Scholars in Residence

CHRGJ’s Scholars in Residence are academics and practitioners from around the world who are engaged in critical and innovative research in the fields of human rights and global justice. Scholars  spend up to one year in residence at the Center working on their own research projects that relate to one of CHRGJ’s lines of work

During their stay, scholars are expected to contribute to CHRGJ’s human rights community and networks through active engagement with our lines of work through the production of new knowledge in written and other formats. Within the limits imposed by the pandemic, the Center can provide either virtual or desk space, visa sponsorship, access to university resources, a collegial research atmosphere, and the opportunity to mentor and work with interns, staff, and fellow visiting scholars through collaborative work on projects, workshops, conferences, and other activities. Please note, this is not a funded residency.

CHRGJ is working to create a global professional and academic environment that is supportive of members from all backgrounds through several main actions. First, we seek to broaden representation of underrepresented groups—especially Black, Indigenous, and other communities impacted by intersecting forms of discrimination at the local, regional, and global levels—across all programs. Second, we are pursuing initiatives that  advance the advocacy, rights claims and scholarship of underrepresented groups and geographies. Finally, we are working to create an inclusive, accessible environment. CHRGJ is made up of diverse members who represent different backgrounds and perspectives. Thus, we ask that applicants describe particular elements of their background and/or identity that will contribute uniquely to the composition of the Center.


Visiting Scholar Hélène Tigrdouja discusses her research with CHRGJ Faculty Director Ryan Goodman at the Scholars in Residence Fall Research Forum (November 29, 2017)
Visiting Scholar Hélène Tigrdouja discusses her research with CHRGJ Faculty Director Ryan Goodman at the Scholars in Residence Fall Research Forum (November 29, 2017)

Application Instructions

Application Deadline

The deadline for receipt of Scholar in Residence applications and application materials to participate in the 2022-2023 academic year is May 2, 2022.  Except as noted below, applications must be received and completed by this date in order to be considered for participation in the Scholars in Residence Program for the upcoming year.  

Please note that should space still remain available in mid-June, we may at our sole discretion consider applications received past the initial deadline. Strong preference will however be given to applications received and completed by the initial deadline.

Required Application Materials

Please ensure that your materials are in PDF format.

  1. Detailed curriculum vitae
  2. Personal statement
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Research proposal with one page abstract
  5. Statement(s) of funding
  6. Recent publication in English
  1. Curriculum Vitae

The curriculum vitae of applicants must contain complete information on academic institutions, honors, awards, all publications to date, and all professional experience in academic and practitioner circles (current and previous, including dates of employment and job descriptions).

  1. Personal Statement

The personal statement is limited to 500 words. The applicant should respond to the following questions: How would your research address some of the current existential challenges to human rights and to the revitalization of the field?

  1. Letters of Recommendation

The two letters of recommendation should be from academics or human rights practitioners who can speak authoritatively about the applicant’s abilities, specifically as they relate to the applicant’s research proposal.

  1. Research Proposal

We require a detailed research proposal that describes the research questions, the methodology to be utilized, the expected results of the work, and the projected contribution to the field of inquiry. The research proposal should be preceded by a one-page abstract, if appropriate. The title of the proposal should indicate fully the nature of the research project.

  1. Statement(s) of Funding

We require all applicants to provide documentation from sponsoring organizations detailing the amount and terms of all monies granted during their residency at NYU. Employed applicants must submit documentation from the employer attesting to the support they will receive while on sabbatical. Applicants who will be completely self-funded and not reliant on external funds (i.e. able to support themselves from personal funds without receiving any financial support from NYU, a sponsoring organization, or an employer) must submit a statement attesting to that fact.

  1. Recent Publication

Please include one recent publication, preferably in English, of no more than 20 pages.

Submitting Application Materials

Please ensure that the materials are in PDF format and upload them to our online application form.

Review of Applications and Decision Notification

Successful applicants will have outstanding academic and/or professional records at all levels of training and a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of their future professional life. Standards for admission to the Scholars in Residence program are extremely high, but the selection process is fair and flexible. Candidates may expect to receive a decision in late May



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