Open Society Presidential Fellowship -MPP

Office of the President
New York
Application Deadline
December 10, 2015

The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded yearly to recent J.D., LL.M., M.P.A., M.P.P., and M.B.A. graduates from accredited law, public policy, and business schools. Based in New York City, Fellows pursue work related to human rights, good governance, and justice through an eleven month residence within the Office of the President at the Open Society Foundations.
The Open Society Presidential Fellowships will be awarded to three (3) students graduating in 2016 from an accredited U.S. law, public policy, or business school.  

Job Profile

  • fellows will work with staff, grantees, and other fellows on special initiatives that address the legal, business, policy, and organizational issues confronted by the Foundations’ various programs and projects. They will gain exposure and connections to the Open Society Foundations’ leadership and partner organizations, and cultivate knowledge about open society strategies.
  • through the Presidential Fellowship, recent business or policy school graduates will work on an unusually wide variety of external and institutional issues encountered by the Foundations and the nonprofit organizations that it funds. It will also provide an opportunity to identify an emerging or changing area of legal, public, or economic policy or practice and to explore that area in depth, examining it within the real life context of a complex, sophisticated global philanthropy.
  • the mix of work is approximately two-thirds assignments and projects chosen by the president of the Open Society Foundations, and one-third work on an issue the fellow chooses to explore in depth with the approval of the president.
  • the term of the Open Society Presidential Fellowship is 11 months. The 2016 fellowship will commence in September 2016 with the term ending in July 2017. Fellows will receive a salary of $60,000 plus benefits.


  • recent graduate from accredited public policy school
  • please submit all application materials in a single PDF file in the following order: resume, three references, official transcript, personal essay details below), two letters of recommendation (from university professor, advisor, or employer
  • personal essay - comprised of two parts:
    • explain the background, skills, experience, and personal characteristics that you have that will enable you to serve effectively as an Open Society Presidential Fellow. (600 words)
    • how will the Fellowship impact your plans for the future and your vision of your long-term career? (300 words)

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only.  
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