The Soros Justice Fellowship supports individuals proposing projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change in the U.S. criminal justice system.


Check Award website for deadlines.


Open Society Foundations

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Government, Law, and Policy


US Citizen, Permanent Resident, DACA, Undocumented, Non-US Citizenships



Endorsement Required


Award Amount

$94,500-$127,500 for 18-month project


The Soros Justice 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 and may be undertaken with the support of a host organization. Advocacy Fellowships come with an award that ranges between $94,500 and $127,500, depending on level of experience, for the 18 months.

See the Open Society Foundations website for eligibility.