“Human rights” has emerged as a prominent concept for justice amongst scholars, activists, politicians, aid workers and NGO officials. It has wide use and powerful reach yet remains contested and fluid. What opportunities does the invocation of human rights enable, and what does it constrain? How do we understand the intellectual genealogy of human rights? Is human rights the terrain of resistance--or the new orthodoxy? The Gallatin Human Rights Initiative seeks to catalyze critical reflection and engagement with these and related questions.
The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights supports selected students with up to $5,000 each as they conduct extended research or experiential learning projects that focus on these issues.
Fellows propose their own projects, which must be affiliated with organizations that have the capacity to incorporate them in the substantive aspects of their work in meaningful ways. The Fellowship takes a broad and interdisciplinary approach to human rights, and students may explore a diversity of types of engagements and a diversity of locales.
Fellows attend a 0-credit biweekly seminar and enroll in a related 2-credit independent study with a faculty mentor in which they explore some aspect of their intended project.
Fellows work full-time on their projects for at least 8 weeks. If a project is located abroad, the fellow lives on-site. Fellows post regular blogs about their experiences.
Fellows present their work to the Gallatin community.
Program is open to all undergraduate students in degree-granting programs at NYU and to master’s students at Gallatin, Wagner, Tisch, Steinhardt and the Graduate School of Arts & Science.
Applications for the 2014 Fellowship Competition will be available in the fall semester.
For more information, contact Gallatin's Office of Global Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.998.7133.
Vasuki Nesiah is a legal scholar with a focus on public international law. Currently her main areas of research include the law and politics of international human rights and humanitarianism. more>
Patrick McCreery's teaching and research interests lie in the areas of sexual politics, family life, and social space in the United States. more>
Gallatin Global Fellows post regular blogs about their experiences abroad: