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 $7,500 dissertation fellowship for the summer of 2020.

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 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.

Each application should include:

1. Narrative description of the dissertation project (five pages)
The narrative should include the following:

  • 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?
  • How far along is your project? What are your writing plans for the summer?

2. Detailed timeline of the plan for completion of your dissertation
3. One-page bibliography for the project
4. Current CV
5. Include a separate statement from their supervisor on how the funding will advance the applicant's research.

Applications should be submitted electronically via UConntact: https://uconntact.uconn.edu/submitter/form/start/345846

Statement from Advisor / Dissertation Supervisor: Applicants should request their academic advisor, dissertation supervisor, or professor supervising their research to submit a statement detailing how the funding will advance the applicant’s research.

Please forward this link to your recommender for them to submit your letter electronically: https://uconntact.uconn.edu/submitter/form/start/345853

Evaluation of Dissertation 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 and policy debates in the field of human rights. All proposals will be reviewed and ranked by a multidisciplinary review committee chaired by the Director of the Human Rights Institute and comprised of members of the Gladstein Human Rights Committee.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020

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