We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Fellowship: Film/Photography and Human Rights

The Oak Institute is pleased to invite applications for its 2017 Fellowship. It will go to a front-line artist-activist from outside of the United States whose creative work has highlighted a human rights concern. That individual will reside at Colby during autumn 2017.

About the Oak Fellowship

We annually award a fellowship that allows one prominent activist in international human rights to take a break from front-line work to spend the fall semester (late August-mid December) in residence at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. This provides the fellow time to reflect, write, create new work or revise old work, and communicate it to the Colby community and beyond. In addition to conducting their own creative expression, the fellow will teach one seminar on their work area or expertise. Following the period of the award the fellow is expected to return home to continue their human rights work.

About the 2017 Theme

The focus of this year’s search is film/photography and human rights. In this call, we are looking for a filmmaker and/or photographer who uses one or both of these media to expose human rights abuses or who has been subjected to censorship or some other kind of abuse for pursuing their art or journalism. Applicants may be documentary or feature filmmakers, photojournalists or artistic photographers. The successful applicant, though, will see the world through a critical lens, challenging other viewers to think more deeply.

We especially encourage applications from those who think of themselves as artist-activists or journalist-activists and who are in need of respite.

General Application Instructions

Please note that you must fill out the form in its entirety before submitting. If you feel you will have difficulty filling out the form in its entirety at one time, you can write the answers within a separate document and cut and paste it into the form when you have everything gathered, or use the application feature that provides an email link to return to your partially finished application.

A complete application includes:

  • A completed application form (all questions answered).
  • A copy of your resume, biography or curriculum vitae (please give dates for all activities).
  • Two recommendations from someone familiar with your work. These recommendations must be submitted directly by the recommender here, by email to oakhr@colby.edu, or mailed via post to: 

Professor Walter Hatch
Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights
Colby College
5305 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901 USA

  • Answers to all personal statement questions.
  • Recommended: Printed information on your work (e.g., reviews, reports, articles). These can be submitted through the form below or emailed directly to oakhr@colby.edu Remember to put your name in the subject line of your email (Last name, First name, Oak Application 2017).

Please send application materials as early as possible. Applications received after December 2, 2016 or applications that are incomplete (i.e., do not include all of the required components) will not be considered.

If you have trouble using the online form, you can use the Word Document format and email your application, resume, and any additional information to:

Profesor Walter Hatch, Director
In the subject line, please include: Last name, First name, Oak Application 2017

Please send any/all attachments at one time, either within the online form below, one email message, or in multiple messages that are sent one immediately after the other. Please title each with your last name, first name and a descriptor. For example: Albaih, Khalid Resume; Albaih, Khalid Press Articles; Albaih, Khalid Letter of Recommendation. We MUST be able to find the documents associated with your name!

For those applicants who prefer to send a printed application, please mail your complete application to:

Professor Walter Hatch
Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights
Colby College
5305 Mayflower Hill
Waterville ME 04901 USA

Recommendations may arrive either electronically or in a printed form.

Please note that the parameters of the Oak Fellowship are strict. You may find many answers to your questions about whether or not your situation meets the fellowship’s criteria here.

Please contact us by e-mail at oakhr@colby.edu or at (207) 859-5319 if you have any questions.

Application Timeline

  • By early September: Online application submission is available
  • November 4: Nomination deadline
  • December 2:  Application deadline 
  • December – January:  Review of applications and research on candidates
  • February:  Selection committee meetings to select final candidates
  • Late February – Early March:  Phone interviews with finalists
  • April 15:  Decision notification to all applicants

Oak Fellowship Application 2017

  • Personal Data

  • Examples: director, producer, editor
  • Recommendations

    List the two persons you will ask to submit a recommendation on your behalf. Please note recommendations MUST be submitted by the recommender. PLEASE REMIND THE RECOMMENDERS OF THE APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 11, 2015. Recommendations can be submitted at http://www.colby.edu/oakinstitute/?p=522.
  • Personal References

    Please provide the names and contact information for two individuals whom we can call or email as additional references to learn more about your work.
  • Arts or Media Organization Affiliations

    Please list any arts or media organizations with which you are currently affiliated (if any).
  • Human Rights Organization Affiliations

    Please list any human rights organizations with which you are affiliated.
  • Feel free to provide as many as you like. (Please type in the name of the website and the url. For example Khalid Albaih might have listed: Creative Commons in Qatar: http://www.creativecommons.qa/ ; The Refugee Club: http://www.refugeeclub.com/
  • Personal Data

    Please answer the following questions (no more than 500 words for each).