Satter Human Rights Fellowship

The Satter Human Rights Fellowship is designed to support and promote human rights defense in response to mass atrocity or widespread and severe patterns of rights abuse. The fellowship is made possible by a generous gift by Muneer A. Satter, ’87.

Aminta Ossom, JD ’09, spent her year as a Satter Fellow working for Amnesty International, building the evidence base and capacity for crimes against humanity and war crimes in West Africa.

Aminta Ossom, JD ’09, worked for Amnesty International, building the evidence base and capacity for crimes against humanity and war crimes in West Africa.

The Satter Fellowship is limited to work on the following areas: 1) situations of mass atrocity; 2) situations of widespread and severe violations of human rights, such as crimes against humanity that may be associated with civil conflict, failed states, authoritarian leaders or other highly repressive regimes; 3) situations of transition in the aftermath of conditions that meet the criteria outlined in (1) or (2). Fellows should be based in the countries where their work is focused. Nearby placements may be considered.

Fellowships are for work in only developing countries classified as “Not Free” on the Freedom House index (preferably scored “7”). Work in the Middle East and Africa is preferred, but other locations (e.g., Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia) may also be considered. Fellows may not be located in Europe.

Final determination of whether a project proposal conforms will be made by a committee of faculty members, senior administrators of the Harvard Law School, and/or full time professional staff of the Human Rights Program, established for the purpose of awarding the Satter Human Rights Fellowships.

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 must contact Prof. Tyler Giannini or Emily Nagisa Keehn by early February in order to apply for a Satter fellowship. The application for the Satter Fellowship is due in late March. Specific dates to be announced this fall.

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