Information for Hosts

If your organization needs the help of a volunteer, we will do our best to find one for you. If you have wanted to introduce scientific data, methods, tools, or techniques to your human rights documenting and reporting, litigation, training, or other work, but have been unable to do so because of cost, lack of time to research precise needs, or not knowing where to begin, On-call Scientists can help. This is an extraordinary opportunity to obtain assistance with questions, problems, or initiatives that require scientific input or expertise.


Requests for hosting a volunteer will be accepted from human rights organizations only. For the purposes of On-call Scientists, “human rights organizations” are considered to be those organizations explicitly committed to and engaged in activities aimed at the realization of international human rights, including civil and political, as well as economic, social and cultural rights, as laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and/or related international, regional, and national human rights instruments. Such organizations will include non-governmental human rights organizations, UN agencies, and national human rights institutions (that meet the Paris Principles). Non-governmental organizations pursuing a project that applies a human rights-based approach are also eligible.

The activities of these organizations may take many forms, including monitoring, reporting, advocating, educating, training, and advising. The focus of their work may be international, regional, national, or local, and may address specific rights, the rights of specific groups, or be centered around one activity, for example, litigation or research. And their human rights work can be devoted to protecting and advancing human rights anywhere in the world, including in the United States.

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