Oak Institute for Human Rights


2019 Oak Human Rights Fellowship Application Has Closed

The Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby College has closed the application period for the 2019 Oak Fellowship.  The 2019 theme is water rights.  We are looking for a human rights activist who is committed to exposing and/or addressing human rights violations or abuses in relation to water.  These might include, for example: the privatization of water for profit; the destruction, contamination, and pollution of water resources; the denial of sanitation infrastructure, supporting the spread of disease; environmental racism; and the legal or illegal violation of communities’ water sovereignty.  Applications received in full are currently under review.  Finalists will be contacted for interviews in February and March, and we will announce the 2019 fellow in April.

  • For more information on the 2019 Oak Fellowship, please see our Brochure

2018 Human Rights Fellow: Bassam Khabieh

The Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby College is pleased to announce the selection of Bassam Khabieh from Syria as our 2018 Oak fellow. Learn more >>>





 About the Oak Fellowship

The Oak Institute for Human Rights was established in 1997 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.

Oak Institute Mission Statement

The Oak Institute for 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.