Human Rights Scholars
2012-2013 Human Rights Scholars (left to right): Meredith Weaver, Vanshika Vij, and Mark Dawson
Human Rights Scholars make up a core group of J.D. 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 substantial 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: 2014-2015 Human Rights Scholars Program
About the Scholarship
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice is currently accepting applications for our 2014-2015 Human Rights Scholars Program. Human Rights Scholars make up a core group of J.D. 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 substantial stipend (typically $5000). One or more students will receive the scholarship(s), and will be expected to commit 300 hours to the Center over the course of the year. 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible.
2011-2012 Human Rights Scholars (left to right): Della Sentilles, Abby Anna Batko-Taylor, Nikiya Natale, and Creighton Chandler
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 focus on different activities, depending upon their background, interest, and the needs of the Center. Activities might include working with legal and archival material on international and transnational human rights issues; coordinating human rights curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level; assisting in planning, organizing, and publicizing a gala, academic conference, and speaker series; helping to draft grant proposals for funding; serving on an editorial board for a working paper series or collaborative journal project; mentoring undergraduate students; networking with other university centers and student organizations on human rights issues; assisting with the continued programmatic development of the collaboration on human rights in Latin America; developing and maintaining community ties; and researching internships related to human rights and international law. Scholars will have the opportunity to work closely with affiliated faculty members on human rights-related research and other academic activities.
- Commitment to research in the area of human rights and/or international law
- Excellent writing ability
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Regular and punctual maintenance of office hours
- Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
- Experience with publication, design, and website software (Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, etc.)
- Event planning and/or fundraising experience
- Experience with scholarly research and editing
Qualified students should submit the following materials in PDF format to Rapoport Center Administrator William Chandler at email@example.com (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; how you might contribute to the life of the Center, including projects or outreach you might want to propose; and primary extracurricular activities for 2014-2015.
- Resume/CV Include any relevant skills and foreign language proficiency
- Law school transcript Including courses you are currently taking
- List of three references
At least two must be UT law faculty
Thank you and good luck!
2010-2011 Human Rights Scholars (left to right): Caroline Carter, Lydia Crafts Putnam, Stacy Cammarano, and Marion Armstrong