USA Fellowships in International Human Rights at H.R. Watch
Human Rights Watch is awarding fellowships in international human rights to begin in September 2015. The fellowship is provided to recent graduates of law, journalism, international relations, area studies or other relevant disciplines from universities. The salary for 2015-2016 fellows is US$55,000, plus excellent employer-paid benefits. There are two types of fellowships unrestricted (Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship) fellowship open to any candidate, from any institution, domestic or foreign and restricted (the Leonard H. Sandler Fellowship for recent J.D. graduates of Columbia Law School; the NYU School of Law Fellowship for 2015 J.D. graduates of New York University School of Law and recent J.D. graduates who would begin the fellowship immediately upon completion of a judicial clerkship; the Aryeh Neier Fellowship for recent J.D. graduates of US law schools or applicants who will have a J.D. degree granted from a US law school by June 2015) fellowship.
Fellowship is awarded in international human rights. Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions and engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.
It is a fellowship program. Fellows typically work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location. The NYU, Sandler, and Finberg Fellows work full-time for one year with Human Rights Watch. The Aryeh Neier Fellow works full-time for one year at Human Rights Watch and one year at the ACLU.
- Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in international human rights and be committed to building a career in human rights.
- Research experience, including experience conducting interviews, ideally in the context of human rights research, is required. Field experience in human rights work is strongly desirable.
- Applicants must have exceptional analytic skills and excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Proficiency in one language in addition to English is strongly desired as is familiarity with countries or regions where serious human rights violations occur.
- Applicants should be highly motivated and well-organized; able to work quickly and well under pressure, both independently and as a member of a team; able to juggle multiple tasks; and able to meet tight deadlines.
- The fellowship year will require creativity, initiative, perseverance, and flexibility while maintaining HRW’s high methodological standards.
- For the Sandler Fellowship, prospective fellows must be recent law graduates. (LL.M.s are not eligible.)
- For the NYU Fellowship, prospective fellows must be 2015 law graduates (LL.M.s are not eligible) or recent J.D. graduates who would begin the fellowship immediately upon completion of a judicial clerkship.
- For the Finberg Fellowship, applicants must be graduates of law, journalism, international relations or other relevant studies at the Master’s level. LL.M.s are also eligible. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered.
- For the Neier Fellowship, applicants should be recent J.D. graduates of a US law school or have a J.D. degree granted from a US law school by June 2015.
The salary for 2015-2016 fellows is US$55,000, plus excellent employer-paid benefits.
How to Apply:
Applications should be sent by e-mail, under single cover (in one email) and preferably as one PDF file (or, at a minimum, as separate PDF files), to fellowship-at-hrw.org with the name of the fellowship in the subject line. Applicants are responsible for compiling complete application packets which must include the following:
- Cover letter
- 2 letters of recommendation
- An unedited, unpublished writing sample (no legal briefs, please)
- An official law or graduate school transcript (applicants in one-year graduate programs should supply an undergraduate transcript with a list of their graduate school courses).
Number of Awards:
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) offers three fellowships to begin in September 2015:
- Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship – a one-year fellowship open to any candidate, from any institution, domestic or foreign, who meets the eligibility criteria described above.
- The Leonard H. Sandler Fellowship – a one-year fellowship open only to recent J.D. graduates of Columbia Law School.
- The NYU School of Law Fellowship at HRW– a one-year fellowship open only to 2015 J.D. graduates of New York University School of Law and recent J.D. graduates who would begin the fellowship immediately upon completion of a judicial clerkship.
- The Aryeh Neier Fellowship – a two-year fellowship (one year with HRW, one year with the ACLU) open to recent J.D. graduates of US law schools or applicants who will have a J.D. degree granted from a US law school by June 2015.
Application Deadline: 15 Oct 2014
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