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 provide students with 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 (flexible, usually between December-February and may involve a mix of in-person and virtual participation).The fellowship period will be determined in conjunction with the relevant organisation and may be flexible on hours/timing during this period.

The 2022 program is supported in part by the Ingram Fund for International Law and Development and will provide an award of AU$6,500 to each UNSW Law student selected to support the fellowship. If participating in an overseas opportunity, this same award applies and could be used to support your travel costs.

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

2022 host organisations

Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (Fiji)

CCF is a non-governmental organisation based in Suva, Fiji with more than 20 years’ experience in community education and advocacy on Fiji’s Constitution, democracy, human rights and multiculturalism. The Global Student Fellow will be involved in a variety of activities including legal monitoring, media monitoring, as well as research (on issues such as elections, human rights and good governance).

Human Rights Watch (Sydney)

Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. The Global Student Fellow will work with its Sydney based team to support their research and events that focus on human rights issues in our region.

Jubilee Australia (Sydney)

Jubilee works to amplify the voices of local communities in the fight against an extractive and unequal economic system, produce quality investigative research and advocate for just solutions for communities. The Global Student Fellow will work with the Sydney-based team to support their research into issues such as corporate impacts (through activities such as mining and logging) on local communities in PNG and other countries.  

PIANGO (Fiji)

PIANGO is a regional secretariat for a network of organisations across the Pacific region and works to strength and build the capacity of these NGOs through giving the sector a voice in policy formulation. PIANGO is based in Suva, Fiji. The Global Student Fellow will support the secretariat by providing policy review of critical issues in the Pacific region including climate change.

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.

    How to apply  

    If you would like to apply for a Global Student Fellowship, please complete the application form here: Global Student Fellowship application form

    You will need to attach the below when completing the form: 

    • 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 and 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 dates 2022

    • Monday 12 September – applications open

    • 5pm, Sunday October 9 – applications close

    • Monday 17 October-Friday 21 October – shortlisted interviews

    • Monday 24 October – successful candidates notified

    • Week of 14 November – Global Student Fellowship Information session

    • December – March 2022/23 – 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 Australian Human Rights 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 be determined in coordination with the relevant organisation.

    2021 recipients

    Selected participants in 2021 were:

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

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