Research Funds and Opportunities

2014-2015 Human Rights Research Grant Competition

The Human Rights Institute announces two Human Rights Research Grant Competitions. The objective of the competitions is to support and promote research projects on human rights related questions.

1) Faculty and Staff Research & Book Preparation.
The funding competition is open to all faculty and staff in all disciplines at Storrs and the regional campuses.

Evaluation Criteria for Faculty Human Rights Research Grant Applications

1. Overall excellence of the proposed research project on human rights issues, understood broadly. Projects should make a significant contribution to ongoing scholarly and policy debates in the field of human rights.

2. Research awards will prioritize primary research, including library research, fieldwork, interviewing, historical archival research, pilot studies, data collection and data set construction, etc.

3. Requests for funding for conference travel and seminar/course tuition will be considered.

4. Book preparation requests could include copy editing, indexing, editorial assistance, etc.  However, requests for subventions will not be considered. 

2) Graduate Student Research.
The funding competition is open to all masters and doctoral students in all disciplines from Storrs and the regional campuses.      

Evaluation Criteria for Graduate Student Human Rights Research Grant Applications

1. Overall excellence of the proposed research project on human rights issues, understood broadly. Projects should make a significant contribution to ongoing scholarly and policy debates in the field of human rights.

2. Awards will prioritize primary research, including library research, fieldwork, interviewing, historical archival research, pilot studies, data collection and data set construction, etc.  In exceptional cases we will consider summer fellowship requests, which would allow PhD students the time to make significant progress or complete their dissertations.

3. Requests for funding for conference travel and seminar/course tuition, i.e. language or methods training will also be considered.

All proposals will be reviewed and ranked by a multidisciplinary review committee chaired by the Co- Director of the Human Rights Institute and comprised of members of the Gladstein Committee. The number of grants will depend on the number of applications ranked 'excellent' by the review panel.

Application format

Each application of a maximum of three pages should include the intellectual rationale for the project, a list of expected project outcomes, a methodology section, and a budget narrative of research-related expenses. Ordinarily, budget requests should not exceed $2000. Graduate student applications are also required to include a separate statement from their supervisor on how the funding will advance the applicant's research.

Progress report

Award applicants agree to submit a progress report [two pages maximum] on the research project by June 30, 2014.

Deadline for applications is March 25, 2014.

All applications should be submitted electronically in PDF format to humanrights@uconn.edu. If you have any questions please call 860-486-5393 or email humanrights@uconn.edu.

 

Previous Human Rights Institute Research Funds Awardees

2009-2010 Recipients of the Human Rights Initiative Funding