Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Student Opportunities

Research Seed Grant Program

The CHRHS Research Seed Grant Program is designed to stimulate original humanitarian and human rights focused research. Awarded seed grants help fund innovation-driven approaches to increasing the effectiveness and accountability of disaster preparedness, humanitarian response, and post-emergency reconstruction as well as furthering a deeper understanding of global human rights. Now Accepting Applications. Deadline: October 18, 2021. Application Details >

Training Seed Grant Program

The CHRHS Training Seed Grant Program is designed to stimulate the development of human rights and humanitarian training initiatives. Awarded training grants help fund the planning and implementation of new curriculum, workshops, seminars, simulation-based learning, or conferences either within existing institutions or as a kick-starter for independent initiatives. Now Accepting Applications. Deadline: October 18, 2021. Application Details >

Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice

The Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice (SCIJ) partners with the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at Brown University to train students to provide legal services to asylum seekers and organize for immigrant justice.This program is open to Brown University undergraduate students and SCIJ strongly encourages first-years and students with direct connections to immigration to apply. While the application window has closed for the 2021-2022 cohort, please reach out to our SCIJ Campus Organizer Natalia Ibarra (natalia_ibarra@brown.edu) to learn about other ways to get involved! Learn More >

Fall 2021 Internship at the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack

The Global Coalition to Protect Education under Attack (GCPEA) is a unique inter-agency coalition formed in 2010 to address the problem of targeted attacks on education during armed conflict. GCPEA is a leader in monitoring and reporting attacks on education and military use of schools and universities at the global level. The Coalition documents attacks on education which feed into UNESCO’s monitoring of Sustainable Goal 4 Quality Education. Education under Attack, GCPEA’s flagship report, is the most comprehensive and rigorous source of data and analysis on attacks on education and military use of schools and universities. The Education under Attack series has successfully placed attacks on education on the global agenda and supports GCPEA and partners’ advocacy on the Safe Schools Declaration, an international political commitment.

GCPEA is seeking an intern to support its Monitoring and Reporting Team on the research and writing of the Education under Attack 2022 report. Interested candidates should consult the Education under Attack 2020 report. The candidate should be available for a minimum of 15 hours per week for the duration of the internship (Fall semester), with a preference for 15-25 hours per week. The intern, who will work remotely, will report to GCPEA’s two senior researchers. To facilitate remote working, the intern will have regular virtual check-ins with the researchers. More Details >

Student Internships

CHRHS strives to fuse education and research to on-the-ground action by connecting students with experts through internships at top humanitarian and human rights organizations. Each year, qualified students are invited to apply for internships with one of our pre-identified partner organizations. Selected candidates will be given a fellowship award to help cover associated living expenses during the internship. The amount of the award will be tiered based on whether the internship is remote based or in-person. These curated internships are carefully crafted with our partners so as to provide Brown students with valuable hands-on experience and working knowledge of humanitarian and human rights issues and best practices. The funds available for these opportunities are made possible through generous support from the Hearst Foundation.

Summer 2021 Internship Opportunities (Closed)

Project HOPE - Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation Program Intern

Human Rights Watch - Program Division Intern

Americares - Program Intern

International Crisis Group - UN Advocacy Internship

Application Instructions

The application window has now closed for these opportunities.


Please contact Seth Stulen, CHRHS Program Manager with any questions.

Refugee Dream Center

The Refugee Dream Center is a post resettlement refugee agency located Providence, RI. It offers services targeting gaps within the refugee community by ensuring continuation of services in their efforts towards self-sufficiency and integration. The Refugee Dream Center does referrals, social level assistance, and skills development such as English language education for adults, health promotion and cultural orientation, youth mentoring, and case management. In addition, the Refugee Dream Center is a strong advocacy agency for the rights of refugees.

The Refugee Dream Center is always looking for volunteers to help teach ESl classes as well as other areas of support for refugees. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email refugeedreamcenter@gmail.com. 

    CHRHS Student Interest Form 

    If you are a Brown or RISD student interested in the work of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS) and looking for potential internship and research opportunities with the Center or with any of our partners, please fill out this form to let us know of your interests. You can visit our website to learn more about our ongoing research and training programs as well as view the profiles of our global advisory board, affiliated faculty, and fellows. CHRHS will take on the role of facilitating these connections with the appropriate point person. We look forward to hearing from you! Student Interest Form >