Human Rights Watch Fellowship in USA

Deadline: 15 October 2014
Open to: recent graduates of law school or graduate students in journalism, international relations, area studies and other relevant disciplines from worldwide universities and institutions
Fellowship: 55.000 US dollars


Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Human Rights Watch presents three fellowships to begin in September 2015 including:

  • Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship- (unrestricted fellowship);
  • Leonard H. Sandler Fellowship and Aryeh Neier Fellowship- (open to US graduates).


The Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship is open to 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. Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in international human rights and be committed to building a career in human rights. Research experience, including experience conducting interviews, ideally in the context of human rights research, is required.


The salary for 2015-2016 fellows is 55.000 US dollars, plus excellent employer-paid benefits. Fellows typically work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location. The Finberg Fellows work full-time for one year with Human Rights Watch. 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.


If you are interested to work in the Human Rights Watch please send your application package to: with the name of the fellowship in the subject-line.

Your application need to consist:

  • Cover letter;
  • CV;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Unedited, unpublished writing sample-(The writing sample can be any document, provided it has been edited only by you and it should not be longer than 10 pages);
  • Official law or graduate school transcript.

Please note that everyone of the respective documents need to be sent in one email and they need to be in PDF format.

Applicants must be available for interviews in New York from late November to mid-December 2014.  If you are invited to interviews, Human Rights Watch will make the necessary arrangements to interview you.

You can find additional information about the respective fellowship and the other two, on their official website and FaQ.

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