Pozen Human Rights Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Program History

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights awards an annual Human Rights Dissertation Completion Fellowship. The first fellowship was awarded to Ingu Hwang in June 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Fellowship Description

Eligibility is limited to University of Chicago doctoral students in the Humanities or Social Sciences who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation, including formal admission to candidacy, and expect to complete all field work by the following September. The fellowship provides a stipend ($23,000), tuition, and University student health insurance (basic option). Recipients of the fellowship are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. 

2015 Application Process

The Pozen Human Rights Dissertation Completion Fellow is selected by a faculty  committee of PFCHR board members. Announcements will be made in mid-May.

Applications must be submitted online by Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 11:59pm CST.

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

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. A one-page quarter-by-quarter timetable, signed by the nominee and the dissertation supervisor, indicating for the next 12-18 months the expected stages for completion of the Ph.D. (nominations lacking timetable will not be considered);
  3. Copy of a completed dissertation chapter;
  4. A current University of Chicago official transcript;
  5. A curriculum vitae (CV).

Recommendation Letters

Two letters of recommendation are required, one of which must be from the dissertation advisor. Letters must be uploaded directly to the website by the recommender or sent via dossier service (such as Interfolio) to Tara Peters. Letters are due by Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 11:59pm.


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