The Australian Human Rights Institute’s Global Student Fellowship Program enables UNSW students to undertake a Fellowship with a leading international development or human rights based organisation. The Fellowship will enable students to gain experience in building a career pathway into human rights and development, and to grow their network. 

Fellowships are for a period of no less than six weeks and will take place during the University summer break (December – February). The Fellowship period will be determined in conjunction with the relevant organisation and may be flexible on hours/timing during this period.

The 2021 program is supported by the Ingram Fund for International Law and Development and will provide AU$6,500 to each selected UNSW law student to support the Fellowship. 

The program will be offered nationally in 2021 with the aim to expand internationally in 2022 and beyond. The program may be completed remotely (from home) or from the host office subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions and the organisation’s capacity to host a Fellow in person.

Multiple Fellowship opportunities are available, and applicants are asked to clearly preference their choices in their cover letter. 

2021 host organisations:

  • Human Rights Watch
  • Jubilee Australia
  • Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR)
  • Walk Free

COVID-19 special information: the Fellowship program is currently being approved on the basis that students may need to work remotely or if possible attend the host organisation in person in compliance with Government and UNSW guidance and directives. However, the situation continues to be uncertain and so we will only approve Fellowships where a host organisation can accommodate a change as required ensuring ongoing appropriate supervision. 

2021 recipients

This year's selected participants are: 

  • Samuel Pryde, Jubilee Australia
  • Lisa Liu, Walk Free
  • Sianne Tsandidis, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
  • Xanthe Waite, Human Rights Watch

How to apply 

*Applications for 2021 have now closed

  • Applications are to be submitted via email to with the below attachments: 
  • CV - up to date and including your education, professional and volunteer experience etc. (max 2 pages) 
  • Cover Letter - outlining your reasons for applying for the Fellowship Program; your preferences with a justification; your interest in the work and mission of each organisation you are applying for (Max. 500 words in length)
  • Academic Transcript  

Eligibility criteria & program requirements

  • Applicants must be a student enrolled in a UG, JD or LLM UNSW Law & Justice degree by coursework (both full-time or part-time permitted at the time and for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Applicants must have a WAM of 70+ at the time of applying
  • Applicants must have the ability to complete the Fellowship without compromising their studies including assessments and examination periods. 
  • Applicants must be willing to write a report on the Fellowship experience as well as submit a personal profile for the Australian Human Rights Institute website and associated communications. 
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in human rights and/or development issues.

 Pre-requisite study

  • LAW Undergraduate students: completion of 78 UOC in LAWS courses.
  • LAW JD students: completion of 72 UOC of JURD courses
  • LAW Postgraduate students: academic program must be 9200, 9201, 9231, 9235, 9285, 9214, 9281, 9225 or 9240

Key 2021 program dates

  • October 8 2021 – applications open 
  • October 25 2021, 5pm – applications close 
  • October 27-29 2021 – shortlisted interviews 
  • November 2 2021 – successful candidates notified 
  • Late November 2021 – Global Student Fellowship Information session  
  • December – February 2021/22 – Fellowship period 

The Fellowship will provide students with an opportunity to experience first-hand how leading rights-based and international development organisations operate. Students will be actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the organisation, with a focus on research and/or policy development. Fellows will not receive academic credit for this program.

The Institute aims to ensure students receive a meaningful experience developing their skills for future employment. The projects will vary depending on current host organisation activities. Students will often be required to work independently, so a certain level of autonomy is required for this Fellowship. 

The Institute is committed to supporting an engaging and inclusive learning environment for all Institute Fellowship recipients, and the Institute program team will be on hand to support all Fellows throughout the program.

How it will work 

Once students have been selected to participate in the Global Student Fellowship Program, the Institute Program team will advise them of the Host organisation they have been selected for. They will be introduced to the relevant host and will be required to attend the Fellowship Information session in November. The dates/timing of the placement will then be determined in coordination with the relevant organisation.

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