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Study-In-USA: 2022 Columbia University Human Rights Advocates Program

Columbia University welcomes applications from qualified human rights advocates from all regions of the world. 

Columbia University (also known as Columbia, and officially as Columbia University in the City of New York) is a private Ivy League research university in New York City. Established in 1754 as King’s College on the grounds of Trinity Church in Manhattan, Columbia is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest institution of higher learningin the United States. 

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.

Scholarship Details:

The Program 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.

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Scholarship Requirements:

To be considered for the programme:

  • Advocates must work at the grassroots level. Applicants from high-income countries will not be considered except for those representing marginalized 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.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

  • The programme is run over two semesters: online from late October/early November to mid-December 2022 followed by the in-person component from early January to early May 2023.
  • 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 2022-23 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 2022-23 program. Additional donors will be identified to support outstanding applicants working on other human rights issues at the grassroots level around the globe.

Required Documents

To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents;

  • Two signed letters of recommendation.
  • A copy of your university diploma and/or transcript. (If you hold multiple degrees, please upload the highest one.)
  • English proficiency certificate

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Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should click on the button below to begin their application.

Scholarship status

Applicants will be notified of their status by early September, 2022.

Deadline: May 12, 2022

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