Offer: 2011-2012 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
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 US and
other influential governments toward human rights abusers.
Arthur Koenig Fellowship: This fellowship is being established for the
first time for the 2011-2012 academic year to help bring talented people
from disadvantaged economic backgrounds into the human rights movement.
The Arthur Koenig fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master's
level or above) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations,
or other relevant studies. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced
degrees in other relevant disciplines, or with significant, comparable,
relevant work experience, may also be considered.
In addition to the application materials described below, applicants must
submit an essay describing the aspects of their background that have been
economically disadvantaged. Applicants may wish to consider the following
when writing this essay:
* The economic circumstances of their family.
* Their history of need-based financial assistance used to complete
their education to date and/or their experience working to make a
substantial financial contribution to their own education.
* The highest education level attained by one or both parents, or
whether the candidate is a first generation university graduate in his or
Please limit the essay to no more than 1,000 words.
Applicants who have already applied for other Human Rights Watch
fellowships for the 2011-2012 fellowships year and who meet these criteria
are invited to submit these additional materials to be considered as well
for the Arthur Koenig Fellowship.
The deadline for applications for this newly established Arthur Koenig
Fellowship has been extended to October 18, 2010
Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship - Established in memory of Alan
R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch, this
fellowship is open to graduates (at the Master's level) in the fields of
law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies.
Graduates with LL.B. degrees or degrees in other relevant disciplines may
also be considered.
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. Depending on the
fellowship for which they wish to apply, prospective fellows must be
graduates of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant
studies, or must provide evidence of significant, comparable, relevant
work experience. (Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section for
the specific requirements of the various fellowships at
Fellowships begin in September 2011.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: The salary for 2010-2011 fellows is $55,000, plus
excellent employer-paid benefits. The salary for 2011-2012 is currently
under review and may be increased.
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 (no legal
* 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
2010-2011 fellowships must be received no later than October 18, 2010.
Applications should be sent by e-mail, under single cover and as PDF
files, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of
the fellowship in the subject line.
Please see http://www.hrw.org/about/fellowships for more information.