Oak Fellowship for artist activists

(Note: Maine will get increasingly cold over the duration of this fellowship.)


The Oak Institute is pleased to invite applications for its 2017 Fellowship. It will go to a front-line artist-activist from outside of the United States whose creative work has highlighted a human rights concern. That individual will reside at Colby during autumn 2017.

About the Oak Fellowship

We annually award a fellowship that allows one prominent activist in international human rights to take a break from front-line work to spend the fall semester (late August-mid December) in residence at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. This provides the fellow time to reflect, write, create new work or revise old work, and communicate it to the Colby community and beyond. In addition to conducting their own creative expression, the fellow will teach one seminar on their work area or expertise. Following the period of the award the fellow is expected to return home to continue their human rights work.

About the 2017 Theme

The focus of this year’s search is film/photography and human rights. In this call, we are looking for a filmmaker and/or photographer who uses one or both of these media to expose human rights abuses or who has been subjected to censorship or some other kind of abuse for pursuing their art or journalism. Applicants may be documentary or feature filmmakers, photojournalists or artistic photographers. The successful applicant, though, will see the world through a critical lens, challenging other viewers to think more deeply.

We especially encourage applications from those who think of themselves as artist-activists or journalist-activists and who are in need of respite.