For Visiting Scholars

The Center is committed to welcoming visiting professors, scholars, and mid-career professionals engaged in critical and innovative research in the fields of human rights and global justice. A number of post-graduate opportunities are available for those not currently enrolled in or otherwise affiliated with NYU School of Law.

Please consult the opportunities listed below to determine eligibility and application requirements. Further questions can be directed to Lauren Stackpoole, Director of Operations and Academic Programs.

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 sek 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 2021-2022 academic year is May 1, 2021.  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).

2. 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?  

3. 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. 

4. 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. 

5. 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. 

6. 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. Any questions regarding the Scholars in Residence program may be directed to Lauren Stackpoole, Director of Operations and Academic Programs, at lauren.stackpoole@nyu.edu

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.

Visa Assistance

CHRGJ can provide visa support to selected scholars in cases where they require a visa to study/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.

Hauser Global Fellows

CHRGJ accepts up to three fellows per year through New York University’s Hauser Global Law School Program. Fellows interested in applying for this opportunity may refer to the following guidelines, deadlines, and application procedures. If you would like to be based at CHRGJ, you must note this interest on your application.

A merit-based stipend of up to $45,000 may be offered to select postdoctoral fellows. More information on financial support eligibility can be found on the Hauser Global Law website.

Please send your application materials as specified in the link above to the Hauser Global Law program to be considered for this program.

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 Executive Director, Katie Wightman (katie.wightman@nyu.edu). 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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