Sep. 15: Call for Applications: CHRGJ’s Human Rights Scholar Program 2021-2022

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The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) is accepting applications for its Human Rights Scholars program. All currently enrolled NYU law students are eligible to apply. The program offers the opportunity for students to contribute to the CHRGJ’s activities as research assistants, join the CHRGJ’s human rights community, and undertake independent writing projects under the guidance of CHRGJ faculty and staff.


Research Assistance

Human Rights Scholars will work with CHRGJ faculty and staff to further the Center’s research agenda and to support the design and implementation of the Center’s projects, workshops, and other programming. Each Human Rights Scholar will be assigned a primary supervisor from among CHRGJ faculty or staff.


Research undertaken for the Center will be compensated at $15.00/hour or undertaken for RA academic credit (please note that 1L students are ineligible to be RAs for credit). Work will be assigned on an as-needed basis. Workloads will vary by supervisor, but 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 Center houses the Global Justice Clinic and many esteemed human rights experts, including the former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and the former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence. Center faculty and staff will be working across a diverse range of issues (explore CHRGJ’s website for project descriptions), including:

  • mental health and resilience of human rights defenders
    • 1-2 positions available
    • For credit
    • Preferred qualifications: familiarity with human rights movements, especially in Brazil, Indonesia, Uganda, the United States, or Yemen; language skills in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, or Portuguese; strong research and writing skills
  • legal empowerment
    • 1-2 positions available
    • Paid
    • May also be asked to work on research related to wellbeing among HR advocates, indigenous rights, and the right to water
  • privatization of basic services, including water, healthcare and education
    • 1 position available
    • Paid or for credit
  • digital welfare state and human rights
    • 1-2 positions available
    • For credit
    • Required qualifications: Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills; knowledge of, or interest in, the impact of digital technology on the economic and social rights of excluded groups, including those living in poverty; commitment to human rights and social justice; and the ability to work with diverse groups of people and organizations, including project partners.
    • Preferred qualifications: Experience working with NGOs, civil society, international organizations, or international financial institutions; Spanish language skills.
  • prevention and transitional justice
    • 4-5 positions available
    • Paid or for credit
  • accountability for the US rendition and torture program
    • 1 position available
    • Paid or for credit
  • Haiti’s contributions to international law, migration, and human rights
    • 1 position available
    • For credit
    • Preferred qualifications: French and/or Spanish language skills.



Human Rights Scholars will be integrated into CHRGJ’s community of staff, faculty, visiting scholars, and students through invitations to its social events, research workshops, and expert convenings.


Independent Writing

Students who are also interested in working on their own academic research projects are strongly encouraged to apply. Human Rights Scholars will benefit from guidance and feedback from CHRGJ faculty and staff. At the discretion of the supervisor, earning academic credit may be an option through NYU’s Directed Research program or through enrollment in a course with a writing component taught by CHRGJ faculty. Scholars writing papers will be encouraged to submit papers to CHRGJ and IILJ’s annual Emerging Human Rights Scholarship 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.



  • Enrolled NYU law student in any degree program (JD, LLM, JSD)
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Ability to work independently in a professional environment
  • Demonstrated potential for engaged and rigorous scholarship or applied research


Application Instructions

 The following materials should be combined into a single PDF in the following order:

  1. application form
  2. statement addressing qualifications and specific research interests (maximum 500 words)
  3. CV
  4. unofficial transcript from NYU Law (even if this is your first semester)
  5. English-language writing sample (10 pages max, excerpts acceptable)


Applications should be submitted to Lauren Stackpoole at with the subject line “HR Scholar Application 2021-22” by noon on Wednesday, September 15. However, applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


We encourage applications from persons of color, LGBTQI persons, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. NYU is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.