Open Society Presidential Fellowship

Open Society Presidential Fellowship, open to recent JD, LLM, MPA, MPP, and MBA graduates from accredited law, public policy, and business schools.

Website Open Society Foundations
Open Society Presidential Fellowship
Location New York
Application Deadline December 15, 2017

The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded yearly to recent JD, LLM, MPA, MPP, and MBA graduates from accredited law, public policy, and business schools. Based in the New York office, fellows pursue work related to human rights, good governance, and justice through an 11-month residence within the Executive Office at the Open Society Foundations.

MPA and MPP students can apply here directly. MBA and JD students should apply via New York University (instructions below).


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.

The core of the experience will be to work on human rights, governance and civil society issues from the perspective of an executive office of a large global organization. Fellows may be tasked with group and individual projects in support of the president, vice president or chief integration officer; they may conduct analytic and strategic work in support of the major management, strategy and oversight bodies in the foundation; and they may engage in initiatives assigned by the president that advance key organizational themes and priorities. Fellows will also design and pursue an individual research project that builds on the experience of the global OSF network.

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 2018 fellowship will commence in September 2018 with the term ending in July 2019.


Fellows will receive an annualized full-time salary of $65,000 (prorated for the 11 months) plus benefits.


The Open Society Presidential Fellowship will accept applications from MPA/MPP/JD/LLM/MBA students graduating in 2018.

Application Instructions for MPP/MPA Fellowship

For MPP/MPA applicants only, please apply via our website.

A completed application consists of the following materials:

1. Personal Essays:
a. 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)
b. How do you plan to leverage the fellowship for your immediate next steps, as well as for your long-term career? (300 words)

2. Official Transcript

3. CV

4. Two Letters of Recommendation from any university advisor, university professor, or former or current employer
Deadline for MPA/MPP applications: December 15, 2017

***Application Instructions for JD/LLM and MBA Fellowship

For MBA and JD/LLM applicants, please visit the NYU website to apply:

Deadline for MBA/JD/LLM applications: December 4, 2017.

For more info on both see

Post-fellowship Policy

The fellowship is a unique opportunity to work at a high level within OSF for 11 months. Upon completion of the fellowship, there is a one–year hiatus on rehire or consultancy contracts with OSF. Equipped with insight into leadership, fellows are encouraged to step beyond OSF to support civil society organizations and individuals at national, regional or international levels advancing rights, justice, and good governance.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

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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