Funding for Graduate Students

The Human Rights Institute proudly offers three programs to provide graduate students focused on human rights with funding.

Dissertation Writing Fellowship

In an effort to support the writing of graduate student dissertations with a human rights focus at UConn, the Human Rights Institute will fund a $5,000 dissertation fellowship for the summer of 2021. The fellowship should be used to support the student during the time in which a majority of the dissertation is expected to be written.

2020 Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients

David Evans, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History
“Hunger for Rights: The Human Right to Food in the Post-War Era”

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

[Awardee images to come]

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to UConn doctoral students (ABD) in all disciplines from any UConn campus.
  • Applicants must have successfully defended a dissertation prospectus by time of application.
  • Students may receive this award once during their tenure in the Ph.D. program.
  • In any given year, a student may receive either the Dissertation Research Fellowship or the Dissertation Writing Fellowship, but not both.

How to Apply

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

  1. Narrative description of the dissertation project (five pages, double spaced, 12 point font) that includes:
    1. What are the basic ideas, problems, works, or questions the study will examine? What is the planned approach or line of thought?
    2. What contribution is the project likely to make to the field of human rights?
    3. How does this fit with HRI’s mission?
  2. Detailed timeline of the plan for completion of your dissertation 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.
  3. >One-page bibliography for the project
  4. Current CV
  5. Unofficial transcript
  6. Statement from your advisor/dissertation supervisor or a faculty member supervising your research, detailing how the funding will advance your research. The committee encourages letters that include specific illustrations of your achievements and your capacity to contribute to human rights scholarship and activity. The statement should be submitted electronically via https://uconntact.uconn.edu/submitter/form/start/446629.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Evaluation of 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, policy, or practice debates in the field of human rights. Priority will be given to applications that evidence human rights coursework and/or prior substantive human rights engagement.

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.

Dissertation Research Fellowship

In an effort to support graduate student dissertation research with a human rights focus at UConn, the Human Rights Institute will funding at least one dissertation research fellowship of up to $5000 for the 2020-2021 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to University of Connecticut doctoral students (ABD) in all disciplines from any UConn campus.
  • Applicants must have successfully defended a dissertation prospectus by time of application.
  • Students may receive this award once during their tenure in the Ph.D. program.
  • In any given year, a student may receive either the Dissertation Research Fellowship or the Dissertation Writing Fellowship, but not both.

How to Apply

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.

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

  1. Narrative description of the proposed research (three pages, double spaced, 12 point font) that contains the following:
    1. 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.
    2. Impact: Identify the expected contribution your research will make to the field of human rights.
    3. 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. Anticipated budget and budget justification (Download the available template)
  3. 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. 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. The statement should be submitted electronically via https://uconntact.uconn.edu/submitter/form/start/446629.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Evaluation of 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 are encouraged to use the award as support for activities related to dissertation research, including data collection and travel.
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.

Research Grant Competition

The Human Rights Institute announces the Human Rights Research Grant Competition for graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The objective of the competition is to support and promote research projects on human rights related questions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to all JD, LLM, master's, and doctoral students in all disciplines from any UConn campus
  • In any given year, a student may receive either a Graduate Student Research Grant or the Dissertation Research Fellowship, but not both.

How to Apply

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

  1. Narrative description of the proposed research (three pages, double spaced, 12 point font) that contains the following:
    1. Project Rationale: Please describe your reasoning for undertaking this research project and the impact you believe your project will have on understanding of or policies affecting human rights.
    2. Impact: Identify the expected contribution your research will make to the field of human rights.
    3. 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. Anticipated budget and budget justification (of up to $2500). The purpose of the budget narrative is to supplement the information provided in the anticipated budget document to demonstrate you have considered the costs associated with your research. The narrative is different from the spreadsheet in that rather than listing expected costs in dollars, the narrative explains the rationales for these expected costs. (Anticipated-Budget-Form-Dissertation-Research-Fellowship)
  3. Current CV
  4. Separate statement from your advisor or supervisor on how the funding will advance your research. The statement should be submitted electronically via https://uconntact.uconn.edu/submitter/form/start/446629.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Evaluation of Applications

The proposal should demonstrate overall excellence with a focus on human rights issues, understood broadly. Projects should make a significant contribution to ongoing scholarly, policy, and practice debates in the field of human rights. Priority will be given to applications that evidence human rights coursework and/or prior substantive human rights engagement.

Awards will prioritize 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. Requests for funding for conference travel and seminar/course tuition (including language or methods training) will also be considered.

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.