Student Fellowships

The Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law works with University of California campuses to provide fellowships for students wishing to contribute their energy and expertise to human rights organizations worldwide.


The student fellowships provide opportunities for meaningful human rights work domestically and internationally. Each participating University of California campus selects and funds their own fellow or fellows through the program administered by the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley.

The 2016 fellows come from UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Diego and will work in 10 countries.

The application process is closed for 2016, but will reopen in fall in preparation for 2017 applications.

UC Berkeley’s Fellowship Coordinator Julie Lagarde can be reached at with questions about UC Berkeley’s application process or contacts at other UC campuses. 

About the UC Human Rights Center Fellowship

Student fellows have come from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, political science, law, environmental science, public policy, public health, and medicine. Some fellows have learned how to design and implement grassroots advocacy campaigns on behalf of the landless, poor, or urban workers in Asia, Africa, Central America, and the United States. Others have helped draft legal briefs on behalf of political asylum seekers in the United States, worked with the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, campaigned for adequate medical care for AIDS victims in Russia, or worked with organizations fighting for the rights of farmers displaced by the construction of large dams in India. HRC also offers occasional graduate and post-graduate fellowships with partner organizations, such as Human Rights Watch and the International Criminal Court.


See this interactive map, or the information below, for where our fellows have worked around the world.




Since 1994, 275 UC Human Rights Fellows have researched the most pressing human rights issues in more than 65 countries:

Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire
Dominican Republic
El Salvador

New Zealand

Papua New Guinea
Sierra Leone
South Africa
South Korea
United Kingdom

Within the United States, fellows have worked with organizations in more than a dozen locales:

Arcata, CA 
Blair, WV 
Berkeley, CA 
Detroit, MI 
Fremont, CA 
Helena, MT 
Jackson, MS

Los Angeles, CA
Montgomery, AL 
New Orleans, LA 
New York, NY 
Oakland, CA 
Richmond, CA 
Sacramento, CA

San Diego, CA 
San Francisco, CA 
Santa Fe, NM 
Washington, DC 
Florence, AZ 
Tucson, AZ 
Tutwiler, MS

UC Human Rights Fellows have worked with more than 200 organizations worldwide, including:

  • A Cor da Bahia
  • Action pour la Jeunesse d’Afrique
  • Adalah – The Legal Center for
  • Arab Minority Rights in Israel
  • AESOP – AIDS AdvocacyCenter
  • Alternative Information Center
  • Amazon Watch
  • American Anti-Slavery Group
  • American Indian Resource Center
  • Amnesty International
  • Angola Instituto de Pesquisa Económica e Social
  • Arcata Economic Development Corporation
  • Articulação Nacional dos Comitês Populares da Copa
  • Asia Foundation
  • Asian Research Center – Chulalongkorn University
  • Asociación de Autoridades Tradicionales y Cabildos U’wa
  • Asociación de Victimas de Violaciones de Derechos Humanos de El Salvador
  • Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente
  • Asociación Pro-Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños Desaparecidos
  • Association for the Recuperation of Historical Memory
  • Association of People with Disabilities
  • Association of the Ex-Detained Disappeared
  • Blair Community Center and Museum
  • Borneo Project
  • Brennan Center for Justice
  • Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia
  • Bronx Defenders
  • CA Bikes
  • California Coalition of Women Prisoners
  • California Department of Health
  • Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights
  • Campaign for Justice: Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans!
  • Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation
  • CARE Ecuador
  • Casa Cornelia Law Center
  • Casa de la Mujer
  • Center for Advanced Studies
  • Center for Amerindian Rights and Environmental Law
  • Center for Bridging Communities
  • Center for Conflict Management (CCM) at the National University of Rwanda
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
  • Center for International Environmental Law
  • Center for Justice and Accountability
  • Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism- McGill University Faculty of Law
  • Center for the Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende
  • Central American Resource Center
  • Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
  • Centro de Derecho Ambiental y Recursos Naturales
  • Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales
  • Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular
  • Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social
  • Centro para los Adolescentes
  • Child and Adolescent Gender Center
  • Chinese Progressive Association
  • Choices in Childbirth
  • Christian Children’s Fund
  • Ciudadanos en Apoyo de los Derechos Humanos
  • Coalition on Homelessness
  • Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos
  • Comité de Comunidades Éthicas Runuel Junam
  • Communities for a Better Environment
  • Community Ambassadors Program for Seniors
  • Community Information and Epidemiological Techniques
  • Community Legal Aid Institute in Jakarta
  • Concerned Parents Association
  • Coordinación de ONGs y Cooperativas
  • Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action
  • Défenseurs des Opprimés
  • Defensoría del Pueblo, Colombia (Ombudsperson´s Regional office for the State of Chocó)
  • Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • Development Workshop
  • Dick Tiger ’72 Olympian Hero International
  • Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC)
  • EarthRights International
  • Earthworks
  • East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
  • Economic Institute of Cambodia
  • El Programa Venezolano de
  • Educación-Acción en Derechos Humanos
  • End Impunity, Achieve Justice (ENSAAF)
  • Enda
  • Environmental Science Institute
  • Environnement et Développement du Tiers-Monde
  • Equal Justice Initiative
  • Equal Rights Advocates
  • European Roma Rights Center
  • Exhumation Project of the Archbishop’s Office of Human Rights
  • Families Acting for Innocent Relatives
  • Family Literacy Project
  • Focus on the Global South
  • Food First – Institute for Food and Development Policy
  • Forced Migration Studies Programme at the University of Witwatersrand
  • Forest Community Research – Pacific West Community
  • Forestry Center
  • Foundation for Democracy in Guatemala
  • Foundation Popol Nah Tun
  • Friends of Ecuador
  • Fund for Peace
  • Ghana Africa International Operations
  • Gingindlovu AIDS and Health Awareness Group
  • Global Exchange
  • Global Health Access Project
  • Grupo Cultural AfroReggae
  • Guatemalan Archbishop’s Office of Human Rights (ODHAG)
  • Guyanan Government
  • Hammer Forum e.V.
  • Handicap International
  • Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights
  • Human Rights Center – Sexual Violence Program
  • Human Rights National Commission in Rwanda
  • Human Rights Research Center – University of Beijing
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Human Rights Youth Network
  • Indian Health Organization
  • Indian Law Resource Center
  • Indonesian Institute of Architects – North Sumatra Chapter
  • Institute for Population and Social Research – Mahidol University
  • Inter-American Association for Environmental Defense
  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • International Centre for Environmental Management
  • International Child Resource Institute
  • International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet
  • International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Federation of Women Lawyers
  • International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • International Human Rights Law Group
  • International Rescue Committee
  • International Rivers Network
  • International Secretariat of Amnesty International
  • Internews Rwanda
  • Jamaicans for Justice
  • JATAM (Jaringan Advokasi Tambang) – Mining Advocacy Network
  • Joint Clinical Research Center
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Prison Operations and Construction
  • Joint Women’s Program of India
  • Korea Women’s Studies Institute
  • Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Legacies of War
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Legal Aid of Cambodia
  • Legal Aid Foundation
  • Libertas Center for Human Rights
  • Lontar Foundation
  • MADA Communities and Environment
  • Malawi Human Rights Youth Network
  • Mercy Corps International
  • Mesa Nacional Sobre Desplazamiento
  • Mi Cometa
  • Mines Advisory Group
  • Mississippi Post-Conviction Counsel Project
  • Movimento dos Trabalhadores
  • Rurais Sem Terra
  • Movimiento dos Trabahadores Rurais Sem Terra
  • Movimiento Sócio Cultural de los Trabajadores Haitianos
  • Movimento Unido de Mujeres Dominico-Hatianas
  • Myrna Mack Foundation
  • Narika
  • National Alliance of People’s Movements
  • National Center for Domestic Violence
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National Council on Crime & Delinquency
  • National Ecological Unit – El Salvador
  • National Hawkers’ Federation
  • New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties
  • Oakland Copwatch – Police Accountability Project
  • Oilwatch – Center for Economic and Social Rights in the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • One Million Signatures Campaign for Iran
  • Opening Doors, Inc.
  • Oswaldo Cruz Institute
  • Pacific and Asian American Center for Theology and Strategies
  • Pacific West Community Forestry Center
  • Population Council
  • Project Concern
  • Project Rebound
  • Proyectos de Informática, Salud, Medicina, Agricultura
  • PSI Angola
  • Public Committee Against Torture in Israel
  • Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research
  • Reprieve
  • Research and Information Center – Memorial – Russia
  • Save the Narmada Movement
  • Schools for Chiapas
  • Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund
  • Sin Fronteras
  • Somos Un Pueblo Unido
  • SOS Habitat
  • SOS Slaves
  • South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude
  • Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Stree Mukti Sanghatana
  • Sweatshop Watch
  • Tahirih Justice Center
  • The American Anti-Slavery Group
  • The Cultural and Development Programs Foundation
  • The New Jordan Research Center
  • The New Orleans Video Voice Project
  • The Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM)
  • Timap for Justice
  • Tom Waddell Health Center
  • Treatment Action Campaign of South Africa
  • U’wa Defense Project
  • Uganda Land Alliance
  • Ujima House
  • União de Mulheres
  • União dos Movimentos de Moradia de São Paulo
  • Unidad Académica Campesina de Carmen Pampa
  • UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund
  • UNHCR – Addis Ababa
  • UNHCR-Bosnia
  • UNHCR-Ethiopia
  • UNHCR-Malaysia
  • UNHCR – Panama City
  • UNHCR – Promotion of Refugee Law Section
  • United Nations Population Fund (Take OUT b/c above now)
  • United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • United Students Against Sweatshops
  • University of Malaya Center of Excellence for Research in AIDS
  • Verdad Abierta
  • Videre
  • Vigario Geral
  • Viva Rio Program on Public Security
  • War Crimes Studies Center
  • West Oakland Food Project Collaborative
  • Women in Leadership Development
  • Women Living Under Muslim Laws
  • Worker’s Rights and Globalization Watch Project – Alternative Information Center
  • World Health Organization
  • Yayasan Tanah Merdeka (The Free Land Institute)
  • Youth for Social Change Myanmar
  • Zapatista Autonomous Rebel Secondary School