HRP Summer Fellowships


For Summer 2022, 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.


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

About Summer Fellowships

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.

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. Although 2022 HRP summer fellows are expected to travel internationally, students should contact the HRP for appropriate readjustments if travel is precluded as per HLS travel and Covid policy changes.

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, Abadir Ibrahim ([email protected]), for advising. 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.


  • Students who whish to be considered for an HRP Summer Fellowship should apply to the Chayes Fellowship.
  • Chayes Fellowship applications are due 5:00 pm on January 31, 2022.
  • An application for HLS Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF) is a necessary condition for participation in the HRP Summer Fellowships (and the Chayes Fellowship program). You can find the main page for the Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF) program via this link.

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