Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights

“Human rights” has emerged as a prominent concept for justice among scholars, activists, politicians, aid workers, and NGO officials. It has wide use and powerful reach and yet remains contested and fluid. What opportunities does the invocation of “human rights” enable, and what does it constrain? How do we understand the intellectual genealogy of human rights? Is human rights a terrain of resistance, or is it the new orthodoxy? Does the existence of widespread injustice prove that human-rights-based social change efforts are ineffectual, or does it prove that such efforts need to be expanded and empowered? The Gallatin Human Rights Initiative seeks to catalyze critical reflection and engagement with these and related questions.

The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights is a year-long program that supports selected NYU students with up to $5,000 in funding to focus on these issues while working with human rights organizations. Fellows pursue extended projects and internships (including research and report writing) for the host organization during the summer. The fellowship aims to allow students to contribute to the host organizations’ work while gaining experience in the human rights field in ways that complement their academic trajectory at NYU.

See below for eligibility and application requirements. Also see application FAQs and learn more about past Fellows’ summer projects through their blog site and annual symposium presentations.

APPLICATION DEADLINE, 2018-19: November 1, 2018, 11:59 pm

The following events are highly recommended for prospective applicants. All are held in The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, Gallatin Building (1 Washington Place).

Fall 2018 Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 12:30 – 1:30

Fall 2018 Human Rights Symposium

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5:00 – 8:00
    See the 2018 fellows present their projects