Soros Justice Fellowships



The Soros Justice Fellowships annually funds 14 – 18 outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. This year, fellowship applications are due on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

Fellows receive funding through the following two categories:

Advocacy: For lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives to undertake full-time criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. Projects may range from litigation to public education to coalition-building to grassroots mobilization to policy-driven research. Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, may be undertaken in conjunction with a host organization, and can begin in the spring or fall of 2014. Advocacy Fellowships come with a stipend of $75,000 – $105,000 (plus eligible for additional funds for health insurance, loan repayment assistance, and professional development).

Media: For writers, print and broadcast journalists, bloggers, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, and catalyze change on important U.S. criminal justice issues. The Media Fellowships aim to mitigate the time, space, and market constraints that often discourage individuals from pursuing vital but marginalized, controversial, or unpopular topics in comprehensive and creative ways. Media Fellowships are 12 months in duration, and fellows are expected to make their projects their full-time work during the term of the fellowship. Projects can begin in either the spring or fall of 2014. Media Fellowships come with a stipend of $50,000 – $70,000 (plus eligible for additional funds for health insurance and project expenses).

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