Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellowships 2016

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Application Deadline: July 15th 2016

The Open Society Foundations are pleased to announce a new opportunity for senior-level government officials and staff in the United States who have recently left public service. Open Society’s U.S. Programs will award individual grants in 2016 to people who have played a significant role in advancing social change from within government in the United States at the local, state, or federal levels.


  • Fellows will receive funding (in the general range of $100,000 to $133,000) depending on work experience, seniority, and percentage of time committed to the project, which will range from 12 to 18 months in duration.
Eligibility Criteria


  • All projects must relate to one or more of U.S. Programs’ central goals: a more inclusive and accountable American democracy; a fair criminal justice system; full political, economic, and civic participation of communities of color and immigrants; and equitable economic growth.
  • Projects can focus on a particular issue or cut across these broad areas of interest. Please carefully review the complete guidelines for more details on the fellowship requirements.
Purpose and Priorities


  • A project might identify a problem in the implementation of policy that has yet to be fully recognized or discussed, offer new strategies on how to work with government and advocate for policy change, or highlight a different approach for legislative or executive action

Application Procedure:

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