At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2011 Oak Human Rights Fellowship, Colby College

Call for Nominations - 2011 Oak Human Rights Fellowship, Colby College, USA

Objective: Seeking a human rights activist that works on problems created by or associated with poverty.

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College in Waterville, Maine (USA) is pleased to announce its call for applications and nominations for the 2011 Oak Human Rights Fellowship. The fellowship is a one-semester appointment for a scholar-in-residence. It is designed to provide one human rights practitioner doing "on-the-ground" work a respite from front-line duties and enable them to reflect, write, and communicate their work to the campus community.
For the 2011 fellowship, we seek a frontline human rights activist who works on problems created by or associated with poverty. The activist will come from outside the United States, and will take up residence at Colby College in the fall of 2011. Areas of work may include, but are not limited to, promoting: the right to work in safe conditions and earn an adequate and stable income; access to basic food and shelter; freedom from forced evictions; access to adequate health care and medical attention; access to basic services and infrastructure; the right to a healthy and safe living environment, including access to clean drinking water; access to education; freedom from discrimination based on class or income.

We especially encourage applications from those who are currently or were recently involved in on-the-ground work at some level of personal risk and are in need of respite.

The appointment is for the fall semester of 2011 (September through mid December). Responsibilities include participation in a lecture series or symposium in the Fellow's area of expertise and regular interaction with
Colby students through a one credit non-graded discussion class. The College provides a stipend of $32,000, plus transportation, housing, health care coverage, and other fringe benefits. We encourage the fellow to bring family through limited financial support for their travel as well.

Please submit applications for the fellowship no later than December 15, 2010. Please submit nominations of human rights practitioners for the fellowship no later than November 1, 2010. The Oak Institute will contact
nominee(s) and encourage him or her to apply; nominee(s) can also apply directly. Your nomination letter(s) will become part of the applicant's file, underscoring your recognition of this person's important contributions
to human rights.

For more information and application materials, please access the Oak Institute's web page ( ); see the frequently asked questions sidebar to clarify terms and eligibility. For further information, please contact Director Walter Hatch at the provided contact information or the
Assistant Director at

  • Nomination Deadline: November 1, 2010
  • Application Deadline: December 15, 2010

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