The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is a capacity building program designed to strengthen the skills, knowledge, and networks of proven human rights defenders from the Global South and marginalized communities in the United States.
The Program provides advanced training, support, and networking opportunities to respected human rights leaders. The focus is both on strengthening the skills of the individual Advocates and providing tools for them to build sustainable organizations that advocate for disadvantaged peoples. Program Focus 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 . Ramifications of resource extraction . Public health crises . Unsustainable development . Intolerance, xenophobia, and social exclusion
Special attention is given to the above issues and their intersection with gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, and/or other sources of marginalization.
Strategy To meet HRAP’s goals, Advocates are expected to participate fully in the offerings provided by HRAP, including:
Skills workshops on advocacy tools, fundraising, press and media relations, and building sustainable organizations;
Columbia University courses on human rights, public health, the environment, sociology, political science, social work, development, and labor rights;
Meetings and networking opportunities with NGO staff, activists, policymakers, representatives of international institutions, and academics. Timing and Commitment The 2010 HRAP will begin in the latter half of August and run until mid-December 2010. To be considered, participants must commit to full preparation for and complete engagement in the Program.
About the Center for the Study of Human Rights Since its establishment at Columbia University in 1978, the Center for the Study of Human Rights (CSHR) has been committed to its core goals of providing human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in international capacity building to human rights leaders and organizations.
CSHR actively works to ensure that local peoples and human rights advocates are included in the political and economic policy decisions that affect their lives.
By convening faculty, students, and human rights leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds, CSHR creates an environment in which research, education, and international outreach contribute to the establishment of a more just and equitable world.
Selection of Participants The Program is designed for lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers, social workers, community organizers, and other human rights activists working with NGOs on issues including labor rights, migration, health, social exclusion, environmental justice, 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. Advocates must originate from and reside in either the Global South or the United States. Fluency in English is required. Preference is given to those who have not previously had opportunities to travel and study internationally.
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.
Funding CSHR makes every effort to provide full fellowships to cover program costs as well as travel and housing. A reasonable stipend is also provided to cover basic costs. CSHR staff will work with interested candidates who have been waitlisted for the Program to identify potential funding sources in cases where CSHR has not secured the resources to provide a full fellowship. Application Deadline Completed applications are due by Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 5pm EST (New York time). The completed application must be submitted online by the deadline. Applicants should take into consideration technical issues and begin the process in advance of the deadline. The online application system will automatically close as of this deadline.
Technical Questions and Application Help Due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to answer application questions personally. Please email questions and concerns to email@example.com Beginning October 14, 2009, please look for the FAQ section of the application website. Answers will be added to it on October 28, November 18, December 2, and Decmeber 17. Questions must be received 1 day in advance of these deadlines or will answered in the following set up FAQ updates. Please note that the last day to request technical assistance will be Wednesday, December 16. CSHR strongly recommends completing your application before this date. We will not be able to accept late applications, even in the event of techincal problems..
Applcation Instructions 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.
Upon submission of a completed application, a confirmation will be sent to the applicant. Applicants may also login to the online application to view their submitted applications. As stated in the application, the submission of applications is final. A submitted application cannot be altered or appended.
Application Status Notification Applicants will be notified in May/June 2010 of their status. Please be patient as the selection and funding processes are lengthy.