Apply for Human Rights Fellowship at Human Rights Watch

Human-Rights-Watch-HRW-logoHuman Rights Watch presents the Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship. The Finberg Fellows work full-time for one year with Human Rights Watch, New York.

Fellows will 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.


Ideal candidates have to possess a strong background in human rights with an intent to pursue a career in the field. Requirements include research and field experience, analytic skills and English fluency. Proficiency in a second language is a plus.

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.

Prospective fellows must be recent graduates (at the Master’s level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered.


The yearlong fellowships begin September 2016 and offer a USD 55,000 plus excellent employer-paid benefits.


Applicants are responsible for compiling complete application packets which must include the following:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • An unedited, unpublished writing sample (no legal briefs, please);
  • An official law or graduate school transcript (applicants currently 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 2016-2017 fellowships must be received no later than October 8, 2015.

For more information please visit the official website.

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