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 is announced every April and includes a stipend of $28,000 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.
2021 Wolf Fellow
Thomas Hagan, AB’21
Tommy graduated from the College in June 2021 with a double major in Fundamentals and Philosophy; his BA thesis examines the philosophical foundations of prison abolitionism. On campus, he served as co-director of the Bridge Writing Workshop, which facilitates creative writing programs at Cook County Jail and IYC-St. Charles. He was also a 2020 Human Rights Intern and 2020-21 Human Rights Lab Justice Intern.
As the Wolf Fellow, Tommy will continue his work at the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC), a comprehensive children’s law office housed at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. After co-authoring a report last summer on the CFJC’s Reimagining Youth Justice Project, Tommy’s current work at the CFJC focuses on The Final 5 Campaign—a coalition of system-impacted people, advocates, and organizers fighting for the closure of the five remaining Illinois youth prisons—which Tommy helped launch. He also plans to develop a series of educational workshops on issues of juvenile justice, which he will use to facilitate conversations with young people currently incarcerated in Illinois youth prisons.
The application period for the 2021 Aizik Wolf Fellowship has ended.
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.
Each applicant is required to obtain two letters of recommendation. Letters must be uploaded directly by the recommenders themselves.
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.