Funding Opportunity! Gallatin’s Human Rights Fellowship 2017: First Info Session Tomorrow Sep 15

We are pleased to announce a very exciting opportunity for NYU 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 2017.

Students will propose their own summer projects. These should be affiliated with organizations that position themselves as working in a human rights framework and that have the capacity to host students and incorporate them in substantive aspects of their work. The 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.

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

  Working on-site with a worker’s association in Jordon that seeks to address the rights of domestic workers

–  Interning with a “right to the city” organization in Brooklyn, using video and other media tools to build awareness on the adverse impacts of gentrification on low-income communities of color

–  Conducting research for a public health organization in El Salvador on the impact of health policy on the rights of HIV-infected men

–  Interning with a lawyer’s association in Bangladesh to provide administrative assistance on law reform projects aimed at advancing gender equality

–  Working with a theater company in Berlin using theater as a tool to advance LGBT rights

–  Interning with a shack dwellers organization in South Africa to help with community organizing aimed at improving housing conditions

–  Working with an environmental group in Palestine to do research on water infrastructure and the impact of water policy on Palestinians and Palestinian refugees

–  Working with a street vendors’ association in Kenya to help write grant applications in support of their work on livelihood rights

–  Interning with a human rights group in Ireland to research the cases of political detainees

The Fellowship Program entails a year-long commitment that involves the following requirements:

I. Spring 2017
Fellows attend a 2-credit weekly seminar focusing on human rights. Fellows also enroll in a 2-credit independent study with a full- or part-time NYU faculty mentor of their choice, in which they explore some aspect of their intended summer project.


II. Summer 2017
Fellows commit 9-12 weeks of full-time work on the summer project with the host organization and live on-site for the duration. Fellows submit at least four blog posts about their experiences.

III. Fall 2017
Fellows present their work to the NYU community at the group’s annual Human Rights Symposium. This involves 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, the 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 at NYU’s Washington Square campus in Spring 2017, and undergraduate fellows must plan to graduate no earlier than January 2018.

Early in the 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 2017 independent study and identify and contact a full- or part-time NYU faculty member who can oversee it. The application requires a recommendation letter from this faculty member.

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, October 30. See the application form for more details about requirements:

Information Sessions
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:

  • Thursday, September 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
  • Monday, September 19, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Room 801
  • Tuesday, October 4, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

Also, meet the 2016 Human Rights Fellows at the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights Symposium:

  • Tuesday, October 4, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

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