The Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) and the Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) in collaboration with Perseus Strategies and its managing director, the renowned international human rights lawyer, Jared Genser, announced the established of an undergraduate fellowship focused on international human rights this year. 


For the first time in the summer of 2017, U-M LSA undergraduate student Safia Sayed was awarded the fellowship for a research and service internship at Perseus Strategies in Washington, DC. The goal of the DHRC/PICS/Perseus Strategies International Human Rights Fellowship is to support an accomplished and exceptional LSA student with demonstrated interest in and intention to pursue a career in human rights.


Safia Sayed is a rising junior studying Economics with a minor in Gender, Race, and Nation. She is passionate about human rights advocacy, especially with regards to women and girls. To that end, she has contributed to research on the legislation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and she currently serves as co-chair of the women’s issues committee of College Democrats at the University of Michigan. In addition, Safia has worked and volunteered with numerous political campaigns at the local, state, and national level. She currently hopes to pursue a career in law or public policy, with an emphasis on human rights advocacy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, making music, and exploring restaurants and coffee shops in Ann Arbor.