Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship

This one-year fellowship is awarded to an exceptional College graduate to launch their career in human rights. This fellowship was named for Dr. Aizik Wolf, AB’77, who is 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 Pozen Center has held the annual competition for the Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Human Rights 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. 


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.

2019 Fellow: Emma Perez, AB’19

Emma graduated from the College in June 2019, majoring in Global Studies and Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies.

As the Wolf Fellow, Emma is working at the Invisible Institute in Chicago, a journalism production company on the South Side of Chicago. At the Invisible Institute, Emma is working on FOIA investigations, the Youth/Police Project, the Police Torture Archive, and the Public Defenders Cop Accountability Project.

Application Requirements

The 2020 application period is now closed.

Eligibility is limited to University of Chicago College students graduating in the current academic year who have taken at least two Human Rights courses at the University of Chicago. 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.

Priority will be given to applicants who completed a Pozen Center Human Rights Internship and propose returning to their internship organization or area of work. However, other applicants with comparable experience are 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

Letter of Support: Host Organization

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 recommender.

*Note to 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. 


Questions may be directed to Faculty Director Mark Bradley.