Henigson Human Rights Fellowship
The Henigson Human Rights Fellowships are for HLS students and recent graduates with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field. They are intended to enable students to make a valuable contribution to human rights during the year of the fellowship and to help students to build human rights work into their careers.
The Henigson Fellowships were made possible by a generous gift to HRP from Robert ’55 and Phyllis Henigson. Henigson Fellows spend twelve months working with a nongovernmental human rights organization in the developing world. Read alumni perspectives on the Henigson fellowship.
Current HLS JD and LLMs students expecting to receive their degrees in June 2018 are eligible to apply.
Recent JD and LLM graduates are also eligible if they (i) have been clerking for a judge since graduation; (ii) have been engaged in full-time public interest work since graduation; or (iii) were active in human rights or public interest work while students at HLS.
HLS JD and LLM students from the current graduating class are given preference for the Henigson Human Rights Fellowship. Similarly, applicants who have not received previous post-graduate fellowship funding from HLS are given preference.
Interviews may be required for finalists. The Faculty Committee awarding the fellowships is not required to award any fellowships in the absence of sufficiently qualified applicants.
Purpose of the Fellowships
The Henigson Human Rights Fellowships are for HLS students with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field. These fellowships support placements in the developing world. They are intended to enable students to make a valuable contribution to human rights during the year of the fellowship and to help students to build human rights work into their careers, whether those careers are in academic life, in governmental or intergovernmental organizations, as activists, or as legal practitioners.
The fellowships are not intended to permit research at an academic or other institution. They contemplate a fellow’s active participation in the work of nongovernmental human rights organizations.
Applicants may be considered for both the Henigson and Satter Human Rights Fellowships, and are only required to submit a single application. The personal statement should clearly indicate whether the applicant wishes to be considered for one or both of the fellowships.
Prospective applicants may contact Prof. Tyler Giannini or Emily Nagisa Keehn for assistance regarding NGO placement. The application for the Henigson Fellowship is due in late March; the specific date will be announced this fall.