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 UB School of Law students committed to combining practical field work experience and scholarly inquiry in the human rights field.
Fellows work over the course of a summer with a not-for-profit non-governmental or intergovernmental entity engaged in rights-based work on behalf of impacted communities. They then enroll in an advanced writing course in the Fall to further develop one of the thorny and rights-impacting legal issues they worked on, with a view toward real-world problem-solving that places the dignity, security, equality, participation, and wellbeing of people and communities at the center of policy choices and decision-making in democratic society.
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 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 2020 Summer Human Rights Fellow, BPILP is another critical source of summer public interest funding available at the law school
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 are due no later than 5pm on October 28, 2019. Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must include a: