The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Partners for change at the intersection of academics and advocacy.


Human Rights Scholars


Spring 2011 Interns

2014-2015 Human Rights Scholars (left to right): Leah Glowacki, Rhiannon Hamam, and Julia Furlong

Human Rights Scholars make up a core group of JD students actively involved with the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. These students have a strong background and demonstrated interest in pursuing career opportunities in international human rights law and advocacy. Each Human Rights Scholar receives a $5,000 stipend. Scholars will have the opportunity to work closely with the Center's programs and planning and participate in collaborative research on human rights topics.

Past Scholars: 2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2008-2009, 2007-2008, 2006–2007, 2005–2006, and 2004–2005.



Call for Applications: 2016-2017 Human Rights Scholars Program



Application deadline extended to Monday, May 2nd!



About the Scholarship

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice is currently accepting applications for our 2016-2017 Human Rights Scholars Program. Human Rights Scholars make up a core group of JD students actively involved with the Rapoport Center. These students are committed to the study and practice of international human rights law and have a strong background and demonstrated interest in pursuing career opportunities related 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. Each Human Rights Scholar receives a $5,000 stipend, and will be expected to commit 300 hours to the Center over the course of the year. Rising 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible.

Spring 2011 Interns

2013-2014 Human Rights Scholars (left to right): Kallie Dale-Ramos, Catherine Wagner, and Kyle Shen

The Role of Human Rights Scholars

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. Scholars will work closely with the Center staff and affiliated faculty members on human rights-related research and other academic activities. They will conduct research related to our ongoing project on human rights and inequality (with a specific focus on natural resource extraction and global labor markets), serve as editors on the Center’s Working Paper Series, and lead discussions of human rights topics at weekly team meetings.

Additional activities might include: working with legal and archival material on international and transnational human rights issues; assisting in planning, organizing, and publicizing an academic conference and speaker series; mentoring undergraduate students; helping to draft grant proposals for funding; coordinating human rights curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level; networking with other university centers and student organizations; assisting with program development; developing and maintaining community ties; and researching internships related to human rights and international law.

Required Qualifications

The following qualifications are desirable:

Application Requirements

Qualified students should submit the following materials individually in PDF format to Rapoport Center Assistant Director William Chandler at wchandler@law.utexas.edu (subject: Human Rights Scholars Program):

Thank you and good luck!


Spring 2011 Interns

2012-2013 Human Rights Scholars (left to right): Meredith Weaver, Vanshika Vij, and Mark Dawson