Human Rights Fellowships

Faculty and staff, including in the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono and Office of International Studies, closely advise and support students to undertake experiential learning opportunities in the human rights field that not only contribute to their professional development, but also stress the value of service.

Duke Law supports law students through:

  • NEW International Law and Human Rights Post-Graduate Fellowship that provides funding and placement assistance to enable a Duke Law graduate to work full-time for one year on international and human rights legal work.  Commencing in Fall 2017, the fellowship is intended to support students with a demonstrated interest and commitment to pursuing a career in public international law and human rights. The fellowship is not intended for academic research and should involve active engagement in the legal work of intergovernmental organizations, international courts and tribunals or non-governmental organizations that focus on one or more aspects of public international law and human rights. Further information will be available in Fall 2016.
  • Summer Public Interest Funding for applicants who have secured a summer position with a non-governmental, inter-governmental, or government organization, in the United States or abroad. 
  • The Duke Law Pro Bono Project, that connects students with attorneys working in non-profit and governmental organizations, as well as private pro bono practice to explore and contribute to public service, is also an important part of the human rights experience at Duke Law. 
  • Support for post-graduate fellowships that are entry-level, time-limited positions that provide otherwise unavailable opportunities to do entry-level work at prominent national, regional, and international organizations.