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Offer: Call for Applications: The Human Rights Advocates Program

The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is a capacity building program designed to strengthen the skills, knowledge, and networks of proven human rights defenders at the grassroots level. Applicants from high-income countries will not be considered except for those representing marginalized communities. Deadline for applications: November 19, 2010.

Founded more than 20 years ago, HRAP leverages the resources of Columbia University and those offered by New York City as a center of NGOs and international organizations to provide proven grassroots leaders with critical skills-building and networking opportunities. Through workshops, seminars, participation in University classes and other activities as well as meetings with policy makers and potential funders, Advocates share their experiences, reflect critically on their strategies, and plan future campaigns. 229 advocates from more than 80 countries have participated in this program over the past 21 years. The cumulative reach of HRAP participants is extraordinary: alumni have worked with organizations whose memberships range from the thousands to the millions.

HRAP is fortunate to partner with numerous advocacy organizations to offer a full curriculum of training opportunities. That organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International-USA and WITNESS commit resources to working with HRAP is indicative of both their respect for the Advocates and the Program and of the benefits they feel they themselves derive from such participation.

Program Focus

HRAP focuses both on strengthening the skills of the individual Advocates and providing the tools for them to build sustainable organizations that advocate for disadvantaged peoples.

Strategy

To meet HRAP’s goals, Advocates are expected to participate fully in the offerings provided by HRAP, including:

* Skills workshops on advocacy planning and strategies, fundraising, press and media, and building sustainable organizations;

* Columbia University courses on human rights, public health, the environment, development, and labor rights;

* Meetings and networking opportunities with NGO staff, activists, policymakers, representatives of international institutions, and academics.

Timing and Commitment

The 2011 HRAP will begin in the latter half of August and run until mid-December 2011. To be considered, participants must commit to full preparation for and complete engagement in the Program.

About the Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Since its establishment at Columbia University in 1978, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) 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.

ISHR 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, ISHR creates an environment in which research, education, and international outreach contribute to the establishment of a more just and equitable world.

Admissions Information

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 sexual and gender-based violence, domestic violence, minority rights, LGBT rights, 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 work at the grassroots level. Applicants from high-income countries will not be considered except for those representing marginalized communities. See the FAQ for more information about this requirement. Fluency in English is required. Preference is given to those who have not previously had opportunities to travel and study internationally.

Advocates must provide proof of institutional endorsement 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.

Funding

ISHR 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. ISHR staff will work with interested candidates who have been wait listed for the Program to identify potential funding sources in cases where ISHR has not secured the resources to provide a full fellowship.

Application Deadline

Completed applications are due by 11:59pm GMT on Friday, November 19, 2010. 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. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page at http://hrcolumbia.org/hrap/apply/faq/ is available with answers to commonly asked questions. Answers to these questions will be added as updates to the FAQ page on August 16, September 17, October 15, and November 17. To receive an answer by one of these deadlines, please be certain to send questions at least one full day in advance. Please note that the last day to request technical assistance will be Tuesday, November 16. ISHR strongly recommends completing your application well in advance of this date. We will not be able to accept late applications, even in the event of technical problems.

Application 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 June 2011 of their status. Please be patient as the selection and funding processes are lengthy.

The application is available online at http://hrcolumbia.org/hrap/apply/. This web-based format is the only version of the 2011 application.

For further information, please refer to our website at: http://hrcol umbia.org/hrap/

Comments

Sharese's picture

Wow!

This sounds like a phenomenal opportunity!! Thank you for the post- I hope many people here on World Pulse apply. We certainly have some well qualified community members!

Many good vibes to those that apply and also to you Jade for all you do :)

Love,

Sharese

Rehmani M Ashfaq's picture

I want to Join, Sorry for late !

Dear Respected,
Organizer,

Sir,
Hope you are fit & fine
I am TV-Host and Working Journalis from Lahore-Pakistan, eight years of working experience I would like to The Human Rights Advocates Program!

Waiting for your responce,

Regards
Ashfaq Rehmani

TV-Host & Columnist-Pakistan

Reporter & Columnist THE POST (English News Paper) (Khabrain-Group of Newspapers Pakistan)
www.thepost.com.pk
Editorial In charge Daily AFTAB

((((((((((((((((((((((( here is my profile )))))))))))))))))))))))))
Ashfaq Rehmani is prolific writer, has produced a booklet on blindness of talented children regarding “Dyslexia in Children “early grooming of children now available in the market. As analyst Current Affairs on various TV channels he has won the appreciation of both the literary circles and the lay men. Worked as Columnist in the well-known English daily “The Pakistan Times.” No doubt Rehmani has developed his identity as a litrateur. Ashfaq Rehmani posseses the mental faculties to mould his talent into diverse disciplines. Anyhow, presently he is Incharge editorial page of a national daily “Aftab” having wide circulation. Besides, he contributes regular columns to the known English daily”The Post”. As a very well-known Anchor person of private TV channels he is linked to the world of mass communication. However, at the same time pursued his academic studies and fetched degree in BB.A (Hons) in 1995 and in the year 2002 secured Homeo Doctor degree getting high marks (winning third position in Punjab. Secured M.B.A (Marketing) degree in the year 2006 from Standard College. Possessing such bright academic qualifications Ashfaq Rehmani is successfully practicing Homeopathy as a Child Specialist and expert Dermatologist. Received Best Journalist award in 2006. His book entitled “Gharib Ibne gharib ibne gharib, Poor son of poor son of poor” a collection of Newspaper columns “soach kay par” a book on Nepal Journey called “Nepal Ki Taraf”and a poetry book “zara Ankhon tak” are under final stage of publication. Born in the famous tehsil town of Sialkot district “Pasrur” Pursued his intellectual activities as Literary Editor, Deputy Editor in various local and national newspapers namely daily Pakistan Lahore, daily Asas Lahore, Daily Jang Lahore, Sadai Pasrur, Sadai Aam, Takhliyia, Fakhar-e-Pasrur Besides working as Asstt., Editor Ham Qadam magazine published by P.R S.P.,Sialkot region.

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