Human Rights Advocates Program offered by Columbia University

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in New York City, New York, United States, offers the prestigious Human Rights Advocates Program for highly qualified activists who are currently working with non-governmental organizations focused on sexual and gender-based violence, minority rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, migration, health, social exclusion, environmental justice, disability rights or corporate social accountability. Since the start of the program, more than 300 individuals from over 85 countries have participated.
To be considered, applicants must be involved with their respective NGOs at the grassroots level. In addition, applicants must either be from mid- to low-income countries or come from a marginalized community. Individuals who work for government agencies and full-time students are ineligible for consideration. Applicants must be fluent in English and be able to provide proof of fluency. Also, applicants must sign a commitment letter that states they will return to work for their non-governmental organizations upon completion of the program. If the university receives applications from two individuals working for the same non-governmental organization, both of the applicants will be disqualified. Preference is given to applicants who have never had the opportunity to study abroad before.