Funding brief: The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is a unique and successful model of human rights capacity building based at Columbia University in New York City. More than 300 Advocates from over 80 countries have participated in this program since 1989.
The Program is designed for 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.
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.
Advocates must work at the grassroots level. Applicants from high-income countries will not be considered except for those representing marginalized communities.
Donor Name: Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR), Columbia University
Funding name: Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP)
Deadline: They will be accepting applications through December, 16th, 2019 until 17:00 EST Monday,
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Funding limit: After ISHR conducts its stringent selection process, it makes every effort to secure funding for shortlisted Advocates to attend the program. In certain cases where ISHR cannot secure funding, shortlisted Advocates may be asked to secure the funds needed for them to be admitted to the program.
The generosity of the Arcus Foundation will make it possible for us to admit one qualified LGBT Advocate from Mexico or the Caribbean to the 2020 program.
The generosity of other funders will also enable us to admit qualified Advocates working on LGBT and/or disability and/or SRHR rights in Latin America and/or Africa in the 2020 program. Additional donors will be identified to support outstanding applicants working on other human rights issues at the grassroots level around the globe.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
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Eligible organization: As below
● They welcome applications from qualified human rights advocates from all regions of the world.
● Fluency in English is required.
● Preference is given to those who have not previously had opportunities to travel and study internationally.
● Advocates 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. Only one application per organization should be submitted. More than one application means all applications from that organization will be disqualified. It is up to the applicant to make sure no one else from the organization has applied.
Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions-conditional)
Note- Applicants from high-income countries will not be considered except for those representing marginalized communities.
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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 choosing Start/Resume An HRAP Application from the menu.
● If you would rather submit the application by international courier at your own expense, please send a completed copy of this PDF application and all supporting documentation including the reference letters via international courier such as FedEx to Columbia University, 1108 IAB, MC 3365, New York, NY 10027 USA. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is received by Columbia no later than December 16, 2019.
● Two signed letters of recommendation are required. Unsigned letters will not be accepted and your entire application will be removed from consideration. Electronic signatures are accepted. 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 as a human rights advocate. 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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