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Robina Fellowship Application

Application Requirements

1. a short personal statement (500 words maximum) describing the applicant’s relevant experience, interest in human rights work, and aspirations;

2. a concise summary (one paragraph) of the proposed Robina Fellowship project and its goals;

3. a detailed proposal (1,500 words maximum), including:

—For positions with foreign or international institutions:
  1. nature of the fellowship position and the organization that will host the Fellow;
  2. type of work the applicant expects to do in the fellowship position, including any particular project the applicant intends to carry out;
  3. description of the supervision the applicant will receive; and
  4. discussion of the applicant’s relevant skills, training, experience, or other significant background.

—For independent research projects:

  1. discussion of the issues or themes the project will address, why the project is important, what approach the project will take, and plans for publishing or otherwise making use of this research;
  2. discussion of how the applicant will implement the project and meet the project’s goals within the one-year fellowship period (a proposed timetable for the project should be included);
  3. any consultations the applicant has had with human rights professionals or others working in related fields in developing the project; and
  4. discussion of the applicant’s relevant skills, training, experience, or other significant background.

4. two or three letters of recommendation, including one letter from a current or former professor or other person associated with Yale Law School and one letter from a supervisor or employer familiar with the applicant’s human rights work or recent work experience (letters evaluating the proposed project and the applicant’s capacity to achieve the project’s goal are particularly helpful);

5. a resume with a list of additional references, both prior employers and professors;

6. a law school transcript (registrar may forward to Schell Center);

7. a letter, if applicable, from the sponsoring organization, detailing:

    1. organization’s purpose and function;
    2. commitment to hosting the Fellow;
    3. resources and supervision it will provide; and
    4. nature of the Fellow’s work and the human rights issues the work will include.

Applications must be received by February 1, 2016, to be considered for a fellowship beginning in the Fall of 2016. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Schell Center as they explore fellowship possibilities and prepare their proposals.

Submit all materials by email to: 

Robina Fellowship Selection Committee
Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Email address:  katherine.lawder@yale.edu