The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University invites fellowship application for fully funded Alliance for Historical Dialogue & Accountability (AHDA) program. The AHDA fellowship brings together scholars, students, civil society organizations, journalists, educators, artists, policymakers, and others who work on historical dialogue issues for a semester of comprehensive learning and networking at Columbia University in New York City. Moreover, the comprehensive program provides fellows with the opportunity to hone practical skills in several areas. This includes fundraising, advocacy, and leadership; developing a deeper understanding of and engagement with the past; as well as fostering mutually beneficial relationships with their peers and with international and non-profit organizations based in New York and Washington, D.C.
The fellowship program begins in late August and ends in mid-December. It is an in-residence program, that requires candidates to reside in New York for the full length of the program.
After ISHR conducts its stringent selection process, it makes every effort to secure funding for shortlisted Fellows to attend the program. However, in cases, ISHR cannot secure funding, shortlisted the Fellows may require to secure their own funds.
The Program aims at 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.
Selection is on the basis of participant’s 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. However, full-time students are not eligible. Applicants who are mid-career and hold full or part-time jobs pursuing their advocacy efforts are preferable.
Fellows must work in the country and/or region where they live. Moreover, the fellow must be fluent in English. Fellows must provide proof of institutional endorsement from their organizations for their participation in the Program. Further, they 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. Hence, the fellows should be available for in-residence in New York City for this period.
To apply for the Fully Funded Alliance for Historical Dialogue & Accountability Fellowship, the candidate must complete and submit the application online by the deadline. Applicants should take into consideration technical issues and begin the process in advance of the deadline. Moreover, the applicants must complete the application in its entirety. An incomplete application is invalid.
Further, the candidates should also submit the two signed letters of recommendation. The recommenders must also provide their contact information (phone number and email address)
Candidates, however, should note that late applications will not be considered.
ISHR will accept the application for the fully funded Alliance for Historical Dialogue & Accountability Fellowship until 11:59 GMT, January 31, 2020