Faculty Course Development Grants

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights announces grants to University of Chicago faculty to develop new courses, or to substantially redesign existing existing courses, to be cross-listed with Human Rights for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years.

What is a Human Rights course?

A Human Rights course is not simply a course on any topic related to repression,  marginalization, discrimination, war, or other forms of human suffering. Nor are Human Rights courses only those  courses which include direct references to international human rights treaties and norms. We are looking for courses that  contain some references to rights concepts, discourse, or advocacy.

Courses may be developed for College students, graduate, or professional students. We are especially interested in generating courses and seminars which include College students in order to support those students pursuing the Human Rights Minor. We are also interested in courses and seminars for graduate students as part of our initiative to develop a Human Rights certificate for doctoral students.

We encourage you to be creative. For inspiration, we encourage you to look at current and past Human Rights courses.


We encourage submissions by UChicago faculty of all ranks from all departments and the professional schools. Past course development grants have been awarded to faculty from Comparative Literature, History, Human Development, Medicine, Philosophy, Social Services Administration, and Sociology.

Allowable Expenses

Grants may be awarded for up to $2,500. Awarded funds will be deposited in the faculty member’s research account and may be spent on books or other materials, employment of a research assistant, travel for research or conferences, or other justifiable expenditures in line with University rules.


Course proposals should include a short description of the course aims, goals, and content, as well as anticipated expenses.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015.

Decisions will be announced in mid-May.

Questions may be directed to Susan Gzesh, Executive Director. 

Course Development Grant Application

Upon successful submission, you will see a confirmation page.
You will not receive a separate email.

Please upload your course proposal as a PDF or Word file.