Oslo Scholars Program

HRF works to engage the next generation of human rights leaders through its Oslo Scholars Program. The program connects speakers from the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) with college and university students, mentoring them during a three-month summer project. Oslo Scholars are given all-access passes to attend OFF, allowing them to meet and interact with activists, experts, musicians, artists, and world leaders during the forum. The program is part of HRF’s larger mission to enable the world’s future leaders to learn more about, and become involved with, human rights at a younger age.

Oslo Scholars Program

The Oslo Scholars Program was established in 2010 to offer students with a demonstrated interest in human rights and international politics an opportunity to attend OFF and work with some of the world’s leading human rights defenders and activists. Past scholars have come from Tufts University, sponsored by the Institute for Global Leadership, McGill University, and the London School of Economics.

Scholars have worked with OFF speakers from around the world, including: Kang Chol-hwan and the North Korean Strategy Center in South Korea; Srdja Popovic and CANVAS in Serbia; Ghanaian economist George Ayittey; Equatoguinean human rights lawyer Tutu Alicante; British psychotherapist Justine Hardy; Indian rights advocate Vincent Manoharan; Pakistani women’s rights activist Mukhtar Mai; and the Tibetan government in exile.

If you are interested in learning more about the Oslo Scholars Program, please send an email to info@oslofreedomforum.com.