Deadline: 17 January, 2023
The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is designed for human rights activists working with NGOs on issues including sexual and gender-based violence, minority rights, LGBTQI+ rights, labor rights, indigenous peoples’ 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 marginalised communities.
Fluency in English is required. Preference is given to those who have not previously had opportunities to travel and study internationally. A bachelor’s degree is required.
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.
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 Trans Advocate from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean or Eastern and Southern Africa to the 2023 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 2023 program. Additional donors will be identified to support outstanding applicants working on other human rights issues at the grassroots level around the globe.
At the time of the release of this application, we are planning to offer the next HRAP on campus from late August 2023 to mid-December 2023. Please note that the timing is subject to change. Please revisit this section for any changes.
Applicants will be notified of their status in late May 2023. Please be patient as the selection and funding processes are lengthy and the situation around the global pandemic remains fluid.
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