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Student funding

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are able to offer a number of fellowship, scholarship and funding opportunities to our students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Undergraduate Research Fellowship

These awards offer undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member on a human rights topic. The $2500 fellowships are competitive and awarded on a yearly basis. Applications are due April 1 each year for the following academic year.

Research Fellowships

Jessica Lutton Bedient Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Jessica Lutton Bedient and provides up to $2500 for students conducting human rights-related coursework, research and/or experiential learning while abroad. The scholarships are competitive and offered on a yearly basis. The application deadline for summer is March 1st, fall or academic year is April 1st and spring or winter break is October 1st. Virtual International Programs offered through the UNL Education Abroad office do qualify for this scholarship.

Jessica Lutton Bedient Scholarship

Model United Nations Stipends

Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs offers stipends, in the form of reimbursements for incurred costs, for HRHA minors competing with the Model United Nations team at national Model United Nations competitions. These stipends are designed to defray the costs of participating at Model UN and make Model UN accessible to all our students. Stipends are typically $500. Beginning in 2018, applications for the HRHA Model UN stipend are due by January 31 each year.

Apply for Model UN stipends

Graduate Opportunities

Dr. Joseph Elston Fellowship

The Dr. Joseph Elston Fellowship recognizes excellence in graduate research in human rights and political science. The recipient receives a $1500 fellowship to support their research. The Elston Fellow is expected to contribute to and attend programs sponsored by Political Science and the Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights during their fellowship year.

Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Travel Grants

The HRHA program is pleased to be able to support our graduate students with $750 for research-related travel. Awards are offered on a competitive basis. Due to the way that COVID-19 has impacted travel, graduate students can also apply to these grants to cover costs of attending virtual conferences or virtual research opportunities.

HRHA Travel Grants