By CAROLINA VALDIVIA
The Soros Justice Fellowships provide financial support to individuals who undertake projects aimed at advancing reform, spurring debate, and catalyzing change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. Funding ranges from $58,700 to $110,250. This fellowship program opportunity is open to undocumented immigrants. I contacted the program and learned that, “undocumented individuals are eligible; and they do not need to have DACA status.” Here are the three fellowship opportunities available:
“The Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships fund 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 with the support of a host organization, and can begin in the spring or fall of 2017.
The Soros Justice Media Fellowships support 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 2017.
The Soros Justice Youth Activist Fellowships will support outstanding individuals aged 18 to 25 to take on projects of their own design that address some aspect of the U.S. criminal justice system. Projects can range from public education and training, to grassroots organizing and policy advocacy, to social media campaigns and other forms of creative communications. Youth Activist Fellowships can be either 12 or 18 months in duration and must be undertaken in partnership with a host organization. Projects can be full-time or part-time, and can begin anytime between May and November 2017. Youth Activist Fellowships come with an award of $60,000 for full-time, 18-month projects (award pro-rated for part-time or 12-month projects), as well as access to a range of training and professional development opportunities.”
The deadline to apply is October 12, 2016
For more information and to apply, please visit their official website: Soros Justice Fellowships
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