The Sakharov Program on Human Rights is pleased to announce the award of the spring 2008 Sakharov Fellowship
The Sakharov Program on Human Rights is pleased to announce the award of the spring 2008 Sakharov Fellowship to Evgenia Lezina and Eliza Musaeva.
Evgenia Lezina of Nizhny Novgorod holds a MA in Political Science from the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences. Recognized as the best graduate of 2005, her thesis was a comparison of political transformation in post-Nazi Germany and post-Soviet Russia. Currently, she is enrolled in the "Political Systems and Institutional Change" Program at the Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies working on her PhD Thesis "Strategies of Overcoming a Totalitarian System." She is also actively involved in civil society initiatives and democracy building and advocacy in Russia. At Harvard, she plans to get acquainted with the work of civic education organizations in the USA to gather the necessary material for a course on civic education, on political culture and civil society, to be introduced in Russia. She also hopes that acquaintance with the work of human rights organizations will allow her to study and adapt to the Russian conditions their successful practices and positive experience.
Eliza Musaeva of Nazran holds a PhD in psychology from the Moscow Pedagogical University and has written about the psychological trauma experienced by survivors and witnesses to atrocities in Chechnya. A well-known human rights researcher, she has worked for Memorial in Ingushetia and in Chechnya. Currently, she works for the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights in Vienna. Her work is aimed at informing Russian and international institutions about the human rights situation in the region, raising awareness of the international community and the Russian authorities of the severe human rights violations and of the conditions of the victims. It involves monitoring of the situation, publication of reports on current problems, and issuing statements and open letters on the more urgent cases. At Harvard, she intends to study the mechanisms that ensure the state's respect for human rights and its observation of internal and international standards, to conduct comparative analysis of the "War on Terror" in the Russian Federation and in other countries, and study the use of preventive counter-terrorism measures in countries outside the Russian Federation. She hopes that Sakharov Fellowship will help her improve human rights work she does in Russia.
Tatiana Yankelevich, Director
Sakharov Program on Human Rights
Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies www.daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 * Tel. 617.495.4037 * Fax 617.495.8319
The Sakharov Human Rights Fellowship Program at Harvard University
The Sakharov Program on Human Rights at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and the Andrei Sakharov Center and Museum in Moscow, Russia, call for applications to the Sakharov Human Rights Fellowship Program (spring 2008), made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development/Russia.
Description: Fellows will be in residence at the Davis Center, Harvard University, for the five-month period January through June 2008. During their tenure at Harvard, Fellows will pursue research in the Sakharov Archive at Harvard and/or work with a human rights organization, write one paper in conjunction with their research or internship, deliver at least one seminar, and participate in other human rights programs at Harvard (such as working with Harvard faculty who teach courses on human rights, meeting informally with Harvard undergraduate students, and participating in high school teachers' curriculum workshops). Fellows will receive a living stipend of up to $20,000, office space, computer support, borrowing privileges in the Harvard libraries, and a health insurance allowance.
Eligibility: Fellowships are open to scholars of law and human rights, innovative high school and university history and civics educators, human rights activists, and journalists working for independent media organizations on human rights issues. Their work must focus on the development of democracy in Russia, publicizing crimes against humanity, preserving the historical memory of resistance to totalitarianism in the FSU, and/or safeguarding civil liberties and human rights in Russia.
Applicants must be citizens of the Russian Federation, in the early-to-middle stages of their career, have working knowledge of written and spoken English, and basic computer skills.
Application: Application form is available on the Sakharov Museum and Center web site http://www.sakharov-center.ru/projects/stependiati/. Applicants should submit forms completed in both English and Russian. Enclosed with the application should be (also in English and Russian):
Statement of purpose, including a description of the applicant's proposed research project and/or intended work at a human rights NGO;
Statement outlining how knowledge and experience gained during fellowship period will be applied in Russia;
Curriculum vitae (CV).
Three (3) letters of reference should be sent directly by the recommenders to the Sakharov Museum.
Deadline: November 12, 2007
Deadline: Monday, November 12, 2007. Completed applications should be submitted by E-mail to Yuri Samodurov, Director of the Sakharov Museum, at ; if necessary, they can also be faxed to (495) 917 2653. Letters of reference can also be submitted by E-mail to Yuri Samodurov, at firstname.lastname@example.org, signed letters of reference must be faxed to (495) 917 2653. The subject line of the E-mail and the fax should read "Sakharov Fellowship."
Decisions: The Sakharov Fellowship Moscow Committee at the Sakharov Museum will consider all applications and submit its recommendations to the Advisory Board of the Sakharov Program on Human Rights at the Davis Center. The Advisory Board of the Sakharov Program will make the final selection of Sakharov Fellows from the candidates recommended by the Moscow Committee. Decisions will be announced in early December 2007.