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The Open Society Foundation

Open Society Foundations (OSF), formerly the Open Society Institute, is a worldwide grant-making network established by George Soros, a business magnate. Foundations of the Open Society financially support civil society groups around the world with a stated goal of promoting liberty, democracy, public health, and independent media. The name of the group is inspired by the 1945 book The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper.

The Open Society Foundation has offices in 37 nations, including a network of national and area initiatives, such as the West African Open Society Initiative and the Southern Africa Open Society Initiative, with headquarters in New York City. Open Society Foundation declared in 2018 that it would shut its European office in Budapest and relocate to Berlin in reaction to legislation passed by the Hungarian government restricting the operations of the foundation. Since its founding in 1993, the Open Society Foundation has recorded spending on grants to NGOs over $11 billion, consistent with the purpose of the foundation.

What they do

The Open Society Foundations are active across the globe in over 120 countries. Every year, the national and regional foundations and thematic projects include thousands of grants to create strong and sustainable societies. The organization’s vision is a call for change—change in how we think about other people and how we work together.

Open Society Programs

Open Society Foundations ‘ work is organized through thematic, geographic and activism programs that classify and partner with people and organizations in the best position to advance our mission to design more open societies.

Programs of the Open Society Foundation

  • Culture and Art
  • Education Support Program
  • Early Childhood Program
  • Economic Program
  • Eurasia Program
  • Global Drug Policy Program
  • Higher Education Support Program
  • Human Rights Initiative
  • Information Program
  • International Migration Initiative
  • Information Program
  • Latin American Program
  • The Middle East and North Africa Program
  • Among others

The Open Society Scholarships

The Scholarship Programs work in politically restricted places to support students and scholars who want to pursue freely the academic studies and professional skills that they need to bring about positive social change in their home communities.

Competitively selected individuals gain internationally recognized credentials and gain cross-cultural experiences through travel and exchanges through professional degrees and international research awards. Key elements of our research include strategic recruiting in targeted nations, accessible, inclusive and merit-based opportunities, reciprocal admission to graduate programs, extensive pre-academic training, scholarship-wide support oversight, and a range of projects designed to foster an international network of leaders in social change.

Available Scholarships

For the 2020 Open Society foundation scholarship and Fellowship, applications are open. This foundation fellowship was set up in 2008 to help people find innovative and unconventional approaches to open society’s fundamental challenges. Students outside the country where the university is based are given international scholarships, fellowships or grants. These are also referred to as financial aid and are often dealt with by the Open Society Foundations ‘ financial aid office. Open Society Fund grants are being given for study or work through Open Society Foundations.

Some of these scholarship programs are;

  • Open Society inclusive education scholarship Program, 2020
  • Education Future International Scholarship 2020
  • Johnson Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Program 2020
  • Monica Cole Research grant 2020
  • College Monk Short Essay Scholarship 2020
  • Federal Pell Grants In US, 2020
  • Donald and Barbara Mozley Scholarship 2020
  • Roberto Rocca Fellowship 2020
  • NUS – Overseas Graduate Scholarship 2020

Eligible Field of Study

Some of the available fields of study for the open society foundation scholarships are;

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business Administration
  • Psychology
  • Theatre and Performing Arts
  • International Law
  • Among others

Eligibility Criteria

Students who can participate in these scholarships and grants are international students who are citizens and legal residents of Argentina, China, Czech Republic, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Ukraine, Zambia, South Sudan, Peru, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.


Candidates who qualify for the scholarship enjoy the benefit of a full-tuition scholarship worth anywhere from $80, 000 – $100, 000.

How to Apply

Applicants can submit an online application letter via the Promotion Portal by 4 February 2020. However, their varying deadlines for each of the scholarships and grants listed above, so you would have to keep checking or maybe subscribe to their newsletter to stay a-breasted of subsequent updates.  The Scholars and Fellows of the Open Society also have the chance to work together as a cohort. It is to be expected that not only will the Brotherhood spark a critical discussion, but also lead to political improvements and reforms.

Throughout the year, the Open Society Foundations award grants, scholarships and fellowships to organizations and individuals sharing the values of the Open Society, therefore, it is in the candidates’ best interest to always be on the lookout as to when these opportunities are available.