Call for Applications: Human Rights Scholars Program 2022-2023
August 24, 2022

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) is accepting applications for its Human Rights Scholars program. All currently enrolled NYU Law students are eligible to apply. The program offers the opportunity for students to contribute to the CHRGJ’s activities as research assistants, join the CHRGJ’s human rights community, and undertake independent writing projects under the guidance of CHRGJ faculty and staff.

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, workshops, and other programming. Each Human Rights Scholar will be assigned a primary supervisor from among CHRGJ faculty or staff.

Research undertaken for the Center will be compensated at $15.00/hour or undertaken for RA academic credit (please note that 1L students are ineligible to be RAs for 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 with a maximum of 20 hours per week of RA assistance.

The Center houses the Global Justice Clinic and many esteemed human rights experts, including the former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and the former 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 (explore CHRGJ’s website for project descriptions), including:


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

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.


Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted via this form no later than noon on Wednesday, September 21. However, applications are considered on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Required supplemental application materials include:

  1. statement addressing qualifications and specific research interests (maximum 500 words)
  2. CV
  3. unofficial transcript from NYU Law (even if this is your first semester)
  4. English-language writing sample (10 pages max, excerpts acceptable)


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



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