Open Society Aryeh Neier Justice Initiative Fellowship Programme 2019/2020

Open Society Aryeh Neier Justice Initiative Fellowship Programme 2019/2020

Deadline: March 24, 2019

Applications are open for the Aryeh Neier Justice Initiative Fellowship Programme 2019. The Fellowship is a full-time, two-year program that offers lawyers and other advocates the opportunity to gain practical experience in international human rights advocacy across a broad range of thematic areas and geographies, embedding them as an integral part of the global Justice Initiative team.

Fellows work across the Justice Initiative’s core thematic areas including Accountability, Liberty and Transparency, Criminal Justice, Equality & Inclusion, and Rule of Law as well as cross-cutting initiatives as carried out by the Advocacy and Legal Empowerment teams.

In order to ensure a rich and varied experience, the selected fellows will rotate, on an annual basis, through two different teams during their fellowship terms.  Placement into specific teams will be decided according to anticipated program needs and priorities of the Justice Initiative, taking account as practicable of the interests and preferences of the selected fellow.

Fellows can expect to conduct research on a broad range of justice-related issues; draft reports, legal briefs, advocacy memos, blogs and other written products; monitor developments at trials and other legal proceedings, and engage legal, jurisprudential, legislative and governance developments worldwide; liaise with civil society and other justice advocates to promote Justice Initiative objectives; and help to develop and executive evidence-based advocacy strategies.


  • The Justice Initiative provides a competitive financial award and benefits package for the duration of the fellowship.


  • Applicants should have a university degree in Law or an LL.M or M.A. in Human Rights; graduate degrees in related fields (e.g. economics, politics and statistics) may be considered sufficient in exceptional circumstances, provided the applicant can demonstrate substantial human rights advocacy experience and a demonstrated capacity to work on legal issues.
  • A maximum of five years practical experience in the human rights field.
  • A demonstrated record of accomplishment in legal analysis, legal research and writing, litigation, and/or relevant advocacy.
  • A high degree of English proficiency (speaking, writing and reading).


For the January 2020 – December 2021 fellowship class, they will select up to one fellow to be based in each of the Justice Initiative’s three principal offices: Berlin (Germany), London (United Kingdom), and New York (United States).  Applicants must apply to the location in which they wish to be based. Applications to multiple locations are acceptable, but an individual application must be submitted for each location.  Fellowship offers will be specific to each location.

In addition to filling out the online application, candidates must also submit the following documents:

  • A statement of purpose of no more than two pages detailing (a) the applicant’s interest and experience in human rights, generally, and the Aryeh Neier fellowship, specifically, (b) the  specific thematic area(s) in which the applicant is interested,  and (c)  the reasons for their interest in that particular area and how the applicant intends to contribute to those fields
  • Curriculum Vitae

Please note, all application materials must be submitted as one single PDF document. We are unable to receive additional documents via email.

For more information, visit Aryeh Neier Justice Initiative Fellowship.