Graduate Lectureships

Award History

Every year the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights accepts applications by advanced graduate students to teach one undergraduate Human Rights course of their own design. This lectureship is for one quarter only. Three Human Rights Graduate Lectureships are awarded each year.


The proposed course should address human rights from a disciplinary, thematic, or regional perspective. We do not require that every Human Rights course deal explicitly with international human rights norms or mechanisms. However, not every course about morality, ethics, human suffering, marginalization, exclusion, or discrimination is within the framework of Human Rights. We would like at least some mention of “rights” from the perspective of your discipline. The selection committee has, on occasion, worked with proponents of good courses to develop more “human rights” content for their syllabus.

The course can be taught in any of the three quarters of the following academic year. Graduate lecturers receive a $5,000 salary.


Only University of Chicago advanced doctoral students are eligible to apply. We invite applications from all interested PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Successful applicants in the past have come from the Departments of Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, and the Divinity School.

2016 Application Process

A committee from the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Faculty Board will select the winners. Award announcements will be made in mid-May.

Applications due by 8am CST on Monday, April 11, 2016


Please read the application carefully and answer all questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications include:

  1. Completed application form;
  2. Draft course outline or syllabus which includes course title and description; student learning goals (skills and knowledge); major assignments with grade percentage indicated; partial or complete reading list.
  3. Current CV, including names of your dissertation committee members; 
  4. Letter of recommendation. 

Note to applicants: see "Course Design Tools" under Preparing to Teach on the Center for Teaching and Learning's website for help in describing student learning goals and course construction.

Letter of Recommendation

Each applicant is required to obtain a recommendation letter from a faculty member familiar with your scholarly work or experience as a TA or instructructor. Letters must be uploaded by the recommender using the webform below or sent via dossier service (such as Interfolio) to Tara Peters.

Letters are due by 8am CST on Monday, April 11, 2016



Questions may be directed to Susan Gzesh, Pozen Center Executive Director, by email or during office hours on Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00pm at the Pozen Center office.