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DHRC Belgrade Centre for Human Rights Fellowship

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, all travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy.

Overview

The Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) in partnership with the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) (Belgrade, Serbia) seeks applications for a fellowship to support a summer internship with the Belgrade Centre. The successful applicant is expected to spend eight weeks, between May and August 2022, working with the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights team in different programs: Asylum and Migration Program, Criminal Justice Programme, Youth Program, and Rule of Law and Human Rights Program.

The fellowship provides a stipend of $5,000 to defray the costs of living for eight weeks. Applications will be reviewed by a review committee from DHRC and Belgrade Centre for Human Rights. If COVID-19 restrictions and conditions permit travel to the Belgrade Centre, the fellowship will provide an additional $1,000 to reimburse travel expenses.

Upon completion of this internship, fellows are expected to deliver a presentation of their internship projects and experiences, and submit a written reflection to DHRC.

The goal of the fellowship is to support an advanced LSA student with demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in human rights. Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the statement of purpose, the applicant’s record of achievement, and their promise for the internship position with Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR).

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Notification: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Eligibility Requirements

This fellowship is intended for advanced LSA undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors) focusing on international human rights. It is not open to graduating seniors (i.e., students graduating in WN22 or SP/SU22). Students must return to campus for at least one semester after completing this internship.

Position Description

The fellow will conduct research of comparative international human rights standards, attend different meetings and BCHR conferences (which are in English), prepare short policy papers in line with instructions of BCHR, and participate in online campaigns implemented by BCHR, etc. The fellow will be responsible for timely management of the task given by the BCHR Program manager.

Each one of additional education, training, professional, or student exchange has an important role and impact on our work. BCHR specifically pays attention in capacity building and strengthening individuals to each member of our team.

Desired Qualifications

Being a human rights activist as well the process of supporting the enhancement of human rights, is quite challenging work. Ability to use legal and other skills to speak out and fight against human rights violations and respect of fundamental rights and freedoms, is one of the core attitudes for the BCHR staff.

Basic knowledge of human rights is essential for the internship. Particular areas of familiarity that would be helpful include refugee rights; civil and political rights; gender-based violence; economic, social and cultural rights; minority rights; and environmental rights. Interest in the media and human rights; perceptions of history; comparative legal, political and cultural norms of human rights; and public opinion surveys are also welcome.

Cultural sensitization is also very important. Cultural differences and similarities between people are important to understand, as the BCHR refugees and integration programs work with a variety of different nationalities. Students should also be ready to gain new knowledge and always learn and remain open minded.

Experience in social science and knowledge of Balkan countries would be advantageous.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit: Resume/CV, statement of purpose, transcript, and at least one letter of recommendation from a U-M instructor. Applicants must submit an application via M-Compass.

Contact Informationdhrc-fellowships@umich.edu

About

Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) (Belgrade, Serbia)

The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights is a non-partisan, non-political and non-profit association of citizens concerned with the advancement of theory and practice of human rights. It assembles persons of various professions and backgrounds – jurists, attorneys, sociologists, economists, writers, teachers, students and entrepreneurs. They contribute to the mission of the Centre by their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. The Belgrade Centre was established in 1995 and has since then been recognized as one of the most important and most influential non-governmental organizations in Serbia. The principal goals of the Centre are advancement of knowledge in the field of human rights and humanitarian law, development of democracy, strengthening of the rule of law and the civil society in Serbia and other countries in transition from authoritarianism to democracy.

Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC)

The Donia Human Rights Center is a forum for intellectual exchange on issues around human rights among scholars, practitioners, students, and the broader public. Toward that end, we invite leading practitioners and scholars to share their insights and expertise on human rights gained through their experiences and research. We also offer internship and study-abroad opportunities to students that would enhance their understanding of contemporary human rights issues and equip them with the tools to tackle challenging human rights problems around the world.

U-M College of LSA International Travel Policy

All U-M students traveling abroad for university-related purposes (i.e., participating in study, research, or internship programs organized or supported by LSA departments/units or for which LSA in-residence credit is granted) are bound by the College of LSA International Travel Policy

To receive funding/credit for their international experiences, students are required to:

  • Register their travel in the MCompass Travel Registry
  • Purchase U-M’s Travel Abroad Health Insurance and upload card to MCompass
  • Provide contact information in case of emergency on MCompass
  • Submit a safety plan if traveling to a U-M Travel Warning/Restriction destination. (Safety plans must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to departure and MUST be approved before funding can be released)

Learn more about the requirements and find travel resources on the LSA Travel website. You can also find additional resources on Global Michigan.