Student Fellowships


Fellowship Coordinator Audrey Whiting


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 then 325 fellows to work with organizations in over 80 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.


In 2018, we sent 17 fellows to 13 countries to work with organizations tackling human rights challenges as diverse as parole reform in Alabama, health and mental wellness of asylum-seekers in detention in the U.S., infectious disease surveillance in Syria, child labor in corporate supply chains, and LGTBQ+ rights in Lebanon, among others. Organizations hosting fellows told us that fellows helped expand their capacity in meaningful 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.

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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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