The Soros Equality Fellowship seeks to support individual leaders influencing and transforming the racial justice field.
Through Soros Equality Fellowship, Open Society aims to provide a network of leaders, representing the diversity of experiences, with the resources to address racial inequality as well as the space they need to imagine a more equitable future.
A successful project should identify a challenge and propose a critical intervention that will meaningfully address the systems that reinforce inequities and discrimination in the United States.
Applicants must be able to devote at least 35 hours per week to the project if awarded a Fellowship. Also, the project must be the applicant’s only full-time work during the course of the Fellowship.
Applicants may be based outside the United States, provided their work directly pertains to a U.S. racial justice issue. Moreover, applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English.
Up to two individuals can apply jointly for a Soros Equality Fellowship. However, joint applications will share one fellowship award. You should complete a joint application together as a single submission. For joint applicants, the “full-time work” requirement does not apply to each applicant. All other restrictions associated with an individual application still apply.
Projects that include electioneering, lobbying, or other activity that does not fall within IRS 501(c)(3) guidelines will not be funded.
There are three stages to the application and selection process. First, all applicants must submit a full and completed application by the deadline of February 14, 2022.
Secondly, each application will be reviewed for a critical need, competitiveness, ability to influence the racial justice field, innovation, as well as the leadership qualities of the applicant. Applications will get an evaluation on the extent to which the applicant possesses the vision, drive, and skills needed to broaden understanding, spur debate, or catalyze change on the issues at the heart of the Open Society Foundations’ racial justice priorities.
Then, there will be a selection of a group of finalists who will beget invitation to interview with a selection committee.
Finally, after the interview, the committee will select up to 15 individuals to receive a Fellowship award.
Additional technical guidance for your submission can be found here.