Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Human Rights

Program History

Dr. Aizik Wolf was born in Bogota, Colombia and graduated from the College in 1977. A long-time supporter of the College, Dr. Wolf practices neurosurgery in Miami, Florida and regularly donates medical services and equipment to projects in Latin America. Dr. Wolf created the Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Human Rights to help University of Chicago College graduates launch their own careers as activists and practitioners of  human rights and  social justice.

Since 2007, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights has held an annual competition for the Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Human Rights. The fellowship was on hiatus in 2013-2014. View the past Dr. Aizik Wolf Fellows here.

Fellowship Description

The fellowship award funds one year of work after graduation at a non-governmental organization, government agency, or international body dedicated to human rights. The award consists of a $24,000 (twenty-four thousand dollars) stipend for 12 months of full-time work, with additional support for travel and/or relocation expenses.


Only recent graduates and upcoming graduates, as specified below, from the College of the University of Chicago are eligible to apply.

Applicants must have:

  • Graduated from the College in the 2013-14 academic year; OR
  • Graduated from the College in Autumn 2014 or Winter 2015; OR
  • Be eligible for graduation in Spring Quarter 2015; AND
  • Taken at least two Human Rights courses at the University of Chicago.

Priority will be given to those applicants who have previously completed a University of Chicago Human Rights Internship Program and propose returning to their internship organization or area of work. However, other applicants with comparable experience are encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant  will demonstrate the ability to make a significant contribution to the host organization, as well as show a record of leadership, involvement, and commitment to human rights and social justice.

Application Process

The Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellow is selected by a committee of faculty and staff from the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. Committee members review all applications and will consider the student’s prior and future commitment to human rights work and the merits of the proposed project. The committee will interview finalists and make their decision by mid-May.

Applications (available soon) are due 11:59pm CST on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Please read the application carefully and answer all questions.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Letter of Support

The application requires a letter of support from the intended sponsoring organization. This letter should indicate the organization's support for the applicant's proposed project and outline they will provide the applicant with workspace and adequate supervision. Letters should be on letterhead, if possible.

Recommendation Letters

Each applicant is required to obtain one letter of recommendation. A second letter is optional. Letter must be uploaded directly to the website (coming soon).

Note to applicants: please choose references who are familiar with your work and can speak to your ability to work successfully in an organization.


Questions about the fellowship may be directed to Susan Gzesh, Executive Director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.