Dissertation Research Fellowship

In an effort to support graduate student dissertation research with a human rights focus at the University of Connecticut, the Human Rights Institute will be funding at least one dissertation research fellowship of up to $5000 for the 2020-21 academic year. The purpose of the Fellowship is to support primary research activities, including but not limited to: archival research, participant observation, interview, data collection, data set construction, ethnography, textual criticism, digital archiving, and historical preservation.

2020 Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients
David Evans, PhD Candidate, Department of History
“Hunger for Rights: The Human Right to Food in the Post-War Era”



Mayte Restrepo-Ruiz, PhD Candidate in Public Health
“Intimate Partner Violence in Armed Conflict Contexts: The Case of Colombia”



Read more about their projects

Application Instructions and Eligibility Criteria

The Human Rights Institute Dissertation Research Fellowship is open to University of Connecticut doctoral students (ABD) in all disciplines from Storrs and the regional campuses. Applicants must have successfully defended a dissertation prospectus by time of application.

The proposal process encourages doctoral students to model and meet the requirements for succeeding in competition for funds by defining a problem, a research project, and a timeline for completing the dissertation research.

Each application should include:

  1. A narrative description of the proposed research (three pages, double spaced, 12 point font) that contains the following:
    • Project Rationale: Please describe your reasoning for undertaking this research project and the impact you believe your project will have on understandings of, or policies affecting, human rights.
    • Impact: Identify the expected contribution your research will make to the field of human rights.
    • Methodology: Explain how you will conduct your research. Be explicit in describing the types of methods employed and the advantage of using these particular methods.
  2. An anticipated budget and budget justification, template available for download HERE.
  3. A detailed timeline for the completion of your dissertation (no more than one page), describing precisely where you are in your research, what remains to be done, and when you will do it.
  4. Current CV
  5. Unofficial Transcript
  6. A short statement from your Advisor/Dissertation Supervisor that addresses the status of your dissertation research and your eligibility for the award. This should not be an evaluative statement about your actual dissertation research. Please forward this link to your recommender for them to submit your letter electronically: https://uconntact.uconn.edu/submitter/form/start/446629

Evaluation of Dissertation Research Fellowship Applications:

The dissertation project should demonstrate overall excellence with a focus on human rights issues, understood broadly. The dissertation research is expected to make a significant contribution to the scholarly, policy or practice literature in human rights. Priority will be given to applications that evidence human rights coursework and/or prior substantive human rights engagement.

Students may receive this award once during their tenure in the PhD program and are encouraged to use the award as support for activities related to dissertation research, including data collection and travel. In any given year, a student may receive either the Dissertation Research Fellowship or the Dissertation Writing Fellowship, but not both. 

All proposals will be reviewed and ranked by a multidisciplinary review committee chaired by the Associate Director of the Human Rights Institute and comprised of members of the Gladstein Human Rights Committee. The number of grants will depend on the number of applications ranked ‘excellent’ by the review panel.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
Applications should be submitted electronically via UConntact: https://uconntact.uconn.edu/submitter/form/start/446621

If you have any questions please call 860-486-8739 or email humanrights@uconn.edu.