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Graduate/Law Summer Grant Application

Applications for Summer 2020 are now open.

This grant will support up to five current graduate/law students to develop and implement research or advocacy projects during summer 2020. We encourage applications from across all UD academic units.

  • Applicants should submit a final application to by February 21, 2020.

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 the Center for International Programs.

  • $1,000 stipend (may be considered taxable income) to be deposited in student bursar account
  • Additional funding is available to support travel and other approved expenses
  • Open to all registered graduate/law students, including graduate assistants (must be enrolled in Fall 2020)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required

  • 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

  • Attend at least three meetings/working sessions to be held at the HRC during summer/fall
  • Participate in the Stander Symposium, Social Practice of Human Rights Conference, or other approved presentation venue
  • Write an article for the Center’s blog
  • Provide a copy of all work products and photos related to travel

February 21 2020: Submit application materials to
  1. Resume
  2. Unofficial copy of transcripts
  3. Name and contact information of your advisor or faculty mentor (if any)
  4. Research/advocacy proposal addressing the following questions (max. 1,000 words):
  • What do I want to accomplish? (Be clear, concise, and practical.)
  • Why do I want to do it (i.e., why is it important? What is the need?)
  • How are you going to do it? (Include a timeline, list of resources needed/budget, and methods to be used).
  • Who is going to be involved/engaged? (community partner or organization, center or other stakeholders, research group etc.)

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


Human Rights Center

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2790