My proposed partner organization is not responding to my requests. Their phone, fax and e-mail are down. Do I need to submit a partner organization letter?
Yes. You must submit a letter of support from your proposed partner organization by the deadline. Ask the organization for this letter early, especially if their communications systems are not optimal.
How do I submit the recommendation and partner organization letters?
Letters should be addressed to your campus fellowship coordinator.
For UC Berkeley applicants only: confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the recommenders to email@example.com. We will let you know when your letters have been received. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact recommenders to make sure letters are sent by the deadline. Partner organization emails should be uploaded with your online application.
Of the two recommendation letters, at least one of these should be from a faculty member familiar with your academic record at your UC institution. The other can be from another academic or someone familiar with your professional or volunteer work.
What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and what should it contain?
A CV is a cumulative resumé summarizing your academic and professional experience. We request your CV to gauge your skills, assess your background, and outline how this fellowship will build on your past experience. Your CV should highlight any relevant experience in human rights, fieldwork, volunteering, research or language skills.
Incomplete applications will not be considered and will not be forwarded to the selection committee. Please plan ahead. Allow sufficient time to research and contact partner organizations and to obtain letters of recommendation from faculty.
I want to travel abroad during the Fall semester. Can I still apply?
Since the fellowship requires participation in the post-fieldwork gathering in September and presentation at the formal conference in early November on Berkeley campus, we recommend that students with plans to travel abroad during the Fall semester not apply. If you have questions about your specific circumstances, email Audrey Whiting at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am graduating; this is my last year as a UC student. Can I still apply?
If you are graduating in May of the year you apply for the fellowship, you can still apply. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept students graduating the December prior to applying for the fellowship. If you wish to apply as a graduating student, please confirm in your application that you will be able to complete all of the fellowship requirements, including participation in the post-fieldwork gathering in September and presentation at the formal conference in early November on the UC Berkeley campus.
Do I need to seek approval from the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects?
If you are conducting research, your project may require approval from CPHS. For more information, please speak to your faculty advisor and visit the CPHS website (http://cphs.berkeley.edu). Fellowship awards are not contingent upon CPHS approval.
How do I choose a partner organization? Does the partner organization have to be selected from the list on the website?
You are free to choose any partner organization you wish. We occasionally feature organizations that have expressed interest in working with fellows on our website, but you do not need to apply to work with these organizations to be considered for the fellowship. For more ideas on partner organizations, see the list of organizations previous fellows have partnered with on the HRC website. Applicants have also researched potential partner organizations at PSLawNet.org, Idealist.org, and ReliefWeb.int.
The selection committee is made up of three faculty members representing different disciplines from UC Berkeley plus one senior staff member from the Human Rights Center. The Fellowship Coordinator does not sit on the selection committee.
Can I seek funding from other sources? Will it hurt my chances of getting the fellowship?
You may seek other funding. Other sources of funding will be one of many factors considered by the selection committee, and applicants should not feel discouraged to apply if they have other sources of funding.