21 Countries

28 NGOs

36 Fellows


The Parsons Fellowship was launched in 2007 starting with five NGOs in Africa and the former Soviet Union. Fellows provided four weeks of on-site support, followed by four months of off-site technical assistance. This pilot year was evaluated with such success that the on-site fellowship period now runs for 6-8 weeks. To date, more than twenty NGOs have benefited from the Fellowship in more than fifteen countries, and thus bolstered their advocacy campaigns, addressing health and human rights issues such as: access to essential medicines; HIV prevention services for people who use drugs; pain relief and palliative care for people with life-limiting illnesses; community- based care for people with intellectual disabilities and mental illnesses; rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons; and health equity through greater government accountability.

The Open Society Foundations and Parsons are pleased to be continuing the Parsons Fellowship Program this year.