Columbia University Calls for Application from Journalists


The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at the University of Columbia in New York, is accepting applications from journalists for the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP). 

Journalists from low-income countries can apply for the programme, which begins in August and will run until mid-December 2014.

The programme will leverage on the resources of Columbia University and international organizations such as Human Rights Watch and WITNESS to provide proven grassroots leaders with skills-building and networking opportunities.

Successful participants will share their experiences at workshops, seminars, Columbia University classes and meetings with policy makers and potential funders as they reflect critically on their strategies, and plan future campaigns.

HRAP is designed for lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers, social workers, community organizers and other human rights activists. 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.

Applicants must provide proof of institutional endorsement from their organizations for their participation in the programme and must commit to returning to that organization.

ISHR will provide full funding to cover participants’ programme costs as well as travel, housing and a stipend for basic costs.

The application deadline is November 1, 2013.

The Human Rights Advocates Program is a capacity building programme designed to strengthen the skills, knowledge, and networks of proven human rights defenders at the grassroots level. More than 260 advocates from over 80 countries have participated in the programme since 1989.

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