Open Society Asian Fellowship on Drug Policy Reform

Fellowship Programme

Over the past three years, Release, in partnership with the Open Society Foundation, has delivered a number of Advocacy Fellowship programmes – including those from Latin America and West Africa.


These programmes support those working in sectors related to drug policy, with the aim of improving their advocacy skills, as well as enhancing their capacity in working with the media on drug policy. The fellowship seeks to add to a core group of existing high-profile drug policy activists, including people not necessarily working full-time on drug-related issues.

The fellowship programmes last two weeks and cover the following topics:

·         Global overview of drug policy reform

·         Overarching issues relevant to drug policy reform

·         The international drug control system

·         Overview of international human rights in the context of drug policy

·         Drug policy developments in Africa

·         Effective campaigning

·         Media and public engagement


There will also be an opportunity to meet key drug policy experts and policy advocates based in the UK.

Fellows are selected from a high pool of people and successful applicants are fully funded to participate in and attend the two-week project based in London, at Release.

The next programme will commence on 19 June 2015, and for the first time we will be hosting fellows from Asia.