2016 Finberg Fellowship at The Human Rights Watch – New York, USA

2016 Finberg Fellowship at The Human Rights Watch – New York, USA

Deadline: October 8, 2015

Human Rights Watch is pleased to announce its 2016 Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship – Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”).

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

Eligibility/Preferred Qualifications

  • This is open to recent graduates of law schools or graduate programs in journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from universities worldwide.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in international human rights and be committed to building a career in human rights. Research experience, including experience conducting interviews, ideally in the context of human rights research, is required. Field experience in human rights work is strongly desirable.
  • Applicants must have exceptional analytic skills and excellent oral and written communications skills in English. Proficiency in one language in addition to English is strongly desired as is familiarity with countries or regions where serious human rights violations occur.
  • Applicants should be highly motivated and well-organized; able to work quickly and well under pressure, both independently and as a member of a team; able to juggle multiple tasks; and able to meet tight deadlines.

Fellowship Award

The salary for 2016-2017 fellows is US$55,000, plus excellent employer-paid benefits.

How to Apply

A complete application packet includes the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation
  • an unedited, unpublished writing sample (no legal briefs, please)
  • an official law or graduate school transcript (applicants currently in one-year graduate programs should supply an undergraduate transcript with a list of their graduate school courses)

Applications should be sent by e-mail, under single cover (in one email) and preferably as one PDF file (or, at a minimum, as separate PDF files), to: [email protected].

Applicants must be available for interviews in New York from late November to mid-December 2015.  Inquiries may be directed to [email protected].

For more information, visit the Human Rights Watch Fellowship.