Global Human Rights

Visit the Global Human Rights site for teaching materials regarding Human Rights in the U.S. and the International Community.

The Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Program provides funding, budget permitting, to support UNL graduate students through summer research fellowships.

Graduate Student Summer Fellowships

The Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Program offers competitive summer fellowship awards of up to $700. These fellowships are offered to support graduate students’ education. Applicants should be pursuing the graduate specialization in human rights and successful proposals will have a clear link to international human rights in order to receive full consideration. More information about the program can be found on this website. The fellowships support three kinds of activities:

  1. Graduate student research;
  2. Dissertation research;
  3. Internships.

Application Requirements

  1. Applicants must be making good progress in a graduate degree program in any academic unit at UNL.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who have received no previous HRHD summer fellowships. Grantees who have received summer fellowships once can still apply, however.
  3. Awardees must make a report as to how the fellowship was used.

Application Guidelines

All applications should include the following:

  1. A cover sheet that contains contact information and a brief one paragraph summary statement of the project, dissertation, or internship;
  2. A project proposal (no more than two double-spaced pages) that describes the research problem and design, the internship and how it relates to the student’s research, or the dissertation. A budget might also be a helpful addition;
  3. One letter of recommendation. The letter must state when comprehensive exams have been or will be taken for those applying for a dissertation fellowship;
  4. A curriculum vitae and a transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable);
  5. All application materials should be sent to Ari Kohen in the Department of Political Science, 511 Oldfather Hall, 0328.

Examples of Past Awards

Summer 2011

  • Student, Political Science, travel to Bosnia to conduct interviews with women's non-governmental organizations for dissertation research on transitional justice.
  • Student, Anthropology, interviewed museums, private collectors, and Omaha tribal elders to document the ways in which sacred cultural property of the Omaha is protected and preserved.

 Summer 2004

  • Student, Political Science, travel to a workshop in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on international law and international criminal law, related to dissertation on humanitarian intervention.
  • Student, History, travel to archives in New York for research on trans-Atlantic race and reform movements circa 1900.
  • Student, Spanish, Modern Languages, travel to Columbia for identification and interpretation of various types of poetry referring to human rights, as affected by the violence in that state.
  • Student, Political Science, travel to the United Nations in New York City, for interviews on the subject of UN Security Council management of human rights and humanitarian issues arising in African civil wars.
  • Student, French, Modern Languages, travel to France, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, for research on Voltaire, the rights of man, and views toward freedom of the press and particular journalists.
  • Student, Political Science, internship in Tanzania, Africa dealing with socio-economic rights.