NYU Human Rights Fellowship – $5,000 Award!

NYU is pleased to announce a very exciting opportunity for students studying international human rights, broadly defined. The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights will provide several selected NYU students with $5,000 each for extended internships or research projects to be conducted in Summer 2016. Interested students should plan to attend one of the Information Sessions, which begin Tuesday, Sept. 15, as well as the Fall Symposium.  Dates and times for these events are listed at the end of this email.

Students will propose their own Summer projects. These should be affiliated with organizations that position themselves as working in a human rights framework and have the capacity to host students and incorporate them in the substantive aspects of their work. The host organization should also have the administrative capacity to assist students with the logistics of their stay in the country. The projects will be uncredited and, normally, unpaid.  It is anticipated that the fellowship will allow students to contribute to the organization’s work while gaining experience in the human rights field in ways that complement their academic trajectories at NYU.

This programs takes a broad and interdisciplinary approach to human rights and are open to diverse types of engagements and locales. The following are examples of the kind of projects that would qualify:

–  Working on-site with a rural community group in Kenya seeking to ensure access to potable water

–  Interning with a museum in Santiago to create an archive of material related to human rights memorials in the region

–  Building a website for an organization in Delhi on an international campaign to advance affordable access to anti-retrovirals

–  Interning at an NGO in Washington, D.C., that investigates and publicizes human rights abuses related to the War on Terror

–  Working with a Roma organization in France to raise awareness of anti-discrimination laws

–  Conducting research with an academic team at a Mexican university studying how farmers’ cooperatives practice sustainable agriculture to advance food security

–  Working with an environmental group in Abuja to address corporate accountability for oil spills in the Niger Delta

–  Working with a theater company in Johannesburg on a play about women and the truth commission in South Africa

–  Interning with the United Nations in Geneva on development policy and indigenous communities
The Fellowship Program entails a year-long commitment that involves the following:

I. Spring 2016

Fellows are required to attend and participate actively in a 2-credit weekly seminar. Fellows must also enroll in a related 2-credit independent study with a faculty mentor (their adviser or another NYU faculty member) in which they explore some aspect of their intended project.

II. Summer 2016

Fellows commit 9-12 weeks of full-time work on the summer internship and/or project with an organization working in the human rights field and must live on-site for the duration. Fellows must submit at least four blog posts about their experiences.

III. Fall 2016

Fellows must present their work to the NYU community at the group’s annual Human Rights Symposium. This will involve a substantial 10- to 12-page paper and / or a panel presentation.


The program is open to all undergraduate students in degree-granting programs at NYU and to master’s students at Engineering, Gallatin, College of Global Public Health, the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Nursing, the School of Law, Social Work, Steinhardt, Tisch, and Wagner. All fellows must plan to be in residence in NYU Washington Square in Spring 2016, and undergraduate fellows must plan to graduate no earlier than January 2017.

Students selected to be fellows must commit to participate in all elements of the program as outlined above, including the seminar, independent study, blog posts and final report and presentation.


Applications are due by midnight on Friday, October 30.

Application Process

Identify and contact an organization working in the human rights field that will agree to host you as a Fellow, and propose a viable human rights-related project. A firm commitment from the organization is not required by the fellowship application deadline but will be expected of all accepted fellows by January. You should also develop ideas for the related Spring 2016 independent study project and identify a full- or part-time NYU faculty member who can oversee it and write a recommendation letter on your behalf.

See the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights application form for detailed instructions and requirements:http://gallatin.nyu.edu/utilities/forms/human-rights.html

Interested students should plan to attend one of the following Information Sessions, all of which will take place in the Gallatin Building, 1 Washington Place:

Tuesday, September 15, 1-2 p.m., Room 527

Thursday, September 24, 1-2 p.m., Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

Friday, October 2, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Room 527

Also, meet the 2015 Human Rights Fellows at the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights Symposium:

Thursday, September 24, 6-8:30 p.m., with reception to follow
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

Prof. Vasuki Nesiah is the academic director of the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights; Assistant Dean Patrick McCreery is the group’s administrative director.

For more information, visit www.gallatin.nyu.edu/humanrightsfellowship or contact Gallatin’s Office of Global Programs at:gallatin.global[at]nyu.edu


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s