowship in Nonprofit Law permits one Fellow each year to spend a year in residence at the Open Society Foundations Office of the General Counsel, working with the General Counsel and the staff of attorneys on legal issues facing the Foundations. In addition, the Fellow will be deployed to OSF’s various projects and programs to address the legal, business, and organizational issues confronted by these projects and programs. A Fellowship at OSF will provide a recent law school graduate with exposure to an unusually wide variety of legal and organizational issues encountered by private foundations.
Who can be a OSF Fellow?
Each year, one Fellowship is awarded to a recent U.S. law school graduate. Fellows are selected for their scholarship, leadership, and commitment to practicing in the field of nonprofit law. Fellows will be selected without regard to the applicant’s race, color, religion, gender, political beliefs, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation.
Open Society Foundations Office of the General Counsel
The OSF Office of the General Counsel is responsible for overseeing all of the legal affairs of the Open Society Foundations, an international grant making network. The Office of the General Counsel handles a wide variety of domestic and international legal issues in many fields, including exempt organizations law and compliance with tax laws and regulations applicable to private foundations.
The Office of the General Counsel’s portfolio also includes: advising all OSF entities (i.e., national and regional foundations) as needed; providing general corporate advice to OSF and its entities; advising with respect to domestic and international grant making; advising OSF management with respect to governance and compliance policies in its offices, as requested; advising in connection with the creation and administration of not-for-profit entities in the U.S. and abroad; a commercial/transactional practice that includes structuring, negotiating, and documenting business transactions in the U.S. and abroad; advising with respect to employment law matters; advising on intellectual property issues, such as licenses and trademark protection; and advising with respect to real estate matters.
The Office of General Counsel employs a staff of 31 worldwide, with 13 staff in New York City.
Term and Salary
The term of the OSF Fellowship is one year. The 2017 Fellow will receive a salary of $50,000 plus benefits.