ISHR Accepting Applications for its Human Rights Advocate Programme

Elazar Barkan, Director, Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Elazar Barkan, Director,
Institute for the Study of Human Rights

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) is accepting applications from journalists and human rights activists from low-income countries for its Human Rights Advocates Programme (HRAP).

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 skill-building and networking opportunities.

The Programme is designed for journalists and 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.

Through a combination of workshops, seminars, Columbia University classes and meetings with policymakers and potential funders, participants will share their experiences, 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. Applicants must provide proof of institutional endorsement from their organizations for their participation in the programme and must commit to returning to that organization at completion of the programme.

Selection will be based on applicants’ previous work experience in human rights, commitment to the human rights field, and demonstrable ability to pursue graduate-level studies. Applicants holding full or part-time jobs pursuing their advocacy efforts are preferred.

Applicants from high-income countries will not be considered except those representing marginalized communities.

ISHR makes every effort to provide full funding to cover participants’ programme costs as well as travel and housing. A stipend is also provided for basic costs.

Application closes on January 31, 2018.

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