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.
Apply to Open Fellowships or get more information by emailing Assistant Director Elizabeth Ennen at e.ennen@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 (Washington DC, New York, NY): Namati is building a global movement of grassroots legal advocates who empower people to understand, use, and shape the law. In the past four years, Namati and its partners have worked with over 40,000 clients to take on some of the greatest challenges of our times: protecting community lands, enforcing environmental law, and securing basic rights to healthcare and citizenship. Fellows will work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation project, the SDG Data Initiative, and the roll out and promotion of a practitioners’ toolkit, Advocacy: Justice and the SDGs. Fellows will also support potential engagement strategies with bilateral donors, and provide research assistance to the CEO for live programmatic or organizational questions as they arise. (Not available Spring 2017.)

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.


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. The following organizations have successfully hosted one or more PHRGE fellows in the past - or have developed collaborative working relationships with PHRGE:

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.  

Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Nairobi, Kenya): The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) works to advance the realization of economic, social and cultural rights globally, using the human rights lens to address poverty, social injustice and inequality. We are a small, dynamic organisation with six staff members based in offices in Nairobi (Kenya), Geneva (Switzerland), and Duluth (Minnesota). Since 2014 GI-ESCR has worked with partners to research the impacts of privatisation in education against human rights standards in 12 countries and has taken the issue to international and regional human rights bodies. As the work progresses to consider alternatives, the fellow would assist in research, campaigning, advocacy and communications on privatisation in education and the right to education. It may be possible to arrange for co-ops in our offices in Geneva and Duluth. PHRGE Contact: Sylvain Aubry, sylvain@globalinitiative-escr.org.

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.

RAICES (Karnes Texas): Thousands of families are entering Texas, fleeing violence in Central America. Over 500 are detained at the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. An hour south of San Antonio, Texas, this detention center warehouses children under 18 and their female parents. Other family members are detained separately. The co-op student will be a part of the Family Detention team at RAICES, a local legal services organization, and will be expected to conduct thorough intakes, prepare families for credible and reasonable fear interviews, screen clients for trauma, abuse, and trafficking, draft declarations, conduct legal research, draft legal memoranda and pleadings. Students will also have the opportunity to represent families in immigration court and before the Asylum Office and to assist with advocacy and litigation efforts to end family detention. Spanish fluency and ability to work in a high volume, fast paced setting preferred. PHRGE contact: Jenna Pollock, jenna.pollock@raicestexas.org 

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.

US Human Rights Network (Atlanta, GA): In the wake of the new federal administration, local human rights advocacy and activism are going to become even more important. The National Human Rights Cities Movement is a member-led and organized initiative of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) working to assist with this important local work. The National Human Rights Cities Movement is coordinated by a Steering Committee whose mission is to assemble and share information and otherwise provide support for local Human Rights Cities/Community initiatives. The co-op student would work with USHRN and the Movement/Steering Committee in tasks such as the following: assisting with the compilation of a Human Rights City Toolkit to aid local human rights organizers; research models for effective local implementation of human rights laws and ordinances; research sanctuary city ordinances and work to find connections between the sanctuary city movement and human rights cities; connecting local efforts to democratize natural resources (such as water) to the human rights cities movement; and generally supporting the work of the National Human Rights City Network steering committee, including planning for its national convergence in 2018 in Jackson, Mississippi and playing a coordination role in the monthly Steering Committee calls. The co-op student would be based at the USHRN offices in Atlanta, GA. PHRGE contact: Colette Pichon Battle, Esq., cpichonbattle@ushrnetwork.org.

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.