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Leadership in Government Fellowship

Fellowships to USA Former Public
Sector Officials to Advance Social Change

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Funding Source:

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Open Society Foundations (OSF)

Deadline Date:

11/23/20 12:00 PM EST

Description:

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Fellowships to USA and Territories individuals who have served in senior-level positions within government for social change projects. Funding is intended for former government officials from all levels of government, including tribal governments, to advance projects with the potential to identify different ideas and strategies for thinking about how reform is not just won, but implemented successfully. Selected fellows will carry out projects to advance policy ideas that will bring their unique perspectives on social change into the public dialogue.

All projects must relate to one or more of Open Society-U.S.’s areas of focus. Projects can focus on a particular issue or cut across broad areas of interest. In addition, this year, Open Society-U.S. asks that applicants demonstrate how their expertise and proposed fellowship work is connected to the unprecedented challenges and opportunities facing the United States today, especially the COVID-19 pandemic and/or the potentially historic opportunity for achieving racial justice. Please carefully review the complete guidelines for more details on the fellowship requirements.

A project might identify a problem in the implementation of policy that has yet to be fully recognized or discussed, offer new strategies on how to work with government and advocate for policy change, or highlight a different approach for legislative or executive action. The Funding Source strongly encourages applications for projects that offer unique insights and perspective into how government implements programs and policies with an eye towards their effect on low-income communities, communities of color, immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, people who are LGBTI, women, and those otherwise historically marginalized communities in the United States and its territories.  

Open Society-U.S. strongly encourages applications from people who see themselves serving as change agents within government again in the future or are looking to apply their public service knowledge and experience to an advocacy career. People of all political parties, ideologies and levels of government (i.e., city, county, tribal, state, federal) are encouraged to apply.

A list of Open Society-U.S.’s areas of focus can be found on page 4 of the Guidelines document, see Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172989

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellows will receive a stipend in a general range of $90,000 to $130,000 depending on percentage of time committed to the project.

In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive a project budget. That budget may include expenses such as travel (including airfare and hotel), conference fees, and health insurance.

Term of Contract:

The project will range from 12 to 18 months in duration.

Though most fellowship terms are for one year, the program will consider requests for projects lasting up to eighteen months. The expectation is that fellows will spend sixty to eighty percent of their time (based on a 40-hour work week) over the course of the fellowship devoted to their project.

Fellowships are to start in mid-March 2021. Work must begin by the end of March 2021, with a possibility to start the fellowship as early as March 1.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

- Open Society-U.S. seeks fellowship applicants who have served in senior-level government positions in the United States and its territories. Ideal candidates are public servants who have recently completed their time in government (within the last two years) or will have completed their term prior to the beginning of their fellowship and have served in the chief executive role or senior management of their agency or office. For example, there have been applicants and fellows with the following titles: Deputy Mayor, Commissioner, Chief of Staff, Sheriff, City Manager, Counsel, Senior Policy Advisor, Legislative Director, and Assistant Undersecretary.

- Ideally, applicants see themselves serving as change agents within government in the future or are looking to apply their public service experience to an advocacy career. People of all political parties or ideologies are encouraged to apply, especially those who can challenge thinking and approach to social change.

- Successful applicants will demonstrate the following qualities: a keen interest in reflecting on their government service; a passion for solving problems and implementing policy; the desire to advance ideas beyond their former jurisdictions; and a desire to inject their work into the public dialogue. Applicants should also have an interest in engaging constructively with the grantee network, and in furthering one of the central goals of Open Society-U.S. In addition, succesful applicants will demonstrate how their expertise and proposed fellowship work is connected to the unprecedented challenges and opportunities facing the United States today, in particular related the COVID-19 pandemic and/or the transformational moment for racial justice.

The fellowship program only accepts individual applications. Joint applications will not be considered. Fellows should have served in a full-time capacity in their government role (those serving in a solely volunteer position or as a consultant to government are ineligible for the fellowship).

Fellowship expenses cannot include operational or programmatic costs, such as employees, physical infrastructure, office space, or computers. The purpose of the fellowship is to support individual fellows; therefore the program will only cover individual expenses.

The fellowship does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.

Projects that include lobbying or political activities will not be funded. Please carefully review the Tax Law Lobbying Rules before submitting an application. In addition, the entity within the Open Society Foundations that will issue these fellowships is a U.S. private foundation. As a U.S. private foundation, it is prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for public office. This prohibition applies to direct action by the foundation and to action funded through its grants. As a result, fellows may not use grant funds for prohibited political campaign intervention.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application deadline: November 23, 2020 (12:00 p.m. EST)
- Finalists notified: Mid-January 2021 (All applicants will be notified via email whether they have been selected as a finalist.)
- Finalist interviews: Week of February 1, 2021 (All finalist interviews will be held virtually.)
- Selected fellows notified: Mid-February 2021
- Fellowship Start: Mid-March 2021

Completed applications must be submitted by November 23, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. EST through the application form. The System will begin accepting materials on September 23, 2020.

Applicants who are uncertain whether some aspect of their proposed project fits within the parameters of the Leadership in Government Fellowship guidelines may submit a brief email inquiry before proceeding with the full application, no later than November 23, 2020.

Open Society-U.S. will inform applicants of their selection as prospective fellows in mid-February 2021 and award grants, contingent on Open Society compliance review, for fellowships to start in mid-March 2021. Work must begin by the end of March 2021, with a possibility to start the fellowship as early as March 1. Open Society will publicly announce the fellows no later than April 2021. Fellows cannot have full-time employment and cannot run for public office during the term of the fellowship.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://osfsurveys.formstack.com/forms/leadership_in_government_20202021

Email enquiries:
OSUSFellowships@opensocietyfoundations.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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