Here you will find information on how to apply to be a Summer Human Rights Fellow, including fellowship requirements, funding information, and the application procedure.
BHRC Summer Human Rights Fellowships are granted annually to a select number of highly motivated law students committed to combining practical field work experience and scholarly inquiry in the human rights field. Fellows are placed with a domestic or international human rights organization of their choosing to engage in human rights field work over the course of a summer.
BHRC Human Rights Fellows are selected on a competitive basis by a Fellowship Selection Committee composed of BHRC staff and UB faculty.
Applicants are responsible for identifying and directly contacting the human rights organizations with which they would like to work and in requesting placements consistent with the fellowship guidelines and with their interests and aptitudes. Within this process, the Buffalo Human Rights Center will provide assistance, as needed, in identifying appropriate organizations to those who have been accepted to the human rights fellowship program. The Fellow is nonetheless responsible for taking the lead in this critical process and for asking for appropriate assistance on a timely and proactive basis. The process of identifying an appropriate organization should begin as soon as possible and under no circumstances should be left to the end of the spring semester.
Fellows are responsible for making their own travel and living accommodation arrangements.
$4,000 for international posts; $3,000 for domestic posts (to cover travel and living expenses).
The BHRC summer human rights fellowship program is a highly selective program in which not all 1L and 2L students interested in summer human rights work will be able to participate. For those who have not been selected as a Summer Human Rights Fellow, BPILP is another critical source of summer public interest funding available at the Law School.
Buffalo Public Interest Law Program. BPILP is an organization designed to raise funds so that students may participate in non-paying or low-paying summer public interest experiences. BPILP receives applications (which are due around the end of March), at which time students must already have an internship/job secured. In weighing the applications, the organization places a heavy emphasis on the applicant’s involvement in BPILP. Accordingly, if you are interested in applying for a BPILP scholarship, please get involved as soon as possible and as much as possible with BPILP activities. BPILP generally awards $3,000 scholarships to accepted applicants.
Students may not receive BHRC Fellowships two years in a row, but may receive BHRC Fellowship funding one year and BPILP funding in another. All BHRC Fellow applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to participate in BPILP fundraising activities throughout their law school career.
Submission Deadline: Applications for 2017-2018 are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 31, 2017. Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must include a: