Student Fellowships


Fellowship 2021 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 more than 376 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 campaigning for adequate medical care for AIDS victims in Russia, drafting legal briefs on behalf of political asylum seekers in the United States, using drones to map access to urban public services in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and implementing open source techniques to investigate human rights abuses for the International Criminal Court.

Applications for the 2021 fellowship are now closed - please check back in December for next year's application, or join our mailing list to be notified. Applications are due in mid to late February. 


The 2020 cohort of Human Rights Fellows is facing the unique limitations of the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic with determination and creativity.  Addressing issues ranging from building schools for Native children on reservations to representing LGBTQ asylum seekers to exploring the public health consequences of femicide to tracking human rights abuses against the Rohingya in Myanmar, this year's fellows continue to make a difference in spite of the barriers we all face.  They will work with organizations in  Mexico, Lebanon, Kenya, The Netherlands, Myanmar, and Kazakhstan, as well as US-based organizations in Texas, Massachusetts, Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area (read their profiles on the current fellows page!). Organizations hosting the 2019 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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Quick Facts

Since 1994, more than 325 Human Rights Center Fellows worked

  • in 80 different countries and territories
  • in 18 U.S. states and Washington D.C.
  • with over 282 organizations worldwide
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