The AHA Foundation’s Critical Thinking Fellowship (CTF) is now accepting applications for 2021-2022. AHA is a nonprofit organization founded by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. We work to promote Enlightenment thought and protect women from gender-based violence such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). We also aim to create dialogue around the reformation of Islam by connecting Muslim reformers, ex-Muslims, and stakeholders. Fellows will help start a conversation on their college campus to advance freedom and human rights in the U.S. and around the world.
About the Fellowship
Fellows will organize events with other student groups that stimulate a dialogue among students and the local community about human rights abuses. Fellows partner with survivors, journalists, activists, and experts in the international human rights field to raise awareness about practices such as FGM and honor killings and what we can do to end them. In addition, fellows can host events promoting critical thinking and free speech as a means to combat extremism.
Fellows accepted into the program will be expected to plan and execute one event (webinar, debate, panel, interview, etc.) per semester that facilitates thought and discussion on their college campus with support from the AHA Foundation/Ideas Beyond Borders team. Event topics include women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, promoting human rights and tolerance for diverse ideological opinions, freedom of speech, Islamic reform, 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.
Fellows will also be expected to continue the conversation after their event through writing in their school newspaper, creating petitions to further their cause, and hosting additional events if possible and appropriate. To evaluate the program’s effect on their campus, fellows will work with CTF staff to complete a SWOT analysis and review surveys from event participants in order to determine changes in attitudes or lessons learned from events.
Who Should Apply?
Send a cover letter letting us know why you’re interested in the fellowship along with your resume to email@example.com. Please be sure to include your name, university, expected graduation date, course of study, and with which campus organizations you are active.