The Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green have partnered to create the Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellowship, which provides significant funding and resources for social entrepreneurs creating new start-up companies focussed on black male achievement.
The BMA Fellowship provides a $70,000 stipend, stipends for health insurance, professional development, and conferences, and access to the Open Society and Echoing Green global alumni networks. BMA Fellowships last for 18 months.
About the program:
“The Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement is a multi-issue, cross-fund strategy to address black men and boys’ exclusion from economic, social, educational, and political life in the United States. The campaign responds to a growing body of research that reveals the intensification of black males’ negative life outcomes. It builds on U.S. Programs’ mission to support individuals and organizations that nurture the development of a more democratic, just society, as well as the Open Society Foundations’ expertise and past work to reduce incarceration, promote racial justice, and support youth engagement and leadership development.” Read more
The Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellowship is currently accepting applications for the summer 2012 BMA Fellowships. Applications are due January 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm Noon EST and are available online. Good luck!