2014 Human Rights Advocates Program at Columbia University

Deadline: November 22, 2013

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University is accepting applications for the 2014 Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP). This is a capacity building program designed to strengthen the skills, knowledge, and networks of proven human rights advocates at the grassroots level as well as provide the tools for them to build sustainable organizations that advocate for disadvantaged peoples.

ISHR  actively works to ensure that local peoples and human rights advocates are included in the political and economic policy decisions that affect their lives. By convening faculty, students, and human rights leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds, ISHR creates an environment in which research, education, and international outreach contribute to the establishment of a more just and equitable world.


ISHR makes every effort to provide full fellowships to cover program costs as well as travel and housing. A reasonable stipend is also provided to cover basic costs. ISHR staff will work with interested candidates who have been wait listed for the Program to identify potential funding sources in cases where ISHR has not secured the resources to provide a full fellowship.


  • The Program is designed for lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers, social workers, community organizers, and other human rights activists working with NGOs on issues including sexual and gender-based violence, domestic violence, minority rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, migration, health, social exclusion, environmental justice, 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.
  • Full-time students or government officials will not be considered.
  • Applicants holding full or part-time jobs pursuing their advocacy efforts are preferred.
  • Applicants from high-income countries will not be considered except for those representing marginalized communities.

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