University of Connecticut

Graduate Certificate in Human Rights

BY Brian Dunnigan


Nicole Coleman | Ph.D Candidate German studies, Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages | GA Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut

The Human Rights Institute’s Graduate Certificate in Human Rights program offers graduate students the opportunity to develop a competency in human rights theory and practice, by taking courses taught by expert faculty from across UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Law, and School of Social Work. This 12-credit certificate program is comprised of one core course and three elective courses, which allows students to both obtain a foundational proficiency in human rights theory and practice while being able to craft a course of study directly relating to their specific interests and/or needs.

In an effort to support graduate student research with a human rights focus at the University of Connecticut, the Human Rights Institute funds a $5,000 dissertation writing fellowship. The 2014 fellowship was awarded to Nicole Coleman, from the Department of Literature, Cultures, and Languages, for her project entitled “Horizons of Difference: Polyphonous Intercultural Literature from Germany”. The funding competition is open to all doctoral students in all disciplines from Storrs and the regional campuses who are writing a dissertation in the field of human rights.

The Human Rights Institute also funds a Graduate Research Grant to support and promote research projects on human rights related questions. The funding competition is open to all masters and doctoral students in all disciplines from Storrs and the regional campuses who are pursuing coursework in the field of human rights. Awards are in the range of $2,000 per project.