Finberg Fellowship in International Human Rights (Global)

Finberg Fellowship in International Human Rights (Global)

Conducted By : Human Rights Watch
October 6 2018   Fellowship   Undergraduate   Global
 About Finberg Fellowship in International Human Rights (Global)
  • Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship was established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, they were all early supporters of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”)
  • The Finberg Fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master's level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies for a fellowship in International Human Rights
  • International Human Rights Fellows typically work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location.
  • This is a one-year fellowship programme open to any candidate, from any institution, domestic or foreign.
  • Nationality: All Nationalities are eligible to participate
  • Academic Qualification:
    • LLM Degree
    • LLB Degree
    • Advanced Degrees in other relevant disciplines

Other Mandatory Qualifications

  • Candidates must demonstrate a strong background in international human rights and be committed to building a career in human rights.
  • Research experience, including experience in conducting interviews, ideally in the context of human rights research, is required.
  • Field experience in human rights work is strongly desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English are required.
  • Proficiency in one language in addition to English is strongly desired

Candidates 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
  • Able to meet a tight deadline
 Reward Description

Finberg International Human Rights Fellowship Reward:

Salary & Benefits: The salary for 2018-2019 fellows is US$60,000, plus excellent employer-paid benefits.

Human Rights Watch will assist with and pay for obtaining work authorization.

If an employee is asked to relocate by the organization, Human Rights Watch may pay certain relocation expenses in particular cases, upon prior approval of the Human Resources Director, such as:

  • Economy travel (including meals and lodging) to the new location
  • The cost of shipping personal belongings and business files to the new location
  • Temporary, short-term living expenses at the new location


  • Fellows will have to work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location.
  • Fellows will have to:
    • Monitor human rights developments in various countries
    • Conduct on-site investigations
    • Draft reports on human rights conditions
    • Engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.
 Application Process

International Human Rights Fellowship Application Process:

  • There is NO Application form
  • Candidates just have to send the below mentioned six pieces of their application via an e-mail under single cover in one email and preferably as one PDF file or minimum as separate PDF files)
    • cover letter
    • resume
    • two letters of recommendation
    • an unedited, unpublished writing sample (no legal briefs, please)The writing samples should be no longer than 10 pages
    • 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)


  • Complete applications including transcripts and recommendations for 2016-2017 fellowships must be sent by October 6, 2017, to
  • Kindly Note: Make sure to include the name of the fellowship in the subject line.
 Selection Process

Finberg International Human Rights Fellowship Selection Process:

  • The Human Rights Watch fellowships are highly competitive.
  • As per the reports, 1,000 applications were received last year out of which only 12 candidates were called for interview for three fellowship positions.
  • Candidates are selected on the basis of the application s received and fulfillment of the prescribed eligibility criteria.
  • Thereafter they are called for face to face interview To New York.
  • If in case the candidate is invited for the interview but the candidate can't afford to travel to New York Human Rights Watch will make the necessary arrangements to interview you.
  • Interviews will be held in late November to mid-December for the Finberg Fellowships.
  • Final decisions will be announced in early 2017 and will be funded by August 2017.
 Contact Details
  • Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor, New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
  • Tel: +1-212-290-4700
  • Fax: +1-212-736-1300