Graduate Lectureships

Every year, the Human Rights Program 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.

Only University of Chicago advanced doctoral students are eligible to apply, and we invite applications from all interested Ph.D. 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. A committee from the Human Rights Program Faculty Board will select the winners.

What is a Human Rights course? 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 $5,000 for the individual undergraduate course they will teach in the College.

Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are now available and due by 12pm CST on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Winners will be notified in late May.

Applications include the following components:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Current CV, including names of your dissertation committee members
  3. Course title and description, including student learning goals (skills and knowledge), and a draft (or outline) syllabus which includes major assignments with grade % indicated, and a partial or complete reading list. (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.)
  4. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with your scholarly work or experience as a TA or instructructor.