American Society of International Law Announces the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program

The Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program, established in 2004 on the recommendation of the ASIL Honors Committee, recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, a remarkable ASIL member who died in the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN mission in Baghdadalong with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Viera de Mello and 20 others.

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.

Funded in part by contributions from ASIL members and private foundations, Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of “micro-grants” for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs and related areas.

Helton Fellowship micro-grants are intended to ensure that these individuals have access to modest amounts of funding that can often stand between them and their first professional opportunities to become effective practitioners, experts and scholars of international law.

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 in affiliation with the sponsoring organization.

Applicants must be sponsored or affiliated, for purposes of completing their project, in some way with an educational institution, international organization or non-governmental organization working in international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs or related areas.

The application form and guidelines for a qualifying proposal, as well as general information, may be found at the ASIL website. Due to administrative constraints, only the first 50 completed applications, submitted on-line, and received in full by the submission deadline will be reviewed. A notice that the application process has closed will be posted on the ASIL website once 50 completed applications have been received.

Applicants may submit application materials beginning Monday, October 15, 2012. All applications must be received no later than Monday, January 7, 2013 by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.

Incomplete applications and those received after January 7, 2013 will not be reviewed under any circumstances. ASIL will acknowledge receipt of application materials, and the date they are received, in a timely fashion by email. Awards will be announced by mid-February 2013. The Fellowship Selection Committee is unable to respond to individual requests for information about the status of applications prior to this date.