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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.

HRP seeks a qualified graduate student for the 2021-2022 session to provide support for HRP’s ongoing work in this area, specifically, to conduct research and analysis related to the Center’s initiative to document and publicize growing threats facing grassroots human rights defenders (HRDs) and peacebuilders. This work will include a focus on indicators and measures that are needed to determine the scope of the problem and that point toward effective responses.

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 online Forum on Human Rights. Key benchmarks for review will be completion of first drafts of the background documents, assessed through regular meetings with the HRP director.

-Produce 1-2 research papers on topics focused on measures and indicators that expose one or more key element that contributes to harassment and/or violence against HRDs/peacebuilders.

-Key benchmarks for review will be completion of draft research paper proposals, and detailed annotated outline for the proposed paper(s) assessed through regular 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 

-Must have strong research, writing, and analytical skills

-Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team and manage complex assignments independently

-Must have a demonstrated interest in human rights, peacebuilding, and/or social justice and awareness of the current literature and key issues

-Should have completed at least one graduate course on human rights and be 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 

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Assistantship Deadlines

Apply for a Carter Center Graduate Assistantship

The 2021-22 graduate assistantship application opens on Feb. 5, 2021 and closes on April 8, 2021.

Program: 9-12 MONTHS
(August start)

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