Earlier this week, the Open Society Institute (OSI) announced they are launching a new fellowship program to support "idea entrepreneurs" across the globe. OSI hopes the Open Society Fellowship will generate new thinking on some of the most pressing questions of our day. The foundation list’s journalists, activists, scholars, and practitioners as the pool they will draw their Fellows from.
This is a terrific idea. The fellowships will focus on four areas: National Security and the Open Society; Citizenship, Membership and Marginalization; Strategies and Tools for Advocacy and Citizen Engagement; and Understanding Authoritarianism, according to their press release. The fellows will work for one year on a variety of projects, including books, articles, documentary films, online media, and efforts to seed new campaigns and organizations. OSI is investing $2 million in the program through this year. The foundation will provide each fellow with a competitive stipend and communication assistance, and will incorporate them into the organization and its grantees.