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The Human Rights Center supports research and advocacy on pressing human rights issues around the world and locally. The Center is also a key stakeholder of the University of Dayton’s engagement with the UN Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals. This grant will support current graduate/law students to develop and implement research or advocacy projects on human rights during summer 2022. We encourage applications from across all UD academic units.

  • Interested graduate/law students should submit an application to by April 30, 2022.

All applicants who wish to use these funds to support international travel must register and comply with all university international travel guidelines. International Travel Process information can be found on this website

Award Details:

  • The student award for 2022 is $3,000 (full summer) or $1,500 (half-summer).
  • Any graduate student who is currently enrolled or will be enrolled in the upcoming academic year is eligible to apply.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required

Successful proposals will meet the following criteria:

  • A focus on applied research or advocacy, including: community-based research or service projects, projects assessing human rights advocacy or engaging in advocacy
  • Demonstrate an explicit human rights perspective or framework
  • A focus on some aspect of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as achievement of a specific goal or target. 

Recipients will be expected to:

  • Attend at least three meetings/working sessions to be held at the HRC during spring and fall semesters
  • Participate at the Stander Symposium, or other approved presentation venue. Travel stipend maybe available
  • Write an article for the Center’s blog 
  • Provide a copy of all work products and photos related to the project


Submit application materials to

  • Resume with current contact information.
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts
  • Narrative description of the proposed research or advocacy project addressing the following questions (max. 1,000 words):
  • Research/Project Rationale: Please describe your reasoning for undertaking this research/project.
  • Impact: Identify the expected contribution your research/advocacy project will make to the field of human rights.
  • Methodology: Explain how you will conduct your research or implement your advocacy project. Be explicit about who you are going to involve/engage (e.g., community partner or organization, center or other stakeholders, research group etc.)
  • A detailed budget describing how the funds would be used and detailed timeline for the completion of the research/advocacy project.
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s primary advisor or faculty mentor.


Successful applications will be applied, advocacy-oriented projects that use a human rights framework and are clearly connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at 

View previous research projects 


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