Funding brief: The Program is designed for lawyers, journalists, teachers, social workers, community organizers, artists, scholars and other human rights activists working on issues related to dealing with the past such as: transitional justice, historical dialogue, memory studies, historical justice, oral history, history education.
Participants are selected on the basis of their previous work experience in work that deals with the past, their commitment to the human rights field, and demonstrated ability to pursue graduate-level studies. Full-time students will not be considered. Applicants who are mid-career and hold full or part-time jobs pursuing their advocacy efforts are preferred.
Fellows must work in the country and/or region where they live. Fluency in English is required. Fellows 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. The program lasts a full academic semester, from late August to mid-December, and fellows are required to be in residence in New York City for this period.
Donor Name: Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University
Funding name: Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) Fellowship Program
Deadline: Now accepting Fellowship applications for Fall 2020. Apply by 11:59 GMT, January, 31st, 2020
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: After the ISHR selection committee conducts its selection process, it makes every effort to secure funding for shortlisted Fellows to attend the program. In certain cases where ISHR cannot secure funding, shortlisted Fellows may be asked to secure the funds needed for them to be admitted to the program.
Funding ranges from full funding, which covers programmatic costs, living/travel expenses and includes a small monthly stipend to partial funding which covers some portion of these costs. In cases where they are unable to provide full funding, they work with fellows to try to identify additional financial support.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: from late August
Project duration: The program lasts about four months–for the full academic semester in the fall of each year.
Eligible organization: As below
● The AHDA fellowship is an intensive, full-time program. ABD and Post-doctoral students are eligible to apply, but please be aware that the program is demanding and intensive and focuses on applied research and capacity building. This fellowship program is not geared toward the writing of the dissertation or other extensive research projects.
● If you are not affiliated with an institution, you may still apply to the fellowship program. In the space that asks for organizational affiliation, write “independent”. In lieu of an institutional letter of support, please upload a statement in which you explain your status as an independent employee. Given that during the program you will be developing a project proposal and exploring ways to build a network of historical dialogue practitioners in your home community, you should also include a few sentences about the organizations or people with whom would you would collaborate to implement your proposal and/or to collaborate with for future historical dialogue projects.
Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)
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● 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 Start/Resume An Application from the menu.
● After beginning an application, the applicant can either choose to save the form as a draft, or submit a completed application. If you choose to save the form as a draft, you can return to this page to complete it. Upon submission of a completed application, a confirmation will be sent to the applicant. Applicants may login to the online application to view or edit their submitted applications until the deadline by choosing Manage My Submission from the menu.
● Two signed letters of recommendation are required. Unsigned letters will not be accepted and your entire application will be removed from consideration. 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 in human rights and dealing with the memory of historical violence. Your letters of recommendation weigh heavily in our consideration. Please reach out to potential recommenders in a timely fashion. Most recommenders require at least one month’s notice.
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