Helping To Grow The Impact of Human Rights Advocates

The Freedom Fellowship awards a select group of advocates each year the opportunity to dramatically increase the impact of their work.

“I joined the Freedom Fellowship at a time I was full of doubt and anger after terrible elections in my country. I came to the conclusion that I needed to try another strategy, to try some unexplored paths beyond what my movement was doing. Skills I learned from this fellowship helped me to launch a civic initiative using education, art and socio-economics to organize and mobilize rural communities. This fellowship also helped me to reflect on my leadership, organize fundraising, and build networks.”

Fred BaumaCongolese human rights activist and 2019 HRF Freedom Fellow

What is the Freedom Fellowship?

The Freedom Fellowship is a one-year program that awards human rights advocates, social entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders from challenging political environments around the world with the unique opportunity to dramatically increase the impact of their work. During the program, the fellows work with a team of mentors to focus on 7 key areas of movement building, leadership, technology & digital security, media, fundraising, organizing, and mental health. 

Freedom Fellowship Impact






International retreats

“What I love about the freedom fellows experience is that it brought a community of peers of activists, of whom I learned from and with whom I connected. The support, understanding and connections are invaluable. ”

Asma Khalifa2020 Freedom Fellow