[Reader-list] Oak Institute Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2010 Oak Fellowship

OISHIK SIRCAR oishiksircar at gmail.com
Wed Sep 23 00:55:14 IST 2009

*Fall 2010 Oak Fellowship*

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby
College is pleased to issue a call for nominations and applications for the
2010 Oak Human Rights Fellowship. The Oak Fellowship annually offers an
opportunity for one prominent practitioner in international human rights to
take a sabbatical leave from front-line work to spend the fall semester
(September – December) in residence at Colby. This provides the fellow time
for respite, reflection, research, and writing. Following the period of the
award, the fellow is expected to return home to continue human rights work.

For the Oak Fellowship in residence at Colby College during the fall of
2010, we seek front-line human rights activists advocating for those
incarcerated.  Areas of work for prisoners’ rights include but are not
limited to living standards and health care in prisons, pretrial detention,
illegal imprisonment, detained non-citizens, the right of legal
representation, juvenile detention, education and practical training for
inmates, post-detention rehabilitation, families of inmates, disciplinary
procedures, prison privatization, gender and racial discrimination in
incarceration, political prisoners, prisoners of war, torture, sexual abuse,
brutality, and the death penalty.

We 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. Activists must be centrally engaged in work outside
of the United States.

The Oak Fellow’s responsibilities include regular meetings with students
through a small seminar class. Additionally, the fellow works with Colby
faculty to shape a lecture series or symposium on his/her human rights
interests. The fellow participates in the intellectual life of the campus,
providing Colby students the opportunity to work with an internationally
recognized human rights practitioner.

In addition to a $32,000 stipend, the fellowship includes college health
benefits, local accommodations, a campus meal plan, and use of a car. The
fellowship also provides an office, access to the College’s computer and
library facilities, a student assistant to help with the seminar and
research, as well as secretarial support. Travel support is provided for
dependent family members.

Applications can be submitted online or via email. Completed applications
must arrive no later than December 15, 2009. More information, including the
application, is available on the Institute's webpage at:

Final selection will be announced by April 15, 2010.


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