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The Daniel J. Curran and Claire M. Renzetti Scholarship


 The Daniel J. Curran and Claire M. Renzetti Scholarship Fund supports scholarships for University of Dayton undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need (in excess of $10,000 annually) who are studying abroad for the first time and wish to travel internationally in specific university-sponsored international programs and service activities.

The available funds will support students participating in international human rights or service programs in Africa, South America, and Asia

  • Funding can be used toward support of UD-sponsored international human rights and service programs in Africa, South America, and Asia.
  • Applicants must be studying abroad for the first time. 
  • Applications are for individual students and will not apply toward a group fund-raising effort.
  • Financial need will be determined by FAFSA for all U.S. students and will be based on available information at the time of the application. International students will establish need based on financial documentation submitted for immigration records and a letter from their parent/guardian describing the family financial situation.
  • All other grants and aid that are received and applied towards the international experience will be taken into consideration by the committee when considering awards.

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and be in good disciplinary standing with the university.
  • Have completed 60 semester hours of credit toward their degree.  A student with fewer than 60 semester credit hours may apply for funding if s/he demonstrates that an early international experience best fits the academic plan and/or course of study.
  • Submit an application proposal with a detailed description of the proposed activity including budget and timetable, as well as pertinent background and skills. Only one proposal per cycle may be submitted. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Share the results of their international experience with the campus community in a public forum (e.g., Stander Symposium, class presentation) upon their return to the U.S.
  • Submit photos/videos and a brief written summary of their experience to the Human Rights Center at These materials may be considered for publication on the Human Rights Center website.

  •  Connection between the proposed overseas experience and student academic goals.
  • Quality of student proposal/application.
  • Financial needs.
  • Education abroad destination (priority given to students pursuing activities in traditionally underrepresented locations in education abroad).
  • Clarity of human rights and/or service components of proposed travel.
  • Total cost of the program.
  • Award received from other scholarship funds (E.g., Hull, CIP summer scholarship, and the Tobias Scholarship).

The application is not currently available. When the application opens up again, the review committee will review the proposals and applicants will be notified within one month of the deadline date. Please submit your proposal application and budget to the Human Rights Center through the Center for International Programs by the deadline for consideration.

Linda C. Majka Fellowship

The Linda C. Majka Fellowship supports a current student to engage in human rights research and advocacy in the local Dayton community. The focus of this work is assisting migrants and refugees in overcoming barriers to thriving. The fellow will function as a researcher and intern at the Center and will work as part of a collaboration with the Law School and in partnership with community organizations serving migrants and refugees.

Linda Cafeo Majka (1947-2014)

Linda received her B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined the University of Dayton faculty in fall 1981, and had a special impact on both UD and the Dayton community. She wrote extensively on human rights, social inequality, social movements, women’s issues, and immigrant integration. Professor Majka was one of the founders of both the Women and Gender Studies Program and Human Rights Studies Program at UD. Linda had a burning passion for justice, which was illustrated in her extensive work with the Dayton community. Specifically, Linda and Theo Majka’s research on the needs of the immigrant and refugee communities contributed to the transformation of Dayton into an “immigrant friendly” city, and helped inform policies throughout the community.

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Participating in a Cross-Cultural Summer Immersion through the Center for Social Concern is a unique way to expand education beyond the classroom, into a new culture and a new way of thinking. 

  • ANT 325: Anthropology of Human Rights
  • ANT 352: Cultures of Latin America
  • ANT/SOC 368: Immigration and Immigrants
  • ECO 471: Labor Economics
  • HST 336: History of Africa I
  • HST 357: Modern Latin America
  • HST 378: Immigration History
  • HST 389: Italian Diaspora
  • UDI 206: Pilgrimage and Migration
  • PHL 379: Latin American Philosophy
  • REL 330: Faith of Immigrants
  • SOC 328: Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 342: Social Movements
  • SWK 360: International Social Work
  • SSC 200: A number of sections tackle immigration issues 

Graduate/Law Grants


The Human Rights Center supports research and advocacy on pressing human rights issues around the world and locally. The Center also is a key stakeholder of the University of Dayton’s engagement with the UN Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals

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Explore the advocacy and research projects conducted around the world and locally by graduate and law students supported by this fellowship.

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