Puerto Rico Youth Fellowship
The Puerto Rico Youth Fellowships will support a second cohort of activists, aged 18–27, who want to implement a project of their own design to advance human rights in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico is witnessing a historic moment, as young people continue to call out their government’s abandonment of the country’s most vulnerable communities. Responding to the recent earthquakes, as well as the government’s inadequate efforts to support those without secure housing, young people continue to organize to defend the rights of their communities. With the motive to continue supporting social and political movements led by young people, Open Society Foundations is pleased to announce the second year of the Puerto Rico Youth Fellowship.
The duration of the fellowship is 18 continuous months starting in August 2020 (approx. August 2020–February 2022). Recipients of the fellowship will receive $45,000, structured to cover project related costs as well as a living stipend.
1. Education: There no minimum education requirements.
2. Time commitment: Selected fellows are required to participate during the course of 18 continuous months (approx. August 2020–February 2022), working approximately 35 hours/week. Full-time studies or employment are not permitted. However, an applicant can continue studies or employment at a part-time level upon requesting a part-time fellowship.
3. Part-time projects: The Puerto Rico Youth Fellowship can be requested at a parttime level. This is to say, a part-time project (approx. 20 hours/week) with reasonable objectives will be considered. Part-time projects will receive partial funding (approx. Guidelines and Application 3 $25,000). Please follow the instructions indicated in the Letter of Intention prompt to apply for this type of fellowship.
4. Potential and attitude: Selected fellows must have the potential to accomplish their project objectives and to benefit from the opportunity and exposure that the fellowships offer. We wish to provide this opportunity to those who have not had easy access to existing leadership pipelines or other paths to achievement and accomplishment, but who nonetheless have the drive, aptitude, savvy, and tenacity to seize upon an opportunity for growth and development when it presents itself.
5. Host Organizations: Applicants can choose (if they so desire) a host organization. Host organizations—which can be advocacy or community groups, scholarly or research institutions, government agencies, or other nonprofit organizations or associations – can provide access to resources such as space, technology, and networks, as well as mentoring and guidance. The fellowship program encourages host organizations to provide in-kind contributions such as office space and necessary overhead. Host organizations may also augment the stipend award and provide other benefits. The fellowship program does not provide the host organization with supplemental funds. Fellows working with a host organization must submit a letter of commitment from the host organization that details the parameters of the working relationship before beginning any project under this fellowship.
Projects proposed in conjunction with host organizations are evaluated in part on the extent to which the host organization is the right fit for the project and the applicant. However, if awarded a fellowship, the individual applicant ultimately is responsible for the work; and the fellowship “attaches” to the individual, not the host organization. The individual has the right, with the prior approval of the fellowship program, to take the fellowship to another host or choose to do the work without a host organization.
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