Graduate Lectureships


The Pozen Center awards up to three lectureships per academic year to advanced doctoral students, each of whom teaches one undergraduate Human Rights course of their design. Applications are due every February, with lectureships awarded in late March. 

Lectureships are awarded for one quarter during the following academic year. The proposed course should address human rights from a disciplinary, thematic, or regional perspective.

We don’t require that every Human Rights course deal explicitly with international human rights norms or mechanisms. On the other hand, not every course about morality, ethics, human suffering, marginalization, exclusion, or discrimination is within the framework of human rights. The selection committee has occasionally worked with strong applicants to develop more human rights content for their syllabus.

Graduate lecturers generally receive an award of $2000. This amount may be higher depending on your Division. Lecturers may hold office hours and use office space at the Pozen Center.

Eligibility: This opportunity is only open to UChicago doctoral students. Doctoral students under the new funding model must check with their department to ensure they are eligible to apply.  By university policy, doctoral students currently in years 7 – 12 can no longer hold lectureships beginning in Summer 2022, and are not eligible for this opportunity. 


The 2023-24 application is now open. The application deadline has been extended to Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 11:59pm (CST).

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Complete applications include the webform, CV, course outline or syllabus (including title, description, student learning goals, assignments, and reading list), and one letter of recommendation. Incomplete applications are not considered. 

See the Course Design Tools provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning for help with course construction and developing student learning goals.

Recommendation Letters

Each applicant is required to obtain a recommendation letter from a faculty member who is familiar with your scholarly work or your experience as a teaching assistant or instructor.

Letters must be uploaded directly by the recommender via this webform. Alternatively, they may be sent via email to Assistant Director Cliff Chan.

2022-23 Graduate Lectureship Recipients

Austin Clyde (Computer Science) 
Course Title: Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, and Human Rights

Sasha Crawford-Holland (Cinema and Media Studies)
Course Title: Documenting State Violence from the Holocaust to Black Lives Matter


Please email any questions to Deputy Director Adam Avrushin.