Summer Fellowships


For Summer 2021, interested applicants who apply to the Chayes Fellowship will also be considered for the Human Rights Program (HRP) fellowship if they choose. Apply for the HRP fellowship through the Chayes website through this link.

About Summer Fellowships

Summer fellowships for human rights internships are a central part of the Harvard Law School human rights experience and provide rich professional, personal, and intellectual opportunities. Many students and alumni who are committed to human rights were introduced to the field through an internship. Interns work for at least eight weeks with nongovernmental or intergovernmental organizations concerned with human rights and social justice. Due to current uncertainty around the pandemic and travel, summer fellows should plan on working remotely during 2021. International and domestic placements will be considered.

Summer Fellow D Dangaran speaks at a symposium on gender-based violence.
2018 Summer Fellow D Dangaran, JD’20, speaking at a symposium on gender-based violence in South Africa.

The Program encourages interns to work in organizations that are actively involved in monitoring and responding to human rights violations, grass roots mobilization, or similar activities. Students are free to seek out new organizations and design new internships.


Before applying, prospective applicants can meet with a member of HRP for advising. Please reach out to Dana Walters ([email protected]) for assistance in arranging an advising meeting. Upon the conclusion of their summer placement, HRP helps students to build on their fellowship experience through the law school curriculum, clinical work, and third year writing. Many students have drawn on their experience to write articles published in the Harvard Human Rights Journal and reflections published on the HRP blog.


The fellowships are open to returning JD students and SJD students exclusively studying at Harvard Law School.

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