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. 

2015-2016 Fellow: Michal Ran-Rubin

This year's Human Rights Dissertation Completion Fellowhip has been awarded to Michal Ran-Rubin. Michal Ran-Rubin’s dissertation, “Blueprints of the Nation: Spaces of Rights, Violence, and Belonging in Palestine-Israel,” is a fascinating study of the role that urban planning and management of the built environment have played in the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and of the corresponding turn by Palestinian activists to the city rather than the nation as the location for human-rights politics. The dissertation, which draws on extensive ethnographic research among Israeli and Palestinian officials and political actors, is a work of trenchant observation and supple and theoretically sophisticated analysis. It makes a distinctive and important contribution to human-rights scholarship, particularly in its attention to the ways in which — under challenging conditions of statelessness, pervasive destruction of the evidence of dispossession, and the failure of nationalist politics — human rights can be mobilized in new and generative ways.

2016 Application Process

The Pozen Human Rights Dissertation Completion Fellow is selected by a faculty  committee of Pozen Center board members. Award announcements will be made in late May. 

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


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

  1. Completed Application Form, including application questions and statement
  2. Uploaded timetable
  3. Uploaded completed dissertation chapter
  4. Uploaded CV
  5. Uploaded current University of Chicago official transcript
  6. Two letters of recommendation letters

Recommendation Letters

Two letters of recommendation are required, one of which must be from the dissertation advisor. Letters must be uploaded using the webform link below or sent via dossier service (such as Interfolio) to Tara Peters.

Recommendation 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 drop-in office hours on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30pm at the Pozen Center office.