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 to contribute to the Center’s activities as research assistants and to undertake independent writing projects under the guidance of CHRGJ faculty and staff.
Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Friday, September 20. The program begins in late September/October and will run through the end of the academic year.
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, conferences, 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. 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, the 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, including:
- transitional justice
- economic and social rights
- mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
- poverty and inequality
- poverty and human rights in Spain*
- mental health and resilience of human rights defenders
- impact of using digital technology for social benefits and assistance programs on civil, political, social and economic rights in different countries.
*Fluent Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply, however all candidates will be considered
Human Rights Scholars will be offered work space at the Center and integrated into CHRGJ’s community of staff, faculty, and visiting scholars through invitations to its social events, research workshops, and expert convenings.
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.
- NYU law student in any degree program (JD, LLM, JSD) enrolled at least through May 2020
- 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
The following materials should be combined into a single PDF in the following order:
- application form
- statement addressing qualifications and specific research interests (500 words )
- unofficial transcript from NYU Law
- English-language writing sample (10 pages max, excerpts acceptable)
Applications should be submitted to Lauren Stackpoole at email@example.com with the subject line “HR Scholar Application 2019-2020” by Friday, September 20. 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.