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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Individuals to Combat Discrimination and Racial Inequity


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Soros Equality Fellowship

Open Society Foundations (OSF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #187665

Grant Description

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International individuals for activities addressing racial inequity in the United States. Funding is intended for innovative and impactful projects that offer fresh perspectives on racism and provide solutions to discrimination and inequity. This year’s cohort should consider their project within the current social and political moment. Through this Fellowship, Open Society aims to provide a network of leaders, representing the diversity of experiences, with the resources to address racial inequality and the space they need to imagine a more equitable future.

The Soros Equality Fellowship seeks to support individual leaders influencing and transforming the racial justice field. The Fellowship understands the unique role an individual can play in rejecting old paradigms and presenting a new vision for the United States. The Fellowship invites applicants to be bold, innovative, and audacious in their submissions. The aim of the Fellowship is to be flexible and open—a space to incubate new ideas, promote risk-taking, and develop different ways of thinking that challenge and expand existing assumptions. 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. 

Humanity is living in unprecedented times in the United States. As such, the Fellowship believes this year’s cohort should consider their project within the current social and political moment. Toxic narratives, racialized anxiety, economic insecurity, and an ongoing health pandemic have reinforced divisions and the systems that perpetuate inequities. It is in this context that applicants are asked to place their project and explain how and why their project is necessary to counter these threats and move toward a more inclusive multiracial democracy.

The purpose of the fellowship is to support individuals; therefore the program will only cover an individual’s expenses and the project must be the creation of the individual applicant and confer a professional benefit to that individual. Award amounts are all-inclusive and are intended to cover a fellow’s living expenses, project-related expenses, travel, conference fees, health insurance, etc.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Soros Equality Fellowship seeks to support individual leaders influencing and transforming the racial justice field. The Fellowship is looking for strong candidates with a track record of success advancing racial justice goals. Generally, this person will have roughly 10+ years’ experience (as defined by the individual) and significant expertise in the field in which they work.

Applicants may be based outside the United States, provided their work directly pertains to a U.S. racial justice issue and is able to demonstrate a proficiency in spoken and written English.


Fellows cannot be full-time students during their Fellowship.

The program does not fund the following:
- Enrollment for degree or non-degree 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)
- Projects that serve as proxy for an organizational grant
- Lobbying or political activities

Projects that include electioneering, lobbying, or other activity that does not fall within IRS 501(c)(3) guidelines will not be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due on January 31, 2023 (11:59 pm EST).
Incomplete applications will not be considered

Application and Selection Timeline:
- Application Process Open: November 18, 2022
- Application Deadline: January 31, 2023 (11:59 p.m. EST)
- Finalists Notified: June 2023*
- Finalist Interviews: July 2023*
- Selected Fellows Notified: August 2023*
- Projects Begin: Fall 2023
* Please note, dates subject to change.

There are three stages to the application and selection process.
- First, all applicants must submit a full and completed application by the deadline of January 31, 2023.
- Secondly, each application will be reviewed. A group of finalists who will be invited to interview with a selection committee consisting of Open Society Foundations staff and outside social justice experts will then be selected.
- Finally, after each finalist is interviewed, up to 12 individuals will be selected to receive a Fellowship award.

Up to two individuals can apply jointly for a Soros Equality Fellowship. However, joint applications will share one fellowship award. A joint application should be completed together as a single submission.

Due to the high volume of applications received, applicants are asked to submit only one proposal.

If awarded a fellowship, applicants are required to attend a training session on the tax law lobbying rules, conducted by the Open Society Foundations’ General Counsel’s Office; and must agree to refrain from engaging in restricted lobbying and political activities during the term of the Fellowship.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Up to 12

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellows will typically receive a roughly $130,000 stipend.

Term of Contract:

- Projects Begin: Fall 2023
- Applicants must demonstrate their project’s impact that reflects 18 months’ of work.
- Applicants must be able to devote at least 35 hours per week to the project if awarded a Fellowship; and the project must be the applicant’s only full-time work during the course of the Fellowship.

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