Graduate/Law Summer Grant Application

Applications for Summer 2019 will be open in Spring 2019.

This grant will support up to five current graduate/law students to develop and implement research or advocacy projects during summer 2018. We hope to accept applications from across all UD academic units. Interested graduate/law students should contact the HRC by February 22, 2018 to indicate their intent to apply and to seek guidance on proposed activities. Applicants will be asked to submit an initial draft proposal by March 8, 2018 and a final application by March 22, 2018.
Submit all materials to


  • $1,000 Stipend
  • Up to $250 additional for approved expenses
  • Collaborative office and workspace access at the HRC, Keller Hall
  • Open to all registered graduate/law students at UD – including Graduate Assistants 


Successful proposals will meet the following criteria:

  • Practical/Applied focus
  • Explicit human rights perspective/framework
  • Focused on some aspect of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as achievement of a specific goal or target.
  • Proposals with direct application to education, scholarship, operations, or community engagement at the University of Dayton will be especially welcomed


Recipients will be expected to:

  • Attend at least four meetings/working sessions to be held at the HRC during summer/fall 2018 (Dates TBD)
  • Participate in the University of Dayton UN SDG Stakeholders Summit ( May 7, 2018)
  • Present findings in an approved public forum during the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Provide a copy of all work products to the HRC

February 22, 2018: Submit your Letter of Intent and Resume to  
March 8, 2018: Initial draft proposal
March 22, 2018: Final research/advocacy proposal addressing the following questions (max. 1,000 words):

  • What do I want to accomplish? (Be clear, concise, and practical.)
  • Why do I want to do it (i.e., why is it important? What is the need?)
  • How are you going to do it? (Include a timeline, list of resources needed/budget, and methods to be used)

All application materials must be submitted electronically to

  • Assist with mapping all UN SDG-related activities at the University of Dayton
  • Develop and implement a proposal for human rights and business education for business school students
  • Develop and implement a proposal for an “SDG Fair” to be held at public schools in the Dayton community
  • Explore how sustainable, green construction techniques can be utilized to rehabilitate depressed neighborhoods and provide low income housing and employment opportunities
  • Develop a case law database of successful application of international human rights law to local housing discrimination cases in the U.S./Ohio
  • Analyze universities’ roles in community development and anti-poverty initiatives across the U.S.

Summer 2018 Research

Human Rights Center

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2790