Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Call for Applications: Summer 2016 Graduate Fellowships, The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law

Call for Applications
Summer 2016 Graduate Fellowships

DeadlineMonday, March 21, 2016

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law is currently considering applications for UT law and graduate students to be summer fellows at the Center. Summer fellows advance the Center’s mission and ensure that Center projects reflect and incorporate the diverse perspectives and expertise of a multidisciplinary UT academic community. 

These fellowships are an excellent opportunity for students interested in incorporating the study and practice of human rights into their research and professional development and in staying informed of developments in human rights advocacy and scholarship. Summer fellows are chosen based on their backgrounds, academic credentials, and dedication to the study and practice of human rights.

This summer we are particularly interested in candidates with some knowledge of or experience in human rights, and in candidates with experience or serious interest in scholarly publications and publication/graphic design.

Selected fellows should be available at least 20 hours per week for 12 weeks between the conclusion of the spring semester and the start of the fall semester.

Eligibility:  This fellowship is open to all law and graduate students.

Funding:  Fellows will receive a stipend between $2000 and $4000, depending on the time they spend at the Center (which is based on their specific assignments).

Projects may include the following:

  • Engage in research and provide administrative support for a multi-year project on Rethinking Human Rights for the 21st Century, including the planning of a speaker series and annual conference to take place during the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Work on the publication of the Center's 2015-2016 Annual Review by writing and editing articles, designing layout, and working extensively with Adobe InDesign
  • Work with a variety of material on international and transnational human rights issues
  • Engage in human rights research and writing; draft grant proposals
  • Serve on an editorial board for a working paper series or collaborative journal project
  • Act as liaison and help with outreach to students and faculty across campus
  • Coordinate human rights education at the graduate and undergraduate level
  • Mentor undergraduate interns
Required Qualifications:

  • Commitment to research in the area of human rights and/or international law
  • Excellent writing and editing ability
  • Strong organizational and time management skills 

The following qualifications may be preferred in some candidates:

  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Demonstrated expertise with publication and design software (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • Experience with scholarly research and editing
  • Journalism experience

How to Apply:
Qualified students should submit the following materials individually in PDF format to (subject: Graduate Fellowship):
  • Cover letter
Address how this fellowship will benefit your program of study and professional development; demonstrate your familiarity with Center projects and activities

  • CV/Resume
Indicate any relevant skills, foreign language proficiency, and software experience

  • Transcript
Unofficial is fine; should include the courses you are currently taking

  • List of three references
At least two must be UT faculty; include contact information

  • Writing sample
8-10 pages; does not need to relate directly to human rights, although that is preferable


Thank you and good luck!

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