Rapoport Center Summer Fellowships
2014 Rapoport Center Fellows: (Top row, L to R): Albert Suarez, David Fisher, Colleen Mulholland, Kyle Shen; (Middle row, L to R): Adelaide Schwartz, Bianca Scott, Veronica Portillo, Christopher Lamoureux; (Bottom row, L to R): Rhiannon Hamam, Leah Glowacki, Amanda Addison
Application deadline for Summer 2016: Monday, March 21, 2016
Download the 2016 Summer Fellowship Application
Download the 2016 Charles Moyer Summer Fellowship Application (for fellowships in Latin America)
Each spring, the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice offers summer funds for Texas Law students working in international human rights—including within the United States—connected to the Center’s mission of serving as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice. In the past, UT students have worked with human rights organizations and institutions in locations as diverse as Bosnia, Cambodia, Mexico, and India.
Fellowships are open to all first and second year students in a JD program at Texas Law. Host organizations must be non-profit organizations or governmental or intergovernmental organizations. Although the work of the organization need not be exclusively devoted to international human rights, students should indicate in their application how the work they will be doing will relate to or promote international or transnational rights.
2013 Rapoport Center Fellows (Front row L to R): Kali Cohn, Vanshika Vij, Elizabeth Nguyen, Whitney Drake, and Sophia Golvach (Back row L to R): Burton Dewitt, Catherine Wagner, Dave Mauch, Colleen Mulholland, David Fisher, and Graham Robertson
Ideally, students should commit to ten 40-hour weeks with their host organization. Proposals for split summers will be considered, but proposals for the full summer are preferred. Fellowships will not be awarded for any work for which a student is receiving academic credit.
The Charles Moyer Summer Human Rights Fellowship supports one legal internship in human rights in Latin America. It honors the life and work of Charles Moyer, whose professional career has been devoted to the international protection of human rights, and who was the first Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Summer fellows are awarded a stipend of approximately $4,500 for 400 hours of service ($5,000 for the Charles Moyer Summer Fellowship). Any supplemental funding from the host organization or other sources must be indicated. If a student is awarded funding after the submission of the application, the student must inform the committee.
The fellowships, which provide stipends for travel costs and living expenses, are made possible by the generous support of: The Planethood Foundation; Scott Hendler of HendlerLaw, PC, who donated funds for the Charles Moyer Summer Human Rights Fellowship; the Orlando Letelier and Ronnie Karpen Moffitt Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law; the Effie and Wofford Cain Foundation; and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Each fellowship that the Center is able to fund is an investment in human rights advocacy and in preparing law students to develop the knowledge, skills and critical thinking that are essential to their future participation in the field.
Read about our Summer 2015 Fellows!
2012 Rapoport Center Fellows (Front row L to R): Will Chambers, Gwen Vindell, Alejandra Avila, Mackenzie Meador (Back row L to R): Derek VerHagen, Scott Mandarich, Ryan Meltzer, Mark Dawson, Catherine Wagner (Not pictured: Salima Pirmohamed)