Human Rights Advocates Program - Columbia University

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The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) at Columbia University is designed to prepare proven human rights leaders from the Global South and marginalized communities in the U.S. to participate in national and international policy debates on globalization by building their skills, knowledge, and contacts.

The Program features a four-month residency at Columbia University in New York City with a structured curriculum of advocacy, networking, skills-building, and academic coursework.

The four-month intensive capacity building program based at Columbia University in New York focuses on the following key issue areas:

  • Environmental injustice
  • Labor rights violations
  • Abuses by multinational corporations
  • Ramifications of resource extraction
  • Public health crises
  • Unsustainable development
  • Intolerance, xenophobia, and social exclusion related to globalization

Special attention is given to the above issues and their intersection with gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, and/or other sources of marginalization.

Participants are selected on the basis of their previous work experience on human rights and globalization, commitment to the human rights field, and demonstrated ability to complete graduate-level studies.

Advocates must originate from and reside in either the Global South (countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America) or the United States.

Fluency in English is required.

Advocates must secure institutional endorsement from their organizations for their participation in the Program and must commit to returning to that organization upon completion of the Program.

This Program will admit approximately ten participants.

Full fellowships are provided to cover program costs as well as travel and living expenses for selected Advocates each year.

Those who make it to the second round of the application process will be asked to submit additional materials including essays and letters of reference.

Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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