Every quarter the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) offers several human rights fellowships to outstanding JD and LLM students. The fellowships take the form of $3500 stipends that help students defray the cost of unpaid human rights co-ops.

All PHRGE Fellowships are now “open” fellowships in that stipends are awarded to students who have already arranged a co-op with a domestic or international human rights organization of their own choosing. PHRGE “partner” fellowships have been discontinued, but students may apply through Symplicity for co-ops with these former partner organizations: Human Rights Law Network (New Delhi, India), Namati (Washington, DC), National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (Washington, DC), and Oxfam America (Boston, MA). These organization are on PHRGE’s Recommended Fellowship Organizations List, which is available below.

PHRGE typically awards four unrestricted fellowships (i.e., fellowships open to JD students and to LLM students) each quarter. In addition, PHRGE awards one restricted LLM fellowship (i.e., a fellowship open only to LLM students) in the winter and spring quarters. Restricted LLM fellowships are funded by the LLM office and administered by PHRGE.

For general information about the fellowship, please contact Elizabeth Ennen at e.ennen@northeastern.edu.

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Recommended Fellowship Organizations

The following organizations have successfully hosted one or more PHRGE fellows in the past, or have developed collaborative working relationships with PHRGE. All else being equal, PHRGE will privilege fellowship applications for co-ops with these organizations. 

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.”

Human 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. Co-op students work 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.

Namati (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. Co-op students will support Namati’s Global Network and Advocacy Team and will have a wide range of opportunities to support Namati’s diverse global portfolio of legal empowerment projects.

National 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. NLCHP uses a human rights framework and targets the root causes of homelessness, including the shortage of affordable housing, insufficient income, and inadequate social services. Co-op students will work on NLCHP’s human rights projects and other civil rights initiatives, including using human rights in federal legislation, working with local human rights commissions to embrace a human right to housing, litigating human rights issues with local lawyers and activists; and raising U.S. homelessness and poverty issues with UN and Inter-American human rights monitors.

Oxfam America (Boston, MA): Oxfam America is a leading international development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Co-op students work in the Private Sector Department, which works to define corporate responsibility to protect human rights, promote socially-responsible investing, and advance stakeholder initiatives. The Private Sector Department also supports private-sector engagement on the following Oxfam America campaigns and advocacy priorities: rights in crisis, economic justice, access to medicines, and aid effectiveness.

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.

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