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Statement of Proposal
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 you will focus on during the summer, including why you think it is a critical issue for the human rights field.
Description of the human rights organization with which you plan to work and 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.
Describe (to the extent possible) the duties and responsibilities you will likely assume during the summer with the host organization, including research, report writing, and other experiential work you hope to pursue under the organization’s supervision. Clearly indicate the goals that will be advanced by this work.
Academic or extracurricular knowledge or expertise that will help you make a contribution to the human rights issue you will address, including any relevant linguistic proficiency, completed course work, and prior independent research experience and travel.
Relevance of your human rights summer work to your Gallatin concentration, NYU major, or graduate degree.
Independent Study Proposal
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.
Independent Study Faculty Mentor
Please provide contact information for the NYU faculty mentor who will supervise your independent study.
Faculty Recommendation Letter
A letter of recommendation is required by the application deadline. Preferably, this letter should come 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 do not know your intended faculty mentor well, we will accept a letter of recommendation from an NYU faculty member who knows your academic and personal background better. In this case, the independent study faculty must ALSO email
email@example.com by the application deadline confirming that s/he has agreed to oversee your independent study.
Request that your recommender email the letter as an attachment to
firstname.lastname@example.org (.doc, .docx, or .pdf format).
Indicate the name and contact for your recommender below. If the independent study faculty you noted above will write your recommendation letter, leave this section blank.
Detail your anticipated expenses during the summer project (e.g., transportation and living expenses, research costs, etc.). Note that this budget is intended for you to have a realistic understanding of potential costs;
you will not be disqualified for estimating less than the fellowship amount, as we understand that unexpected costs might arise later. If you foresee exceeding the fellowship amount, however, you are advised to seriously reconsider your financial needs and seek additional funds elsewhere, as we cannot award extra funds.
Please attach a 1-2-page current resume or CV (.doc, .docx, and .pdf formats accepted).