UNICRI offers a wide range of specialized training programmes, organized either in Rome or in the United Nations Campus in Turin (Italy).
The Executive Committee of the Wallenberg Endowment is sponsoring the Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Awards. While a student at the University of Michigan in the 1930s, Raoul Wallenberg traveled across North America to observe and learn from people of all kinds on their own terms. This experience helped him understand the human condition and shaped his life-long concern for human dignity and humanitarian values. His heroic efforts to rescue the surviving Jews of Budapest are an inspiring demonstration of how one individual can make a difference, even under the most dire circumstances.
In the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg’s experience at Michigan, the Wallenberg International Summer Travel Award will allow selected students to take part in a community service project or civic participation anywhere in the world. The award will support such experiences as, for instance, volunteer with a humanitarian organization such as a school, clinic, or aid program, or the exploration of humanitarian issues not well understood in the United States.
Projects should be at least four weeks in duration and take place outside of the U.S. between May and August of the current application cycle. The University’s international travel policies will be followed.
The University of Michigan’s International Center will receive applications and organize the selection process.
A total of five awards will be given this year to cover transportation, room and board, and local excursions made in connection with the project:
One Bagramian Award ($2,500) for a graduate student pursuing a project related to the field of public health
*This award is restricted to UM-Ann Arbor students only*
- Must be in good standing at the University of Michigan, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Must be rising juniors or seniors and have completed two years of study at the University of Michigan by the time of travel.
- Must also be enrolled full time for at least one more semester at the University following return to the U.S.
- Must be in good standing academically, pursuing a degree full-time, and enrolled for at least one semester following return to the U.S.
- Must be pursuing an opportunity that is not directly part of the student’s current body of research.
- An application form that includes personal and academic information
- A supplemental application packet that includes the following:
- A statement of purpose, of no more than 900 words, that includes the following:
- Purpose and goals of the proposed project or experience and how it addresses the purpose of the Wallenberg International Travel Award and legacy of Raoul Wallenberg
- The feasibility of the proposal, including information about any preliminary contacts at the site(s) of the proposed project and arrangements for accommodation
- The location and any supervision and/or agency involved in the experience
- How the applicant’s presence or activities will benefit or serve the local community
- Previous travel overseas, and experience in community service or civic participation
- What the applicant expects to gain personally from the proposed experience and how this will contribute to future plans
- How the applicant intends to share this experience with others
- A full budget that show anticipated costs and any other source of support, pending or confirmed. Equipment will not be funded.
- A timeline that provides a schedule for time abroad
- A résumé/curriculum vitae
- Letter of affiliation from the supervising or sponsoring agency of the project
- A copy of the applicant’s U-M unofficial transcript
- A recommendation from a principal adviser or another faculty member who can assess readiness to undertake the proposed project.
Applications will be evaluated according to the feasibility of the proposal; how the applicant’s presence or activities will benefit or serve the local community; the benefits for the student’s personal development; and how the proposed experience reflects the humanitarian values and commitment of Raoul Wallenberg.
The review committee takes into consideration the practicability of the proposal, including costs; the availability of local arrangements necessary to support the student and make the project or experience possible; and whether the proposed time is sufficient for the proposed experience. Proposals should be for a project outside the applicant’s direct field of research or study.
Projects that will be evaluated more favorably include:
- Those which involve longer stays
- Those arranged outside of a class or a curricular requirement
- Independently-arranged projects (Projects arranged through placement programs may be given lower priority.)
- Proficiency in relevant language(s) is not a requirement but, depending on the nature of the proposal, may be considered by the selection committee. The award is not intended to provide direct support for a student’s scholarly research.
Fellowship Recipient Expectations
Recipients of the Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Award are expected to reflect upon what they learned and share this with others. Upon return to the U.S., Wallenberg Travel Award recipients will be asked to:
- Share photos of their trip
- Prepare and present a brief report with members of the Wallenberg Committee to discuss their experience and how it relates to the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg
- Participate in the annual Wallenberg Lecture
- Assist with two outreach activities in the academic year following their award
- Promote the Award program at U-M for future applicants
For more information about the award, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Raoul Wallenberg, please visit wallenberg.umich.edu
The next application deadline will be February 2016.
Interested in participating in an exciting human rights pilot project with Amnesty International this semester?
We have partnered with a handful of professors at other universities and Amnesty International (USA) to launch the Citizen Media Evidence Partnership (CMEP) Program. Through CMEP, trained students evaluate still and video images posted on social media sites like Instagram and YouTube in support future human rights prosecutions. Students examine the videos and images to authenticate the content and build a body of evidence of human rights violations. We ask that participants volunteer between 5-15 hours per week. No background in human rights is necessary – you will be taught all that you need to know! Please read below for more information about the project, an example of the kind of work you’d be doing, and links to some useful background reading.
If you are interested in participating, please email Anita Ravishankar at email@example.com with “CMEP” in the subject line. We are planning to have our kick off meeting next week, so please get in touch as soon as possible! Read below for more information.
The Citizen Media Evidence Partnership (C-MEP) is project designed to filter and process human rights-related citizen videos. After providing a basic training in video validation and International Humanitarian Law to participating students and/or faculty, we envision a three-step process for participants to follow.
-Collection/Filtering/Cataloging of relevant videos
-Contextualization or validation of videos
-Processing (for internal documentation or publication)
Videos should be systematically collected and cataloged in a database, with use of a general database.
Challenges: Some material will be highly graphic, and very disturbing to most. Those who face challenges emotionally processing highly graphic imagery, or those easily disturbed by scenes of intense violence should consider a later project with differing human rights violation content.
Roles and Responsibilities: Amnesty International staff have worked with a team at Florida State University and with a pilot group at the University of Michigan over the past two years to develop a set of training materials that will introduce participants to current methodologies for validating video content using a wide range of tools. You can read more about the project here: willopines.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/introducing-the-citizen-media-evidence-partnership-c-mep/
Illustrative example of what you will be doing:
Bair, Madeleine: Is it Authentic? When Citizens and Soldiers Document War. November 20, 2012. http://blog.witness.org/2012/11/is-it-authentic-when-citizens-and-soldiers-document-war/
Sheridan, Gavin: Storyful tips and tools: Locating videos on a map. September 25, 2012.
Hodson, Hal: Multi-shot video can identify civil rights abusers. New Scientist, 28 June 2013.http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829236.100-multishot-video-can-identify-civil-rights-abusers.html#.UjeEWMakpCY
Koettl, Christoph: Can Video Document Possible War Crimes In Syria? January 8, 2013. http://blog.witness.org/2013/01/video-war-crimes-in-syria/
Koettl, Christoph: Twitter to the Rescue? How Social Media is Transforming Human Rights Monitoring. February 20, 2013.http://blog.amnestyusa.org/middle-east/twitter-to-the-rescue-how-social-media-is-transforming-human-rights-monitoring/
The Process Of Video Verification – Rabaa, Egypt, August 14th 2013. Brown Moses Blog, August 15, 2013.
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