Human Rights Watch Fellowship

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Program Purpose: 

Human Rights Watch, the international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization, is known for its impartial and reliable human rights reporting on over 70 countries worldwide, its innovative, high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in affecting policies of the US and other influential governments toward human rights abusers.

Program Description: 

Each year, HRW awards four fellowships to recent master's level graduates of programs in law, journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines. Under the auspices of Human Rights Watch's Finberg Fellowship, Fellows work full-time for one year with one or more HRW divisions based in New York City or Washington, D.C. Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.

Program Benefits: 

Salary is $49,000, plus generous health benefits.

Applicant Profile: 

Applicants must have exceptional analytic and communication skills in English, and a long term commitment to human rights work. 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.


Graduating master's students or those who have graduated within the past 3 years from master's programs in law, journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines. Applicants with the LLM (Master of Laws) degree are eligible.


Citizens of all nationalities, regardless of immigration status, are encouraged to apply. HRW will assist prospective fellows in obtaining necessary US or UK work authorization.

Program Deadline: 

Usually early October.

How To Apply: 

Information on this program is offered for the benefit of our students. The Fellowships Office does not at this time, however, work with applicants to this program.

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Fellowships Office

Dr. Joy Viveros

Phone: 415.405.2128
Reception: Grad Stop, ADM 250 
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132