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Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowships

The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowships in International Human Rights enable two or three Yale Law School graduating students or recent graduates to devote a year to full-time advocacy human rights work.

The Bernstein Fellowships were established at Yale Law School in 1997 to honor Robert Bernstein, the founder and former chair of Human Rights Watch; former chair, president, and chief executive officer of Random House; and a tireless champion of human rights. The fellowships, supported by the family, friends, and colleagues of Robert Bernstein and administered by the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, promote innovative and creative approaches to human rights advocacy.

Eligibility and Application Requirements
Only graduating students or recent graduates (within the last five years) of Yale Law School are eligible for the Bernstein Fellowships. Applicants are encouraged to develop their project proposals in cooperation with appropriate organizations, but independent projects will also be considered. Proposals may deal with issues anywhere in the world; projects designed to address problems that have otherwise received little attention are especially welcome. The Bernstein Fellowship provides a one-year stipend of approximately $44,000. Applications will be due to the Schell Center in February to be considered for a fellowship beginning in the fall of 2015 (check this website for up-to-date information about the deadline).

The Bernstein Symposium
Each spring, the Bernstein Fellowship Program convenes a symposium, which includes a series of workshops and other events designed to promote thoughtful, creative discourse on international human rights. Past and current fellows return to Yale Law School to speak with students and each other about the challenges of human rights advocacy, and leading activists and scholars in the field join in discussions exploring effective approaches to the defense of human rights.