Human Rights LL.M. Fellowship

Awarding Institution

Columbia University - Columbia Law School (CLS)

Deadline

December 18, 2020

Scholarship Award

Partial to Full-Tuition + Stipend

Columbia Law School’s Human Rights LL.M. Fellowship supports individuals with extraordinary potential in—and commitment to—the field of international human rights.

Become an innovator and leader in human rights practice and/or academia with the help of the Human Rights LL.M. Fellowship.

The Human Rights LL.M. Fellowship is jointly managed by Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute (the focal point of human rights work, education, critical reflection, and scholarship at the Law School) and the Office of Graduate Legal Studies (which manages the Law School’s LL.M. and J.S.D. Programs). 

Benefits include:

  • Receive tailored career mentoring and skill development in both practice and academic scholarship from Human Rights Institute faculty, staff, and advisers.
  • Attend special events with leading human rights advocates and scholars.
  • Participate in the Human Rights Institute’s cutting-edge research projects.
  • Receive special consideration for admission to Columbia’s Human Rights Clinic—an innovative course that teaches students to be strategic and creative human rights advocates while pursuing social justice and advancing human rights methodologies and scholarship.

Fellows are expected to devote a significant part of their studies to human rights and play an active role in the Law School’s vibrant human rights community.

Note: Fellowships offer partial to full waivers of tuition and, in some cases, a living stipend depending on the applicant’s demonstrated the level of financial need. 

Eligibility Requirements

Fellowship awardees must first be admitted to the LL.M. Program at Columbia Law School. For more information, visit the LL.M. Application Process and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Applicants must demonstrate experience in international human rights work and a commitment to a career in academia and/or human rights practice. 

Candidates from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as candidates who face impediments in pursuing their education or leadership roles because of race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic background, gender, sexual orientation, or any other reason, are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2020–2021 Human Rights Fellowship is December 18, 2020 (the same deadline as the application for the LL.M. Program).

Submit a completed application for admission to the LL.M. Program through LSAC, including your resume/CV.

The application must include:

  • A one- to two-page essay describing your qualifications for the fellowship. You should discuss your current and previous human rights work, interest in and commitment to the field, career goals, and human rights vision. Upload the essay to the Human Rights LL.M. Fellowship section.
  • Letters of recommendation that speak to your prior work and future potential as a human rights advocate, scholar, and/or practitioner. The two letters of recommendation submitted for the LL.M. application may also be used for the fellowship if they comment on your human rights work, commitment, and future plans. If they do not, you may submit a third letter of recommendation through the LSAC online application from a professor or human rights practitioner.
  • The Application for Financial Assistance. This helps the selection committee determine the appropriate level of assistance to provide to each fellow and maximize the number of fellowships it can award each year.

Related Discussions

Chevening Scholarship 2019-2020
Jun 09, 2020  3,631  Skye_M
LLM, M1 or M2 taught in English in France (low tuition fees)
May 22, 2020  413  Joaquín Su...
Best LLM Merit scholarships on offer in the US
Apr 07, 2020  855  Aussie-Cha...
Knight-Hennessy Scholarship 2020-2021
Apr 01, 2020  2,014  Uzbek Lawy...
Queen Mary University London (QMUL) Scholarship
Mar 31, 2020  722  Forgotten6
Hauser waitlist
Mar 24, 2020  519  charlie89
LL.M scholarship
Mar 19, 2020  1,806  OmotolaO
NYU Hauser Scholarship 2020-2021
Mar 17, 2020  3,691  starry4eve...
US Scholarships 2020/2021
Feb 28, 2020  1,142  sa75
Affordable or Free LLM Programme for non-EU citizen
Feb 27, 2020  1,078  Tom.my
Chevening 2020-2021
Feb 16, 2020  2,021  Uzbek Lawy...
Scholarship
Jan 30, 2020  536  Trini30
Graduate Assistantships
Jan 28, 2020  386  OmotolaO
Scholarship/funding Options - international arbitration LLM...
Jan 21, 2020  468  wow LLM
LLM IP TURIN Wipo Scholarship
Dec 23, 2019  6,126  keskin18
Negotiating scholarship
Dec 18, 2019  1,445  katty
Likelihood of GT/NYU Tax LLM Scholarships?
Dec 16, 2019  394  HopefullyA...
Overseas International Law Student - UK Vacation Scheme / Fu...
Dec 02, 2019  237  lawruinedm...
LLM Competition Law - Scholarships - KCL? UCL? LSE?
Nov 21, 2019  435  jh93
Financial Aid Question in Application
Nov 21, 2019  374  #
LL.M Scholarship
Nov 03, 2019  1,072  Mhd Irsan
Choose an LLM program after getting scholarship
Sep 27, 2019  700  Clark 804
European university scholarship
Sep 05, 2019  747  Tim25N
Available Scholarship for African countries
Aug 15, 2019  690  chicken so...
Scholarships and Funding in FU Germany for the MBL program
Aug 15, 2019  436  ro111

Go to LLM GUIDE Discussion Board