Research Grants for PhD Students

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights supports doctoral student research that makes a significant contribution to the study and field of human rights. The faculty selection committee looks for research projects that engage human rights concepts and discourse. The 2019 application period is now closed. Read more: 

>>> About research grants
>>> 2018 research grant awardees
>>> 2019 application
>>> Letter of support 
>>> Questions


The Pozen Center grants awards of up to $5,000 to University of Chicago doctoral students in any year of their program. Students may apply for pre-dissertation research support that will be critical when writing applications for external dissertation research fellowships, as well as for dissertation research when external or other internal funds are not sufficient. Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

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. Funds will be available in late June of the application year, and projects should be completed within one year. Awardees submit narrative and budget reports upon completion of the project.

Read reports from past research grant recipients

2018 Research Grant Awardees

Jasmine Benjamin, Political Science
Jerel Ezell, Sociology
Ann Heffernan, Political Science
Noriko Kanahara, History
Allison Reed, Sociology
Ellen Richmond, Anthropology
Shruti Vaidya, Comparative Human Development


Applications include a statement of purpose, budget, CV, and letter of support from your major faculty advisor. A faculty committee of Pozen Center faculty board members reviews all applications. 

>>> Applications for 2019 are now closed

Letter of Support

Letters of support from your major faculty advisor must be uploaded directly by the recommender or sent via dossier service (such as Interfolio) to Ashley Pierce (

>>> Recommenders: submit your letters here


Questions may be directed to Susan Gzesh, Pozen Center Executive Director, by email or during walk-in office hours on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 5:00pm at the Pozen Center.