Human Rights Fellowships

Humanity in Action Fellowships (Various)
by Humanity in Action

Humanity in Action offers a fellowship program for students and recent graduates in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States. Fellows spend one month examining human rights issues in an area where violations have occurred in the past. The intensive experiences put human rights in historical context and give students the chance to learn beside a diverse group of peers.

Allan Rosenfield, M.D., HIV/AIDS Public Policy Internship and Fellowship Program
by Foundation for AIDS Research

The Allan Rosenfield, M.D., HIV/AIDS Public Policy Internship and Fellowship Program offered by the Foundation for AIDS Research is available to graduate-level students who have a demonstrated interest in health policy or advocacy for HIV and AIDS. Up to four full-time, 6-month months placements are awarded each year with fellows working at the AMFAR offices in Washington, D.C.

Human Rights LL.M. Fellowship
by Columbia Law School

Columbia University offers the Human Rights LL.M. Fellowship for students pursuing Master of Laws degrees in international human rights. Fellows receive one-on-one mentoring and have the opportunity to attend special events not open to the general study body. In addition, fellows are able to work on human rights research projects currently underway at the university.

Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship Initiative
by Robina Foundation Human Rights

The Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship is available to juris doctor international human rights students at Yale University. Ten of the fellowships are awarded every year. Fellows receive funding to help cover the cost of their education and have the chance to deepen their knowledge in the field through mentorships and extracurricular experiences. Summer fellowships are also available for Yale students that wish to spend summers working in the field.

Legal Fellowship
by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights offers a legal fellowship program for students who hold a juris doctor degree in human rights. Fellows are based in Washington D.C., and have the opportunity to conduct research into countries or issues that are of interest to the organization. In addition, fellows prepare documents to assist with legal cases currently being handled by the center.

Gordon F. Henderson Post-doctoral Fellow 2016-2017
by Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC)

The Gordon F. Henderson Post-doctoral Fellow is a program sponsored by the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. Open to students who are recent graduates of doctoral programs in human rights, the program provides funding and assistance to help cover the cost of advanced human rights research.

Soros Justice Fellowships
by Open Society Foundations

The Soros Justice Fellowship program is sponsored by Open Society Foundations. Fellows receive $58,700 to $110,250. Advocacy fellowships provide 18 months of funding for grassroots organizers, lawyers, advocates and other individuals who are already working in the field of human rights. Media fellowships are available for writers, journalists, bloggers, photographers and filmmakers interested in documenting abuses of human rights. Young Activists Fellowships are available for students aged 18 to 25 that have ideas for projects to help reform the U.S. prison system.

Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship
by Human Rights Watch

The Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship program is offered by Human Rights Watch. Fellows must hold master’s level degrees in law, journalism, international relations, area studies or a related field. Recipients of the fellowship have the opportunity to gain research and field work experience at the organization’s offices in New York City or Washington, D.C.

Bertha Legal Fellow (September)
by EarthRights

The Bertha Legal Fellow is offered by EarthRights International. A two-year, full-time position, the fellowship is available to individuals from the U.S. who have recently been accepted to the bar of a U.S. state or for foreign lawyers who have a U.S. Master of Laws degree. Applicants must also have no more than 2 years of post-graduate work experience to be considered for the position.

Kirby Simon Summer Fellowship
by Yale University

The Kirby Simon Summer Fellowship is a program sponsored by the Robina Foundation for Yale University students. Through the program, fellows receive funding to cover the costs of participating in human rights work during the summer months. Applicants must have a specific project in mind when applying for the funding. The award is typically large enough to cover the cost of travel and living expenses. To be eligible for funding, the projects or fieldwork experiences must last for at least 6 weeks. Students may choose to work for a wide range of non-governmental organizations, international agencies, international organizations and international courts. Applications are available online and are due by Tuesday, March 21, for consideration for funding for summer 2017.