Funded Fellowship: Columbia University Human Rights Advocates Program 2018

Funded Fellowship: Columbia University Human Rights Advocates Program 2018

Deadline: January 31st, 2018 at 11:59 GMT.

​The Program is designed for human rights activists working with NGOs on issues including sexual and gender-based violence, minority rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, migration, health, social exclusion, environmental justice, disability rights, and corporate social accountability.

Participants are selected on the basis of their previous work experience in human rights, commitment to the human rights field, and demonstrated ability to pursue graduate-level studies.

Advocates must work at the grassroots level. Applicants from high-income countries will not be considered except for those representing marginalized communities.

  • Low and Middle Income countries are eligible 
  •  Full-time students or government officials will not be considered. 
  • Applicants holding full or part-time jobs pursuing their advocacy efforts are preferred.

  • Fluency in English is required. 

  • Preference is given to those who have not previously had opportunities to travel and study internationally.

  • Advocates must provide proof of institutional endorsement in English from their organizations for their participation in the Program and must commit to returning to that organization upon completion of the Program. 

  • Only one application per organization should be submitted. More than one application means all applications from that organization will be disqualified. It is up to the applicant to make sure no one else from the organization has applied.

  • Two signed letters of recommendation are required. Unsigned letters will not be accepted and your entire application will be removed from consideration. 

  • Electronic signatures are accepted. The recommenders must provide their contact information (phone number and email address). 

  • You cannot submit the proof of institutional endorsement as one of the letters. The letters must be in English. 

  • They must be from those who can attest to your work as a human rights advocate. Your letters of recommendation weigh heavily in our consideration.

    • Applicants will be notified in June, 2018 of their status.


    After ISHR conducts its stringent selection process, it makes every effort to secure funding for shortlisted Advocates to attend the program. In certain cases where ISHR cannot secure funding, shortlisted Advocates may be asked to secure the funds needed for them to be admitted to the program.


    Applicants are asked to complete the application in its entirety. Please complete all sections in English. Please follow all instructions, including those sent to your email address.

    In order to access the application, applicants must register an account on the ISHR website and log in .

    Once logged in, applicants can begin a new application by choosing Start/Resume An HRAP Application from the menu.

    Upon submission of a completed application, a confirmation will be sent to the applicant. 

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