Selection Process and Criteria
Interviews will take place at the Law School in late February or early March. A selection committee comprised of human rights practitioners will review applications and select the Fellow. The selection committee may seek to supplement the application with information from the applicant or other sources. A decision will be announced by late March. The fellowship is only open to graduating students of NYU School of Law who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing careers in human rights.
Selection criteria include:
- Applicant’s commitment to human rights as demonstrated by relevant internships and professional experience, coursework (including clinics), and extra-curricular activities.
- Qualifications of the applicant to implement the project.
- Quality of the proposal and the relevance and potential impact of the proposed project.
Relevance of the project to the applicant’s career goals.
- Summary page with name and contact information, one-paragraph description of the project, one- paragraph description of host organization, and total project budget amount.
- Proposal outlining the project (1000-3000 words), including the following issues:
- the human rights problems to be addressed
- overview of project strategy
- description of host organization, and support that host will provide
- practical issues including necessary visas and permits
- skills that the applicant would bring to the project (including language skills)
- explanation of any challenges anticipated (including security constraints) and how applicant would address those.
- Substantive letter of support from a senior staff member at host organization detailing why the addition of this particular applicant and project would be beneficial; the support, supervision and training they would provide the Fellow; and relevant information regarding the history and current programs of the organization..
- Project budget detailing all costs including travel to project location, living expenses, health insurance, telecommunications, travel within the country, and other relevant expenses. The budget should also include any resources the host will pledge (for example, if the host is able to provide housing, telecommunications, travel within country, or health insurance).
- At least one letter of recommendation from a professor at NYU School of Law or a former employer. Note that CHRGJ faculty directors will not write letters but may be listed as additional references.
- Personal statement setting forth the applicant’s commitment to human rights, relevant experience, and how the fellowship will contribute to your career goals. (maximum 500 words)
- Applicant’s resume and unofficial law school transcript.
- Supporting documentation such as additional letters, news articles, etc. (optional, not to exceed 10 pages).