Human Rights Scholars Program

The newly revised Human Rights Scholars program offers currently enrolled NYU law students the opportunity to be a part of the Center community through close interaction with CHRGJ faculty and staff. Human Rights Scholars contribute to the Center’s activities as research assistants and can undertake independent writing projects under the guidance of CHRGJ faculty and staff. The program runs for the full academic year.

Research Assistance

Human Rights Scholars work with CHRGJ faculty and staff to further the Center’s research agenda and to support the design and implementation of the Center’s projects, conferences, workshops, and other programming. Each Human Rights Scholar will be assigned a primary supervisor from among CHRGJ faculty or senior staff. Research for the Center will be compensated or can be undertaken for RA academic credit. Work will be assigned on an as-needed basis. Workloads will vary by supervisor, but Scholars should be prepared to contribute a minimum of 60 hours per semester of RA assistance.

The Center houses the Global Justice Clinic, the Just Security blog, and two UN experts and their research staff: the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence. This year, Center faculty and staff will be working across a diverse range of issues, including:

Independent Writing

Students who are also interested in working on their own academic research projects are strongly encouraged to consider the program. Human Rights Scholars will benefit from guidance and feedback from CHRGJ faculty and staff. At the discretion of the supervisor, earning academic credit may be an option through NYU’s Directed Research program or through enrollment in a course with a writing component taught by CHRGJ faculty. Scholars writing papers will be encouraged to submit papers to CHRGJ and IILJ’s annual Emerging Human Rights Scholarship Conference, a forum that provides students with the unique opportunity to receive detailed feedback from experts and peers in order to prepare work of publishable quality.


Human Rights Scholars will be offered work space at the Center and integrated into CHRGJ’s community of staff, faculty, and visiting scholars through invitations to its social events, research workshops, and expert convenings.

Application Instructions

Call for 2017-2018 applications