Human Rights BA Fellowship


The Pozen Center and Human Rights Lab offer a Human Rights BA Fellowship opportunity for rising fourth-year students whose BA theses examine issues relating to human rights.

The fellowship provides:

- A research grant of up to $500. After acceptance into the program, Fellows submit a detailed budget for approval of up to $500 in funds to support research, including stipends for interviews, meals, books, and local travel.

- Support on methodology for human rights research and writing

- Facilitated peer workshops where students have the opportunity to share drafts and to give and receive feedback from other Fellows

- Opportunities to connect with scholars and community leaders with lived experience on related topics

- Access to shared work space in the Pozen Center

All students admitted to the program are required to enroll in “Human Rights Research and Methods,” which is offered as a one-credit course in Autumn and Winter respectively. Human Rights BA Fellows enroll in each of the two offerings, for a total of two credits over the academic year. Both courses are taken Pass/Fail. 

Program Tracks

The BA Fellowship program has two tracks:

Pozen Human Rights Track: Rising fourth-years writing a BA thesis, in any department or program in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, who are working on a topic relating to human rights

Human Rights Lab Track: Rising fourth-year students writing a BA thesis, in any department or program in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, whose topic relates particularly to mass incarceration, policing, and the criminal legal system (e.g. solitary confinement, the criminalization of sexuality and reproduction, police misconduct and violence, felony disenfranchisement, selective enforcement, alternatives to incarceration)

The Human Rights Lab piloted the inaugural cohort of the Human Rights Lab Track during the 2019-20 academic year, after which the BA Fellowship program was expanded to include the Pozen Human Rights Track. You can read about the inaugural BA Fellows and their thesis topics on the 2019-20 BA Fellowship cohort page.


The application period is currently closed.

Students should indicate the track they are applying for on their applications. We understand that your thesis topic may still be in flux; this does not mean you can’t apply. We’re interested in seeing that you’re considering what questions you want your work to investigate, but it’s expected that such work hasn’t fully taken shape. 

The application asks you to list two academic references who can speak to the substance and/or quality of your work. No letter is required up front. We will notify you before contacting any of the references you list.


Please contact Faculty Director Mark Bradley or Lab Director Alice Kim with any questions.