RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights Announces Establishment of the Donald M. Wilson Fellowship and Call for Applications
WASHINGTON (June 27) –The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is pleased to announce the establishment of the Donald M. Wilson Fellowship, a program that will provide a position at the RFK Center to one outstanding recent graduate student each year. In 2011, the first Donald M. Wilson Fellow will work with the RFK Center’s 2011 Human Rights Award Laureate and participate in the 2012 Human Rights Award nomination and selection process.
Donald M. WilsonThe fellowship carries the name of the prominent magazine journalist who developed a close friendship with Robert Kennedy during John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. A LIFE magazine correspondent for twelve years, Donald Wilson covered the Korean and Viet Nam wars for the magazine and afterward led LIFE’s Washington, D.C., bureau, where he met Robert Kennedy.
Following the campaign, Donald Wilson was appointed deputy director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) and served under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
In 1989, he retired as Corporate Vice President-Public Affairs at Time Inc. In 1991, with James L. Greenfield, a former assistant managing editor at The New York Times, he founded the Independent Journalism Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to promoting free and independent media in Eastern and Central Europe and Southeast Asia.
Donald Wilson and his family have recognized the need for greater support for recent graduates who wish to devote their professional lives to public service and have generously endowed the Fellowship program at the RFK Center.
The RFK Center is calling for applications for the Donald M. Wilson Fellowship. Fellows will be selected each fall to work at the RFK Center for one year and will be provided with a stipend and benefits. The first Donald M. Wilson Fellowship position will begin in September 2011; applications will be accepted until July 29.
In previous years, the RFK Center offered a Social Justice Fellowship, which gave recent law school graduates an opportunity to provide crucial legal and advocacy support for the RFK Center and its Human Rights Award Laureates.
“Building on the successful track record of the Social Justice Fellowship, the Donald M. Wilson Fellowship will take this program to a new level,” said RFK Center President Kerry Kennedy. "It will now become a permanent part of the RFK Center and will allow us to work with young professionals at the beginning of their careers. We hope they will be inspired by Don’s life to commit themselves, as he has, to serving our country with the highest ethical standards. My father and Don were loyal friends and we are very proud to have this fellowship in Don’s name based at the RFK Center.”
For more information, go to: http://rfkcenter.org/content/opportunities#wilson
About The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights was founded in 1968 by Robert Kennedy’s family and friends as a living memorial to carry forward his vision of a more just and peaceful world. Through long-term partnerships and cutting-edge methods at the Center for Human Rights, we engage in long-term partnerships with human rights activists who have won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award to initiate and support sustainable social justice movements. We support authors and investigative journalists who bring light to injustice through the RFK Book and Journalism Awards. Our Speak Truth To Power program educates the public and provides students with a toolkit for action to create change in the classroom, the community, nationally, and internationally. The RFK Compass Program works with institutional investors to advance a discussion of the connections among investment performance, fiduciary duty, and public interest issues to optimize risk-adjusted rates of returns and address current and future global challenges. Partnering with RFK Europe, we provide human rights education advocacy programs to schools and communities across the continent. With RFK Children’s Action Corps, we urge legislative reform of juvenile justice systems. The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is a 501 © (3) nonprofit charitable organization.
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