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Graduate Assistantships: Human Rights Program

  • A commitment to human rights for all people around the world was a founding principle of The Carter Center. (Photo: The Carter Center)

The Carter Center’s Human Rights Program (HRP) works to advance human rights, undertaking activities to support individuals and nations striving to realize the rights enumerated by the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the extensive body of public international law. The principles of equality and non-discrimination are foundational to human rights; human rights are for everyone, not reserved for a special few.

HRP seeks a qualified graduate student for the 2019-2020 session to provide support for the program’s ongoing work in this area, specifically, to conduct research and analysis related to the relationship between human rights and equality and how human rights best can be leveraged to address inequality (whether, e.g., legal, political, social, or economic inequality). This work will include a focus on indicators and measures for assessing program initiatives on advancing peoples’ freedom to enjoy equally their human rights and on reducing inequality.

Project benchmarks and deliverables include:

  • Produce 1-2 background documents summarizing key research issues and findings in the literature, possibly suitable as topics for online Roundtable discussions on HRP’s Forum on Women Religion, Violence, and Power. Key benchmarks for review will be completion of first drafts of the background documents, assessed through weekly meetings with the HRP director.
  • Produce 1-2 research papers on topics focused on measures and indicators on equality of process and outcome, with a particular focus on HRP initiatives (such as Mobilizing Faith for Women and Girls and Extractive Industries Governance).
  • Key benchmarks for review will be completion of draft research paper proposals and detailed annotated outline for the proposed paper(s) assessed through weekly meetings with the HRP director.


  • Currently enrolled graduate or professional student who has completed at least two semesters of academic coursework in a master’s or post-master’s level program
  • A 20-hour per week commitment for a period of 9-12 months
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team and manage complex assignments independently
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights, equality studies, and/or social justice, and awareness of the current literature and key issues
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed at least one graduate course on human rights and are familiar with key literature on challenges facing advancement of human rights
  • Experience with public international law is a plus, as is practical experience at a human rights NGO or UN agency

Compensation: $14/hour

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Apply for a Carter Center Graduate Assistantship

Application opens Feb. 1-April 1, 2019.

Program: 9-12 MONTHS
(August Start)

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