Human Rights Dissertation Fellowship – Summer 2014

Published on March, 1 2014 at 12:00am

Human Rights Dissertation Fellowship – Summer 2014

In an effort to support graduate student dissertations with a human rights focus at the University of Connecticut, the Human Rights Institute will be funding a $5,000 dissertation fellowship for the summer of 2014.

Evaluation of Dissertation Fellowship Applications

The dissertation project should demonstrate overall excellence with a focus on human rights issues, understood broadly. Projects should make a significant contribution to ongoing scholarly and policy debates in the field of human rights. All proposals will be reviewed and ranked by a multidisciplinary review committee chaired by the Interim Director of the Human Rights Institute and comprised of members of the Gladstein Human Rights Committee.

Application format
The Human Rights Institute Dissertation Fellowship is open to University of Connecticut Doctoral students (ABD) in all disciplines from Storrs and the regional campuses.

Each application should include:

1. Narrative description of the dissertation project (five pages)
The narrative should include the following:

  • What are the basic ideas, problems, works, or questions the study will examine? What is the planned approach or line of thought?
  • What contribution is the project likely to make to the field of human rights?
  • How does this fit with HRI’s mission?
  • How far along is your project? What is your plan for the summer?

2. Detailed timeline of the plan for completion of your dissertation 
3. One-page bibliography for the project
4. Current CV
5. Include a separate statement from their supervisor on how the funding will advance the applicant's research.

Progress Report
Award recipient agrees to submit a progress report (two page maximum) on their dissertation progress by October 1, 2014

Deadline for applications is March 25, 2014.
All applications should be submitted electronically in PDF format to If you have any questions please call 860-486-8739 or email