Every quarter, PHRGE sponsors three human rights fellowships at partnering organizations. Students may apply to any one of our five partner organizations but only three fellowships will be awarded. PHRGE also awards one Open Student Fellowship for a student to work at a an organization of their choice provided the position advances human rights. Each Fellowship includes a stipend of $3,500.
Current PHRGE Fellows
Ernest Nwachan LLM '15, Physicians for Human Rights
Julianna Malogolowkin '15, International Law Development Organization
Hyun Seo Tak '16, National Law Center for Poverty and Homelessness
James Trotter '16, Oxfam America
PHRGE employers are among the most effective ESC rights organizations in the world.
Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in 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. The PHRGE fellowship is in HRLN's national headquarters in New Delhi with the Reproductive Rights Initiative, which at any given time is litigating approximately 50 cases before the Supreme Court of India and various State High Courts, typically pursuing claims based on Indian constitutional law and international human rights law. The Reproductive Rights Initiative also advises regional offices on strategy for their own reproductive rights cases, which involve maternal and child health, access to abortion, coerced sterilization, child marriage, gender-based violence, various forms of discrimination in accessing healthcare, and many other issues affecting reproductive health. It is common for PHRGE fellows to be given considerable responsibility, including drafting documents to be filed before the Supreme Court of India and participating in fact-finding missions, trainings, and meetings throughout India, which entail travel and field work. While the fellowship is based in the Reproductive Rights Initiative, PHRGE fellows have also worked on women's rights, acid attacks, and environmental issues. This is a unique international coop with the opportunity to work on important impact litigation cases with an organization that has a successful track record in pursuing ambitious relief before the country's highest courts.
Maryland Legal Aid Bureau (MDLAB) in Baltimore, MD: MDLAB is a state-wide non-profit law firm that has provided quality legal services to low-income individuals and is the first legal services organization in the country to adopt a human rights framework. In doing so, it has been an incubator of ideas, analysis and action on how best to harness in a practical way the set of potentially game-changing tools, and strategies provided by international human rights in advocating for real change in the lives of the poor and disenfranchised. MDLAB seeks to incorporate human rights norms, language and strategies into its domestic work to help re-frame debates, advocate for holistic approaches and advance the recognition and protection of basic human rights. Students at MDLAB collaborate with the MDLAB Project Director to ensure a full integration of human rights methodologies into every aspect of work done at MDLAB, including litigation, trainings, community outreach materials, staff – client relationships and office systems.
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) in Washington, DC: The mission of NLCHP is to serve as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to prevent and end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the organization pursues three main strategies: impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education. NLCHP strives to place homelessness in the larger context of poverty. By taking this approach, the organization aims to address homelessness as a visible manifestation of deeper causes, including the shortage of affordable housing, insufficient income and inadequate social services. Students work on NLCHP’s human rights projects, including working with local housing commissions to embrace a human right to housing, litigating human rights issues with local lawyers and raising U.S. homelessness and poverty issues in international fora.
Oxfam-America in Boston: Oxfam-America is a leading international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam-America saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. It is one of the 14 affiliates in the international confederation, Oxfam. Students work in the Private Sector Engagement Unit, which addresses human rights and corporate responsibility issues. Previous NUSL student work has involved defining the human rights obligations of multinational corporations, participating in a multi-stakeholder initiative on governance and contributing to the movement on socially responsible investment.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) in Boston: Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice, and promotes the right to health for all. PHR (1) advocates for fair treatment of asylum seekers and immigration detainees and staffs a network of 300 health professionals who conduct forensic examinations of individuals seeking asylum in the U.S.; (2) documents torture around the world including the systematic use of torture by U.S. personnel against detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and Bagram; and (3) promotes the right to health for individuals in state custody. Students provide legal support to PHR’s Asylum Program Director, for example, preparing briefing materials on torture under international human rights law for presentations at medical schools, drafting articles on immigration detention and the right to health and participating in investigations and policy work on the lack of adequate health care for immigration detainees.
PHRGE Open Student Fellowship Host Organizations
Students interested in pursuing a co-op with one of these host organizations can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. PHRGE cannot guarantee placement with one of these organizations but recommends them for consideration. Students who organize a co-op with an organization not listed below will also be considered for the Open Student Fellowship.
Action Program for Equality and Social Inclusion (PAIIS), Bogota Colombia
Asia Foundation, Manila, Philippines
Centre for Disability Law and Policy, Galway, Ireland
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Brussels, Belgium
Peace Tones, Cambridge, MA
Namati: Washington D.C.
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Current Opportunities with Namati are now available!)
Perseus Strategies, Washington D.C.
Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (ProDESC), Mexico City, Mexico
Rich Coast Project, Caribe Sur, Costa Rica
Safe Horizon, New York City, NY