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Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Programme for Law Students in 2020 (Win Grants worth $2000)

The American Society of International Law invites applications for the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Programme in 2020.

Established in 2004, the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, a prominent human rights advocate and ASIL member. Helton died in the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad together with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Viera de Mello and 20 others.

Helton Fellowships are intended to provide modest funding that can make the difference in enabling future international lawyers, scholars, and advocates to pursue a life-changing professional experience. Helton Fellowship micro-grants are intended to contribute to paying for logistics, housing and living expenses, and other costs related to the Fellow’s international law fieldwork and research.

Worth of Award

  • Funded through the generous support of the Planethood Foundation and ASIL members, Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of “micro-grants” of $2,000 for law students and new professionals to pursue fieldwork and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas.


  • The Helton Fellowship Program seeks applicants in the early stages of their academic and professional careers who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions to the use and study of international law around the world.
  • Law students, practicing lawyers, human rights professionals, scholars, and other individuals seeking assistance in conducting international fieldwork and law-related research are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants can be of any nationality but must be current law students or have graduated from law school (at either the undergraduate or graduate levels) no earlier than December 2017.
  • In order to ensure the quality and applicability of their proposal, applicants must obtain written support for their fieldwork or research project from a sponsoring organization.
  • This organization can be any educational institution, international organization, governmental agency, or nongovernmental organization working in international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, international criminal law, or related areas.
  • The sponsoring organization must provide a letter of support for the applicant clearly indicating their awareness of the proposed project, the role that
    they will play in assisting the potential Helton Fellow in completing the project, and the value of the project to the organization’s mission, the surrounding region, and/or the relevant field of international law.
  • Individuals pursuing independent research or fieldwork are not eligible for Helton Fellowships.
  • Applicants should also identify other potential sources of funding to cover
    costs related to their fieldwork.
  • ASIL does not assist in securing organizational sponsorship or alternative funding for Fellows.
  • Fellows must begin their fieldwork between April 2020 and September 2020. Helton Fellow projects must be completed no later than March 2021.
  • In acknowledgement of Arthur C. Helton’s commitment to human rights and humanitarian affairs in the field, preferential consideration may be given to applications demonstrating a significant fieldwork component as well as those involving the human rights of refugees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations.
  • Applications for fieldwork in the area of international criminal law and international humanitarian law are also encouraged.
  • Applicants will be considered by the Helton Fellowship Selection Committee on the basis of the written materials included in the application package.
  • No interviews or any other communications with applicants will be conducted.

How to Apply

Successful applications must be submitted by the deadline to [email protected] and must
include the following materials:

  • Helton Fellowship application form
  • Project Budget
  • Writing Sample (limit of 10 pages)
  • Current CV or résumé
  • Confirmation of law student status and/or date of graduation from law school
  • Letter of support from your sponsoring organization, including details of your proposed project, the impact of the project to the sponsoring organization, on the region, or in the relevant field of international law and
  • Two letters of recommendation or support

Deadline: All applications must be received no later than Monday, January
27, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
Incomplete applications and those received after January 27, 2020 will not be reviewed under any circumstances. Awards will be announced in March 2020.

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