Student Fellowship Program


Fellowship Information flyer


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 Human Rights Center Fellowships provide opportunities for meaningful human rights work domestically and internationally. Since it was founded in 1994, the program has sent over 375 fellows to work with organizations in some 81 countries and territories. Student fellows come from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, journalism, law, environmental science, public policy, public health, and medicine. Their portfolio of projects includes using open source investigation to verify chemical weapons attacks as international war crimes, exposing stark educational inequities faced by foster youth in California, mentoring refugee filmmakers in the IDP camps of Kenya, and drafting legal briefs on behalf of political asylum seekers in the United States, among many others. Info sessions will be held prior to the start of the 2023 fellowship cycle.


The 2021 cohort of Human Rights Fellows faced the unique limitations of the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic with determination and creativity.  Addressing issues ranging from the asylum claims of refugees huddled at our southern border to the school-to-prison pipeline in American schools to the existential threats posed by climate change to indigenous people in Central America, the fellows continued to make a difference in spite of the barriers we all faced.  They worked with organizations in Kenya, India, Guatemala, The Hague, Australia and Chile, as well as US-based organizations in Mississippi, Minnesota, Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area (read their profiles on the current fellows page!). Organizations hosting past fellows told us they helped expand their capacity in meaningful ways and that they were proud to support the growth of future human rights leaders. Fellows, in turn, shared that the program not only gave them an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a meaningful way, it also gave them the chance to learn from and find a place in the greater human rights community.

Read Stories of Impact, a Q&A with our alumni about their ongoing work for human rights. 

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phone: (510) 642-0965

Quick Facts

Since 1994, more than 375 Human Rights Center Fellows have worked

  • in 81 different countries and territories
  • in 18 U.S. states and Washington D.C.
  • with over 300 organizations worldwide
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