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International Human Rights Fellowship

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International Human Rights Fellow for Summer 2022, Emmanuel Orozco Castellanos.

DHRC/PICS/Perseus Strategies International Human Rights Fellowship


DHRC/PICS/Perseus Strategies International Human Rights Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding LSA undergraduate at the University of Michigan for a research and service internship between May and August 2024 at Perseus Strategies in Washington, DC. This fellowship is administered jointly by the Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) and the Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) in collaboration with Perseus Strategies and its managing director, the renowned international human rights lawyer, Jared Genser. The fellowship provides a stipend of $5,000 to defray the travel expenses and costs of living in Washington, DC. for 8 weeks. Each application will be reviewed by a DHRC/PICS/Perseus Strategies joint review committee. Fellows are expected to offer a presentation of their internship projects and experiences upon return to campus.

The goal of the DHRC/PICS Perseus Strategies Fellowship is to support an accomplished and exceptional LSA student with demonstrated interest in and intention to pursue a career in human rights. Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the statement of purpose, the applicant’s record of achievement and promise for the internship position with Perseus Strategies.

Read about our past fellows.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2024

Notification: Friday, March 15, 2024

Eligibility requirements: This fellowship is intended for LSA undergraduates focusing on international human rights. It is not open to graduating seniors (graduating in WN24, SP/SU24). Students must return to campus for at least one semester after completion of this internship.

Application procedure: Applicants must submit: Resume/CV, statement of purpose, transcript showing a GPA of at least 3.7, and at least one letter of recommendation from a UM instructor. Applicants must submit an application via M-Compass.

Contact information:


Perseus Strategies, Washington, DC:

At its core, Perseus Strategies is a law firm, and it provides a range of legal advisory services to companies, non-profit organizations, and governments. It is capable, working with its strategic partners, of providing any required services.

Perseus Strategies has substantive experience analyzing and applying international human-rights law to country situations and individual cases as well as presenting information to appropriate international and regional human-rights courts and related mechanisms.

This expertise includes: (1) major international human-rights treaties and standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Geneva Conventions, UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment, and UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; (2) United Nations bodies, including the UN Security Council, UN Human Rights Council and its Special Procedures, UN General Assembly; and International Criminal Court; and (3) thematic areas, including, arbitrary detention; enforced disappearances; torture, the responsibility to protect doctrine; and mass atrocity crimes, including genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing.

Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC):
The Donia Human Rights Center is a forum for intellectual exchange on issues around human rights among scholars, practitioners, students, and the broader public. Toward that end, we invite leading practitioners and scholars to share their insights and expertise on human rights gained through their experiences and research. We also offer internship and study-abroad opportunities to students that would enhance their understanding of contemporary human rights issues and equip them with the tools to tackle challenging human rights problems around the world.

Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS):
The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) is a focal point for the interdisciplinary study of issues that transcend borders. We encourage students and faculty to broaden their horizons while they deepen their knowledge of the global diversity of cultures and political, economic, and social contexts. PICS administers one of the largest and most dynamic undergraduate programs on campus in the forms of the International Studies major and minor, as well as student fellowship support for international internships, research, and study abroad.