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The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

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Rapoport Center Summer Fellowships


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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

Application deadline for Summer 2014: March 17th

Download the 2014 Summer Fellowship Application

Each spring, the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice offers summer funds for UT 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 the University of Texas School of 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.

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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)

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. Summer fellows are awarded a stipend of approximately $4,250 for 400 hours of service. 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 2013 Fellows!

Read about our past Rapoport Summer Fellows: 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007 / 2006 / 2005


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2011 Rapoport Center Summer Fellows (L to R): Kristian Aguilar, Stacy Cammarano, Caitlin Boehne, Devin Sefton, Mallory Owen (Not pictured: Elizabeth Coleman, Audrey Lynn, Della Sentilles)