Simone Gubler, Karen Lee, and Tom Elliott
2017 Graduate Summer Fellows Simone Gubler, Karen Lee, and Tom Elliott

Graduate Summer Fellowships at the Rapoport Center

Deadline: 2022 TBD

Fellowships are available for law and graduate students to work at the Rapoport Center over the summer and help with projects, publications, events, and research. Summer fellows advance the Center's mission and ensure that Center projects reflect and incorporate the diverse perspectives and expertise of a multidisciplinary UT academic community.

These fellowships are an excellent opportunity for students interested in incorporating the study and practice of human rights into their research and professional development and in staying informed of developments in human rights scholarship. Summer fellows are chosen based on their backgrounds, academic credentials, and dedication to the study and practice of human rights.

We are particularly interested in candidates with some knowledge of or experience in human rights, and in candidates with experience or serious interest in scholarly publications and publication/graphic design.


This fellowship is open to all law and graduate students.

2015 Graduate Summer Fellows
Vivian Shaw and Cianan Good


Selected fellows should be available at least 20 hours per week (and up to 40 hours per week) for 12 weeks between the conclusion of the spring semester and the start of the fall semester.


Fellows will receive a stipend between $2500 and $5000, depending on the time they spend at the Center (which is based on their specific assignments).

Preferred Qualifications & Interests:

For Summer 2021, we are particularly interested in fellows who can help us plan, organize, and support the Rapoport Center’s brand new Pop-Up Institute “Beyond the Future of Work: New Paradigms for Addressing Global Inequality.” This institute itself will run from the end of May and into June and will require important project-related follow-up in its aftermath throughout the summer. It will focus on exploring pressing questions around the future of work addressing diverse themes such as care work, essential work, automation, and the global dimensions of worker precarity. We are particularly interested in fellows whose intellectual interests align with these broad themes.

Projects may include the following:

  • Help to plan, organize, and support the Rapoport Center’s brand new Pop-Up Institute “Beyond the Future of Work: New Paradigms for Addressing Global Inequality.” Related tasks include developing and maintaining the project website, grant-writing, future programming, and other project-related follow-up.
  • Engage in research and provide administrative support for a multi-year project on inequality and human rights, including the planning of a speaker series and annual conference
  • Work on the publication of the Center's Annual Review by writing and editing articles, designing layout, and working extensively with the software program InDesign
  • Work with a variety of legal and archival material on international and transnational human rights issues
  • Engage in human rights research and writing; draft grant proposals
  • Serve on an editorial board for a working paper series or collaborative journal project
  • Act as liaison and help with outreach to students and faculty at the law school and across campus
  • Coordinate human rights education at the graduate and undergraduate level
  • Mentor undergraduate interns

View our current/most recent Graduate Summer Fellows.


Deadline: Summer 2022 TBD

Required Qualifications

  • Commitment to research in the area of human rights and/or international law
  • Excellent writing and editing ability
  • Strong organizational and time management skills

The following qualifications may be preferred in some candidates:

  • Demonstrated interest in themes such as care work, essential work, automation, and the global dimensions of worker precarity
  • Website development experience
  • Grant-writing experience
  • Demonstrated experience with videography, podcasts, and/or webisode production
  • Experience with scholarly research and editing
  • Event planning and/or fundraising experience
  • Journalism experience
  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Demonstrated expertise with publication and design software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite)

How to Apply

Qualified students should submit the following materials via our online application system:

  • Cover letter (address how this fellowship will benefit your program of study and professional development; demonstrate your familiarity with Center projects and activities, including your interest in themes mentioned above; include number of hours per week you will be available to work [20/30/40])
  • CV/Resume (indicate any relevant skills, foreign language proficiency, and software experience)
  • Transcript (unofficial is fine; should include the courses you are currently taking; official transcript can be mailed to arrive by the application due date)
  • List of three references (at least two must be UT faculty; include name, title/position, and contact information)
  • Writing sample (8-10 pages; does not need to relate directly to human rights, although that is preferable)


For questions about the application, please contact Sabrina Barton at