Open Society Presidential (OSP) Fellowship

The Open Society Presidential Fellowship will not be offered for the 2018-2019 year. An update on the 2019-2020 Open Society Presidential Fellowship will be shared on this site in the Summer of 2018.

What is the Open Society Presidential Fellowship?

The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded yearly to recent JD, LLM, MPA, MPP, and MBA graduates from accredited law, public policy, and business schools. Based in New York City, fellows pursue work related to human rights, good governance, and justice through an 11-month residence within the Executive Office 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.

Who can be an Open Society Presidential Fellow?

The Open Society Presidential Fellowship will be awarded to three (3) students graduating from an accredited U.S. law, public policy, and business school. Fellows are selected for their scholarship, leadership, and commitment to 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, and the NYU Stern 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.  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.