The Soros Justice Youth Activist Fellowships supports young individuals proposing 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

Government, Law, and Policy


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



Endorsement Required


Award Amount

$57,500 for 18-month projects

Age Limit



There are three different fellowship categories to apply for. Advocacy, Media, and Youth Activist.

Youth Activist Fellowships support projects 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 must be undertaken in partnership with a host organization. Projects can be full-time or part-time and 12 or 18 months in duration. Youth Activist Fellowships come with an award of $57,500 for full-time, 18-month projects (the award is pro-rated for part-time or 12-month projects). Visit the Open Society Foundation website for details on project eligibility.