[TimorLesteStudies] Fellowships in International Human Rights

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Wed Aug 6 10:48:25 EST 2008

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FELLOWSHIPS IN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS    For recent graduates of law schools or graduate programs in journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from universities worldwide.  HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, the international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization, invites applications for its fellowship program. Human Rights Watch is known for its impartial and reliable human rights reporting on over 70 countries worldwide, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in affecting the policy of the US and other influential governments toward human rights abusers.  Unrestricted Fellowships
 Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship - Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch, this fellowship is open to graduates (at the Master's level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Other relevant disciplines may also be considered.
  JOB DESCRIPTION:  Fellows work full-time for one year with Human Rights Watch in New York, Washington, D.C., or London (Aryeh Neier fellows will work full-time, for an additional year, at the ACLU). Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations. Past fellows have conducted research and advocacy on numerous different issues in countries all over the world. A few recent examples are: a project on the rights of Iraqi refugees in Syria and Lebanon; on violations of the rights of girls in juvenile custody in New York State; on corporal punishment of children in southern public schools in the US; on the rights of Bhutanese refugees in Nepal and India; on abuses against Sri Lankan migrant domestic workers; and abuses committed in the context of the Naxal conflict in Chhattisgarh state, India.  QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must have exceptional analytic skills, an ability to write and speak clearly, and a commitment to work in the human rights field in the future. Proficiency in one language in addition to English is strongly desired. Familiarity with countries or regions where serious human rights violations occur is also valued. Depending on the fellowship for which they wish to apply, prospective fellows must be graduates of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies, or must provide evidence of significant, comparable, relevant work experience (please see our Frequently Asked Questions section for the specific requirements of the various fellowships.  SALARY AND BENEFITS:  The salary for 2008-2009 fellows is $48,000, plus excellent employer-paid benefits. The salary for 2009-2010 is currently under review and may be increased.  Applicants are responsible for compiling complete application packets which must include the following:       cover letter         résumé (curriculum vitae)         two letters of recommendation        at least one unedited, unpublished writing sample         an official law or graduate school transcript (applicants 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 Fellowships must be received no later than October. Applications should be sent by e-mail, under single cover and as PDF files, to fellowship at hrw.org with the name of the fellowship you are applying for in the subject line.  
 Applicants must be available for interviews in New York from early November to mid-December. Inquiries may be directed to the Fellowships hotline at (212) 290-4700 x312, or to fellowship at hrw.org. Please click here for more information.  Faxing Parts of Your Application  Applications must be submitted by e-mail, under a single cover and in PDF format. However, under truly extenuating circumstances and only with prior written approval from us, you may send in an application or part of an application by fax, by the deadline of October. Lateness of an application does not constitute extenuating circumstances. Faxed applications will not be accepted without prior written approval from Human Rights Watch. 

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