The Oslo Scholars Program, created by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), connects speakers from the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) with college and university students for a summer internship. The speaker serves as a mentor encouraging their Oslo Scholar to learn about, and become involved with, the global struggle for freedom and democracy. HRF matches students with speakers based on their needs, interests, and expertise while the university funds the students’ work.
Internships typically last anywhere from eight to ten weeks. Students are encouraged to travel to the location where their mentor is based for the duration of the internship unless circumstances prevent them from doing so (i.e. travel is not permitted by the government, there is a safety concern, etc.). Remote work is often a possibility for special circumstances.
At the end of the internship, students are asked to provide a report about their experience. One scholar from each college is asked to coordinate the program the following year along with the campus program coordinator.
Past Oslo Scholars have worked with nonviolence experts in Serbia, North Korean activists in South Korea, and press freedom advocates in Angola. Scholars have come from Tufts University, McGill University, and Wellesley University.
If you are interested in starting an Oslo Scholars chapter at your university, Contact [email protected].