Oslo Scholars

The Oslo Scholars Program offers undergraduates with demonstrated interest in human rights and international political issues an opportunity to attend the...

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Oslo Scholars

The Oslo Scholars Program offers undergraduates with demonstrated interest in human rights and international political issues an opportunity to attend the Oslo Freedom Forum and spend their summer working with some of the world’s leading human rights defenders and activists.

The Oslo Scholars Program was established in 2010 by the Oslo Freedom Forum and the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, as the Oslo Freedom Forum presented an ideal platform to engage new generations of human rights defenders and scholars.

The Forum, entering its tenth year in 2018, provides students with invaluable networking and learning opportunities, and the chance to plan their summer internships with their host speakers.

In 2010, the new Oslo Scholars Program sent three students to the Oslo Freedom Forum, where they assisted in Forum translation and social media outreach. This inaugural group also designed the first Oslo Scholars Program internship, with 2010 OFF speaker Mukhtar Mai of Pakistan. Based on the success of this first internship and the student delegation to the Forum, the Oslo Scholars Program has since expanded. In 2011, the Oslo Scholars Program organized internships with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Justine Hardy, and Vincent Manoharan, each of whom hosted Oslo Scholars from Tufts University for the summer, engaging the Scholars in their inspiring work defending and promoting human rights. The Program has since expanded, offering various internships each year in the field of human rights. Students have worked on issues like mental health, freedom of speech, corruption, and non-violent resistance in locations varying from Belgrade to Seoul, as well as in Boston and New York.

Oslo Scholars are selected based on their demonstrated interest in human rights, language abilities, and long-term career and professional goals. The Oslo Scholars act as bloggers and social media agents at the Oslo Freedom Forum and are responsible for keeping an active blog over the course of their internships. Internship opportunities vary from year to year based on the Oslo Freedom Forum speakers who elect to participate in the program.

For more information on the Oslo Scholars Program, application details, and to see profiles of all Oslo Scholars since 2011, please visit www.osloscholarsprogram.wordpress.com or email osloscholars@tufts.edu

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There are no Cookie Cutter Solutions to Building Democracy: CANVAS in Belgrade by Zara Rancheva

It would not be an overstatement to say that, during my first month of work at CANVAS, I was perpetually awestruck. I had already met Srdja Popovich, at the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum and listened to ...

What Should be the Role of NGOs in Fighting for Human Rights? Summer at the Albert Einstein Institution by Sara Arman

The Albert Einstein Institution works to advance the worldwide study and strategic use of nonviolent action. Through educational materials such as Dr. Gene Sharp’s book, “From Dictatorship to Democ...

Aparna Dasaraju: EG Justice and the Reemergence of Polio

Aparna Dasaraju is majoring in Peace and Justice Studies and is in the class of 2016.  She is an Oslo Scholar.

EPIIC and the Oslo Freedom Forum

EPIIC students Caitlin Thompson and Jack Margolin with Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation at the Oslo Freedom Forum. 

Oslo Scholars Presents the College Freedom Forum

A joint initiative of the Human Rights Foundation and the Institute for Global Leadership, the College Freedom Forum (CFF) at Tufts University brings the Oslo Freedom Forum experience to college ca

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