Pozen Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights awards an annual Human Rights Dissertation Completion Fellowship to a doctoral student whose work makes an important contribution to human rights scholarship. The first fellowship was awarded in 2014. 

The fellowship provides a stipend ($27,000), tuition, University student health insurance (basic option), and Student Life Fee. Recipients of the fellowship are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Pozen Center. 

>>> Current fellow
>>> Annual application process 
>>> 2020 Application
>>> Recommendation letter upload 
>>> Questions

2019-20 Fellow

Ann Heffernan, Political Science

Ann Heffernan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science and a 2019-20 Pozen Doctoral Fellow. Her work is situated at the intersection of contemporary political theory, feminist theory, and disability studies. During her time at the University, she has taught in the Social Sciences Core, the Political Science Department, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

Heffernan’s dissertation, “Disability: A Democratic Dilemma,” brings disability studies into conversation with political theory by drawing upon the resources of feminist political theory, science and technology studies, and economic history. She is interested in the ways in which disability studies scholars and activists articulate claims to membership, and why these claims so often serve to reinforce the very structures and assumptions they are meant to oppose. A greater understanding of these dynamics as they play out within disability studies and activism will, she argues, have broader implications for the ways we think about citizenship and equality while also illuminating alternative avenues by which marginalized and excluded groups might achieve full membership.

Read more about our past dissertation fellows.

Application Process

University of Chicago doctoral students in the Humanities or Social Sciences are eligible to apply. Applicants must have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. except the dissertation, including formal admission to candidacy. The Pozen Human Rights Dissertation Completion Fellow is selected by a faculty committee of Pozen Center board members.

Complete applications include:

(1) Completed application form, including application questions and statement
(2) Timetable for dissertation completion
(3) Completed dissertation chapter
(4) CV
(5) Current University of Chicago official transcript
(6) Two letters of recommendation


>>> Apply for the 2020-2021 Pozen Dissertation Completion Fellowship

NEW EARLIER DEADLINE: Applications are due Sunday, March 1, 2020, by 11:59pm CST.

Decisions will be announced in mid-May 2020. 

Recommendation Letters

Two letters of recommendation are required, one of which must be from the dissertation advisor.

Letters must be uploaded directly by the recommender or sent via dossier service (such as Interfolio) to Ashley Pierce (apierce@uchicago.edu).

>>> Direct upload link


Questions may be directed to Faculty Director Mark Bradley.