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Human Rights Initiative Call For Proposals

September 7, 2018

We are excited to announce the third year of Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Research Funding for faculty research projects that are designed to advance the study and protection of human rights. The HRI, a joint initiative of the Humphrey School and College of Liberal Arts, has received recurring funds from the Provost’s office to support at least $140,000 each year in faculty-led interdisciplinary human rights research. The HRI seeks to support research that significantly impacts the grand challenges in human rights today. 

The HRI calls on faculty from the University of Minnesota to submit, by October 17, 2018, one-year funding proposals for grants between $10,000 and $50,000 that promote the scholarly and artistic activities of the faculty and their graduate students and that foster academic excellence in the field of human rights at the global and local levels. As a general rule, the Human Rights Initiative is seeking proposals from researchers willing to write, produce or perform the results of their research in human rights terms. Thus, applicants must explain how their proposed research connects with recognized human rights debates, issues, treaties, processes or activities.

At least one PI on the project must be a faculty member in CLA or the Humphrey School. The funds may support student involvement from relevant disciplines including the Master of Human Rights, which is jointly administered by CLA and Humphrey. The Human Rights Initiative encourages proposals that use an interdisciplinary research approach, and that engage with external partners. Successful proposals will also include a plan to extend the research results to non-specialist audiences, including communities and publics; human rights activists and practitioners; and policy makers.

For complete details on criteria, eligibility, and application guidelines please see the Call for Proposals.

Learn about the interdisciplinary faculty proposals funded by the Human Rights Initiative that have recived funding in the past. 

Any questions related to this opportunity should be directed to Amelia Shindelar, Coordinator for the Human Rights Initiative,