2019 Human Rights Advocates Program at Columbia University

Deadline: December 16, 2019.

The Human Rights Advocates Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2020.

Founded in 1989, the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is a unique and successful model of human rights capacity building. HRAP capitalizes on its affiliation with Columbia University and its location in New York City to provide grassroots leaders the tools, knowledge, access, and networks to strengthen their organizations and promote human rights.



1. The Program is designed for human rights activists working with NGOs on issues including sexual and gender-based violence, minority rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, migration, health, social exclusion, environmental justice, disability rights, and corporate social accountability.

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

3. Preference is given to those who have not previously had opportunities to travel and study internationally.

4. 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 a very limited number of full scholarships will be awarded. Other admitted applicants will be asked to cover expenses such as living and stipend.




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