Financial Resources

Below is a list of fellowships and prizes for human rights undergraduates and recent graduates, available through the Undergraduate Human Rights Program, Columbia University, and other institutions. Students are also encouraged to do their own research into fellowship opportunities to support their study and work in the field of human rights.

Summer Internship Stipend

The summer internship stipend provides support to select undergraduate students to undertake an unpaid summer internship that is related to the field of human rights. The internship may be in the United States or abroad. Applications are due at the end of each spring semester for internships taking place that summer. To apply, current students should email this application form and supporting materials to with the subject line “UHRP Summer Internship Prize.”

Research Stipend

The research stipend is intended to offset the costs associated with human rights research undertaken by Columbia College and General Studies human rights majors or concentrators. Students must be in good academic standing and must comply with all university academic integrity and responsible conduct of research policies, including Institutional Review Board approval (if applicable). To apply, please submit this application form and supporting materials to with the subject line “UHRP research stipend.” Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

In addition to the UHRP research stipend, Columbia College and the School of General Studies offer research funding to students, working on their senior thesis. For more information on how to apply and relevant deadlines, please visit the Columbia College and General Studies thesis funding pages.

Human Rights Research Fellowship

The ISHR Human Rights Research Fellowship provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable research experience, while supporting the work of Columbia faculty conducting human rights-related research. Students who receive the Fellowship are expected to complete approximately 80-120 hours of research assistance during the academic year. The research opportunities selected for each academic year are circulated to students in the Fall semester. ISHR will award one stipend per research opportunity in the amount of $1,500. Priority will be given to HRSMA and UHRP students.

Conference Stipend

Human rights majors and concentrators in Columbia College and the School of General Studies who are invited to present a paper at a conference related to their academic work in human rights may be eligible to receive a reimbursement of up to $500 for conference expenses - such as registration fees, transportation, or accommodation. To apply, students should send this application form and supporting documentation to with the subject line “UHRP conference stipend.” Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Myra Kraft Human Rights Awards

The Myra Kraft Awards honor the memory of Myra Kraft, beloved wife of Columbia College trustee Robert Kraft. Myra Kraft devoted her professional career to philanthropic pursuits, touching lives across the world, from Boston to small towns in northern Russia to Israel to South America and beyond. Two prizes are given annually for Academic Achievement and Exceptional Practical Expereince in Human Rights Advocacy. Click here to see past winners and learn how to apply.

Alternative Spring Break Program Support

UHRP students can apply for funding from ISHR to participate in human rights-related projects as part of Columbia College's Alternative Break Program. Past trips involved working on gender equality in Ecuador, indigenous rights in southern Louisiana, and children's rights in West Bengal, India.

Human Rights Essay Contest

The aim of this contest is to encourage and acknowledge students who have written exceptional papers that address issues related to human rights in their academic work. Two cash prizes will be awarded to undergraduates. All Columbia University students are eligible and encouraged to participate. Students submitting papers need not be human rights concentrators. Read more about the contest and prizes here.

Additional Fellowships & Prizes

Columbia offers a number of fellowships that are relevant to human rights majors and concentrators, including public service, research, and travel grants. Prizes are also awarded each year for outstanding academic achievements and leadership in extracurricular activities. Information about fellowships can be found on the Columbia College and General Studies fellowship pages.