Support for HRDs

Emergency Grants

Digital Defenders Partnership Grants

Incidental Emergency grants are for rapid support to journalists, human rights defenders, NGOs, activists and bloggers who are facing an urgent digital emergency  because of their online activities.

EIDHR Small Grant for HRDs at Risk

The emergency fund for human rights defenders at risk managed under the EIDHR allows the Commission to give direct small grants to human rights defenders, be it individuals or organisations, who are in need of urgent support.

Euro Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF)

Emergency funding is available to help counter threats against defenders' lives and/or those of members of their family and reinforce the visibility and pursuit of their activities at a strategic timing.

Front Line Defenders Protection Grants
Protection Grants can pay for organisational and personal provisions to improve the security and protection of human rights defenders and their organisations.

Rory Peck Trust Assistance Grants

RPT provides individual grants to freelance journalists and their families who find themselves in a critical situation. This may include freelancers who have been threatened, imprisoned, injured, forced into hiding or exile, or killed.

Fellowships, Scholarships, Rest and Respite

Defenred Respite House Project

Offer human rights defenders the chance to travel to Spain, for a period of several weeks to provide a period of rest to be used for their physical and psychological recovery.

Hamburg Foundation for the Politically Persecuted

The Hamburg Foundation offers a year long rest and respite programme for human rights defenders at acute risk.

International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN)

ICORN is an independent organisation of cities and regions offering shelter to writers and artists at risk, advancing freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting international solidarity.

Oak Fellowship

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights champions the struggles for dignity, freedom and justice for people throughout the world. It provides the opportunity for a front-line human rights activist operating in difficult or dangerous circumstances to come to Colby College every fall for respite and reflection.

National Endowment for Democracy- Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
The program is a federally funded, international exchange program that offers practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world the opportunity to spend five months in residence at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in Washington, D.C., in order to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region.

Institure of Internations Education - Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships

IIE-SRF provides fellowships for professors, researchers, and public intellectuals who face threats to their lives and careers in their home countries. These year-long fellowships support temporary academic positions at accredited institutions of higher learning

Scholars at Risk Network

Scholars at Risk protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being by arranging temporary research and teaching positions at institutions in our network as well as by providing advisory and referral services.

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy - International Visiting Fellowship

TFD seeks to connect with experienced democracy and human rights practitioners to support their research and help build international networks.

Centre of Applied Human Rights Protective Fellowship Scheme

Human rights defenders are invited to come to York for periods ranging from three to six months. During this time they benefit both from time away from a difficult environment, and from educational resources designed to increase their effectiveness and their ability to influence policy and practice when they return home.

Awards for Human Rights Defenders

Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award

Awarded by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy for an individual or organization which has made major contributions through peaceful means to the development of democracy and human rights in Asia.

Civil Rights Defenders of the Year Award

Awarded by Civil Rights Defenders, the Civil Rights Defender of the Year is a person who, despite the risk to his or her own safety, continues to strive to ensure that other people’s civil and political rights are recognised and protected.

Front Line Defenders Award

The Front Line Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk honours the work of human rights defenders who courageously make an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights of their communities, often at great personal risk.

Ginnetta Sagan Award for Women

The Ginetta Sagan Award recognizes individual accomplishment, but also serves as a beacon of hope to women everywhere who are fighting for human rights.

The Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award

The Gleitsman International Activist Award, given biennially honors leadership in social activism that has improved the quality of life in countries and inspired others to do the same.

Goldman Environmental Prize

The prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. It views grassroots leaders as those involved in local efforts, where positive change is created through community or citizen participation in the issues that affect them.

Gwangju Human Rights Prize

The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights is an award given by the May 18 Memorial Foundation to recognize individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed in promoting and advancing human rights, democracy and peace through their work.

Human Rights Defenders Tulip Award

The Dutch Government’s human rights award, the Human  Rights Defenders Tulip has since 2008 been presented to an individual who has shown exceptional courage in protecting  and promoting the rights of fellow human beings

International Women of Courage Award

The Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award honors women around the globe who have exemplified exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress, often at great personal risk.

Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

The Martin Ennals Award draws attention to Human Rights Defenders, who put themselves at risk to defend others rights. They face personal threats, harassment, and legal hurdles.

Rory Peck Awards

The awards are dedicated to the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs. They honour quality of camerawork but also take into account individual endeavour and journalistic integrity.