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
>>> Past fellows 
>>> Annual application process 
>>> 2019 Application
>>> Recommendation letter upload 
>>> Questions

2018 Fellow

The Human Rights Dissertation Completion Fellowship is on hiatus in 2018-19.

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 PhD 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


>>> Applications for 2019-20 are now closed

Decisions will be announced in mid-May 2019. 

Recommendation Letters

Two letters of recommendation are required, one of which must be from the dissertation advisor. Letters must be uploaded using the webform link below or sent via dossier service (such as Interfolio) to Ashley Pierce (apierce@uchicago.edu).

>>> Recommenders: submit your letters here



Questions may be directed to Mark Bradley, Faculty Director, or Susan Gzesh, Executive Director.