Funding for Faculty

UConn faculty and staff focused on human rights may apply for research funding from the Human Rights Institute through two programs:

Dr. Fiona Vernal speaking at a podium

Seed Grant for Faculty Research in Human Rights

Our seed grant competition is meant to support and promote faculty research projects on human rights and to facilitate the writing of external grant proposals. We offer one award of $10,000 each academic year. Proposed research projects should make a significant contribution to ongoing scholarly and/or policy debates in the field of human rights. They will be evaluated for overall excellence on human rights issues, understood broadly. All proposals will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary committee chaired by the associate director of the Human Rights Institute.

2020 Seed Grant Recipient

Prakash Kashwan
Associate Professor, Political Science
"Economic and Social Rights Outcomes in a Climate Changed World"

Eligibility Criteria & Requirements

  1. Open to full-time, permanent UConn faculty in any discipline at any UConn campus
  2. Applicant must be affiliated with UConn during the entire award period.
  3. Applicants may apply for both the Seed Grant and the Small Grant, but the recipient of the Seed Grant will be ineligible to receive a Small Grant in the same year.
  4. Disbursement of funds is contingent upon receipt of any required IRB approval.
  5. The grant holder agrees to:
    1. Submit a progress report (2 page maximum) on the research project by July 30, 2022.
    2. Present an HRI Lunchtime Seminar in the year following their grant.
  6. The seed grant may be used to:
    1. Support graduate assistant or undergraduate student labor costs at university-established rates.
    2. Contribute towards course replacement costs, following the model of the Research Excellence Program. This must be approved by your department head.
    3. Pay for direct costs associated with travel for research or research support costs.

How to Apply

Access the application on the UConntact application. The application requires the following materials:

  1. Narrative description of the research project (5 pages, double spaced, 12 pt. font);
  2. Brief explanation of plans to apply for outside grants (no more than a half page);
  3. Budget narrative (1 page maximum);
  4. Bibliography for the project (1 page maximum); and
  5. Current CV

Please label your document using the following format: lastname.firstname.hrifacultyseedgrant.2020.

Application deadline: March 15, 2021
Grant recipient selected: April 15, 2021
Funds to be expended between: July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022

Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used in evaluating applications:

  • Significance of the contribution that the project will make to knowledge in the field of human rights
  • Quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project
  • Feasibility of the project, including rationale for the budget
  • Priority will be given to applicants who indicate clearly their plans to apply for external funding.
  • Additional priority may be given to applications from junior faculty and to those faculty who have not received this grant in recent years.
  • Applications that do not follow the guidelines for page length and supporting documents will not be considered.

Questions about the competition? Please email humanrights@uconn.edu or call 860-486-5393.

Small Grants for Faculty & Staff Research in Human Rights

Our research grant competition for the faculty and staff supports and promotes research projects on human rights related questions. Projects should make a significant contribution to ongoing scholarly and/or policy debates in the field of human rights.

Awards will prioritize primary research, including library research, fieldwork, interviewing, historical archival research, pilot studies, data collection, and data set construction. Book preparation requests are permitted and could include copy editing, indexing, and editorial assistance. Requests to provide a subvention for an open access publication or for access to databases for research will be considered.

2020 Small Grant Recipients

Gerlinde Berger-Walliser
Assistant Professor, Business Law
“The Future of International Corporate Human Rights Litigation: A Transatlantic Comparison”

Maria D. LaRusso
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences
“Healthcare Providers’ Perspectives on PANS, Mental Health Symptoms, and Children's Rights to a Healthy Development”

Eligibility Criteria & Requirements

  • Open to UConn faculty, staff, and post-docs in all disciplines at any UConn campus.
  • Applicant must be affiliated with UConn during the entire award period.
  • Disbursement of funds is contingent upon receipt of any required IRB approval.
  • Applicants may apply for both the Seed Grant and the Small Grant, but the recipient of the Seed Grant will be ineligible to receive a Small Grant in the same year.

How to Apply

Access the application on the UConntact application. The application requires the following materials:

  • Intellectual rationale for the project, list of expected project outcomes, and methodology (three pages, double spaced, 12 point font);
  • Budget narrative of research-related expenses (typically not to exceed $2000) (no more than a half page)
  • Current CV

Application deadline: March 15, 2021
Grant recipient selected: April 15, 2021
Funds to be expended between: July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022

Evaluation Criteria

Proposed research projects will be evaluated for overall excellence of the proposed research project on human rights issues, understood broadly. All proposals will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary committee chaired by the Associate Director of the Human Rights Institute with the following three

  1. Significance of the contribution that the project will make to knowledge in the field of human rights
  2. Quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project
  3. Feasibility of the project, including rationale for the budget
  4. Additional priority may be given to applications from junior faculty and those faculty who have not received this grant in recent years.
  5. Applications that do not follow the guidelines for page length and supporting documents will not be considered.

Questions about the competition? Please email humanrights@uconn.edu or call 860-486-5393.