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Human Rights Watch Feinberg Fellowship

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Website

Program Purpose

Human Rights Watch, the international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization, is known for its impartial and reliable human rights reporting on over 70 countries worldwide, its innovative, high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in affecting policies of the US and other influential governments toward human rights abusers.

Program Description

Each year, HRW awards four fellowships to recent master's level graduates of programs in law, journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines. Under the auspices of Human Rights Watch's Finberg Fellowship, Fellows work full-time for one year with one or more HRW divisions based in New York City or Washington, D.C. 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.


Salary is $49,000, plus generous health benefits.

Applicant Profile

Applicants must have exceptional analytic and communication skills in English, and a long term commitment to human rights work. 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.


Graduating master's students or those who have graduated within the past 3 years from master's programs in law, journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines. Applicants with the LLM (Master of Laws) degree are eligible.


Citizens of all nationalities, regardless of immigration status, are encouraged to apply. HRW will assist prospective fellows in obtaining necessary US or UK work authorization.


Usually early October.

How To Apply



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