Human Rights Scholars

The Center provides current NYU School of Law students with an opportunity to contribute to our activities as research assistants, and be integrated into our community of staff, faculty, visiting scholars, and students through invitations to events, research workshops, and expert convening.

Whether during one semester or through the academic year, the Human Rights Scholars work with faculty and staff to further the Center’s research agenda and to support the design and implementation of our projects, workshops, and programs including legal research, writing and advocacy.


The Center houses many initiatives; the projects recruiting scholar positions will be shared including a detailed scope of work.

Each scholar will work with a designated Center faculty and staff to further our line of work, and support the design and implementation of the relevant projects, workshops, and other programming.  

Scholarship is vital to preparing students for careers in human rights. Scholars:

  • who are interested in working on their own academic research projects are encouraged to apply
  • will benefit from guidance and feedback from the Center’s faculty
  • could earn academic credit, at the discretion of their supervisor through NYU’s Directed Research program or through enrollment in a course with a writing component taught by a Center’s faculty
  • will be encouraged to submit contributions to the annual Emerging Scholars 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.

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled NYU Law Student in any degree program (JD, LLM, JSD)
  • Demonstrate commitment to human rights and social justice
  • Have excellent research and writing skills
  • Able to work independently in a professional environment
  • Demonstrate potential for engage and rigorous scholarship or applied research

The program begins in the Fall semester and continues through the academic year.

Human Rights Scholars at the Center will be:

  • either compensated at $16.00/hour
  • or undertake work for RA academic credit; please note that 1L students are ineligible to be RAs for credit.

Workloads will vary by project, and will be assigned on an as-needed basis. 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 application cycle for 2023-2024 is now closed.
  • Recruitment for the following cycle takes place in September of each Fall semester.

The following documents will be required to be submitted via an application form:

  • CV or NYU Resume
  • Recent unofficial transcript
  • Cover letter detailing your qualifications, specific interests, and any relevant background or experience where applicable (max 500 words)
  • English-language writing sample (10 pages max, excerpts acceptable)
  • Names and contact information of two references
    Review and select Projects and Positions of interest (min. 1; max. 3)