Applications for summer fellowships open


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Aurora Victoria David

The Program on Human Rights at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), together with the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society are offering four summer fellowships in human rights for 2012. The application period has now opened to talented Stanford undergraduates interested in working for organizations, government agencies, NGOs or international organizations that promote or defend human rights. The deadline to apply is December 9, 2011.

“We hope that these fellowships will enable students to make valuable contributions to human rights theory and practice, while incorporating human rights work into their future careers,” said Helen Stacy, director of the Program on Human Rights at CDDRL. 

This is a very prestigious fellowship and rare opportunity for undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, and non-graduating seniors to gain practical experience at human rights-based organizations. Previous fellows have worked at Human Rights Watch in Washington, DC; UNICEF in Cairo; and Bethune House in Hong Kong.

Human rights fellows may undertake projects focusing on issues that include; freedom of speech; discrimination against women; the rights of children, elderly and minorities; and access to food, health, education and housing. To apply for the fellowship, the student applicant must contact and obtain the support of a sponsoring organization in either the U.S or abroad.  

Fellowships of up to $5,000 are awarded by a committee of faculty members, senior administrators and/or full-time professional staff at Stanford University based on the applicant's project proposal and budget For more information and to apply, please visit the website:

Office hours for additional information will be posted on the website with:

Joan Berry, Assistant Director, Bowen H. McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society -

Helen Stacy, Director, Program on Human Rights -

Nadejda Marques, Manager, Program on Human Rights -