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Amnesty International USA 2018 Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship for Organizing and Activism

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018

One exceptional AIUSA student activist will receive the Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship for their outstanding efforts on behalf of human rights, and will be awarded a ten-week residency with the Organizing and Activism Unit. The Fellow will work closely to develop a project around a priority campaign and help strengthen member communications at the regional and national level. The Fellowship will promote a deeper understanding of human rights work, strengthen the Fellow’s advocacy skills, and further prepare them to be an effective life-long activist. The Kristof Fellow will work out of the Oakland, California office.

The Fellow will join dynamic, in-progress efforts on all priority bodies of work, building knowledge of domestic and international human rights issues and learning the channels and practices by which Amnesty International delivers much-needed public and governmental scrutiny to end suffering and violations of human rights. The Fellow will also be provided travel to AIUSA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting in Washington, DC, where AIUSA will announce the awardee and the Fellow will be formally honored in Ladis Kristof’s name.

The Fellow will join dynamic, in-progress efforts on all priority bodies of work, building knowledge of domestic and international human rights issues and learning the channels and practices by which Amnesty International delivers much-needed public and governmental scrutiny to end suffering and violations of human rights. The Fellow will also be provided travel to AIUSA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting in Washington, DC, where AIUSA will announce the awardee and the Fellow will be formally honored in Ladis Kristof’s name.

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Desired Qualities of Candidates

Candidates for the Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship should be individuals who have shown a strong track record of advocacy and intend to cultivate a life-long engagement with the work and principles central to Ladis Kristof, the Kristof family, Amnesty International and the human rights movement. Consistency and persistence in human rights work, such as sustained work on behalf of a prisoner of conscience, steadfast campaigning on a particular human rights issue, or building up a group or region over a substantial period of time, will be valued over successful one-time events. Candidates must embody the Kristof belief in a long-term view of human rights work in which progress occurs through courage and determination even, and especially, in the face of continuing adversity.

The Fellowship will be awarded to a leader for the next generation of human rights activists and someone who will display the tenacity and deep passion for justice required to make human rights a guiding principle rather than a passing interest. The potential Fellow will provide in their application an overview of their existing work with AIUSA, but the applicant’s record of commitment to organizing and activism and desire to further develop these skills will take highest priority in the selection process.

Eligibility Requirements

AIUSA student human rights leaders from any field of study are invited and encouraged to apply. Amnesty International is an equal opportunity employer and organization, committed to diversity. Applicants representing under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

In order to be eligible for the Kristof Fellowship, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student as of May 1, 2018 or a graduating high school senior at least 18 years of age by May 1, 2018.
  • Be able to complete a ten-week summer residency at the AIUSA office in Oakland, California.
  • Be able to attend the AIUSA Annual General Meeting in Washington, DC (February 23-25, 2018).

How to Apply

To be considered for the Kristof Fellowship, applicants should submit the following materials by January 31, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Apply Online
  2. Cover letter explaining the applicant’s experience, qualifications, and interest in the fellowship
  3. Resume outlining all relevant experience (academic, volunteer, or other).
  4. Personal statement (not to exceed 750 words) identifying the human rights issue(s) and bodies of work, including advocacy and activism skills, the applicant is most interested in exploring during the Fellowship (include why the applicant is interested in these areas, and what advocacy and activism skills the applicant hopes to build).
  5. Two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters must be from an AIUSA staff member, faculty advisor, or member leader (i.e. an Area Coordinator, Student Activist Coordinator, Country Specialist, etc). The second letter can be from anyone familiar with the applicant’s experience and character.

Timeline

January 31, 2018 – Applications are due by 6:00pm EST
February 2, 2018 – Finalists will be contacted between January 29th – February 2nd to schedule a telephone interview with the Selection Committee
February 6, 2018 – Fellowship offer made
February 23-25, 2018 – Fellowship award will be presented at the Annual General Meeting in Washington, DC
June-August 2018 – Fellowship will be carried out in the Amnesty International USA office in Oakland, California)

Please find the Application here

For questions, please contact Sara Schmidt at sschmidt@aiusa.org.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship for Organizing and Activism

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