The IWHR Clinic offers one two-year graduate fellowship every other year for individuals interested in developing their skills as advocates and future law professors. The next available fellowship will begin in the summer of 2020.

Fellows supervise J.D. students and develop test case litigation, human rights reports and legislation for use in African and sometimes other countries and international and regional bodies. The projects are usually co-designed with in-country women’s rights lawyers and seek to advance women’s international rights to equality and freedom from violence at the domestic level or, failing that, before a human rights treaty body. Fellows and students travel during spring break to conduct an in-country fact-finding mission. Successful completion of the fellowship results in the award of an LL.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.


Fellows must have excellent organizational, communication, and writing skills. Fellows must have earned a J.D. from a U.S. university and be members of the D.C. bar, or take steps to apply for membership in the D.C. bar (through examination or waiver) upon being accepted for the position. At least two years of post-law school experience is required, as well as courses or experience in human rights law.


Applications for the 2020-2022 fellowship position will be accepted starting in the summer of 2019. Please submit a resumé, official law school transcript, and detailed statement of interest.


Please mail application materials to:

Georgetown University Law Center
International Women’s Human Rights Clinic
Re: IWHRC Fellowship Application
600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Suite 334
Washington, DC 20001

You may also email application materials to:


The application deadline has been extended. Applications for the 2020-2022 fellowship position will be accepted until December 31, 2019.