Research Fellowship

LOCATION: Washington, DC (or remotely based)

Position Summary

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is seeking a graduate student, or recent graduate, for a paid research fellowship for the Spring semester, with opportunity for extension. The Research Fellow will provide research assistance and draft articles and reports on human rights in Syria and related justice processes. Successful applicants will be passionate about human rights and have the ability to research and write on assigned topics as well as identify and pitch new areas of research relevant to SJAC’s mission.

The Research Fellow will work 15-20 hours per week and be paid at the rate of $25/hour. SJAC is accepting remote applications for this position. Applicants based in the Washington, DC area will have the option of working from SJAC’s DC office.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct research concerning transitional justice and human rights. Research topics may include housing, land, and property rights, enforced disappearance, and Syrian perspectives on justice.
  • Support the writing of SJAC’s human rights and transitional justice reports and short-form analysis.

Skills and Experience

  • Current student in, or recent graduate of, an MA or PhD program focused on international affairs, Middle East studies, conflict resolution, or related fields. Current law students in, or recent graduate of, a legal studies program will also be considered.
  • Recent graduates holding a BA who have significant research experience may also be considered.
  • Experience working in or knowledge of the Middle East and the Syrian context.
  • Knowledge of the gender dynamics of the Syrian conflict and experience conducting gender sensitive research preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Professional proficiency in Arabic preferred.

SJAC is a diverse organization made up of 40+ team members around the globe. We pride ourselves in our ability to implement programming that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of all Syrians, and believe that our own team’s diversity of viewpoints and experiences helps us to achieve that goal. We encourage all interested applicants to apply, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

How to Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to [email protected] with “Research Fellow” in the subject line. Please suggest at least one topic you would be interested in researching while at SJAC within your cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning Monday February 12th. No phone calls.