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


March 2, 2022


Open Society Foundations

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Communication, Media, and Entertainment


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



Endorsement Required


Award Amount



The Soros Justice Media Fellowships support writers, print and broadcast journalists, artists, 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. Media Fellowships come with an award that ranges between $63,000 and $85,000, depending on the level of experience, for the 12 months. Up to three people can apply jointly for a single Media Fellowship, but joint applications carry a single award. 

See the Open Society Foundations website for eligibility details.