Summer Internship Funding

The Human Rights Program has a limited number of competitive grants available to students for both domestic and international internships. Graduate student enrolled in the Human Rights Minor or the Master of Human Rights receive preference for general internship funding. Consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) is encouraged early in the process to ensure the highest quality placements and the availability of funding. To apply for internship funding, provide a narrative of expected activities, a placement confirmation letter from the internship site and a proposed budget of up to $4,500.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Group Funding

Students involved in the Holocaust, Genocide, & Mass Violence Graduate Group (HGMV) are eligible for travel grants of up to $500 to present at academic conferences. Funding for travel awards is in the form of reimbursement for travel costs and registration fees for conferences, symposia, workshops, and meetings where they will present their work. Topics must be relevant to the Holocaust, genocide, mass violence and other systemic human rights violations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, first consideration will be given to those students who have presented or are scheduled to present their work in the HGMV workshop.

Additionally, students are eligible for Library Archives travel awards when they use research materials from the Kautz Family YMCA Archives HGMV Graduate Award, and the IHRC Archives HGMV Graduate Award.

Application Requirements

  • Brief cover letter (directed to CHGS/HRP and UMN Library Archives, as appropriate)
  • Date and title of conference/symposium/workshop/meeting
  • Title of presentation and abstract presentation (500 words)
  • Funds required (up to $500)
  • Date and title of HGMV Workshop presentation
  • Date of consultation with archivist and collection(s) utilized (for Library Archives award)
  • Appropriately and accurately cite Archives collections in future presentations/papers (for Library Archives award)

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Children for Incarcerated Caregivers

The program partners with this local non-profit, providing support for an interdisciplinary summer research team. Stipends of $5,500 for graduate/professional students are offered for this full-time, two-month internship opportunity. Successful applicants should have demonstrated research and writing skills and experience in the fields of human rights, criminal justice, or child development. Application deadlines are in early March.

For additional information on funding for graduate students on human rights issues, see Student Opportunities.