Soros Equality Fellowship (OSF)

The U.S. Programs’ Equality team seeks applicants for its Soros Equality Fellowship, which aims to support emerging mid-career professionals who will become long-term innovative leaders influencing the racial justice field. The fellowship award provides individuals with a grant of $100,000 to support production of an innovative racial justice project over the course of 18 months. 

We seek a diverse cohort of applicants, including but not limited to activists, artists, journalists, and organizers, to produce a project with meaningful impact. This approach recognizes the power of individuals to use a variety of tools, from traditional advocacy to the arts, to impact change and uplift the mission and values of an open society.

Eligibility Criteria

We are looking to fund projects that align with the U.S Programs’ Equality team’s approach to racial justice. This approach:

  • rejects the 21st century postracial myth, which claims that by acknowledging race and ethnicity, we promote racism and xenophobia; it instead embraces the value of acknowledging the discriminatory impact that certain seemingly race-neutral policies can have on immigrants and communities of color;
  • believes that documenting this disparate impact and the ongoing role of discrimination provides a platform for others to question the legitimacy of structures that limit access to democracy, justice, education, and the economy;
  • recognizes the enduring power of language, image, media, the arts, and public opinion to combat or perpetuate discrimination against immigrants and people of color in the United States and across the globe; and
  • prioritizes the dismantling of structures that perpetuate discrimination over the targeting of individual actors who engage in discrimination.

Ineligibility Criteria

The program does not fund the following:

  • enrollment for degree or nondegree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research
  • projects that address racial justice issues outside the United States (applicants themselves, however, can be based outside the United States, as long as their work directly relates to a U.S. issue)
  • lobbying or political activities


Those interested in the fellowship should first review the Soros Equality Fellowship application and guidelines. There are three stages to the application and selection process. First, all applicants must submit a full application by the deadline. Second, from the pool of applicants, we will select a group of finalists who will be invited to interview with a selection committee consisting of Open Society Foundations staff and outside experts. Finally, from the pool of finalists, we will select up to 12 individuals to receive fellowship awards.

Completed proposals are due January 10, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST), and must be submitted online.

Applicants who are uncertain about the parameters of the fellowships guidelines may submit a brief email inquiry to: [email protected]. Please do not submit an email inquiry before reviewing the appropriate documents.

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