Human Rights Scholars
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.
Call for Applications: 2016-2017 Human Rights Scholars Program
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.
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.
- Commitment to research and practice in the areas of human rights and social justice
- Excellent writing and editing abilities
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Regular and punctual maintenance of office hours
- Past human rights experience or study
- Proficiency in a foreign language
- Experience with scholarly research and editing
- Experience with publication, design, and website software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, Wordpress)
- Event planning and/or fundraising experience
Qualified students should submit the following materials individually in PDF format to Rapoport Center Assistant Director William Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Human Rights Scholars Program):
- Cover letter
Please address some or all of the following: your background in human rights; 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
- Law school transcript Including courses you are currently taking; unofficial is fine
- List of three references
At least two must be Texas Law faculty; include contact information
- Summer 2016 Plans & 2016-2017 Schedule
Brief description of summer plans. For 2016-2017 academic year, please include courses for which you are registered, courses you plan/hope to take, as well as other anticipated commitments and activities (e.g. law journals, student orgs, volunteer, etc.). Please specify days/times to the extent possible.
Thank you and good luck!
2012-2013 Human Rights Scholars (left to right): Meredith Weaver, Vanshika Vij, and Mark Dawson