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5 Top Human Rights Fellowships for 2015-2016


The 2016–2017 Human Rights LL.M. Fellowship (Columbia Law School) – Deadline: 15 Dec 2015
To be eligible for admission to the LL.M. Program, applicants must hold a first degree in law. A degree in a field other than law, even if followed by a master’s degree in law, generally does not suffice for admission. Applicants who have earned a law degree by correspondence course work or distance learning are not eligible for admission. As the LL.M. is a full-time program of study, students are not permitted to accept off-campus employment while enrolled in the program.

Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship Program (University of Minnesota Human Rights Center) – Deadline: 16 Feb 2016
Applications are encouraged from law students and graduate students at the University of Minnesota. Applicants must submit with their application a written commitment from the proposed sponsoring organization indicating that the organization will accept the fellow if funding can be arranged. The placement must relate to the purposes of the Human Rights Center, to the applicant’s experience and training, and to the applicant’s future goals. Applicants must have adequate proficiency in the relevant languages.

2016 Humanity in Action Fellowships – Deadline: 7 Jan 2016
If you are an American citizen studying at a foreign university, you are eligible to apply to the Humanity in Action Fellowship through the United States. If you are an American student studying at a university in Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands or Poland, you may be eligible to apply through the Humanity in Action offices in those countries. If you are a non-US citizen studying at a university in the United States, you are eligible to apply to the Humanity in Action Fellowship through the US office.

Robina Fellowship Application – Deadline: 1 Feb 2016
Only graduating students or recent graduates (within the last five years) of Yale Law School are eligible for the Robina Fellowship. Applications for Robina Fellowships will be considered for experiences of six months to a year in a number of categories: judicial clerkships in international and foreign courts and tribunals with substantial responsibility for human rights issues; international criminal tribunal internships; internships with inter-governmental or governmental agencies concerned with human rights; and independent research on human rights topics.

Donald M. Wilson Fellow – Deadline: 16 Nov 2015
The ideal candidate will have experience with regional and international human rights law and norms; working knowledge of the United Nations system and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, etc.); working knowledge of domestic legislative and human rights systems; an ability to maintain active contacts with civil society as well as key stakeholders in the aforementioned systems; an ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.  A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree (or foreign equivalent) is required. Fluency in Spanish, French, and/or Arabic is helpful but not required.

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