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Donia Human Rights Fellows Program


The Donia Human Rights Fellows Program is an initiative that recognizes University of Michigan undergraduate students majoring in International Studies who have demonstrated their interest in and commitment to the study and practice of human rights during their time at Michigan. The program represents an opportunity for the University of Michigan to recognize student achievement in this area.


  1. The program is open to juniors and seniors who have declared a major in International Studies.
  2. To receive designation as a Donia Human Rights Fellow, a student must:
    1. Attend in person at least three of the monthly speaker events sponsored by the Donia Human Rights Center each academic year. 
    2. Complete at least 12 graded credit hours from a designated list of courses with a focus on international human rights, with a grade of B or above. The complete list of courses from which students may choose may be found here. Students can complete the 12 credits at any time before graduation, including prior to registration for the program. Students are not required to complete any of the courses prior to seeking candidacy in the program.
    3. Complete INTLSTD 470 Donia Human Rights Fellows Program Practicum, a 1-credit, mini-course, during their first semester in the program. The course is offered during Fall semesters. Please check the LSA Course Guide for further information.
      1. This course equips students with foundational skills to be human rights practitioners.
      2. INTLSTD Donia Human Rights Fellows Program Practicum can count as 1 credit toward the Elective credit requirement for the International Studies major or can be taken P/F as general credit toward one’s degree.

Application Procedure

Students seeking candidacy as a Donia Human Rights Fellow must register by September 8th, 2023, on this Google Form. Students may register in their junior or senior year. As students complete courses and attend the monthly lectures, they will be expected to update the information using this Google Form

Students will receive the designation of Donia Human Rights Fellow upon graduation with these requisites completed.

Program Acceptance

Students will receive an email notification regarding their acceptance into the DHR Fellows Program no later than September 30, 2023.


Students may direct questions concerning the program to