The IWHR Clinic offers one two-year graduate fellowship every other year for individuals interested in developing their skills as advocates or future law professors. The next available fellowship will begin in the summer of 2024.

Fellows supervise J.D. students to draft litigation papers, human rights reports, and proposed legislation for use in African and sometimes other countries and before international and regional human rights bodies. The projects are co-designed with in-country women’s human rights lawyers and seek to advance women’s rights—to equality, health, education, access to justice, freedom from violence, and more—at the domestic level or 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 are automatically enrolled in the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) at Georgetown Law, which provides educational insights and professional development opportunities in the field of women’s rights advocacy. Fellows also take a course in Elements of Clinical Pedagogy, which is taught by Georgetown’s clinical faculty and which provides the fundamental tools for success for teaching a law clinic.


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 2024-2026 fellowship position will be accepted starting in the fall of 2023. Please submit a resumé, official law school transcript, and detailed statement of interest. The deadline is December 31, 2023.


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: