The Aryeh Neier Fellowship Program is a two-year program of practical work experience designed to expand a network of lawyers and advocates working internationally on human rights issue.
Worth of Award

  • In 2014, four (4) fellowships will be awarded.
  • During the first year, each Fellow will work with the staff of the Open Society Justice Initiative in the Justice Initiative offices in New York, London, or Budapest on selected litigation, research and documentation, advocacy, and/or pilot projects designed to enhance accessibility, fairness, and effectiveness of justice services.
  • During the second year of the fellowship, each Fellow will be based full-time with a partner organization in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America to support our efforts with that organization.
  • Applicants should indicate their preferred geographic placement. The institute can generally accommodate placement in London only for those applicants who already are eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom.
  • In close collaboration with the staff, a Fellow would undertake some or all of the following responsibilities:
  • ·Research on a broad range of justice-related issues;

to be eligible for the award, applicants must

  • Strong commitment to human rights;
  • Prior work experience in the human rights field;
  • Have a university degree in Law or an LLM or MA in human rights;
  • High degree of proficiency in English;
  • Good research, legal analysis, and drafting skills;
  • Willingness to take initiative with ability to work individually and in teams;
  • Organization and attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of French, Spanish or other languages an asset
  • All potential applicants meeting the applicable criteria are encouraged to apply. However, the priority areas contemplated for placement of the 2014–2016 Fellows are:

How to Apply

  • All interested applicants are requested to send the completed application form and supporting materials to [email protected], indicating “Aryeh Neier Fellow” in the subject line.
    As part of the online application, applicants must submit the following additional documents:
  • A statement of purpose for applying to the Justice Initiative Fellows program in which the applicant indicates which of the proposed themes s/he is interested in, reasons for his/her interests in that particular area, and how he/she intends to contribute to the chosen field. Applicants are encouraged to propose their ideas for specific approaches that can be applied for the work, preferably in the selected themes.
  • Applicants may choose to propose work outside of the listed priority areas;
    ·Curriculum Vitae;
    ·Copy of relevant diploma(s);
    ·Proof of English proficiency (i.e. TOEFL score, proficiency exam certificate, etc.);
    ·Two recommendation letters.
    It is preferable but not required to have a supporting letter from a civil society organization where the applicant would like to undertake the second-year part of the fellowship on the selected topic.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. The final selection decisions will be made by April 2014.
  • Upon selection, Fellows will be required to sign an agreement with the Justice Initiative, committing themselves to the program for a period of two years.
  • For any additional information about the program itself, please contact:Email: [email protected] 

Deadline: Application ends on March 28, 2014
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