Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in ASEAN

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in submitting Statements of Interest (SOI) for programs that support the policy objective of increased respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of association, speech, and peaceful assembly in Southeast Asia.

Expanding protections of fundamental freedoms and human rights in Southeast Asia (pending availability of funds; approximately $740,000 available)

DRL's objective is greater protection of fundamental freedoms and respect for human rights in Southeast Asia.  DRL seeks a regional program that helps activists deepen existing networks, compare and contrast operating environments, discuss progress on human rights in the region, share strategies and tactics of influence and communication, and increase understanding of underlying factors contributing to democratic and economic transitions occurring in the region. 

The regional program should support in-country and regional actors working on critical human rights issues, including but not limited to: promoting fundamental freedoms of association, speech, and peaceful assembly; addressing ongoing and unresolved accountability issues, including forced disappearances and extrajudicial killing; strengthening human rights monitoring and documentation of infrastructure investments, extractive industries, special economic zone operations, and development projects; increasing the independence and effectiveness of national human rights commissions; advancing Internet freedom and access to information; and, promoting tolerance and community peacebuilding.

The submission of a SOI is the first step in a two-part process.  Applicants must first submit a SOI, which is a concise, 3-page concept note designed to clearly communicate a program idea and its objectives before the development of a full proposal application. The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants the opportunity to submit program ideas for DRL to evaluate prior to requiring the development of full proposal applications. Upon review of eligible SOIs, DRL will invite selected applicants to expand their ideas into full proposal applications.

A lead applicant may submit no more than one SOI.  

  • Duke Internal Deadline: October 17, 2016
  • Deadline for SOI: October 31, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited. 



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International Opportunities
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

October 17, 2016

External Deadline

October 31, 2016