Dissertation Writing Fellowship

In an effort to support the writing of 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 2021.


2020 Dissertation Writing Fellowship Recipient
Erica MacDonald, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science
“Formally Informal: Sex Work, Stigma and Institutions” 
Read more about Erica's dissertation
For more information about previous award winners, see HERE.

Application Instructions and Eligibility Criteria

The Human Rights Institute Dissertation Writing 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 fellowship should be used to support the student during the time in which a majority of the dissertation is expected to be written.

Each application should include:

1. A narrative description of the dissertation project (five pages, double spaced, 12 point font) that includes:

  • 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?

2. A 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. An Unofficial Transcript
6. A separate 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 the your achievements and your capacity to contribute to human rights scholarship and activity. 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 Writing 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, 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.

Students may receive this award once during their tenure in the PhD program. 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.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
Applications should be submitted electronically via UConntact: https://uconntact.uconn.edu/submitter/form/start/446622 

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