The Open Space Fellowships are an effort to extend the Open Space idea and process to cities other than Pune. We would like to hear from those who have innovative ideas for engaging with young people on social justice issues, while pursuing their own specific interest/skill/research or advocacy process. For example, you may be someone who is passionate about theatre and music and would like to use these skills as the foundation of your work on Gender or Communalism. Similalry, you may feel that you would be able to mobilise young people through creative writing/blogging and self-expression... Two rounds of fellowships – in Chennai, Kolkata, Ranchi, Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Bangalore -- have already been completed in the last three years.
In 2011 we will be awarding 3 full-time fellowships for a period of 12 months each.
Applications are invited from young artistes/activists/leaders/social entrepreneurs in cities besides Pune. Applicants from growing metros such as Nagpur, Bhopal, Baroda, Jaipur, Indore, etc are especially encouraged to apply. The last date for receiving applications is June 1 2011.
We are looking for individuals who are well-informed on social justice and development issues, with a background in the social sciences/human rights/development/media or allied fields. The Fellows should be dynamic, energetic, resourceful and excellent at communications, moderating discussions, training and capacity-building. A passion for the arts and ideas will be an added advantage.
The Fellows will have to propose innovative ways of engaging with youth on issues such as gender, sexuality, human rights, diversity, peace and conflict, globalisation, etc. by developing their own strategies for outreach and activities/campaigns specific to their own cities. The Fellows should be well-networked with NGOs, CSOs, educational institutions and community groups in their own city.
Over the 12-month period, several regular networks, partnerships, events and forums should have been initiated and publicized. Open Space Fellows will organise programmes and trainings at multiple venues, in collaboration with educational institutions, communities, campaigns, partner CSOs etc. The Fellows will be expected to forge formal partnerships with at least one educational institution in their city where they will work intensively with a particular batch of students, set up Open Space clubs etc.
Open Space fellowships will be awarded to individuals preferably below the age of 40.
The fellowship carries a monthly honorarium of Rs 20,000, inclusive of communication and conveyance costs incurred by the Fellows.
Applicants are invited to send completed applications in the format given below (Subject line: OS Fellowships) as attachments to:
|Open Space Fellowship Application form format|
|Date of birth:|
|Current place of employment/education/other:|
|Why I am applying for the Open Space Fellowship: (Expand on your suitability for, and interest in, these Fellowships; the social justice/development issues most integral to the city in which you would like to work during the course of this fellowship;strategies you would employ for outreach, including likely partners and networks in their cities.)|