Pozen Research Grants for PhD Students

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights awards grants to support doctoral student research which will make a significant contribution to the field of human rights studies.

What is a Human Rights research project?
We look for projects that engage with human rights concepts, discourse, or advocacy as related to your research. A Human Rights research project is not simply research on any topic related to human beings, marginalization, discrimination, or other forms of human suffering.  Neither is our definition of Human Rights research restricted to projects which address the use of international human rights treaties. We particularly encourage students whose work relates to our faculty-directed human rights initiatives: Crisis of Humanitarianism; Health & Human Rights; and Human Rights at Home.    

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights typically grants three to five Pozen Research Grants of up to $5,000 to doctoral students in any year of their program. The Human Rights Program supports both pre-dissertation research that will be critical for students writing applications for external dissertation research fellowships, as well as dissertation research when external or other internal funds are not sufficient. Priority will be given to PhD students from the Divisions of the Humanities or Social Sciences. Successful applicants in the past have come from Anthropology, Comparative Human Development, History, Political Science, Sociology, and the School of Social Service Administration. 

Applications are released in the winter and due in the spring. Proposals should be for projects that can be finished between June of the application year and the following September (15 months). Funds can be used to support travel or other expenses related to research projects such as books, software, copying, temporary lodging, and recording devices or cameras. Upon completion of the project, a report of not more than 2500 words on the outcome of the research should be sent to the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.

Applications should include:

  1. Statement of not more than 1000 words outlining the purpose of the research and its relevance to Human Rights studies
  2. Tentative budget, including listing of support committed and requested from other sources
  3. C.V. and a list of your dissertation committee members
  4. Letter of support from your major faculty advisor

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights provides substantial intellectual and financial support to doctoral candidates at the University of Chicago engaged in the study of human rights through pre-dissertation and dissertation research grants, dissertation completion fellowship, teaching opportunities, internships, the Human Rights Workshop and a new Graduate Certificate in Human Rights Studies. This grant is supported by the generosity of our donors Richard & Ann Pozen.

Questions may be directed to Susan Gzesh, Executive Director, or Tara Peters, Assistant Director.

Click here to review the 2014-2015 Research Grant Announcement.