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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.

Eligibility

For current and former J.D. students: 3Ls expecting to receive the J.D. degree, as well as J.D. graduates from the past two years who (i) currently clerk for a judge; (ii) are engaged in full-time public interest work; or (iii) were active in human rights or public interest work while students at HLS.

For LL.M. students: Students who expect to receive the LL.M. degree this year, and who come from and will return to a country other than the United States.

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.

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