17 April 2019

Call for Latin American Applicants: Young Feminist Leaders Fellowship

With the goal of supporting the next generation of feminist activists in Latin America, the Open Society Foundations’ Youth Exchange and Women’s Rights Program are joining together to create the Young Feminist Leaders Fellowship.

The Young Feminist Leaders Fellowships will support dynamic youth activists, aged 22 to 30 and based in Latin America, who want to launch a project of their own design to foster a more just, inclusive, accessible, democratic, and feminist future for Latin America. Successful projects will reflect on the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, address current realities, and propose a specific and detailed idea for advancing women’s rights and gender justice.

This 12-month fellowship program explicitly recognizes the threats of discrimination to an open society and seeks to create a leadership pipeline to promote young people who have personal, direct experiences with interpersonal and institutional prejudice.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be between 22 and 30 years of age at the start of the fellowship. Applicants must also be based in Latin America and demonstrate proficiency in English, Spanish, and/or Portuguese. Furthermore, applicants should also be at the early stages of their careers and want to learn more about how to increase their effectiveness as an activist and organizer around issues of gender justice and equality across movements. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in community organizing or activism on a local, national, or regional level.

Applicants who are directly affected by or have direct lived experience of the challenges, policies, practices, acute forms of discrimination, and systems that perpetuate dominant narratives or identity-based stereotypes are strongly encouraged to apply. We are looking for candidates who have not had easy access to existing leadership pipelines but are eager to seize an opportunity for growth and development.

Successful candidates will be required to partner with a host organization for the 12-month duration of the fellowship. Fellowship projects can be full-time (minimum of 35 hours/week) or part-time (20 hours/week).

Ineligibility Criteria

Young Feminist Leaders Fellowships do not fund the following:

  • Enrollment in an academic institution for degree or non-degree study, including dissertation research. However, candidates who apply for a part-time fellowship may continue their academic studies on their personal time.
  • Lobbying. Please carefully review our Tax Law Lobbying Rules before submitting an application. If awarded a fellowship, applicants must agree to refrain from engaging in restricted lobbying activities during the term of the fellowship.

Current employees of Open Society Foundations, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, El Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir (The Leadership Institute of Simone de Beauvoir), and the Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género (The Latin American Team of Justice and Gender) are not eligible to apply.


To apply, applicants must complete the following documents in writing and email them to youth.exchange@opensocietyfoundations.org by Friday, May 3, 2019 (11:59 EDT):

  • Resume or CV: maximum two pages
  • Full written proposal: applicants should complete the proposal template that is available to downlaod on Open Society's website in writing (maximum 5 pages, single-spaced)

Applicants can only submit a single written proposal for a single proposed project. Those who make multiple submissions or propose several project ideas in a single submission will not be considered.

Complete guidelines, frequently asked questions, proposal information, and easy-to-read documents are available in the Download Files section of Open Society's website. If you have questions or experience technical difficulties downloading the documents, please contact the Youth Exchange at youth.exchange@opensocietyfoundations.org.