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.

2015-2016 Fellow: David Kaner

This year's Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellow is David Kaner AB'14, a Human Rights intern at The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in the summer of 2013. During his Fellowship year, David will work with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiativein New Delhi, India. "CHRI is the only human rights organization devoted to working within the Commonwealth," says Kaner. "My team, the Strategic Initiatives Programme, is responsible for international outreach and advocacy. We are currently focused on the declining relevance of the Commonwealth and the precipitous global contraction of civil society space."

View the list of past Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellows here.

Fellowship Description

The fellowship award supports 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.

2015-2016 Application Process

Note: The 2015 Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellow has already been selected. The 2016 Application will open in Spring of 2016.

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 must be submitted online by Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 11:59pm CST.

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


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.

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 Letter(s)

Each applicant is required to obtain one letter of recommendation. A second letter is optional. Letter must be uploaded by the recommender here.

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