Critical Thinking Unit Campus Program – Fellowship Applications

The AHA Foundation, along with partner Ideas Beyond Borders, is excited to announce our search for US university leaders to help start a conversation on their campuses about human rights, and to spur action to protect important freedoms being stifled in the United States and across the globe today.

We are calling our Joint Initiative the “Critical Thinking Unit Campus Program”.

The Critical Thinking Unit Campus Program is now accepting applications for  fellows to act as campus leaders across US universities.

About the Program

Program fellows will act as campus leaders to organize events that stimulate a dialogue among university students about the cultural and socio-religious ideas connected with Islam and the adaptability of those ideas to Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Invitation to expenses-paid training program
  • Small stipend paid
  • Network with thought leaders and activists
  • Build leadership skills
  • Discover new opportunities
  • Connect with like-minded individuals

Fellowship Responsibilities

Fellows accepted into the program will be invited to attend an expenses-paid training session to prepare for the coming academic year. Each fellow will be expected to plan and execute a minimum of three events that facilitate thought and discussion on their respective campus with support from the AHA Foundation/Ideas Beyond Borders team. Specific event topics will include women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and more. Each fellow will be expected to participate in a monthly video meeting with program leadership to discuss upcoming events, existing hurdles and progress made.

Ideal fellows will be members of a number of student organizations that they can utilize to invite speakers to the university under their umbrella and rally interest for events; student groups can range from social justice, women’s rights, and into groups that advance liberty.

Fellows will be required to evaluate the program on their campus by completing, together with the Critical Thinking Unit team, a SWOT analysis and reviewing surveys for event participants to determine changes in attitudes or lessons learned from events.

To prepare for the 2020-2021 academic year, Fellows will reconvene with program leadership to compare notes and prepare a new series of events.

Fellows will be paid a small stipend for their position.

Who Should Apply?

Individuals who will be students (undergraduate or graduate) on a university campus during the 2020-2021 academic year. Ideal fellows should demonstrate a real passion for human rights and freedom of speech. They should be willing to advocate for the rights of others by exploring cultural, social, religious, and policy issues in the spirit of open-minded enquiry.

Application Process

Send a cover letter letting us know why you’re interested in the fellowship along with your resume to [email protected]. Please be sure to include your name, university, graduation class, course of study and with which campus organizations you are active.


  1. Abigail Tick says:

    Hi there,

    Is this position still open?


  2. slimane aboulala says:


    Salam, Hi,

    Dear respected SiSTER Ayaan HiRSI Ali,
    It is in deed great opportunity to participate in this interesting program.
    kindly, it is open for out side the U.S ?

    I would like to know more about critical thinking training program, i am very interested in it .

    thanks, best regard,
    ALLAH bless you.


  3. Asma Alqahtani says:

    Hi my name is Asma Alqahtani. Im from Saudi Arabia and I would like to involve. I have my Master in social work and I’m really passionate about women’s rights. Please, I want to be part of AHA team. I would do anything to have my voice heard.

  4. Kai says:

    Wish I would do this,only have one class left.such a great and important a first generation American from a family from the middle east-ish area,I wish I could see this organisation at a campus near me.

  5. Kristin Bianco says:

    Thank you for your work. I’m passionate about your cause.

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