Thursday, March 23, 2006

2006-2007 Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellowship Program

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
2006-2007 Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellowship Program

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy is located in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Founded in 1999, the Carr Center is a research, teaching and training program that critically examines the policies and actions of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other actors that affect the realization of human rights around the world. Our research, teaching and writing are guided by a commitment to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in the United States and throughout the world. Since its founding, the Center has developed a unique focus of expertise on the most dangerous and intractable human rights challenges of the new century, including genocide, mass atrocity, state failure and the ethics and politics of military intervention.

The Carr Center is led by Director Sarah Sewall, whose recent work focuses on the civilian in war and includes facilitating a dialogue between the military and human rights communities on the use of force. The talented group of faculty and staff comprising the Carr Center also includes Center founder and current faculty affiliate Samantha Power, whose Pulitzer-prize winning book, A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide, marked the culmination of the Carr Center 뭩 extensive research project on U.S. policy responses to genocide in the 20th century.

As an independent research center, the Center seeks to offer a forum in which diverse views about human rights can be considered. The Center seeks to bring new voices to the table, thereby extending and deepening the human rights dialogue. The Carr Center 's location in a school of public policy allows it to draw upon a range of disciplines and the case-based analytic approach for which the Kennedy School is known. For more information on the Carr Center , please visit

The Fellows Programs

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellows Programs bring together a diverse group of human rights practitioners, scholars and activists to conduct research on human rights policy, contribute to the Center's programs, and participate in broader dialogue with students, faculty and researchers in the Harvard community. In 2006-2007, the Carr Center will offer two separate fellowship types: The Carr Center Fellowships for Academics and Scholars (non-stipendiary) and the Carr Center Fellowships for Activists and Practitioners (stipendiary). The eligibility requirements and application procedures differ. Please see our website,, for application information and details. Although we encourage applicants with a broad range of interests, we will also be forming a subset of fellows whose thematic focus is on children on the cusp between victims and actors, such as participation in armed conflict, trafficking, and terrorist acts.



Each year, the Center seeks a mix of fellows with different backgrounds and experiences. In particular, we seek to have a fellowship program engaging human rights activists and practitioners. Only human rights activists and practitioners working in developing nations are eligible for this fellowship.
Because we seek to draw applicants with a diversity of professional and human rights experiences, the Center will use no single criteria to measure eligibility. We do expect that successful activist/practitioner applicants will:

  • currently live in a developing nation and work on human rights issues
  • have at least 5 years of experience in human rights work or of professional experience in a relevant area (public policy, journalism, business, law, military, economic development, etc.)
  • have an interest in examining and reflecting upon this experience
    The Carr Center encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of any developing country. Fellows must be able to read, write and speak English fluently.


At the Center, fellows will have an opportunity to advance their own professional development by completing works in progress, bridging into new fields or disciplines, and interacting with a community of leading human rights scholars and activists. The networks and contacts developed at the Center often serve as a valuable resource when fellows return home.

Fellows are expected to spend the entire fellowship period in residence at the Center and should have no other significant professional commitments during this time. They are expected to attend all Center fellows colloquia and programs. Activist and practitioner fellows are expected to contribute to the Carr Center and Kennedy School of Government communities throughout their fellowship. More specifically, they may give seminars and lectures on particular topics in human rights about which they have first hand knowledge and/or explore issues and questions raised in their work through discussion and study. They will be expected to present some completed project (policy paper, briefing, etc.) over the course of the fellowship period.


The Center뭩 Activist/Practitioner fellowship program provides a stipend of $31,000 for the fellow to use for living expenses in Cambridge . Health insurance and benefits will be provided for the fellow (coverage for dependents can be purchased for an additional cost). While the Center will provide guidance in the fellow뭩 housing search, housing costs must be paid out of the $31,000 stipend. Activist/Practitioner fellows are also provided with office space, computers with LAN and Internet connections, and access to Harvard University libraries and other facilities.

Application Procedure for Activists/Practitioners

Each applicant should submit in hard copy:

  • 1. A curriculum vitae.

  • 2. A 3- to 5- page double-spaced statement that outlines a major research project to be completed during the fellowship and describes its relevance to the Carr research agenda. While the Center welcomes project proposals on any human rights-related topic, we have a particular interest in proposals on topics related to ongoing research at the Center including: the cusp between victims and actors (such as children in armed conflict, terrorism, and trafficking), the use of force and human rights, nationbuilding, terrorism and human rights, genocide prevention, rights based approaches to humanitarian aid, and capacity development among human rights non-governmental organizations. The statement should explain how the project will add to the body of knowledge about human rights policy, outline your qualifications to complete this research, and describe the methods you will use to carry out the project. Please put your name on each page of the statement, entitle it 밃cademic/Scholar Fellowship Application Statement.?/font>
    Materials submitted will not be returned to the applicant. Please provide three hard copies of the application.

Completed applications must be received at the Carr Center in hard copy by 5:00pm on March 31, 2006. If mailing the application poses a hardship, applicants should email and request permission to submit an application electronically. Applicants bear full responsibility for ensuring that all materials are received by the due date and will not be notified of incomplete applications. The Center will contact finalists regarding submission of supplemental documentation, which will include two letters of reference. Decisions will be announced by April 30, 2006. Resident fellowships will begin September 1, 2006 and end on June 30, 2007.

Contact Information
Eleanor Benkő
Telephone: (617) 496-0351
Mailing Address:
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge , MA 02138

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