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Center for Human Rights and International Justice

2015 Summer Research Grants

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About the Grants

The Center for Human Rights and International Justice is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Summer Research Grant application process. Grants of varying amounts will be offered to both graduate and undergraduate students. Graduate grants are typically in the area of $1,000-$1,500 an undergraduate grants in the area of $500-$1,000

The purpose of the grants is to help support Boston College students from various disciplines who are interested in pursuing research in the field of human rights and international justice.  The Center aims to nurture a new generation of human rights scholars and practitioners, and to foster innovative and interdisciplinary scholarship about human rights work.


Eligibility Requirements

For the undergraduate research grants, preference will be given to proposals from current sophomores and juniors, although proposals from freshmen will also be accepted and given full review.  Seniors are not eligible. The graduate level grant is intended for students who will be in their program the following year. Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and a demonstrated commitment to the study of human rights and international justice.

It should also be noted that if an applicant is applying for a grant to do research while part of an academic program, the proposed research must be completely separate from the academic work being done as part of the program.


Kelsey A. Rennebohm Memorial Fellowship

In 2013, the Center established the Kelsey A. Rennebohm Memorial Fellowship.  See here for more information about Kelsey, or for how to contribute to the Fellowship fund.

This fellowship will be awarded each year to a student, undergraduate or graduate, whose proposed research or activist scholarship is located at the interface of psychology, mental health, gender, social justice, and human rights.

If you are applying for a summer research grant and wish to be considered for the Rennebohm Fellowship, please indicate that on the application form accessible below.


Grantee Obligations

Grant winners must deliver the following as part of the obligations of the grant:

  • a three-page status report at the end of the summer
  • a research paper of at least 20 pages to be submitted the following academic year by a specified date in the winter or spring, and
  • present the results of their summer research project at a Center-sponsored event during the spring semester of the subsequent academic year.



Students who are interested in applying must send application materials by March 16, 2015. Materials may be sent electronically to or in hard copy (such as official transcript, letter(s) of recommendation) to:

Center for Human Rights and International Justice
Stokes Hall N410
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Any questions on the application process may be directed to Center Assistant Director Timothy Karcz at

Click here for application materials


Candidates will be notified of the decisions by early May, 2015.