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Human Rights & The Arts Fellowships for AY 2021-2022

by Adeshola Dahunsi

Application Deadline: Feb 26, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The OSUN (Open Society University Network) Center for Human Rights & the Arts invites applications for two one-year research and teaching fellowships in human rights and the arts. The positions are open to individuals working in a variety of fields where human rights and the arts intersect, including artists, curators, researchers, scholars, writers, filmmakers, advocates and activists.

The fellowships cover a period of one year, i.e. two academic semesters, from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, and are supported by a full-time salary and health benefits. The positions are based at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

The Fellows will pursue their own research or creative practice within the interdisciplinary and critical framework of the Center, and contribute to the curriculum of the Center’s M.A. Program in Human Rights and the Arts by teaching one course each semester. The M.A. program, which will admit its first cohort in 2021–22, explores the encounter between human rights and the arts as fields of academic knowledge, professional work, and artistic practice, while also offering students opportunities to explore ways of confronting the conceptual and practical perplexities of that encounter. The goal of the fellowship program is to support outstanding thinkers and practitioners and thus to strengthen research, creation, and teaching at the intersection of human rights and the arts.

The Center will award one Fellowship to a practitioner (artistic or activist/advocate), and one to a researcher or scholar, each year.  We recognize that these categories are often blurry and encourage applications from those who cannot in advance specify to which group they belong.

Compensation and Benefits

Fellows will receive a full-time salary and health insurance. Fellows will also be provided with office space, a computer, and library access.


Applicants should hold a terminal degree or equivalent training and professional accomplishment in their field, have experience teaching or lecturing at the college level, and possess a track record of successful research and scholarship, creative practice, or civic engagement and advocacy. 

Application Instructions

Candidates should applyonline via Interfolio and submit the following documents:

  • cover letter summarizing your current research and proposed work during the appointment period. The statement should not exceed 1,500 words.
  • curriculum vitae and list of publications, performances, exhibits, or projects.
  • teaching statement — not in excess of 500 words and including a reflection on diversity, inclusion, and equality in the context of this Fellowship — and brief descriptions of two proposed courses.
  • sample of recent scholarly, artistic, or professional work.
  • contact information for three references.

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