Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Human Rights

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. 

>> Current Fellow: David Kaner, AB'14
>> Program History
>> Fellowship Description 
>> 2016-17 Application Process 
>> Eligibility 
>> Letter of Support 
>> Recommendation Letter
> Questions

Current Fellow: David Kaner, AB'14

The 2015 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.

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.

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.

2016-2017 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 early April.


Applications must be submitted online by Tuesday, March 29th at 8:00am (CST). Please read the application carefully and answer all questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



ONLY University of Chicago College students eligible for graduation in Spring 2016 are eligible to apply. Applicants must also have taken at least two Human Rights courses at the University of Chicago.

Priority will be given to those applicants who completed a University of Chicago Human Rights Internship 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 Letters

Each applicant is required to obtain two letters of recommendation by Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8:00am (CST). Letters should be upoaded directly by the recommender using the form below. 


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. 


Join Susan Gzesh for an informal brown bag lunch Q&A Session: 
Tuesday, February 9 from 12noon to 1pm
Location: Pozen Center (5720 S. Woodlawn)

Students are also welcome to come to office hours with Susan Gzesh on Tuesday afternoons (2:30-4:30pm, no appointment needed). 
Questions may also be directed to Tara Peters