While looking for world and life changing opportunities I bumped into Open Society Independent Fellowship (the USA based organization’s program for worldwide individual applications).
From the social problem solving perspective – this is one of those fresh, rare, coherent and smart types of opportunities dedicated to talented and unique individuals who are supported by OSI to make a difference in our world starting from the grass root, from what really micro is: the individual.
I consider it to be what is really needed during present times and I hope more fellowships like these to appear in the nearest future because they are very connected to the present times realities and needs.
It is a very effective and uplifting way to accelerate social change and problem solving; to zoom out on individuals and to help them fly from the ground while changing the world and solving critical problems at the same time.
Here it is a short summary taken over from OSI’s website:
“The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.
A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy.
Fellows should take advantage of the considerable intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and expect to contribute meaningfully to the Foundations’ thinking in return.
In evaluating each proposal, the selection committee weighs three factors:
- The applicant
- The topic of the project
- The work product
Proposals received by February 1, 2012, will be evaluated by May 7, 2012.
The next deadline will be in the early fall of 2012 for evaluation later that year.”
Think about it & Give it a shot!
It’s a lead that definitely worth trying.