​2015-2016 Human Rights Scholars (left to right) Safa Peera, Helen Kerwin, and Mihret Getabicha
​2015-2016 Human Rights Scholars (left to right) Safa Peera, Helen Kerwin, and Mihret Getabicha

Human Rights Scholars Program

As promising leaders in the human rights field, Human Rights Scholars play a vital role in the daily life and future of the Rapoport Center. These students have a strong background in and commitment to international human rights and justice. Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in collaborative research on human rights topics and to work closely with the Rapoport Center's programs and planning over the course of the academic year.

Scholars will focus on different activities, depending upon their background, interest, and the needs of the Center. Activities might include:

  • working with legal and archival material on international and transnational human rights issues
  • serving on an editorial board for a working paper series and collaborative journal project
  • assisting in planning, organizing, and publicizing an academic conference and speaker series
  • assisting with continued programmatic development
  • mentoring undergraduate students
  • networking with other university centers and student organizations on human rights issues
  • helping to draft grant proposals for funding
  • developing and maintaining community ties
  • coordinating human rights curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • researching internships related to human rights and international law

Each Human Rights Scholar receives a $5,000 scholarship to commit 300 hours to the Center over the course of the year. One or more scholarship(s) will be awarded. Rising 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible.

View our current scholars