2018 Fellowships

The Human Rights Center is pleased to announce the annual competition for student fellowships in partnership with organizations working for human rights. Registered students at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union are eligible, with priority given to graduate and returning students. Prior recipients of Human Rights Center fellowships are not eligible. The amount of the fellowship stipend will be $5,000.

These awards will enable students to carry out clearly defined fieldwork, domestically or internationally, with organizations working on human rights issues related to a student’s area of interest. Applicants must plan to spend at least 6-8 weeks full time or its equivalent part-time working with a partner organization to qualify for the fellowship.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the organizations’ work while also gaining practical experience that may influence the students’ areas of research, academic focus, or career trajectory. Partnerships with both governmental and non-governmental organizations are acceptable, so long as the affiliation enables the proposed human rights work. Multi-disciplinary approaches to human rights fieldwork are welcomed.

About the Fellowship

The human rights fellowships are student-initiated. Applicants must identify the organizations they will work with, the human rights issue to be addressed, and the parameters, objectives, goals, and expected outcomes of their proposed fieldwork. Fundamental changes to accepted proposals (e.g., different human rights topic, new partner organization, alternate location) are not permitted. On some occasions, human rights organizations interested in hosting fellows do contact the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley. This information will be posted on our website.

Human Rights Fellowship benefits and expectations:

  • Receive a $5,000 stipend to support their work
  • Attend an orientation to prepare for summer fieldwork (Friday, April 20)
  • Submit an informal mid-term report from the field (July/August)
  • Attend an informal gathering upon return from the field (Friday, September 14)
  • Present at a formal conference held during the fall semester (Friday, November 2)
  • Submit a final project (publishable op-ed, news piece, or video) (Friday, November 2)
  • Complete all assignments and participate in all fellowship events in person.

If you are selected as a UC Human Rights Fellow, you will be considered for a two-week collaborative residency at Mesa Refuge in August 2018 in Point Reyes, California. Mesa Refuge is a writers’ retreat that is intended to provide a quiet and inspiring space for people writing about ways to create a more just and sustainable world. Please indicate in your application whether you are interested in being considered for this residency and how you would plan to use the time (see Application Instructions for statement guidelines). For more information, visit www.mesarefuge.org.

For questions related to the fellowship, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page or email Audrey Whiting at audrey.whiting@berkeley.edu.

Application Instructions

Please carefully read the Application Instructions found here and prepare the necessary documents prior to filling out the online application form.

The deadline for applications and all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation and support, is Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 5 PM PST. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by mid-March 2018.

Apply now!