Oak Institute for Human Rights


2020 Oak Human Rights Fellowship Call for Applications

The Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby College is pleased to issue this call for nominations for the 2020 Oak Fellowship. The 2020 theme is Borders and Human Rights. Borders define who can and cannot live within a state. They circumscribe belonging, while refugees pose a challenge to the notion of borders. We are looking for a human rights activist who is committed to exposing and addressing human rights violations against migrants, immigrants, and refugees, for example, border patrol abuses, human rights violations in detention centers, or abusive immigration laws. The activist’s work may focus on the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, migrant workers, or groups omitted from the 1951 UN Convention relating to the status of refugees, such as “climate refugees”. Applications are due in full no later than December 15, 2019

  • For more information on the 2020 Oak Fellowship, please see our Brochure

2019 Human Rights Fellow: Jamila Bargach

The Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby College is pleased to announce the selection of Jamila Bargach from Morocco as our 2019 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.