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Human Rights Fellowship Program

The Human Rights Center encourages residents of the Upper Midwest—including students, teachers, lawyers, health professionals, community leaders and others—to undertake practical experiences and internships in human rights organizations. The Fellowship Program is designed to promote social justice by providing practical training in the varied aspects of human rights work worldwide. The fellowship placement should provide both training for the individual and assistance to the host organization.

*Note: For 2016, almost all of the program's funding is restricted to law students and University of Minnesota graduate human rights students. See the background section of the Fellowship Guidelines and Application for details.

The Human Rights Fellowship Program fosters links between communities in the Upper Midwest and human rights or social justice organizations around the world. Participants return with a stronger commitment to a lifetime of work in human rights and social justice and contribute to communities in the Upper Midwest by sharing their experiences and raising awareness about human rights issues. The human rights movement can benefit greatly from collaboration among individuals from different social, political, economic, and cultural backgrounds.

2016 Application Due: Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 12:00 p.m.

For more information on the Human Rights Fellowship Program, visit http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/center/uppermidwest/.


We are pleased to announce our 2016 Human Rights Fellows:

Nadia Anguiano-Wehde
National Immigrant Justice Center - Chicago, Illinois

Adam Barkl
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (Trial Chamber I Office) - The Hague, Netherlands

John Bruning
Center for Constitutional Rights - New York, New York

Vanessa Colletti
Prairie State Legal Services - Saint Charles, Illinois

Lauren Gallenstein
United States Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review - Bloomington, Minnesota

Mary Georgevich
New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice - New Orleans, Louisiana

Taylor Gess
Farmers' Legal Action Group - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Sanam Ghandehari
The Advocates for Human Rights (Refugee & Immigrant Program) - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kristen Hathaway
South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense (Capital Trial Division) - Columbia, South Carolina

Mackenzie Heinrichs
Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Olivia Judd
Transitional Justice Institute - Belfast, Northern Ireland

Anthony McGrath
Iran Human Rights Documentation Center - New Haven, Connecticut

Lynne McMullen
International Justice Foundation (Prison Project) - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Emma Meyer
Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights & Rhode Island Department of Attorney General - Providence, Rhode Island

Kristen Mishler
The Advocates for Human Rights (Women's Human Rights Program) - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lawrence Philbin
The Advocates for Human Rights (Refugee & Immigrant Program) - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Nicholas Ratkowski
Phillips Black Project - Saint Louis, Missouri

Miranda Slaght
Saligan - Quezon City, Philippines

Fadia Thabet
American Refugee Committee - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Please Note:

All Human Rights Fellowship awards for international travel are contingent on compliance with the University of Minnesota's health insurance requirements.

If you are a University of Minnesota student traveling to a country on the State Department's travel warning list, your award will be contingent on your receiving permission to travel from the University of Minnesota. We suggest that you begin drafting your request for permission as soon as possible, but please do not apply for permission until you have received confirmation of your award.