Fellowships in International Human Rights
For recent graduates of law schools or graduate programs in journalism,
international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from
any university worldwide.
Human Rights Watch, the international human rights monitoring and advocacy
organization, invites applications for its fellowship program. Human
Rights Watch is known for its impartial and reliable human rights
reporting on over 70 countries worldwide, its innovative and high-profile
advocacy campaigns, and its success in affecting the policy of the U.S.
and other influential governments toward human rights abusers.
Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship - Established in memory of Alan
R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch.
Arthur Helton Fellowship - established in memory of Arthur C. Helton, a
1976 New York University Law graduate who dedicated his professional life
to refugee and humanitarian issues, open to J.D. graduates of New York
University School of Law.
Leonard H. Sandler Fellowship - established in memory of Judge Leonard H.
Sandler, a 1950 Columbia Law graduate with a lifelong commitment to civil
rights and liberties, open to J.D. graduates of Columbia Law School.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Fellows work full-time for one year with Human Rights
Watch in New York or Washington, D.C. Fellows monitor human rights
developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft
reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy aimed at
publicizing and curtailing human rights violations. Past fellows have
conducted fact-finding missions to, among other places, Albania, Bolivia,
Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt,
Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kenya,
Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia,
South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Uganda, the U.S.-Mexican border, and
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have exceptional analytic skills, an
ability to write and speak clearly, and a commitment to work in the human
rights field in the future. Proficiency in one language in addition to
English is strongly desired. Familiarity with countries or regions where
serious human rights violations occur is also valued. Fellows must be law,
journalism, international relations, or area studies graduates with
degrees received after January 2004 and before August 2007, or must
provide evidence of significant, comparable, relevant work experience.
Fellowships begin in September 2007.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: The salary for 2006-2007 fellows is $43,000, plus
excellent employer-paid benefits. The salary for 2007-2008 is currently
APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 6, 2006
Applicants are responsible for compiling complete application packets
which must include the following:
· cover letter
· two letters of recommendation
· at least one unedited, unpublished writing sample
· 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)
Complete applications (including transcripts and recommendations) for
2007-2008 fellowships must be received no later than October 6, 2006.
Complete applications should be sent to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Fellowship Committee
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Applicants must be available for interviews in New York from early
November to mid-December 2006. Inquiries may be directed to the
Fellowships hotline at (212) 290-4700 x312, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see http://www.hrw.org/about/info/fellows.html for more
Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.