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Student Application for the Human Rights Fund for Student Research
The purpose of the Human Rights Fund for Student Research is to support annual funding of awards for students doing Division II or III work in the field of human rights and/or social justice issues. The granting committee is comprised of faculty members from the schools of Critical Social Inquiry, Natural Sciences and Cognitive Sciences appointed by the dean of faculty, and a student member whose studies relate to human rights issues.
Applications for the annual award may be submitted by students studying in any school or field at Hampshire College, so long as the student’s research project or field work directly supports, examines or raises awareness of human-rights and/or social justice issues as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Examples cited in that document include issues involving life, liberty, and security, specifically:
o freedom from slavery,
o freedom from inhuman treatment or torture,
o freedom from discrimination based on race, color, sex, class or religion,
o freedom from arbitrary imprisonment,
o the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,
o the right to privacy in one’s family and home, including the right to marry a person of one’s own choosing,
o the right to freedom of movement,
o the right to asylum from persecution,
o the right to freedom of expression, thought, religion and assembly,
o the right to work, join trade unions, and be treated fairly and paid equitably,
o the right to rest from work via limited work hours and some paid holidays,
o the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond one’s control,
o the right to free, compulsory education for children,
o the right to have access to culture and copyright protections.
The committee members are the final arbiters of what constitutes a human-rights project.
Evaluation Criteria for Proposals
1. Determined to be research in Human Rights and/or Social Justice
2. Intellectual merit of the proposed work.
3. Quality of the student's previous work and preparation for the proposed project.
4. Necessity of the budget items, as justified in the proposal.
5. Support from the student's Division II or III chair.
Applicants must also submit the Shared Application for all Hampshire summer grants, including a faculty recommendation form and a budget form. Students only need an organization support letter if they are applying for internship support. The Shared Application is available at:
Applications are due by
April 6, 2015
Name, Campus Box, Email Address
Please indicate if the grant will support Division II or III work.
3-5 Sentence Description of the Project
Proposed Dates of Project:
A full detailed proposal can include: (a) the area of research and its grounding in the research literature; (b) the specific question to be investigated; (c) the research design or methods; and (d) the anticipated outcomes of the research and its implications. Please submit your full proposal below.
Recipients of the Human Rights grant are required to write a final report which includes descriptions, photo documentation, how it will be included in their academic portfolio, and the personal significance for the student. This information will be used to publicize the fund to students and additional potential donors to the fund.
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