Human Rights Watch Fellowships in International Human Rights 1711 views

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) is inviting graduates in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines, who are committed to building a career in human rights, to apply for the following 2 fellowships for 2020-2021: Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship and the Leonard H. Sandler Fellowship. These are 1-year full-time fellowships at HRW offices in New York or in Washington, DC commencing September 2020. Fellows typically work full-time for one year in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office. In some instances other locations may be considered.

Fellows 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. Human Rights Watch will ensure that fellows receive training and mentorship, including regular and timely feedback and guidance on professional growth.


The salary for 2020-2021 fellows is US $60,000, plus excellent employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required.


Applicants of nationalities who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply and Human Rights Watch will assist prospective fellows in obtaining the necessary work authorization.

Applicants must have the following skills and knowledge:

  • Prior research experience, including experience conducting interviews, ideally in the context of human rights research;
  • Strong background in international human rights and commitment to building a career in human rights;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English;
  • Proficiency in another language in addition to English is strongly desired, as is familiarity with countries or regions where serious human rights violations occur;
  • Self-motivation, ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work under pressure;
  • Strong initiative and follow-through, exceptional analytical skills, the capacity to think creatively and strategically, excellent editing skills, perseverance and flexibility while maintaining HRW’s high methodological standards;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within HRW, as well as with external partners;
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations; and
  • Ability to make sound decisions.

Eligible candidates for the Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship are individuals with an advanced (graduate) degree in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines. LL.Ms are also eligible. LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered.

Applicants for the Leonard H. Sandler Fellowship must be J.D. graduates of Columbia Law School or candidates who will have a degree conferred by Columbia Law School by June 2020.


Applications for the fellowships are to be done online by 11 October 2019.

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