Human Rights Scholars Program: Call for Applications
September 12, 2017

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) is accepting applications for its Human Rights Scholars program. The program offers currently enrolled NYU law students the opportunity to contribute to the Center’s activities as research assistants and to undertake independent writing projects under the guidance of CHRGJ faculty and staff. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Wednesday, September 20, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The program will run through the end of the academic year.

Research Assistance

Human Rights Scholars will 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 undertaken for the Center will be compensated at $13.50/hour or undertaken for RA academic credit. Work will be assigned on an as-needed basis. Workloads will vary by supervisor, but all applicants 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. 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 apply. 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.


Required: All NYU law students (JD, LLM, JSD) enrolled through May 2018 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 a demonstrated potential for engaged and rigorous scholarship or applied research.

Desired: Candidates with thematic or regional experience directly relevant to the Center’s work or who possess any of the following additional skills should make sure to highlight them in their application: journalism experience; mental health training; and graphic design.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted to Brianne Cuffe at by no later than Wednesday, September 20, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Materials should be combined into a single PDF in the following order:

We encourage applications from persons of color, LGBTQI persons, women, and persons with disabilities. NYU is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.


Your information has been sent successfully!