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O’Shaughnessy Fellowships

One year. $100,000.

The O’Shaughnessy Fellowship is a one-year program for ambitious people who want to build something great.

Fellows receive funding and access to our network of founders, investors, and experts to support you in bringing your project to life.

Heart on Paper. Photo by Brad Neathery on Unsplash
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Man creating videos on his work station. Photo by Muhammad Faiz Zulkeflee on Unsplash

Why

When we scan the record of history, we have no way of knowing how many innovative, creative people were born, lived, and died without any ability to share their ideas and creations with the rest of the world.

Now, at long last, we do have a way to find and fund innovative creators. It is time to take back your creative freedom. Let us help remove the roadblocks to you inventing a better future.

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CHART YOUR OWN PATH
We don’t care where you were born, where you live, what sex you are, or any of the other labels that many use to sort us into "us versus them" tribes.

You are no longer bound by the standard script. You can work a job, build an app, create online content or everything at the same time. The time of the career person is up. The time of the creator is now.

Each of our fellows will follow a unique path. Some will research new ideas, some will build new ideas, and some will spread new ideas.
EQUITY INSTEAD OF DEBT
Creators need the time and space to tinker, experiment, make mistakes, learn and grow.

But oftentimes, responsibilities—and life—get in the way. Day jobs. Families. Bills. They can all stand between your great idea and the finish line. Making a living should not get in the way of pursuing a meaningful life.

All fellows receive a $100,000 equity-free grant to pursue their projects for one year, after which we will help them raise equity if they choose so.
OUR NETWORK IS YOUR NETWORK
Ideas, innovations and capital aren’t the only things creators need in order to thrive. They also need to build a  strong network of investors, partners, mentors and clients.

As part of the fellowship, we will connect you to our vast network of people who are ready, willing and more than able to help you grow and continue your journey.

FAQ

The fellowship is open to all adults globally regardless of their background. We only require that you have a strong body of proof-of-work.

Anyone globally over the age of 18 can apply.

No. But you can choose to do so.

No, you don’t have to quit your job.

We will give fellows $100,000, spread out over 1 year to work on whatever they choose. We do not take equity in your company. We will help you raise funding after 1 year if needed.

About 12 each year.

Applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis. We recommend applying as early as possible since applications will be closed once we identify the 12 fellows for the year.

Yes. The fellowship is fully remote.

There is no requirement on building something specific as part of the fellowship. It can include (but not limited to) pieces of art, music, a new company, computer program, new products, deep scientific research, pieces of journalism, documentaries, sculptures and more.

The ideal output would be something that can stand the test of time.