Small Grants for Faculty/Staff Research in Human Rights

The Human Rights Institute established the research grant competition for the faculty and staff at the University of Connecticut to support and promote research projects on human rights related questions. The funding competition is open to all faculty, staff, and post-docs in all disciplines at Storrs and the regional campuses.

2020 Small Faculty/Staff Grants for Human Rights Research Recipients

Gerlinde Berger-Walliser, Assistant Professor of Business Law

The Future of International Corporate Human Rights Litigation: A Transatlantic Comparison




Maria D. LaRusso, Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences

Healthcare Providers’ Perspectives on PANS, Mental Health Symptoms, and Children's Rights to a Healthy Development



Read more about their projects

For more information about previous award winners see HERE.

Evaluation of Grant Applications

Proposed research projects will be evaluated for overall excellence of the proposed research project on human rights issues, understood broadly. Projects should make a significant contribution to ongoing scholarly and/or policy debates in the field of human rights. All proposals will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary committee chaired by the Associate Director of the Human Rights Institute.

Application format

Each application should include the following supporting documents:

  1. The intellectual rationale for the project, list of expected project outcomes, and methodology (three pages, double spaced, 12 point font);
  2. A budget narrative of research-related expenses (in general, not to exceed $2000) (no more than 1/2 page); and
  3. Current CV.

Research 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.

Criteria for Evaluation

  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;

Applications are evaluated on the merits; however, some 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.

Applicants may apply for both the Seed Grant for Research in Human Rights and the Small Grant for Research in Human Rights, but the applicant chosen to receive the Seed Grant will be ineligible to receive a Small Grant that year. The applicant must be affiliated with UConn during the entire award period.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
Please submit your application via UConnact at: 

The grant awardee recipient will be selected by April 15, 2021. Funds must be expended between July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022. The applicant must be affiliated with UConn during the entire award period.

Additional Requirements

Disbursement of funds is contingent upon receipt of any required IRB approval.

Questions about the Human Rights Seed Grant competition should be directed to Rachel Jackson, Tel: 860-486-5393, Email: