Human Rights

Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Graduate Lectureships

Every year the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights accepts applications by advanced graduate students to teach one undergraduate Human Rights course of their own design. This lectureship is for one quarter only. Up to three Human Rights Graduate Lectureships are awarded each year.  Applications are generally due in late February, with award decisions announced in late March

The proposed course should address human rights from a disciplinary, thematic, or regional perspective. We do not require that every Human Rights course deal explicitly with international human rights norms or mechanisms. However, not every course about morality, ethics, human suffering, marginalization, exclusion, or discrimination is within the framework of human rights. We would like at least some mention of “rights” from the perspective of your discipline. The selection committee has, on occasion, worked with proponents of good courses to develop more “human rights” content for their syllabus.

The course can be taught in any of the three quarters of the following academic year. Graduate lecturers receive a $5,000 or $6,000 salary depending on gratuate students status. 

Only University of Chicago advanced doctoral students are eligible to apply. We invite applications from all interested Ph.D. students in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Successful applicants in the past have come from the Departments of Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, and the Divinity School.

2017 Application Process

A committee from the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Faculty Board will select the winners. Award announcements will be made in mid-May.

Applications must be submitted online by Monday, February 27, 2017 at 11:59pm CST.

Please read the application carefully and answer all questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications include:

  1. Completed application form;
  2. Current CV, including names of your dissertation committee members;
  3. Draft course outline or syllabus which includes course title and description; student learning goals (skills and knowledge); assignments, and reading list.

Note to applicants: see "Course Design Tools" under Preparing to Teach on the Center for Teaching and Learning's website for help in describing student learning goals and course construction.

Letter of Recommendation

Each applicant is required to obtain a recommendation letter from a faculty member familiar with your scholarly work or experience as a TA or instructructor. Letters must be uploaded directly to the website by the recommender or sent via dossier service (such as Interfolio) to Tara Peters.


Questions may be directed to Susan Gzesh, PFCHR Executive Director, by email or during office hours on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00pm at the PFCHR office.