Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights

Application Deadline: November 1, midnight

[Competition is now closed; check back in Fall 2017 for updates.]

The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights supports selected NYU students in undertaking extended research or experiential learning projects during the summer with organizations focusing on human rights. We are open to students finding organizations that approach human rights in heterodox ways, but human rights should be an anchor in their effort to bring about social change. The fellowship is anticipated to allow students to both contribute to the host organization and gain experience in the human rights field in ways that complement their academic trajectory at NYU. Before competing this application, see the program website for more details on the program requirements and eligibility.


The program is open to all undergraduate students in degree-granting programs at NYU and to master’s students in Engineering, Gallatin, the College of Global Public Health, the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Law, Nursing, Social Work, Steinhardt, Tisch, and Wagner. This fellowship was organized primarily to benefit students who have little access to such funding; therefore, applications from undergraduates will receive priority consideration. All selected fellows must be enrolled and in residence at NYU's New York campus during the Spring semester following the application deadline and must be matriculated at NYU during the summer of the fellowship project. Additionally, undergraduate fellows must be matriculated at NYU during the Fall semester following the summer project.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of proposal
  • Independent study proposal
  • Projected budget
  • Current resume
  • Recommendation letter from an NYU faculty member who has agreed to oversee the Spring independent study
  • Contact information for an additional faculty reference

Final candidates may be contacted by the selections committee for an interview with the program director or administrator.

Personal Information

Academic Information

Host Organization

Summer Project Location

Host Organization Contact

Statement of Proposal

Please attach a 2- to 3-page statement (.doc, .docx, and .pdf formats accepted). Your name should appear in the header of each page. The statement should contain the following:

  • Clear statement of the human rights dimension of the work you will undertake and the goals that will be advanced by this work, including why you think this is a critical issue for the human rights field.
  • Name of the human rights organization you plan to work with and a description of its objectives, including the ways in which it mobilizes "human rights" in efforts for social change. Indicate if you have worked with this organization in the past.
  • Description of the specific duties and responsibilities you will assume with the host organization.
  • Academic or extracurricular knowledge or expertise that will help you make a contribution to the human rights issue you will address, including any linguistic proficiency or completed course work.
  • Relevance of your human rights project to your Gallatin concentration, NYU major, or master’s degree.
More information
  • Files must be less than 2 MB.
  • Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.

Independent Study Proposal

The required 2-credit Spring independent study need not relate to human rights; it should focus on helping you to better contextualize your summer work (e.g., a history of the conflict, background on sociopolitical aspects of the region, etc.). It should meet at least five times and should explore a minimum of five texts. Provide a 250-500-word description of the independent study you plan to undertake and how it relates to your proposed summer work. Include at least five texts you anticipate reading and indicate why each is essential to examining the aspect of human rights you wish to pursue.

Faculty Mentor

Please provide contact information for the NYU faculty mentor who will supervise your independent study.

Faculty Recommendation Letter

Please submit a letter of recommendation from the NYU faculty member who will oversee your 2-credit Spring independent study. The letter should confirm his/her readiness to oversee your independent study and should address your academic strengths, knowledge of human rights discourse if any, and your ability to be a self-starter.

NOTE: If you have not had enough time to get to know your intended faculty mentor, you may submit a supplemental letter of recommendation from an NYU faculty member who knows you and your academic background better, as long as your intended faculty mentor submits a confirmation that s/he has agreed to oversee your Spring independent study .

Letters may be emailed as an attachment to (.doc, .docx, or .pdf format) or mailed/delivered to the Gallatin Office of Global Programs, 411 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003.

Projected Budget

Detail your anticipated expenses during your summer project (e.g., transportation and living expenses, research costs, etc.).

Current Resume

More information
  • Files must be less than 2 MB.
  • Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.


Please provide contact information for an additional faculty member who can speak to your academic standing and your ability to work independently.