The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, in cooperation with the Institute for International Law and Justice, administers a fellowship program for selected NYU School of Law students that combines academic and practical experience in international law and human rights. The International Law and Human Rights (ILHR) Fellowship Program offers the opportunity to complete a specialized training program in international law, undertake a summer internship at a leading institution or organization, and complete a substantial research paper growing out of that work experience. Established in 2002, the fellowship program is undertaken with support from the Public Interest Law Center. A modest stipend is available for students selected for the fellowship.


The program consists of three main components:

  • A 10-12 week funded internship at an organization working in human rights or international law, usually in the summer, although graduating LLMs and JSDs may in some cases elect to complete it in the fall.
  • Pre-internship preparation and training in the form of course requirements and a series of not for credit seminars in the spring.
  • A post-internship academic research paper under the supervision of NYU faculty or staff.


The application, interview, and selection process is competitive and rigorous and occurs during the fall semester. During the 2016-17 academic year, there were 29 ILHR Fellows, with fieldwork placements at 22 leading institutions, inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental in 20 countries.


Internship Placements

For more information about the nature of activities at particular placement sites, review internship reports of the PILC Summer Funding Program (NYU NetID and password required).



All currently enrolled, full-time 1L, 2L, LLM, and JSD students at NYU School of Law are eligible to apply.


Application Information

The application cycle for the 2022-2023 academic year will open in fall 2022.

Selene Nafisi at her internship in Amman, Jordan

Selene Nafisi (JD ’19) 2016-2017 ILHR Fellow at UNHCR in Amman, Jordan