​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


Required Qualifications

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

The following qualifications may be preferred in some candidates:

  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Experience with publication and design software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Experience with scholarly research and editing

How to Apply

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

  • Cover letter
    Please address some or all of the following: your background in human rights and social justice; your experience (if any) with Rapoport Center events and activities; future work you hope to do in human rights research or advocacy; and how you might contribute to the life of the Center, including projects or outreach you might want to propose
  • Resume/CV
    Include any relevant skills and foreign language proficiency
  • Transcript
    Unofficial is fine; should include current spring courses
  • List of three references
    At least two must be Texas Law faculty; include contact information; full letters not required
  • Summer/fall plans
    Document outlining your (1) plans for the summer, (2) list of fall courses, and (3) primary extracurricular activities for the upcoming academic year


April 15, 2019


Contact us at humanrights@law.utexas.edu or 512-232-4857