Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship


The Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Human Rights is a one-year fellowship awarded to an exceptional College graduate, to help them launch a career in human rights. It was named for Dr. Aizik Wolf, AB’77, a longtime supporter of the College. Dr. Wolf was born in Bogota, Colombia, practices neurosurgery in Miami, and regularly donates medical services and equipment to projects in Latin America.

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 includes a stipend of $24,000 for 12 months of full-time work, with additional support for travel and/or relocation expenses.

We have held an annual competition for the fellowship since 2007, with a one-year hiatus in 2014. Past Fellows have spent their first year after graduation working in California, Chicago, India, and Mexico on issues related to labor, gender, religion, criminal justice, youth, and land conservation. 

2020 Wolf Fellow

Michelle Yang, AB’20

Michelle graduated from the College in June 2020 with a double major in Anthropology and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. She was also a 2019 Human Rights Intern.

As the Wolf Fellow, Michelle is working with Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), a campaign working to establish a public memorial for survivors of Chicago police torture. She works to secure support from the City of Chicago and private funders to establish the public memorial, builds community support for the memorial, organizes CTJM’s monthly meetings, and actively manages their communications, including social media.


Now accepting applications for the 2021 Aizik Wolf Fellowship. Applications are due Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (CST).

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University of Chicago College students graduating in the current academic year who have taken at least two Human Rights courses at the University are eligible to apply. The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to make a significant contribution to the host organization and also show a record of leadership, involvement, and commitment to human rights and social impact.

Although priority will be given to applicants who completed a Human Rights Internship and propose returning to their internship organization or working in a similar issue area, other applicants with comparable experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Complete applications include: 

(1) Completed application form, including essay questions
(2) CV or resume
(3) Letter of support from proposed host organization 
(4) Two letters of recommendation

Host Organization Letter of Support

The application requires a letter of support from the proposed host organization. This letter should indicate the organization’s support for the applicant’s proposed project and its commitment to provide the applicant with workspace and adequate supervision. Letters should be on letterhead, if possible. 

Upon acceptance of the award the host organization, Fellow, and Pozen Center will sign an institutional agreement and work plan. 

Recommendation Letters

Each applicant is required to obtain two letters of recommendation. Letters must be uploaded directly by the recommenders themselves.

Recommendation Upload Form

We ask that applicants please choose references who are familiar with your work and can speak to your ability to work successfully in an organization. Letters could come from a supervisor, instructor, or non-family member who can evaluate your suitability for this fellowship. 


Please direct any questions to Faculty Director Mark Bradley.