Student Fellowships

What should the faculty letter of recommendation include?

How does the faculty member know you? For how long has he/she known you? How did you perform in their class? What does the faculty member know of your proposed fellowship project? Given your work with the faculty member, what is his/her opinion of your abilities with regard to your proposed fellowship project?

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 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.

Who is on the Selection Committee?

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.

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.

What is the page limit for the statement of purpose?

Your statement of purpose should be no more than five pages. It is acceptable to put your references on a sixth page.

What if I cannot complete the application?

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.