Deadline: December 11, 2016

The Oak Institute seeks a frontline human rights activist with a focus on the arts and human rights.

The Oak Institute annually awards a fellowship that allows one prominent activist in international human rights to take a break from front-line work to spend the fall semester (September – December) in residence at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. This provides the fellow time for respite, reflection, research, and writing. In addition to conducting his or her own research, the fellow will teach one seminar on his or her work area or expertise. Following the period of the award the fellow is expected to return home to continue human rights work.

This year, the fellowship will be focusing on the intersection between the arts and human rights, particularly the ways in which creative expression can be both a tool to foster discussion of rights violations and (too often) a target of such violations. The Oak Institute welcomes applicants from all artistic disciplines who have been subjected to, or are at risk of experiencing, human rights violations as a result of their artistic expression; or those who have used their art to foster greater awareness of particular human rights violations.

The Oak Institute especially encourage applications from those who are currently or were recently involved in on-the-ground work at some level of personal risk and are in need of respite.

For more information and to apply, please click here.