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Human Rights Summer Fellowships

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The Human Right Summer Fellowships support highly motivated student looking to make a valuable contribution and learn more about a specific issue in the field of human rights or international justice.

The Center is pleased to offer Human Rights Summer Fellowships for students to work in partnership with a relevant organization or through community-based research, with the guidance and supervision of Stanford faculty. Stipends of up to $6,000 are available to undergraduates who commit to working full-time (35 hours/week) for a minimum of nine weeks either in the United States or abroad during the summer quarter.


The Center intends these fellowships to be open-ended so that students may choose the summer experience that best fits their needs—either connecting with an organization to gain work experience relevant to a profession the student hopes to pursue, or spending the summer engaging in community-based research aimed at addressing a pressing local challenge or effecting positive social change. Students may partner directly with a governmental, multilateral, or non-profit organization, or the corporate social responsibility wing of a for-profit business to work on promotion, monitoring, evaluation, or implementation of a discrete human rights or international justice project. Those interested in the research route would identify community members with whom they can work collaboratively to address their particular interest. Interested students are encouraged to use this form to help brainstorm ideas. 

Application Process

Applicants must submit all of the following:

  • Online application form, including a full proposal for the applicant’s research goals or learning objectives through a work placement, information about the partner organization (if applicable) or a preliminary plan for research (proposed interview subjects, sources for data gathering, etc.)
  • Name and contact information for an academic or professional reference from any relevant discipline or sector who can attest to your qualifications to undertake the summer work you propose with the support of the fellowship
  • A letter of support from the primary organizational partner for the student’s research or work placement
  • A list of relevant Stanford undergraduate courses the applicant has taken that focused on human rights and/or international justice, including instructor, quarter of enrollment, and official course description (must have taken at least two courses)
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A tentative budget

The 2021 application is now live. Applications are due Feb. 12, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Apply here

Other Information

Note on COVID-19 implications: Given uncertainly around whether travel will be possible come summer, we ask applicants to open discussions with potential partner organizations around what both in-person and remote placements could look like.

Students are encouraged to visit the the Haas Center for Public Service, in addition to the Center, for guidance on how to find a partner organization. Here is a helpful link to get started. 

For more information, students can contact Student Services Specialist Denise Fernández.

If you need a disability-related accommodation and/or need to receive any internship information/application in alternate format, please contact the Diversity & Access Office at, at phone: (650) 725-0326 or email: