Satter Human Rights Fellowship

The application for the 2022-2023 Satter Human Rights Fellowship is now open. This fellowship is exclusively for Harvard Law School graduates.

To learn more about the fellowship, download a full overview from 2022-2023. You can apply to the Satter Fellowship via this link.

Complete applications are due March 28, 2022.

Purpose and Description of the 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. These fellowships enable students to make a valuable contribution to human rights in an extreme situation during the year of the fellowship and to help students build human rights work into their careers.

The Satter Human Rights Fellowship focuses on human rights violations in countries designated “Not Free” in Freedom House’s Freedom in the World Index. The 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). Preferred fellowship locations are for work in the Middle East and Africa. Other locations (e.g., Myanmar) that meet the above criteria may also be considered.

Due to the continued uncertainty around the pandemic, we recognize the need to be flexible. Fellows may be required to operate remotely for some period of their fellowship.


The application is now available and can be accessed via Harvard Qualtrics. Completed applications are due Monday, March 28, 2022.


The fellowship carries a stipend of up to $45,000 for the twelve-month fellowship period.

Fellowship Advising and Selection Process

HRP will oversee the administration of the fellowships, including through advising and selection. The HRP advisors are not part of the selection committee.

Students should discuss potential sponsoring organizations with advisors at HRP. The advisors must speak with host organizations as part of the application process to ensure placements meet the requirements of the fellowship. Email Abadir Ibrahim ([email protected]) by March 1, 2022 to set up an advising appointment.

Project descriptions should be as detailed as possible, and include specifics on how the placement is focused on mass atrocities.

The Selection Committee will give particular weight to:

  • The applicant’s relevant experience, including academic experience, extracurricular activities, and work experience that evidence a high capacity for and commitment to human rights work and the proposed project;
  • The merit and feasibility of the applicant’s project, including the capacity of the proposed organization or organizations to host the applicant and make valuable use of his or her work; and
  • The relevance of the project for the career plans of the applicant.

View current and previous Satter Fellows.


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