Fellowship Opportunity for NYC Innovators

The Open Society Institute established the Community Fellowships Program to encourage and support individuals who are creating innovative public-interest projects that address critical social issues. The goal of the program is to provide individuals with an opportunity to apply their leadership in community-led projects that empower and improve the quality of public life. The program seeks to identify and support social-change agents who will work to remove social barriers by creating new opportunities for disadvantaged and marginalized communities. Fellows have created projects in such diverse areas as civic participation, education, the arts, and economic justice.

Each year the program enables up to ten individuals to develop their projects in New York City over an eighteen-month period. The fellowship award includes a $48,750 stipend, which may be used to support the project and/or fellow. Fellows are strongly encouraged to seek other contributions to support their work during the fellowship period. Fellows also become part of a network of service leaders exchanging ideas and resources to stimulate public discourse on progressive social issues.

OSI encourages applicants from a range of community experiences and disadvantaged communities, as well as recent graduates and professionals in the later stages of their careers. Applicants may come from any field; may chose to create a public-interest project in any social issue area; need not be from New York City but must perform their fellowship project in New York City; and must be legally able to work in the United States in order to accept the fellowship offer. Applicants are not required to have a hosting organization in order to apply.

Deadline: April 16, 2004. For complete program and application information, as well as details on proposal workshops for applicants, see the Open Society Institute Web site. http://soros.org/initiatives/cf/focus_areas/nyc_fellowships.

Added February 16, 2004