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Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights (Pozen Center) at the University of Chicago supports innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives that critically explore the theory and practice of global human rights. This includes:  

  • Rigorous liberal arts, graduate, and professional school curricula that combine foundational research with practice-oriented training, including a Study Abroad program in Vienna, Austria, a two quarter Civilizations Core sequence, and a Minor in the College. 
  • Summer student internships with non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and international human rights bodies in the U.S. and across the world.
  • Research that brings together faculty and students from across the disciplinary divisions and professional schools on issues such as health and human rights, human rights at home, arts and advocacy, migration and human rights, and human rights history. 
  • Projects and events to enhance the university's engagement with local, regional, national, and international human rights scholars, practitioners, and public officials. 

Graduate student opportunities

Human Rights Workshop: brings together graduate students and faculty to discuss works in progress from a variety of disciplines. 

Graduate Teaching Opportunities: teaching assistantships, internships in the Civilizations core, lectureships for self-designed courses, and co-teaching with faculty. 

Graduate Certificate in Human Rights Studies: available to doctoral students with approved human rights coursework and research. 

Ignacio Martín-Baró Human Rights Essay Competition: cash prize of $500 awarded to the best essay in three student categories (College, Master's/Professional, and Doctoral).   

Pozen Research Grants for PhD Students: grants of up to $5,000 to support both pre-dissertation and dissertation research projects, awarded to PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Pozen Human Rights Dissertation Completion Fellowship: one year-long fellowship awarded to a doctoral student in the Humanities or Social Sciences whose work makes an important contribution to human rights scholarship. 


Mark Philip Bradley (History)
Faculty Director

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