Graduate Student Network

The Graduate Student Network brings together graduate students and faculty for interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas on the theory and practice of human rights. Our main goal is to connect and support graduate students in their research, teaching, and writing about human rights. 

Network events and opportunities include presentations by graduate students, faculty, and external visitors, reading groups, and thematic graduate student conferences on such topics as Human Rights and Empire

The Network previously met as a workshop and will continue to foster the exchange of ideas focusing on graduate students’ working papers. View a list of past workshops.

Sign up for our Human Rights Graduate Student List to receive updates on graduate student events and opportunities!


Graduate Network Resources


Pozen Human Rights Doctoral Fellows Program

The Pozen Human Rights Doctoral Fellows program offers a year-long writing and professionalization experience for a small cohort of University of Chicago doctoral students whose research focuses on human rights. Fellows meet every other week over lunch throughout the academic year with members of the Pozen Center faculty to discuss works in progress. We provide up to $1,000 in financial reimbursement for costs associated with presenting a paper developed through the program at a national conference.

Applications for the 2020-21 cohort are now closed. Learn more.


Pozen Center Funding for Graduate Research and Teaching

We sponsor a number of annual awards for graduate students.

Research Grants for Ph.D. Students: grants of up to $5,000 to support both pre-dissertation and dissertation research projects, awarded to Ph.D. students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Graduate Lectureships: three lectureships awarded to advanced doctoral students to teach an undergraduate course of the graduate students’ own design. 

Pozen Dissertation Completion Fellowship: one year-long fellowship awarded to a doctoral student in the Humanities or Social Sciences whose work makes an important contribution to human rights scholarship.