Graduate Students: Apply for the 2015-2016 Human Rights Watch Advisory Project

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is recruiting up to ten graduate students for this year's round of its Human Rights Advisory Services capstone project. Led by Professors Mary Curtin and Jameson Ron, this year's project will focus on up to two research topics to fit the size, skills, and preferences of the class. In the class, students will work together in small groups of 3-5 to interview relevant experts from around the world, review and summarize the work of NGOs and scholars, and review the relevant research of Human Rights Watch. The course will culminate in the group writing a 20-page paper and 20-page appendix on recommendations for HRW to improve its research methods and presenting in Minneapolis and, potentially, at the HRW headquarters in New York.

Humphrey students in their final year, as well as graduate students in the fields of political science, sociology, law, public health, economics, and related disciplines, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have related work experience, demonstrate familiarity with research methods, and have demonstrated abilities to produce high quality written work (in English). Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, short writing sample, and contact information for two University of Minnesota faculty members familiar with their work to Laura Noble ( Applications are open now and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until September 30, 2015. For questions or information on other capstones, contact Professor Mary Curtin ( For more information and to see the list of possible research topics, click here.
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