Soros Equality Fellowship

Open Society Foundations is seeking a diverse cohort of applicants and finalist pool, including activists, artists, journalists, and organizers, to produce projects with meaningful impact. The Soros Equality Fellowship supports emerging midcareer professionals who will become long-term innovative leaders impacting the racial justice field. The Fellowship award includes $80,000 to $100,000 over the course of the fellowship period.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.


  • Applicants must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • They are looking to fund projects that align with the U.S Programs’ Equality team’s approach to racial justice. This approach
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  • Prioritizes the dismantling of structures that perpetuate discrimination and limit access over the targeting of individual actors who engage in discrimination.

How to Apply:

  • Applicants are required to submit a CV or resume and 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
  • Letters of Inquiry should address the following questions:
  1. What is your professional background to carry out the proposed project?
  2. What is the central argument of your proposed project as it relates to the statement?
  3. How does your project advance or challenge current thinking?
  4. Who is/are the intended audience/s and how will you ensure the work product reaches the anticipated audience?
  5. What are the potential work products?
  6. How does your project contribute to the racial justice field?
  7. How would this fellowship further your skills and experience and help you transition your leadership in the racial justice field?
  • Once a letter of inquiry has been reviewed, the applicant may be invited to submit a full proposal.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

The Fellowship award provides individuals:

  • $80,000 to $100,000 to produce innovative racial justice projects over the course of 12 to 18 months
  • Leadership development training
  • Professional networking
  • Other opportunities to advance their project and careers

Application Deadline:

Application deadline is December 19, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST).

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Contact Information:

Applicants who are uncertain about the parameters of the fellowship’s guidelines may submit a brief email inquiry to

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