Scholars at Risk

NYU School of Law offers the option of hosting at-risk scholars through the Scholars at Risk/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 the Center’s recommendation and 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. Cover letter stating your summary of qualifications, desired residency dates (September-December; January-May; or September-May preferred), whether you would require visa assistance, and how you would plan to finance the residency
  2. Updated Curriculum Vitae
  3. Names of two references who are familiar with your academic work and potential
  4. A 3-5 page research proposal outlining the project you intend to undertake while at CHRGJ. The proposal 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 work. While the Center will consider proposals on any human rights related topic, strong preference will be given to candidates whose work relates closely to ongoing projects. Scholars working on research that intersects with our current Initiative on Inequality, the Global Economy, and Human Rights are particularly encouraged to apply.
  5. Send your complete application materials electronically, marked “Application/CHRGJ Scholar in Residence” to CHRGJ Program Manager Lauren Stackpoole.

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.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications that do not follow the guidelines outlined above will not be considered. Please do not contact the Scholars at Risk Program directly with your application, as the program requires an institutional nomination from the Center directly.


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