Human Rights Student Scholars Program: Call for Applications
October 18, 2016

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) is accepting applications for its new Human Rights Student Scholars program. All currently enrolled NYU law students are eligible to apply. The program has two main components: Student Scholars will contribute to the Center’s research projects as paid research assistants, while also working on their own independent writing projects under the guidance of CHRGJ faculty and staff directors. For its pilot year, the Human Rights Student Scholars Program will run from November to May 2017. Deadline for applications is Monday, October 31 at 5pm.

CHRGJ Research

Human Rights Student Scholars will work with CHRGJ directors to further the Center’s research agenda and help design and implement the Center’s projects, conferences, workshops, and other programming. CHRGJ works across a rich and diverse range of issues. The Center houses the work of two UN mandates (Extreme Poverty and Right to Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence), the Just Security blog, and the Global Justice Clinic. Additionally, CHRGJ directors and staff are working on projects relating to inequality and the global economy with a focus on the intersection between human rights and tax policy; transitional justice; data visualization; human rights methodology; vicarious trauma and resilience among human rights defenders; and U.S. national security law and international law involving use of force and armed conflict. Student Scholars may also be involved in developing new projects relating to racial injustice and Islamophobia in the U.S., the inter-American system, and the motivation of national security elites. For additional information on CHRGJ’s current research, please visit our website.

Each Student Scholar will be assigned a CHRGJ director as primary supervisor. All research undertaken for Center faculty or staff directors will be compensated at research assistant rates ($12/hour for 2016-2017). Research tasks will be assigned on an as-needed basis, and workloads will vary by supervisor. All applicants to the program should be willing to contribute a minimum total of 75 hours of CHRGJ research throughout the period of the program.

Independent Writing

Candidates interested in working on their own independent research and writing projects are strongly encouraged to apply. CHRGJ supervising directors will offer guidance and feedback on the Student Scholars’ projects. At the discretion of the supervisor, earning academic credit may be an option through NYU’s Directed Research program or if the student is enrolled in a course with a writing component taught by CHRGJ faculty. Student Scholars will be involved in organizing the Center’s Emerging Human Rights Scholarship Conference in the spring and will be expected to submit papers for consideration by the conference selection committee.

Human Rights Community

Human Rights Student Scholars will be offered work space at the Center and opportunities to engage closely with CHRGJ’s community of faculty, staff, and visiting scholars.


Required: All NYU law students (JD, LLM, JSD) enrolled through May 2017 are eligible to apply. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice, excellent research and writing skills, the ability to work independently in a professional environment, and demonstrated potential for engaged and rigorous scholarship or applied research.

Preferred: Due to the nature of the program, students interested in writing topics within the research areas of the Center directors are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates with one or more of the following skills should highlight these in their application: Arabic reading ability; Spanish reading and writing proficiency; journalism experience; mental health training; graphic design; and familiarity with tax law or policy.

CHRGJ is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI, and gender non-conforming people.

CHRGJ directors available to supervise Human Rights Fellows this year: Faculty Directors Philip Alston, Meg Satterthwaite, Ryan Goodman, and Sally Merry; Executive Director Deborah Popowski; Legal Director Nikki Reisch; Transitional Justice Program Director Pablo de Greiff; Just Security Managing Director John Reed.


Applicants should submit: (1) statement addressing qualifications and research interests (500 words maximum); (2) CV; (3) unofficial transcript; and (4) writing sample (10 pages maximum, excerpts acceptable) to Pamela Mercado at by Monday, October 31 at 5pm.




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