Scholars at Risk

NYU School of Law offers the option of hosting at-risk scholars through the SAR/Vivian G. Prins fellowship for a short-term, temporary visiting position at CHRGJ for a semester or an academic year.. Please note that applications must be submitted by CHRGJ, based on our recommendation/nomination of those applicants it wishes to invite for sponsorship as visiting fellows with the Center.

Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis until available funds are committed.  The fellowships are provided by the Provost’s Office, thanks to the generous support of the Vivian G. Prins Foundation, to support the work of the Scholars at Risk Network, an international network of higher education institutions working to promote academic freedom and to defend threatened scholars worldwide. Scholars at Risk is headquartered at NYU.


Scholar in Residence Zelalem Kibret giving a talk on the state of emergency in Ethiopia (November 3, 2016)
Scholar in Residence Zelalem Kibret giving a talk on the state of emergency in Ethiopia (November 3, 2016)

Application Information

Please submit the following to apply:

  1. Your most recent curriculum vitae and two references.
  2. A cover letter describing your background and qualifications for placement as an at-risk scholar with CHRGJ.
  3. A 3-5 page proposal outlining the research project you intend to undertake while at CHRGJ. The statement should explain how the project will add to the body of human rights knowledge and scholarship at the Center; outline your qualifications to complete this research; and describe the methods and time frame you will use to carry out the project. Please make sure to emphasize any relevance your project may have to the Center’s current projects and programs; although the Center welcomes proposals on any human rights-related topic, strong preference will be given to those candidates whose work feeds directly into the theme and related project areas the Center is known for. Please also highlight any additional resources you are prepared to provide as a Scholar in Residence (e.g. willingness to mentor interns, guest lecture, take part in Center conferences, workshops, and events etc.,)
  4. Send your complete application package electronically to CHRGJ’s Director of Operations and Academic Programs, Lauren Stackpoole ( Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications that do not follow the guidelines outlined above will not be considered. Applicants who meet the above criteria will be directed to Scholars at Risk for the next stage of the application process, where information about risk and other considerations will be gathered.  Please do not contact the Scholars at Risk Program directly with your application, as the program requires an institutional nomination from the Center directly.

Visa Assistance

CHRGJ can provide visa support to selected scholars in cases where they require a visa to work in the US. Please also review general information about document requirements for different kinds of visas available for scholars at NYU. Once appointed as a Scholar in Residence, you will be prompted to provide various materials to Center staff who will help you to process your immigration requirements. Please be prepared to allow several weeks to months for this process to be completed and begin your application process as early as possible to guarantee a timely start of your residence.



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