UNHCR U.S. Protection and Solutions Unit - Fellowship Collaboration Opportunity

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The fellow must be self-funded and UNHCR is open to any funding source identified by a candidate, but expects to identify a candidate for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application




1800 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
Suite 500
District of Columbia
United States


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency's Regional Representation in Washington, D.C., seeks a fellow to apply for post-graduate legal fellowships, to work with its U.S. Protection and Solutions Unit. The U.S. Protection and Solutions Unit serves asylum seekers and refugees in the territory of the U.S., working to protect asylum seekers moving through the U.S. system and to assist with integration of asylees and refugees after recognition.

UNHCR is open to any funding source identified by a candidate but expects to, at a minimum, identify a candidate for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship application with the U.S. Protection and Solutions Unit. The candidate should be able to develop and lead a substantive multi-year project under the supervision of lawyers in the unit. Potential topics to include models for pro bono assistance for asylum-seekers; statelessness in the U.S.; and /or protection needs for individuals with recognized status in the course of integrating into new communities. Creative or innovative thinking around other project needs is also welcome.

The fellow will work fulltime with UNHCR’s U.S. Protection and Solutions Unit in Washington, D.C. UNHCR will work with the fellow to craft a fellowship project that will bring about systemic change for people of concern to UNHCR in the U.S. Additional job responsibilities may include support for strategic litigation; assistance to individual cases approaching the office; support on policy research and advocacy; and research and analysis of international refugee law matters.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must be a 2019 degree candidate or recent graduate from a U.S. law school;
  • Preference for experience in international human rights law; international refugee law; U.S. immigration; and/or specific experience with detention, asylum, and immigration law as it relates to refugees.
  • Requirement for coursework in U.S. immigration law; international law; and human rights.
  • Preference for Spanish language skills.
  • Experience with legal clinics in law school, or some other form of direct service experience to immigrants, would be particularly helpful. Excellent oral & written communication skills;
  • Detail-oriented, with strong research & legal analysis skills;
  • Self-directed, with able to multi-task and prioritize with minimal supervision.




Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

To Apply·        

  • Cover letter: explain your interest in collaborating on a fellowship application with UNHCR
  • Resume (including indication of language skills)
  • Writing sample of 5-10 pages
  • Project proposal: please give a brief (no more than 2 pages) description of the kind of work you would like to do. Your proposal should explain why the work is important and how you think it would complement UNHCR’s work. UNHCR will work with the selected candidate to ensure a strong proposal.

Please send application materials to farmera@unhcr.org. Note in the subject line “UNHCR U.S. PROTECTION AND SOLUTIONS UNIT – Fellowship collaboration opportunity 2019.” The deadline for applications is August 18 at 5pm, but we welcome early applications.

UNHCR thanks all applicants. UNHCR will only contact those applicants who will be interviewed.