Donald M. Wilson Fellowship
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights - Washington, DC

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In 2011, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights established the Donald M. Wilson Fellowship program to provide a position at the RFK Center to one outstanding recent law school graduate each year. Donald Wilson and his family recognized the need for greater support for recent graduates who wish to devote their professional lives to public service and generously endowed the Fellowship program at the RFK Center.

The fellowship carries the name of the prominent magazine journalist who developed a close friendship with Robert Kennedy during John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. A LIFE magazine correspondent for twelve years, Donald Wilson covered the Korean and Vietnam wars for the magazine and afterward led LIFE ’s Washington, D.C., bureau, where he met Robert Kennedy. Following the campaign, Donald Wilson was appointed deputy director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) and served under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1989, he retired as Corporate Vice President-Public Affairs at Time Inc. In 1991, with James L. Greenfield, a former assistant managing editor at The New York Times , he founded the Independent Journalism Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to promoting free and independent media in Eastern and Central Europe and Southeast Asia. The RFK Donald Wilson Fellowship provides invaluable training and experience for a recent law school graduate preparing for a career in human rights.


Duties will include, but are not be limited to, conducting extensive legal research in support of RFK Partners for Human Rights litigation, advocacy, and capacity building programs. In addition to completing critical background research, the Donald Wilson Fellow will work closely with the RFK Partners for Human Rights Director and programmatic staff to develop long-term strategies, legal actions, and advocacy campaigns to support our partnerships with human rights defenders. Some domestic and international travel may be required depending on the project(s) and role assigned to the Donald Wilson Fellow. The RFK Donald Wilson Fellow will also assist with RFK Center’s broader human rights work, providing substantive and administrative support as needed. The Donald Wilson Fellowship is a 12-month position beginning in September 2014.


The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to international human rights law and rights-based advocacy; experience with regional and international human rights mechanisms; working knowledge of the United Nations system, as well as domestic legislative and human rights systems; an ability to maintain active contacts with key stakeholders in the aforementioned systems to support the goals and objectives of the RFK Center; an ability to master new, complex issues under tight deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

A Juris Doctor’s degree is required. We encourage 2014 graduates of US law schools to apply, but will also accept applications from 2013 and 2012 graduates. Fluency in Arabic, French, or Spanish is strongly preferred.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Annual Salary: $45,000 + standard benefits package

Deadline Date: February 28, 2014

If interested please e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 references to the below address. Candidates are encouraged to submit a writing sample consisting of a legal brief that uses international human rights law and standards and applies them to facts.

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Please note, due to the high volume of applications received, the RFK Center will follow up with candidates directly in regards to the interview process. No calls or emails, please.