Seed Grant for Faculty Research in Human Rights

The Human Rights Institute established a seed grant competition for one award of $10,000 for each academic year. The objective of this competition is to support and promote faculty research projects on human rights and to facilitate the writing of external grant proposals. The competition is open to all UConn full time, permanent faculty in all disciplines at Storrs and the regional campuses.


2020 Seed Grant Recipient
Prakash Kashwan, Associate Professor,  Political Science
"Economic and Social Rights Outcomes in a Climate Changed World"
Read more about the project

For more information about previous award winners see HERE.


Evaluation of Fellowship Applications

Proposed research projects will be evaluated for overall excellence 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. Narrative description of the research project (five pages, double spaced, 12 point font);
  2. Brief explanation of plans to apply for outside grants (no more than ½ page);
  3. Budget narrative (no more than one page);
  4. Bibliography for the project (no more than one page); and
  5. Current CV.

The seed grant may be used to support graduate assistant or undergraduate student labor costs at university-established rates; to contribute towards course replacement costs, following the model of the Research Excellence Program (https://ovpr.uconn.edu/services/research-development/rep-storrs/); or to pay for direct costs associated with travel for research or research support costs. If seeking to use funds for course replacement, you must have permission from your department head.

Criteria for Evaluation

The following criteria will be used in evaluating applications:

  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.

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.

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 who receives the Seed Grant will be ineligible to receive a Small Grant that year.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2021. Please submit your application via UConntact at: https://uconntact.uconn.edu/submitter/form/start/446626. Label your document using the following format: lastname.firstname.hrifacultyseedgrant.2020.

The 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

The Grant holder agrees to submit a progress report (two pages maximum) on the research project by July 30, 2022.  The Grant holder also agrees to present at an HRI Lunchtime Seminar in the year following their Grant. 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: humanrights@uconn.edu.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
Please submit your application via UConntact at: https://uconntact.uconn.edu/submitter/form/start/446626

The grant awardee will be selected by April 15, 2021.
Funds must be expended between July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022.

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