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Oslo Scholars



The Oslo Scholars program offers university students the opportunity to spend a summer interning with some of the world’s leading human rights defenders and activists.

Students are matched with past Oslo Freedom Forum speakers — based on their regional knowledge, language abilities, and thematic interests — and travel to work with their mentors in the field or in another research capacity for a summer internship.

Past Oslo Scholars have spent their summers building schools and educating women in Pakistan, learning about mental health in Kashmir, conducting research on the impact of hate on the mind, planning social media campaigns to foster open dialogue about the Eritrean-Ethiopian peace deal, and much more.

To inquire about starting a new university chapter, please email [email protected].

Our Impact


Oslo Scholars placed in internships since 2010


This program will change your life. Not only through the ideas you engage, but through the undeniably inspiring people you’ll meet.

Margaret Lynn SapiaWellesley College

My time with the Albert Einstein Institution (AEI) has been one of intellectual and professional growth, inspiring me to delve into academic texts on change movements and conduct my own research.

Alessandra MorenoTufts University

Oslo Scholars Mentors

Srdja Popović

Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies

Jamila Raqib

Albert Einstein Institution

Rafael Marques de Morais

Ufolo Studies Center for Good Governance

Yang Jianli

Citizen Power Initiatives for China

Vanessa Tsehaye

One Day Seyoum

Mu Sochua

Courage Fund Cambodia

Asma Khalifa

Khalifa Ihler Institute

Alaa Murabit

The Voice of Libyan Women

Suleiman Bakhit

Hero-Factor Project 1978-2019

Justine Hardy

One Million Bones

Tutu Alicante

EG Justice

Abdalaziz Alhamza

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently

Juan Andrés Ravell

El Chigüire Bipolar