About the Oak Fellowship

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights was established in 1998 by a generous grant from the Oak Foundation. Each year, it hosts an Oak Human Rights Fellow to teach and conduct research while residing at the College. The Institute organizes lectures and other events centered around the fellow’s area of expertise.

Please note that deadline for the 2014 Oak Fellowship has passed.


Oak Institute Mission Statement

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights champions the struggles for dignity, freedom and justice for people throughout the world. It provides the opportunity for a front-line human rights activist operating in difficult or dangerous circumstances to come to Colby College every fall for respite and reflection. Oak strives to educate the campus and extended community about the work being done by our Fellow.  It also encourages members of the community, especially students, to participate in research, internships and activism on behalf of human rights.


2014 Human Rights Fellow: Clare Byarugaba

CByarugaba1The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College is pleased to announce the selection of Clare Byarugaba of Uganda as our 2014 Oak fellow.

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