OSF fellowship 2016

Deadline: September 7th, 2016


The fellowship seeks “idea entrepreneurs” from across the world who are ready to challenge conventional wisdom. The fellowship program only accepts individual applications and granted for one year, six months, and, in a small number of cases, for three months.

Fellowship staff will work with fellows to assemble cohorts around a given statement to coordinate their work. Once awarded, a fellowship can begin whenever the fellow chooses, in consultation with fellowship staff. The program encourages submissions from applicants with families and will work with fellows to devise a schedule that meets their needs and the program’s expectations.


OSF fellowships are open to journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields from all parts of the world.

Applicants should possess and demonstrate a deep understanding of the major themes embedded within the statement for which they wish to apply and be willing to serve in a cohort of fellows with diverse occupational, geographic, and ideological profiles.

Fellows who wish to work on their project in a country in which they do not have citizenship must satisfy and comply with applicable visa requirements. The fellowship program will help fellows obtain necessary visas and will cover all associated costs.

Scholarship value

One year OSF fellows will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be prorated for shorter term fellows.

In certain cases, fellows will receive additional financial support to enable them to meet the residency expectation. The purpose of the fellowship is to support individual fellows; therefore, the program will only cover individual expenses.

The fellowship does not fund enrollment for a degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.

Application process

Applicants are required to submit a one- to two-page, single-spaced, letter of inquiry that outlines the topic of the project, proposed work product, and relevance to the statements above.

A CV should accompany the letter of inquiry with a CV.

Letters of inquiry should address the following questions: * What is the central argument of your proposed project as it relates to the statement? * How does your project advance or challenge current thinking? * Who is/are the intended audience/s? * What are the potential work products?

The letter of inquiry should be submitted here

Letters of inquiry will be reviewed within 6 weeks. Inquiries showing promise will be invited to submit a full proposal.

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