Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute is accepting applications for its Practitioner-in-Residence program. This program is designed for human rights advocates from civil society organizations, government, the United Nations, and other inter-governmental and international bodies who seek an environment in which they can engage in collaborative and cross-disciplinary research, writing, and scholarly discussion connected to their human rights practice.

While in residence at the Human Rights Institute, Practitioners-in-Residence work on their own projects. This could include scholarly, advocacy, or policy-oriented papers, human rights reports, or books for publication, or developing workshops and new research agendas, or preparing for conferences or new human rights projects. Some practitioners may wish to also conduct advocacy at the United Nations in New York, or with civil society groups, government officials, and others. Practitioners-in-Residence are invited to present their work at public lectures at Columbia Law School, and to participate actively in the human rights community at Columbia. ​

We particularly invite applications from individuals working in the global south. Each year, one or more applicants from the global south are selected to receive a “Global Advocate Award” to offset expenses associated with travel to New York and expenses during their residence. Depending on the length of the residency, the award may not cover all expenses. Once the Global Advocate is selected, the residency can be tailored to meet the needs of the advocate.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Practitioners will ideally be selected three- months in advance of their residency.

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