Feb. 3: 2021-22 Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship Deadline

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The Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship provides two graduating NYU Law JD students with the opportunity to spend one year working with an innovative human rights organization.

Applications for 2021-2022 Masiyiwa-Bernstein fellowship with RFK for Human Rights and Beyond Legal Aid will be accepted on a rolling basis until  February 3, 2021.  Interviews will be held the week of February 8, 2021.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials:

1) a short personal statement (500 words maximum) describing the applicant’s relevant experience, interest in the work of the organization, and future aspirations;

2) two letters of recommendation, including one letter from a current or former professor or other person associated with NYU School of Law and one letter from a supervisor or employer familiar with the applicant’s human rights work or recent work experience;

3) a résumé

4) law school transcript

5) writing sample

Application Instructions

Submit all materials by e-mail to pilc.info@nyu.edu.  Recommenders may email letters directly to this email address.


The Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship Selection Committee will review applications and select finalists to be interviewed by the organizations. Factors the committee will consider include:

a) the applicant’s human rights experience (in law school courses, extracurricular activities, summer jobs, and full-time work);

b) the applicant’s leadership capabilities and likely future commitment to human rights work; and

c) the applicant’s interest in and commitment to the organization’s work.

About RFK Human Rights

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful world since 1968. They work alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations, with a team including leading attorneys, advocates, entrepreneurs and writers united by a commitment to social justice. Whether in the United States or abroad, RFK Human Rights programs have pursued strategic litigation on key human rights issues, educated millions of students in human rights advocacy and fostered a social good approach to business and investment.

This fellowship is located in Washington D.C.

About Beyond Legal Aid

Beyond Legal Aid is transforming how lawyers and communities work together. Beyond’s model unites lawyers and activists to shift the power of the law to communities directly impacted by injustice: partnering with grassroots organizations to build community-located, community-operated, and most importantly community-directed legal aid programs.  Beyond  supports the empowerment of community members and  leverages the power of organized communities. Through their network of over 20 community-driven programs, Beyond collaborates with over 4000 underserved community members annually on a comprehensive range of legal issues including employment, housing, family, immigration, civil rights, and criminal records—combining legal services with organizing and activism to achieve more impact than lawyers working alone. 

Beyond seeks candidates with demonstrated experience in social justice and commitment to community lawyering. The fellow will contribute to Beyond’s expansion of its participatory defense and community-driven litigation strategies across multiple practice areas and programs (based upon the needs and priorities of Beyond’s community partners and the fellow’s preferences), as well as Beyond’s efforts to amplify community voices and incorporate healing-informed storytelling to to its work.

The fellowship is located in Chicago, Illinois