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.

Mass Violence and Human Rights (MVHR) Interdisciplinary Graduate Group Travel Funding

We are pleased to offer participating MVHR graduate students opportunities to apply for travel funding to support their presentation of research at academic conferences:

  • CHGS/HRP travel awards funded by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program
  • Library Archives travel awards funded by the Kautz Family YMCA Archives and the IHRC Archives

Topics must be relevant to the Holocaust, genocide, mass violence, and/or other systemic human rights violations. Applications 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. The Archives award will be awarded for meaningful use of archival collections, so some early research is necessary before application.

More information is available on the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies website.

Application Requirements

  • Brief cover letter (addressed 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 US)
  • Date and title of MVHR Workshop presentation (for CHGS/HRP travel awards)
  • Date of consultation with archivist and collection(s) utilized (for Library Archives funding)
  • Appropriately and accurately cite Archives collections in future presentations/papers (for Library Archives funding)

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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.