In addition to the annual Oak Human Rights Fellowship, the College also has a Colby-Oak international Scholarship program for students who have suffered or whose families have suffered political oppression, including political torture. Each year, the Oak Institute brings an Oak Human Rights Fellow to teach and conduct research while residing at the College. The Institute organizes lectures and other events centered around the fellow’s area of expertise. The purpose of the fellowship is to offer an opportunity for prominent practitioners in international human rights to take a sabbatical leave from their work and spend as long as a semester as a scholar-in-residence at the College. This provides the Fellow time for reflection, research, and writing. The Oak Human Rights Fellowship is designed for one human rights professional who is doing on-the ground work at some level of personal risk. The Fellowship is designed for people doing human rights work outside the United States. A U.S.-based candidate might be eligible if (a) his or her base of operations was in the U.S. while substantial work was done abroad, or (b) if he or she worked on an issue in the United States and other countries.The Fellow must have a functional level of verbal ability in English. The Fellow is required to lead a seminar class that meets once a week and the discussion will take place in English. So, while the Fellow’s English proficiency need not be perfect or grammatically correct all the time, he/she would, at the minimum, need to be able to converse in such a way that she/he could illustrate points/topics to the class and be able to respond to questions, most of which will be posed in English.Additional Oak scholarships are awarded to other international students, with two reserved for students from Zimbabwe and with a preference for one or two students from Denmark.