Open Society Presidential (OSP) Fellowship

What is the Open Society Presidential Fellowship?
The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded yearly to recent JD, LL.M, MPA, MPP, and MBA graduates from accredited U.S. law, public policy, and business schools. Based in New York City, Fellows pursue work related to human rights, good governance, and justice through a one-year residence within the Office of the President at the Open Society Foundations. Fellows will work with staff, grantees, and other Fellows on special initiatives that address the legal, business, policy, and organizational issues confronted by the Foundations’ various programs and projects. They will gain exposure and connections to the Open Society Foundations’ leadership and partner organizations, and cultivate knowledge about open society strategies.

Through the Presidential Fellowship, recent law, business, or policy school graduates will work on an unusually wide variety of external and institutional issues encountered by the Foundations and the nonprofit organizations that it funds. It will also provide an opportunity to identify an emerging or changing area of legal, public, or economic policy or practice and to explore that area in depth, examining it within the real life context of a complex, sophisticated global philanthropy. The mix of work is approximately two-thirds assignments and projects chosen by the President of the Open Society Foundations, and one-third work on an issue the Fellow chooses to explore in depth with the approval of the President.

Who can be an Open Society Presidential Fellow?
The Open Society Presidential Fellowship will be awarded to three (3) students graduating in 2017 from an accredited U.S. law, public policy, and business school. Fellows are selected for their scholarship, leadership, and commitment to continued practice in the fields of nonprofit management, human rights, good governance, and justice. Fellows will be chosen through a selection process facilitated by NYU School of Law, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business and will be identified without regard to the applicant’s race, color, religion, gender, political beliefs, national origin, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Term and Salary
The term of the Open Society Presidential Fellowship is 11 months. The 2017 Fellowship will commence in September 2017 with the term ending in July 2018. Fellows will receive a salary of $65,000 plus benefits.

Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. It seeks to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. The Foundations help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. It implements initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. It builds alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

PDF of the OSP Fellowship Brochure

OSP Fellowship Application information