Graduate Lectureships

Every year the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights awards up to three lectureships to advanced doctoral students to teach one undergraduate Human Rights course of their own design. Applications are due February 16, 2020, with award decisions announced in late-March. 

Read on for more details about the award, application process, recommendation letters, and questions


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

The Pozen Center does not require that every Human Rights course deal explicitly with international human rights norms or mechanisms. However, 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 receive a salary of $5,000 or $6,000, depending on graduate student status. Lecturers may hold office hours and use office space at the Pozen Center, in coordination with our Office Administrator.


The 2020 application period is now closed.

University of Chicago advanced doctoral students are eligible to apply. Please read the application webform carefully and answer all questions. 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 will not be considered. 

Note: see Course Design Tools 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 familiar with your scholarly work or experience as a teaching assistant or instructor.

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


Questions may be directed to Mark Bradley, Pozen Center Faculty Director, by email.