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The Oak Fellowship annually offers an opportunity for one prominent activist in international human rights to take a sabbatical leave from front-line work to spend the fall semester (September – December) in residence at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. This provides the fellow time for respite, reflection, research, and writing. In addition to conducting his or her own research, the fellow will teach one seminar on his or her work area or expertise. Following the period of the award the fellow is expected to return home to continue human rights work.

The Oak Institute seeks a frontline human rights activist who works on problems created by or associated with food sovereignty and human rights outside of the United States for residence at Colby in the fall of 2015 and issues a call for nominations for the 2015 Oak Human Rights Fellowship.

The focus of this year’s search is food sovereignty and human rights. In this call, the focus is on the political, economic and environmental challenges of food production and food access by farmers, farm communities, and the rural and urban poor. Eligible candidates for this fellowship may be engaged in local efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity, national and regional efforts to ensure farmers’ access to land and protection from “land-grabs,” and/or global efforts for political and economic reforms to promote greater equity and justice in our increasingly globalized food systems.

Applications are encouraged from those who are currently or were recently involved in on-the-ground work at some level of personal risk and are in need of respite.

For more information and application instructions, visit