Columbia University’s AHDA Fellowship Opportunity

Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights is accepting applications from a wide range for professionals such as human rights practitioners, journalists, academics, educators, filmmakers, artists and others to apply for the 2013 Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability. The fellowship will be held during the fall semester of 2013 (August 28, 2013 to December 14, 2013) at Columbia University in New York City.

The fellowship is part of the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA), which offers fully funded fellowships which will cover travel, visa, and accommodation costs as well as a modest stipend to cover day to day living expenses during the program.

During the fellowship participants are expected to design a project that addresses some aspect of a history of gross human rights violations in their society, country and/or region. Projects can take a range of forms (films, publications, curricula, reports, meetings/proceedings), with the aim of implementing them when fellows return to their home countries.

Fellows will:

  • Develop clear concepts of historical dialogue and accountability on the basis of practical experiences and scholarly insights;
  • comparatively analyze how these concepts and debates shape conflicts on the ground in diverse contexts;
  • identify primary challenges to implementing historical dialogue projects and explore a variety of strategies for addressing them;
  • build capacity in a wide range of skills required for historical dialogue, from facilitation to fund raising;
  • build networks of historical dialogue leaders and connect with individuals and organizations relevant to their work.

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate at least two years of work on projects relating to historical dialogue and accountability. Candidates are either employees of an organization that focuses on dealing with the past in the applicant’s society and/or region or who demonstrate the support of a well-established organization to implement the Fellow’s Project after the completion of the program.

The deadline to submit applications is 1 March 2013. For more information, visit this link.

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