Pozen Doctoral Fellows Program


The Pozen Doctoral Fellows Program offers a yearlong writing and professionalization experience for a small cohort of University of Chicago doctoral students whose research focuses on human rights, as either its object or lens. Applicants at any stage of a research project/idea may apply. Your focus in the program can be as expansive as you’d like, either bound by a particular geography or not. To learn more about the breadth of our Fellows’ research backgrounds, read about our 2020-21 Pozen Doctoral Fellows.

Fellows meet throughout the academic year, typically twice per quarter, with members of the Pozen Center faculty to discuss works in progress. Fellows may choose to workshop part of a dissertation or workshop a different project altogether. In addition to being in conversation with Pozen Center faculty from across the University, Fellows establish a sense of community amongst themselves over the course of the Fellowship year. Our hope is that by the end of the academic year, Fellows have made tangible progress on a piece of work that’s been produced or workshopped in the program. 

We provide up to $1,000 in financial reimbursement for costs associated with presenting a paper, developed through the Pozen Doctoral Fellows Program, at a national conference. International presenters may request additional financial support to cover travel expenses.


The application period is currently closed.


Please contact Pozen Center Faculty Director Mark Bradley or Fellowship Coordinator Nory Peters with any questions.