The Human Rights Program sponsors annual awards and grant programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.
The Program supports the training of human rights scholars through grants to University of Chicago Ph.D. students to develop and teach new human rights courses in the College.
Dr. Aizik Wolf Human Rights Post-Baccalaureate
The 2012 Dr. Aizik Wolf Human Rights Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship was awarded to Lucy Little (AB '12, Music). Lucy will be working with Heartland Alliance, in their Youth and Residential Services Division, in Chicago, IL. This division of Heartland Alliance works with homeless youth, youth in juvenile detention, and unaccompanied, undocumented immigrant youth who are undergoing family reunification services, and is dedicated to fostering "an atmosphere of family and security" as it attends "to the emotional, legal, medical, educational, and recreational needs of the children until they are able to move on to their next step." Lucy's year with HA will be two-fold. One aspect of the project will be to develop and implement short-term creative arts programming that can be taught to staff and volunteers. The other part will be spent leading group music/art/circus/theater workshops with the youth in these programs. The goal is that the creative arts programming will be able to work across the recreational, educational, and clinical services that HA provides, and is particularly exciting given the recent slew of evidence about how successful the arts can be as a tool in social service work.
Graduate Student Research in Human Rights Funding Proposals
Details for 2013-14 competition to be announced
2012-13 Call for Funding Proposals:
The Human Rights Program announces the 2012-13 round of grants to support graduate student research in Human Rights. The Human Rights Program seeks to support projects which will make a significant contribution to the field of human rights studies. Proposals are sought from graduate students from all the Divisions and professional schools. Preference will be given to PhD students and professional and MA or MPP students in multi-year programs. Students graduating in June 2012 are not eligible to apply. Proposals should be for projects that can be carried out between Summer 2012 and Spring 2013. Last spring, awards were made to 8 students with grants in the range of $1000 to $5000.
Grants will be made in the range of $1000 to $5000 for research by a graduate student to support her or his thesis project. While priority will be given to PhD students, applications are invited from MA and professional students. Grants may be used to support travel or for other research expenses, including expenses related to archival research and interviews, including recording devices. However, applications to cover the cost of transcription of interviews are not encouraged. Proposals should contain a statement of not more than 1000 words setting forth the purpose of the research and its relevance to Human Rights studies. Please include the C.V.s of the principal proponents of the research or conference initiative. Please include the list of faculty supervising the thesis or research project. Please include a tentative budget with a listing of support committed or requested from other sources.
Proposals are due by email to the Human Rights Research Committee c/o Sarah Patton Moberg, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2012.
Ignacio Martín-Baró Human Rights Essay Prize
The Ignacio Martín-Baró Human Rights Award commemorates the life and work of a University alumnus assassinated by the Salvadoran army in 1989, by recognizing the best human rights papers by students.
Winning essays from 2002 and later are available for download in PDF format (requires Adobe Reader); previous papers are available as html documents.
- Kristin Greer Love "The Xenophobic Frustration of Rights: The Trouble with Locating Non-Citizens in South Africa’s New Constitutional Human Rights Regime"
- Ana Raquel Minian "Researching Beyond Explicit Goals: The Political, Social and Cultural by-products of the Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Movement”
- Abra Pollock "The Power of Taking a Risk: Human Rights and the Seeds of Peace”
- Maureen Tracey-Mooney "Carving Out Economic and Social Rights in the U.S.: The Transformation of Hill-Burton and the Right to Health Care”
- College: Kristin Greer Love, BA History (Human Rights), and Law, Letters, and Society "The Constitutional Right to Food in the Republic of South Africa: A Critical Examination of the History of Section 27 and an Evaluation of its Enforcement"
- Masters/JD Level: Holning Lau, JD Candidate, Law School "Sexual Orientation: Testing the Universality of International Human Rights Law"
- Doctoral: Ann Schneider, History "The 1910 Sailors' “Revolt Against the Lash”: The Military, Politics, the Body, and Rights in Brazil"