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Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship at the Human Rights Watch

Finberg Fellowship 2016 in International Human Rights

Last date to apply

October 8, 2016

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About Finberg Fellowship

  • Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship was established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”)
  • The Finberg Fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master's level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies for a fellowship in International Human Rights
  • International Human Rights Fellows typically work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location.
  • This is a one-year fellowship programme open to any candidate, from any institution, domestic or foreign.
  • Application Deadline is October 8, 2016. Fellowships will begin in September 2017.

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Finberg Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region Global
Class/ Age Open to graduates in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies
  • Nationality: All Nationalities are eligible to participate
  • Academic Qualification: LL.Ms are eligible to apply.
    • LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered
    • Master's Graduates in the field of law, journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from universities worldwide.

Other Mandatory Qualifications

  • Candidates must demonstrate a strong background in international human rights and be committed to building a career in human rights.
  • Research experience, including experience conducting interviews, ideally in the context of human rights research, is required.
  • Field experience in human rights work is strongly desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English are required.
  • Proficiency in one language in addition to English is strongly desired

Applicant must be:

  • Highly motivated and well-organized
  • Able to work quickly and well under pressure, both independently and as a member of a team
  • Able to juggle multiple tasks
  • Able to meet tight deadline

Finberg Fellowship Reward

SALARY AND BENEFITS: The salary for 2017-2018 fellows is US $55,000, plus excellent employer-paid benefits.

Human Rights Watch will assist with and pay for obtaining work authorization.

If an employee is asked to relocate by the organization, Human Rights Watch may pay certain relocation expenses in particular cases, upon prior approval of the Human Resources Director, such as:

  • Economy travel (including meals and lodging) to the new location
  • The cost of shipping personal belongings and business files to the new location
  • Temporary, short-term living expenses at the new location


  • Fellows will have to work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location.
  • Fellows will have to:
    • Monitor human rights developments in various countries
    • Conduct on-site investigations
    • Draft reports on human rights conditions
    • Engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.

Finberg Fellowship Application form and Process

  • There is NO Application form, Applications have to create a profile on the official website and submit their required documents, Applicants can also click on the link given below.

Click here to apply

  • Candidates juts have to send the below mentioned six pieces of their application via an e-mail under single cover in one email and preferably as one PDF file or minimum as separate PDF files)
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • An unedited, unpublished writing sample (no legal briefs, please)The writing samples should be no longer than 10 pages
    • An official law or graduate school transcript (applicants currently in one-year graduate programs should supply an undergraduate transcript with a list of their graduate school courses)

Submission of Applications

  • Complete applications including transcripts and recommendations for 2017-2018 fellowships must be sent by October 8, 2016, using the submission link given above. Applicants do not have to submit their applications via Email but they can email the technical difficulties and queries to fellowship@hrw.org.

Finberg Fellowship Selection Process

  • The Human Rights Watch fellowships are highly competitive.
  • As per the reports, 1,000 applications were received last year out of which only 12 candidates were called for interview for three fellowship positions.
  • Candidates are selected on the basis of the applications received and fulfillment of the prescribed eligibility criteria.
  • Thereafter they are called for face to face interview to New York in late November to Mid December 2016. 
  • If in case the candidate is invited for the interview but the candidate can't afford to travel to New York Human Rights Watch will make the necessary arrangements to interview you.
  • Final decisions will be announced in early 2016.

Finberg Fellowship Address

Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor
New York, NY 10118-3299 USA

Finberg Fellowship Contact Details

Tel: +1-212-290-4700
Fax: +1-212-736-1300

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