Every quarter, PHRGE awards outstanding law students the opportunity to participate fully in the legal work of a human rights organization under supervisors who are leaders in the field. Up to three students work at PHRGE partner organizations, listed below. One or two students work at an international or domestic human rights organization, open to their own choosing, with preference given to proposals to work on ESC rights and/or the application of human rights frameworks in domestic litigation. Each fellowship includes a stipend of $3,500 and the ability to access PHRGE’s vast network of former fellows.

Apply to Partner Organization Fellowships through Symplicity—rolling deadline.
Apply to Open Fellowships or get more information by emailing phrge@northeastern.edu.
Please note that PHRGE Fellowships have a mandatory acceptance policy if an offer is made.

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Partner Organization Fellowships

HRLNHuman Rights Law Network (New Delhi, India): HRLN is one of the leading human rights organizations in India, with over 100 attorneys conducting impact litigation from regional offices throughout the country. Fellows work out of HRLN’s headquarters in New Delhi on the Reproductive Rights Initiative, which litigates cases involving maternal and child health, abortion access, forced sterilization, and gender-based violence before the Supreme Court of India and various State High Courts, typically pursuing claims based on Indian constitutional law and international human rights law.

NamatiNamati (Oakland, CA): Namati is a legal empowerment organization that works to build a global movement of grassroots legal advocates who work with communities to advance justice. Fellows are part of Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, which works proactively to strengthen communities’ ability to protect and govern their customary lands through an integrated approach that pairs land documentation with processes that promote good governance, downward accountability of leaders, community participation in land and natural resources decisions, and intra-community equity and justice. Fellows undertake extensive legal research and analysis of national land laws and policies in Namati partner countries, and make recommendations on how to best support communities to protect their land.

NLCNational Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (Washington, DC): NLCHP acts as the legal arm of a nationwide movement to prevent and end homelessness by pursuing impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education.Their approach considers root causes of homelessness, including the shortage of affordable housing, insufficient income, and inadequate social services. Fellows work on various projects, including pressing local housing commissions to embrace the human right to housing, litigating housing issues, and raising US homelessness and poverty issues in international fora.

OxfamOxfam-America (Boston, MA): Oxfam is a leading international development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Fellows work in the Private Sector Engagement Unit, which works to define corporate responsibility to protect human rights, promote socially responsible investing, and advance stakeholder initiatives.

PHR

Physicians for Human Rights (New York, NY): PHR uses medicine and science to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. PHR’s work focuses on the physical and psychological effects of torture and sexual violence, the forensic documentation of attacks on civilians, the unnecessary and excessive use of force during civil unrest, and the protection of medical institutions and health professionals working on the frontline of human rights crises. Fellows work as a key part of PHR’s research team, focusing on issues such as the use of less-than-lethal weapons (tear gas, tasers, etc) by US law enforcement agents or the functioning, success-rate, and rulings of specialized drug courts in the US.

Apply to Partner Organization Fellowships through Symplicity.
Please note that PHRGE Fellowships have a mandatory acceptance policy if an offer is made.

Recommended Open Fellowship Organizations

As explained above, each quarter one or two students work at an international or domestic human rights organization, open to their own choosing, with preference given to proposals to work on ESC rights and/or the application of human rights frameworks in domestic litigation. Once students have secured an internship, they may apply for a PHRGE Open Fellowship for funding. Each fellowship includes a stipend of $3,500 and the ability to access PHRGE’s vast network of former fellows. Recent recipients have worked with: 

Capital Appeals Project (New Orleans, LA)The Capital Appeals Project provides representation to all indigent defendants sentenced to death in Louisiana.

Center for Environment, Human Rights and Development (Rivers State, Nigeria): CEHRD responds to the environmental, human rights, rural health, and underdevelopment problems plaguing the Niger Delta.

Center for Law and Education (Boston, MA): CLE strives to make the right of all students to quality education a reality.

Centre for Disability Law & Policy (Galway, Ireland): CDLP collaborates with research institutions to advance lifecycle approaches to policy development for people with disabilities.  

Greater Boston Legal Services Immigration Unit (Boston, MA): The GBLS Immigration Unit provides legal representation and advocates on behalf of low-income immigrants.”

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS(Geneva, Switzerland): UNAIDS aims to lead and inspire the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

Participation in Practice of Rights (Belfast, Ireland): PPR supports marginalised people to assert their rights using a human rights-based approach.

Perseus Strategies (Washington, DC): Perseus offers legal services to companies, non-profits, individuals, and governments while promoting international human rights and corporate social responsibility.

Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (Mexico City, Mexico): ProDESC's mission is the defense of economic, social and cultural rights of underrepresented workers and communities in Mexico.

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Lund, Sweden): RWI promotes universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law through research, academic education, and institutional development.

Rich Coast Project (Caribe Sur, Costa Rica): RCP coordinates projects that investigate and document the history, identity, and human rights of southern Caribbean Costa Rican communities to create a living public archive.

Apply to Open Fellowships or get more information by emailing phrge@northeastern.edu.
Please note that PHRGE Fellowships have a mandatory acceptance policy if an offer is made.