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.

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.